Virginia high court rejects UVA lacrosse-case appeal

George Huguely V

George Huguely V

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ The Virginia Supreme Court has refused to hear the appeal of a former University of Virginia lacrosse player convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. George W. Huguely V of Chevy Chase, Maryland, is serving a 23-year prison term in Virginia for the May 2010 beating death of Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old from suburban Baltimore. According to court records, the justices refused without explanation to hear Huguely’s appeal Wednesday. The Virginia Court of Appeals previously declined to reconsider its decision upholding his conviction. In that appeal, Huguely’s lawyers raised issues involving jury selection and the absence of one of his attorneys when she fell ill during the trial.

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Appomattox Improving

Town of AppomattoxImprovements are forthcoming for the Town of Appomattox. Officials are ready to make some changes and have already identified top major stepping stones for the economy such as enhancing shopping, downtown revitalization and developing the Route 24 corridor. Now Council members will direct their focus on objectives such as improving the esthetics of the town, enhancing overall tourism, and creating a “Welcome Center” on U.S. 460. According to the Times Virginian, Mayor Paul Harvey will present the council with a priority list of actionable objectives in January.

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Lynchburg Humane Society Announces Challenge Grant

humanesocietyLynchburg humane society has announce a challenge grant. More than 2,150 animals have come through the doors of the Lynchburg Humane Society so far in 2014 which means higher medical bills and food expense for the facility. An anonymous group of local professionals have pulled together resources to donate up to $11,000 matching dollar for dollar for any amount given funds that will be allocated for animal needs; the $22-thousand dollars when raised, will go directly into the operational budget. To learn how to help visit: www.lynchburghumane.org

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Lynchburg’s Holiday Schedule Posted

City of LynchburgThe City of Lynchburg has posted holiday scheduling changes AND a notice for meeting cancellations for next week. Lynchburg City Council’s meeting set for Tuesday at City Hall has been canceled due to the of lack of agenda items. Council’s finance committee set for earlier in the day, also has been scrapped. Council is expected to hold its next regular meeting on Dec. 9. As far as holiday closings city Municipal Offices will be closed on November 27 and 28. Trash will not be collected on Thanksgiving Day but will be collected on Friday. To view the city’s calendar posted online visit: http://www.lynchburgva.gov

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UVa’s choice to investigate rape response scuttled

UVA-LogoRICHMOND, Va. (AP) – The University of Virginia’s first choice as independent counsel to investigate how the school responds to rape allegations has been scuttled. Attorney General Mark Herring said Friday that the university agreed to withdraw its appointment of former federal judge and prosecutor Mark Filip. In college, Filip was a member of Phi Kappa Psi – the fraternity named in a Rolling Stone article in which a U.Va. student described being sexually assaulted by seven men in 2012. Herring said another investigator will be chosen because “the independence and objectivity of the review must be unimpeachable.” University President Teresa Sullivan also has asked Charlottesville police to investigate the alleged rape at the Phi Kappa Psi house. The fraternity has voluntarily surrendered its fraternal agreement with the university and suspended all chapter activities.

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School enrollment growth uneven in Virginia

Education-News1CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ A new report says public school enrollment has steadily increased in Virginia in recent years. But the growth is uneven. Between 2008 and 2013, the report says less than a third of Virginia’s school divisions saw enrollment increases.  Overall growth during the period was fueled by enrollment increases in Northern Virginia. This enrollment pattern is expected to continue over the next five years. The report says a substantial increase in annual births is the primary factor in Northern Virginia’s enrollment growth. Annual birth rates declined in most other localities during the five-year period. Northern Virginia also saw a larger in-migration of families with school-age children during the period. The report was released Thursday by the University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service.

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