Charlottesville Breaking News
Latest George Huguely ruling: A judge says November 18 that defense attorneys may see slain student Yeardley Love's medical records.
Biggest issue for UVA students I: The magnolias slated to be cut down over the winter holidays as part of the Rotunda roof repair have sparked students to petition to save them, despite the abundance of magnolias and the rarity of Rotundas. The Cavalier Daily has the story.
Biggest issue for UVA students II: The Sierra Student Coalition wants to shut down the university's coal-fired heating plant as part of the group's "Beyond Coal" initiative, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow. The plant was renovated in 2008 for $78 million, cleans 99.9 percent of particulate emissions, and does not use mountain-top removed coal, says UVA chief facilities officer Donald Sundgren.
Worst fire in a historic structure: The West Range Cafe at UVA ignites from an electrical cable– not a quake-damaged fireplace, use of which were recently banned– November 20, causing significant damage to the cafe.
In his response to a speculator's controversial lawsuit seeking nearly $20 million from taxpayers in the form of conservation tax credits, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli has fired back by accusing Biscuit Run investor Hunter Craig of unmitigated gall and demanding that Craig's investors put up as much as $165,000 to cover allegedly underpaid recordation taxes.
"You guys have chutzpah," is the way Hook legal analyst David Heilberg restates the AG's response. "You want all this money in tax credits, but you wouldn't even pay the recordation tax on what you claim it was worth."
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The "Charlottesville 12," the African-American boys and girls– now men and women– who boldly strolled into Venable Elementary School and Lane High School 52 years ago to break down the walls of segregation, finally got to see their struggle commemorated with a pair of permanent historic markers. The signs were dedicated Friday, November 18 on the grounds of the two schools, one of which is now the Albemarle County Office Building.
"That's the most amazing thing," said John Martin, in a post-ceremony interview as he gestured toward the steel marker on the grounds of what had been Lane High School. "I would have never dreamed it."
Martin, who now lives in Richmond, told the story of what it was like to be a 14-year-old on the front lines of integration in a 2004 Hook cover story.
The commemorations include another chance to meet the Charlottesville 12, an 11am Saturday, November 19 event in the Venable auditorium.