Cover Stories

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...
Heartbreak: Could a simple device have saved a life?
Published on Feb 9th, 2006
0 comments On January 10, Madison resident Susan DeJarnette called the Hook to urge a reporter to write an article about what she described as a "critical health matter": the need for automated external...
COVER- Was Queen Charlotte black?
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
1 comments Was Queen Charlotte, our city's namesake, black? Her African heritage is part of the legends and facts that cling to the petite German woman who married "mad King George" and who inspired not only...
COVER- Saving Sambo: Targeting racism and reclaiming an icon
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments Shelves filled with her colorfully painted ceramics line the walls and a well-worn sofa beckons, while the artist herself, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, greets studio visitors with a warm smile...
Was Queen Charlotte black?
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Was Queen Charlotte, our city's namesake, black? Her African heritage is part of the legends and facts that cling to the petite German woman who married "mad King George" and who inspired not...
Saving Sambo: Targeting racism and reclaiming an icon
Published on Feb 2nd, 2006
0 comments   Shelves filled with her colorfully painted ceramics line the walls and a well-worn sofa beckons, while the artist herself, dressed in jeans and a sweatshirt, greets studio visitors with a warm...
All in a day's work: Wedding pros reminisce
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments     From beefy bodyguards to rotten vegetables to dying dogs, these wedding pros have seen it all and then some...   Larry Lustberg, Blue Ridge Light Forms  Even the best-laid...
We did: Secrets of saying "I do"
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments     Names: Mark and Sarah Raffinan Date: July 2, 2005 Ceremony: a farm in Free Union Reception: Farmington Country Club Guests: close to 150 Engagement: 15 months Budget: Worth every penny...
Getting hitched: The Hook's guide to conjugal conundrums, nuptial nostalgia, and that utter rarity: the NAKED bride"
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments     Few things bring out the best and worstin people like a wedding. Pulling together the detailsfrom flowers to dress to guestscan strain even the most compatible couples, and that's...
Nuptial gifts: Nude twist on old tradition
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments     Planning a wedding? You've registered, reserved hotel rooms, and written dreamy vows. Think you've thought of everything? How about the perfect wedding gift for your betrothed? "It's a...
Then and now: How'd they meet, how'd they mate?
Published on Jan 26th, 2006
0 comments     Whether married for five years or 50, the couples on the following pages still have the spark that first brought them together.   Jane and Pat Foy October 3, 1998  Love can...
Wrong haul? Group wants I-81 truckway derailed
Published on Jan 19th, 2006
0 comments   Not too far in the future, in some hotspots, Interstate 81 might swell to eight to ten lanes. And in a few areas, the roadway could widen to 12 lanes– six in each direction, a vast...
'I harmed you': 21 years, 12 steps later, rape apology backfires
Published on Jan 12th, 2006
0 comments   Step Nine of the famous 12 steps in Alcoholics Anonymous requires the member to "make amends" to those he had harmed through his addiction. Former UVA student William Nottingham Beebe may...
Between jobs: Is unemployment Warner's ace?
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM In three weeks, Mark Warner will be back on the job market. Not that he'll be in any rush to find something– indeed, it's a safe bet that the...
Virginia squeeze: 'Mother of Presidents' with child?
Published on Jan 5th, 2006
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Few people would have pegged Mark Warner for a run at the White House after his much-publicized 2002 failure to convince voters in Northern Virginia and...
Year of living disastrously: The best and worst of 2005
Published on Dec 22nd, 2005
0 comments Religion and politics have never been suitable topics for dinner parties– and that didn't change in 2005. But the most innocuous of topics, the weather, took a nasty turn, as if it was tired...
Choosing their religion: That's them in the corner: two converts find new faith
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments It's one of the most significant changes people can make– to leave a religion in which they've been raised and embrace a new faith. Family and friends can feel left behind, and let's face it a...
Kosher to communion: Winner's path to Christ
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments Judging from her religious history, it's clear: when Lauren Winner does something, she does it all the way. When this daughter of a Jewish father and a lapsed Baptist mother decided to become more...
'Coming home': Judaism provides healing
Published on Dec 15th, 2005
0 comments As a child, Drew Alexander sang in his Episcopal church choir and skipped Sunday school, preferring to sit through lengthy services with his parents. "The pageantry of the high church Episcopal thing...
For God and country, sir! While they fought for our freedom, who was fighting for theirs?
Published on Dec 8th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Even now, 59 years after he was mustered out of the U.S. Army, Howard "Hank" Allen still bristles when he remembers his experience during World War II. It...
High spirits: Wahoos tackle fourth-year fifth
Published on Dec 1st, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READHTHEHOOK.COM The traditions at Mr. Jefferson's University can seem strange to an outsider. Some have students running naked down the Lawn, keeping mum about secretive...
School daze: Charter school stumped by regs
Published on Nov 24th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Educators Bobbi Snow and Sandy Richardson thought their proposal for a charter school stood a fighting chance. After all, it was designed for at-risk...
357-vote gorilla: Deeds won't concede AG
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments Election night returns show you ahead by a sliver in a race too close to call. You go to bed thinking you're the winner, but the next morning you find out the race you've been running for years isn'...
Grant's broom: Theories thick on Slutzky sweep
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments Once upon a time, Democrats ruled Charlottesville while Republicans held sway in Albemarle. But the 2005 election turned that conventional wisdom on its head, leaving both Republicans and Dems...
Lowe-down: Planning chief loses supe race
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments Greene County Planning Commission Chair Gary Lowe, target of one libel suit in addition to three lawsuits against the property owners association he's president of, lost his bid for Greene County...
Election 2005: How much do you know?
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments   1) Which Republican candidate went door-to-door asking for votes– unlike his opponent who hardly bothered– but still suffered a dramatic loss?   2) Which former...
'Resounding' victory: Does elected school board knock Dems?
Published on Nov 17th, 2005
0 comments Charlottesville's appointed school board went the way of the Dodo bird on election day, November 8, as 73 percent of city voters opted to shift from an appointed to an elected school board. In...
A time to cut: Grisham plan gets salon aid
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments Though in the past John Grisham's public appearances have been mostly limited to book signings and festivals, raising funds for victims of Hurricane Katrina has the über-author showing up in...
Après le déluge: The relief goes on
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments After Hurricane Katrina rocketed ashore, Charlottesvillians, 900 miles away, watched in horror– and sprang into action. Within days of the August 29 deluge, locals were on their way to the...
DMB relief: Show raises over $1.25 million
Published on Nov 10th, 2005
0 comments The hurricane ruined John Chassaniol's family home in New Orleans, so he volunteered with...