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Don't stand so close to me: When does a popular professor's friendliness become inappropriate?
Published on May 5th, 2005
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Sofka siege: Chronicle of an embattled professor
Published on May 5th, 2005
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Sofka's support: Students stand by their man
Published on May 5th, 2005
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Would you say that to your mother?
Published on May 5th, 2005
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The cost of living...well: <I>La dolce vita</I> in Charlottesville
Published on Apr 28th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM They're here among us. You see them strolling the Downtown Mall on a Friday night– chatting, laughing, and generally acting like everybody else....
How they stack up
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments         Arbitron ratings fall 2004   Share       WQMZ 95.1 Z-95 11.5   WMRA 103.5 NPR 7.7   WCYK 99.7 country 7.1   WINA 1070 AM 7.1...
Ratings game: WMRA claims non-com supremacy
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments   Just 10 years after arriving to grab a bite out of the local market, an upstart Harrisonburg broadcaster has ousted the longtime public radio leader to become Charlottesville's #1 public...
Friend or foe?: WNRN battles the word of God
Published on Apr 21st, 2005
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Why have some WNRN broadcasts been coming out of just the left side of your car stereo? A notice on the local radio station's website has the...
Bubble-proof?
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments Could it happen here? Could the area's astronomical housing prices plummet with a sickening thud like the stock market in 2000? "No, we definitely don't see any bubble bursting here," says Dave...
House poor: Are prices about to plunge?
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments Economist Dean Baker was so worried about a housing bubble that he sold his Washington, D.C., condominium– at three times the price he paid for it– and rented an apartment instead. Now,...
Sales jumps: One place where Albemarle lags
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments locality median price Increase 2003 2004 Albemarle $250,000 $262,975 5% Charlottesville 175,900 218,500 24% Fluvanna 165,000 185,000 12% Greene 164,000 181,450 11% Louisa 149,900 174,900 17%...
Sky high: Is county government to blame?
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments At this moment, the number of houses listed for sale in Albemarle County for over $1 million is 63. The number under $150,000? Zero. The down side to a "best place to live," as any teacher, police...
This new house
Published on Apr 14th, 2005
0 comments This spread was republished, with permission from Mother Jones magazine.GRAPHIC BY NATHAN FOX #
Cooperation: Church offers Jewish school a home
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments Seven years after Congregation Beth Israel opened its preschool, local members of the Jewish community will take education to the next level: kindergarten and first grade. And although the 2005-06...
Different strokes: How do they do it?
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM The Reicherts Parents: Beth and Hunter Kids: Harry, 8; Ben, 7; Charlie, 4; Jack, 2 It's controlled mayhem at the Reichert's stately Free Union home on a...
Just for kicks: Soccer star storms world
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments When the movie Thirteen came out, parents quaked in their boots at the idea of young girls gone wild. But 13-year-old Holly Reeder's parents have nothing to fear. With her straight-A average and no...
Generation Hg? Is Autism puzzle solved?
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM She was a beautiful baby with her mother's eyes. Daddy was there with the video camera when she took her first steps. She loved to play tickle...
Mom music: New CD targets autism
Published on Apr 7th, 2005
0 comments Singer-songwriter Cathy Bollinger has made children the focus of her previous albums From a Mother's Heart and Toddling Tunes– as well as Singing Sounds, which helps Chinese children learn...
This mold house: Family devasted by spore war
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments Less than two blocks away from the mold-infested house owned by Larry Butler and Judit Szaloki, another pair of first-time homeowners had a similar horrific experience. On the very day in 2003 when...
This mold house: Family devastated by spore war
Published on Mar 31st, 2005
0 comments   After 12 years of renting, Larry Butler and his wife, Judit Szaloki, were finally ready to make the leap into home ownership. They found a house they liked, arranged financing, and sealed...
WWJD? The importance of being Tom
Published on Mar 24th, 2005
0 comments   About any issue in Charlottesville, the inevitable question arises: "What would Jefferson do?" While it's generally believed that George Washington introduced fox hunting to America, the...
Tally no! Matthews bans the hunt
Published on Mar 24th, 2005
0 comments   To many of us, "Fox Hunt" is the name of a new subdivision. Or was that "Fox Run" or "Fox Ridge"? While the allegedly sly mammal helps sell thousands of acres of real estate, very few...
TJ must be proud
Published on Mar 17th, 2005
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Rich rewards: Judges had tough job
Published on Mar 17th, 2005
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Camera bravura: Carpenter defends digital
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments In his 37-year career of shooting pictures, master photographer Jim Carpenter has seen technology change from the Speed Graphic of the early 20th century to 35mm film to digital. But the secret to...
The F-stops her: Digital kills Barracks biz, but threatens magic moments
Published on Mar 10th, 2005
0 comments PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Instant gratification. That's why one-hour film processing was just the ticket for those who couldn't wait a week to get their vacation prints back. Now...
Buried treasure: UVA's Special Collections get a new home
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM The Academical Village may stand eternal, but it's moving. The research park has gone way up north. Now part of the school is moving south across...
Hit me! UVA's E-texts lead the field
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments   UVA's new library goes underground   UVA is known not just for its historic collections, but also for its vision in digitizing its collection. Back in the digital stone age, 1992, UVA...
Barrett, travel, Borges, Declarations
Published on Mar 3rd, 2005
0 comments Got lit? American authors abound in Barrett's stash Scholars from all over the world come to Charlottesville to view such things as the letters of Charles Brockden Brown, America's first novelist;...
She's dying: His drug could save her
Published on Feb 24th, 2005
0 comments Mary Jane Gentry is going to die, and the UVA Health Sciences Center, which has saved countless lives, has pulled away the experimental drug that might save her. "It was a ray of hope," she says, "...