Sandy Hausman en Fighting the Backyard Pipeline <p>Fracking has produced a glut of oil and gas in West Virginia and Pennsylvania.&nbsp; Energy companies are desperate to get those products to market, and utilities are anxious to make the switch from coal to clean-burning gas.&nbsp;</p><p>There is, however, something standing in the way – people who want nothing to do with pipelines in their communities.&nbsp; In Nelson County, three groups have already formed to fight a pipeline that would also pass through Buckingham, Dinwiddie and Brunswick counties en route to North Carolina.</p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 19:33:55 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24679 at Fighting the Backyard Pipeline Weather Woes <p>For some parts of the state, this week brought a respite from the heat, but temperatures have still reached into the 80’s, and people aren’t the only ones suffering.&nbsp; The city of Richmond has issued a call for help.&nbsp;</p><p></p><p>Richmond’s Department of Public Works says young trees are in jeopardy because of hot, dry weather.&nbsp; Occasional thunderstorms have not done enough to keep roots watered, so the city is asking residents to help out by refilling gator bags.</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 18:55:34 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24463 at Weather Woes Back in the Classroom <p></p><p>Last month, millions of kids in Virginia collected their high school diplomas.&nbsp; The nation is at an all-time high, with 80% of students completing 12<sup>th</sup> grade.&nbsp; For those who did <u>not</u> get a degree, there’s another option.</p><p></p><p></p><p>Each year, about 800 students take night-time classes, twice a week, at the Adult Learning Center in Charlotteville.&nbsp; Beyan Johnson is a 35-year-old refugee from Liberia who has a full-time job, but wanted to set an example for his four children.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:54:31 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24332 at Back in the Classroom Give War and Peace a Chance <p></p><p>If you’re looking for some good summer reading, a professor at the University of Virginia has the answer.&nbsp; He’s read War and Peace 15 times, and he wants you to enjoy it at least once.&nbsp; To help you tackle that 1,500 page tome, he’s written a book called <em><strong>Give War and Peace a Chance. </strong></em></p><p><br />&nbsp;</p><p>It’s easy to see why people would be scared away from Tolstoy’s classic story.&nbsp; It has 361 chapters, nearly 600 characters, and in its time UVA Lecturer Andrew Kaufman says, it broke all the rules.<br />&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:31:52 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24292 at Give War and Peace a Chance An Elevated Park in Richmond? Why Not? <p>Five years ago, New York surprised the world with a new park, known as the High Line.&nbsp; It was built on an elevated railroad bed that once carried freight, but with lush landscaping, benches, bridges and stairs, it’s become a popular hangout for urban residents in search of nature.&nbsp; Now, the city of Richmond is planning a similar venture.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 10:29:17 +0000 Sandy Hausman 24027 at An Elevated Park in Richmond? Why Not?