Charlottesville Remembers Heather Heyer

Charlottesville is preparing a memorial for Heather Heyer, the local paralegal who was killed when a car crashed into a crowd of counter-protestors Saturday afternoon. Friends and family are looking back on her life and thinking of how they’ll go on without her.

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Rally in Charlottesville: Updating

This post is updating with Tweets and dispatches from Charlottesville in the aftermath of yesterday's 'Unite the Right' Rally.

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Distracted Driving Legislation

Feb 26, 2013

The passage of Virginia’s transportation-funding bill was not the only change of heart that took place in the General Assembly this session.  Another was tackling a growing traffic-safety hazard that did not even exist a generation ago—and making it a primary offense. It not only toughens current state penalties against texting while driving, but it targets similar communications.

President Obama was in Newport News, Virginia today highlighting the impact of pending budget cuts on the state's defense industry. Virginia Republicans are glad the president is highlighting the state's robust defense industry. But Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes says the president's time would have been better spent in Washington negotiating with congressional leaders.

Peeling the Onion

Feb 26, 2013

The number of foreign students on college campuses in the U.S. is growing.  But many say they have difficulty making American friends.  It’s a social issue that has implications for the classroom as well.  Robbie Harris prepared this report.


Dyanis Popova and Kris Tilley Lubbs are offering a workshop Friday, March 1 called,"Peeling the Onion: Diversity and Inclusion for All Students in All Classrooms."  It runs from 8 am to 12 noon at the Torgersen Museum on the Virginia Tech Campus.
 


 

Climate Change & Congress

Feb 25, 2013

After being eclipsed by other issues for a couple of years climate change is now back in the spotlight on Capitol Hill. 

Republicans control the U-S House and many oppose taking action to address climate change. In his State of the Union address President Obama opened the door for lawmakers to work with him on the issue but he also laid a line in the sand.

Fixing Failing Schools

Feb 25, 2013

Virginia’s most underperforming schools would be transferred to a new state Opportunity Educational Institution thanks to General Assembly passage of a budget amendment over the weekend. 

VaNews for 02.25.13

Feb 25, 2013

A Virginia sheriff was surprised when his statement against gun control laws was removed from his county’s website and the General Assembly is trying to make it easier for parents to get information from online accounts after the death of a child. The Virginia Public Access Project reports those were among the most clicked newspaper stories this week at the VaNews link at vpap.org.  Fred Echols reports.

Forty Thorns, a Story of Survival.

Feb 25, 2013

We hear a lot of questions about today’s unsettled world.

A Cautionary Tale

Feb 25, 2013

I’m about to tell you a cautionary tale involving food, phones, fighting and fire. 

One evening while preparing dinner, I was on the phone arguing with my oldest son.  I don’t remember the subject, I just know I was right and he was wrong.  And, I told him so as I lay green beans on a metal steamer in a pot, forgot to add water, then placed the pan over high heat on the stovetop.

Electoral Laws

Feb 20, 2013

Virginia attorneys general would have the power to investigate and prosecute violations of election laws under legislation that has been approved by the state Senate. 

Oysters were once plentiful on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, but their numbers have fallen dramatically over the last century, due to overfishing, pollution and disease. 

Scientists and watermen are working to bring them back, and the partnership has led to a unique course at the University of Virginia – one taught, in part, by a man who has no PhD but could easily write a dissertation on his beloved bivalves.

Four generations of Biddlecombs have lived on the Eastern Shore, harvesting oysters.  76-year-old Dudley Biddlecomb began work when he was just five years old.  

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