Govt/Politics

Schools boss: keep the 3 elementaries
Published on Sep 24th, 2009
2 comments Probably putting an end to fears that Albemarle County would close three of its elementary schools in favor of building one giant elementary, Superintendent Pamela Moran issued a press release...
Norris and Szakos: We like bikes
Published on Sep 24th, 2009
69 comments Council candidates Kristin Szakos and Mayor Dave Norris unveil their bike and pedestrian safety platform. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Remember the short-lived yellow bike program in 2002, when the city...
Perriello hears "racist" talk in 5th District
Published on Sep 23rd, 2009
55 comments Congressman Tom Perriello tells MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski that race is a component in some of the vehement opposition to President Barack Obama's health reform that he encountered in oft-raucous town...
Unopposed Rooker sits on biggest war chest
Published on Sep 16th, 2009
2 comments Not only is Albemarle Supervisor Dennis Rooker running for reelection unopposed, he's also got the most money– $70K as of August 31, according to the Virginia Public Access Project, including $...
Prison book ban lifted
Published on Sep 16th, 2009
1 comments The Rutherford Institute is claiming victory for the Virginia Department of Corrections' reversal of its decision to shut down "Books Behind Bars," a volunteer program that sends books to inmates....
Watergate investigator Ben-Veniste at the Miller Center
Published on Aug 28th, 2009
0 comments Richard Ben-Veniste, who investigated the Watergate break-in and served on the 9/11 Commission, discusses his book The Emperor's New Clothes: Exposing the Truth from Watergate to 9/11 on Friday,...
Beep beep: Sheriff shifts gears-- 8 to 4 cylinders
Published on Aug 21st, 2009
23 comments New look of law enforcement: Hondas get more macho. PHOTO COURTESY ALBEMARLE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE Sergeant T.D. Layman is 6'6" tall, so he's the man sent out for test drives when Sheriff Chip...
Court Square market?
Published on Aug 19th, 2009
32 comments On Monday night, August 24, City Councilors discussed the possibility of moving the Charlottesville City Market from the Water Street parking lots to Court Square, reports Rachana Dixit in the Daily...
ACLU offers: But JADE-watcher fears retribution
Published on Aug 18th, 2009
38 comments Elisha Strom is out of jail. PHOTO COURTESY ALBEMARLE CHARLOTTESVILLE REGIONAL JAIL Elisha Strom sat in jail for a month for publishing the address of a Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement officer. Now...
Don Van der Linde? Wasteworks whacks recycler with RICO
Published on Aug 17th, 2009
19 comments "It's a legal terrorist tactic," says Peter Van der Linde of the RSWA's decision to use RICO. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Just when we thought it couldn't�  "It's a legal terrorist tactic,"...
Augusta rethinks coyote bounty
Published on Aug 13th, 2009
0 comments While many locals were surprised to learn that coyotes live among us earlier this year, over in the Valley, Augusta County has had a bounty for killing the wily beasts, budgeting $10,000 annually,...
'No-brainer': Harvesting story prompts rain to Kaine
Published on Aug 8th, 2009
4 comments Hydraulic Wash's struggle to install a rainwater collection system has made its way to Gov. Tim Kaine's desk. FILE PHOTO BY WILL WALKER As the Hook recently reported, a county laundromat owner...
Can kicked? Waste decried as dredge study firm named
Published on Aug 7th, 2009
49 comments With chair Mike Gaffney in the background, RWSA director Tom Frederick, foreground, defends his dam July 28. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER The Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority has just chosen a Nebraska...
Supes crack down on 'moonscapes'
Published on Aug 7th, 2009
4 comments Hollymead Town Center inspired a new county ordinance August 6 that requires contractors to install permanent vegetation nine months after grading a site. Parts of the north 29 shopping center have...
Gov. Kaine pardons 3 of Norfolk Four
Published on Aug 6th, 2009
1 comments The Hook's April 10, 2008, cover story on the Norfolk Four Governor Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons August 6 to three of the four men convicted for the rape and murder of 18-year-old...
Virtual cops: Supes okay photo red-light district
Published on Aug 5th, 2009
36 comments Chief John Miller extols the virtues of photo-red cameras to the Albemarle Supervisors. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE The Albemarle Board of Supervisors unanimously approved installation of photo-red...
More forgeries, more duped
Published on Aug 4th, 2009
1 comments Congressman Tom Perriello wasn't the only lawmaker to get forged constituent letters trying to sway his Cap-and-Trade vote, reports Brian McNeill, who broke in the Daily Progress what's become a...
Supes see [photo] red
Published on Aug 3rd, 2009
39 comments The public can weigh in on photo-red stoplight enforcement before the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors votes on installing cameras at three intersections– U.S. 29 and Rio Road, U.S. 29 and...
Greene makes bolder bark ban
Published on Aug 2nd, 2009
9 comments Greene, that scenic semi-rural county just to Albemarle's north, has created a dog-barking ban tougher than Albemarle's, with only a 20-minute rule (contrasted with Albemarle's 30), according to...
Congress to probe bogus letters to Perriello
Published on Aug 1st, 2009
4 comments Representative Edward Markey (D-Mass.) has said that a House panel will investigate the blazing-hot controversy over letters purporting to come from two Charlottesville organizations to sway freshman...