Monthly Archive for August, 2001

Nelson Murderer Confesses

57-year-old Betty Gowen has confessed to the murder of her 63-year-old husband in Shipman on the 17th. The two had a history of domestic disputes, and Sheriff Gary Brantley described the murder as “not unexpected.” The story is in today’s Progress.

Fluvanna Sheriff Seizes Marijuana

$138,000 worth of marijuana was seized by the Fluvanna County Sherriff on Wednesday from seven locations around the county. Most of it was growing in the woods, and it will be unlikely that it will be determined who is responsible for it. However, two arrests may be made. The story is in today’s Progress.

Bayly Changes Name

The Bayly Art Museum has a new name: University of Virginia Art Museum. It seems that it became known as the Bayly Art Museum because it’s in the Thomas H. Bayly Museum. More important, this is the first step in their plan to build a $30M, 41k-square-foot museum next door. The museum director points out that “the name of the museum could change again to reflect a major gift.” Dave Matthews Band Art Museum, anyone? Erin Montgomery has the story in today’s Cav. Daily.

Foxfield Making Changes

In light of Foxfield‘s recognition as a “disaster” (in the words of an Albemarle County Supervisor), it’s fortunate that Foxfield met with representatives from the ABC, the county, and MADD. Foxfield has become known as a twice-annual drinking festival for UVa students that only tangentially involves horses and something about running in a circle. Recommendations include limiting attendance to 20,000 people (2/3 of this spring’s attendance), increase enforcement of drinking laws, and selling more non-alcoholic beverages. The Progress may have the story today, but only the Cavalier Daily’s article can be linked to.

Nifty Gift From Virginia Republicans

Janis Jaquith writes “Hey, everybody, I just got this swell gift in the mail from the Republican Party of Virginia — it’s this black sign that says in big, bold letters, ‘I’m a liberal and proud of it.’ This is so cool! I’m gonna tape it up inside the back window of my car. I’ve always wanted a bumper sticker that said something like that, and now, voila! it shows up in my mailbox. Alls I need is a little Scotch tape, and I’m in business. Thanks, Republican Party of Virginia!”

You know, my girlfriend got one of those too. We’re both liberal Democrats, and it wasn’t immediately clear, even after reading through the mailing, that it was criticizing Democrats. I think I was supposed to be horrified to find that certain state candidates were in favor of homosexual marriage (“God forbid the promiscuous heathens marry!,” I think I was supposd to cry out), that some people would hypothetically favor raising taxes if it was necessary, etc. I wonder how Democrats ended up on this mailing list. Did anybody else get this?



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