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Mike Seeger dies at 75 in Lexington
Published on Aug 8th, 2009
3 comments [caption id="" align="alignleft" width="152" caption="Mike Seeger"] [/caption] Celebrated folk musician Mike Seeger has died at home August 7 at his home in Lexington at the age of 75 after ceasing...
Day trippers: Michelle O goes to Monticello
Published on Jul 24th, 2009
28 comments Michelle Obama takes the girls on an unofficial visit to Monticello. PHOTO BY HOOK STAFF First Lady Michelle Obama, First Daughters Malia and Sasha and First Mother-in-law Marian Robinson dropped in...
New Straka book out in September
Published on Jul 22nd, 2009
0 comments Death by raptor? Andy Straka has a new thriller out. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Earlysville falconer/Shamus Award-winning writer Andy Straka has a new mystery ready for release September 1, the...
Movie star Salatin coming to town
Published on Jul 21st, 2009
0 comments Next week, Charlottesville gets a visit from the most famous farmer from the Shenandoah Valley town of Swoope, Joel Salatin. He'll be signing copies of his new book, Everything I Want to Do Is...
Blast-off: UVA astronaut recalls first moon landing, career
Published on Jul 20th, 2009
4 comments Thornton didn't see herself as one day being in space as she watched the Apollo 11 astronauts walk the moon in 1969. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO As one of the millions watching July 20, 1969, as...
Live Arts hires actor as artistic director
Published on Jul 7th, 2009
2 comments Daniel "Satch" Huizenga played a good guy mistaken for a bad guy in the critically acclaimed 2001 horror film Joy Ride. And now he's been chosen to fill part of the role long occupied by John Gibson...
Rosenwald revival: Restored elementary school preps reunion
Published on Jul 7th, 2009
5 comments Rebecca Kinney was among the last to attend St. John. PHOTO BY GORDON BLOCK The architectural restoration isn't quite complete, but an upcoming alumni reunion for a long-closed school is already...
Comer canned: Homeowners oust missing treasurer
Published on Jul 6th, 2009
9 comments The photograph shown to Wintergreen searchers. PHOTO BY NELSONCOUNTYLIFE.COM The case of the missing hiker is quickly becoming the case of the missing treasurer, as the homeowner association for...
Family baffled in club boss disappearance
Published on Jul 4th, 2009
11 comments Brother-in-law Jeff Gaffney went on NBC29 to express the family's bafflement. SCREEN CAPTURE A 9:30am weekday phone call to his mother and a drive to his vacation house at Wintergreen are about the...
Copy, paste: Jaquith catches best-selling plagiarist
Published on Jul 2nd, 2009
6 comments Blogger and digital plagiarism watchdog Waldo Jaquith. FILE PHOTO BY HOOK STAFF Put a blog in Waldo Jaquith's hands, even a literary magazine's blog, and there's no telling what can happen. Last...
Remembrances include MJ in Union cap
Published on Jun 30th, 2009
3 comments Of all the unusual photographs of Michael Jackson seen over the years (hair on fire, hyperbaric chamber, kissing Elvis's daughter), surely one of the more curious is the circa 1980 shot of him...
Progress runs tear-jerking story
Published on Jun 30th, 2009
3 comments Daily Progress readers recently received an uplifting, tear-jerking story of the UVA student who suffered what might have been a fatal, face-crushing injury while bicycling the Blue Ridge Parkway....
NYT eyes TJ and his Monticello
Published on Jun 26th, 2009
1 comments An odd picture essay in the New York Times explores the flawed genius of the Sage of Monticello.
Loo-loo cry: Sacajawea gets a plaque
Published on Jun 19th, 2009
21 comments Sacajawea descendant Summer Morning Baldwin performs a traditional Shoshone sign language prayer at Friday's dedication. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Close to a hundred people gathered at the foot of the...
Casteen to retire
Published on Jun 12th, 2009
19 comments Last summer, the Hook examined the secret of UVA President John Casteen longevity, but today Casteen announced his retirement. COVER PHOTO ART UVA President John Casteen today announced his...
Vintage tale: 'Billionaire Vinegar' author visits Monticello
Published on Jun 11th, 2009
1 comments The Billionaire's Vinegar: The Mystery of the World's Most Expensive Bottle of Wine tells the story of the controversy surrounding a bottle of wine  thought to be owned by Thomas Jefferson....
Let them eat pie
Published on Jun 10th, 2009
1 comments Ummmm, pie. PHOTO BY LISA PROVENCE Coconut cream. French apple. Peanut butter. Chocolate chess. To leaf through Mrs. Rowe's Little Book of Southern Pies is to salivate. Sating such desires used to...
Whistle blower: 'Farfetched' dream earns Slayton rave reviews
Published on Jun 9th, 2009
0 comments Fran Cannon Slayton PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO For a suburban-raised girl, Fran Cannon Slayton knows a lot about the romance of the railroads. She knows the difference between the sound of a steam engine...
UVA IM chief Mark Fletcher dies suddenly
Published on Jun 9th, 2009
3 comments Mark Fletcher, the affable UVA administrator who oversaw key aspects of major concerts at Scott Stadium and built the university's intramural sports program into a nation-leading juggernaut in which...
John Kase helped make D-Day possible
Published on Jun 6th, 2009
0 comments One Charlottesvillian who didn't survive all the way to the 65th anniversary of D-Day but who help make it possible was John Kase (right in photo shot in 1996) who died May 24 at the age of 94. A...