Choral Performance in Charlottesville
7:56 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Mozart's Requiem: A Summer Project for Students

While many of their peers are  swimming, biking, hiking or just goofing around this summer, more than three dozen high school students  from around the state have gathered in Charlottesville this week for a vocal labor of love - rehearsing and performing one of the most complex works of choral art ever.  A Mozart marathon now underway.

Judith Gary  is music director for the Virginia Consort, a singing ensemble in Charlottesville and one of five music professionals behind a remarkable summer experiment.
 

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Law & Crime
5:44 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VA Attorney General Appeals to Defend Anti-Sodomy Law

Virginia’s attorney general is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to let the Commonwealth keep its law against sodomy on the books, because he claims it protects children from predators, but critics say we have other laws to do that, and Cuccinelli is simply playing politics.

In 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court struck down an anti-sodomy law in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, saying it violated Americans’ constitutional right to privacy.

“The government can’t tell two consenting adults what they can do in private.”

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Government & Politics
5:37 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

DOMA Reaction

There’s mixed reaction in Virginia regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling in favor of federal recognition of all legal marriages. In a statement, the Attorney General's office says it will defend the Virginia Constitution, which defines marriage as the union between one man and one woman.  But, that position is pitted against another legal juggernaut, the ACLU, which is applauding the decision and says it will fight to pave the way for same-sex marriages within the state.

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Government & Politics
5:30 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to DOMA Ruling

Lawmakers in the region are having mixed reactions to the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the Defense of Marriage Act.

Many Republicans had muted responses to the Court s landmark decision. Not Virginia Republican Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a statement saying he s disappointed and troubled by the ruling.

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H7N9 in China
5:11 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

VT Researchers Study New Flu

Chickens in a Chinese live bird market.
Credit Virginia Tech

A new strain of bird flu has been identified in China. Scientists at Virginia Tech are helping quickly analyze data to identify risk factors, limiting potential spread of the deadly virus.

The new strain of flu, H7N9 has been seen only in China.  So far, around one hundred and thirty cases have been confirmed. Some have proved fatal.  The virus appears to be affecting only people who handle live birds infected with the strain. 

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Voting Rights Act
6:21 am
Wed June 26, 2013

W&L Professor Weighs In on Voting Rights Decision

Christopher B. Seaman, Assistant Professor of Law at Washington & Lee University

Christopher Seaman, assistant professor of law at Washington and Lee University, provides background and context to this week's landmark Supreme Court decision on the Voting Rights Act.

Seaman is the author of two journal articles on the Voting Rights Act, including "An Uncertain Future for Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act: The Need for a Revised Bailout System," which was published in the Saint Louis University Public Law Review in 2010.

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Immigration Reform
4:53 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Hi-Tech Entrepreneurs

An amendment proposed by U.S. Senator Mark Warner to the immigration-reform bill is languishing in the Senate even as the legislation moves closer to passage. 

The amendment would enable more highly skilled, foreign-born college graduates and entrepreneurs in science and technology to start businesses in the U.S. 

Warner says the U.S. educates thousands of foreign students who leave and compete against American businesses. The same is true of highly skilled but temporary foreign workers.

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Government & Politics
4:39 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

VA Lawmakers React to Voting Rights Decision

Virginia lawmakers are trying to figure out how Congress should respond to the Supreme Court's decision to strike a section of the Voting Rights Act.

Civil rights abuses in Virginia was a part of the reason Congress passed the Voting Rights Act in 1965. The state had been dominated by racist politicians who sought to disenfranchise minorities.

Virginia Democratic Senator Mark Warner says some officials in the state still try to put up barriers on Election Day.

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Charlottesville's Festival of the Photograph
12:33 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Martha Rosler's Theatre of Drones

Credit Martha Rosler. Cellular.

Charlottesville is the first city in the nation to pass a law restricting the use of drones in its airspace, and now a New York City artist has created a special show on that subject.

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