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Pamela Gould reports on City Hall. You can reach her at 540-735-1972 or pgould@freelancestar.com. Robyn Sidersky reports on city schools. You can reach her at 540-374-5413 or rsidersky@freelancestar.com.

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Morning Buzz – Feb. 16, 2011

A daily digest of what’s going on in Fredericksburg, and what news from elsewhere is relevant here. Send suggestions to ebattle@freelancestar.com.

The Roanoke Times weighed in yesterday on former Gov. Doug Wilder’s refusal to communicate with folks who donated artifacts to the U.S. National Slavery Museum he once proposed. The newspaper’s editorial adds to calls for a public accounting of what happened with this entity. The editors write:

By every known indicator, the project appears dead. If so, donors should know. There should be a public accounting. And the dream itself should not die.

Richmond leaders are looking at establishing a 65-block downtown arts and cultural district to spur arts development in that city. Last year, Fredericksburg established its own downtown arts district, offering arts-focused businesses five-year waivers of their business license taxes on gross receipts. The incentives available in Richmond’s arts district would be a little different. The Times Dispatch reports:

Under the proposal, businesses and property owners in the district would have enhanced and, in some cases, exclusive access to loan programs for building renovations, grants for façade improvements and technical assistance. To qualify, businesses or properties need not be involved in the arts.

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