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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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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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Zeithamel in charge? Dragas pick embraces Simon, pans Sulli-sack

"I realize that some of you don't trust me," says Carl Zeithaml, a day following his selection by a deeply divided Board of Visitors that followed getting hand-picked to lead the University of Virginia by person who has been called the most despised woman in the state or by the man who quit his post as Vice-Rector mere hours after helping the Board of Visitors spend over 11 hours to reach a split verdict to seat him.

Now, despite his credentials as a popular figure on Grounds as Dean of the undergraduate commerce school, some faculty are calling Zeithaml a puppet, the illegitimate spawn of a small cabal that bent or broke the usual rules after concluding that Sullivan wasn't leaping fast enough into online learning.

Despite the Faculty Senate call for the resignation of Rector Helen Dragas and the restoration of the presidency of Teresa Sullivan, Zeithaml stepped in because "I had no choice," he says when he meets with the press on Wednesday, June 20.

"The reason I felt like I had no choice was that I love this University," Zeithaml says. "I didn't assume this role lightly."

A surprise that emerged from the press conference was that Provost John Simon, who won a pair of standing ovations six days earlier by hinting at an emotionally charged public Faculty Senate meeting that he'd quit his job if the Board doesn't "do the right thing" has decided, instead, to stick around.

Simon said after the press conference that he enjoys working with Z...

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