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UVa’s First Amendment Clinic will help Charlottesville Tomorrow fight for Albemarle public records

Attorneys at the University of Virginia’s First Amendment Clinic will represent Charlottesville Tomorrow in an effort to obtain public records from Albemarle County Public Schools. Charlottesville Tomorrow on July 15 requested public documents from the school division regarding its reopening plans. Those requests have yet to be filled, though state law requires public bodies to […]

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Soundboard: Delayed Freedom of Information in Albemarle & Environmental Racism

Related Article: Albemarle ‘extended indefinitely’ deadline to respond to public records requests Delayed Freedom of Information in Albemarle & Environmental Racism Credit: WTJU The Freedom of Information Act is one of the primary tools that we as citizens have to hold our governments accountable. This week, we meet Jessie Higgins, the newest reporter at Charlottesville […]

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Albemarle ‘extended indefinitely’ deadline to respond to public records requests

Albemarle County says it is no longer obligated to respond to public records requests within a given timeline. The Board of Supervisors “extended indefinitely” the state-mandated deadlines for responding to Freedom of Information Act requests in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The move is alarming to watchdog groups that advocate for open government. “They are […]

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The Supreme Court stopped Trump from ending DACA, but local immigrants say they’re still not safe

In the days after the Supreme Court ruled that President Donald Trump cannot abolish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, Monse Monroy-Florez began frantically searching for information. The Charlottesville teen hoped the ruling meant that she could finally apply for the program that allows people like her — who were brought to the United […]

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Snook: Police Department a ‘black box;’ council can’t discuss ‘defunding’ until more known about structure, budget

As activists call for police department defunding, Charlottesville city leaders say they don’t have enough information about the Charlottesville Police Department’s structure or budget to even begin having that conversation here. “My problem as a councilor right now is that the police department is kind of like a black box to us,” Councilor Lloyd Snook […]

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UVa. announces plans for fall semester

*This is a developing story and the website will be updated. Rising fourth-year student Rohan Taneja is a computer science major with many of his courses being lectures or large sizes —two types of classes that will be held online, rather than in-person, this coming semester at the University of Virginia.  On Wednesday, UVA made […]

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Los Latinos representan el 25 por ciento de todos los casos de COVID-19 en el área de Charlottesville

Unas semanas después de llegar la pandemia del coronavirus, Nelly empezó a sentir que no podía respirar. Read this story in English. La emigrante de México, quien vive en Charlottesville, empezaba a entrar en pánico y llamó un doctor que conocía. “Le dije que estaba sintiendo esto” dijo Nelly. “El me dijo, primero tranquilícese, todo […]

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Latino residents account for 25 percent of all COVID-19 cases in Charlottesville area

A few weeks into the coronavirus pandemic, Nelly began to feel like she couldn’t breathe. The Mexican immigrant living in Charlottesville began to panic. She called a doctor she knew. “I told him, I’m feeling this,” Nelly said in Spanish. “He told me, ‘First, calm down. Everything will be OK. Isolate yourself, please. Don’t go […]