USA Today

Only one Senate incumbent from those five states had taken to the airwaves through early February: Nevada Sen. Dean Heller, viewed as 2018’s most vulnerable Republican. Heller, the only sitting Republican on the ballot from a state won by Democrat Hillary Clinton in 2016, faces a primary challenge from Danny Tarkanian, a perennial candidate who has aligned himself closely with President Trump in this race.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The UVA Police Department is using the social media monitoring program Social Sentinel in an effort to more effectively respond to threats made online. The program will cost UVA $18,500 a year, according to documents provided by the university.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

Not even Mother Nature could keep a thunderous UVA student section away. "It's a little rain, but we're not letting that stop us," fourth-year student Sean Crow said, who started camping out at John Paul Jones Arena on Thursday. "But I'd say it's the best one so far." 

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Streaking The Lawn (blog)

Gameday has come to Charlottesville three times now, and all three times the Virginia fan has sunk the three point shot for a cool $18 grand. Tyler Lewis did it in 2015 (we interviewed him). Andrew Board did it in 2016. And now, your 2018 winner is first year student Angus Binnie.

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NOLA.com

When Sarah Jane Holbrook Freeman wakes up on Mardi Gras, Feb. 13, she will be participating in not only a long-standing New Orleans Carnival tradition, but also one deeply intertwined with her own family. 

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

UVA has now invested nearly $1 million in the early stages of student and faculty startups, joining the growing number of schools investing in homegrown enterprises.

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New York Times

“[Corporations] are very frustrated with what they’re getting from our educational institutions,” said Philip Zelikow, a UVA professor who collaborated with corporate leaders like Howard Schultz of Starbucks on a 2015 report titled “America’s Moment: Creating Opportunity in the Connected Age.” “The American labor market is dysfunctional and broke.”

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The (Baton Rouge, La.) Advocate

It isn’t easy to fool Sarah Jane Freeman. The UVA junior has made the Dean’s List every semester in her first 2½ years of college. She’s also studied at the Sorbonne in France and the London School of Economics. Pity the parents, then, who devised an elaborate ruse to surprise her with the news that she has been chosen to reign as Queen of Carnival 2018.

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CBN

In a show of support, Becket, a law firm that defends religious liberty, and UVA law professor Douglas Laycock filed a friend-of-the-court brief in favor of Blaine Anderson, the owner of Hands On Originals.

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The Guardian (U.K.)

Internet pioneer John Perry Barlow, who championed ideals of a free and open internet, has died. Barlow’s Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, written 22 years ago, was a rallying cry for cyberpunks and a warning to governments. “His optimism was infectious and he played such an important role in allowing people to be bold about what they might build,” said Siva Vaidhyanathan, UVA professor of media studies.

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FIND MBA

UVA’s Darden School of Business has announced a new business analytics master program, which will be run partially online to allow working professionals to keep up with work commitments while they study.

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WWBT-NBC-12 (Richmond)

They held their annual "Strong Men and Women in Virginia History" awards ceremony Wednesday night. Seven renowned African-Americans were honored for their accomplishments and leadership, including Mavis Claytor-Ford, the first African-American to earn a bachelor's degree in nursing from UVA.

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Washington Business Journal

The new degree program, offered through weekend classes and online instruction, will be available to those with at least two years of full-time work experience.

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Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Scientists have developed a novel technique that uses specially designed nanoparticles and near-infrared laser treatment to cause cancer cells to lose their multidrug resistance capabilities for days at a time. This creates a therapeutic window for chemotherapy to combat even the most drug-resistant cells left behind after surgery or earlier treatment, according to the researchers. The team, which also included researchers from the University of Virginia targeted a specially designed nanoparticle to the mitochondrion.

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Washington Free Beacon

Roger Dean Huffstetler, who is both outraising and outspending his Democratic opponents in Virginia's largely rural fifth district, announced his campaign less than a year after he moved in the summer of 2016 to Charlottesville, a blue city located near the center of a rural red district. Geoffrey Skelley, an expert on Virginia elections for UVA’s Center for Politics, said Huffstetler's lack of local ties could hurt his chances to win the Democratic nomination, which will this year be decided by a convention and not a primary.

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CNN

Some Mormons say the Porter scandal raises serious concerns about whether the church's patriarchal culture and the belief that marriage is sacred and eternal -- a cornerstone of Mormon theology -- may prevent some spouses from leaving bad marriages. "I see this as an extension of the #MeToo movement," said Kathleen Flake, a UVA professor of Mormon studies. "It is almost inevitable that this will cause the Mormon church to examine their existing guidance to local church leaders."

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The Plain Dealer

A recently published 22-year-long study found increased risks of hypertension, obesity, heart disease and coronary artery disease, even when ovaries were left intact after a hysterectomy. "That was a surprise," said Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, and professor of gynecology at the UVA Health System.

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Detroit Free Press

Experts say the primaries may signal what’s to come in November. “If you see Democrats up by 10 percent on the generic ballot, that puts them in a decent position,” said Geoffrey Skelley at UVA’s Center for Politics, one of the experts the USA TODAY Network consulted in developing its list of bellwether districts. 

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Washington Post

Election handicapper Kyle Kondik from UVA’s Center for Politics notes that the GOP percentage on the generic ballot has tracked more and more closely with Trump’s approval rating. There have been a few surveys where the Republicans have run a little ahead of Trump, but mostly they run even or behind. “So Trump’s improvement is felt in the generic ballot, but let’s also remember that approval in the low 40s is still weak historically,” said Kondik.

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Reno (Nev.) News & Review

Anyone who has known an athlete who was brutalized by a coach in high school and then had to deal with that student in adult life knows how little character is built by coaches’ extreme behavior. Reflecting on his time as a high school football player, UVA professor Mark Edmundson writes: “The kind of intensity that sports – and especially kinetic sports like football – can provoke is necessary for any society: Thymos [spiritedness] must have its moment. But that intensity is mortally dangerous for society and for individuals, too.

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