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Kroger gun scare spurs controversy
Councilwoman: Incident ‘outrageous’
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BY SAMANTHA KOON

Bob Girard said he was angered when he met a 22-year-old man with a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle strapped to his shoulder Sunday evening at the Kroger store on Hydraulic Road and Emmet Street. “He said he was exercising his Second Amendment right,” Girard, the owner of Charlottesvillebased Hurricane City Tees, said Monday. “He got

me angry because I could see a kind of smile on his ONLINE face.” » Join the discussion. Girard said he left the dailyprogress.com store with a carton of ice cream; the unidentified man left empty-handed. “He wasn’t there to shop. He was there to show off,” Girard said. No charges were filed against the man toting the rifle, Charlottesville Lt. Ronnie Roberts said.

Police respond to a call at the Kroger supermarket at Hydraulic Road and See GUNS, Page A8 Emmett Street regarding a man carrying a rifle inside the store on Sunday.

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MCAULIFFE STUMPS

Two seats will be contested
Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe (from left) speaks with Valerie Palamountain, dean of the Piedmont Virginia Community College Workforce Center, and Frank Friedman, president of PVCC, during a tour of the new Workforce Services Center at the Stultz Center for Business and Career Development.
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Norris will not seek re-election
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Charlottesville City Council

BY BRIAN WHEELER

Worker training touted
Various meetings focus on technology
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BY BRYAN MCKENZIE

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Democrats at C’Ville Coffee early Monday before traveling to Piedmont, where he toured the college Workforce Development Center and checked in with the Intelligence Analyst Boot Camp. He said he toured Aurora Flight Sciences in Manassas earlier and was disappointed to hear the company, which designs and manufactures drone aircraft, had shipped manufacturing to two other states. “Here is a Virginia company that manufactures 21st Century technology and it is sending its manufacturing to other states because Virginia doesn’t have a commitment to workforce development,” McAuliffe said. Piedmont President Frank Friedman echoed McAuliffe’s comments. “North Carolina eats our lunch in terms of helping educate existing workers to improve a company’s workforce. Companies that want help retraining their workers have to pay full-freight of the training without any state assistance. That has an impact,” Friedman said.
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With notepad in hand Monday, Terry McAuliffe queried Piedmont Virginia Community College officials about continuing education and workforce training, pointing to the focus of his second run for governor. “My message is economic development and, as a governor, I’d be competing against 200 other nations across the world and, to be competitive, we need to have the best workforce development available here in Virginia,” McAuliffe — the former Democratic National Committee chairman who lost to state Sen. R. Creigh Deeds, D-Bath County, in his bid for the party nod four years ago — said. McAuliffe spent much of Monday morning meeting with local party leaders and community college officials. So far, he is the only Democrat seeking the party nomination for governor in the June primary. Attorney General Ken Cucinnelli is the lone Republican contender. A former adviser to both President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary, McAuliffe met with
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“We have a lot of programs dedicated to helping people survive poverty, but what’s missing is a concerted effort to get them out of poverty,” Friedman said, as McAuliffe jotted notes. The Syracuse, N.Y., native forms one half of what is widely regarded as a campaign between extremes, him on the left, and Cucinnelli on the right. Both appear to be in the market for the services of Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling, the jobs czar under Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell and a pro-business moderate Republican spurned by his party in favor of Cucinnelli. McAuliffe met with Bolling earlier this month. “I’d love to work with him as a team and he’s done a great job,” McAuliffe told The Associated Press at a business breakfast last week in Richmond. When contacted by reporters, Bolling chuckled and said he had no comment. On Friday, Cuccinelli told the Richmond Times-Dispatch that he hoped Bolling would work with him. “Politically, there’s not a great deal of difference between us on paper and how we’ve voted over the years,” Cuccinelli told the Richmond paper. “We’ve been on the same side for a lot of fights, and I hope we will be again in the future.” Bolling has not responded.
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Democrat Dave Norris announced Monday that he would not seek a third term on the Charlottesville City Council. “Eight years is enough,” Norris, 42, said in a prepared statement. “It’s time Norris for some new blood on City Council.” Norris’ current term ends Dec. 31. He said it was an “open secret” that he was not mounting a re-election

campaign. He let his political website’s registration expire last summer. “I am not surprised,” said Vice Mayor Kristin Szakos, Norris’ 2009 running mate. “I think he has really enjoyed being on council, but I know he has the rest of his life he wants to live. I support that decision and think he has done a great job on council.”

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Vote OKs waiting list for vouchers
Additional openings are currently funded
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Redevelopment and Housing Authority

BY AARON RICHARDSON

The Charlottesville Redevelopment Housing Authority board of commissioners unanimously passed a resolution Monday night to open the waiting list for Section 8 housing vouchers. The housing authority de-

cided to open the list because the current list does not have enough qualified applicants, and there is funding for additional vouchers. The list will be opened after a public notice period, the resolution said. Section 8 vouchers provide rental assistance for lowincome families. The first housing authority meeting of the year also saw public housing residents plead for the body to “turn over a

See HOUSING, Page A8

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