HookCast for April 26, 2007

Moving forward, driver down, alleged bomb boy returns

FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK NEWSPAPER ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA, THIS IS THE HOOKCAST FOR THE WEEK OF... Thursday, April 26, 2007.

ON THIS WEEK’S COVER: Moving Forward: Grieving, Rebuilding, Preventing –
As Virginia Tech students return to class this week following the deadliest shooting in American history, questions abound: how can families and friends of the victims recover? What about those who actually witnesed the carnage? What was going on in the mind of Seung-Hui Cho? What should become of Norris Hall? And will the incident lead lawmakers to push for tougher gun laws? Plus, remembering Kevin Granata, the renowned researcher and father of three who lived and worked here in Charlottesville before his fateful move to Blacksburg.

ALSO IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE Into the Lake - James McWilliams has had landscaping customers in the West Leigh neighborhood for 25 years and often sees people out and about. So when he saw a woman sitting in a car at the lake on Emerson Drive April 17, he didn't really think much about it. What was unusual: looking up a little while later to see her car heading into the water.

Fake bomb boy is back - On the morning of March 27, Brownsville Elementary and Henley Middle Schools went into lockdown mode and were eventually evacuated when custodial staff found suspicious materials near the buildings. Dozens of local, state, and federal law enforcement officials were on the scene within hours of the discovery to quash what Albemarle police Lt. John Teixeira called "a serious threat." Within days, two Henley students were arrested and charged with four felony counts for planting hoax bomb devices including a cylinder with protruding wires and a dark-colored tube taped to a pole. The two students are scheduled for trial in juvenile court Wednesday, May 9. So what's one doing back in school? and

The Journal poses tough questions - Should patients with fatal diseases be asked to fund the research that might save them? That's the question the Wall Street Journal posed in an April 10 article about UVA neurologist Jim Bennett, the doctor who came up with that plan in an effort to develop a promising drug to treat ALS, the rare but devastating disease also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease.

Plus: • Hamdingers hits the Mall * King Wilkie hits Fridays AND * Men hit the road... in heels! IT'S ALL IN THIS WEEK'S EDITION OF THE HOOK: AVAILABLE IN OUR RED NEWSPAPER BOXES THROUGHOUT CENTRAL VIRGINIA, ONLINE AT READTHEHOOK.COM, AND DON'T FORGET BREAKING NEWS AT readthehook.com/blog. FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK, THIS HAS BEEN THE HOOKCAST.

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Oooh, oooh, oooh.....hurry up and get the story on the blog about UVA's expression of regret for using slaves over 100 years ago.....I can't wait to comment and read others comments about this silliness.