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.”

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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City Council votes down letting students live in hotels

The Williamsburg City Council voted down a motion Thursday to allow College of William and Mary students to reside in hotels and motels throughout the city.

The proposal would have expanded the ability of the College to house students in hotels throughout the city rather than just the Museum Support district, the only area of the city currently able to lease to students.

It was passed 6-1 by the Planning Commission in December and seemed likely to pass through city council. Council members, however, were swayed by landlords and rental agencies who spoke against the change.

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Hardy’s Greatest Tragedy: Isolation, Hope and Rejection in “The Mayor of Casterbridge”

The Mayor of Casterbridge is considered by many critics, including Bert Hornback, who called it “the finest of Hardy’s achievements” and said that “more than any other of Hardy’s works The Mayor of Casterbridge belongs on that short list of masterpieces in the history of English literature” (106), to be Thomas Hardy’s greatest tragedy — not, perhaps, his greatest literary work, but rather his most thematically tragic. Part of that triumph of tragedy is based in the novel’s structure, a departure from previous works such as Far From the Madding Crowd and The Return of the Native, which focused on multiple characters instead of a single protagonist. “He decided to write for the first time a novel that was not, in any important respect, a love story but one in which he would centre the drama in one person. … Henchard is a full-length portrait, and Hardy truthfully subtitled the novel ‘A Story of a Man of Character.’” (Weber, Hardy of Wessex 146-7). The primary focus of this novel on a single person is apparent from the title itself. The Mayor of Casterbridge is structured to center around isolation; despite the setting in a large town — quite the opposite of Hardy’s normally pastoral settings — Henchard’s rough persona consistently works to generate negative consequences that lead him to tragic isolation. Continue reading “Hardy’s Greatest Tragedy: Isolation, Hope and Rejection in “The Mayor of Casterbridge””

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.

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New help for hemorrhoids: infrared treatment quick, less painful

Hemorrhoids are an uncomfortable topic—literally. They are painful and appear in an embarrassing part of the body, and the treatments often take time and great amounts of discomfort to heal.

In the past several decades, however, a new treatment has emerged, first overseas and more recently in the United States: infrared coagulation, or IRC. Hailed as non-invasive and less painful than other surgical options, IRC has become a popular alternative outpatient procedure for the treatment of hemorrhoids.

Williamsburg Surgery, PC, a practice of Sentara Medical Group, began offering the procedure last October, and doctors have since seen good results.

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