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Love's legacy: Sullivan urges vigilance, voices at UVA

news-rotunda-black-veilFor the September 24 Day of Dialogue, the Rotunda columns become a public art project called "Lines of Darkness and Light," a meditation on the death of Yeardley Love. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE

Almost five months after the University of Virginia reeled from the brutal murder of one of its own, an air of mourning still pervades the Lawn. Columns of the Rotunda are clad in black veils on one end, and on the other, a preponderance of black-clad students, faculty, and staff stream into Old Cabell Hall for the start of the university's Day of Dialogue: Toward a Caring Community.

The day is a continuance of a discussion that started May 3, said UVA President Teresa Sullivan. That was when the death of fourth-year ...

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$22/foot: Hospital campus sold for just $6.5 million

cover-pedbridge-locustThe Martha Jefferson Sanatorium was chartered in 1903 and opened on the site the following year. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER

The soon-to-vacated North Downtown campus of Martha Jefferson Hospital has been sold to the developer of the Gleason condo complex with a price–- $6.5 million–- that appears smaller than other downtown deals. But a pair of local investors don't smell any sweetheart dealing.

"It does sound cheap," says realtor Roger Voisinet. "But on the other hand, there are some daunting expenses to convert it."

Voisinet notes that making it an assisted-living facility would probably entail the lowest conversion cost, but he wasn't sure whether there's a market for another one of those in town. And Developer Richard Spurzem notes that just holding such a mammoth place can chew up resources.

"It's a huge amount of land," says Spurzem. "You gotta heat it and keep security when it's vacant."

The buyer, Octagon Partners, appears to be getting 8.113...

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Kuttner conquers: Oliver's Edison2 car wins $5 million X Prize

news-kuttneredison2carwinsKuttner (fourth from left) and team designed a car weighing 830 pounds. YOUTUBE VIDEO

Oliver Kuttner, the Charlottesville real estate developer turned automotive developer, has won the $5 million top prize in the Progressive Automotive X Prize, it was announced Thursday morning, September 16. His Edison2 team's winning vehicle, a four-seater called the Very Light Car, reportedly gets 102 miles per gallon of fuel and could, Kuttner hopes, reshape the automotive industry.

Kuttner's quest was the subject of the Hook’s June 17 cover story.

Accolades have begun streaming in. There was a celebratory party hosted by Arianna Huffington, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi spoke at the September 16 victory ceremony held outside the Historical Society of Washington D....

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Before Bel Rio: Jim Baldi and the death of Boheme

dish-papayanisandbaldi"First it was Clive, then it was Jim, who I'd known for 20 years," says Boheme owner Tom Fussell, of his former chef, Clive Papayanis (left), who has been charged with embezzling from the restaurant, and Jim Baldi, who Fussell says also stole from the restaurant immediately before it closed in 2008. MUGSHOT COURTESY ACRJ/FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR

The recent news that embattled Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi has disappeared and left authorities in hot pursuit over allegedly widespread financial shenanigans comes as no shock to Tom Fussell.  The owner of the now defunct Bohšme restaurant on East Market Street, Fussell blames Baldi for Boheme's failure and contends that had authorities arrested Baldi in 2008, the ensuing Bel Rio debacle might never have happened.

In July, Baldi took center stage in a ...

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Standing by Mann: Small but punchy protest blasts Cuccinelli's 'climategate' inquest

news-globalwarm-protest-mcelveenProtest organizer Ryan McElveen, who enters a master's program at Columbia this fall, meets the press. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER

As global temperatures rise, so does Charlottesville's profile in a worldwide debate. Two events last Friday highlighted the anger and frustration felt on both sides as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli continues his quest to peek at the early musings of Michael Mann, the former UVA climate professor and creator of the doomsday-invoking "hockey stick graph."

"Ken Cuccinelli wants to take away the most precious things we can leave to the next generation: a healthy environment and a healthy and strong university. Don't let the history books read, 'When climate scientist Michael Mann was ignored, the planet burned up.'"

So said Ryan McElveen. The 2008 UVA graduate had been hopin...

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