Cover Stories

How UVA turns its back on rape
Published on Nov 11th, 2004
0 comments UVA has a system to deal with rape among students. A group meets, takes testimony, and issues rulings– all in secret. This clandestine process, combined with what one victim brands a "slap on...
Dodgeball: A true (real estate) story: and a tax break for the rich and famous
Published on Nov 4th, 2004
0 comments     Nearly four years ago, when former Tyco CFO Mark Swartz paid $17 million for historic Enniscorthy, the most expensive real estate purchase in Albemarle County history, he took...
Frenetic: The Hook's Film Fest Guide-O-Rama
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments Wasn't it just yesterday that Patricia Kluge started a little film festival in Charlottesville? Nope, that was 17 years ago, and if past years' Southern or film noir fests still seem fresh in your...
Six film festival stories
Published on Oct 28th, 2004
0 comments FILM- Filmed art: Spice Bush bends 'truth' Department of confusion: Charlottesville filmmaker Kevin Everson says that the audience for his new film, The Spice Bush, can expect "a false narrative." By...
Road to Wellville: Many a bump along the way
Published on Oct 21st, 2004
0 comments A year ago, a Charlottesville woman between jobs contracted a bone infection. Because she was unemployed, Alice (not her real name) wasn't eligible to be seen at the Charlottesville Free Clinic. Nor...
No way out: How the state helped kill a convict
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Brunswick Correctional Center On the night of January 13, 2004, an acquaintance of mine was murdered. His roommate strangled him to death.   This happened in Sussex I State Prison in Waverly....
Save your tears: Ausley was no victim
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments As one of Richard Ausley's many victims, I take great offense at Jens Soering's portrayal of Ausley as a victim. Ausley's reign of terror began at a very early age and continued to the end of his...
COVER SIDEBAR- Tragic tale: From Echols Scholar to two life sentences
Published on Oct 14th, 2004
0 comments Until last November, when Andrew Alston was charged with the murder of local firefighter Walker Sisk, Jens Soering had the dubious distinction of being UVA's only recent student-turned-alleged...
Airborne: wardrivers find free internet
Published on Oct 7th, 2004
0 comments   PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO Philadelphia mayor John F. Street is either completely out of his mind or a visionary who is completely out of his mind. The self-professed quasi-geek, who always...
Killing children: Who would do such a thing?
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments Most Americans are bewildered by the Muslim suicide mission that killed about 350 schoolchildren, parents, and teachers in an Orthodox Christian province of Russia– and by the Islamic suicide...
Why they kill: Male bonding + religion = disaster
Published on Sep 30th, 2004
0 comments   Religion kills. From the ancient Egyptians to the Roman emperors who declared themselves gods, to the death of Christ to al Qaeda to Beslan to beheadings, religion has been a catalyst or an...
The registrars' view
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments Jackie Harris: Albemarle County Registrar  Harris is seeing an influx of registrations, but not any more than she expects during a presidential election. "This seems about right," she says. "...
How to: Register, vote, go absent(ee)
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments Register  Deadline: 5pm Monday, October 4 Where: Almost anywhere there's a crowd, there will be someone registering voters. By mail is also an option. More traditional spots are the...
What is VERM and why is it here?
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments VERM is on the lips of every voting activist in town. That's Voter Education Registration and Mobilization, a coalition of more than a dozen organizations and individuals committed to getting...
They want you: activists pound the streets for voters
Published on Sep 23rd, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY LINCOLN ROSS BARBOUR If it seems like every time you turn around there's a table with someone eager to register voters, you're not imagining things. "I got seven calls today from groups...
Dave, fame, and Haines: Celebrity, suicide, and the etiquette of envy
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments Dave Matthews took a careful sip of his coffee. He'd just been to the dentist, and the right side of his face was noticeably swollen. "The guy's standing there prying open my mouth, scrapping the...
Haines Fullerton: Pulling it together and falling apart
Published on Sep 16th, 2004
0 comments "It's kind of like John Nash," says one friend, likening Haines Fullerton's counseling to the character who inspired the recent film A Beautiful Mind. "The math was real even if he was schizo." For...
Roadless area: Confessions of a drunk driver
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments It was maybe four in the morning when she asked me if I wanted to see her nipple piercing. "Sure." I admired the view, she pulled her bikini top back into place, and I sat back against the wall of...
No mercy: New DUI laws even tougher
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments Drunk driving got a little bit more dangerous– for the drunks doing the driving. Second-time offender Bill Gordon, author of the accompanying story, for instance, would now face 10 days in jail...
Speed queens: Local women go the distance
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments Notice all the women running around in Charlottesville? Early morning, lunch breaks, after work, evening hours? Young and old, fat and fit, they're putting on their tank tops, shorts, and shoes...
Riding waves: 3 new stations take on NBC29
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments New York is number one. Charlottesville is number 186– pretty far down the television market list, sitting smack in between Lima, Ohio, and Parkersburg, West Virginia. Lima has two television...
Changing channels: Will locals ditch cable?
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments With three new local stations launching, Adelphia cable customers will certainly notice some subtle changes in programming– most notably in news, which by October will be available not just...
Rabbit ears: Free TV in Charlottesville
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments WCAV, WVAW, WVIR, WCVL. With all the call letters being bandied about these days, you won't be blamed for scratching your head and uttering "huh?" Here's the breakdown of which station is which,...
Boomtown flats: Downtown's building frenzy
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments If it seems like new construction projects are springing up all over town, you're not imagining it. Charlottesville is officially in a building boom. "In the five years I've been here," says...
Construction debris: C&O braces for 'war zone'
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments Giving birth to a world-class city is painful. Ask the owners of businesses who have endured months and months of construction around downtown landmarks like the new Live Arts and Paramount theaters...
Sullivan's pave: Whose road is it anyway?
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Can one wealthy landowner trump public debate over land use? For some Albemarle residents, that's the question that lurks beneath every conversation about the paving of the last gravel stretch of...
Housing Kappa Sig: Headquarters for controversy
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments A gracious, white-columned estate on sprawling, green acres. Brother fighting brother, leaving the home abandoned and decaying. While this might sound a lot like Gone with the Wind, the house at...
Colridge was Kenridge: And Rinehart's gold left a mixed legacy
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments While Colridge estate has most recently been the site of bitter feuding between Kappa Sigma "brothers," its origins are in a father's love for his sons. That father: Hollis Rinehart Sr., a turn-of-...
Dino-might: 'Professor' Cline revives the roadside
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Remember American highways in the 1960s, before the Interstate system stole their thunder? Remember speeding by– maybe stopping at– magic...
Comin' at ya: The new laws and U
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Legislators didn't just wrangle over the budget during the protracted General Assembly session this year. They passed laws that directly affect you if you fall into one of these categories. -...