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Supe's surprise: Supervisor Ken Boyd seeks 3rd term

When Albemarle Supervisor Ken Boyd made an unsuccessful run for the 5th Congressional District Republican nomination in 2010, he said he would not be seeking another term on the Board of Supervisors. But at a hastily called May 12 press conference, the incumbent representing the Rivanna District– despite mentioning the "toll on you and your family" from 12 years of public service–  threw his hat back in the ring.

"My wife allowed me to," said Boyd.

Boyd is the last of the three term-expiring supervisors to announce plans. Scottsville Supervisor Lindsay Dorrier will not seek a fourth term, but White Hall supe and board chair Ann Mallek will run again.

"This year, I've been honored and humbled by the  number of people that have asked me to run again," said Boyd, who typically votes with the more ostensibly conservative board block that includes Samuel Miller's Duane Snow, the Rio District's Rodney Thomas, and Dorrier. So far, no one has announced a run for Dorrier's seat.

Boyd, who formerly served on the School Board, cites accomplishments such as "a world class educational system," the near completion–- at least the county's portion–- of the Meadow Creek Parkway, the start of the Hillsdale Connector, the higher than average...

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The week in review

Most wanted: Taybronne A. White is arrested May 8 in connection with a triple homicide after the bodies of Lisa Hwang, 26, Brian Lee Daniels, 26, and Dustin Tyler Knighton, 25, were discovered early May 3 on Octavia Road in Greene County. However, the charges, at presstime, stem only from warrants following an allegedly related home invasion that occurred about 40 minutes before discovery of the bodies.

Worst week for UVA Law School: Two students' dubious achievements are noted in local media. On May 5, Johnathan Perkins admits he fabricated a story about being racially harassed by UVA police. On May 6, Daniel Paul Watkins– who once reported that he was the victim of a racial incident– is arrested for assault and stalking stemming from an alleged February 13 incident.

Worst way to try to spark a romance: Felicia Armstrong, 51, of Mineral, pleads guilty to setting multiple fires at St. John Baptist Church in January after she's rebuffed by a firefighter who attends that church, the Newsplex reports. Armstrong faces up to 30 years in prison at her July 18 sentencing.

Worst low-speed accident: A fiv...

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Gunning for Garrett: Two challengers vie for 8-year, $112K job

City School Board member and assistant public defender Llezelle Dugger will run for Charlottesville Circuit Court clerk, the second Democrat to challenge incumbent Paul Garrett, who's held the clerk job for 30 years.

"About three years ago, I started to seriously think about it," says Dugger. "I talked to Mr. Garrett and asked if he planned to retire. He said no."

Seeking his fourth eight-year term, the 65-year-old Garrett has been contested before, but Dugger may be the first challenger to talk candidly about alleged problems with his office. As a defense attorney, Dugger says she's grown frustrated by allegedly slow paperwork-processing.

"We're still waiting for final sentencing orders from 2010 and some from 2009," says Dugger, noting that it's not just a matter of convenience. For criminals facing sentences over a year in length, those orders are necessary to move from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to state prisons.

"What is the cost to us as a city to house folks?" asks Dugger.

In 2007, Garrett came under fire when a woman was kept in prison for a month because the paperwork that would have freed her was misplaced. That incident was followed by an emergency hearing for a man ...

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What do you know about Jack Jouett?

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Bad romance: 'Something' isn't quite right

One of the curious problems with Something Borrowed is that Kate Hudson's performance is too effective. She plays Darcy, the lifelong best friend of the heroine, Rachel (Ginnifer Goodwin). Blond, rich and headstrong, Darcy always gets her way in their relationship. And as the film opens she's about to be married to Dex (Colin Egglesfield), whom Rachel has had a crush on since law school. No good can come of this.
    The plot mechanics are more or less inevitable. Thrown together again as the ceremony approaches, Rachel and Dex realize they have always been in love. But what to do? Rachel doesn't want to hurt her best friend. And Dex has a mother who struggles with depression; only the marriage seems capable of cheering her up.
    To be married as an aid to someone else's mental health calls, I think, your own into question. This is especially true because the depressed mother (Jill Eikenberry) doesn't have a single line in the movie, and is seen only looking sad sometimes and happy sometimes. I believe, but cannot be sure, that a surprise decision made late in the film is triggered by her single ambivalent expression. Full review.

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