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‘Getting to Thanksgiving is going to be hard’ — UVA tightens COVID restrictions in effort to keep Grounds open

In a video message this week, University of Virginia President James Ryan warned students that unless they all follow the university’s COVID-19 rules, “getting to Thanksgiving is going to be hard.” COVID-19 cases are rising, he said. Quarantine space is filling up, not all students are wearing masks and officials have heard of several “large […]

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Albemarle extends ordinance waiving deadlines to respond to public records request

Albemarle County says it still is not legally obligated to respond to all public records requests within Virginia’s statutory deadline. An updated version of the county’s ordinance that defines how it will function during the COVID-19 pandemic extends a waiver of the Virginia Freedom of Information Act’s response deadlines another six months. The new “continuity […]

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Soundboard: Statues coming down; COVID cases up

Related Articles: Here are the (mostly Confederate) mementos in Johnny Reb’s time capsule ‘Johnny Reb’ is gone — Here’s the status of the 5 other Charlottesville-area statues activists want removed Photos: Albemarle County removes ‘Johnny Reb’ statue Saturday Statues coming down; COVID cases up Credit: WTJU This week, we talk to activists as they mark […]

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City argues Supreme Court should throw out injunction stopping removal of Confederate monuments, reverse lower court decision awarding attorneys fees to plaintiffs

The city of Charlottesville submitted its opening brief Friday to the Virginia Supreme Court laying out arguments for why a 2017 lawsuit to halt the removal of the city’s Confederate statues should be thrown out. The Supreme Court is scheduled to hear oral arguments on the case in November. A spokesman for the city said […]

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UVA quarantines its first residence hall as COVID cases climb

The residents in the University of Virginia’s Balz-Dobie dormitory got their first inkling that something was happening on Monday. “People were starting to exhibit symptoms of COVID — and they were actually just a few doors down from us,” said Luke Lamberson, a first-year Balz-Dobie resident. “Late Tuesday, we heard that the first person was […]

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UVA residence hall locked down due to cluster of COVID cases

A University of Virginia residence hall was locked down Wednesday after officials identified five coronavirus cases among the 188 students living there.That evening, the university tested each student in the Balz-Dobie dorm and asked “them to remain in their rooms, except when using the restroom or retrieving meals, until their test results are received,” the […]

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‘Johnny Reb’ is gone — Here’s the status of the 5 other Charlottesville-area statues activists want removed

Related Articles: Albemarle County votes to remove its Confederate monuments from Court Square Here are the (mostly Confederate) mementos in Johnny Reb’s time capsule With Albemarle County’s “Johnny Reb” statue gone, activists have returned their attention to five other local monuments they say are “symbols of oppression.” “This is one object that needs to be […]

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The job ‘takes a toll’ — City Manager Tarron Richardson resigns

Citing personal reasons, Charlottesville’s city manager, Tarron Richardson, resigned his position Friday. The City Council accepted Richardson’s resignation in a special afternoon meeting. Richardson will continue in the position until Sept. 30, at which time City Attorney John Blair will step in as interim city manager while the council searches for a permanent replacement. In […]

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What we know about UVA’s threshold for shutting down

A basic question remains largely unanswered this week as thousands of students have descended on Charlottesville for the start of the University of Virginia’s in-person classes: What would have to happen for university leaders to decide to send them home? “Our public health experts and University leaders monitor a number of key indicators like case […]

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Here are the (mostly Confederate) mementos in Johnny Reb’s time capsule

Related Articles: County chooses Shenandoah Valley Battlefields Foundation to take ‘Johnny Reb’ statue Albemarle will remove ‘Johnny Reb’ statue Sept. 12, officials yet to decide where it will go City Council waiting for judge to alter injunction to go ahead with process to remove Confederate monuments More than a century ago, when Albemarle County officials […]