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‘A time for healing’ — In-person return planned for Women’s Initiative class focused on physical, mental health

On a warm Wednesday afternoon, under the shade of an old oak tree, the sound of percussion can be heard across the hilltop in Washington Park. Lillie Williams, an African dance instructor with 20 years of experience, sits patiently with drummer William Whitten on a nearby bench as members of her Chihamba class arrive.  Chihamba, […]

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Lieutenant governor candidate Rasoul rolls out policies to protect local news

With the June 8 primaries just around the corner, many Virginians will find themselves turning to their local and statewide newspapers for insights on their choice of candidates. While local newspapers serve as communal resources, the amount of local outlets has shrunk in recent years. As the concern grows, people are taking action — from […]

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New directory focuses on area’s Black businesses

Over the past year, University of Virginia graduate Destinee Wright has been hard at work finalizing the Charlottesville Black Business Directory. When Destinee began her passion project in 2018, she recognized a need to connect Black business owners to the local community.  “It started as a Facebook post,” Destinee shared. “Where are the Black businesses? […]

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With mask mandate lifted for vaccinated people, some businesses can still require them

Despite Gov. Ralph Northam’s announcement that lifts mask requirements in indoor spaces, some Charlottesville-area businesses say it still might be a while before they allow people to enter without face coverings.  The announcement comes on the heels of new guidelines from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stating that vaccinated people no longer need to […]

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Out of gas: How the Colonial Pipeline crisis affected the Charlottesville area and what to expect

*This is a developing story and this page will be updated frequently Following a May 7 cybersecurity attack on Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline that prompted the company to shut off its service, several states, including Virginia, experienced a fuel shortage. The pipeline, which runs from eastern Texas up and over into New Jersey is a major […]

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$7K plane tickets, $11K hotel bills — Jaunt reveals the ‘numerous’ travel expenses over which its former CEO resigned

Jaunt Inc. has released the “numerous expenses for goods, services and travel” that were flagged as unreasonable by auditors and led to the resignation of its former chief executive officer.Company receipts show that between June 2019 and March 2020, former CEO Brad Sheffield and other members of Jaunt’s leadership team traveled twice to Paris, once […]

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Charlottesville-area businesses plan to lead by example on greenhouse gas emissions

Like a gym buddy or academic advisor, local nonprofit Community Climate Collaborative (C3) is set to keep companies and organizations accountable for shared emission reduction goals and help them navigate the process.   On Wednesday, C3 formally announced the Green Business Alliance (GBA) — a consortium of Charlottesville-area businesses and nonprofits with goals of reducing their […]

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‘Truth Farm’ installation near Trump Winery hopes to spark broader conversations about immigration

“Truth Farm,” an art installation dedicated to conversations about immigration, sits nestled between hills on a family farm located within the Trump Winery property. On April 10, a crowd of about 50 gathered near a greenhouse for conversation and a shared meal atop a 90-by-20-foot sculpture that spells out “TRUTH.”The table was constructed with wood […]