February 7th, 2002 issue #0101

February 7th, 2002
  • Unloaded: What a long strange trip it's been

    If we told you that not too far from here, in a typical Albemarle County farmhouse on a typical small-town street, with a wife and two kids, four dogs, a spreadwing American eagle over the garage door and a basketball hoop in the driveway, there lives a guy who introduced the U. S. to Colombian gold and smuggled nearly a million pounds of it into the country from the mid-'70s to the mid-'80s, would you believe us? Read on.

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The Dish

  • DINEOmite- Sizzlin' at the Copa

    Sometimes it's not always easy to find a restaurant to impress out-of-town guests, unless they're from Palmyra or something. We have many good nouvelle American-style resta...


  • Newspapers: our last connection?

    As the TentMaker would have it: "The moving finger writes; and, having writ,//Moves on: nor all thy Piety nor Wit//Shall lure it back to cancel half a Line//Nor all thy Tea...

Question of the Week

Music Reviews


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  • LETTER- from the Editor

    Dear Readers,   One month ago today, I was sitting at my desk when I learned my career with the newspaper I co-founded 12 years earlier was coming to an end. It was a ...