HookCast for April 5, 2007

Eugene Williams loosens his tie, Violent incidents spur dress debate, Sudoku!

Tectonic shift: Eugene Williams loosens his tie
Dogwood Housing founder Eugene Williams scoffed at the conventional wisdom that put poor people in the projects. But the 62 rentals he rehabbed and turned into decent dwellings around the city are on the block, and there's no guarantee the new owners will offer Section 8 subsidized housing. What does it mean for the future of affordable housing in Charlottesville? Lisa Provence has the story.


Spring tragedy: Baby dies in JAG School parking lot
University police dispatched Friday afternoon found a baby at 4:01pm who was not breathing in the parking lot at the JAG School. The baby died of hyperthermia, and the death has been ruled accidental, one of only 322 such deaths nationwide since 1998. We look at how it happened and how to prevent it from happening again.

Thrash and dash: Beating perps sport controversial attire
Following several weeks of uproar over what some called a racist dress code at a local restaurant banning white t-shirts and baggy clothes, two violent incidents around Charlottesville have drawn further attention to the controversial clothing. On Friday night, March 30, at approximately 11pm, Hogwaller Ramblers singer Jamie Dyer was beaten about the head and ribs by three young men in large white t-shirts and baggy jeans.  On April 5, the Daily Progress reported another attack involving a white t-shirt clad assailant that occurred at the 7-Eleven on Hydraulic and Seminole Trail about 24 hours after the assault on Dyer. What does it mean for local businesses and their dress codes?


Prism renewal: Former local icon moves south
A year after the Prism Coffeehouse vacated its home at 214 Rugby Road, and three months after a board member promised the organization would return, there's good news and bad news for Prism fans. The non-smoking, non-drinking nonprofit has resumed operations, announcing in a mass email last week that it will be sponsoring a concert on May 5 by famed Irish piper Paddy Keenan. The bad news: it's in faraway Patrick County.

* The rundown on the First Fridays' art exhibits
* How to make the chicken pot pie from Bashir's
* Why you may never watch film another film at the Carmike Cinema

Finally, you've been pleading for months, and we listened. Starting with this issue, every week the Hook will publish brand-new Sudoku puzzles in our brand new feature, "Amount 2 Sumthing." For the uninitiated, the object of Sudoku puzzles is to fill a 9x9 grid so each row, each column, and each of the 3x3 boxes contains all the digits from 1 to 9. We hope you enjoy this new addition to the Hook, though we claim no responsibility for any productivity lost due to the addictive nature of these little squares.