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New fest: SXSW inspires TTFF

Last year, Paul Beyer ran for City Council. This year, he's starting a music/art festival modeled on Austin's South by Southwest.

With film, book and photo festivals already well-established, it's not like Charlottesville has a dearth of such events.

"I think it completes the circle," says Beyer. "This is music plus. It establishes Charlottesville as a creative center for music, art, and innovation." And, he points out, there's no Downtown Mall music festival.

With tongue-in-cheek homage to Thomas Jefferson, the event is called the Tom Tom Founders Festival, and has the obligatory quote from Jefferson: "I like the dreams of the future better than the history of the past."

The three headliners and 50 bands in multiple venues will be announced in March. TTFF starts April 13– TJ's birthday– and culminates May 11-13. Promises Beyer, "It's a month of creativity."

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Cavorting: Wintergreen wide open for business

Two girls cavort on the Eagle's Swoop slope at Wintergreen Resort Wednesday night. While the Resort has recently announced financial difficulties, the snow-covered slopes remain wide open for skiing, snowboarding, and– when nobody's watching– a little free sliding.

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Sunday hunting R.I.P.-- at least this year

The effort to overturn the ban on Sunday hunting sailed through the Senate last month, only to meet the fate of so many bills and die in subcommittee in the House of Delegates February 15.

Eight bills allowing Sunday hunting were introduced in the General Assembly this year, and those from the House of Delegates were already dead, despite the seeming groundswell of support from the board of the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries, which said it needed the revenue, and Governor Bob McDonnell.

"Hunters didn't go down to Richmond and speak for it," says Tony Shifflett, a supporter of the change. "They stand back and wait for it to happen."

Shifflett says he's not shocked the effort died. "I thought it it had a 50-50 chance," he says.

He adds, "It's inevitable. It has to happen. You should not be allowed to be told what you can do on your own property."

Another bill that would have effectively gutted the law enforcement abilities of Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officers by prohibiting them from inspecting game and fish catches, Senate bill 26, failed a February 14 vote in the Senate.

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Some photos: As Huguely trial delayed Thursday

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