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Submission guidelines: Will the fallen VQR rise again?

For 86 years the Virginia Quarterly Review, UVA's award-winning literary journal, had appeared on bookstore shelves and in mailboxes each season. But that publishing streak was threatened last summer when the magazine's managing editor, 52-year-old Kevin Morrissey, took his own life. In a burst of violence and grief, the reputation of one of the nation's oldest and most distinguished literary journals, along with that of the youthful editor who had lifted the magazine to new heights, appeared in tatters.

Eight months later, however, the magazine has managed to preserve its publishing streak, gotten nominated again for several National Magazine Awards, and has already won in the digital category for an interactive website about the war in Afghanistan.

Despite the cloud that had been hanging over VQR, the good news suggests things are back to normal.

Or are they?

While the magazine could yet haul in more national awards, subscription rates and circulation numbers have plummeted. What's more, VQR has been stripped of its long-time bonds with the UVA President's Office and English Department, lost its staff and its coveted Lawn-area office, and has been officially placed under a professor of Biomedical Engineering known most recently for studying the use magnets in physical therapy.


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Paul Garrett wants 8 more years

Longtime Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Paul Garrett, 65, announces April 20 another run for the seat he's held since 1981, when he was appointed to fill the position until an election in November of that year. If re-elected, this would be his fourth full eight-year term.

The constitutional office pays $112,575, and so far, one other Dem has lined up to challenge him: Pam Melampy, a deputy clerk in the Albemarle County Circuit Court. The nomination will be determined at a firehouse primary August 20 at Burley Middle School.

Updated April 21.

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The week in review

Cruelest month: Storms April 16 knock down trees and power lines in Albemarle, cause two flooding deaths in Waynesboro, and a tornado cuts a four-mile swath through Stuarts Draft, while throughout the southeast, tornadoes kill 45 people, many in North Carolina.

Most heartrending rescue story: North Garden resident Chuck Worden saves nine-year-old Adrian Rowe from the flooded Waynesboro creek, and catches Rowe's mother, Tina Marie Allen, by the hair, but the strands slip through his fingers and she's swept away with Lacy Elizabeth Taylor, 8, in her arms. Tony Gonzalez has the story in the News Virginian.

Biggest local losses: Terence "Terry" Sieg, beer and wine distributor and former UVA football star, dies at age 69. Harry van Beek, 77, founder of Klöckner Pentaplast of America in Gordonsville and contributor to Klöckner Stadium, dies April 4.

Biggest inauguration: Teresa Sullivan is installed April 15 as UVA's first female president and eighth person to hold that title at Mr. Jefferson's U.

Biggest tuition hikes: The UVA Board of Visitors okays an 8.9 percent increase in undergraduate tuition, upping the cost to $36,570 for out-of-state students and...

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'Family man': Relatives fear for missing Fluvanna citizen

"I love you, baby. Have a great day." Those were the last words Tara Hourihan heard from her husband of 14 years, Robert Lee Hourihan, as he prepared to leave for work on Friday, April 8. The 33-year-old Fluvanna County husband and father hasn't been seen or heard from since.

"To know my husband, in my eyes, was to love him," says Tara. "He'd give you the shirt off his back."

The two met at church in Fluvanna when both were 15, and his wife describes an instant attraction. "It was love at first sight," says Tara, choking up.

She says that Hourihan left their house on Shannon Hill Road at around 6:30am the morning of the 8th to commute to his job as an electrician working for the state in Richmond.

His wife says his usual route would have been to follow Shannon Hill Road east directly to I-64. But according to his father, Ricky Hourihan, a witness spotted his car– a 1994 Chevrolet Cavalier with the license plate TARAMAE and a Winnie the Pooh sticker in the left rear window– heading toward Charlottesville on Route 53 around 7:40am. The last call made from Hourihan's phone, his father says, was at 7:41am.

Ricky Hourihan says another witness reports seeing the same car getting off I-64 onto Fifth Street around 5:30pm that evening, but notes, "We don't know if he was driving."

Lt. David Wells of the Fluvanna Sheriff's department confirms those witness accounts, and says a third witness came forward with another car sighting...

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Variety hour: Manorlady keeps debut all in the family

Manorlady Family Band is just that– a veritable family affair– with the main components consisting of husband and wife Melissa and Aaron Bailey on vocals and guitar and Melissa's younger brother, Donald, on keys. (The family vibe continues backstage with Aaron's brother producing and Melissa and Donald's sister doing the publicity photography.)

The nostalgic charm of the music and a never-say-die attitude gives the three-piece ensemble an initial appeal; but the true pull of this burgeoning Charlottesville act is the enthusiastic, if not youthful, desire for experimentation and adaptation of diverse musical interests into one lush, cohesive sound.

On their first EP, Home Away, released in 2010– they electrified classics by Radiohead, Tears For Fears, and Portishead. This time, they've meshed a collective interest in ska, punk, classical, and electronic experimentation for their debut album, Home.

With lyrics influenced by the mundane aspects of everyday life– including schedules, reality tv, and dogs– and traditional melodies morphed by technology into a raw, funky, shoegaze electronica, Manorlady has brought Charlottesville a fresh perspective on reinterpreting sound.

"It's like a Pollack painting," says Aaron, "we mixed up all the colors and threw it on a canvas, and this is what we got.

Manorlady releases its debut alb...

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