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COVER- Rockumentary spotlights dance-rock legends
Published on Aug 17th, 2006
0 comments The rockumentary has a long and storied history as the sublime art form created by symbiosis of the two most glamorous forms of modern media. Soon, Charlottesville will have its own place between...
COVER- Mayorsville: Here, everybody's a mayor
Published on Aug 10th, 2006
0 comments It's the Downtown Mall's 30th birthday. Mitch Van Yahres and Charles Barbour are back in City Council chambers June 30, where both had served as mayor three decades earlier. Current Mayor David...
COVER- Welcome to the 'Annual Manual'
Published on Aug 3rd, 2006
0 comments Welcome to the online version of the Hook's Annual Manual. This special edition is our guide to life in your town. The Annual Manual will help you discover what to do with your friends, your kids,...
COVER- Peace U.: UVA Corps vets tell tales
Published on Jul 27th, 2006
0 comments "I was feeling really negative about being in America, the war and the presidency, so I wanted to get out and see an alternative," says John Teschner. So the 2003 UVA grad did what UVA students have...
COVER- PR emergency: UVA Med Center struggles with probation
Published on Jul 20th, 2006
0 comments When Christopher Reeve broke his neck in a 1995 riding accident in Culpeper, UVA Medical Center basked in international acclaim as the hospital that saved Superman. More than a decade later, however...
COVER- On the download: Can our indie stores survive?
Published on Jul 13th, 2006
0 comments After 20 years as a commercial pilot, Cal Glattfelder chose to brave a new kind of turbulence when he entered a music industry buffeted by illegal downloads. Glattfelder purchased a music store that...
COVER- It's Wendel's world: We just work out in it
Published on Jul 4th, 2006
1 comments There are 12,000 members walking among us. Their charismatic leader has a plan for their lives, but the gospel he preaches isn't fire and brimstone; it's life everlasting– or almost. Health...
COVER- Some General Assembly Required
Published on Jun 29th, 2006
0 comments Once upon a time, the Virginia General Assembly met for 60 days to pass a two-year state budget, and then the legislators went back home. And once upon a time, Democrats dominated the legislature....
COVER- Living large-r: Little house on Little High gets lift
Published on Jun 22nd, 2006
0 comments "From the very beginning I didn't really like it," says Suellen Schnyer of the Little High Street house she and her husband, Jonathan, then newlyweds, purchased in 1988 for $67,500. "We've never had...
COVER- Drive-by history: GPS marks the spot
Published on Jun 15th, 2006
1 comments In a town with colonial origins like Charlottesville, you can barely spit without hitting a historical marker. And driving through Albemarle County and the Old Dominion, it's obvious lots of...
COVER- Invasion: They live among us
Published on Jun 8th, 2006
2 comments They're beautiful– sometimes even a little seductive. But they replicate– quickly– and they're poised to choke the life out of some Central Virginia natives. They're invasive plant...
COVER- #9 dreams: Invasion of the super towers
Published on Jun 1st, 2006
1 comments What will downtown Charlottesville look like in 20 years? If proposed nine-story building projects like Waterhouse and First & Main– not to mention a half-dozen other multi-story towers in...
COVER- TJ's guide to the best summer ever
Published on May 25th, 2006
0 comments There are many lessons to be learned from the wisdom of Thomas Jefferson. A visionary whose ideas and ideals still apply today, his words have been pored over, catalogued, recatalogued, analyzed,...
Claws and effect: Cat killing shocks Bentivar
Published on May 18th, 2006
5 comments Her name was Carmen, but the family called her a "ragdoll" because she'd put up with anything. A big black cat, Carmen patiently allowed children to roughhouse with her, served as a frequent guest...
COVER- Get caught: Let our prize winners captivate you!
Published on May 11th, 2006
0 comments If Alicia Keys and First Lady Laura Bush get together this month, they just might get "caught" reading. After all, May is "Get Caught Reading" month, and you might wanna get caught, too. You can...
COVER- Has Charlottesville jumped the shark?
Published on May 4th, 2006
0 comments Inevitably, there comes a time when the popularity of a thing is undone by its popularity. Even the Beatles, arguably the greatest entertainers of the 20th century, were not immune. One could argue...
COVER- Free elections: Hopefuls jockey for Board seats
Published on Apr 27th, 2006
1 comments It was the first of elections, it was the last of elections. Charlottesville's first School Board election ever will also be its last May election, and then the voter-mandated process will move to...
COVER- Tuneville
Published on Apr 20th, 2006
0 comments As a way of reviewing the year in music, The Hook invited a small horde of experts to get together and appraise some of the more intriguing record releases. Drunk with power, they agreed, and...
COVER- Pedal power: Can Robert Randolph 'steel' success?
Published on Apr 13th, 2006
0 comments Aside from his affinity for stylish hats, not much about Robert Randolph says "rock star." In fact, he didn't hear so much as a note of rock music until he was in his early twenties. But it's his...
COVER- Cool Running: The health and fitness issue
Published on Apr 6th, 2006
0 comments Love on the run: Francesca Conte and Russ Gill If anyone has a love that can go the distance, it's Charlottesville Marathon organizers Francesca Conte and Russ Gill. And theirs might go, oh, an extra...
COVER- Unsolved: Murder on the Constitution route
Published on Mar 30th, 2006
0 comments Eight fatherless children. Two widows. One widower. Three grieving mothers– and three killers, presumably still walking around, never brought to justice for the three lives they took. Albemarle...
COVER- FICTION WINNERS- Winners 2006: Hometown favorites...
Published on Mar 23rd, 2006
2 comments After much thoughtful deliberation, our judges have finally chosen the winners of the Hook's 2006 Fiction Contest. Our thanks to the 100-plus writers who entered this year's contest. In our fast-...
COVER- Blowin in the wind: Tilting with windmills in Highland County
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments Virginia homeowners may not be ready for a windmill on every roof, but what about a string of electricity-generating turbines on a distant hilltop and the option to buy green power at affordable...
Blowin in the wind: Tilting with windmills in Highland County
Published on Mar 16th, 2006
0 comments   Virginia homeowners may not be ready for a windmill on every roof, but what about a string of electricity-generating turbines on a distant hilltop and the option to buy green power at...
COVER- Schoolhouse rocked: Debate rumbles on Montessori's mountain
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments Silhouetted figures of children cartwheel across the campus, but what's going on inside a local school high atop Pantops Mountain has some parents flipping out– and pulling their children out....
Schoolhouse rocked: Debate rumbles on Montessori's mountain
Published on Mar 9th, 2006
0 comments Silhouetted figures of children cartwheel across the campus, but what's going on inside a local school high atop Pantops Mountain has some parents flipping out– and pulling their children out....
COVER- The young & the restless: Local youths share their world
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments What makes teens tick? Are too many tests making kids tubby? Is UVA's coal tower putting children at risk? The Hook's family issue tackles these questions, plus don't miss our local version of "...
The young & the restless: Local youths share their world
Published on Mar 2nd, 2006
0 comments What makes teens tick? Are too many tests making kids tubby? Is UVA's coal tower putting children at risk? The Hook's family issue tackles these questions, plus don't miss our local version of "...
COVER- HD radio: High definition or hype?
Published on Feb 23rd, 2006
0 comments INTRO- Radio daze: Stations battle for the bandwidth With all the hullabaloo about the expansion of local television options this past year, it's been easy to forget that local radio is also...
Horror in the hallway: Masked assailant faces sentencing
Published on Feb 16th, 2006
0 comments When Kurt Kroboth went to the Charlottesville Wal-Mart in the fall of 2004 and bought a vampire mask, his purchase probably didn't raise any eyebrows. After all, it was October 26– five days...