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Up, down and becoming more of a challenge to predict, but that’s ok, because this week it benefits you. We’re talking about gas prices. Tripple A Mid-Atlantic says late Summer vacationers are getting a bit of a break. Crude oil prices are down and gasoline inventories are on the rise. You’ll pay just a penny more at the pump this week than you did last week. And about 20 cents more than you did a year ago.
As University of Virginia students settle in to their dorms and apartments, a small diverse group is hoping to transcend economic and cultural differences in the wake of the August 12th violence. Five UVA students are set to live together this year at a home in the Venable neighborhood. The goal is to bring people of different races and backgrounds together. The idea came from a student who felt isolated from her surrounding neighborhood. The Perkins house, named for civil rights activist John Perkins, is to help students understand what it is like to live in a mixed-income neighborhood. Program advisor Christy Yates says if students can learn to listen and love one another and cross those little differences, then it can help with larger differences they see today.
At least 12-hundred people attended the second of two state police pilots killed August 12th, when their helicopter crashed just east of Charlottesville after monitoring street violence. The Richmond Times Dispatch reports a public service was held was held Saturday at Southside Church of the Nazarene in Chesterfield County, just south of Richmond for Lt. H. Jay Cullen. Those close to the trooper said he was passionate about aviation. According to a co-worker, Cullen insisted on flying last Saturday because of his familiarly with the computerized video equipment the department used to coordinate the police response to the violence in Charlottesville. Trooper-Pilot Berke M.M. Bates was also killed August 12th when the helicopter they were flying in to patrol the “Unite the Right” crashed in a wooded area just outside of Charlottesville.
It wouldn’t be move-in weekend at the University of Virginia with out the Wertland Street block party. Police advised in advance of Saturday’s annual event that if you didn’t have an invitation, you were urged not to go. This may have confused some students who questioned why you would need an invitation to a private party on a public street. According to the Charlottesville Police Department, there were crowds of over 2,000 that attended. Authorities say there was one arrest was made from this year's Wertland Street block party. The charge, public intoxication. The Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad responded to three rescue calls; one for a fall, and two calls for excessive alcohol consumption. Police say no other injuries were reported.
In hopes of healing a community, citizens gathered on the Downtown Mall in peace on Saturday to reflect on one week since the deadly rally in Charlottesville. Organizers say the peace rally was thought of as nothing special. They simply wanted it to be considered another typical day on the Downtown Mall. One of the organizers, Kelsey Ripa welcomed folks bringing love, life and acceptance back to Charlottesville, where she said “hatred came in and took it out.” The peace gathering follows the death of Heather Heyer who was killed during August 12’s Unite the Right rally. Organizers of Saturday’s peace gathering believe kindness is how Charlottesville's legacy should be written.