Govt/Politics

Home at last: Denisenko savors first day as a free man
Published on Oct 17th, 2008
2 comments After five-and-a-half months in the custody of Homeland Security, Gennady Denisenko says he plans to return to his work as a Russian interpreter at UVA Hospital on Monday. PHOTO BY WILL WALKER While...
Record voter registration, no sign of fraud
Published on Oct 17th, 2008
0 comments City registrar Sheri Iachetta expects record turnout– as much as 85 percent of registered voters– on election day. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Across the country, cries of voter...
Free Dave tix available at local Obama office
Published on Oct 17th, 2008
25 comments Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds announced yesterday that they would put on a free concert at Virginia Commonwealth University's Alltel Pavilion on Sunday, October 26 in support of Sen. Barack Obama's...
Freedom! Denisenko released from prison, returns home
Published on Oct 15th, 2008
2 comments Gennady and Melinda Denisenko, seen here at their 2002 wedding, were separated on April 30 when federal immigration officials jailed him in preparation for deportation 17 years after his defection...
Liberal blogger touts Goode's ties to gay film
Published on Oct 15th, 2008
56 comments Huffington Post blogger Mike Stark said that Rep. Virgil Goode's (R-Rocky Mount) has a "tangled nest of connections" to the 2003 film Eden's Curve. PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES Do ties to a film...
Vexed tracker: Crime-spotting site denied cop reports
Published on Oct 9th, 2008
10 comments Charlottesville crimes, as found via new reports. SpotCrime.com UVA grad Colin Drane had what he thought would be a solid-gold idea: A website where you could see all the crime in your neighborhood...
Couric mocks Palin
Published on Oct 7th, 2008
11 comments Tina Fey isn't the only UVA alumna poking fun at Sarah Palin. A week after the Alaska governor and Republican vice presidential nominee told Katie Couric that of America's newspapers she reads, "all...
Charlottesville voter rolls skyrocket
Published on Oct 7th, 2008
11 comments Obama campaign volunteers Adrienne Ghaly and Emily Cone-Miller signed up new voters outside the Lucky 7 convenience story on Market Street on voter registration deadline day, Monday, October 6. PHOTO...
Voter deadline looms; Reid's says get out
Published on Oct 6th, 2008
15 comments Obama campaign volunteer Adrienne Ghaly (left) registered voters outside the Lucky 7 on Market Street this morning. Fortunately, Michelle McSherrey was already registered. "I'm voting on November 4...
Bailout passes House, Goode and Goodlatte vote no
Published on Oct 3rd, 2008
28 comments The day after the U.S. Senate passed a revised version of the $700 billion bank bailout package, the House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve the same measure, 263-171, sending it to...
County improves its smoke detector/pizza promo
Published on Oct 3rd, 2008
8 comments Smoke detectors are not all created equal. A detector test conducted by the Hook with assistance from local fire officials revealed in June that ionization models may not activate until it's too late...
Warner and Webb vote for Senate bailout deal
Published on Oct 2nd, 2008
10 comments After a $700 billion bailout package for financial institutions split our local House delegation and failed to pass on Tuesday, yesterday's attempt by the Senate to pass their own version of the deal...
New CNN poll shows 13-point swing for Obama
Published on Oct 1st, 2008
3 comments A new poll from CNN and Time magazine shows Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) with a nine point lead over Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) in the race for Virginia's 13 electoral votes in the presidential election....
Warner: Businessman, governor... dancer?
Published on Oct 1st, 2008
3 comments We detect a viral video coming on, carrying with it an acute case of dance fever. Today, Virginia Tech's student newspaper the Collegiate Times posted footage of former governor and U.S. Senate...
Local Soviet defector to be freed from prison
Published on Oct 1st, 2008
2 comments Melinda Denisenko has been on her own since federal immigration officials detained her husband Gennady April 30. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO After years of requesting political asylum while fighting...
On debate's eve: Dems writhing, Repubs digging Palin
Published on Sep 30th, 2008
16 comments Republicans anxiously await Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin's vice presidential debate with Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) this Thursday, October 2. PHOTO BY TOM LEGRO/PBS NEWSHOUR A little over a month after Sen....
Alleged liar, liar: Perriello wants Goode TV ads dropped
Published on Sep 29th, 2008
19 comments Tom Perriello looks darker and "scarier" in the photo on the left used in a Virgil Goode ad, complains Perriello's campaign. Fifth District Democratic congressional candidate Tom Perriello has...
Local congressmen split on bailout vote
Published on Sep 29th, 2008
6 comments As the House of Representatives voted down the $700 billion bailout package that would have absorbed much of the debt of the remaining banks that has sunk such institutions as Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac...
Russia fast-tracks local man's deportation
Published on Sep 25th, 2008
11 comments Melinda Denisenko sits at her dining room table, from which her husband Gennady has been absent since the Department of Homeland Security detained him on April 30. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO As of today...
Seinfeld's George architects Warner e-fundraiser
Published on Sep 25th, 2008
0 comments PUBLICITY PHOTO Fans of former Gov. Mark Warner (D)'s U.S. Senate campaign found an odd message in their in-boxes this afternoon–- not that there's anything wrong with that. Actor Jason...