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Beauty queens for Sacagawea

Miss Representation and Miss Informed promenade the Downtown Mall seeking 500 signatures for a petition to correct the portrayal of Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea in the statue at Ridge and West Main. "We object to the sexist and inaccurate representation," says Miss Informed (Kelly Silliman). "She'd never cower." Miss Representation (Jen Hoyt-Tidwell) has spoken before City Council, and the pair want due respect for and a proper accounting of the woman who, despite toting a newborn baby, assisted the L&C expedition to the Pacific.

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Mr. Monticello, Dan Jordan, to exit

Perhaps no man since a certain "Sage" has one man been more closely associated with Monticello than longtime head Dan Jordan, but Jordan plans to say farewell next year. He has set November 1, 2008, as his departure date to give the Thomas Jefferson Foundation's board of trustees plenty of time to seat a successor. Already renowned as a scholar before his 1985 appointment, Jordan proved himself a master power-broker as well. He built support for the concept of viewshed protection, garnered several million in federal funds for a new park and popular trail, and, in a $15 million stroke in early 2004, acquired Montalto, the only turf overlooking what Jefferson called his "Little Mountain." Jordan, 69, has also marked his tenure with sweeping changes including embracing and emphasizing the contributions of slaves and by acknowledging the 1998 revelation that one of them, Sally Hemings, probably bore several children b...

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Historic growth: BOS approves Biscuit Run

At 1 o'clock this morning, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors approved developer Hunter Craig's Biscuit Run development, the largest development in County history, which will include a minimum of 3,100 new houses on the 828-acre property along Route 20 South, plus a 400-acre County park, reports Charlottesville Tomorrow.

While many at the public hearing– which did not begin until 11 last night– called for a more extensive environmental impact study before the development was approved, and others expressed concern about increased traffic on Route 20, the BOS voted unanimously to allow rezoning of the property, a decision that was surely helped along by Craig's whopping $41.15 million proffers offer.

According to supervisor David Slutzky, Biscuit Run may be the lesser of two evils. A proponent of shutting down growth in the rural areas of the County, Slutzky sees the development as a way to steer the thousands of people moving here into designated growth areas. He also points out that Craig could have b...

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City arrests leashless dog owners

Attention dog owners: if you're one of those people who've been flouting the city's leash law along the Greenbelt in Riverside Park, you might want to consider that your canine's free-roamin' ways could cost you some freedom. Or at least some money. This past weekend, the city kicked off a new wave of leash law enforcement, as a community patrol officer issued five citations for leash law violations– a class four misdemeanor punishable by a fine up to $250. In late December 2001, the city enacted a leash law in all parks, designating certain spaces and times when dogs can be off leash. While Riverside's rules allow dogs to run free on on the "short loop" (starting and ending at the park parking lot) on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, many dog owners are letting their dogs exceed these bounds. "We're going to enforce it," says Charlottesville Police Sergeant L.A. Durrette, "and city and county residents need to understand that the city does have a leash law." Durrette says the decision to ramp up enforcement in all city parks was a result of community complaints,

and at least two...

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Beta Bridge painters revealed

A group of heretofore mysterious artists have finally been revealed as the painters of the masterful faux brick design that has covered the east side of Beta Bridge for the past month. Impressive in its own right, the project is also remarkable for its apparent role in the preservation of the orange and maroon "Hoos for Hokies" message painted on the bridge on the day of the Virginia Tech massacre. 'Hoos for Hokies' has remained unpainted-over longer than any other message since Beta Bridge became a daily-altered canvas in the 1970s. Nine UVA undergraduate students and their professor, Sara Brown, painted the brick trompe l'oeil as a final project in their Scenic Painting class this past spring semester. "We've done this kind of thing as a final class

project before," says Brown, but since this year's project became inevitably linked to the preservation of 'Hoos for Hokies,' it has enjoyed a different and more public success than previous ones have. Brown began assigning her students a final project to be painted on B...

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