City files legal action against 219A Harrison landlord

The City of Williamsburg is suing the landlord of 219A Harrison Ave. for violating the city’s three-person rule, which prohibits more than three unrelated people from living together.

The city brought the lawsuit against 219 Harrison Ventures, LLC, the owners of the property, before the Williamsburg-James City County Circuit Court earlier this month.

“The house was found to be in violation of the city’s zoning ordinance,” Williamsburg Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes said. “It had not been corrected within the time period given the property owner.”

Continue reading “City files legal action against 219A Harrison landlord”

“Oh William and Mary, please let me in your school”

Transcript? Check. Recommendations? Check. Essay? Check. Video? Maybe.

Videos are becoming an increasingly popular part of college applications at the College of William and Mary and at many other schools across the nation. Including a supplementary video allows a potential student to show — not just tell — admissions officers about themselves.

Continue reading ““Oh William and Mary, please let me in your school””

Exclusive interview with Linda Greenhouse

Former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse spoke with The Flat Hat about Sandra Day O’Connor, the allocation of federal power and her experience covering Bush v. Gore.

Tell me about your relationship with Sandra Day O’Connor.
I’ve had the chance to see her a number of times since she retired. I’ve been on a couple of panels in programs that she put together at Georgetown Law School and her project to clean up the system for selecting state court judges that she’s really devoted herself to. I feel privileged that I’ve known her because I think she’s really the genuine article. She’s a terrific servant of the public, really, and she’s using her premature retirement to really try to make a difference in American civic life, and that’s very commendable.

Do you think it’s likely that Justice John Paul Stevens will retire at the end of this term?
Yeah, I think it’s highly likely. I’d be very surprised if he didn’t.

Continue reading “Exclusive interview with Linda Greenhouse”

Former reporter: Supreme Court moving away from social issues

Future decisions of the U.S. Supreme Court will focus on topics such as corporations and wartime executive powers rather than on popular social issues, according to former New York Times reporter Linda Greenhouse.

Greenhouse, who covered the nation’s highest judiciary from 1978 to 2008, spoke at the College of William and Mary Tuesday during a three-day visit to campus as the 2010 Hunter B. Andrews Fellow in American Politics.

She has participated in most of the Marshall-Wythe School of Law’s annual Supreme Court Previews in the last two decades and currently teaches at Yale Law School.

Greenhouse began by discussing the recently decided case of Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, a 5-4 decision in which the majority ruled that corporations have broad First Amendment rights, especially regarding political advertisements. The decision struck down part of the McCain-Feingold Act of 2002, which in part prevented corporations from running political advertisements prior to elections.

Continue reading “Former reporter: Supreme Court moving away from social issues”

City cites nine houses for three-person rule violations

The City of Williamsburg has charged the residents of nine houses with violating the three-person rule, according to Williamsburg Zoning Administrator Rodney Rhodes.

Rhodes said he could “speak with certainty” that at least one person in each house is a student at the College of William and Mary.

“I suspect that all of them have at least some students,” he said.

The three-person rule bars more than three unrelated people from living together within city limits.

Continue reading “City cites nine houses for three-person rule violations”

VIMS professor helps solve fishy mystery

A scientist at the College of William and Mary’s Virginia Institute of Marine Science has helped solve a long-standing deep-sea mystery: Three separate families of fish — the tapetails, the bignose fishes and the whalefishes — have been found to be the juvenile, male and female forms of the same fish, respectively.

A study revealing the true genetic nature of the whalefish was published last month in the scientific journal “Biology Letters.”

It’s a tale that begins years ago and thousands of feet below sea level. VIMS professor Tracey Sutton said his colleagues, the other authors on the paper, had been exploring the oddity for some years.

“You’ll have a problem and you’ll work on it for a long time, and often it’s these kind of random occurrences where, all of a sudden, you get just that little piece of evidence you’re looking for and it kind of cracks the case, just like solving a crime,” Sutton said. “In this particular instance, we had a couple of key pieces of evidence that popped up at just the right time that allowed us to put it all together.”

Continue reading “VIMS professor helps solve fishy mystery”