Preservationists Vow To Fight On Against Walmart Supercenter | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

: News

Preservationists Vow To Fight On Against Walmart Supercenter

Play associated audio

Preservationists are declaring war against plans to build a Walmart Supercenter near a famed Civil War battlefield in Virginia. Orange County supervisors green-lit the project in a 4-to-1 vote.

But the Wilderness Battlefield Coalition says it will apply corporate pressure in an appeal to Walmart's "best interests" to find a site farther away from the Wilderness Battlefield in Locust Grove.

The preservationists' national campaign against Wal-Mart has enlisted congressmen, historians and celebrities like actor Robert Duvall. They call the battlefield where Robert E. Lee and Ulysses S. Grant first met 145 years ago an "historic footprint." But Orange County officials say they want the jobs, tax revenue and bargains Wal-mart offers.

The Coalition contends you can still have those benefits if the store is moved a mile down the road.

Rebecca Sheir reports...

NPR

Film About Campus Sexual Assault Tells Survivors: 'You Are Not Alone'

Survivors Annie Clark and Andrea Pino brought a Title IX complaint against the University of North Carolina. "This is not about UNC," Clark says. "We're not doing this to vilify our institution."
NPR

When Food Is Too Good To Waste, College Kids Pick Up The Scraps

Millions of tons of food are wasted on college campuses around the country, and students are noticing. Some of them are now rescuing food to make tasty meals for the needy and compost for gardens.
NPR

Jeb's Rowdy Supporters Help Him Escape The CPAC Lion's Den

The former Florida governor's supporters shouted down his hecklers at his much anticipated appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference.
NPR

A Neuroscientist Weighs In: Why Do We Disagree On The Color Of The Dress?

Robert Siegel speaks with Dr. Bevil Conway, a neuroscientist at Wellesley College, about the dress that has the whole Internet asking: What color is it?

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.