Cover Stories

COVER- Dressing down: Was this bar speaking in Code?
Published on Mar 22nd, 2007
58 comments Are big, baggy clothes bad news? Owners of Jaberwoke restaurant on the Corner recently decided the answer is yes. People sporting such duds, they claim, are more likely to be rude to staff and start...
COVER- Lit-a-palooza: Top picks in the <i>other</i> March Madness
Published on Mar 15th, 2007
0 comments   In Charlottesville, March Madness has a slightly different meaning from the rest of the basketball-crazed universe. Sure, we keep one eye on the NCAA playoffs, but in a town where you can...
600-pound black bear: 'It sounded like it was tearing my arm off'
Published on Mar 8th, 2007
0 comments It was just before dawn on Friday, November 17, and Thurman Hensley's life was about to change. Making his way over the rocky terrain and thick patches of mountain laurel of his 250-acre property...
COVER- Dilemma zone: Are red-light cameras the answer?
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments You know you've experienced it– that anxious moment when a green light turns yellow just as you reach the intersection. Is there enough time to make it through? Should you slam on the brakes?...
Do we desire a streetcar?
Published on Feb 22nd, 2007
0 comments Carting a Styrofoam cooler– like the ones that carry hearts to be transplanted– the post-doctoral researcher startles me by hopping on the Charlottesville Free Trolley near the...
COVER- Capital offense: Jury sends a message
Published on Feb 15th, 2007
10 comments Did Sarah Louise Crawford still love her estranged husband on the late November day when she died? Did she lie to her family, friends, and coworkers, telling them she was finished with an abusive...
COVER- (Re)Cycle of life: We want to believe
Published on Feb 8th, 2007
0 comments We love to recycle. We feel soooo virtuous recycling and saving the planet– even when it doesn't make economic (or perhaps even environmental) sense. Consider: – At the Ivy Landfill,...
COVER- Prism reborn? New group rises from the ashes
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
3 comments "You've got me under your spell again," sang country crooner Buck Owens. And while the late singer may never have made a local appearance, his words seem to sum up the appeal of a beloved UVA-area...
COVER- <i>Love Is a Mix Tape</i>: <i>Rolling Stone </i>writer on love and loss in Charlottesville
Published on Jan 25th, 2007
0 comments The two nationally known, Charlottesville-based rock critics were so inseparable that someone thought they were one person. But May will mark 10 years since the two were separated by death. Now a...
COVER- Radioheads: Locals succumb to the call of the airwaves
Published on Jan 18th, 2007
5 comments They usually don't do drive time. They don't get paid. Sometimes, in the wee hours, they wonder if anyone is even listening.  Yet hundreds of locals do radio on their own nickels, and without...
COVER- Ye Olde School: Crafty like it's 1799
Published on Jan 11th, 2007
0 comments Although McMansions and high-tech industries may be sprouting across the Albemarle County landscape, there are people here still practicing techniques and tools from a bygone era. In fact, some have...
COVER- You've got male: New school says boys will be... separate
Published on Jan 4th, 2007
0 comments Name some Little Rascals. Alfalfa, Spanky, Buckwheat. If Darla or Mary didn't make your list, that may be because the boys– rowdy, hyper, messy– took center stage. But a new school aims...
COVER- Stuck in the midterm with you: The best and worst of 2006
Published on Dec 21st, 2006
1 comments Typically, the tide shifts during a two-term presidency, so 2006 was the year of the Republican rebuke. Americans went to the polls in November and showed their displeasure with the war in Iraq that...
COVER- Never mind the iTunes, here's Snocap
Published on Dec 14th, 2006
0 comments Shawn Fanning looked into the eyes of his trusted friends and asked where he had gone wrong. The date was June 4, 2002, and the previous day, the 21-year-old and his music industry-shaking company,...
COVER- Why are we here? A literal look at an abstract question
Published on Dec 7th, 2006
2 comments Why are we here? The question has tormented philosophers for millennia, and this week, at long, long last, the great minds at the Hook will finally... nah, we won't even try to answer it. At least...
COVER- Riddled: What happens after police shootings?
Published on Nov 30th, 2006
10 comments New York– where three police officers fired 50 bullets at three unarmed men early Saturday, November 25– isn't the only community wrestling with the issue of shootings by law enforcement...
COVER- Hook for the Holidays!- Our guide to local holiday tradition
Published on Nov 23rd, 2006
0 comments Each November and December, an ever-growing chorus sings the same refrain: "The holidays have gotten too commercial!" Yes, spending on gifts is higher than ever, and yes, it's easy to lose focus on...
COVER- I [heart] Charlottesville: Is our town the new Little Apple?
Published on Nov 16th, 2006
0 comments Dine at Ten, catch Whoopi Goldberg at the Paramount, and cap the night at a trendy new martini bar called the X-Lounge. The next morning, take a class in Bikram Yoga, visit the Miller Center for a...
COVER- Seeing trouble: Renier's 'mind for murder'
Published on Nov 9th, 2006
0 comments Norman Lewis disappeared from Williston, Florida in April 1994, leaving no trace for worried family and friends, who contacted the authorities the moment they realized that his medication had been...
COVER- Life of Larry: How Sabato faces the election
Published on Nov 2nd, 2006
0 comments One by one they line up to ask him to peer into the future. Who's going to control the Senate after Election Day? The seer speaks: "The best Republicans can hope for is 52 seats. They're going to...
COVER- FILM FEST- The 19th coming: The Virginia Film Festival revealed
Published on Oct 26th, 2006
0 comments Can it, Cannes. Spare us, Sundance.  The bright lights of marquees will blaze your names again soon enough. This week, the return of the Virginia Film Festival puts Charlottesville in the...
COVER- Mad about you: Archie and Am&#xe9;lie's Albemarle
Published on Oct 19th, 2006
0 comments They were the Scott and Zelda of the Gilded Age. She was a scandalous author from a pedigreed Albemarle family. He was a rich-as-sin Astor, who escaped from a New York insane asylum.  Albemarle...
COVER- Wiki-ville: How the world sees Charlottesville
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
7 comments Right now, the upstart online encyclopedia Wikipedia reports that Archie Hahn died in Charlottesville in 1955. He did, but he also lived here, coached here, took the Cavaliers to 12 state...
COVER- Boar war: Pig slaughter raises questions
Published on Oct 5th, 2006
0 comments   As the 12 shotgun blasts rang out from the special pen that Cindi Henshaw reserved for her favorite pets, she sat in her living room and realized, "They just shot Cupid and Valentine." Three...
COVER- JPJ rocks: But what about ol' UHall?
Published on Sep 28th, 2006
0 comments Jim Connelly remembers everything about the first game played in University Hall. It was a December 4, 1965 contest against Kentucky that the Wildcats, on their way to the NCAA title and immortality...
COVER- Flooded with memories: Nelson County 37 years after Camille
Published on Sep 21st, 2006
0 comments It was as bright as day the night Warren Raines was orphaned. "The lightning was so intense that it was like now," says Raines, comparing that night to the daylight of a drizzly September...
COVER- My 'Pet Virus': Decker finds humor in his life with HIV
Published on Sep 14th, 2006
0 comments When Shawn Decker started circulating his memoir to agents, he figured he'd get the response most first-time authors get: silence– or at best, a few "No, thanks." Instead, Decker beat the odds...
COVER- Bearing witness: Local couple lived 9/11 up close
Published on Sep 7th, 2006
0 comments On the morning of September 11, 2001, Cheryl Sanborn boarded the N Train from her home in Astoria, Queens at 8:15am, earlier than usual. An administrative assistant at a lower Manhattan law firm,...
Lethal Wreckage: Embattled towing company files for a name change after $20 million suit
Published on Aug 31st, 2006
32 comments When Lethal Wrecker's lawyer announced in a Charlottesville court on July 21 that his client didn't have the assets to pay a total of $1,100 to 21 citizens who'd been overcharged, it seemed the...
COVER-THE FAMILY ISSUE
Published on Aug 24th, 2006
0 comments "Kids these days." It's the phrase generations of adults have always muttered in exasperation about the young whippersnappers who frustrate them. And while the refrain remains the same, kids these...