cloudy.png
Tuesday October 15th, 2019 5:23PM

Once marred by racist rally, Charlottesville revels in win

By The Associated Press
Related Articles
  Contact Editor

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city once marred by deadly violence and tiki torch-carrying white supremacists chanting Nazi slogans savored a moment of bliss Tuesday as it welcomed home national men's college basketball champion University of Virginia.

Charlottesville was in full party mode a day after the U.Va. Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in the title game. Supporters, waking up from a night of celebration, flocked to the school's basketball stadium parking lot to give the team a hero's welcome.

While awaiting the team, fans erupted in random cheers while trading stories about how stressed they had been watching the Cavaliers' successful tournament run, which featured come-from-behind victories in the final seconds of several games. Monday's championship game was settled in overtime.

The crowd cheered deliriously as the team arrived at the stadium carrying the national championship trophy. Coach Tony Bennett told reporters he was gratified to see the team's victory bring so much joy "in light of all this community's been through."

"There's an amazing story that has been written from this and I think it's going to encourage a lot of people," Bennett said.

The ebullient mood was a marked departure from nearly two years ago, when a white nationalist rally held to protest the removal of a Confederate statue erupted in violence in 2017, leaving a woman dead and dozens injured. Three years earlier, a bogus magazine story about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity house haunted the city, which was still dealing with the slayings of two female university students in 2014 and 2010.

"We were due for some good coverage for a change," said Matilda Foster, who waited for hours to be at the front of the crowd welcoming the Cavaliers back from Minneapolis. She said the team's success has unified the city and surrounding area.

David Toscano, a former Charlottesville mayor and current state delegate, said U.Va. basketball has helped unite the community in ways few other things can.

"This is a really big event for this region and the city that's been kind of back on their heels," Toscano said.

Charlottesville and the University of Virginia have had more than their fair share of painful headlines.

In August 2017, the white supremacists who had gathered to protest the removal of a statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee clashed with people who showed up to protest the racism. Later, a self-avowed white supremacist intentionally plowed his speeding car into a crowd of counterprotesters, killing a woman and injuring dozens. President Donald Trump further inflamed the situation by refraining from condemning the white nationalists. Instead, he remarked of the protesters and counterprotesters that there were "very fine people on both sides."

In 2014, the magazine Rolling Stone published a story portraying U.Va. as a school where sexual assaults were rampant and unpunished. A woman identified as "Jackie" in the article told the magazine she was raped by seven men at a fraternity house in September 2012. But an investigation by police in Charlottesville found no evidence to back up the claims.

Rolling Stone later retracted the article and apologized. Also that year, U.Va. student Hannah Graham was abducted from a Charlottesville bar and slain. In 2010, U.Va. lacrosse player Yeardley Love was killed by a fellow student. And just last month, all city schools were closed for two days after racist threats of violence were made online. Police later charged a 17-year-old boy for making the threats.

Heidi Price, a fan who showed up to greet the team, said it was "great to have something positive to focus on."

"Everybody's a fan right now," she said. "It's a great day."

  • Associated Categories: U.S. News, Associated Press (AP), AP Sports, AP Online Basketball, AP National News, Top U.S. News short headlines, College Sports, AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
© Copyright 2019 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Once marred by racist rally, Charlottesville revels in win
A Virginia city's ebullient mood as it welcomed home national men's college basketball champion University of Virginia was a marked departure from nearly two years ago, when a white nationalist rally erupted in violence
3:14AM ( 3 minutes ago )
Dems prepare own border proposals, say Trump enflamed crisis
Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border
3:07AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Bernie Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' amid 2020 glare
Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan, shaking up the 2020 presidential campaign by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance
3:05AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
George hits game-winner as Thunder rally to beat Rockets
Paul George hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 1.8 seconds left, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rallied from 14 points down in the fourth quarter to beat the Houston Rockets 112-111
1:38AM ( 1 hour ago )
St John's coach Chris Mullin resigns, cites 'personal loss'
Chris Mullin steps down as basketball coach at St. John's, citing 'personal loss'
1:06AM ( 2 hours ago )
'Still amazing': Dwyane Wade plays his last game in Miami
After 16 years, Dwyane Wade in the final moments of storied NBA career
12:55AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP Sports
'Amazing': Dwyane Wade plays his last game in Miami
After 16 years, Dwyane Wade in the final moments of storied NBA career
9:29PM ( 5 hours ago )
Charlottesville, once marred by racist rally, revels in win
A Virginia city once marred by deadly violence and tiki torch-carrying white supremacists chanting Nazi slogans savored a moment of bliss Tuesday as it welcomed home national men's college basketball champion University of Virginia
9:19PM ( 5 hours ago )
'Amazing': Dwyane Wade's last game in Miami may have arrived
After 16 years, Dwyane Wade may be in final moments of storied NBA career
8:22PM ( 6 hours ago )
AP Online Basketball
Israel's Netanyahu appears headed toward 5th term as PM
Israel's Netanyahu appears headed toward historic fifth term as prime minister
1:16AM ( 2 hours ago )
The Latest: Netanyahu appears headed toward re-election
With over 90% of the votes tallied in Israel's election, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's Likud party is in a dead heat with rival Benny Gantz's Blue and White party
1:12AM ( 2 hours ago )
How NYC plans to enforce unusual measles vaccination order
In a rare order, New York City is requiring residents of a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles; now the question is enforcing the demand.
1:12AM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Woman lived to 99 with organs except heart on wrong side
A woman in Oregon lived to age 99 with all her internal organs except or her heart on the wrong side
8:14PM ( 7 hours ago )
Cop's attorney: 'Perfect storm' led to unarmed woman's death
A Minneapolis police officer who shot and killed an unarmed woman who approached his squad car was reacting to a loud noise and feared an ambush
8:00PM ( 7 hours ago )
NYC orders mandatory vaccines for some amid measles outbreak
New York City health officials have ordered nearly everyone in a heavily Orthodox Jewish New York City neighborhood to be vaccinated for measles or face fines.
7:29PM ( 7 hours ago )
Top U.S. News short headlines
Ex-Lady Vol Kellie Harper returns to her alma mater as coach
Former Tennessee guard Kellie Harper returning to her alma mater to coach Lady Vols
5:17PM ( 10 hours ago )
Impoverished Pine Ridge reservation braces for more flooding
Plains and Midwest states are bracing for another massive winter storm and the prospect of renewed flooding
4:56PM ( 10 hours ago )
Suit filed over gun controls inspired by synagogue shooting
Pittsburgh's mayor has signed gun-control legislation passed by City Council in response to the synagogue massacre; suit filed to block it
4:53PM ( 10 hours ago )
College Sports
Title trophy in hand, Virginia has look of perennial power
When the guys from Virginia finally turn their attention toward next season, they could well be doing it as favorites to repeat as national champs
2:20AM ( 1 day ago )
Comeback! Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech
Comeback kids! Cavs get their title, 85-77 in OT over Texas Tech
2:15AM ( 1 day ago )
Culver, Texas Tech can't finish comeback in NCAA title game
Culver, Texas Tech fall short in overtime of title game as sophomore star goes 5 for 22 from floor
1:16AM ( 1 day ago )
AP Sports - Men's College Basketball
Dems prepare own border proposals, say Trump enflamed crisis
Democrats are honing proposals to address the surge of families entering the U.S. at the southern border
3:07AM ( 10 minutes ago )
Bernie Sanders relaunches 'Medicare for All' amid 2020 glare
Sen. Bernie Sanders is set to unveil a new version of his "Medicare for All" plan, shaking up the 2020 presidential campaign by reopening the debate over his call to eliminate private health insurance
3:05AM ( 12 minutes ago )
Barr to testify before Senate as Mueller report looms
Attorney General William Barr is returning to Capitol Hill for a second time this week as lawmakers, the White House and the American public anxiously await his release of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report
3:04AM ( 13 minutes ago )
US forces: 3 Marines killed, Afghan contractor wounded
US forces: 3 American service members killed in Taliban attack in Afghanistan on Monday; Afghan contractor wounded
2:47AM ( 31 minutes ago )
Asian shares mixed amid world tensions, worries about growth
Asian shares are mixed amid growing tensions between the U.S. and the European Union and a dim forecast on global economic growth
2:37AM ( 40 minutes ago )