The Pulse: 1 Dec. 2009

University of Virginia football coach Al Groh was fired Sunday following his worst season in nine years — including a loss to the Tribe. Mr. Jefferson’s University finished its season 3-9. His nine-year record is 59-53. Groh was a good sport about his pink slip. “I feel very fortunate,” he said in a statement. “I am an ordinary guy who has been lucky to have been around some extraordinary players and coaches who put me in a position to enjoy many fulfilling games and seasons — and that’s the truth. I gave everything I had to the position and to each game.”

Possible replacements, as reported by The Washington Post, include Richmond coach Mike London, Temple coach Al Golden, Boise State coach Chris Petersen, Harvard coach Tim Murphy and Air Force coach Troy Calhoun.

Z-Pizza in New Town is closed, at least for now. A note on the door says the pizzeria was in default on its lease. A New Town representative told the Williamsburg-Yorktown Daily they hope to resolve the issue and allow Z-Pizza to reopen soon.

Local food pantries are reporting large increases in demand, according to the Virginia Gazette. The Williamsburg Salvation Army alone is reporting a 25 percent increase in demand since last year.

The University of Mary Washington is upping its tuition next semester by $100 for full-time students, just one-third the College’s planned mid-year increase. The increase will raise an estimated $435,000 for the Fredericksburg institution.

Need your updates on the Williamsburg Farmers’ Market immediately? You can now follow it on Twitter, @wbgfarmersmkt.

The Supreme Court will hear arguments this week in United Student Aid Funds Inc. v. Espinosa, which will consider whether a final bankruptcy-court decision should stand if errors were made in the process. The ruling will likely affect whether student loans should be repaid after bankruptcy is finalized.


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