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special section Bele Chere: Love it or leave it Yes, friends, it’s time for those magical three days when the city shuts down the streets and the masses take over. There’s plenty to do at Bele Chere: great music, great performances, great dogs flying through the air. We’ll tell you where and when it’s all happening. But what if you can’t take the heat? We’ve got your ways to get out of the kitchen, too. Cover designs by Emily Busey

Main cover photo by Zen Sutherland “Love it” cover photo by Peter Lorenz “Leave it” cover photo by Sean Loyless


12 ELECtion 2012: MEadows troUnCEs PattErson Republican now faces Democrat Hayden Rogers for 11th Congressional District

16 HigH Bid, Low Bid Public meeting highlights divided community for downtown proposal

18 askviLLE: BUrning Passion James MacKenzie wants to know who torched the Thomas Wolfe home


34 How to dEaL Local doctors learn what health-care reform means for their practices

arts&entertainment 38 wEB-Hit wondErs

Review of Shannon Whitworth and Barrett Smith’s new release, and more

40 divErsitY in MUsiC and art Folkmoot brings international flavor to WNC

41 sEParatELY togEtHEr Three artists unite their disparate but complementary works at Coop

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