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Behind the Local Music: 12 bands to watch in 2010
Published on Apr 15th, 2010
117 comments We all know the stories. The legendary Dave Matthews, a lowly Miller's bartender turned international star. A rough 'n' tumble UVA band named Sparky's Flaw attracted the attention of local music...
The Jeff: Reborn
Published on Apr 8th, 2010
7 comments   PHOTO BY TOM DALY I am a life-long Charlottesville resident, and while this town has nurtured my love of history, architecture, and entertainment, only one building merges my interest in all...
COVER- Toy story: How a high school superstar almost lost his future
Published on Apr 1st, 2010
42 comments "I tried to stay positive," says Justin Sexton, a Fluvanna County High School senior who was suspended for a year when school administrators searched his pick-up truck and discovered a friend's...
The Chang effect: Wooing palates, breaking hearts--- and why he left
Published on Mar 23rd, 2010
53 comments Peter Chang's food has created a frenzy among foodies. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Last fall, word that a famous Szechuan chef had quietly set up in Charlottesville had foodies salivating. There was a...
COVER- FICTION- Fresh-Faced Fiction: Contest winners bring raw talent to the table
Published on Mar 18th, 2010
1 comments Click here to read the winning story: Pockets Charlottesville has always boasted a healthy community of interested cultural connoisseurs and their events: the Virginia Festival of the Book, the...
COVER- Sweet 16: 16th Book Fest; 16 lit picks
Published on Mar 11th, 2010
1 comments Every time we turn around, someone else has a Kindle, and although they don't always know how to use it, the emergence of the e-reader— iPad, anyone?— continues to raise the question, is...
COVER- Pod in the quad: How Albemarle students became palm readers
Published on Mar 4th, 2010
5 comments   Luvelle Brown PHOTO BY SCOTT ELMQUIST To Albemarle Public Schools technology chief Luvelle Brown, the iPod Touchs he introduced in classrooms two years ago aren't just music players. They're...
60+ shots: Authorities duck as Colby Eppard's parents seek answers
Published on Feb 25th, 2010
113 comments   Tracy Foster knows there are people who believe Colby Eppard got what he deserved. Her response: "If it was their kid, how would they feel?"PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER These are the approximate...
COVER- Gone South (by Southwest)
Published on Feb 18th, 2010
0 comments "The film really started out as a story about me," says World Peace Game creator and teacher John Hunter. "But the more I watch it, the more I surreally seem to disappear. I make a...
Corks $ Curls: How did the death of a 119-year old UVA tradition go unnoticed?
Published on Feb 10th, 2010
12 comments How did Corks & Curls disappear without anyone noticing? COVER DESIGN BY ALLISON SUMMERS After a 119-year run, Corks & Curls, the student yearbook first published in 1888, disappeared without...
On the trail: Harrington's body creates new mysteries, angles
Published on Feb 1st, 2010
258 comments The new issue hits newsstands Wednesday afternoon. HOOK GRAPHIC "There may be something like horse hair on the body, which would mean that she got there by horseback," offered a private investigator...
Black ribbon: Harrington's parents express emotions
Published on Jan 27th, 2010
102 comments Dan, Gil, and Alex Harrington tie a black ribbon to Copeley Road Bridge a day after Morgan's body was found. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER “Our sorrow is etched in our faces; our pain has been carved in...
Search ends: As devastated parents grieve, hunt for killer intensifies
Published on Jan 26th, 2010
419 comments The missing Morgan poster and the main house at Anchorage Farm where a body was found. VIRGINIA DEPARTMENT HISTORIC RESOURCES; After all the rain and high winds in recent days, 68-year-old North...
Prime real estate: What will $10 million buy?
Published on Jan 21st, 2010
10 comments   The rich are different from you and me. So are their houses, and how their houses are bought and sold. Even in a stagnant real estate market where the most action is in the under-$300K range...
Waste Works lawsuit for dumb-dumbs: or a busy citizens guide to the local waste war
Published on Jan 13th, 2010
27 comments “In my opinion, there is compelling evidence to support a lawsuit against Mr. Van der Linde,” said City Councilor David Brown, who serves on the RSWA Board. FILE PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER It appeared to...
COVER- Snowpocalypse: Storm of the new century and what went wrong
Published on Jan 7th, 2010
12 comments Jack Dougherty, left, and a friend watch a car negotiate an all-white curve on Ivy Depot Road on Sunday, December 27– more than a week after the snow stopped falling. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER If...
White Christmas storm: #1 for December; #4 overall
Published on Dec 23rd, 2009
17 comments Thomas Jefferson measured 36 inches of snow in 1772. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER It's official: The snowfall that began wreaking havoc on Charlottesville and Albemarle County December 18-19 measures 20.5...
City forgives: Charlottesville delays sidewalk enforcement
Published on Dec 22nd, 2009
71 comments Unwilling to battle the snow left unshoveled by artists, a pedestrian braves Market Street at 1:21pm Tuesday. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER "Wouldn't it be great," says pedestrian advocate Kevin Cox, "if...
COVER- Person of the Year: Joel Salatin's salad days
Published on Dec 17th, 2009
10 comments   Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 Normal 0 MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 "The amount of licenses, paperwork, reporting, and warrantless inspections given to people who have...
COVER- Perriello's place: When free speech collides with private property
Published on Dec 10th, 2009
12 comments The November 10 protest that brought the Americans for Prosperity bus and a counter-protest by health reform supporters may have been the tipping point for Glass Building tenants.PHOTO BY LISA...
COVER- Year in review: The good, the bad, the horrible
Published on Dec 10th, 2009
1 comments Have we bottomed out yet?  Bankers say yay; job seekers say nay. For the most part, Charlottesville escaped the massive layoffs faced in places like neighboring Waynesboro, but then, we didn'...
COVER- Tipping Point: Is Van der Linde laying waste to Waste Authority?
Published on Dec 3rd, 2009
46 comments   Why is this man smiling? Because he's trash hauler Boyd McCauley, and the "landfill of the future" just opened for business. PHOTO BY DAVE MCNAIR Last week, trash hauler and recycling...
Fraud dismissed: But Halsey Minor wins refiling right
Published on Nov 20th, 2009
23 comments "It was not a 100 percent victory," says Danielson's attorney, Connor Crook. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER "The truth is out there," said the lawyer fighting for a right to re-file the high-profile hotel...
Lawsuits galore: Minor v. Danielson hearing Friday
Published on Nov 19th, 2009
16 comments Minor and Danielson during happier times at the groundbreaking of the Landmark. FILE PHOTO BY JAY KUHLMANN Lawyers for formerly entwined hotel-makers Halsey Minor and Lee Danielson will be in court...
Missing pieces: Witnesses share their tales of Morgan sightings
Published on Nov 15th, 2009
606 comments Various witnesses reported awkward encounters with a blonde woman near the Arena. GRAPHIC BY ALLISON SOMMERS Amid a new police report that the woman who disappeared during the October 17 Metallica...
Hot pursuit: Dashcam video fuels Rugby Road chase debate
Published on Nov 12th, 2009
55 comments Across from Bayly Drive on Rugby Road, an alert motorist steers away from the chase. PHOTO BY CHARLOTTESVILLE P.D. There has been an arrest in the infamous case of a chase that resulted in a stolen...
COVER- Still filthy, still fun: The respectable John Waters
Published on Nov 5th, 2009
0 comments PUBLICITY PHOTOS In the 1970s, John Waters was the bad boy of fringe filmmaking with his cult-classic, X-rated Pink Flamingos. Flash forward more than 30 years, and he's the guest of honor at Mr....
Halsey Minor is misunderstood... Everything you've heard is wrong
Published on Nov 5th, 2009
39 comments Minor: "I am taking on these guys because I'm the only one who can." FILE PHOTO BY JAY KUHLMANN He has just lost another lawsuit–- this time a $21.6 million judgment for Merrill Lynch–-...
'Off the face of the earth': the hunt for Morgan Harrington
Published on Oct 29th, 2009
0 comments   It's the kind of national attention no town wants. A beautiful college student goes to a rock concert, somehow becomes separated from her friends, and ends up outside, alone. Unable to...
COVER- Launched: New businesses leave economic ruins behind
Published on Oct 22nd, 2009
0 comments Art of the deal: Schenck puts paintings online Matt SchenckJEN FARIELLO As a vice president of international language learning biz Rosetta Stone, Matt Schenck learned the art of business; now he's...