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FunStuff: Charlottesville events April 12 and beyond

TJ's b-day

Happy birthday to youuuuuu. Happy birthday to youuuuuuuuuuuu! Happy Birthday, dear TJ... It's Thomas Jefferson's 269th birthday! Even if America's third president can't be here in person to celebrate, there's a par-tay at his house this day, and the featured speaker is Jessica Tuchman Mathews, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and recipient of the 2012 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal in Citizen Leadership. TJ sends his sincere regrets, we're sure...
April 13, Monticello, 10-11am, free



Ooohs, ahhhs, and yum!

Whether you prefer candy for your eyes or your mouth, you'll find something satisfying at the PVCC Annual Student Show and Seventh Annual Chocolate Chow Down...

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Lair on Locust: Views and light behind imposing wall

Address: 801 Locust Avenue, Charlottesville
Neighborhood: Locust Grove
Asking: $780,000   
Assessment: $745,300   
Year built: 1925   
Size: 4,056 fin. sq. ft, 60 unfin.
Land: .89 acres

Agent: Roger Voisinet, ReMax Realty Specialists, 434-974-1500
Curb Appeal: 5 out of 10

Living within the city limits can mean giving up a sculpted landscape for a postage-stamp yard and a too-close-for-comfort view of the neighbor. It’s rare that one can find a house with nearly an acre of park-like splendor and mountain views– less than a mile of the Downtown Mall. Located in the first city neighborhood to be designated a Historic Conservation District, this is one of many 19th century houses constructed near the former home of Martha Jefferson Hospital.

This charming, restored Craftsman is hidden behind a fortress of trees and a tall wood fence. A buyer may be put off by this lack of curb appeal, but just inside a stylish iron gate the fence becomes a backdrop for a landscaped perimeter and a sound barrier t...

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Get Nick: Can 'Hot Air' filmmakers raise $65K?

Derek Sieg and Jeremy Goldstein want Nick Nolte bad. So badly that they've launched a "Let's get Nick" campaign, with website and videos. They've taken to the streets– and the Downtown Mall– selling raffle tickets and t-shirts to raise money to get Nick. And to get Nick, they need $65,000.

The two filmmakers have written a script called Hot Air, and they think the '70s icon from Rich Man Poor Man (and, more recently, 48 Hours, The Prince the Tides, and Tropic Thunder) would be perfect in the lead role of aging lothario/personal injury lawyer/hard-partying restauranteur who's looking at jail time for questionable business practices and decides the only way out is to fake his own death.

"We would love to get him," says Sieg, a native son of Charlottesville who's back in town after living in L.A. and who wrote, directed, and, in 2006, filmed Swedish Auto here with Lukas Haas and January Jones (now of Mad Men fame).

So why must they raise $65,000?

"That's an important number," says Goldstein, who made the documentary Skid Row and has written a half-doze...

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Glazier's delight: Refenestration gleams at Coca-Cola landmark

A plan to reopen the long-closed window openings at the landmark 1939 structure built for the local Coca-Cola bottling company nears completion as workers make the final adjustments to the six new windows on Friday, April 6. The refenestration is part of an eventual multi-millon-dollar project to transform the former Preston Avenue soda-making plant into something called the CityCampus Biotechnology Center.

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Junk science? Most preclinical cancer studies don't replicate

When a cancer study is published in a prestigious peer-reviewed journal, the implication is the findings are robust, replicable, and point the way toward eventual treatments. Consequently, researchers scour their colleagues' work for clues about promising avenues to explore. Doctors pore over the pages, dreaming of new therapies coming down the pike. Which makes a new finding that nine out of 10 preclinical peer-reviewed cancer research studies cannot be replicated all the more shocking and discouraging.

The scientific journal Nature just published a disturbing commentary claiming that in the area of preclinical research– which involves experiments done on rodents or cells in petri dishes with the goal of identifying possible targets for new treatments in people– independent researchers doing the same experiment cannot get the same result as reporte...

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