HookCast for March 15, 2007

Lit-a-palooza, Fit in four minutes?, Bella Morte singer quits

ON THIS WEEK’S COVER:
Lit-a-palooza: Top picks from the other March Madness
It's that time of year: spring is in the air, and book lovers cram into every inch of available meeting space in town. Yep, the Virginia Festival of the Book is back, and with it the Hook's festival preview, which this year includes interviews with Waltons creator Earl Hamner, New York literary critic turned author Daniel Mendelsohn, acclaimed historian Caroline Weber and many more.

ALSO IN THIS WEEK’S ISSUE:

Fast fitness? Gym promises big results, little time
Think getting fit means lengthy workouts? Not according to Quick Gym, the latest addition to the Charlottesville fitness scene. Opened in mid-February near the former ACAC Downtown, Quick Gym makes the startling claim that four minutes is all it takes to get into shape. Skeptical? We investigate.

Final step: Apologizing Beebe awaits his sentence
Four months after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting a fellow student in a UVA fraternity house in 1984, 42-year-old William Beebe will be sentenced Thursday, March 15 for the nearly 23-year-old crime in Charlottesville Circuit Court. It will be the last chapter in an investigation that began when Beebe apologized to his victim as part of his 12-step Alcoholics Anonymous program.
Metro's exit: Leader quits area's top goth band
For a band long obsessed with death and finality, one wonders if the members of Bella Morte appreciate the irony that they themselves might now be staring down the barrel of a gun. In a March 1 post on his MySpace page, bassist and founding member Gopal Metro announced his departure from the band citing artistic differences. So what's Metro up to next? Would you believe real estate?

Plus:
* Western Albemarle grad plays guitar for Pink
* A mayor from the Gulf Coast gets a hand from Charlottesville
* Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos gets an opponent for the first time in three elections
AND
* John "Dr. Hook" Hong offers the most entertaining column about plantar warts you'll ever find
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