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Runner down: The life and death of Kelly Watt
Published on Aug 11th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Now you will not swell the rout Of lads that wore their honours out, Runners whom renown outran And the name died before the man. –To an Athlete...
No malice: Alston juror cites drunkenness
Published on Jul 28th, 2005
0 comments   Since November, when former UVA student Andrew Alston was sentenced to three years in jail for stabbing 22-year-old firefighter Walker Sisk 18 times, many in Charlottesville have wondered what...
Minimum security: Alston shipped to Botetourt
Published on Jul 28th, 2005
0 comments         Andrew Alston's family hoped he'd do his time at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail– and for a while last spring, the father of the man he killed was...
Home shopping network: These companies come to you
Published on Jul 21st, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO What if you were really wealthy– catered to, coddled, spared many of life's little miseries simply because you could afford to have someone else do what you'd rather not...
Gas by the glass: North Garden's contaminated water
Published on Jul 14th, 2005
0 comments Ann Messina still remembers the day the Department of Environmental Quality told her to stop eating the eggs her chickens were laying and to stop bathing and washing clothes in the water from her...
Bad water: Avoiding a home nightmare
Published on Jul 14th, 2005
0 comments Don't assume you can handle the mold in the house you're buying. Don't assume a river of water won't run through your new home on move-in day. And never assume that just because the health department...
COVER SIDEBAR- Rusted stuff: Tank farm landmark doomed
Published on Jul 14th, 2005
0 comments Underground oil tanks aren't all that Charlottesville Oil has to scrap. The Department of Environmental Quality has decreed that a battery of empty fuel tanks on Ivy Road must be removed so the...
POP vitiCulture: Albemarle is wine country
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments Didja hear? Napa's passé. Bordeaux? Fuhgeddabout it. But Albemarle County? Now you're talking! With 21 vineyards on the Monticello trail, a new wine-tasting bar gearing up to offer hundreds of...
Pick of the liter: Experts name favorites
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments So many wines, so little time. With wines from 20 local wineries filling local shelves and menus, choosing just the right one can be a daunting task. To make the chore (!) easier, we asked local...
Shipping news: Supremes weigh in on wine
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments To ship or not to ship? That was the question the U.S. Supreme Court considered before ruling 5-4 on May 16 that states must allow wineries to ship wine out of state as well as in-state or allow no...
Sour grapes: Jefferson's vines withered
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments As wine connoisseurs know, the American wine industry began in the '70s when a wealthy gentleman with an interest in agriculture decided to turn pasture on his expansive country estate into vineyards...
VAVino: New Mall mantra: Go wine!
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments To anyone who understands Italian, the name of the new Virginia wine bar set to open on the Downtown Mall in July– VAVino– has a secondary meaning. Not only is it a clever way to combine...
Vini, vidi, vino: Faber vintner makes wine
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments In the era of "Freedom fries" it's hard to imagine a politician who would openly admit to an infatuation with France and its culture. But in his day, Thomas Jefferson was an ardent and unabashed...
COVER SIDEBAR - Wineries list
Published on Jul 7th, 2005
0 comments To get a true taste of Virginia wine country, save the weekend of October 1 and 2 for the Monticello Wine Trail Festival at the Boar's Head Inn. Sponsored by the Jeffersonian Grape Growers Society,...
To work, to excellence. Doing your job
Published on Jun 30th, 2005
0 comments Early in life, everything is possible–   It's a time to dream big dreams.   Stack the dreams like cord-wood; there are infinite possibilities: a butcher, a baker, a candlestick...
Writing on the wall: What the chalkboard will really do
Published on Jun 23rd, 2005
0 comments Besides real estate and the latest DMB disc, one hot topic in town is provoking heated debate: the community chalkboard and monument to free speech. (Or as it has been formally titled,...
Talk tablet takes shape
Published on Jun 23rd, 2005
0 comments The writing surface of the monument are panels of Buckingham slate supported by a simple concrete wall approximately fifty-five feet long and seven feet high. Standing in front of City Hall, it will...
Burn baby burn: fire sparks dump controversy
Published on Jun 16th, 2005
0 comments Poisoned ground? County wakes up to illegal dump Palettes and pumps, windows and wheelchairs, rusted cars and rotting wood. Engines, ovens, tire piles, leaking drums, dishwashers, oil and propane...
Break time: Hacks get a record deal
Published on Jun 9th, 2005
0 comments Back in November, the owner of a local recording studio predicted a bright future for the Hackensaw Boys. "I think this band is definitely going to be Charlottesville's next big thing," said Kevin...
Interview: Boyd Tinsley
Published on Jun 9th, 2005
0 comments In New York, the day after covering the May 10 release party for Stand Up, the sixth studio album by the Dave Matthews Band, reporter Vijith Assar caught up with violinist Boyd Tinsley. In a wide-...
57th varieties: Who will get Mitch's seat?
Published on Jun 2nd, 2005
0 comments Let's face it. For years the 57th District race has been a snooze, held so firmly in the mitts of Democrat Delegate Mitch Van Yahres that after a succession of rookie contenders failed to come close...
Pick your primary: One man, one vote
Published on Jun 2nd, 2005
0 comments June 14 will be the first time since 1988 that both Democrats and Republicans in Virginia have held a primary on the same day. In Virginia, you don't have to be a party member to vote in a party's...
Elephants' man: McCrystal carries GOP banner
Published on Jun 2nd, 2005
0 comments Tom McCrystal makes one thing clear. "I have no desire to be a sacrificial lamb," he says of his decision to run as the Republican candidate in the heavily Democratic 57th District. Just before the...
St. Mitch: Casting a long shadow
Published on Jun 2nd, 2005
0 comments For the first time since 1981, Mitch Van Yahres is not running for reelection to his House of Delegates seat, and he doesn't mind at all. "It's nice to be watching someone else battling for the seat...
The Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Published on May 26th, 2005
0 comments The Americans call this an island since it stands in the center of the kitchen. She watches her father sifting and stirring by the stove; only this marble island separates the two of them. He chops...
Total turn off: 25 hot ways to get off your duf
Published on May 25th, 2005
0 comments     If you like Gilligan's Island , you'll love canoeing at Chris Greene Lake  Are you goofy like Gilligan? Bodacious like Mary Anne? Or richer than sin like the Millionaire and...
Fairs and balanced: Local fests offer summer fun
Published on May 25th, 2005
0 comments Summer in central Virginia means swimming at Sugar Hollow, tubing down the James, climbing Humpback Rocks, and Saturday mornings at the City Market. But the options multiply when festival season...
Felonious Monk
Published on May 25th, 2005
0 comments Crystal read the article again as she sipped the brandy Verne insisted she drink. "It'll calm your nerves, darling," her husband said. Darling. He hadn't called her that in years. Or had he ever...
DMB in NYC: Everything's coming up Roseland (a roadtrip exclusive)//The Rolling Who: Will DMB surpass the masters?
Published on May 19th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY VIJITH ASSAR Suzanne Meukow, the Dave Matthews Band's travel coordinator, is sitting in the Charlottesville airport awaiting her departure to catch the Band's CD release show in New York...
Solar coaster: The ups and downs of sun energy
Published on May 11th, 2005
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