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Saturday night drive: Keeping the peace with CP99
Published on Feb 17th, 2005
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM If we'd been driving straight, we'd probably have made Philadelphia by the time the shift ended. But Charlottesville Police Officer Web Stokes took a...
Break-up blues: Talking makes the pain worse
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments February is the month of Valentine's wishes and red roses by the dozens. All across the country, Hallmark cards clog the postal system, arrows fly from Cupid's bow, and starry-eyed sweethearts of...
Dot-com dumped: Website makes it easy
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments They say you can't buy love or happiness, but now you can buy your way out of a bad relationship. With online matchmakers flourishing, countless e-friendships are headed nowhere and begging for a...
Love stinks-- yeah, yeah-- love stinks
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments Sure, "love" is all around us at Valentine's day: The goo-goo faces couples make at each other over candlelit dinners, the red boxes of chocolates, the plastic roses, those ridiculous white stuffed...
Literary therapy: Poems have power to soothe
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments Okay, she was the woman of your dreams, the paragon you envisioned rocking the cradle of your son and heir, the glorious creature you imagined by your side through life's good times and bad... the...
Love hurts: Breaking up is hard to do
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments Patricia and John Kluge  These days Patricia Kluge is happily married to retired IBM exec Bill Moses, but 15 years ago her split from billionaire John Kluge was the talk of the town. Married...
Six local ways... to leave your lover
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments To call or not to call. Is email okay? Do you even have to tell them? Locals weigh in on the etiquette of the break-up.   "Just don't call them anymore– dodge 'em. No, seriously, say, 'I...
Star-crossed lovers? Tales from the trenches of treachery
Published on Feb 10th, 2005
0 comments   Oh, the perils of love. From restraining orders to betrayals to acts of violence, these locals have burned in the hellfire of love gone awry. Fortunately, they've lived to tell their tales...
No more Mr. Bad Boy: Kuttner bows out of downtown development
Published on Feb 3rd, 2005
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM The titles on the bookshelf in Oliver Kuttner's office tell us everything we need to know about the man. Existentialism from Dostoevsky to Sartre...
Been there, done that: Brides' parents offer tips
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments In Father of the Bride, Steve Martin suffered nearly every possible pre-wedding pitfall, proving it's not just the bride and groom who get the jitters. Handling irate in-laws, soothing their...
Dream team: It's not always easy for the experts...
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments From last minute cancellations to hairy situations to blood-covered grooms, these tales from the trenches show that even the wedding experts sometimes have to (literally) roll with the punches...
Get published: Websites and mags publish pics
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments You've spent a year planning the big day and big bucks having it beautifully photographed. Should those high-dollar images simply molder in an album that you'll pull out only once or twice a year (...
Honeymoon's over: Is the first year the hardest?
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments The wedding went off without a hitch, you're bronzed from a week-long Hawaiian honeymoon– heck, you've even written all 200 thank-you notes. Now what? Anecdotally at least, the first year of...
Getting hitched: The Hook's guide to conjugal conundrums, nuptial nostalgia, and that utter rarity: the blissful bride
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments There's nothing like a wedding to bring out the best– and worst– in people. If you get along with your folks, planning a wedding can be a bonding experience. If you don't? Well, didn't...
Then and now: How'd they meet, how'd they marry?
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments Chris Bradley and John Penn Turner August 16, 1997 Chris and John received publicity as one of the first same-sex couples in Charlottesville to hold a commitment ceremony. Chris: In late fall...
What a day... Newlyweds reflect on the good, the bad, and the funny
Published on Jan 27th, 2005
0 comments Published January 27, 2005 in issue 0404 of the Hook   It's a day to remember, that's for sure, and these 2004 newlyweds show you can't plan for everything! Emily Umberger and Pradeep...
A call for health care intervention from an unlikely source: Charlottesville's top libertarian
Published on Jan 20th, 2005
0 comments In a year-ago ABC News/Washington Post poll, 62 percent of the respondents favored a universal, government-run medical insurance program. Such surveys reflect a widespread frustration with a health...
Yates evidence: Former UVA psych slip voids murder conviction
Published on Jan 13th, 2005
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Extreme makeover-- Paramount edition: Tarting up a tattered theater
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments   The night before glittering diamonds and tailor-made tuxedos flooded the lobby of the Paramount and less than 24 hours before Tony Bennett crooned, "I left my heart in San Francisco," under...
Faves in high places: What part of the Paramount looks best?
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments   Kristen Gleason, Paramount director of community relations: "I really love the paint motif on the barrel vaults in the lobby. The only reason we have that motif is there was one little...
Room for all: A vestibule by any other name
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments If you've got a few thousand dollars burning a hole in your pocket and you're considering donating it to the Paramount, then you, too, can have a piece of the theater named in your honor. Consult...
Top billing: What show are you looking forward to?
Published on Jan 6th, 2005
0 comments Volunteer usher Meg Reichman: Marvin Hamlisch. House manager Alex Caines: The Peking Acrobats. Production manager Doug Leffert: "It was Tony Bennett." Assistant to the executive director Sandy DeKay...
Passion and fear: 2004 review of the year
Published on Dec 23rd, 2004
0 comments   A hooded prisoner at Abu Graib. Same-sex couples lined up at San Francisco's City Hall. Howard Dean's immortal "yarrrgggghhh!" These are the indelible images of 2004. It was an emotional...
Blenheim brouhaha: She Sherwood like her name back
Published on Dec 16th, 2004
0 comments Making a stink and taking names: Millionaire develops farmettes... and pigpen A Wall Street Journal ad announcing the sale of a "4,000 acre planned equestrian plantation" caught JoAnn McGrath's...
Slashed: Presley's razor wire claims collateral damage
Published on Dec 9th, 2004
0 comments Injured trail-goers speak out Two months after the City's stunning courtroom defeat in the long-running razor-wire case, the controversy is far from over. City police have undertaken surveillance...
Grisham Kranks: Socko opening weekend defies critics
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments   John Grisham got an early Christmas present. Christmas with the Kranks, the movie based on his bestseller Skipping Christmas, seized the number-three spot in the crowded pool of Thanksgiving...
Puppy love: Matthews' film career finally takes off
Published on Dec 2nd, 2004
0 comments   Dave Matthews will soon launch his film career with a supporting role in an earnest puppy-dog tale set in a small town. But the musical superstar's big-screen debut isn't in the production-...
Seven society: The Fighting Cason brothers and WWII
Published on Nov 25th, 2004
0 comments   World War II veterans are said to be dying at the rate of 1,000 a day. But there's one local family that sent seven sons into the armed forces– and not only did all seven survive the...
Truth in consequences: Virginia felons do the time
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments Virginia, with a maximum sentence of 10 years, may appear to be among the most lenient of the 40 states that recognize the crime of voluntary manslaughter. According to a federal study, 29 states...
The verdict: Sisk's family speaks out
Published on Nov 18th, 2004
0 comments In the same court on the same day that a cocaine dealer was sentenced to nine years in jail, a former UVA student who stabbed a local firefighter to death received a sentence of just three years...