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Ethics report finds former Rep. Garrett used staffers for personal benefit

(01/04/19 5:10pm)

The U.S. House Committee on Ethics published a report Wednesday that detailed allegations against former Republican Virginia Fifth Congressional District Representative Tom Garrett, whose two-year term ended Thursday. The investigation began in June and concluded that Garrett violated House regulations and federal law by using his employees for unofficial work and personal errands.

‘Mary Queen of Scots’ is unapologetically powerful

(01/07/19 6:50pm)

In the age of visionary works such as “Hamilton” and “Hidden Figures,” the world of entertainment has found a niche in the retelling of history from the perspectives of the frequently overlooked. Director Josie Rourke broke into this genre recently with the release of “Mary Queen of Scots,” a historical drama centered around the young Mary Stuart and her cousin Queen Elizabeth I, two women whose legacies were often clouded by the men who tried to control them. 

‘The Grinch’ isn’t naughty or nice, but somewhere in between

(01/07/19 6:54pm)

No Christmas watch party is complete without some iteration of the Grinch, Dr. Seuss’ beloved furry cynic. Whether an adamant purist that finds only the original TV special to be a worthwhile watch or a parent that derives some sick satisfaction seeing Jim Carrey strike the fear of God into their children, all viewers eagerly anticipate the fictional character’s cardiomegaly each December. Illumination Entertainment jumped the gun in 2018 and released a new version of the story in early November, boasting an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Angela Lansbury. Although “The Grinch” is sure to delight modern youth, it wastes acclaimed actors in a paltry rendition of a holiday classic.

BAKER: Why Justice Ginsburg’s health demonstrates the need for term limits

(01/14/19 12:58am)

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is undeniably one of the greatest jurists of our time, and her declining health is mournful in its own right. However, everytime Ginsburg falls, or so much as sneezes, liberals collectively hold their breath. Citizens of all colors and stripes fear that if Ginsburg were to pass before the end of President Donald Trump’s term her seat on the Supreme Court would be filled by a judge antithetical to to what she has fought for her entire life. If Ginsburg passes in one year versus 3 the effect on equal rights, partisan gerrymandering and even healthcare, could be markedly different, given the Supreme Court’s role in determining the legality of public policy.

Seven U.Va. student food instagrams that you should be following

(01/17/19 12:35am)

If you didn’t post it, did you even eat it? The emergence of the “foodstagram” has provided a place for talented chefs, nutritionists and foodies to share photos or recipes. Following foodstagrams keeps me inspired with fresh new recipe ideas and up-to-date on the latest viral food trends, like rolled ice cream. Charlottesville’s restaurant scene has made Grounds the ideal place for aspiring foodstagrammers to congregate. It was difficult to narrow down my favorite student accounts, but this list provides a look at an array of approaches to college food blogging. Following these foodstagrams may or may not inspire you to try out a vegan recipe or two or give you honest reviews on new restaurants on the Corner. All, however, are guaranteed to make you hungry. 

Two healthy dinners for the college student just learning how to cook

(01/07/19 7:17pm)

My family always cooked while I was growing up. A typical week in my house consisted of four to six home-cooked meals and one to three trips out to restaurants. My mom was the baker, preparing dozens of cookies and always trying out different cake recipes. My dad made dinner most of the time, choosing from a handful of classics he kept on repeat. 

Ideas to spice up any breakfast

(01/03/19 6:33pm)

As the holiday season has gone on, there is one thing I’ve noticed — how much breakfast I’ve been eating. Is it just me or do breakfasts get A LOT bigger during the holidays? I’m not sure why this happens — whether it’s the colder weather or the overload of family time –– but breakfast becomes yet another opportunity to celebrate. From decadent cinnamon rolls to cheesy egg casseroles, this year’s holiday has really opened my eyes to the morning meal’s potential. 

HOPKINS: Bring a grocery store to the Corner

(01/03/19 5:08am)

We all mourned the loss of our beloved Qdoba when it closed down last year. There has been a lot of talk about what will replace it —  rumors include a Chipotle, an extension of 1515 or, I assume somewhat jokingly, another Starbucks. But rather than install another restaurant in an area boasting an abundance of them, why not attract an establishment that is sorely missed on the Corner and would serve genuine utility for members of the community? As a popular hub of activity for students and residents alike, the Corner needs a grocery store.

WARTEL: Amazon is bad for democracy

(01/03/19 9:30pm)

After a debasing competition of states and municipalities seeking Amazon’s next headquarters it was announced that the winners of HQ2 would be New York and Northern Virginia’s own Crystal City. Leaders of Virginia’s public institutions tripped over themselves to praise the decision that could land the area 25,000 new jobs. At face value, bringing in Amazon is a remarkable achievement, “a testament to everything the commonwealth has to offer,” according to University President Jim Ryan. But when the mask is off, it becomes clear that Amazon coming to Crystal City is a horrible outcome of an even worse process that highlights the broken nature of our economy and democracy.

Judge awards $501 million in damages to Warmbier family in lawsuit against North Korea

(12/24/18 8:42pm)

North Korea must pay over $500 million in damages to the family of the late University of Virginia student Otto Warmbier, a federal judge ruled Monday. Warmbier died following 17 months of imprisonment in the country, which led his parents to file a lawsuit in April against the rogue nation for the “hostage taking, illegal detention, torture and killing” of their son. 

No. 5 men’s basketball cruises to victory over William and Mary, 72-40

(12/22/18 10:34pm)

The No. 5 Virginia men’s basketball team beat William and Mary 72-40 Saturday afternoon at John Paul Jones arena behind the scoring of sophomore forward De’Andre Hunter and junior guard Kyle Guy. Hunter finished with 18 points, shooting 9-10 from the free throw line, and Guy had 16 points, 11 of which came in the second half.