Govt/Politics

Free Tibet: Recent violence heats up local movement
Published on Mar 17th, 2008
18 comments "The world should not accept what is happening," says Tseyang, president of the Tibetan Association in Charlottesville, in response to the violent suppression of recent protests in Tibet. Tseyang,...
Jaquith, Weaver affect ’sunshine’ differently
Published on Mar 17th, 2008
0 comments What do maverick blogger Waldo Jaquith and wrist-slapped Madison Sheriff Erik J. Weaver have in common? Each has affected the course of "sunshine," the public's right to the information it owns, as...
Snap o’ the day: Idling bus
Published on Mar 14th, 2008
3 comments As the sun begins to rise behind the Charlottesville Ice Park, a chartered empty UTS bus idles. Delegate David Toscano got a bill, HB 885, through both houses of the General Assembly this year that...
Surprise! Dredge meets 115% of 50-year demand
Published on Mar 13th, 2008
4 comments Perplexed by persistent allegations of an alleged "deficit" between future water supply and demand, this reporter phoned the Coy Barefoot show on WINA radio Tuesday afternoon and learned, contrary...
Tibetans rise up with City Hall
Published on Mar 10th, 2008
33 comments More than 60 Tibetan refugees and their supporters gathered at City Hall this morning in support of Tibetan National Uprising Day, a commemoration that drew the ire of China, whose embassy emailed...
Home booze bill dead
Published on Mar 10th, 2008
2 comments Wondering what happened to that bill, H.B. 127, that would have punished anyone serving his or her own kids alcohol at home? Richmond Sunlight says it's dead.
Chinese urge O’Connell to rein in Council
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
160 comments A copy of an email sent from the Chinese Embassy (below) to City Manager Gary O'Connell notes the "grave concerns" of the People's Republic of China over City Council's decision to fly the Tibetan...
Top Supe sick of $13-million ’sharing’
Published on Mar 6th, 2008
20 comments Revenue sharing, the annual bribe Albemarle County gives Charlottesville in exchange for safety from land annexation, came under public fire yesterday from the man who's will watch over $13 million...
Dems give Perriello the nod to face Goode in ‘08
Published on Mar 4th, 2008
15 comments Now that yesterday's filing deadline for candidates has come and gone, it's official that Ivy-based human rights activist Tom Perriello is the Democratic nominee to take on Rep. Virgil Goode (R-Rocky...
Tibetan flag brings international glare
Published on Mar 4th, 2008
28 comments Charlottesville's show of solidarity with Tibet has drawn the ire of the People's Republic of China. City Council voted to fly the Tibetan flag over City Hall March 10, the 49th anniversary of China...
Work begins on Meadowcreek Parkway
Published on Mar 4th, 2008
3 comments After decades of debates, petitions, public and not-so-public meetings, the Meadowcreek Parkway is finally becoming a reality. A crew is making way for the much fought-over connector by cutting down...
Eastern Connector hits ‘bump in the road’
Published on Mar 4th, 2008
3 comments Last night, City Councilors expressed shock that the Florida-based consultant hired to to study the so-called Eastern Connector, a road proposed to link Pantops with Route 29, had recommended...
City passes noise ordinance
Published on Mar 3rd, 2008
21 comments Despite a plea from a music promoter who says he'll probably have to cancel some patio shows, the city of Charlottesville amended its noise ordinance tonight to empower police to use mobile sound-...
Steve Earle coming to the Paramount
Published on Feb 28th, 2008
0 comments Fresh off his recent Grammy success, country singer-songwriter Steve Earle is coming to the Paramount Theater Tuesday, April 15. Tickets for the performance go on sale tomorrow at 10am. With his...
Military uses David Gray against terror detainees
Published on Feb 27th, 2008
3 comments The song that put ATO Records (formerly based here) on the map, is also apparently one song that drives terror suspects crazy. According to Mother Jones magazine, David Gray's "Babylon" is one of...
Sen. Warner in the hospital
Published on Feb 26th, 2008
0 comments Sen. John Warner (R-VA) has been hospitalized in Fairfax to monitor an irregular heartbeat. The Associated Press reports that Warner had suffered an atrial fibrillation last fall, and while the 81-...
NWS warns, schools respond
Published on Feb 22nd, 2008
6 comments The list is deep: Albemarle, Augusta, Buckingham, Culpeper, Fluvanna, Greene, Louisa, Madison, Nelson–- all closed. Even Charlottesville, where ice-melt was liberally slathered last night on...
Free rides: CTS usage up 11.5%
Published on Feb 20th, 2008
9 comments More frequent service, better on-time performance, and free rides for Wahoos. The head of Charlottesville Transit Service says these are three factors that led CTS to a ridership spike of 11.5...
Wheelchair petition heads to City Council
Published on Feb 19th, 2008
50 comments It's been over three months since Gerry Mitchell was struck in his wheelchair by an Albemarle County Police cruiser and then ticketed by Charlottesville Police, but the feelings of outrage linger....
Up 4.21 percent, City budget jump lowest in decade
Published on Feb 15th, 2008
9 comments While Albemarle County tightens its belt and tells schools to soldier forward under an ever-growing shortfall, Charlottesville's coffers are still flush. Its school budget will be fully funded, and...