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COVER- Little girl lost: Remembering Katie Worsky after 25 years
Published on Jul 12th, 2007
29 comments Polly Klaas. Samantha Runnion. Jessica Lunsford. Their names and faces are familiar– exhaustive national news coverage of their abduction and death has burned them into the national...
Jack & Anna: Remembering the czar of Charlottesville eccentrics
Published on Jul 5th, 2007
0 comments "I've been waiting since the day Jack Manahan died," began the letter published May 10, 1990 in the Charlottesville Observer, "to see either an article or a letter. Perhaps the New York Times had a...
COVER- When giants roamed: Camp Wahoo put Hooville on the basketball map-- and it's back!
Published on Jun 28th, 2007
0 comments Fifty years ago, Gene Corrigan, then an assistant basketball coach at Washington and Lee University, decided he was too restless to take a three-month break. "None of us had anything to do...
COVER SHORT STORY- 20 Minutes' Clarity
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
0 comments This story took second place in the Hook's short story contest earlier this year, judged by John Grisham. "I laughed with the first sentence and almost cried with the last," said Grisham...
COVER- SHORT STORY- The Potato Cannon War
Published on Jun 21st, 2007
3 comments This story took third place in the Hook's short story contest, judged by John Grisham. "I must confess," said Grisham of Walter's story, "I have actually fired a potato cannon. So I...
COVER SIDEBAR- Pre-jail interview: 'hindsight is 20/20,' says Robinson
Published on Jun 14th, 2007
2 comments There's one party George Robinson will never forget: the one that sent him to jail for 27 months. Nearly five years after Robinson and his now ex-wife, who has changed her name from Elisa Robinson...
COVER- 27 months: Jailing the party parents makes international news
Published on Jun 14th, 2007
0 comments Paris Hilton's teary return to jail made the front page of the June 9 Washington Post. So did another case involving alcohol and jail, but this story is based in Charlottesville. The tale of George...
COVER $50,000 for answers
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
0 comments In the wake of their daughter's November 3, 2006 death, Steve and Heidi Swartz offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or people involved in a hit...
COVER-Justice for Justine: Investigation 'very active' in hit and run
Published on Jun 7th, 2007
74 comments   In May, Justine Swartz Abshire's parents increased the award for information leading to an arrest in her death from $10,000 to $50,000. From Charlottesville, the path to Barboursville is...
COVER- I want to ride my bicycle
Published on May 31st, 2007
0 comments In the six minutes just before 9am, 40 cars whiz past the corner of Key West Drive and Stony Point Road, northeast of Pantops. Thirty six of them are inhabited by one person: the driver. UVA...
COVER SIDEBAR- Majestic town: How Williamsburg leads on wheels
Published on May 31st, 2007
0 comments "If you build it, they do indeed come." That's the lesson for all Virginia to learn from the Historic Triangle around Williamsburg. Noted as a biking mecca by VDOT since 2002, Williamsburg boasts an...
Murder in the Park: Rice release revives memories
Published on May 24th, 2007
57 comments   Two-part series This story is the second of a two-part series that debuted last week with "Cold case?" a report on the 1996 murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds The search had been on for...
Cold Case? Alicia Showalter Reynolds & the fall and rise of Darrell Rice
Published on May 17th, 2007
0 comments Two-part series This week's story is mostly about the terrors on Route 29, a series of illicit pull-overs that culminated in the 1996 disappearance and murder of Alicia Showalter Reynolds. Next week...
COVER- Picture this!: Festival of the photograph comes into focus
Published on May 10th, 2007
2 comments When the Hook last left photographer Michael "Nick" Nichols, in 2004, he was relaxing in a camp chair by the Moorman's River, discussing an elaborate book project documenting his trans-Africa trek...
COVER The lyrical lens: Sally Mann's poetry in stillness
Published on May 10th, 2007
0 comments Sitting in a retro red vinyl chair at a 1950s' formica-topped table with Pellet, her rescued Jack Russell terrier, curled near her feet, Sally Mann recalls the first photograph she ever made. Using...
COVER Photofilia fare
Published on May 10th, 2007
0 comments   Highlights of what to look for at Look3   Exhibitions Everywhere: Beginning June 1, photography shows will be exposed all over town, but four must-sees are   William Albert Allard...
COVER Hard looks: Eugene Richards' unflinching eye
Published on May 10th, 2007
0 comments A wild-eyed drug addict clinches a needle between the few teeth he has left. A naked mental patient crouches in his cell, lacing his fingers through its metal bars. An Iraq war veteran pitches...
COVER- Horsing around: P. Buckley Moss and not-folk art
Published on May 3rd, 2007
0 comments Pat Moss comes to the door of the Barn– her house in Waynesboro– and wonders who the heck is standing on her doorstep. She's forgotten that she has an interview scheduled this morning,...
COVER This American life: William Albert Allard's chromatic chronicles
Published on May 3rd, 2007
2 comments When William Albert "Bill" Allard accepted his first photographic assignment for National Geographic in 1963, he'd just graduated from the University of Minnesota. But he was already married with...
COVER Literary tragedy: Writing profs read between the lines
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments On April 16 in Blacksburg, a 23-year-old student who wrote plays and poetry authored a tragedy that  has left the world dumbstruck. In taking violent fantasy to reality in one fantastic leap,...
COVER Too soon: Lawmakers pause on gun policy
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments The smoke had barely cleared from last week's horror at Virginia Tech before the specter of America's long-simmering gun-control debate rose again, with various blogs declaring the 2nd Amendment dead...
COVER Killer instinct: What drives a shooting spree?<span class="Apple-converted-space">&nbsp; </span>
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
24 comments Was he a paranoid schizophrenic? A psychopath? Did he have a brain tumor? What could have turned a college student into a killing machine? In the nearly two weeks since the horrible Monday morning...
COVER Next for Norris: What happens to places where horrors happen?
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
2 comments On Monday, Virginia Tech officials announced that Norris Hall– site of 31 of the 33 deaths in the worst school shooting in American history– will never house another class. Still, the...
COVER Talking it out: Radio host offers disaster therapy
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
7 comments It's late Thursday afternoon, three days after the Virginia Tech massacre, and Charlottesville's best-known afternoon radio host, WINA's Coy Barefoot, is once again working through the seemingly...
COVER- Handling grief: Prognosis good for recovery
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments In the wake of the Virginia Tech shooting, UVA announced that it was offering extra group meetings and prepared its counselors for a wave of psychological appointments. Yet the wave hasn't come, and...
COVER SIDEBAR- Been there: Former Kent State VP lauds response
Published on Apr 26th, 2007
0 comments The April 16 massacre at Virginia Tech was, for most Charlottesvillians, their first experience with a deadly shooting on a college campus. But not for Robert Matson. Long before coming to...
COVER- Hokie low: Blacksburg campus fills with somber throngs
Published on Apr 19th, 2007
8 comments Other than state troopers stationed at each intersection and television trucks weighted down with satellite dishes, the entrances of Virginia Tech on Tuesday gave little sign of the previous...
COVER- Under the radar and dreaming: Music experts pick our next big thing
Published on Apr 12th, 2007
0 comments Nearly 13 years ago, Dave Matthews Band released its major label debut Under the Table and Dreaming and suddenly put Charlottesville on America's musical map. Some of the youthful musicians...
COVER- Tectonic shift: Eugene Williams loosens his tie
Published on Apr 5th, 2007
0 comments As a youngster growing up in Charlottesville during the Depression, Eugene Williams lived a block from one of Charlottesville's best neighborhoods. His father was a gardener, and their house had a...
COVER- Is America ready for Moore? Trevor sure hopes so
Published on Mar 22nd, 2007
40 comments For a second, it looks like a typical rap music video: spinning chrome rims on a sleek sports car, beautiful women fawning over a rapper sporting "bling" and sipping Cristal. The only difference is...