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The Kevin Alfred Strom Case...

Kevin Alfred Strom (pictured) — the Charlottesville man who’s accused of being a racist and who pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography in a politically tinged case in which his main accuser was cop-follower/blogger estranged spouse Elisha Strom (herself now convicted of obstruction of justice) — staunchly maintains his innocence. What should the community’s attitude be to...

Stalking: Elisha Strom Charged...

Elisha R. Strom, 35, of Bedford County, was arrested in Charlottesville in 2010 for allegedly stalking a federal agent. The arrest warrant was issued in Greene County, where the agent resides, according to the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. Strom was released on her own recognizance, though her laptop computer and camera are being held as evidence. Elisha Strom has been arrested twice before for...

Explore Our Virginia...

LET’S EXPLORE the region around Charlottesville, Virginia — Charlottesville and Albemarle County have a combined population of around 120,000, with higher education, tourism, light manufacturing, agriculture, and retail sales constituting the economic base. Over the years, citizens have done much to preserve the natural beauty and character of Albemarle County. The countryside, especially in...

Baking Charlottesville (A Grea...

Charlottesville, Virginia was recently voted the number one place to live in the Unites States by two formidable publications: USA Today and Frommer’s Travel. Follow this perfect recipe on how a small city was able to earn these formidable accolades. How does a small city of 60,000 people earn the respect as the number one place to live and work in the country? It’s the Charlottesville real...

UVA “Teddy Bear Clinic&#...

Diana Cummins writes at the UVA Web site that children love teddy bears. That’s not news, but the way teddy bears are being used by University of Virginia nursing students is news. Cummins writes” “Assistant professor Carol Lynn Maxwell-Thompson conducted a Teddy Bear Clinic at Clark Elementary School in Charlottesville. The purpose of the clinic was to familiarize 3- and 4-year-old...

Taking Back Abstinence...

(An excerpt from an editorial in the Daily Princetonian by Charlottesville native Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Cristina Stanojevich. See link to full article below.) “YOU’RE not religious. Why should you be abstinent?” Or: “Abstinence is just for conservatives. You probably also think gay people shouldn’t get married.” Or, even better: “Abstinence is just an excuse because you’re...

‘The Hour,’ Famous Cocktai...

IN days of yore, American men were expected to have opinions about drink. A signature cocktail, and how to mix it, mattered. It was part of the male identity, like the ability to grill meat or change a carburetor. It was in this spirit that the literary critic Bernard DeVoto wrote a curious book, “The Hour: A Cocktail Manifesto.” First published in 1948, it has long been regarded as a classic, ...

Islamic Finance Course at CFA...

ACCORDING TO Arab News, the Charlottesville, Virginia-based CFA Institute will soon be offering a curriculum that includes “Islamic Finance.” The Institute has offices around the globe and promotes transparency, fairness, and ethical standards in the financial industry. For religious reasons, Islamic societies traditionally forbid practices that are common in Western economies: the taking of...

WNRN: the Good and the Bad...

by Garet G. Sarkisian WNRN is an independent, non-commercial radio station in Charlottesville, 91.9 on the FM dial — and I really love its main programming staple, modern rock. Modern rock (sometimes called alternative or indie rock) is the negation of all the commercialized trends in popular music since disco. It’s sustained mainly by small businesses — recording studios, record stores,...

WINA: Why No Live Feed?...

by Garet G. Sarkisian YOU KNOW, I really like WINA radio, AM 1070 in Charlottesville. They have a variety of views represented — not just one solid phalanx of party hacks like WCHV or that “progressive” station on 1450. They have the most complete local news. And when bad weather strikes, they get on the ball fast with live reports on conditions so my family and I can stay as safe as...

The Downtown Mall and Cultural...

IN CHARLOTTESVILLE, Virginia theatre-goers attend on-Grounds productions at UVA by the Virginia Players and the Heritage Theatre Festival or performances by the Four County Players and the Light Opera Society. Music-lovers look forward to UVA’s Tuesday Evening Concert series or concerts by local bands and symphony orchestras. University students, community...

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