HookCast for October 19, 2006

Sex, money and scandal in Gilded Age Albemarle, Casteen's green, School board gets short with public, Frost poem not so uncommon?

ON THIS WEEK'S COVER:
Mad about you: Archie, Amelie and the Prince
They were the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald of the Gilded Age. She was a scandalous author from a pedigreed Albemarle family. He was a rich-as-sin Astor who escaped from a New York insane asylum. Their story is one rife with sex, money, celebrities, and insanity. And yes, there's a dead body.

ALSO IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE:

Casteen's green: Ponying up $500,000 for employees' children
When UVA president John Casteen donated half a million dollars to start a scholarship fund for employees children, the magnanimous gesture was seen as one that would make THE University more accessible. But who qualifies and how well has it worked elsewhere?

Minutes bored: School leaders skip the details
Recently, the Albemarle County School Board voted to shorten the minutes of its meetings. While this may be seen as a strictly parliamentary move, but one school board member calls it "a blow to the public's right to open government."

and

Frost find: Did PR trump scholarship?
Two weeks ago the Hook dutifully reported on the discovery of an unknown Robert Frost poem by a UVA grad student as did over 100 other media outlets around the world. But was such a finding so uncommon? Some scholars think not.

Also:
• An exclusive interview with Mark Linkous about depression and his first album in five years
* Larry Sabato mourns Mark Warner's exit from the 2008 presidential race
* Introducing a little 21st century design into a centuries old cemetery
• Some red-face inducing art at UVA's Off Grounds Gallery
and
* Former city councilor Rob Schilling takes to the airwaves

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