Govt/Politics

Occupy talk: Council wants campers moved, not ousted
Published on Nov 21st, 2011
69 comments With its seats filled and with huddled masses of humanity lining the aisles and anterooms, City Council Chambers had never in recent memory appeared so crowded. But in the end, the literally dozens...
1959's triumph: 'Charlottesville 12' get pair of plaques
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
9 comments The "Charlottesville 12," the African-American boys and girls– now men and women– who boldly strolled into Venable Elementary School and Lane High School 52 years ago to break down the...
Biscuit backstory: Flips would have rewarded Craig's fees
Published on Nov 18th, 2011
14 comments In its first two years in the hands of speculators, doomed housing development Biscuit Run rang up over $7 million in expenses, including nearly a quarter million dollars paid to lead investor Hunter...
Snooky's owner wins right to remove cedar shakes
Published on Nov 17th, 2011
11 comments One of the Downtown Mall's more unusual façades may soon change, now that the Board of Architectural Review has, at its November 15 meeting, approved the removal of the expanse of cedar shakes that...
Bypass referendum? Election 2011's expected-- and unexpected-- results
Published on Nov 9th, 2011
4 comments In the end, it all came down to the Western 29 Bypass, at least in the Rivanna District, where incumbent Ken Boyd handily held onto his seat on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors for a third term, in...
Balance of power part 2: What's at stake in the 2011 elections
Published on Oct 25th, 2011
11 comments When the Hook started gathering lists of candidates who would appear on Albemarle and Charlottesville ballots, we came up with an eye-popping 38 names of people who want to govern on the local and...
Nevermind: UVA editor's charge dropped at trial
Published on Oct 21st, 2011
5 comments A University Judiciary Committee ruled it did not have jurisdiction over the Cavalier Daily October 18 after it heard the alleged breach of Honor Code confidentiality trial against editor-in-chief...
Anger management: Former mayor Caravati will get counseling
Published on Oct 21st, 2011
9 comments Former mayor Blake Caravati appeared in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court October 21 to face an assault and battery charge on a family member. Greene Commonwealth's Attorney Ron Morris was...
ABC...F: What's wrong with state alcohol laws
Published on Oct 20th, 2011
0 comments By Don Harrison "The ABCs of Virginia Alcohol Law” packs an awful lot of absurdity into its five-minute running time. The award-winning short-form documentary, made by filmmakers Austin Bragg and...
Balance of power: What's at stake in the 2011 elections
Published on Oct 20th, 2011
22 comments Three perennials always make the list of top local controversies: the Western 29 Bypass, Meadowcreek Parkway, and the water plan. Whether you love these projects or hate 'em, the deciders on these...
Halfaday arrested: Ex-candidate charged with falsifying address
Published on Oct 19th, 2011
40 comments Former Democratic City Council candidate James Halfaday was charged October 19 with four felony counts of election fraud for allegedly using a false address to certify his candidacy with the...
Reefer madness? Copter and SWAT team weeded out 2 plants on their property
Published on Oct 12th, 2011
85 comments Philip Cobbs likes gardening. You can tell from the neat perennial beds, the carefully trimmed yard, and from the fenced vegetable garden on the 39-acre tract in southeastern Albemarle that's been...
Independent's day: Clerkship-seeking Melampy runs-- again
Published on Oct 3rd, 2011
54 comments Despite being resoundingly whupped in the Democratic primary, Pam Melampy declared her candidacy as an independent for Charlottesville clerk of court on September 27. "We're not happy she's doing...
Tough judge: Caravati court known for harsh sentencing
Published on Sep 26th, 2011
15 comments Former Mayor Blake Caravati made his first appearance in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court on Friday, September 16, but details of the incident that led to his being charged with spousal assault...
Gusty: Byrom Park gets breezy opening
Published on Sep 22nd, 2011
0 comments Albemarle County dedicated its second new park in three months, the Patricia Ann Byrom Forest Preserve Park, on August 19. The family of Byrom joined county officials and neighbors to cut the...
Green light: Why not sync every signal before Bypassing?
Published on Sep 19th, 2011
34 comments Can you imagine zipping up U.S. 29 north through green lights and reaching the airport in a matter of minutes, so efficiently that, wait, we don't need this new $436 million, forest-cutting, mountain...
$499 question: Does Council candidate even live in the city?
Published on Sep 16th, 2011
98 comments At the Jefferson School groundbreaking September 14, the topic of conversation sometimes seemed to be less the milestone the historic school had achieved, but instead the former City Council...
Oh, Snap! Halfaday gym ownership claim refuted
Published on Sep 12th, 2011
64 comments Back in the spring, after James Halfaday announced a run for City Council, he met with a reporter at Snap Fitness and acted like he owned the place, and, actually, claimed he did. Halfaday's ...
Kathryn's law: Harrington supports campus cop demotion
Published on Sep 8th, 2011
40 comments The days of campus police leading murder and rape investigations are coming to an end if the parents of slain Virginia Tech student Morgan Harrington have anything to say about it.On November 16, the...
Quake casualty? Council candidate claims knock-out blow
Published on Sep 6th, 2011
42 comments James Halfaday was unlucky in his run for City Council, and his bad luck seems to have continued, apparently making him the only person injured in Charlottesville in the August 23 earthquake....
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