Monthly Archive for November, 2003

Gordonsville Cop on Cocaine Bender

Gordonsville police officer Emerson Brown, who disappeared for a few days in October, has been indicted on embezzlement and drug possession charges, having been accused of going on a “cocaine bender” by the city prosecutor. Brown, who was fired from the force earlier this month, claimed that he had gone on a manhunt to Fredericksburg in order to recover his stolen service pistol. He’s now accused of having travelled to the city and traded his gun for drugs. Reed Williams has the story in today’s Progress.

UVa Hospital Picket Planned

Cecil writes: According to a Cav Daily article, some folks are in the mood for a good old-fashioned picket at UVa Hospital. Apparently a manager used the “n” word within earshot of some subordinate employees. Read the Cav for the details, such as they are.

Cav Daily Fires Two for Plagiarism

Twice in the past few months, the Cavalier Daily has fired writers after it was discovered that they plagiarized substantial portions of articles, according to a November 5 editorial. One undergraduate, Tonya Dawson, wrote seven separate movie and music reviews that took entire paragraphs from publications like the Boston Globe, the Dallas Morning News and Entertainment Weekly. The other student, Demetra Karamanos, used “significant portions” of a Slate article about low-rise jeans. The Honor Committee, by policy, would not comment on whether either student is the subject of an investigation. Kate Andrews has the story in today’s Progress.

North Pointe Shot Down

The Albemarle County Planning Commission has rejected, by 4-2, the request by the would-be developers of North Pointe to rezone 269 acres to permit the construction of the development. The $250M, 664,000 square foot development has been in planning for nine years now, and its creators hope to gain approval through following the county’s new urbanist neighborhood model. Developer Charles Rotgin argued that North Pointe met the standards of the model, but the planning commission argued that the project “is as far from the neighborhood model as possible.” This will go to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors who, particularly with the recent election of one (or possibly two) pro-development members, will likely override the Planning Commission’s decision. David Dadurka has the story in today’s Progress.

New Downtown Vendor Rules Approved

City Council has given preliminary approval to a long-overdue overhaul of the regulations that govern vendors on the Downtown Mall. Responding to merchant complaints that downtown comes to look like an overcrowded flea market around Christmas, the new regulations increase the annual cost for a vendor’s license from $120 (if memory serves) to $400, and charges $2 per square foot in rent. Smaller changes include prohibiting open flames, unapproved clothing racks, and require table coverings to be black. Final approval is expected at the next City Council meeting in two weeks. Elizabeth Nelson has the story in today’s Progress.



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