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A $59 million bond package that was passed with bipartisan support in the General Assembly this spring will provide money for the building; both Tech and Carilion have pledged $15 million each towards the project. With Virginia Tech and Carilion having many of the instructors on board already, major staffing efforts won’t be needed--something Carilion spokesman Eric Earnhart labeled “one [big] advantage.â€? Local elected officials, Carilion executives and a large contingent from Virginia Tech listened to Kaine and several other speakers be- Brian Gottstein Bailout Blues P5– Brian Gottstein says the recent government response to the ďŹ nancial crisis takes the country too close to socialism. Serve It up P8– The Cave Spring Lady Knights get revenge against rival Hidden Valley. fore they hoisted ceremonial gold shovels. The dean of what will be known as the “Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine,â€? Dr. Cynda Johnson, called it a “public-private partnership of two great institutions.â€? Ed Murphy said the state legislature had “stepped up,â€? on the building funds, “otherwise we wouldn’t be here today. This project was seen as important‌ for the Commonwealth.â€? Murphy said the medical school would make more cutting edge treatments available here, so fewer patients would have to travel out of town. The school will also help boost Tech’s reputation as a research institution, and has already made a difference in recruitment efforts as Carilion transitions to the clinic model of care at the same time. “They believe in the vision and what we’re doing,â€? said Murphy. Blue Ridge Parkway gears up for 75th anniversary Already big business for cities and towns along its 469 mile route, the Blue Ridge Parkway is gearing up for a 75th anniversar y Photo by celebrat ion Gene Marrano in 2010 that Governor Tim could potenKaine speaks tially bring at 75th anmillions more niversary tourists to the kickoff last National Park week. Service roadway. The Roanoke Valley could benefit greatly from the event, as noted during a news conference held at an Explore Park overlook last week. Governor Tim Kaine, Congressmen Bob Goodlatte and Rick Boucher, Roanoke City Mayor David Bowers and Roanoke County Board of Supervisors chairman Rich> CONTINUED P2: Blue Ridge Parkway Photo by Gene Marrano > CONTINUED P3: Medical School Gov. Tim Kaine at the podium: “A very important step forward.â€? Clinton visits Roanoke [Pumpkin Harvest] A sure sign of the season Former President Bill Clinton City Market welcomes Bill Clinton on Obama’s behalf Photo by Mark Knopf R ecently members of South Roanoke United Methodist Church unloaded more than 1800 pumpkins from a truck that travelled over 1800 miles to bring them here. The pumpkins are grown on a Navaho reservation in New Mexico. Youth, adults, and children all pitched in passing pumpkins hand-to-hand and one-by-one as the churchyard became a sea of orange. The Pumpkin Patch, in its eighth year at South Roanoke UMC, has become a highly anticipated event in the neighborhood and is a sure sign that the fall season has arrived. Proceeds from sales through the month of October will benefit mission and service projects of the youth and other groups in the church, as well as, the Navahos in New Mexico. The first thing former President Bill Clinton did when he stumped for Barack Obama in Roanoke on Sunday was make an endorsement – of the market square. “[A] remarkable presentation of your downtown area,â€? said the 42nd Election 2008 president, who also singled out local politicians like State Senator John Edwards and Roanoke Mayor David Bowers. [ ] > CONTINUED P2: Clinton Suds n’ Soapboxes at Roanoke’s first “Great Pub Debateâ€? Teams square off at Fork in the Alley Musical BeneďŹ t P11– â€?Bluz Over Africaâ€? event to raise money for OMNI’s mission to Zambia. Only receiving promotional copies of The Star-Sentinel? Get it delivered to your doorstep EVERY week for only $44 a year! 400-0990 PO Box 8338 Roanoke,VA 24014 Do ales and issues mix? That question was brought to the forefront at the “Great Pub Debate,â€? held recently at Fork in the Alley on Crystal Spring Avenue. Standing on actual soapboxes, teams of McCain and Obama supporters held forth on their candidates‘ positions. Gordon Zeigler of the Roanoke Parks and Recreation Board moderated and Roanoke City Councilmember Dave Trinkle, owner of Fork in the Alley, hosted. Zeigler posed questions to both sides and allowed “last-wordâ€? rebuttals. The debate got off to a dramatic start on the topic of what life experience the different candidates had that would aid them in office. John Brill delivered an impassioned speech on McCain’s military experience and Congressional career that even some on the Obama side whispered was “Shakespearean.â€? Brendan Kerr of the Obama team said their candidate had gone through “what many of us Photo by Stuart Revercomb Hank Bostwick reads a poetic tribute for Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as Brendan Kerr cues the crowd. in America haveâ€? in his middle-class relation to the government’s past role upbringing, rising to become presi- with lenders Fannie Mae and Freddie dent of the Harvard Law Mac. McCain supporter Review. Kenton Steryous claimed Political Debate One particular issue that the crisis “doesn‘t have throughout the debate was to do with deregulationâ€? the economic crisis, particularly in its and blamed the Clinton administra- [ ] tion for pressuring Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to ease credit requirements on sub prime loans, with legislation in 1999. Gretchen Weinnig of the Obama team argued that the legislation was “hijackedâ€? by people who abused it for ill-gotten profit. She said that the legislation’s original purpose was to create opportunity for low-income citizens to buy homes. A CPA and corporate banker, Weinnig said that her industry is one of the most regulated in the world. A lack of reporting related to sub prime loans for million-dollar homes, she said, is a major reason why investment banks are failing. Health care was also a hot topic. 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