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Since the last Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement on Charlottesville’s 6.2-mile, $230 million-plus Western Bypass was completed in 2003, research studies linking highway exhaust to childhood asthma and reduced lung capacity are legion. Yet three Albemarle County supervisors recently argued against updating the Impact Statement.
For 45 days, Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein did everything they could think of to raise money to make a movie. They sold t-shirts on the Downtown Mall. They buttonholed every connection they had. And they smoked a 300-pound pig.
"That was pretty extreme," says Goldstein of the pig. "Neither one of us had ever done anything like that before."
That was phase one of their efforts to get their script, Hot Air, made into a movie. And to do so, they're convinced they need Nick Nolte to star as the personal injury lawyer and hard-partying restauranteur whose misdeeds have pushed him to the point that he decides that faking his own death is his only recourse.
A name like Nolte is essential for attracting money to the movie, say the filmmakers, so they brazenly launched their "Let's get Nick" campaign.
Using a funding-by-the masses system called Kickstarter, the filmmakers set a goal of $65,000–- the minimum required by the Screen Actors Guild to get Nick Nolte to sign on as the Hot Air lead.
With 258 different backers, Sieg (Swedish Auto) and Goldstein (Skid Row) raised $65,...
The family that sued George Huguely V in the death of their 22-year-old daughter has now filed a $29.4 million suit against the lacrosse coaches who reportedly missed key signals that they had a violent man on their team.
The suit, filed May 1 in Louisa County Circuit Court, names University of Virginia's head lacrosse coach, Dom Starsia, along with assistant coach Marc Van Arsdale, athletic director Craig Littlepage, and the Commonwealth of Virginia and comes in the wake of the 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love. Why the coaches were sued in a rural and earthquake-scarred county east of Charlottesville could not be immediately learned, and telephone messages left with the UVA Athletic Department and with the Love family attorney were not immediately returned.
Hook legal analyst David Heilberg suggests one possibility for the venue. While rural populations are often conservative in their social beliefs, Heilberg says that Louisa is liberal in another regard.
"A Louisa jury is very generous," says Heilberg, who says he's seen larger than expected awards given in that county, particularly for...
Fake IDs, underage drinking, and public drunkenness– the usual suspects at the Foxfield Races– were undeterred by a cold and rainy Saturday, April 28. Nor were the couple caught having sex behind a bus.
The 61 arrests this year slightly exceeded last year's 55, and most seemed to involve alcohol, except for one pot charge. An indecent exposure arrest turned out to be an incorrectly charged public urination, according to Albemarle police spokesman Darrell Byers. Urinating in public, while still illegal, will keep the offender off the sex offenders registry.
One young man drew police scrutiny from his photographic activity.
"We were called in to look at a situation of a guy talking pictures on his cellphone," says Byers. "I think he was taking pictures of people urinating." No charges there, because photographing acts that occur in a public place is not illegal, explains Byers.
And once on the road, the 37 summons issued were mostly inspection and seatbelt violations, according to a county police release.
Albemarle police teamed up with the Albemarle Sheriff's Office, Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control, and Virginia State Police to keep the Orange section, where UVA students congregate, from getting out of control.
"When you consider there's approximately 10,000 students in the Orange section, that's a small percentage," says Foxfield president Benjamin Dick of this year's arrests.
As for Dick, he's seen worse. "...