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Web slinger: Waldo's new site takes aim at federal corruption

When it comes to building websites that promote government transparency, Waldo Jaquith has built a strong reputation– and it'll likely only be bolstered by the March 8 launch of, a website that Jaquith spent the last four months building, working several days a week inside the White House.

"The mission came from a campaign promise made by Obama," Jaquith explains, "to provide a single location where people could enter the name of a person, agency, or business and pull up federal ethics records pertaining to them."

When it came time to fulfill that promise, the White House didn't have to look far to find Jaquith, a programmer who previously created Richmond Sunlight, a website that makes sense of the General Assembly. In June, he was invited to the White House as a "Champion of Change" for his work on that site, and when he arrived in D.C. to receive the award, that's when he got the job offer.

"They offered me a position as 'entrepreneur in residence'," says Jaquith, who says he loved the idea– but not the move to D.C. it might have entailed. He turned it down, and another offer followed right awayR...

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Garth shade: Glass, nautical theme, cottage enliven 9 acres

Address: 2004 and 1975 Walnutside Place          
Neighborhood: Garth Road area of Albemarle
Asking: $1,049,000
Assessment: $1,011,600
Year Built: 1985
Size, primary house: 3,652 finished, 720 unfinished
Size, cottage: 1,132 finished, 384 unfinished
Land: 8.8 acres assessed (9.41 acres in current listing)
Agent: Tommy Brannock, BHG Real Estate III, 434-977-3033
Curb Appeal: 8 out of 10

The Albemarle couple who designed and built this unique home called "Meadow Run" were clearly influenced by a passion for all things nautical. Aptly labeled a “transitional," the style mixes traditional with its Victorian furnishings and window treatments, but a buyer will also notice modern swaths of glass and spacious scale— along with the nautical motifs— to infuse a modern tack.

A spacious double-height entryway leads to a stunning central hall heralded by double columns and loaded with shelves (currently displaying books about the sea, naturally). A settee faces rolling pastures through two stories of glass in a view complemented by a combination of French doors and overhead casement windows, with a Palladian window at the top.

The area for entertaining seems endless. A formal living room occup...

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Saintly move? Poet thieves return St. Maarten's sign

Looks like the people who stole St. Maarten Café's sign had a fit of remorse, which even inspired some poetry.

"I came around the corner last night after having dinner and there it was," says Nicole Hamilton, who is re-opening the restaurant with her husband Russ and several local investors, "bolts too, sitting against the wall."  

On Tuesday, March 6, Hamilton was close to tears after she discovered it missing. She asked that it please be returned, and said the owners would not press charges. 

"We plan on giving it and the wall a good cleaning and getting it rehung very soon," she says. "There was almost no damage to the sign, so I think it was taken out of respect and love of Maartens."

Indeed, Hamilton received an email from the thieves before it was returned, in the form of a poem:

To the good people of St. Maarten's,
Please give a moment to make amends.
We thought your bar was closed for good,
And wrongfully stole your sign made of wood.
We're truly sorry, we mean you no trouble,
Your sign will be back, right on the double.
Returned to the cafe later tonight,
Give us a chance to make things right.
We're dreadfully sorry we caused such a fuss,

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Forgotten love is rekindled in 'The Vow'

The Vow is a well-behaved, tenderhearted love story about impossibly nice people. It's not even about whether they'll get married. They've been happily married for four years. The problem is, she can't remember them. She can't even remember her husband.

Paige and Leo are a young Chicago couple. She's a Lake Forest blue-blood who angered her parents by dropping out of Northwestern Law School, moving into the city, and enrolling at the School of the Art Institute, where she sculpts clay into such forms that Leo mistakes a pile of fresh clay for one of her artworks. Leo has opened an independent recording studio, arguing that although everyone may be able to produce songs on their laptops, he can aim higher – at the heights of an old Sun session, for example.

They live happily. They are in love. She is estranged from her parents. They look great together, and played by Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum, why shouldn't they? The actors bring a dreamy warmth to the roles. Then one snowy night they're rear-ended by a truck. He wakes up in the hospital. She remains in a drug-induced coma to assist her brain in reducing its swelling. When she recovers, she has no...

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How is March gonna turn out?

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