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Fall comes to Ragged Mountain Natural Area
Published on Oct 9th, 2011
28 comments More photos A recent Thursday afternoon was an opportunity to check out the colors on display at the Ragged Mountain Natural Area. The place may soon become one of the biggest construction sites in...
Sharrow
Published on Oct 6th, 2011
26 comments I'm supposed to know what a sharrow is. It's a bike safety pictogram, but my first response was to wish the pictogram user had employed words since hieroglyphics don’t speak to me. So what does this...
CPC offers umbrella idea
Published on Sep 24th, 2011
2 comments Charlottesville Parking Center, the company that runs three downtown parking facilities, has found a novel way to help rain-inconvenienced pedestrians while boosting its own image: an umbrella-...
The week in review
Published on Sep 22nd, 2011
3 comments Most clueless board: The Commonwealth Transportation Board. In late June, VDOT's own engineers peg the cost of building the Western Bypass as $436 million, nearly double the previous estimate. CTB...
Hoop-rolling at Monticello
Published on Sep 18th, 2011
2 comments Monticello's famous West Lawn harked back to the earlier days depicted in a famous watercolor as youths tried "hoop rolling," a venerable pastime, during the annual Harvest Festival. The grey skies...
Snap: Jefferson School collects big checks
Published on Sep 14th, 2011
0 comments The long-anticipated Jefferson School renovation officially kicked off September 14 with the ringing of a school bell by a former student and donations of $67,000 to the $18-million rehab project....
W'boro spectacle: After sparks, Cline memorial sparkles
Published on Sep 9th, 2011
2 comments The installation of a dramatic memorial to 9/11 caused a spectacle of its own Friday afternoon after a support cable touched a live power line, sending up sparks and plunging several businesses in...
Sunken deer
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
5 comments A deer that died of unknown causes lies submerged in a tiny pond on private property in the West Leigh subdivision during the 2009-10 hunting season. As they did that season, Virginians ages 15 and...
9/11 reflections: 3,000 dead and freedom too
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
25 comments We lost the World Trade Center. We lost 3,000 people. Black people, white people, Asian people, Middle Eastern people. People we didn't even think were at risk. My girlfriend called me to say that a...
Not political? Boyd names bypass terminus committee
Published on Sep 1st, 2011
31 comments Sometimes it seems there's nothing local governments love better than to set up citizen task forces. That's why it was so out of the ordinary to hear a rash of criticism when Rivanna District Supe...
Commemorations planned for tenth anniversary of 9/11
Published on Sep 1st, 2011
15 comments The public can watch a march of Charlottesville's first responders and get a peek at the city's own chunk of World Trade Center steel as part of the "Weekend of Remembrance and Honor" to commemorate...
Where were you when the earthquake hit?
Published on Aug 31st, 2011
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What's next: Is the quake just the beginning?
Published on Aug 31st, 2011
10 comments Unless you were in the presence of a perceptive animal– and there were scattered reports of skittish dogs– it came without warning four seconds after 1:51pm on a sunny Tuesday, August 23...
Snap: Risky dogness
Published on Aug 30th, 2011
4 comments Passing through an unsignaled intersection in hurricane-torn Glenns, a pickup truck toolbox provides a breezy but unstable ride for a dog. (Note: an earlier posting gave the wrong town name.)
Snap: Waiting for Irene
Published on Aug 27th, 2011
3 comments Citizens visit the Corner district Saturday, August 27 in advance of the rain from Hurricane Irene.
Rattle on: We've had 'more than 100' aftershocks
Published on Aug 27th, 2011
9 comments Still feeling multiple aftershocks every day? Friends saying you're dreaming? You may not be, according to a top earthquake scientist, who says that there have been "more than 100 aftershocks." Bill...
What does back-to-school mean to you?
Published on Aug 25th, 2011
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Exclusive photos from quake-torn Central Virginia
Published on Aug 23rd, 2011
9 comments A Hook journalist visited the earthquake-damaged towns of Mineral, Louisa, and Cuckoo in Louisa County Tuesday afternoon to capture images of the destruction wrought by the earthquake that struck...
Un-super size me: Can city schools stem the obesity epidemic?
Published on Aug 23rd, 2011
17 comments If Ivana Kadija ever hears Tony the Tiger telling kids his Frosted Flakes are "Grrrrreat!" she'll probably tell him to shut his furry trap. It's high-sugar food like that, says Kadija, chair of...
Summer thunderstorm wreaks havoc
Published on Aug 15th, 2011
20 comments A severe thunderstorm struck the Charlottesville area Sunday night, downing trees and putting thousands in the dark. Among the casualties in the August 14 event was the Goco gas station on Cherry...