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Trying To Be Cool

America is no stranger to French culture. From Monet to Camus, Bardot to Brie cheese, the list of artists, philosophers, authors, filmmakers and culinary delights whose influence is felt here in the U.S. is long. Rock stars, however, weren't on that list until Phoenix burst onto the scene in 2009 with their smash hit album Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. With hits including "1901" (best known for its "Falling, falling, falling," chorus) and "Lisztomania," the four members of Phoenix are breaking new ground as the first French rock band to conquer U.S. charts, and their star keeps on rising.

Vocalist Thomas Mars, bassist Deck d'Arcy, and guitarist Chris Mazzalai started out as teenagers in a garage band playing out of Mars' basement in the suburbs of Paris, France. Later on, Laurent Brancowitz, Mazzalai's older brother, permanently joined the band on guitar after the end of Darlin', a band that Brancowitz had formed with Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo (best known for creating another French group, the duo Daft Punk).  Little did the Phoenix fellows know then that they would go from practicing in a basement to hitting number one on Billboard charts in the States. D'Arcy, who s...

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Blind Date Challenge: Alex and Ryder

Hosted by Citizen Burger Bar

Alex is a 24-year-old petite blonde who loves fitness, music and shopping. She's a PR manager and recent UVA grad whose ideal man can be summed up in three words "A nice friend." She prefers dark-haired guys...                

Ryder is a 6'1" dark-haired 2X-year-old executive for a consulting firm and a self-proclaimed "foodie," who says the myriad restaurants around Charlottesville are half the reason he lives here. He loves the outdoors, travelling, collecting wine, working out, happy hours, and cooking, and holds both a Bachelors and Masters from UVA. He’s looking for a girlie-girl— someone who likes to put on heels and a cocktail dress and show what she’s got.  

Unless one of these two is hiding something, this date should be a shoe-in.

Did you do anything out of the ordinary before the date, to plan for it?
Alex:
I went home after work to get ready.
Ryder:
You know the opening scene in American Psycho when Bateman is going through his routine?

Were...

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Self-defense: Cop cleared in Afton shooting

The officer who fired five bullets and killed 21-year-old Greg Rosson had "reasonable fear of death or serious bodily injury" and will not face criminal charges, according to a determination released August 23 by Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford.

That assessment doesn't sit well with Rosson's family. "I don't see how you shoot someone five times and it's justified," says his mother Denise Rosson.

 

The six-page report details the events of June 8, when Rosson's mother called 911 at 2:16am after being contacted by his girlfriend. Denise Rosson said the girlfriend screamed and the ph...

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Survivor's end: Bradley dies 54 years past Piedmont plane crash

The sole survivor of one of the most perplexing air crashes in American history and a celebrated visitor to the Crozet area, where he would memorialize the last flight of Piedmont #349, Ernest Philip "Phil" Bradley, has died after a short illness.

According to his son, the 87-year-old native of Clifton Forge lost a six-week battle with pancreatic cancer and died August 23 at a hospice near his home in Monroe, North Carolina.

It was a foggy night in Central Virginia nearly 54 years ago that sealed this name in the annals of aviation. A union organizer who'd spent the week in Oklahoma for the International Association of Machinists, Bradley missed his original Friday flight due to a late connection– but snagged the last seat on a regularly scheduled flight from Washington to Roanoke. By 9pm, the plane, a twin-engined DC-3, was overdue for its stop in Charlottesville.

The October 30, 1959 incident launched what was widely described as the era's greatest search-and-rescue operation, as teams of h...

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No bond: Abduction suspect to stay behind bars

The man accused of abducting 17-year-old Nelson County teen Alexis Murphy will stay behind bars, a judge ruled Thursday, August 22, in Nelson County Juvenile and Domestic Relations court.

Earlier in the week, Judge A. Ellen White ruled that the bond hearing for Randy Allen Taylor would be closed to the public and media, but immediately before the 1pm bond hearing, she granted a media motion by attorney Craig Merritt, representing WDBJ in Roanoke, WWBT and WTVR in Richmond, and the Newsplex, to open the hearing to the public, agreeing with Merritt that the only time the courtroom should be closed was during the presentation of "sensitive" evidence from the prosecution.

"Things have been revealed, some confirmed yesterday, that could seriously jeopardize [Taylor's] right to a fair trial," countered Nelson Commonwealth's Attorney Anthony Martin.

Arguing for his client's release, Taylor's defense attorney, Charlottesville-based Mike Hallahan, presented the court with a photo of the mystery man who Taylor says left his property with Murphy on August 3, the night she disappeared, after allegedly selling Taylor $60 of marijuana. The photo was not visible to the public in attendance, and Hallahan did not speak the man's name, but told the judge it was known to investigators.

Taylor "has identified him as an adult who has seen Alexis since he has seen Alexis," said Hallahan.

Following the presentation of the prosecution's evidence...

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