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BofA Day: Protesters mark shareholders meeting

In Charlotte, North Carolina, five people have already been arrested at the Bank of America shareholders meeting today. In Charlottesville, members of a group called Blue Ridge Council for Conscious Action gather outside Bank of America on the Downtown Mall in solidarity with the NC protest, while a security guard keeps an eye on the dozen or so sign-carrying citizens.

"We will not go inside the bank," says organizer Freeman Allan at the May 9 event. "We will not block traffic. We just want to talk."

Allan says this is the "backwash of the 99 percent." His group is concerned with the "megabanks" that led to massive foreclosures and the ensuing federal bailout.

"We're an up-welling," says Allan, describing the group as nonpartisan, nonviolent, and nonconfrontational. "It's critical," he says, "to engage in peaceful dialogue with the megabanks."

Update: One of the prominent signs in the protest carries a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson but which does not appear in any of the writings of the Sage of Monticello, according to Monticello officials, who have already listed the apocryphal statement, that banks will make "children wake up homeless," on its list of "spurious q...

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The benefits of getting clean?



Matthew A. & Cynthia S. Guch to Marty W. & Tara E. Fontenot, 287 Starcrest Road, $350,000

Ella J. Bullard to W .D. A. Carpenter, 1555 Gray Fox Trail, $357,000

Grace H. & William F. Hall, III to Anjali A. Acharekar, 3534 Devon Pines, $500,000

SHR9 LLC to Kok Chin Cheng,  Pung Lee Loh, Albert S. Lee & Tsiao Hui Cheng, .16 Acres, TM 62G-1-5A-137, $505,473

Alison M. Tulud to Ginger Grimes, 101 Overlook Drive, $290,000

Old Trail Creekside III LLC to Bruce & Marina Anderson, 6939 Windmere Lane, $593,287


Michael Klopf to Kevin M. Cwalina, 904 Montrose Avenue, $225,000

Sonabank to Shilshole Properties LLC, 1401 Emmet Street, $499,000

J.P. Morgan Mortgage Trust & US Bank National Association to Jean M. Thorburn, 1120 Meriwether Street, $189,059



Federal National Mortgage Association to Jeremi Rimel, 16 Woodlake Drive, $84,900

Lupos LLC to Kourtney S. Dudley, 1315 Villa Way, Unit D, $119,900

Boston University, Trustees, to Donald A. & Anna L. Marsh, 142 West Park Drive, $144,000

June M. & John R. Sullivan to Matthew Gibson & Jessica L. Baber, 1534 Ballard Drive, $188,000

First Horizon Home Loans to Edgar A. Pierce, 25 Churchill Lane, $215,000

David L. & Donit...

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Marvelous mediocrity: Whedon meets expectations with more of the same

One of the weapons Marvel used in its climb to comic book dominance was a willingness to invent new characters at a dizzying speed. There are so many Marvel universes, indeed, that some superheroes do not even exist in each other's worlds, preventing gridlock. The Avengers, however, do share the same time and space continuum, although in recent years they've been treated in separate single-superhero movies. One assumes the idle Avengers follow the exploits of the employed ones on the news.

The Avengers, much awaited by Marvel Comics fans, assembles all of the Avengers in one film– Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. This is like an All Star Game, or the chef's sampling menu at a fancy restaurant. What always strikes me is how different their superpowers are. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is just an ordinary guy until he's wearing his super-suit. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) swings a mighty hammer. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) wields a bow with arrows so powerful they can bring down alien spacecraft. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is a mild-mannered guy until he gets angry, and then he expands into a leaping, bounding green muscleman who can ri...

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Jason's Deli: Unblanking a wall, chain readies for August opening

A representative for Jason's Deli stood before the County Architectural Review Board on Monday, May 7, hoping to hammer out details concerning the exterior renovation of the old 5,900-square-foot Raggazi's building in Shoppers World on 29 North.

Last October, Ragazzi's Italian Restaurant closed after over a decade of serving up the "taste of Italy... without the passport," as their slogan said, and there was speculation that a Jason's Deli, the Beaumont, Texas-based chain known for offering healthy food that's free of transfats, MSG, and high-fructose corn syrup, would move in. Then, in March, a Shoppers World tenant list (released when fashion retail chain Stein Mart and designer shoe warehouse store DSW went before this Board) confirmed that Jason's Deli was part of the new mix.

At issue at the ARB meeting: how to make the building less darkly cavernous as Raggazi's had been, and how to make a blank, north-facing wall less, well, blank. The regional manager for Jason's, Alex Williams, who admitted he was a novice at facing architectural boards, proposed putting large photos of food on the blank wall.

While ARB member Charles Lebo said he'd recently visited a Jason's Deli and ate...

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Land fill: City selling 3.5 acres on Elliott for $10

In a city where downtown land routinely sells for millions per acre, there's a near-downtown tract that's poised for sale for just $2.85 an acre. No, that's not a typo. But is it a giveaway? Depends on who you ask.

On Monday, May 7, Charlottesville City Council gave final approval for an ordinance allowing the sale of a piece of long-held City land to a team consisting of non-profit Habitat for Humanity and for-profit Southern Development. For a 3.5-acre tract lying just a half a mile south of the Downtown Mall, the buyers will pay $10.

"These are the sorts of games that go on in City Hall," says Rob Schilling, a radio talk show host. "The taxpayers are getting stiffed."

City Hall officials, however, characterize this as a quest to better the city and house the poor. They note that the land– just east of Ridge Street on Elliott Avenue– is currently empty and that the deal before City Council (which took its first vote April 16) came about only after an RFP.

Moreover, it turns out that there was actually a losing offer in this quest for the parcel and that when the proposals were opened in December the losing team offered to pay more but demanded the right to balance its payments by whatever it cost to clean up the property, which had been operated as some sort of landfill. In the event the clean-up cost more than half a million, the losing group– which included former mayor Blake Caravati and former City Council conten...

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