“Virginia actually saw a significant increase in the poverty rate, increasing from 9.6% to 9.9%,” Cassidy said. That translates to over 740,000 Virginians making below the poverty threshold as defined by the federal government.
- Brian recently took a tour of the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir with the South Fork Stewardship Task Force. Click through to the Charlottesville Tomorrow News Center for a 21-minute slideshow.
- Albemarle County Service Authority prepares to build new North Fork Pump Station – but how much capacity is needed?
- One scenario for future development involves adoption of a TDR program
- Could a pedestrian bridge be built over the Rivanna River to help people commute on foot or on bike to jobs in Pantops? Transportation activist Randy Salzman thinks so.
- Developers seek permission for 102-unit residential complex between Free Bridge Lane and Route 20 (Charlottesville Tomorrow story forthcoming)
- BAR finalizes size for bricks to be used in $7.5 million downtown mall renovation
With approximately 250,000 items of sexual assault evidence mired in three- to 12-month backlogs as they await analysis in U.S. forensic laboratories, there is an alarming nationwide need for a time-efficient way to get this work done. And according to Jessica Voorhees Norris, a Ph.D. candidate in forensic chemistry, she has found a better way. She developed a method for handling rape kit evidence that reduces part of the DNA analysis time from 24 hours to as little as 30 to 45 minutes and improves the sperm cell recovery rate by 100 percent. If her method is adopted by forensic labs – and the results accepted by courts – the backlog could potentially be reduced within months.
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Kevin McFadden and Angie Hogan presented an evening of poetry and letterpress at WriterHouse on Wednesday, August 20, 2008. Kevin McFadden is the author of Hardscrabble, an inaugural selection of the VQR Poetry series. Originally from the Cleveland area, he was a Henry Hoyns Fellow at the University of Virginia and now lives in Charlottesville. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Fence, Kenyon Review, Parnassus, Ploughshares, Poetry, and in other publications.
Angie Hogan received her MFA from the University of Virginia, where she was a Hoyns Fellow as well as the recipient of a Javits Fellowship. Her poems appear in The Antioch Review, Bellingham Review, Harpur Palate, New Orleans Review, Notre Dame Review, Ploughshares, Third Coast, and The Virginia Quarterly Review among other journals. Originally from East Tennessee, she now works at the University of Virginia Press.
McFadden and Hogan read from their works and discussed the writing life and the art of letterpress in a question-and-answer session following their reading.
On August 20, 2008, one of the speakers—Scott Harris—appeared at the Senior Center to talk about the May, 15th, 1864 Battle of New Market in the Shenandoah Valley. Scott received his B.A. with honors in History and Historic Preservation from Mary Washington College in 1983, and got his Master in History and Museum Administration from William and Mary in 1988. He is currently the director of the New Market Battlefield Park which commemorates the fascinating battle and highlights the participation of the 257 Virginia Military Institute cadets who helped capture a Union battery of artillery.