Jan 292007

Every weekday we produce a two-minute summary of the daily headlines from around Central Virginia, with the goal of keeping you informed of what’s going on. It’s an old-fashioned radio newscast, here on the Charlottesville Podcasting Network. You can listen by clicking the arrow below, downloading the mp3, or subscribing in iTunes.

Trial begins today in killing of Caspers (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Shootings, stabbings strike Charlottesville (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Woman faces arson charge (Lynchburg News-Advance)

Coalition keeps tabs on homeless (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Looking for a few good officers (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Jan 282007

Alexis Zeigler is a local Civil Activist and author, who just released his book, “Culture Change: Civil Liberty, Peak Oil, and the End of Empire.” On this January 28th edition of WNRN’s Sunday Morning Wake-Up Call, Zeigler talks with Rick Moore about how social issues are often at the root of economic and political problems.

“While we are daily witness to the powers of progress manifest in the extraordinary mechanical technologies we have developed in the industrial age, we remain woefully unaware of the most basic causes of social change in our society. Our lack of social awareness does not result from the difficulty of understanding social problems, it results from the active repression of such awareness.”

You can order the book from Zeigler’s website, or visit the New Dominion Bookshop on the downtown mall this Wednesday, January 31st for the book release party.

Jan 272007

Dave McNair is an author and reporter who published an article in the Hook last week about the fountains on the downtown mall. What fountains, you may ask? That’s because the fountains have been largely ignored in recent years, and the once-beautiful structures have become invisible to pedestrians.On this January 25th segment of Charlottesville–Right Now! with Coy Barefoot, McNair talks about the privatization of the downtown mall, and what has caused the fountains to become defunct. Would they be too dangerous? Should we take the risk? Leave a comment, and let us know what you think!

Discuss this story on cvillenews.com.

Jan 272007

Peter Norton Peter Norton is a historian of technology in the Department of Science, Technology and Society in the School of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of Virginia. Norton describes his job as being able to help “engineers learn from the past of engineering, because we can learn from our mistakes, but you have to know what your mistakes were before you can learn from them.”

Norton speaks with Coy Barefoot on Charlottesville–Right Now! about his article”Street Rivals: Jaywalking and the Invention of the Motor Age Street,” recently published in the Journal of Technology and Culture. Norton discusses the transition from streets being pedestrian-oriented to becoming the domain of the motorcar, and whose interests were really being served. He is also working on a book called “Fighting Traffic.”

Jan 272007

Courtesy of the Weldon Cooper Center
Michael Spar is an Associate Professor at the Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service at the University of Virginia. The Cooper Center has been calculating Virginia’s official population since World War II.On this edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now! with Coy Barefoot, he discusses the population growth across the state. Spar outlines how the Center estimates population trends, which counties are growing the fastest, and which jurisidictions are losing people.

Of the 7.6 million people living in Virginia today, half were born here, forty percent came from other states, and a tenth moved here from another country. You can find all of the demographic information on the Cooper Center’s website.

Kenton Ngo has a post on this topic on his blog 750 Volts. Jeremy Borden wrote about the report for the Charlottesville Daily Progress.

Jan 262007

Senator Creigh Deeds joins Coy Barefoot on the Thursday, January 25th edition of WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now to give an update on the General Assembly session. Coy starts off the conversation by asking about Sen. Deeds about his bill to establish a Redistricting Commission. The resolution passed the Senate earlier this week on a close vote.

“In general, the bill sets up a non-partisan redistricting commission, drawn from the New Jersey model, using the Iowa criteria which sets some pretty radical notions that people come before politics,” says Deeds. He says the bill has failed each year he’s submitted it, and he’s thankful it’s finally passed. He and Coy talk about the legislation’s chances in the Senate.

Deeds, who sits on the Senate Transportation committee, also shares his thoughts on the Republican transportation plan that is currently being picked apart. He also laments the death of all of the bills that would have raised the minimum wage, and talks about SB1131, his bill to allow Charlottesville to create a housing fund to assist low-income residents. Deeds is also the patron of the now-dead SB891, which would have provided for reduced tuition for the children of university and college faculty.

Jan 262007

John Redick is the president of the Charlottesville Area Community Foundation, and Holly Hatcher is the organization’s director of programs. CACF was originally created forty years ago by area banks to fund projects to improve the quality of life in Charlottesville and surrounding counties. These days CACF hands out over $3 million a year in grants to area organizations. Redick and Hatcher discuss the details on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with Coy Barefoot. They also give details on the BAMA Works Fund, whose funds the CACF helps manage. The deadline for the next grant cycle is February 1. Hatcher also updates listeners on the progress of the Youth Service Award.

Jan 262007

Check in the with news once more with this installment of Media General’s Gateway Virginia Headlines. You can click the arrow below, download the mp3, or subscribe in iTunes.

Police kill teen in confrontation (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

Bill could ease U.S. 29 traffic (Charlottesville Daily Progress)

10-foot-wide hole threatens home (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

Smoking bans meet different fates (Richmond Times-Dispatch)

(Hey, how about a quick impromptu contest? I’ll give a free underwriting announcement for a week to someone who can come up with a better iTunes subscription picture then the one you see above)

Jan 252007

Jesselyn Radack is a former U.S. Department of Justice ethics adviser. She speaks about John Walker Lindh, an American found fighting for the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2001. Radack lost her job as a result of her involvement in the Lindh investigation – during the course of which she insisted that Lindh could not be interrogated since he was represented by counsel. When she informed the press of this information, which contradicted a statement by the Justice Department, she was investigated as a criminal. She tells her story on this edition of Charlottesville–Right Now! with Coy Barefoot.

Radack is also the author of “The Canary in the Coalmine: Blowing the Whistle in the Case of ‘American Taliban’ John Walker Lindh,” the memoirs of her experiences in the investigation.

Jan 252007

John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute makes his first appearance of the year on WINA’s Charlottesville–Right Now with Coy Barefoot. Of course, it’s the height of flu season, and Coy wants to know more about Whitehead’s recent article on Tamiflu. Whitehead points to evidence that Tamiflu may not be the wonder drug doctors purport it to be, and says the FDA has not done its job in properly labeling the drug. From his article:

It was thought that the drug, which has been used by over 30 million people worldwide, was causing some of its users to manifest very unusual behavior. For example, during the 2004 and 2005 flu seasons, two teenage boys committed suicide within hours of taking Tamiflu. The 17-year-old jumped in front of a large truck on a busy road after walking outside his house barefoot and in pajamas during a snowstorm. The 14-year-old jumped to his death from the balcony of a ninth-floor flat. Later, a teenage girl was narrowly prevented from jumping to her death from a window within days of starting a course of the flu drug. By November 2005, it had been reported that 12 Japanese children had died while on the drug and that others had experienced hallucinations, encephalitis and other symptoms.

Other topics include issues with the new cervical cancer vaccine, former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld’s connections with the makers of Tamiflu, the rights of non-custodial parents, the legality of giving students psychological tests without their parents’ consent, and the Bush administration’s use of signing statements.

Jan 252007

Morgan Felchner is the editor of Campaigns and Elections Magazine, which offers a “behind-the-scenes” look at politics. She speaks with Coy Barefoot of Charlottesville–Right Now about how her magazine demonstrates the strategies and tactics next years’ politicians are using now. She says campaign communications staff are utilizing viral websites such as YouTube to promote candidates, and bloggers are revolutionizing how the world views the politicians.

As a special bonus, the January issue is available for free online at their website, campaignline.com. The role of women and minorities in politics are focused on this month, as well as a special segment on Five Women to Watch – a look at the female politicians that don’t get as much press coverage as Hilliary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi.