Monthly Archive for February, 2004

Lundy Case, One Year Later

It was one year ago today that UVa Student Council president candidate Daisy Lundy reported that she had been the victim of a racist assault perpetrated to force her out the running for office. Lundy was elected after her opponent withdrew from the race, shortly after the FBI opened an investigation into the attack. In October, the case went before a grand jury, but nothing has come of that thus far. On, Lundy’s story was poked full of holes and generally met with great skepticism (and elsewhere, too), so the news that the case remains open with no known leads will come as little surprise to many. Kate Andrews has the story in today’s Progress.

CvilleIndyMedia Launches has a new neighbor — CvilleIndyMedia, a local iteration of the the Independent Media Center family of sites. The site is run by Alexis Ziegler, and should be familiar-looking to anybody reading this site. The major feature of CvilleIndyMedia is that it’s democratically-run: instead of having submissions run through an approval process, anybody can post a story about anything, making it a truly open site. Assuming that CvilleIndyMedia sticks to the approach used by most Indymedia sites, its focus will be on progressive social change, such as environmentalism, sustainability, peace, equality, animal rights and, of course, politics.

Jackson Has String of Assault Convictions

In a startling revelation by Liz Nelson and Reed Williams in the Daily Progress, Republican City Council candidate Kenneth Jackson has been found to have been convicted four times for assault and battery, with a knife on three of those occasions. In 1985, the 18-year-old Jackson stabbed a classmate several times; in 1990, he got in a fight, assaulted a police officer and resisted arrest; in 1993, he went after a coworker with a knife; and in 1994, he cut a man in the torso after the man slapped him. Jackson sees no reason why any of this should concern voters. “They were years ago,” he said. “That’s one of the great things about our society. It gives you a chance to change.”

Fridays After 5 Free Again

One year after Fridays After 5 became a paid event, they’re reverting to being free of charge. This comes after the Charlottesville Downtown Foundation, the organization that runs Fridays After 5, lost two thirds of its sponsorship budget from Virginia State Lottery (had its budget cut), Adelphia Cable (declared bankruptcy, in serious legal trouble), SunCom (slackers?) and Technicolor (fired 750 people, moved to Guadalajara). It didn’t help any that it seemed to rain mightily last summer, but only on Fridays — a third of the year’s concerts were rained out. The organization intends to return to featuring local acts, the city has agreed to lower their usage fees, and things are a bit cloudy beyond that, because of the planned extension of the east end of the Downtown Mall. Lisa Provence has the story in this week’s Hook, and Liz Nelson has the story in yesterday’s Progress.

ELF Attacks Hollymead Center

A couple of weeks ago, the much-debated Hollymead Town Center project, a huge shopping center under development in Hollymead (which is not, in fact, a town) was the victim of some $30,000 in vandalism. But it wasn’t your regular vandalism — the perps left a banner reading “Your construction = long-term destruction — ELF.” The Earth Liberation Front describes themselves as “an international underground organization that uses direct action in the form of economic sabotage to stop the destruction of the natural environment.” They estimate that they’ve done $100M in damage to those businesses who “profit from the destruction of life and the planet.” ELF issued a press release taking credit for the attack, describing the action as “part of the ELF’s ongoing actions against large-scale developments going up at the expense of what little green space is left in North America.” Lisa Provence has the story in The Hook.



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