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State confirms first two cases of Omicron in northern Virginia, but officials aren’t saying exactly where

Somewhere in the northern part of Virginia, officials have confirmed the state’s first two cases of COVID-19 caused by the new Omicron variant of the virus. It’s unclear exactly where the variant was detected. Officials have broadly said that someone in the state’s Northwest Health Planning Region tested positive for Omicron on Thursday.  The Northwest […]

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If you’re looking to donate food this holiday season, here’s what you should look out for before you hit the food pantry

The holiday season calls for giving. Food pantries across the country are receiving donations in droves, but what should you be giving? One in six people in Charlottesville are considered food insecure, according to the PB&J Fund. The city exceeds the state average at 11.9% or over 1 in ten people. Food banks are a […]

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UPDATE: Charlottesville officials have not responded to Brackney’s demand for a $3 million settlement over her September termination

Charlottesville’s former Police Chief RaShall Brackney gave the city a Friday deadline to pay her $3 million in damages or she said she would sue for wrongful termination. That deadline has now passed and her lawyer said he’s received no response from city officials.  “[The city] has not reached out to my office in any […]

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Charlottesville’s SWAT team was disbanded for ’disturbing behavior,’ but there’s still funding for it if a new chief wants to reinstate it

Former Charlottesville Police Chief RaShall Brackney disbanded the city’s SWAT team this summer, but it’s now uncertain whether the specialized law enforcement unit will remain dissolved. Brackney has accused the department of secretly planning to reinstate the specialty. “They’ve immediately rolled back my reforms and covertly have been reassembling the disbanded SWAT team through secret […]

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The Center for Nonprofit Excellence discusses climate justice and local efforts during its annual Philanthropy Day

Climate change is fast approaching, and it’s hitting marginalized communities at alarming rates, said Heather McTeer Toney, keynote speaker at the 14h annual Philanthropy Day seminar hosted by The Center for Nonprofit Excellence..  More than 100 guests and organizations gathered at the Boar’s Head Resort in Charlottesville on Tuesday to celebrate efforts against climate change […]

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The Center for Nonprofit Excellence will host its annual Philanthropy Day on Tuesday and it’s all about climate justice — here’s how you can watch

Heather McTeer Toney will give the keynote address at this year’s Philanthropy Day seminar hosted by the Center for Nonprofit Excellence.  The organization will host its 14th annual Philanthropy Day on Tuesday. This year’s seminar will be focused on environmental action and climate justice.  “It’s an opportunity for leaders all across the sector…to come together […]

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These are Brackney’s demands, as detailed in her formal complaints and letter to the city

The city of Charlottesville has until Nov. 26 to pay its former police chief, RaShall Brackney, $3 million in damages, or she says she will sue. The ultimatum came in a formal demand letter Brackney’s attorney sent to the city earlier this week.  “Please be advised that if our client is forced to proceed with […]