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Colombian-born Edwin Gil has become one of the city's best-known artists over the past two years, partly due to his keen business sense, but mostly because he's not afraid to take chances on politically-minded projects that cost more than they earn.

I'm never one to eavesdrop, of course, but noisy lunch talk cranks up the volume at even the best eateries, and next thing I know, conversation at the next table becomes my main course.

In the family album is a picture of Kristin Wells, age 3, on a ladder and wearing a tool belt. Her path to a job on HGTV was being crafted even then, following in her dad's footsteps.

Tucked away in a corner of Uptown is a neighborhood so charming and so thoroughly distinct, the uninitiated might think they've stumbled into another city. Steeped in a history of turn-of-the-century political power and whispered tall tales of brothels and bootleggers, Fourth Ward is a fascinating mix of Victorian architecture, modern condos, secret gardens and brick-paved sidewalks in the shadows of Tryon Street's skyscrapers.

Gandhi is here. An 8-foot statue of the bespectacled human rights leader, holding his famous staff, now stands in front of the Old County Courthouse.

Wow! Last week was something.

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It's the cell phone equivalent of the mysterious knock on a front door with no peep hole … the call that comes through with the name, “UNKNOWN.”

More than $1,500 was stolen from the safe at Bruegger's Bagels when the

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