Slate Magazine

The midterms that November were a bloodbath for Democrats. Led by Newt Gingrich, and with the support of an energized National Rifle Association, the GOP gained 54 seats in the House and another eight in the Senate. Among the casualties was the Speaker of the House, Tom Foley, the first speaker to lose his re-election since 1862. “The fight for the assault-weapons ban cost 20 members their seats in Congress,” Clinton said that January. “The NRA is the reason Republicans control the House.” And with that, a legend was born.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

The vast majority (98 percent) of threats in Virginia involved current students with just over half of the threats being against other people, according to the 2015-16 report from the Virginia Department of Criminal Justice Services, the latest full report available. “We’re just surrounded by this issue,” said Dewey Cornell, a forensic clinical psychologist and education professor at the University of Virginia. Cornell also serves as the director of the UVA Virginia Youth Violence Project.

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WTOP News /Radio (Washington)

Presidents Day resulted from an agglomeration of George Washington’s (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s (Feb. 12) birthdays. Now it’s really a day to celebrate everyone who has held the office. Herewith, a collection of facts about each of the 45 American presidents, gleaned from the White House website, UVA’s Miller Center and presidential libraries.

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WTOP News /Radio (Washington)

Presidents Day resulted from an agglomeration of George Washington’s (Feb. 22) and Abraham Lincoln’s (Feb. 12) birthdays. Now it’s really a day to celebrate everyone who has held the office. Herewith, a collection of facts about each of the 45 American presidents, gleaned from the White House website, UVA’s Miller Center and presidential libraries.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Throughout the offseason at Davenport Field, two things have been happening. The players have been out on the diamond in any weather conditions getting ready for the upcoming season, set to start Friday in Orlando. Meanwhile, the stadium has been undergoing a massive, $18.76 million renovation.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Former New Jersey Gov. and 2016 Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie will be featured in the penultimate episode of the University of Virginia’s Miller Center’s “American Forum.” The hourlong conversation he had Monday with host Douglas Blackmon is set to air on PBS stations in Virginia on Feb. 25 and nationally on Feb. 28. It is focused on the future of the Republican Party and Christie’s connection to President Donald Trump’s administration.

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MarketWatch

Psychologists from UVA and Purdue University analyzed World Gallup Poll data from 1.7 million people in 164 countries, and cross-referenced their earnings and life satisfaction. They came up with a bold conclusion: The ideal income for individuals is $95,000 a year for life satisfaction and $60,000 to $75,000 a year for emotional well-being. Families with children, of course, will need more.

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HPCwire (blog)

To study how lasers transform metal surfaces to create complex, multiscale roughness and drive the ejection of nanoparticles, a team led by UVA materials scientist Leonid Zhigilei used Titan to simulate more than 2 billion atoms over thousands of time steps. “The initial attempts to visualize the atomic configurations were very time-consuming and involved cutting the system into several pieces and reassembling the images produced for different pieces,” Zhigilei said.

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Tidewater News

A dry fall and an even drier January are creating some concerns for Virginia farmers. That’s worrisome if the dry spell continues much longer, said Jerry Stenger, director of the state office of climatology at UVA. “We could be in a bad situation regarding water supplies for everyone once we get to the beginning of the growing season,” Stenger said.

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USA Today

UVA economist Jennifer Doleac analyzed the data and concluded “black and Hispanic men without college degrees are significantly less likely to be employed after 'ban the box' than before." Civil Rights Commissioner Peter Kirsanow observed: “The fact that more African-Americans are hired when employers utilize criminal background checks indicates that in the absence of better information, employers use race as a proxy for criminal history.”

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Charlottesville Newsplex

The UVA men's basketball team has climbed to the top spot in the latest Associated Press men's basketball poll. Fans are reacting to the men's No. 1 ranking.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

UVA is encouraging its faculty to teach students about the history of race at the University and in the Charlottesville community. The University is putting together a team of faculty across all schools and departments to take part in the new “Teaching Race at UVA” initiative. 

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ (Roanoke)

UVA’s main library is preparing for a major renovation, forcing the staff to remove many books. Most will go into storage; some will go into Special Collections, while others will be digitized or thrown out. But before they go, the older ones are getting a second look.

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Science Daily

There is an optimal point to how much money it takes to make an individual happy, and that amount varies worldwide, according to new research. The research by Jebb and Tay was supported by Purdue's Department of Psychological Sciences. Also contributing to the study were Ed Diener and Shigehiro Oishi from the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia.

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Radiology Business

Reputable health information and medical advice is widespread on the internet. But, in spite of abundant material, patients are far from equipped to consume the complex literature, a team of Pennsylvania-based researchers has  reported. According to the research, the only hospital whose articles required less than an eighth-grade reading level was the University of Washington Medical Center, which reached a 7.9-grade level.

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JBHE.com

In 2013, the University of Virginia formed a commission that investigated the university’s historical relationship with slavery. Now the university has announced the formation of the President’s Commission on the University in the Age of Segregation.

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The Guardian (U.K.)

The lawsuit employs a unique legal strategy intended to force the embattled firm to provide substantial financial compensation to Weinstein’s alleged victims before an impending sale of the company. “It’s a creative intervention on behalf of victims,” said Anne Coughlin, a UVA law professor. “It’s an interesting use of the law to say, ‘We’re going to take a stand on behalf of the women you abused, harassed and victimized.’”

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Miami Herald

Despite their overtime one-point loss to cross-state rival Virginia Tech last Saturday, the Cavs moved up one spot to No. 1 in this week’s Associated Press Top 25 poll. Virginia is the fourth team since 1990 to go from unranked in the preseason to the top of the poll, along with Baylor (2017), Syracuse (2010), and Duke (1990).

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Inquirer.net

The ability of cancer cells to develop resistance to chemotherapy drugs, known as multidrug resistance, remains a major cause of tumor recurrence and cancer metastasis. A team including UVA researchers has made a major breakthrough in the fight against multiresistant cells with a technique using nanoparticles to administer drugs to cancer cells.

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