Cover Stories

Want gifts? Stand by your man-- with hints, sizes
Published on Nov 27th, 2003
0 comments There's only one thing that can persuade most men to enter a women's clothes shop: underwear. However, the experience is certainly not stress-free for most men as they awkwardly browse racks of...
Clifton at a glance
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Built: circa 1799 Became an inn: 1985 Restaurant opened: 1991 Rooms / suites: 14 (6 in house; 8 in outbuildings) Room rates: $165-$585 Amenities: pool, outdoor hot tub, nature trails, clay tennis...
Firm of victims: Willkie Farr & Gallagher
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Employees: nearly 300 in New York; 500 worldwide Offices: New York, Washington, Paris, Milan, Rome, Frankfurt, Brussels Famous current partner: Mario Cuomo Famous early partner: Wendell Willkie...
Pre-dawn terror: Clifton fire kills two women
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Stepping through the front door of Clifton Inn on Friday morning, November 14, one sees sickening evidence of the pre-dawn blaze that took two lives and left two other guests hospitalized. In the...
Storied history: Clifton a gift from TJ
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments Long before it made headlines with the profound tragedy of last week's fire, Clifton had earned worldwide accolades for its hospitality. The property's storied history, however, goes back to Thomas...
Tragic trip: Recruiting junket turns deadly
Published on Nov 20th, 2003
0 comments PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO Katie Leicht was there for dinner November 13. The second-year UVA law student was being wined and dined by a prestigious New York law firm at one of Charlottesville's best...
Apple facts: A glass of cider a day...
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments One bushel of apples (40 pounds) yields about three and a half gallons of cider. Cider has a refrigerated shelf life of two to three weeks at 32-36 degrees F. Apple cider is a high in pectin and...
Summit: Cider makers head to North Garden
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments Ben Watson, the celebrated author of Cider, Hard and Sweet: History, Traditions, and Making Your Own, will be the keynote speaker at the third annual Cider maker's Forum, held later this month in...
Pulp friction: Uncle Sam threatens to stop the presses
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments Why some cider lovers feel squeezed PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Leon Sheets didn't plan on leaving the apple industry. "I was born into it," says Sheets, who operates a cider press...
Water world: Plans for future water woes
Published on Nov 13th, 2003
0 comments Bladder. For most people, the word conjures images of a certain bodily function. But for those involved in local water use and conservation issues, the word could mean a world of difference the next...
High and dry: Local weather, water guys MIA
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments And so the days of drought dragged on, growing ever drier. Fear grew in the hearts of every man, woman, and child, until, like twin beacons in the night, two men among us stepped forth to lead. Now,...
Wet records: 2003 will shatter at least one
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments Though September and October have been relatively warm and dry, the first eight months of 2003 had locals wringing out their socks on a near daily basis. How wet was it? Here are some of the facts...
Tub overfloweth: Water conservers change tactics
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments Most people won't soon forget the fall of 2002. After a blisteringly hot and dry summer, wells dried up, car washes closed, and upscale restaurants served food on paper plates. The Hook's cover...
What next? Weighing in on winter weather
Published on Nov 6th, 2003
0 comments  The weather's been wacky– first a drought, then months of endless rain, now up-and-down temperatures that seem to be throwing even seasoned weather watchers for a loop. Que pasa? Mother...
Halloween mystery: 99 years later, the McCue murder
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments The 1904 murder of the wife of ex-mayor J. Samuel McCue is more than a Halloween mystery. For 99 years, the killing and its sensational trial have become the stuff of legend. Last weekend, the...
Hearsay: Why he was found guilty
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments In this issue's cover story, writer Paul Forrest Jones makes a persuasive case for Sam McCue's innocence in the 1904 murder of his wife, Fannie McCue. Why, then, did the husband swing for the crime?...
Permanent vows: What's a widower to do?
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments ESSAY I was perusing the obituaries over coffee the other morning, looking for the odd limerick or letter addressed to the deceased. I do this often. It gives me great comfort to know that...
Mute testimony: The missing killer?
Published on Oct 30th, 2003
0 comments On night of murder of Mrs. Fannie McCue of Sept. 4th, 1904, I saw Dr. McCue go in Sam's house, and five or ten minutes later, I saw a boy or lad run fast out of the house down south Park Street to...
Pay off: The Hook's Guide-O-Rama to the $ Film Fest
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments BY LISA PROVENCE LISA@READTHEHOOK.COM The days are getting crisp, like a new $20 bill, the lights are lowering, and cinephiles perform their ritualistic ode to fall at the 16th Virginia Film Festival...
Aboriginal: Rabbit Proof star loves his work
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments "I can't believe it!" exclaims David Gulpilil, in delighted, humble stupefaction. "I can't believe it!" The beaming actor is amazed at how many locals recognize him. Gulpilil describes himself as a...
No hogs: A different kind of Film Fest
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments OR Director's cut: Why Herskowitz likes a star-free festival Virginia Film Festival director Richard Herskowitz has dollar signs in his eyes. After ending the drought with last year's "Wet"-themed...
One-sheet: Wahoo returns... as poster collector
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Morris Everett is a major patron of a great bastard art form: movie posters. In art circles, says Everett, "Movie posters, as well as film, are still considered the new kid on the block." The cinema...
Roll 'em: Phantom of the projection booth
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Jerry Sandy won't see his name in lights, get hounded for autographs, or face any adoring crowds at the Virginia Film Festival. He is, however, the man most responsible for making the Festival's...
Windfall: Festival tips worth a million
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments You're ready to take the plunge and invest in the Film Festival. To help you navigate the treacherous shoals of multiple movies in one day, The Hook suggests ways to make the experience as valuable...
Venues
Published on Oct 23rd, 2003
0 comments Clockwise from top left: Vinegar Hill draws the experimental film crowd; the usually desolate former IGA market hosts the Fringe Festival; Culbreth Theatre draws the biggest crowds and the festival's...
Saving Sarah: Satan worship, sex abuse, and Dr. Martin Stein
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments   The little girl's memories were vivid and horrifying: being raped by her father at age two, watching her father and stepmother bury animals alive in satanic rituals, and seeing babies...
Which hunt? Repressed memory... and other '80s fads
Published on Oct 16th, 2003
0 comments By the mid-1980s, it wasn't at all unusual for women to remember they'd been molested as children. At the same time, news accounts of daycare centers as hotbeds of sexual abuse and satanic rituals...
COVER- Egads! The road Greens like: Which way will it go?
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments   Everybody does it– even cops and elected officials. The Kmart parking lot is a notorious shortcut through private property that lots of locals take to avoid a long line of cars at the...
Albemarle Place: Ahead of the cut-through curve
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments Cut-throughs. Neighborhoods hate 'em. But apparently retailers take a more benevolent view of drivers who use their shopping center streets as shortcuts. The new Albemarle Place has designed a cut-...
Attention Kmart shoppers: Check out that Hillsdale Connector!
Published on Oct 9th, 2003
0 comments PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO Anthony Rush, EmployeeCar Lovers Carwash in the Kmart Plaza What do you think about the new road? I really hadn't heard about it, but it will take a lot of traffic from here....