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If there were a competition for the most modest man in Charlottesville, teacher and World Peace Game creator John Hunter and local filmmaker Chris Farina would be neck-and-neck for the prize.
"I'm just along for the ride," says Farina, who produced and directed the 2010 film World Peace and Other Fourth Grade Achievements, a documentary about the complex game Hunter developed over his three decades teaching and which has taken the two men on a wild ride around the globe where the film has screened for world leaders and thousands of educators.
"This is all about John," Farina insists.
"This has nothing to do with me," insists Hunter, who believes the game he created, which puts children in positions of world leaders facing complex problems including famine and war, taps into a common desire most humans share: to find ways to get along even with those who are very different.
"It's something that's in all of us," he says.
Sorry, guys, but someone's going to have to take credit for what's happened over the past two years, since the film premiered at the South by Southwest Film Festival in March 2010 after previewing the previous month in Charlottesville at the Paramount Theater.
In addition to traveling to a half dozen countries since those first screenings, the film– and Hunter as a speaker– have found audiences in some lofty places. H...
A Richmond prosecutor has dropped the unlawful assembly charge against 30 protesters arrested last month on the steps of the state Capitol and offered a community service deal that would ultimately expunge a trespassing charge for those who were hauled off after objecting to ultrasound legislation.
"It was going to be difficult to prove certain elements in the unlawful assembly charge," says Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Colette McEachin.
Indeed, Virginia Code defines unlawful assembly as three or more people gathering with the intent to commit "unlawful acts" and "violence" and who provoke "well-grounded fear of serious and immediate breaches of public safety."
During a brief but at times testy 25-minute hearing in Charlottesville Circuit Court, convicted murderer George W. Huguely V, received a sentencing date of 1pm on August 30. Huguely, convicted in late-February for the 2010 beating death of former girlfriend Yeardley Love, was not present for the April 16 proceedings.
"I've got a three-week, multimillion-dollar civil case," exclaimed Judge Edward Hogshire, explaining why he was unavailable for most of July to hear arguments in motions to overturn the conviction. The motions, however, have not been filed, and led to further upset from the judge.
"Typically, these motions are filed the day after the trial," said Hogshire. "I haven't gotten a motion yet."
Defense counsel explained that part of the delay stemmed from the unavailability of a complete record of the February trial which stretched over parts of three weeks.
"Having a finished transcript," said co-counsel for the defense, Rhonda Quagliana, "is vital."
"You're very familiar with the case," the judge shot back. "You know what parts are vital."
The judge set dates in June and July to argue the to-be-filed defense motions. He also set a hearing for this Thursday the 19th of April to hear motions from Robert Yates, a lawyer representing several media o...