Five years ago, New York surprised the world with a new park, known as the High Line. 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. Now, the city of Richmond is planning a similar venture.
Some kids are happy that school is back in session. Others head for the classroom with some trepidation, but their reluctance is nothing compared to what Charlottesville author Erika Raskin feels each time she thinks about her days as a substitute teacher.
Many operas are set in Europe – sung in Italian or German, but the Ash Lawn Opera in Charlottesville plans to bring the art form closer to home with a performance of Susannah -- a story set in Appalachia.
Susannah is a role prized by sopranos like Renee Flemming, who performed it at the Met. Critics described composer Carlisle Floyd as the American Pucini for the passionate lyrics and music he wrote. He tells the story of a beautiful woman who lives in a small town – New Hope Valley, Tennessee. She sings of her longing to leave and make something of her life.
In June, four state lawmakers unexpectedly resigned their seats in the General Assembly. While legislative retirements are not unusual, four Democrats in one month calling it quits before their terms expire is not the norm—and left many to wonder why. But, the answer may be as simple as timing and opportunity.
On average, public defenders in Virginia make 25% less than prosecutors, even though both are state employees. Now, there’s a move to change that, with two communities offering supplements that bring the two groups close to parity.
Jim Hingely is the public defender for Charlottesville and Albemarle County.
“We represent people who otherwise could not afford to have lawyers, and we assure that they have fair trials, and we assure that they’re being fairly treated.”