White supremacist convicted in Charlottesville car-ramming accused of prison misconduct
James Alex Fields Jr. has been accused of making threats against at least one correctional officer and of wielding a "dangerous weapon," according to prison records and a U.S. Justice Department filing reviewed by CBS News.cbsnews.com
African American History is not Critical Race Theory (CRT) Local leaders oppose the ban of AP African American Studies
Following the violence of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Democrats in the Michigan House of Representatives are stepping up to the plate, pushing for legislation that would require African-American history to be taught in all public schools as a means to combat racism.thewestsidegazette.com
Suspect in deadly UVA football shooting appears in court
A University of Virginia student accused of fatally shooting three UVA football players and wounding two other students made his first in-person appearance in court Thursday, as a judge set a date for a hearing when witnesses will testify about the shootings on a bus carrying students back to campus from a field trip last month. Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., 23, was led into court wearing handcuffs, leg irons and a striped jail jumpsuit. Jones, a former member of the football team, is accused of opening fire on a charter bus as he and other students arrived back on campus after seeing a play and having dinner together in Washington, D.C. Authorities have not released a motive.news.yahoo.com
At the University of Virginia’s main campus in Charlottesville on Sunday, a shooter killed three people and injured two more.
Growing the Voices of Our FutureThe Westside Gazette Newspaper is honored to feature these editorial contributions made by local students. At the University of Virginia’s main campus in Charlottesville on Sunday, a shooter killed three people and injured two more. The suspect, who has been identified as a student, is still at large. After a shooting was reported on Culbreth Road at around 10:40 p.m., the university was instructed to remain indoors. The two injured people are receiving medical attention.thewestsidegazette.com
Virginia students were prepared for shooting, not aftermath
Responding to the immediate threat of an on-campus shooting was a moment they had prepared for since their first years of elementary school. “This will probably affect our campus for a very, very long time,” said Shannon Lake, a third-year student from Crozet, Virginia.news.yahoo.com
Coach: Slain Virginia football players 'were all good kids'
Three University of Virginia football players killed in an on-campus shooting were remembered Monday by their head coach as “all good kids." Devin Chandler, Lavel Davis Jr., and D’Sean Perry were juniors returning to campus from a class trip to see a play Sunday night when authorities say they were killed by a fellow student. The young men were also members of the Virginia football team, journeying through periods of transition in their careers — whether it was bouncing back from a season-ending injury, changing positions on the team or transferring in from another school.news.yahoo.com
UVA shooting suspect in custody; all 3 victims were football players
The University of Virginia’s police chief announced on Monday that the suspect in a shooting that killed three members of the school’s football team is in custody, ending an hourslong manhunt that triggered a campus-wide lockdown.news.yahoo.com
Shots fired at University of Virginia, police seek suspect
The University of Virginia issued a warning to students to shelter in place late Sunday night following a report of shots fired on the campus. “There has been a shooting on Culbreth Road and the suspect is at large and considered armed and dangerous,” UVA President Jim Ryan said in a tweet, asking the university community to “please shelter in place.” The UVA Police Department posted a notice online saying multiple police agencies were searching for a suspect who was considered “armed and dangerous.”news.yahoo.com
Miami makes program history at ACC Cross Country Championships
In the sleepy town of Earlysville, Virginia, 12 miles north of Charlottesville, the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Cross Country Championships were set to commence on Friday morning. The University of Miami women’s team walked away with its best finish in program history, placing 12th out of the field of 15. “We made program history today and although it’s tough to miss out on 11th place by one point, I couldn’t be more proud of the growth of this young team,” Coach Cody Halsey said in a Miami Athletics release. “Daphnee had a phenomenal showing today,” Halsey said. “Elle and Bianca also had extraordinary races today,” Halsey said.themiamihurricane.com
Hurricanes await bounce-back opportunity against Virginia
Miami (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast Conference) will be traveling to Charlottesville, Virginia to take on the Virginia Cavaliers (3-4, 1-3 ACC) in its third away game of the season. The Hurricanes will look to bounce back after a disappointing 45-21 loss to Duke at Hard Rock Stadium last Saturday. Its biggest task is going to be containing senior Virginia quarterback Brennan Armstrong. The offense is going to be tested as it will play against a solid Virginia defense led by senior Chico Bennett Jr. The defensive end has an ACC-leading six sacks this season and looks to feast on an injured Miami offensive line.themiamihurricane.com
Mom, sister of slain UVA lacrosse player testify in lawsuit
The mother of a former women's lacrosse player at the University of Virginia broke into tears during her testimony Thursday as she described the moment when she learned her daughter was dead. Sharon Love said she thought at first that her daughter had been in a traffic accident, adding that she never thought Yeardley Love would be murdered, WVIR reported. Sharon Love, the administrator of her daughter’s estate, has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against George Huguely V, who was convicted of second-degree murder in the 2010 killing of Yeardley Love, his on-again, off-again girlfriend.news.yahoo.com
Two Republican members of Congress participated in a white nationalist’s conference. Mitt Romney called them ‘morons.’
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) later defended attending the conference organized by Nick Fuentes, saying she didn't know he has promoted white nationalist ideas.washingtonpost.com
Hurricanes prevail in commanding showing against Virginia
Miami women’s basketball (14-10, 7-7 Atlantic Coast Conference) defeated the Virginia Cavaliers (3-20, 0-14 ACC) 71-55 on Tuesday in Charlottesville, Virginia. Miami held Virginia to an abysmal three points in the first quarter, going on an 11-0 scoring run to close the quarter. Forward Destiny Harden led the team in points, shooting above 50% and hitting four threes of her own. Virginia was led by junior guard Taylor Valladay, who shot 7-for-12 from the field and finished with 17 points. “With the week we have, this is a heck of a win,” Miami head coach Katie Meier said.themiamihurricane.com
Hurricanes downed by Cavaliers, drop second straight
The Virginia Cavaliers (14-9, 8-5 ACC) had other ideas, shooting a lights-out 60% from the field and 53% from 3-point range on their way to a 71-58 victory. Unfortunately for them, Virginia guard Armaan Franklin responded with a 7-0 scoring run of his own, taking a lead that the Cavaliers would never give back. Moore and McGusty had given the Hurricanes hope that their experience would pull them through a tough start to a resilient road victory. The second half was all Cavaliers as they clinically extended their lead, frustrating the Hurricanes by playing the game at an exceptionally slow pace and executing well on both ends of the floor. Defensively, junior guard Jordan Miller was the Hurricanes’ standout, tying Moore for the most steals in a game this season with seven.themiamihurricane.com
Hurricanes prepare for a tough road test against the Cavaliers
The Canes (16-6, 8-3 ACC) are only half of a game back from Duke for the top position in the conference. Senior guard Jayden Gardner, an East Carolina transfer, leads the Cavaliers’ overall attack averaging 14.5 points and nearly seven rebounds per game. In Wednesday night’s loss to Notre Dame, forward Paul Atkinson, Jr. fueled the Irish’s scoring in the paint with 23 total points. Despite a close game at the half, Notre Dame found rhythm and exploited Miami’s defensive scheme. On Saturday, the Hurricanes will be challenged to score points against a tough Cavaliers defense which only allows an ACC-least 59.6 points per game.themiamihurricane.com
Virginia's new AG removes 2 lawyers at public universities
Virginia’s new Republican attorney general has fired lawyers for two large public universities, his office said, marking more significant changes by Jason Miyares while ascending to his new job. Tim Heaphy, counsel for the University of Virginia, and George Mason University counsel Brian Walther have been let go, Miyares spokeswoman Victoria LaCivita told The Washington Post. School counsel within Virginia's public colleges and universities are appointed by the attorney general.news.yahoo.com
Charlottesville African American museum will melt down Robert E. Lee statue for new public art piece
The 1,100-pound bronze statue of Robert E. Lee that was at the center of a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., will soon be melted down and repurposed into a new public artwork.news.yahoo.com
Jury to hear closing arguments in 'Unite the Right' trial
Lawyers for nine people hurt during the “Unite The Right” rally in Charlottesville have told a jury that white nationalists “planned, executed and then celebrated” racially motivated violence that left one counterprotester dead and dozens more injured.
The Lincoln Project sent a group posing as white supremacists with tiki torches to a GOP campaign event in Virginia ahead of the state's gubernatorial election
The claimed the stunt was to remind Virginians of the 2017 "Unite the Right" rally and the "Republican Party's embrace of those values."news.yahoo.com
Outplayed and outclassed Hurricanes allow six first half goals, fall 6-1 to Virginia
Throughout the majority of the Miami Hurricanes’ 2021 season, the first 20 minutes have been telling. When the team has struggled mightily, they’ve conceded goals early in the first half. Saturday’s matchup in Charlottesville, Virginia, was no different, as the Hurricanes (4-11, 1-8 Atlantic Coast Conference) let in six goals in the first 29 minutes on their way to a 6-1 defeat against No. Forward Alex Spaanstra, who assisted on the first Virginia goal, joined the scoring fest in the 11th minute with her seventh of the campaign. The wheels have begun to fall off for Sarah Barnes’ group, as this result follows up a 5-0 road loss at Virginia Tech on Thursday.themiamihurricane.com
High court: Charlottesville can remove Confederate statues
On Thursday, April 1, 2021, Virginia's highest court ruled that the city of Charlottesville can take down this and another statue of a Confederate general. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File)RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia's highest court ruled Thursday that the city of Charlottesville can take down two statues of Confederate generals, including one of Robert E. Lee that became the focus of a violent white nationalist rally in 2017. AdThe Jackson statue was erected in Jackson Park in 1921 and the Lee statue was erected in Lee Park in 1924. The state Supreme Court also ruled that the circuit court erred in ordering the city to pay $365,000 in plaintiffs’ attorneys’ fees and costs. University of Virginia law Richard Schragger, who specializes in the intersection of constitutional law and local government law, said he took the position early in the litigation that the law didn’t apply to the Charlottesville statues.
The Latest: 12th-seeded Oregon State upsets No. 5 Tennessee
(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)The Latest on the first round of the NCAA Tournament (all times Eastern):___6:50 p.m.Another first-round upset as 12th-seeded Oregon State defeated No. 9 seed Georgia Tech 71-60 on Friday to mark a triumphant return to the NCAA Tournament. Senior guard Bubba Parham, who is 5-10, got the start instead as Georgia Tech went with a guard-heavy look. AdIllinois will face eighth-seeded Loyola Chicago or ninth-seeded Georgia Tech in the second round of the Midwest Regional on Sunday. Ad___2:10 p.m.Players from several NCAA Tournament teams took a knee during the playing of the national anthem before their first-round games.
Elite programs stuck on the NCAA Tournament bubble
So is North Carolina. The Blue Devils are 8-8 and 6-6 in the ACC after beating North Carolina State on Saturday, a win that ended a three-game losing streak. The Scarlet Knights were poised to reach the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1991 before the tourney was canceled last season. A team on the NCAA Tournament bubble can't really afford consecutive losses late in the season. ___AP Basketball Writer Aaron Beard in Raleigh, North Carolina, contributed to this report.
Trump, social media, right-wing news stir up antifa scares
It's a scene that has unfolded in many other cities and small towns this year, the product of fear and conflict stoked by bogus posts on social media, right-wing news outlets and even some of the nation's most powerful leaders. A man suspected of fatally shooting a Trump supporter after a pro-Trump caravan in Portland, Oregon, last month had described himself in a social media post as “100% ANTIFA." They’re trying to blame all this stuff on antifa, and I’m like, ‘Who exactly is antifa? Adam Klein, an associate professor of communication studies at Pace University, analyzed social media posts by far-right extremists and antifascist activists leading up to the Charlottesville rally three years ago. “You don’t get the sense online that there is an organization as much as there are some prominent (social media) accounts associated with antifa,” he said.
Boeheim lifts Syracuse past No. 18 Virginia, 63-55 in OT
Syracuse defeated Virginia 63-55 in overtime. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA – Buddy Boeheim and Syracuse had had enough of close losses. 18 Virginia 63-55. Elijah Hughes, who scored 18 points, hit the first 3 of the overtime for the Orange and freshman Joe Girard, who scored 19, hit the second. Syracuse started Saturday averaging 73.7 points and hasn't scored fewer than 54 in a game since the opener.
'We're gonna beat' Miami, Florida State running back Khalan Laborn says
Virginia's Jordan Mack chases down Florida State running back Khalan Laborn during the first half of a game, Sept. 14, 2019 at Scott Stadium in Charlottesville, Virginia. TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida State running back Khalan Laborn is promising a victory against Miami this weekend. Now the Hurricanes have to take care of business in Tallahassee, where Florida State is 4-1 this season. Meanwhile, Miami's Manny Diaz, who graduated from Florida State, is mired by a team struggling to find its way offensively despite a defense that ranks 15th nationally. For what it's worth, Las Vegas oddsmakers concur with Laborn and have Florida State as a 6.5-point favorite.
Virginia's basketball coach turns down big raise after championship title
You have to wonder if the Virginia head basketball coach has ever viewed the 1990s Tom Cruise flick, famous for its "show me the money" catchphrase. Bennett, who led the Virginia men's basketball team to its first national title earlier this year, declined what the university described as a "substantial" raise. Instead the coach asked that financial investments be made to improve the basketball program he's run for a decade, and other sports under the school's athletic program. "This just does not happen in our industry," said Virginia athletic director Carla Williams, who was tasked with making revisions to Bennett's contract. Instead of taking the big raise, Bennett got another year tacked onto his current deal, which now runs for seven years.
Heather Heyer's mom sues killer for $12 million
Heather Heyer/Facebook/CNN Video(CNN) - Heather Heyer's mother is suing her daughter's imprisoned killer for $12 million -- but she doesn't expect to see a penny. Bro has been keeping herself busy with the Heather Heyer Foundation, she said. She's also joined Haifa Jabara in pushing Congress to enact hate crime legislation in Heyer's and Jabara's son's names. Exactly one year before Heyer's death, Khalid Jabara was murdered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, by a man who had been harassing the 37-year-old and his Lebanese family for years. The Jabara-Heyer No Hate Act aims to improve the accuracy of hate crime reporting and provide resources for state hate crime hotlines, among other provisions.
3 white supremacists sentenced for part in Charlottesville rally
The group no longer exists, according to the attorney's office. A fourth defendant, Cole Evan White, will be sentenced at a later date, the attorney's office said. The three men sentenced attended two rallies in California prior to the August 2017 Charlottesville rally, during one which Daley and Miselis assaulted protesters, according to the attorney's office. The complaint called the men "among the most violent individuals" at the Charlottesville rally. Photo and video footage in the complaint showed White apparently head-butting a man in a clerical collar and a female counterprotester.
White supremacist sentenced to life in prison for Charlottesville car attack
Fields is due to be sentenced July 15 for his first-degree murder conviction in state court. US Judge Michael F. Urbanski is expected to sentence Fields on Friday afternoon, following testimony from prosecution witnesses and the defense. Prosecutors -- seeking a sentence of life in prison -- went over details of the attack, including playing video of the car going into the crowd. Two victims said they wished Fields could get the death penalty, but since that's not an option they hope he gets a life sentence. In a memorandum to the court, Fields pleads for mercy and asks for a lesser sentence.
Events reinvigorate battle to change controversial Hollywood street signs
HOLLYWOOD, Fla. – The chain of events that happened over the weekend in Charlottesville are reinvigorating the battle to change controversial street signs in Hollywood. Some residents have written letters, urging commissioners to change the street signs immediately while several residents are trying to preserve the signs. The controversial street signs bear the names of Confederate generals (John Bell) Hood, (Nathan Bedford) Forrest and (Robert E.) Lee. "We're hoping the city finally decides to do what is right -- standing with the people of Hollywood and change these symbols," Valnera said. Commissioners could hold a vote that day to either keep or remove the controversial street signs.