Govt/Politics

Towe tennis courts to be lighted
Published on Aug 18th, 2008
12 comments In what has recently been a hot issue, the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors agreed in its public meeting Wednesday, August 13, that, contingent upon some additions to the original resolution,...
Neighbors quash rock club proposal
Published on Aug 15th, 2008
5 comments With Starr Hill Music Hall and the Satellite Ballroom now closed, and with the opening of the Jefferson a year away, Coran Capshaw and company have been busy trying to find a temporary space for a...
Jurors spend morn watching porn
Published on Aug 14th, 2008
0 comments Jurors in the closely watched Staunton obscenity trial had to do some watching of their own this morning. According to on-site Hook reporter Lindsay Barnes, the jury appeared stunned at first and...
Warner to keynote Democratic convention
Published on Aug 13th, 2008
0 comments In an e-mail to supporters of his campaign for the U.S. Senate today, former Gov. Mark Warner announced he will be the keynote speaker at this year's Democratic National Convention in Denver. He will...
McCain and Obama tied in Virginia
Published on Aug 11th, 2008
4 comments With the Democratic and Republican National Conventions looming large at the end of this month, a new poll indicates that if the battle for the White House between Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) and Sen....
Mayor Norris sought plastic bag ban
Published on Aug 5th, 2008
39 comments Charlottesville Mayor Dave Norris, though vexed by Virginia's interpretation of the Dillon Rule, which prevents local governments from doing things not specifically enabled by the state, would like...
Gilmore serves up red meat at local diner
Published on Jul 31st, 2008
5 comments Former governor Jim Gilmore makes his entrance to greet supporters at Sam's Kitchen on Emmet Street. PHOTO BY LINDSAY BARNES In the realm of American politics, "change" might be a word most...
Kaine in 'serious' V-P talks
Published on Jul 29th, 2008
0 comments Despite an earlier protest to the contrary, Virginia Governor Tim Kaine, who played host to Barack Obama in Charlottesville last year, is in "serious" vice-presidential talks with the presumptive...
CPC demands $17.5 million (or more)
Published on Jul 22nd, 2008
11 comments Rejecting at least two private bids, leaders of downtown's for-sale parking company have declared that they won't consider any offer below $17.5 million and have once again extended the deadline,...
Albemarle school board weighs in on disinfection debate
Published on Jul 21st, 2008
3 comments The Albemarle school board discussed disinfectants at its July 10 meeting. FILE PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR "If it ain't broke, don't fix it." That was the mantra of the Albemarle County school board July...
Grilling on drilling: Oil dominates Gilmore & Warner's first debate
Published on Jul 19th, 2008
0 comments HOT SPRINGS– If there had been any question before, there remains no doubt after their first debate on Saturday, July 19: the defining issue of this year's U.S. Senate race between former...
State wonders: Where's John Kluge (and his wallet)?
Published on Jul 16th, 2008
1 comments When the new Virginia Civil Rights Memorial is unveiled in Richmond's Capitol Square July 21, Rita Moseley, 61, will be there with her new college degree. Moseley's degree in business...
Photo finish: How to find the right detector
Published on Jul 16th, 2008
0 comments So you've decided to ditch those ionization smoke detectors in your house, and keep your family safe with photoelectrics. But then you think, "How do I know what kind I have?" According to Boston...
Uh, oh-- ions detect toast before it burns
Published on Jul 15th, 2008
1 comments In the Hook's quest to learn more about the ubiquitous but overhyped type of smoke detector now getting worldwide scrutiny, we decided to conduct another test. Although this type–- ionization...
A bright future for County fields?
Published on Jul 10th, 2008
1 comments After two years of stalled attempts to light athletic fields in the county, the Board of Supervisors approved an amendment last night to a zoning ordinance that had previously made it "impossible to...
Fire away: Supes revisit commercial open burns
Published on Jul 9th, 2008
1 comments July 2 marked the Board of Supervisors' first chance to revisit Albemarle's commercial open fire policy, nine months after a public outcry about a massive fire pile in the developing Belvedere...
A scrubbable feast: Albemarle to decide if green is clean
Published on Jul 9th, 2008
55 comments If your name is Lysol or Clorox, you're no longer welcome in Albemarle County buildings, and you may soon be banned from county schools as well. On June 4, the Board of Supervisors did away with...
Webb drops out of Obama veepstakes
Published on Jul 7th, 2008
0 comments Cross another Virginia Democrat off the list of potential running mates for Barack Obama. Three weeks after former governor Mark Warner told the Virginia Democratic Convention that he would not...
New citizens and prez celebrate 4th
Published on Jul 4th, 2008
61 comments Hugs, flag waving, and shouts of "fascist": it was the Fourth of July at Monticello. Three thousand people showed up at Mr. Jefferson's house today to watch 72 new citizens be sworn in–- and...
Miller Center uploads presidents to YouTube
Published on Jul 3rd, 2008
0 comments As an extension of their study of the American presidency, the Miller Center has put video of 88 speeches by Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and Bill Clinton on YouTube. The speeches run...