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Predictably, Nashville’s Bart Durham legal dynasty is exploiting the tragic nursing home fire two weeks ago that killed 11 elderly residents. Interestingly enough, though, attorney Blair Durham (son of Bart) has filed two lawsuits, each seeking $5.5 million in damages, on behalf of survivors, one of whom he claims still sees visions of firefighters outside her window. Durham says these lawsuits represent just the beginning. No surprises there. Meanwhile, Metro Council members have filed legislation that would require sprinkler systems to be installed in all Nashville nursing homes.

Local homebuilder investigated

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is reviewing a complaint filed on behalf of several Hispanic homebuyers in Nashville, who claim that Jerry Butler Homes sold them overvalued homes. According to the complaint, the company’s fraudulent sales model was to find unsuspecting buyers to accept rigged appraisals and financing terms. The homebuyers later learned that they owed much more than the homes were worth. Public records confirm that much—that is, that the loans the homebuyers signed on to are for values much greater than their homes’ appraisals.

Rio Bravo Closo

West End’s popular Mexican restaurant, Rio Bravo, was suddenly shuttered over the weekend without notice even to employees, the City Paper reports. Apparently, workers showed up on Sunday to find a letter on the door telling them of the restaurant closure. The California-based parent chain is reportedly under financial strain.

If you make it almost free, maybe they’ll come

Vanderbilt University announced this week that it’s addressing anemic attendance at its men’s basketball games by cutting season ticket prices, by as much as 75 percent in some sections. The Tennessean reports that the prices are now so low that they’re virtually comparable to what fans were paying in the 1970s. (Let’s hope the basketball uniforms don’t go back to the old style.)

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