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Virginia Earthquake Felt in Charleston,

A 5.9 earthquake that had its epicenter 27 miles east of Charlottesville, Va., was felt in the Charleston area this afternoon around 2 p.m. People in Mt. Pleasant, downtown Charleston, and North Charleston called local news outlets to report they had felt tremors. Charleston-area seismograph readings show a sudden burst of activity just before 2 p.m.
Charleston City Paper  |  Paul Bowers  |  08-24-2011  |  Very Recent History

Virginia's Neglected Patch of Civil War Battlefieldsnew

Over a century after the real skirmish, the Battle of Waynesboro unfolds on a privately held piece of land that once belonged to Confederate Major William Patrick.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Brendan Fitzgerald  |  06-28-2011  |  History

What's Stopping Virginia From the Movement to Legalize Marijuana?new

After activists and academics and law enforcement members testified to change Virginia’s marijuana laws, and after a General Assembly subcommittee struck down two bills that would do that, what was left in a hearing room was this: a small baggie of a “leafy substance,” stashed behind the podium.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Scott Weaver  |  03-10-2010  |  Drugs

Why's the Increasingly Blue State of Virginia About to Elect a Republican Governor?new

The gap between Democrat Creigh Deeds and frontrunner Bob McDonnell could be as big as 19 points. Why? It has a little to do with the economy, a little to do with McDonnell -- and a lot to do with the limitations of candidate Deeds.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Will Goldsmith  |  10-28-2009  |  Politics

In Virginia Gov. Race, Democrat Creigh Deeds Crawls Toward the Finish Linenew

There's little doubt that would-be governor Creigh Deeds is currently stuck between Barack and a hard place. Long known as a genial, gun-lovin' Democrat, Deeds has been forced to fight his current battle against Bob McDonnell -- a slick, well-coiffed conservative Ken doll -- well outside his comfort zone.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Dan Catalano  |  10-14-2009  |  Politics

Virginia's Gubernatorial Candidates Court Youth for High Voter Turnoutnew

During the last presidential election, young voter turnout was unprecedented. Among Democrats, the overall turnout jumped 90 percent in 2008, compared to four years earlier. Young Democrats' participation jumped 135 percent. Will the same number of young Virginians come out to vote for their future governor?
C-Ville Weekly  |  Chiara Canzi  |  08-26-2009  |  Politics

Virginia Republicans Look to 2009 ... and Beyondnew

If there's one thing that we love about Virginia's odd-year election cycle, it's that it stretches the already interminable political season into near-perpetuity, insuring that not a year goes by without a healthy dose of campaign shenanigans for us to laugh at, lacerate and lampoon to our snarky heart's content.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Dan Catalano  |  07-22-2009  |  Politics

How Will Virginia's Gubernatorial Election Affect UVA?new

One of the largest impacts the incoming governor will make on the University of Virginia will be his appointments to one of the most senior decision-making bodies at the University -- the Board of Visitors (BOV). Among other tasks, the BOV allocates funds and approves the university budget.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Caitlin Speaker  |  07-08-2009  |  Politics

Sally Thomas Leaves Her Mark in Albemarle Countynew

Albemarle County's Samuel Miller District has been dominated since 1994 by Sally Thomas. Her decision to retire at the end of this term opens the race for her replacement. Whether her slow-growth legacy will be continued, however, remains to be seen.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Mark Meier  |  05-27-2009  |  Politics

Virginia Rep Requests $4M for Blue Ridge Tunnel Projectnew

Plans to convert the Blue Ridge Tunnel into a hiking trail through Afton Mountain may have gotten a boost when Representative Tom Perriello asked the House Appropriations Committee to earmark $4.36 million for the project in fiscal year 2010.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Mark Meier  |  05-06-2009  |  Housing & Development

Budget Cuts Target Virginia's Neediest Kids...To Save $8 Millionnew

One of the most troubling aspects of Virginia Gov. Tim Kaine’s budget proposal is that we do without any state-run emergency mental health beds for those under 18. Both child advocates and mental health watchdogs say this is a terrible idea that will crowd hospitals, correctional facilities and, some worry, morgues.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Will Goldsmith  |  02-25-2009  |  Economy

Precision Dance In the Age of Obamanew

Ten step teams converged to compete for $1,500 in total prize money, with proceeds going towards a local scholarship fund. The evening was billed as a celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. and Barack Obama, and our new President’s name was emblazoned on everything from pins to scarves.
C-Ville Weekly  |  J. Tobias Beard  |  01-28-2009  |  Performance

Virginia Organizing Project Fights for Ex-Con Voting Rightsnew

A recent speeding ticket set back Harold Folley's efforts to regain his voting rights, 15 years after he was released from prison. He's trying to help other ex-cons navigate Virginia's byzantine restoration process.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Chiara Canzi  |  01-14-2009  |  Politics

Virginian Artists and Teachers Struggle with Gov's Budget Cutsnew

As part of Gov. Tim Kaine's Oct. 9 budget cuts, state funds for the Virginia Commission for the Arts were reduced by 15 percent, and the Virginia Arts Foundation fund has been frozen.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Brendan Fitzgerald  |  01-07-2009  |  Economy

Virginia's GOP Chairman Navigates Some Stormy Watersnew

Not only did the much-despised Democrats thoroughly trounce the GOP at every level in the November elections, besting Republicans at the top, bottom, middle and occasionally along all four edges of the ticket, but Jeff Frederick also attracted a great deal of negative attention for some of his pre-election antics.
C-Ville Weekly  |  Dan Catalano  |  12-10-2008  |  Commentary

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