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VQR's Genoways: Did bully defense lead to code offense?

After last summer's suicide of Virginia Quarterly Review managing editor Kevin Morrissey, the Hook obtained a series of emails from editor Ted Genoways that revealed "poisonous" tensions between the staff, accusations of "workplace bullying," his banishment of Morrissey and another staff member from the office for unexplained "unacceptable workplace behavior," and his frustration and anger with both colleagues and co-workers. Nearly a year later, another email fired off by Genoways has surfaced– and it could get him in some hot water. 

After Washington Post reporter Daniel de Vise wrote a May 3 story about grieving sister Maria Morrissey speaking at a news conference in support of proposed New York legislation on workplace bullying, Genoways took issue with de Vise's reporting and fired off a stern email to him and his editor Victoria Benning.

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IRS yanking: Over 150 non-profits lose tax status

This year, you probably won't get a tax deduction for donating to the Bologna Foundation. That local charity, along with the IBM Club, the Save the Fireworks Foundation, Charlottesville Lesbian-Feminists, and Santa Matters– over 150 between the city and county– have lost their non-profit tax status, according to the Internal Revenue Service.

In a national move, the IRS announced June 9 that approximately 275,000 organizations lost such status for allegedly failing to file the requisite annual reports for three consecutive years. A 2006 law allows the IRS to automatically delete such companies from the rolls.

"The IRS believes the vast majority of these organizations are defunct," reads a statement from the IRS.

Loss of tax-exempt status can trigger a wide range of outcomes including property and corporate income taxes, as well as lessening the attraction for donors who are accustomed to earning deductions for gifts.

In making the announcement, the IRS also announced special steps to help any existing-but-deleted organizations apply for reinstatement. Such well-known Charlottesville-based groups as Trout Unlimited, Camp Albemarle, and the Toaster Museum– none of which had a representative immediately available for comment– might want to get a hold of those procedures.

But there may be errors in the IRS records.

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Parkway panic: Rooker vexed as Dorrier rekindles Bypass

Taking the reins from the late Charlotte Humphris, Dennis Rooker built his political career on fighting the Western Bypass, a much-maligned planned freeway that would rip through hills and neighborhoods just west of Charlottesville. And Wednesday night at 11:35pm, according to a Tweet by Charlottesville Tomorrow's Sean Tubbs, retiring Albemarle Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier flipped his vote from just a week earlier to let the Bypass live.

The Bypass earned infamy because it was designed in the early 1990s before much of the northern U.S. 29 development had occurred and before its price tag skyrocketed to something around $270 million. Its high per-mile cost, its inability to get around those northern suburbs, and VDOT's own research suggesting that 90 percent of existing 29 traffic is local led a national group called Taxpayers for Common Sense to name it one of the most wasteful road projects in the nation.

However, business leaders in Lynchburg and Danville have long complained that Charlottesville remains an expensive bottleneck for trucking operations that in 2005 won a bypass around the Lynchburg suburb of Madison Heights.

Around 2006, a pair of prominent Charlottesvillians proposed a cars-only alternative called the Ruckersville Parkway, but that died almost as quickly as it was born.

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What do you think about false confessions?

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Double recantation: Is an innocent man in jail for the Crozet murders?

It was the crime that rocked Crozet: a mother found stabbed to death in bed, her three-year-old son dead from the smoke of a cover-up fire. Amid whispers of witchcraft, four neighborhood teens were arrested, and three are doing time today in state prisons.

One of them, Rocky Fugett, now 27, admits he was there that night in 2003, for which he was convicted along with his sister and another neighborhood kid. Eight years later, Fugett says an innocent man is serving time for something he didn't do, and that man– Robert Davis– wasn't even there.

Davis' attorney, Steve Rosenfield, has long maintained that his client was coerced into a false confession, and with Fugett recanting, Rosenfield now seeks clemency from the governor. Fugett, serving a 75-year sentence on a guilty plea, says he has nothing to gain from changing his story.

As the clemency petition heads to Richmond, accounts differ and questions remain. But Rocky Fugett has another bombshell allegation: that another personplayed a key role in the events of that fateful night.

Crozet Crossing

Named for the peach trees that once grew there, Cling Lane is a cul-de-sac of 30 homes tucked between the railroad tracks and the older homes of Orchard Acres. Officially known as Crozet Crossing, the subdivision was planned in the early 1990s to provide first-time home ownership for hardworking families.

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