April 4th, 2013 issue #1214
April 4th, 2013
- UVA professor of philosophy Sahar Akhtar's class "Animals and Ethics" is a popular one. "Students now want to know what the justifications are for treating animals in certain ways," says Akhtar, "what the morality and ethics of that is, and what, if any, obligations we have to them as a society and as human beings." The class examines the moral and legal standing of non-human animals, and how we come to terms with using animals for research and for food.read more
- Stopping by the Hook office two weeks before the second Tom Tom Founders Day Festival kicks off on April 11, it's clear festival organizer Paul Beyer is a busy man. In addition to putting the finishing touches on Tom Tom's big events, including a $10,000 community pitch night, 60 musical performances, and a series of talks by local innovators, there are the tiny details to attend to. "The banners need to be tightened," says Beyer, peering through a window at the Tom Tom signs flapping on Downtown Mall lightpoles. Add one more thing to his "to-do" list.read more
- One doctor's trash is another's treasure– at least that's the case for UVA biomedical engineer Shayn Peirce-Cottler, whose use of liposuction leftovers in her research is helping improve treatment for serious conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Wait a sec. Love handles as potential life savers?read more
- When Toan Nguyen first conceived of a local microlending program similar to ones that have been successful in developing countries, people scoffed.read more
- Bob Pianta isn't afraid to say he has no idea what the classroom of the future will look like. Coming from the dean of UVA's Curry School of Education and a nationally-lauded builder of better teachers, that's pretty refreshing. "We're at this intersection with technology," says Pianta. As critical to education as technology is however, there's this one other thing getting attention now: social skills.read more
- Greg Thompson wants us to learn to love each other, even if we have deep differences, and not just because he's a pastor at a local Presbyterian church and Jesus said love thy neighbor and all that, but because he believes the survival of our democracy depends on it. Disturbed by the divisive political discourse in the country, Thompson, 39, began studying Martin Luther King, Jr. for his dissertation at UVA about seven years ago, asking himself how people with deep differences could not only live together, but flourish.read more
- We fidget as we sit, we walk, we run and dance—we’re all in constant motion. But how often do we think of it as something that we share with others, something that links us together? Katie Schetlick, ballet instructor at the Charlottesville Performing Arts School, considers this connection between people, dancing, and movement every day.read more
4Better Or Worse
- Worst first: Albemarle has its first traffic fatality March 27 followed by two more two days later (see related story page 10). In 2012, 12 people died on county roads.
- In America, the word pie is usually preceded by the name of a fruit– apple, peach, blueberry. It's a different world Down Under where pies are stuffed with meats, veg...For years, the street leading up to the Downtown Mall between Vinegar Hill Theater and the Omni Hotel has been lined on the left by a vast expanse of brick, but signs now...
- Silent flashes lit up the sky in fast succession, like paparazzi, for a good two minutes. The night was dark, and our power had clicked off about a half hour earlier. I sto...
Real Estate - $old
Real Estate - On the Block
- Area: Locust GrovePrice range: $172,500-$800,000Schools: Burnley-Moran, Walker & Buford, CharlottesvillePros: proximity to downtown, stately homes, nice lotsCons: traff...
Real Estate Property auctions
- April 8 at 10am at the Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 706 Rockland Avenue Debtor: Harry H. and Nancy T. Morris Original amount owing: $337,500 Bidder brings: ...
- Although Jack Kerouac's On the Road has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offe...
- COVERTom Tom Arrives to Innovate CharlottesvilleClear your schedule for the dates of April 11-14 and get out to the Tom Tom Founders Festival for block parties, free concer...
- Albemarle Supervisor Chris Dumler, unshaven since he began spending his weekends in jail, appeared in Albemarle Circuit Court April 2 because of a citizen's petition to rem...More than two weeks after a late-night shootout on Second Street NW outside the Elks Lodge left two men shot and wounded on the street, police say no charges have been file...Four years after the $7 million re-bricking of the Downtown Mall, a patch of damaged bricks along the edge of the Main Street Arena near Water Street is pitting a property ...Ruby Reed Guy-Wolnick (pink hat) attends a rally on the Downtown Mall with her moms, Meridith Wolnick and Deborah Guy, on March 26, the same day the U.S. Supreme Court hear...The Democratic primary is still two months away, and already one of the City Council contenders has run afoul of the law. Wesley Bellamy announced his candidacy March 6; on...Albemarle hasn't had any fatalities all year– and then within three days, three men are dead from crashes on county roads. "All three of these are very different, wit...
Black and White
- Former neighbor Paul Whitehead, often up to something creative. Moved to San Francisco. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. ...
- “If you treat an individual as he is, he will remain how he is. But if you treat him as if he were what he ought to be and could be, he will become what he ought to be an...