Govt/Politics

Ending homelessness: Residents cheer The Crossings
Published on Apr 10th, 2012
41 comments Related stories: • Flame retardant: SRO trumps most mansions in smoke safety • SRO time: The Crossings begins its rise downtown Does Charlottesville have its own "Million Dollar Murray?" A Malcolm...
Charles Martin: Former Albemarle supervisor dies Tuesday
Published on Apr 10th, 2012
6 comments Charles S. Martin, who served three terms on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and was its first African-American chairman, died at home early April 10 from prostate cancer. Martin, 57, was on the...
Takin' the 5th: Peyton Williams wants cousin's job
Published on Apr 9th, 2012
35 comments Campaign workers are meeting in the living room of the house Peyton Williams' great aunt built off JPA in the the 1930s. A reporter and photographer appear. Cars need to be moved so a volunteer can...
Flame retardant: SRO trumps most mansions in smoke safety
Published on Apr 5th, 2012
15 comments Related story: SRO time: The Crossings begins its rise downtown With more than 150 solar and hot water heating panels on the roof and a high-tech security system featuring live video feeds of all...
Hoodie-clad man stands his ground
Published on Apr 3rd, 2012
5 comments Jim Simcoe took to the Downtown Mall to protest the death of Trayvon Martin– and the notion that freedom means no accountability. He cites Florida's stand-your-ground law, which allows deadly...
Water wasters: Worrell decries waste, centralization
Published on Mar 27th, 2012
13 comments   Related story Draining feeling? Lawsuit challenges dam-pipeline plan The latest UN-designated World Water Day, according to a panel of environmental experts gathered at McGuffey Arts Center...
Draining feeling? Lawsuit challenges dam-pipeline plan
Published on Mar 27th, 2012
42 comments Related story: • Water wasters: Worrell decries waste, centralization   Past stories: • FLAWS- Tripled rates, spun numbers, and Conservancy conflicts: Why the war on dredging slogs on • Goodbye...
Unlawful assembly? Capitol steps arrests raise key questions
Published on Mar 25th, 2012
27 comments You can eat lunch on the steps of the Capitol, but you can't protest there. Photos of gun-equipped riot officers massed at the seat of state government and arresting 30 protesters– mostly women...
Stressed and out: City spokesman resigns after bid-rigging investigation
Published on Mar 22nd, 2012
103 comments Rob Schilling has long railed against an allegedly fortress-like atmosphere in City Hall, one that allegedly kept him in the dark even while an elected member of City Council. But, on March 21, less...
Light switch
Published on Mar 22nd, 2012
19 comments There was a City roundtable discussion about budgetary matters on March 21. It’s hard to take these meetings seriously after many years, hard not to be sarcastic. The public attends, and speaks...
Holy wars: Then, now, and Iran
Published on Mar 22nd, 2012
0 comments By Tony Perrino   Warfare is as old as humanity. Since the beginning of civilization, people have fought one another, justifying their aggression as a matter of survival. But the most vicious...
Goose droppings: Okay to drink the water, officials say
Published on Mar 20th, 2012
30 comments Related stories • Unfriendly skies: Forest Lakes, the Miracle on the Hudson, and Canada Geese • Safety of chloramines questioned: Disinfectant to be added into local water supply starting in 2014...
Irish flashback: Sowing the seeds of the Afghan massacre
Published on Mar 14th, 2012
25 comments When I heard the news of the American soldier charged with the slaughter of 16 people in Afghanistan, I instantly flashed back to a ferry trip in the early 1970s from Liverpool to Belfast. What could...
Controversial bills: How your legislators voted
Published on Mar 14th, 2012
20 comments The General Assembly adjourned March 10— without a budget, which some might consider the most important reason communities send legislators to Richmond. Nonetheless, legislators got a lot of bills...
Double-dipping? Man decries rougher justice for black workers
Published on Mar 6th, 2012
38 comments Butch Wells was bothered when he learned that a former employee of his may have been collecting unemployment benefits during the 18 months she earned a paycheck from him. What intensifies his anger...
Tax time: City budget holds, county raises the rate
Published on Mar 6th, 2012
22 comments Here's how the executives running Charlottesville and Albemarle describe their proposed budgets in three words. "Schools, schools, schools," says city manager Maurice Jones, looking at funneling an...
30 arrests: Ultrasound protest brings riot police to Capitol
Published on Mar 3rd, 2012
80 comments A grassroots protest of a controversial women's health care bill recently approved by the state Senate brought hundreds to the state Capitol grounds in Richmond March 3 and ended with the arrest of...
Fraud indictment: Former candidate Halfaday to plead guilty
Published on Feb 22nd, 2012
15 comments Former City Council candidate James Halfaday was indicted by a Charlottesville grand jury February 21 on one count of election fraud, and his attorney says Halfaday plans to plead guilty when he goes...
Sunday hunting R.I.P.-- at least this year
Published on Feb 16th, 2012
10 comments The effort to overturn the ban on Sunday hunting sailed through the Senate last month, only to meet the fate of so many bills and die in subcommittee in the House of Delegates February 15. Eight...
Sunday hunting dies
Published on Feb 5th, 2012
16 comments While the bill that recently passed with a resounding 29 to 11 vote in the Virginia State Senate may technically remain alive, a pack of similar bills failed to get past a key House subcommittee last...
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