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Former Police Chief Brackney demands $3 million from city, alleges wrongful termination

Former Police Chief RaShall Brackney is demanding $3 million from the city of Charlottesville and has lodged a charge with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission alleging that her Sept. 1 termination was unjust. Standing in front of city hall on Tuesday morning, Brackney and her attorney, Charles Tucker of The Cochran Firm, accused Charlottesville’s former […]

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Another interim city manager takes the helm amid intense upheaval in Charlottesville’s city hall

Charlottesville’s new interim city manager, Marc Woolley, introduced himself to the city in a virtual conference Friday afternoon. Woolley, 52, will begin officially Dec. 1. He will be immediately confronted with a couple looming deadlines. The city’s overdue updated comprehensive plan has finally passed through the Planning Commission and is before the Council to approve. […]

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Here are all the Charlottesville-area organizations offering Pfizer vaccines to kids ages 5-11

The first Pfizer vaccines for children between ages 5-11 will be available in the Charlottesville area on Saturday. The vaccine received final approval from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention earlier this week. Multiple local organizations will have the pediatric dose, but health officials say supplies will be […]

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ELECTION RESULTS: Wade, Pinkston win Charlottesville City Council, Paige keeps Albemarle County School Board seat

A crowd of about 100 gathered at Champion Brewing in downtown Charlottesville on Election Night. As the first frost of the season began to move in, conversations happened over chilled beers while television screens displayed the results of the gubernatorial election. While the governor’s race was called in favor for Republican Glenn Younkgin after midnight, […]

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Health district won’t have enough Pfizer vaccine for all children 5-11, prioritizing ‘high risk’

The local Blue Ridge Health Districts expects to begin immunizing children between ages 5-11 within two weeks — but there won’t be enough of the smaller pediatric doses for all area kids.  At least not right away. “We’re asking for a little patience in the beginning,” Dr. Denise Bonds, director of the Blue Ridge Health […]

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In her bid for a fifth term on Charlottesville School Board, Leah Puryear says she brings experience and commitment to empowering children

Leah Puryear has served as a member of Charlottesville School Board for more than 15 years. She decided to run in 2006 after a troubling encounter at a school board meeting. “There was a presentation I wanted to hear,” Puryear recalled. “A group of children came out and they happened to know who I was. […]

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Lisa Larson-Torres wants to continue equity work in second term on Charlottesville City School Board

Lisa Larson-Torres knew when she was elected chair of the Charlottesville City School Board in January 2021 that the job would be difficult — she just had no way of knowing how difficult. When she took the position, City Schools was entirely virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A few months later, Larson-Torres led the […]

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City officials wrestle with how to pay for a long-anticipated new $75 million middle school

Charlottesville city leaders are preparing to dig deep in the city’s budget — and raise local taxes — in order to build a new $75 million middle school within the next five years. The City Council this week gave the green light for the school division to finalize its plans for the new, state-of-the-art facility […]

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Scientists at UVA believe they have found the key to creating a universal coronavirus vaccine

Right now, a handful of scientists around the world are trying to create a universal vaccine that would protect against this — and all future — coronavirus pandemics. The problem they face is that viruses are constantly mutating. It’s a simple technique they use to outfox immune systems. As the immune system learns to identify […]