HookCast for July 12, 2007

Little girl lost 25 years later, White t-shirt assaults, UVA giving taxmen the slip?

Little girl lost: Remembering Katie Worsky after 25 years
The contrast of their shimmering eyes, wide grins, and dimpled cheeks and the incessantly replayed videos of their anguished parents begging futilely for their children's safe return has made the missing child– especially the missing girl– almost a symbol of society's dark side in the last decade. But before Amber Alerts and 24-hour cable news cycles etched the faces of the lost children and the plight of their parents into the national psyche, a little Charlottesville girl, 12-year-old Katie Worsky, went to a sleep-over and never came home. Twenty-five years later, has any of the pain subsided for her family? And what's become of the man who was convicted of Worsky's murder, only the second murder conviction in the history of the Commonwealth without a body? Courteney Stuart has the exclusive interviews the Worsky family, and Glen Barker, who is now a free man and still asserts his innocence.

Eight is enough: Youths strike downtown again
Teen males wearing white t-shirts assaulted several pedestrians July 6, upping the number of strangers randomly struck near the Downtown Mall to at least eight. As citizens become increasingly nervous about walking downtown, police have formed a task force to determine whether a number of similar attacks over the past few months are related. Are the white t-shirt simply a common fashion choice or the mark of a gang?

School injection: UVA study missed cost of taxes
Whether it's a tenured philosophy professor dropping a bundle on delicacies at Whole Foods or a frat boy letting loose on a Friday night with Mom and Dad's credit card at the Biltmore, everybody knows the University of Virginia means a lot of money for Charlottesville. However, a detail in a study released last month by the school points to one area where Mr. Jefferson's university may be costing the city and the county multi-million dollar losses each year.

Not too Sharpie: FBI raids pirates of the Charlottesvillians
The pirated CDs and DVDs were pretty blatantly displayed at the Pic and Pac on Stewart Street. And the packaging was pretty unsophisticated: photocopied labels or CDs in generic jewel boxes marked with a Sharpie. But when the FBI raided the convenience market, they found not just the bootlegged discs, but also counterfeit cigarette stamps, a Class 6 felony.

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