Cover Stories

This boy's lawsuit: Alan Newsom's $150,000 t-shirt
Published on Jan 29th, 2004
0 comments   Alan Newsom looks like a pretty typical 13-year-old. He wears standard eighth-grade garb– the backwards baseball cap, baggy, low-slung jeans, and a t-shirt. It's the latter item of...
Extreme makeover: Ordinance offers city a new look
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO On ABC's reality show Extreme Makeover, contestants who've never had to worry about winning beauty contests retreat for a six-week ultimate makeover, generally including...
In the zone: The new ordinance and you
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments The requirements of the new zoning ordinance may fall primarily on architects and developers, but if you live within city limits, the new law affects you too. Here's how:   City residents, with...
Kuttner's conundrum: 'Bad boy' blasts the new law
Published on Jan 22nd, 2004
0 comments The mayor jokingly calls him the "bad boy" and credits him with anticipating some of today's now City-sanctioned trends of mixing uses and densifying downtown. But while the creative developments of...
Flavor country: Not here in Albemarle
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments When we went in search of any local tobacco farmers, we hit a dead end very quickly. "To my knowledge," says local agricultural expert Emmett Boaz, "tobacco has not been grown commercially in...
Tax me: 12 cents a pack in Charlottesville
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments In 1993, anyone buying cigarettes in the city limits had the chance– nay the duty– to contribute to City Hall. The Charlottesville cigarette tax made its debut at 12 cents a pack. But as...
Why? Weight, moods prompt women to puff
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments Caren Chesler, 40, is no dummy. She's well aware of the health risks associated with smoking: She even lost her father to a form of esophageal cancer thought to be linked to cigarettes. Yet she...
Tobacco town: Smokers, sellers defy Healthville docs
Published on Jan 15th, 2004
0 comments "Crops may fail, commerce stagnate, wars devastate the country, banks suspend specie payment, and wives fret and scold, yet our people will chew and spit, smoke and puff, snuff and sneeze."–...
Linked up: Museum adds sparkle to Star City
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments The Star City is about to get a jewel. On January 10, Roanoke officials will join railroad buffs in cutting the opening ribbon for a new museum showcasing the stunning photographic achievements of...
Bye-bye, Staunton: Daytrip quashed by NYC extension
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments While Roanoke will soon gain a railroad dream in the form of the new O. Winston Link Museum, Charlottesville rail buffs recently experienced a sort of nightmare. In May, train-lovin' families lost...
Hell-mates: Sad tale of Winston and Conchita
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments The final years of the world's foremost railroad photographer were not all peaceful. O. Winston Link, the man who chronicled rural life and steam trains, spent nearly a year in the early 1990s as a...
Maybe someday: Amtrak disses Roanoke (for now)
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments A railroad helped turn a little town called Big Lick into a major rail city called Roanoke. But one thing is still missing: passengers. After the Norfolk & Western Railway was born from the...
COVER SIDEBOX- Winston himself: Portrait of the artist
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments O. Winston Link; the "O" stands for Ogle Born: December 16, 1914, in Brooklyn, New York Died: January 30, 2001, outside a train station (really!) in Katonah, New York. Driving to a doctor's office,...
COVER SIDEBOX- Station celebration: O. Winston Link Museum
Published on Jan 8th, 2004
0 comments Organizing curator: Tom Garver, an art historian and former Link agent who assisted Link on three photo/sound junkets in the late 1950s Museum manager: John M. "Jay" Saunders Jr. Location: Former N...
The year in review
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments As we settled into the new millennium and adjusted to a new world order, that day in September 2001 continued to determine the events of 2003. War, of course, was the big news, whether you were for...
Say what?: What's your resolution for 2004?
Published on Dec 25th, 2003
0 comments Matt Schaub, quarterback  "To make my bed every morning when I wake up."   Felicia Rogan, winemeister  "To keep my glass half full."   Lou Bloomfield, physics professor...
Extra-curricular: 'School' didn't keep Waldo home
Published on Dec 18th, 2003
0 comments Waldo Jaquith Where's Waldo? As noted in a recent Hook story, Charlottesville's most famous ex-home-schooled child is now a 25-year-old man studying at Virginia Tech. But in the many years that...
Home for the holidays: And every other day, too
Published on Dec 18th, 2003
0 comments Published December 18, 2003 in issue #0250 of the Hook Caryn Hamilton and son Ellis For those who view homework as that nightly race between parent and child to see who will begin banging their...
Art in face: Are they artsy or just plain fartsy?
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments Published December 11, 2003 in issue #0249 of The Hook Surely you have a favorite: Maybe it was the fighting lions who menaced the median of the 250 bypass last year. Or perhaps it's the bicyclist,...
Best defense: Artists have federal law behind them
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments Note to vandals: The next time you think about destroying a piece of art, consider that, in addition to criminal charges, you could be facing a lawsuit from the artist– even if the artist no...
City shopping: what the government bought
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments 2001 - The Biker on McIntire Road by Richard Whitehill 2002 ­ Metallice Glosserous on Preston Avenue by Rod Marshall-Roth 2003 ­ King Alfred & His Court on Monticello Avenue near the I-64...
Reaction: "Oooohs" and "Ewwws" for ArtInPlace
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JENFARIELLO@RLC.NET The old adage "beauty's in the eye of the beholder" is illustrated perfectly by the artinplace project. Where one person sees twisted trash, another sees...
Alien art: 'Just satire' on Park Street
Published on Dec 11th, 2003
0 comments By now you'd be hard-pressed to find a person who hasn't noticed at least one of the ArtInPlace sculptures. But how about the "Art Out Of Place" sculpture? The nine-foot-tall plywood sculpture, also...
Park Dietz: The killing expert who knows too much
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments Published December 4, 2003, in issue #0248 of The Hook Andrea Yates, who drowned her five children, cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, the Unabomber, and would-be Presidential assassin John Hinckley all had...
Mr. Controversy: How Dietz finds the flaws
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments Former UVA professor Park Dietz Park Dietz has been interviewed enough to say some truly memorable things. For instance, speaking of Jeffrey Dahmer, he once called cannibalism "the last frontier of...
Sidelined: Why Dietz sits out the sniper trials
Published on Dec 4th, 2003
0 comments The October 17, 2002 cover of the Hook Last year the Beltway snipers terrified and intrigued people as far away as Charlottesville. Remember? You stayed tuned as one after another self-anointed...
Male call: Where's the manly shopping?
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments Where the boys are... shopping PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM As the sun rises on Friday, November 28, a certain scenario– admittedly a rank stereotype and potentially sexist to...
Holiday commandments: A get-real guide to surviving
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments I. When thou bakest the holiday goodies, treat thyself to some of the goodly ones and not just to the slightly burnt ones that ye would be too embarrassed to give unto others. II. Yea, though ye walk...
Shop naked! On-line ordering can be fun
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments Editor's note: If, even after all the helpful tips for men in this issue, you still can't get a reluctant guy to dive into the deep end of the shopping pool, as a last ditch effort you might try...
Split up: Divide and conquer (the mall, that is)
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments The key to an enjoyable joint shopping experience is to be aware of your differences. This also applies if you are planning a day's shopping with the girls. Not all women enjoy traipsing round the...