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Professors investigate natural heart disease defense molecule

University researchers may shed light onto the body's natural defenses against inflammation of arteries, which ultimately can lead to heart attacks and strokes, in a study published last month in Science. University Biomedical Engineering, Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics professor Dr. Klaus Ley and Dr. Yuqing Huo, began investigating epoxyeicosatrienoic acid -- or EET -- during the summer of 1996. They collaborated with colleagues at Brigham & Women's Hospital and Harvard Medical School. EET is a short-lived product of metabolism that can prevent inflammation in heart arteries.


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City residents debate land-swap proposal

Charlottesville residents packed City Council chambers late Tuesday evening, debating for over two hours about a proposed land-swap that would make three acres of park land available for residential development. Local developer Stan Tatem has offered to trade the city nearly 16 acres adjoining Riverview Park for three acres of park land near Pen Park and the Locust Grove neighborhood. Following Tuesday's hearing, which was the first public discussion of the proposal, City Council moved to vote on the issue at their Sept.


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Students, faculty irked by overcrowded classes

As University students and faculty settle into their second week of classes, many again are faced with overcrowded rooms and long waiting lists -- problems that some faculty members trace to a lack of resources. The College appears to be the hardest hit when it comes to overcrowded classes and the problem especially is prevalent in the government, English and foreign language departments, faculty members said. Robert Fatton, professor and chair of the government and foreign affairs department, recognized the problem, but said his department cannot add enough new courses because it has "exhausted it's money for new sections and" teaching assistants.


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New study shows college women risk depression

Depression is common in about half of all female students as they try to adjust to college life, according to a recent study conducted at UCLA. The study found depression is now more prevalent among first-year females than in any other college population.


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Medical Center reports increased revenue

Regardless of a nation-wide trend of drastic medical school financial losses, the University Medical Center reported yesterday that while it had a strong fiscal year, the Center still is struggling to harness ever-growing expenses.


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City officials debate plans for parkway

Route 29 has major traffic problems, and several local leaders are hoping the controversial Meadowcreek Parkway will be part of the solution. With the support of both Charlottesville and Albemarle County, the matter of approving the parkway now rests solely with the Commonwealth Transportation Board, a governor-appointed board that oversees all state transportation issues. The Meadowcreek Parkway would be a two-mile road between Rio Road in Albemarle and Charlottesville's Route 250 bypass.


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Students, Charlottesville officials continue to conflict over University parking issues

Despite University and city officials' continued efforts to ease the trauma of Charlottesville's notoriously limited parking, students and residents are still complaining of a lose-lose situation. Charlottesville's creation of a 24-hour parking permit zone last year at University Circle, a street where many University students and faculty live, sparked controversy when residents thought it unfairly restricted parking privileges to those who held the $10 permits.


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Thieves nab Law School oil painting

A painting worth at least $16,000 that has been the subject of jokes by Law students during past years was stolen off a wall at the School of Law. The painting, by Virginia artist Stephen Fox, is called "Couples" and depicts two dogs in a residential neighborhood. The painting disappeared from the wall of the first floor of Withers Hall either late Sunday night or early Monday morning, said Denise Forster, School of Law media representative. Forster said the theft was most likely the work of more than one person, since the painting is extremely large. "One person could not have carried it out and seen where they were going," she said. Cordel Faulk, Honor Committee vice chairman for services and Law student, said Law students commonly refer to the painting, which was featured on a T-shirt last year, as "Hell Hounds." "It is the subject of a lot of conversation at the Law School," Faulk said. School of Law Prof.


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Police look into break-in

Charlottesville Police are investigating a break-in at the Delta Gamma Sorority House on Madison Lane that allegedly occurred at 5 a.m.


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Garden Room combats apathy

The Faculty Senate is seeking ways to revitalize the struggling Garden Room, a dining facility that opened last fall as part of an effort to cultivate the University's intellectual community. The facility, located on the West Range, is supposed to foster student, staff and faculty interaction, but has not been attracting enough patrons, Director of Dining Services Edward Gutauskas said. The Garden Room needs to become more profitable, Gutaukas said. "It's a popular place but it doesn't cover its own cost," he said. About 75 faculty, staff, graduate students and invited undergraduates now eat lunch each weekday at the Garden Room, he added. "If we can increase the usage 15 or 20 people a day" the facility will cover its own cost, Faculty Senate Chairman David T.


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Madison House may face 5 percent yearly cut in funds

As the battle over how much Student Activity Fee funding Madison House should receive enters its third year, a proposal has been put on the table which would restructure the way Madison House receives SAF money by decreasing funding by 5 percent each year. The new plan, proposed by Student Council members and William W.


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Committee works for ID-free AFC entrance

The Honor Committee is undertaking a semester-long drive to allow students without their ID cards to use the Aquatic and Fitness Center by citing the honor code. Students now are required to show their IDs before using the gym's facilities, but the Committee is preparing to take action and eliminate this requirement at the gym and other places on Grounds. "Students can go to stores at the Corner or in downtown, write checks without identification and be trusted.


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Kick carries Cavs to 20-17 victory

Last year, kicker Todd Braverman was known more for the kicks he missed than the ones he made. If Saturday's opener against North Carolina was any indication, things might be different for Braverman in 1999. After failing to convert on pivotal field goals against both Georgia and Georgia Tech last season, Braverman nailed a 50-yard, game-winning field goal to lift Virginia to a 20-17 defeat of North Carolina. "Everybody was questioning me" after last year, Braverman said.


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Orientation meets mixed reaction

The revamped orientation program has drawn mixed reactions from first-year students -- although many reported the new summer session was useful, many also complained that fall orientation was repetitious and dull. Fall orientation "was okay -- some of it was helpful and other stuff was boring," first-year College student Sarah Marchetti said. First-year students went through a four-day fall orientation program, from Saturday Aug.