Archive | February, 2008

Protesting NAFTA

Monday, February 25, 2008

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Charlottesville’s Daily Progress has a story about a group from the Valley and Central Virginia that plans to make a trip to Mexico this April, and cross the desert back into the U.S. The group hopes to raise awareness of unfair trade policies that they say help fuel illegal immigration.

DNR calls for resignation

Saturday, February 23, 2008


The DNR suggests this morning that indicted Treasurer Becky Neal beat the petitioners to the punch and resign. The questions it raises are should she, will she, and is anyone out there agreeing with a DNR editorial for the first time ever?

“deadlines only apply to print media”

Friday, February 22, 2008


I haven’t really noticed that TV3’s website is “easier to navigate” (Is it? If so, how?) but I did notice four new videos up on their site that appear to be little jabs at the DNR’s E-edition.

Goodlatte Under Pressure

Friday, February 22, 2008


Rep. Bob Goodlatte, who sits as the ranking Republican on the House Agriculture Committee, has found himself at the middle of a recent debate on Capitol Hill between the farm lobbyists who want federal subsidies, and President Bush, who says he may veto any farm bill over $6 billion.

Medicaid Fraud Charges

Friday, February 22, 2008

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Here’s the financial scandal that didn’t make local headlines: The Richmond-Times Dispatch reported that Dr. Ilya Zavelsky and his wife were indicted by a federal grand jury “in an alleged $14 million Medicaid fraud.” According to the article, they provided respite care to Russian and Eastern European patients in Harrisonburg as “Renaissance Inc.” The Zavelskys […]

due process?

Friday, February 22, 2008


A reader pointed out to me that the top story on page one of today’s DNR covers an event that has not yet happened.

Downtown Groceries

Wednesday, February 20, 2008


Tuesday’s Washington Post story about vanishing grocery stores in NYC got me thinking about downtown and the long-held notion that good-sized grocery store would serve to jumpstart and solidify development. The Friendly Food Coop, I think, would maybe like to be that grocery store. Now, grocers traditionally make profit margins of only 1 to 2 […]

Neal indicted

Tuesday, February 19, 2008


It’s being reported on the DNR and City Treasurer Becky Neal has been indicted by a grand jury “on 20 counts related to the investigation of the treasurer’s office.” UPDATE: Eight of those are felony counts relating to misuse or misappropriation of public funds. WSVA reports, “If convicted, the felony counts carry a prison […]

body discovered in Blacks Run

Monday, February 18, 2008


It was reported on TV3 yesterday and in the DNR today: On Saturday evening, two boys found a body in or near Blacks Run off Mount Clinton Pike (TV3 and WSVA say “in the creek,” the DNR says in a field). Details are scant, but I expect the HPD will release the autopsy information soon.

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    Friendly City Food Co-Op, Harrisonburg’s consumer-owned grocery, invites the community to come see its new destination for natural, organic and locally-produced products at the store’s grand opening 11 a.m.-5 p.m. July 9 at 150 East Wolfe Street.

  • Friendly City Becomes Member of National Cooperative Grocers Association

    HARRISONBURG, VA — Friendly City Food Co-op, slated to open this month in Harrisonburg, Va., has become the newest member of the National Cooperative Grocers Association (NCGA), a business services cooperative serving 120 consumer-owned food co-ops nationwide.

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    May 2: Harrisonburg was honored when the League of American Bicyclists announced the latest round of Bicycle Friendly Community (BFC) designations over the weekend to kick off May as National Bike Month.