Chronicle of Higher Education

Campuses that are grappling with history of slavery at their institutions are bringing their racially fraught histories into the classroom. Kirt von Daacke is one of 18 instructors who co-teach a course at the University of Virginia called "Slavery and Its Legacies.”

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Hattiesburg American

In many ways, Cruz’s California strategy in is indicative of how he’s run his national campaign: grass-roots organization and surgical behind-the-scenes deal-making, said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics.

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U.S. News & World Report

"I don't think you're going to see a gender gap this fall" if indeed Clinton and Trump go on to become their party's respective nominees, adds Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. "You're going to see a gender chasm." And it's not going to be in Trump's favor, analysts say – a prediction that is backed up by early polling.

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Slate

(By Jack Hamilton, UVA assistant professor of American studies and media studies) Throughout his career Prince’s greatness as a guitarist was widely acknowledged, but often as a sort of curiosity, which is the product of two developments that predated Prince’s late-1970s rise.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Virginia House Speaker William Howell and Dels. David Toscano and Steve Landes got an inside look at some life-changing technology. The lawmakers visited UVA’s Focused Ultrasound Center Thursday afternoon.

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ARL now

(Commentary) Virginia’s record as one of the “worst of the worst” in disenfranchising ex-felons is inextricably tied to its Confederate past. Virginia ex-felons are disproportionately black. As a 2015 article from UVA’s Weldon Cooper Center documents, Virginia’s record is long, sordid, and explicitly racist.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Advocates who want to get more people registered as organ donors hosted an event at the UVA Medical Center on Thursday. Three volunteer therapy dogs at the hospital enticed people to stop by the “Donate Life” event to learn more about becoming an organ donor.

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Dallas Morning News

(Co-written by Bradford Wilcox, a UVA associate professor of sociology and director of the National Marriage Project) The standard portrayals of economic life for ordinary American families paint a picture of stagnancy, even decline, amidst rising economic inequality. But rarely does the public conversation about our changing economy focus on questions of family structure. This is a major oversight.

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The Globe and Mail

“The key moment is probably coming next Tuesday in Indiana. If Trump wins it, this race may effectively be over. If not, Trump still has a path, but he’ll need to scrape together every delegate he can,” said Kyle Kondik, managing editor of Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the UVA Center for Politics.

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Reuters

Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, said the U.S. presidential nominating system could probably be improved in several areas, but noted the control wielded by party leadership usually becomes an issue only during tight races. "The popular vote overwhelms the rules usually, but in these close elections, everyone pays attention to these arcane rules," he said.

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Before Its News

If an article by Todd C. Frankel in The Washington Post is to be believed, the official numbers on deaths and injuries due to gunfire is missing a lot of violence. In “This may be the best way to measure gun violence in America,” he cites public policy researchers, including Jennifer Doleac, a UVA assistant professor, as saying that a better measure would be to count total shots fired.

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Reuters

Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, said the U.S. presidential nominating system could probably be improved in several areas, but noted the control wielded by party leadership usually becomes an issue only during tight races. "The popular vote overwhelms the rules usually, but in these close elections, everyone pays attention to these arcane rules," he said.

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Washington Post

Is Trump the huckster that Plato predicted would someday organize an angry mob into a proud army of anti-intellectual patriots inoculated to facts and reason? Why, yes! But don’t take my word for it. Consider instead the appraisal of UVA law professor Robert Sayler, who has co-written a book with Molly Bishop Shadel, “Tongue-Tied America,” as a template for would-be high school rhetoric teachers.

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Tangier Island will be uninhabitable by the year 2050

Jodi Smith, a UVA doctoral student in coastal geomorphology, has studied the island’s plight and fears for its future. “There are three main problems happening on Tangier: rising seas, a sinking island and erosion from the wave action,” Smith said.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The UVA Health System is offering a discount on driving evaluations for senior citizens and those with cognitive disabilities.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

On a humid Wednesday morning, protesters gathered to hold a funeral for the James River in front of the Bremo Power Station in Fluvanna County. The group is upset Dominion Virginia Power is moving forward with plans to dump treated coal ash pond water into the James. Students from UVA and Virginia Commonwealth University joined Knitting Nannas of Virginia and Bremo Bluff residents marched with signs and a symbolic river to the front gates of the Bremo Plant in protest.

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Virginian-Pilot

"It is unmistakably sleazy," said John Jeffries, a UVA law professor who is among legal experts who signed a brief backing McDonnell's legal arguments. "I have not heard anyone who defends his conduct." What's at issue, Jeffries said, is whether federal corruption statutes are too broad, giving prosecutors too much discretion, and whether an "official act" by a politician can essentially mean any action taken by the politician.

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CNN

(By Rachel L. Wahl, an assistant professor in the Department of Leadership, Foundations, and Policy in UVA’s Curry School of Education) Even if you're lucky enough never to have experienced them personally, police violence and racist remarks are becoming increasingly difficult to ignore.

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Virginian-Pilot

"It is unmistakably sleazy," said John Jeffries, a UVA law professor who is among legal experts who signed a brief backing McDonnell's legal arguments. "I have not heard anyone who defends his conduct." What's at issue, Jeffries said, is whether federal corruption statutes are too broad, giving prosecutors too much discretion, and whether an "official act" by a politician can essentially mean any action taken by the politician.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

Tuesday, commissioners from the Human Rights Commission met with students and community members at UVA about human rights problems. One of those problems was issues facing the LGBT community.

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