May 7, 2012 |
It is of course no coincidence that President Obama's first two campaign rallies were in Ohio and Virginia this past weekend. In Ohio, you have the quadrennial bellwether, one of the most fiercely contested states in recent presidential history, and one that has voted for the winning candidate in every election since 1964. And in Virginia, you have what could be the decisive state in 2012, one that had been a traditional Republican stronghold until Obama turned it blue in 2008.
April 10, 2011 |
On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with it. A father and son inspect cannons in formation for the first major battle in the war that determined what freedom would mean in America. A jogger passes by on her daily route through the suburban sprawl of Washington, D.C., oblivious.
June 10, 2011 |
Where: At Charlottesville, Va. Schedule: 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Monday (if necessary). Television: ESPNU Saturday and Sunday, ESPNU or ESPN2 Monday. Records: Irvine 42-16, Virginia 52-9. Top players: Irvine — Brian Hernandez, 3B (.351, 31 RBI); Drew Hillman, OF (.336, 5 HR, 50 RBI); Jordan Fox, 1B (.335, 25 RBI); Matt Summers, P (11-2, 1.72); Matt Whitehouse, P (4-0, 2.14). Virginia — Danny Hultzen, P (11-3, 1.57, 148 SO); Will Roberts, P (11-1, 1.61)
November 2, 2010 |
Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello, who campaigned with President Obama in the final weekend of the campaign, has lost his bid for a second term representing Virginia's 5 t h Congressional District. Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt carried the Charlottesville-based seat. The district leans Republican ? John McCain carried it in 2008 ? but Perriello supported the Democratic majority on key legislation, including the healthcare overhaul and the economic stimulus. Obama singled Perriello out often for doing what was right, even though it wasn't politically popular.
June 16, 2009 |
Virginia trumped another ace. The Cavaliers beat All-American Daniel Renken and Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, on Monday, extending their first appearance in the College World Series and eliminating the Titans. Two weeks ago, Virginia defeated San Diego State star and No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg in the regionals. Virginia scored four times against Renken in the second inning, and he was finished in the sixth after giving up a season-high six runs.
July 7, 1987 |
A man convicted of strangling and slashing the throat of an elderly neighbor and sexually assaulting her corpse was electrocuted Monday. It was the first execution in Virginia in almost a year. Richard Lee Whitley, 41, was pronounced dead at 11:07 p.m., a state official said.