BC-US--Charlottesville Celebrates,1st Ld-Writethru, US
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — A Virginia city once marred by Tiki torches, Nazi chants and deadly violence is savoring a united moment of bliss as it welcomes home the national champion University of Virginia men’s basketball team.
Charlottesville was in full party mood Tuesday, a day after the Cavaliers defeated Texas Tech in the title game in Minneapolis. Supporters flocked to the school’s basketball arena to welcome the team home.
The ebullient mood was a marked departure from nearly two years ago, when a white nationalist rally descended into violence and chaos and left one woman dead.
The city also has been rocked in recent years by the high-profile slayings of female students and a bogus magazine story about a gang rape at the university.