Charlottesville Breaking News

The Chang effect: Wooing palates, breaking hearts--- and why he left

cover-chang-fishdish0912Peter Chang's food has created a frenzy among foodies. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Last fall, word that a famous Szechuan chef had quietly set up in Charlottesville had foodies salivating. There was a small newspaper mention and online chatter from groupies who track his every move, but after a March 1 story in the New Yorker, diners went into a feeding frenzy.

“We were surprised that it became so popular so fast,”says restaurant co-owner John Rong during a lunch time interview last week. “We noticed business going up after the story in the Hook, too, but when that story in the New Yorker come out..."


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'Personal reasons': UVIMCO chief Brightman inexplicably departs

news-rotunda-snow-uvimco-brightmanBrightman arrived at UVA in December, 2004. HAWES SPENCER PHOTO; UVA PHOTO INSET

Christopher Brightman, the man at the helm of UVA's investment arm–- which lost a billion dollars during the 2008 market turmoil–- has suddenly resigned for "personal reasons" unrelated to the group's operations, according to a published report.

Brightman, who, a little over a year ago, steadfastly declined to directly speak with Charlottesville reporters about the endowment funds he was managing, appears to be maintaining that silence. However, he apparently did tell a financial newsletter called Pensions & Investments that he plans to return to the investment world after resolving his unspecified personal issues.


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If they took CTS to the brawl, how'd they return?

news-cts-bus-ridgestreetA CTS bus downtown. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER

Perhaps the most fascinating part of the whole brawl-at-the-mall that caused Charlottesville Fashion Square to shut down for an hour on Friday night, March 5, is the statement released by Simon Malls. The release declares that unsupervised juveniles–- said to number around 100 by NBC29–- arrived via public transportation. The Newsplex doesn't give a total for the crowd, but Charlottesville Transit Service buses appear to hold a little under 50 people.

Albemarle County Police Corporal Ken Richardson says that preliminary reports suggest total involvement of 30 to 50 peop...

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Oh, Kay! Liberal activist, editor Peaslee leaving Charlottesville

news-peaslee-smallKay Peaslee is moving to Indianapolis and will take along her cat Yang Guifei– named for the most famous concubine of the Tang Dynasty. PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART

She covered news as the founder of the Observer, a long-lasting weekly paper, and made news as an activist who, along with her late husband Alexander "Sandy" Peaslee, pushed for the controversial–- but ultimately unsuccessful–- reversion of  Charlottesville to town status. Now, Kay Peaslee is preparing to start a new chapter.

"I'm moving to Indianapolis, to be near my youngest daughter," says Peaslee, sitting in her spacious downtown McGuffey Hill condo while her oldest daughter, Sarah Peaslee, packs boxes and sorts family photos in preparation for her mother's Thursday, March 4 departure.

Now 87, Peaslee says the decision to move was fairly sudden.

"I wasn't thinking about it, but my son-in-law called and wanted me to com...

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He's here: Harringtons warn killer he'll be caught

news-harringtonsDan and Gil Harrington arrive at the Copeley Road Bridge on Thursday, February 18. PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART

They don't know who killed their daughter, but Morgan Harrington's parents say they remain certain about where he lives, and that he will be caught.

"There is a bad guy here in Charlottesville," Dan Harrington pointedly told reporters gathered by Morgan's memorial on the Copeley Road bridge on Thursday morning, February 18, after he and Morgan's mother, Gil, finished meeting with law enforcement.

Recalling lone female joggers he and Gil saw earlier that morning crossing the bridge and praising both UVA and Virginia Tech for emailing messages to all of their students, specifically referring to Morgan, Dan Harrington cautioned, "Students and citizens to be aware of their surroundings and not make themselves unsafe."

While the Medical...

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