Virginia Elections
4:00 am
Thu October 24, 2013

Opposing Gun Control Ads

A new round of attack ads are being lobbed in Virginia’s heated off year election.

 Audio FileMatt Laslo reports the new ads focus on gun-control.Edit | Remove

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is dropping more than one million dollars in support of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe. The first ad shows images of the Virginia Tech and Navy Yard shooters as the announcer lambasts the Republican candidate’s positions on guns.

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Artist & Philanthropist P. Buckley Moss
4:52 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Virginia Tech's Moss Arts Center

P. Buckley Moss Giclée

Virginia Tech is putting the arts front and center with its new $100 million arts complex named for a working artist.  

The new building will be called, the ‘Moss Arts Center,’ for painter and philanthropist, Patricia Buckley Moss, known for her pastel portrayals of rural life and landscape in Virginia. Moss became a successful artist after a teacher recognized her intelligence and potential, despite her difficulty with reading.  Still a working artist at 80 years old, she also advocates for incorporating the arts into education.

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2013 Gubernatorial Election
4:26 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

October Quinnipiac Political Poll

Based on the latest Quinnipiac Poll, if the election for Virginia Governor were held today, Democrat Terry McAuliffe would beat Republican Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli by a significant margin.

The spread itself isn't different from the last Quinnipiac poll.  But  the survey contained the revelation that if most supporters of Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis changed their minds, the shift would not fall in Cuccinelli's favor.

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Journalist Martin Spinelli
12:41 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

After the Crash

In recent days we’ve been bringing you several stories about end of life care, about hospice, and about healing.  And today, we have another one….as sometimes there are “watershed moments” where our purpose in life suddenly becomes crystal clear. 

That happened to Martin Spinelli, a Virginia Tech graduate and former WVTF reporter,  after his wife died and his son was seriously injured in a traffic accident.  Spinelli has written about the crash in a personal memoir.

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Commentaries & Essays
12:11 pm
Wed October 23, 2013

Praise the Lord...and Pass the Crackerjacks

Deborah Lewis is a Methodist minister who works with students at the University of Virginia.  In her spare time, she enjoys quilting and shouting words of praise and damnation while watching TV.  We'll let her explain in this essay she recorded at our Charlottesville studio.

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