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Fatal crash: Lewis pleads guilty in death of daughter, ex-husband

DEMEANOR HERE, Jessica X Lewis, the Crimora woman charged with manslaughter in the November 2011 deaths of her daughter and ex-husband, pleaded guilty to aggravated manslaughter in Albemarle Circuit Court.


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Amoeba death: Brain-eating microbe takes Henrico boy

A brain-eating microbe that has killed swimmers across the nation has struck down a Henrico County boy. Nine-year-old Christian Alexander Strickland died August 5 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic animal that must have swum into Strickland's nose during fishing camp, according to a story by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.

In recent years, the parasite, which typically kills people– typically healthy children– several days after infection, has drawn headlines from Arizona to Florida, but Strickland's death marks the first publicized case of a Virginia fatality since 1962, according to the Times-Dispatch.


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Neighborly complaint: Fix those hooves!

Someone in Gordonsville has dropped the reins on taking care of at least one of the horses on an estate on Lovers Lane near Route 33, and a neighbor’s complaint is not gaining much traction with local officials or the owners, despite the owners’ seemingly ample resources and the pro-horse outlook of many in rural Albemarle county.

A neighbor who wishes to remain anonymous took a photo of the pony in question, which appears to be suffering from gross hoof neglect. Hoof neglect occurs when a horse’s hooves are not trimmed and the overgrown portions alter the orientation of the feet in relation to the ground, making it painful for the horse to walk and potentially causing tendon damage.

Horses are normally taken to farriers every couple of months for trimming and shoeing. These horse specialists practice a trade dating back to the Middle Ages that has roots in blacksmithing.

Though the issue was brought to the attention of Orange County Animal Control in April by the neighbor, the pony has been continually sighted with no noticeable changes to the hooves, even as recently as last week. In communications with the complainant, Orange animal control officials have repeatedly asserted that the pony is receiving rescue care, however they did not respond the neighbor’s request for proof of this.

“That length of hoof can only be caused by lack of hoof care,” said Maya Proulx of Hope’s Legacy Equine Rescue in Afton. “To grow feet that long...

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Classroom tech: Local high schools go online

Tomorrow’s kindergarten students may live through a transition that means many of their high school classes will not include a teacher in the classroom. The technology used by today’s high school students, whether it’s in a student’s pocket or on a screen in front of them, bears little resemblance to what was available when they started their formal educations.


Charlottesville and Albemarle public schools are both ramping up investments in online courses, partly in...

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The players: BOV experience revolves around business

Helen E. Dragas - Virginia Beach
President and CEO of The Dragas Companies, developer of affordable homes and condominium communities in Tidewater.
Appointed: Kaine. Term expires: July 1, 2012
Connections: xxxxx
Connection to the controversy: As Rector, she's the supreme leader. She co-engineered with now-departed Vice-Rector the effort to dismiss President Sullivan and, with words purchased from Hill & Knowlton, has defied widespread calls to resign.

A. Macdonald Caputo - Greenwich, Connecticut
Longtime executive with Morgan Stanley in New York, he now serves the company as an advisory director.
Appointed: Kaine. Term expires: July 1, 2013
Connections: xxxxx
Unlike two other two Greenwich-based participants in UVA's crisis, Peter Kiernan and Paul Tudor Jones, Caputo seems on Sullivan's side. He abstained from the vote installing an interim president, and he was one of the three Board members calling for the reinstatement vote.

Hunter E. Craig - Charlottesville
This real estate developer has had a hand in everything from house-building to the now-rising Stonefield shopping center to his controversies that include suing the state for tax credits and a recent (and unsuccessful) effort to oust him from the board of Virginia National Bank.
Appointed: McDonnell. Term expires: July 1, 2014
One of the trio mustered on a Sunday afternoon to accept the Pres...

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