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Fired up: County, UVA celebrate new station
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Sep 5th 10:51pm

Fired up: County, UVA celebrate new station

Ivy residents are now a bit safer thanks to the opening of Albemarle's new fire station. At a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, August 29, UVA and county honchos praised the collaboration that made the new station possible and spoke of the benefits, including faster response times to emergencies occurring in the swath of countryside between the city and Crozet, as well as reduced insurance rates for businesses and homeowners in that area as a result of the new station's proximity. read full story
Key West & Goliath: Neighbors square off with AT&T over tower
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Sep 5th 4:38pm

Key West & Goliath: Neighbors square off with AT&T over tower

For four years now, concerned residents of the Key West neighborhood on Route 20 North have been battling telecommunication giant AT&T over the company's plans to place a 103-foot cell phone tower in the neighborhood. That battle will come to a head on September 11, when the proposal comes up for final approval by the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors. read full story
SOL challenge: Schools target critical thinking to raise lagging scores
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Sep 5th 1:58pm

SOL challenge: Schools target critical thinking to raise lagging scores

This year marks Charlottesville and Albemarle schools' second attempt to rebound from drops in pass rates on the math Standards of Learning exams, but last week’s report from the Virginia Department of Education show neither division made much progress. read full story
Local buffet: Food tours, fancy lunches, and cheap eats
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Sep 5th 1:25pm

Local buffet: Food tours, fancy lunches, and cheap eats

Starting in October, you'll be able to go on guided, themed  "food tours" of Downtown Charlottesville, courtesy of a new start-up company called, appropriately enough, Charlottesville Food Tour. With the purchase of a ticket, you'll go on a two to three hour tour (with 2 to 10 people) and visit five to nine restaurants, sampling food and drink, chatting with chefs and business owners, learning about Charlottesville history, architecture, and culture along the way as well. read full story
Share the wealth: Even temporary grandkids need love
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Sep 5th 11:27am

Share the wealth: Even temporary grandkids need love

Hi, Carolyn!       Over the years, I've read numerous complaints about grandparents who showed favoritism to some grandkids based on gender, adoption or step situations. Each time, I've been outraged that adults could be so unfair to innocent children.       read full story
'Win-win': Putting goats to work
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Sep 5th 11:24am

'Win-win': Putting goats to work

"This project has been my baa-baa-by," jokes Michael Juers, facilities manager for the nonprofit Christian Aid on Fifth Street Extended, where, for the past two weeks, a herd of 50 goats have been hard at work clearing an overgrown hillside. read full story
Cheers! These "Drinking Buddies" are cool
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Sep 5th 10:55am

Cheers! These "Drinking Buddies" are cool

By Richard Roeper read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Sep 5th 9:00am

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant.” -Robert Louis Stevenson Reap what they sow read full story
Enough is enough: State should bow out of liquor biz
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Sep 5th 5:28am
Spotlight on Ivy
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Sep 5th 5:05am

Spotlight on Ivy

Area: IvyPrice range: $79,000-$1,275,000Schools: Meriwether Lewis, Murray Elementary, Henley, Western AlbemarlePros: proximity to Charlottesville, scenery, school districtsCons: prices, nebulous boundaries read full story
The week in review
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Sep 5th 3:59am

The week in review

Best news for preservationists: The keeper of the National Register of Historic Places determines that the Jesse Scott Sammons family house and cemetery is eligible for inclusion in the registry, Sean Tubbs reports in Charlottesville Tomorrow. Sammons was a prominent African-American educator in the Hydraulic Mills area in the post-Civil War era; the property lies in the path of the Western U.S. 29 bypass. read full story
The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC
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Sep 5th 1:13am

The 67-cent felony: A veteran winemaker runs afoul of the ABC

Long before vineyards became agriculture du jour in Virginia, Mike Bowles planted grapevines in 1977,  and he claims he's Albemarle's first farm winery operator. Thirty years later, he wanted to be a pioneer again and hop on the craft-distillery trend to make the Italian spirit grappa from his chardonnay grape leftovers. Instead, he's earned a more dubious distinction as possibly the first person to get busted while applying for a federal distillery license. Under Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control regs, that could cost him his license to make wine at all. read full story
Last day: Mike Farruggio turns in his cuffs
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Sep 4th 2:07pm

Last day: Mike Farruggio turns in his cuffs

If a guy has been a cop for 25 years in Charlottesville, yeah, there are going to be some stories. "We had some prior information that UVA students were going to be streaking," reveals Captain Gary Pleasants. "I told everyone not to go to UVA. The next day I see on the cover of the Cavalier Daily Mike Farruggio and another officer, standing there with a naked guy in the picture." read full story
UVA expat: How Nobel winner Coase got pushed from Charlottesville
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Sep 4th 7:00am

UVA expat: How Nobel winner Coase got pushed from Charlottesville

Credited with launching the field of Law and Economics, Ronald H. Coase was one of the world's most acclaimed living economists. That is until Monday, September 2, when he died at the age of 102. "If there's such a thing as the founding fathers of Law and Economics, he is up there," says University of Virginia law professor George Cohen. "He got the whole enterprise started." read full story
Thank heaven: No injuries after SUV plows into 7-Eleven
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Sep 3rd 1:51pm

Thank heaven: No injuries after SUV plows into 7-Eleven

An early morning stop to buy a sweet treat for her three-year-old turned into a terrifying experience for county resident Ande Schneider, who was standing by the Slurpee machine at the 7-Eleven on U.S. 29 North near Proffit Road when an SUV plowed into the store just after 9am on Tuesday, September 3."I thought it was an explosion," says Schneider. "He knocked over three or four aisles, demolished them. There were two-liter sodas flying everywhere." read full story
Missing teen's phone found
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Sep 3rd 11:41am

Missing teen's phone found

Authorities have confirmed that a phone belonging to missing Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy has been recovered during the investigation. FBI spokesperson Dee Rybiski says in a release that the investigation into Murphy's disappearance has brought in hundreds of tips from in- and out-of-state since the August 11 arrest of Lovingston resident Randy Allen Taylor, who is charged with abduction. While law enforcement previously confirmed that several cell phones had been recovered, the location and condition of the phone has not been revealed. developing... read full story
SWAT overkill: Our military weaponry is now aimed at us
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Aug 29th 2:44pm

SWAT overkill: Our military weaponry is now aimed at us

We Americans are a fearful lot. Whenever a politician wants our vote, all he has to do is scare us. The candidate who creates the most fearsome boogeyman and proposes harsh measures to fight this enemy wins the election. Then, off he (or she) goes to the seat of power, and spends our money on fighting enemies, both real and imagined. For decades, a very effective boogeyman has been illegal drugs. Our taxes have been poured into a war on our own citizens: people using marijuana, cocaine, heroin, or some other substance in order to get high. We are very afraid of this, apparently. read full story
Wrecking ball: EconoLodge and other buildings going down
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Aug 29th 2:33pm

Wrecking ball: EconoLodge and other buildings going down

Not many will mourn the passing of the EconoLodge on Emmet Street. Even in a town that values preservation of its historic past, the now-underway demolition of the 1962 motel close to UVA elicits disappointment—  only in that it won't be blown up, but instead will be taken down with a backhoe, according to a phone call to contractor S.B. Cox.   Sidebar Title Recent passed: Will groovy structures be landmarks? read full story
Feedback loop: Red Light turns on at the Southern
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Aug 29th 1:21pm

Feedback loop: Red Light turns on at the Southern

For four years now, the Southern Cafe & Music Hall has survived in the shadow of Coran Capshaw's Jefferson Theater on the Downtown Mall, competing every week for a share of the music show-going crowd. While founder Andy Gems admits he hasn't gotten rich doing it, he says he hasn't lost money either, and more importantly— he's kept the small-venue music scene alive. "I've invested a lot of time and money in the local music scene," says Gems," more than anybody else I know." read full story
2013 Fall Music Preview
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Aug 29th 1:20pm
Blink: Driver asks if he's thrifty or crazy
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Aug 29th 11:15am

Blink: Driver asks if he's thrifty or crazy

 Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Bugging out: Holiday stay sparks tension
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Aug 29th 10:22am

Bugging out: Holiday stay sparks tension

Dear Carolyn:      Both of our sons came home for Thanksgiving. We put up our older son and his family in a hotel and had our younger son, his new (second) wife and their baby stay in our guest room.      read full story
Violent mess: Sequel doesn't Kick Ass
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Aug 29th 8:33am

Violent mess: Sequel doesn't Kick Ass

By Richard Roeper Jim Carrey played THIS character in THIS movie, and he was troubled by the violent content only after the fact?     Flashback: About six weeks ago, Carrey tweeted, "I did Kickass a month b4 Sandy Hook and now in all good conscience I cannot support that level of violence ... I am not ashamed of it but recent events have caused a change in my heart."     read full story
Sky high: Local heart-throbs come back home
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Aug 29th 6:46am

Sky high: Local heart-throbs come back home

It might seem as if Parachute were an overnight success— but that would be selling their story short. The hometown heroes have gradually risen through the ranks, from a rascally high school band initially named Sparky's Flaw in the early 2000s to a pop rock outfit re-branded as Parachute, to, today, a slick, confident, and mature ensemble that's heard their songs in Nivea advertisements, shared the stage with artists including the Jonas Brothers, Kelly Clarkson, and Taylor Swift, and performed on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. read full story
Chenoweth's 'Doubt': The summer you're glad you didn't have
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Aug 29th 6:00am

Chenoweth's 'Doubt': The summer you're glad you didn't have

Several drafts of Avery Chenoweth's new book, Radical Doubt, had been sitting on a shelf when a dire event at the gym made it imperative for him to get it published. "About a year and a half ago, I had a whopping heart attack," he says. "In the hospital they said if I'd been out jogging, I'd be dead." read full story
Phoenix rising: Second incarnation better than first on Lexington Avenue
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Aug 29th 5:05am

Phoenix rising: Second incarnation better than first on Lexington Avenue

Area: CharlottesvilleYear built: 1919Square footage: 2,377 finished, 600 unfinishedAcreage: .14 acresAssessment: $601,200Asking Price: $729,000Curb Appeal: 8 out 10 Listing Agents: Roger Voisinet, RE/MAX Realty Specialists, 434-981-1076, Waki Wynn, 1st Dominion Realty, 434-466-9493 read full story
The week in review
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Aug 29th 2:55am

The week in review

Biggest anniversary: Fifty years after the March on Washington, thousands flood the Mall and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool August 24 where Martin Luther King made his historic "I have a dream" speech. Most spousal insurance news: UVA won't be covering working spouses whose employers provide insurance, the DP reports, while Charlottesville City Council considers extending benefits to same-sex partners legally married out of state, a symbolic gesture unless authorized by the General Assembly. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Aug 29th (All day)

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes." - Marcel Proust Trying To Be Cool read full story
Blind Date Challenge: Alex and Ryder
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Aug 29th (All day)

Blind Date Challenge: Alex and Ryder

Hosted by Citizen Burger Bar Alex is a 24-year-old petite blonde who loves fitness, music and shopping. She's a PR manager and recent UVA grad whose ideal man can be summed up in three words "A nice friend." She prefers dark-haired guys...                 read full story
Self-defense: Cop cleared in Afton shooting
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Aug 28th 3:00pm

Self-defense: Cop cleared in Afton shooting

The officer who fired five bullets and killed 21-year-old Greg Rosson had "reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury" and will not face criminal charges, according to a determination released August 23 by Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford. That assessment doesn't sit well with Rosson's family. "I don't see how you shoot someone five times and it's justified," says his mother Denise Rosson.   read full story
Survivor's end: Bradley dies 54 years past Piedmont plane crash
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Aug 27th 5:07pm

Survivor's end: Bradley dies 54 years past Piedmont plane crash

The sole survivor of one of the most perplexing air crashes in American history and a celebrated visitor to the Crozet area, where he would memorialize the last flight of Piedmont #349, Ernest Philip "Phil" Bradley, has died after a short illness. Previously: Alone on a mountain: the true story of Flight 349 Flight 349: Never-before-seen pix in '59 crash read full story
No bond: Abduction suspect to stay behind bars
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Aug 27th 12:52pm

No bond: Abduction suspect to stay behind bars

The man accused of abducting 17-year-old Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy will stay behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday, August 22, in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court. read full story
'The Birds': Tippi to tell all at Virginia Film Festival
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Aug 24th 2:40pm

'The Birds': Tippi to tell all at Virginia Film Festival

A movie that terrified a generation will screen again on its 50th anniversary at the Virginia Film Festival, which is bringing Alfred Hitchcock's The Birds and its star, Tippi Hedren, to Charlottesville. Hedren, 83, made her film debut in The Birds after being spotted by Hitchcock in a commercial for Sego, the SlimFast of its day. Of his six blonde leading ladies, a roster that included Grace Kelly and Kim Novak, Hedren had perhaps the most troubled relationship with the director, and went public about the perils of being the object of his desire. read full story
Angry probationer: Kroboth back in jail
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Aug 22nd 4:45pm

Angry probationer: Kroboth back in jail

The man convicted of the attempted murder of his wife while wearing a vampire mask on Halloween in 2004 has decided he wants to be released from supervised probation in Arizona, according to court documents. And that quest for independence has landed him back in the slammer in Charlottesville for the second time this year. read full story
Close call: Wrong-way on interstate prompts reckless charge
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Aug 22nd 3:50pm

Close call: Wrong-way on interstate prompts reckless charge

An evening out with a friend in Crozet ended with a close call for a Charlottesville traveler headed eastbound on I-64 on Saturday night, August 3, after encountering another driver going the wrong way on the interstate. "I see these headlights coming toward me," says Belmont resident Jenny Mead, who didn't realize what was happening until the other vehicle had passed.  "Fortunately, it was in the other lane— the passing lane," says Mead, who quickly exited the highway and called 911. read full story
Not a fan
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Aug 22nd 2:12pm

Not a fan

Stonefield is a mistake ["On set at Stonefield: They built it, but will people come?" August 15]. Bigger is not better, as wise people have always known, and another shopping center in this community is overkill. It adds nothing to the quality of life. Those of us who protested the Stonefield development were concerned about this issue and others, such as traffic patterns and congestion, soil erosion, water runoff, and losing local merchants and businesses to yet more national chains. read full story
Bowing out: At CHS, it's the principal of the thing
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Aug 22nd 11:13am

Bowing out: At CHS, it's the principal of the thing

Less than two months after he took the top job at Charlottesville High School, new principal Aaron Bissonnette's resignation less than a week before the first day of school has sparked concern and questions. read full story
Unique view: 'Butler' offers riveting history of race relations
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Aug 22nd 9:11am

Unique view: 'Butler' offers riveting history of race relations

By Richard Roeper By the time Jane Fonda shows up as Nancy Reagan and we realize that's Alan Rickman beneath the makeup playing Ronald Reagan in Lee Daniels' The Butler, we've been conditioned to expect the unexpected.     This movie has one of the most astonishing casts of any film I've ever seen – and I mean that mostly in a good way.     read full story
Investing in the future: Albemarle weighs pre-k expansion
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Aug 22nd 8:57am

Investing in the future: Albemarle weighs pre-k expansion

Kelly Shifflett tears up when she talks about turning needy families away from Bright Stars, Albemarle County’s preschool program for at-risk youth. read full story
Prohibited signs
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Aug 22nd 8:43am

Prohibited signs

One of my early jobs was stapling placards for “International Productions” in Richmond. There is wisdom in hiring juveniles to do the illegal work. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story