October 10th, 2002 issue #0136

October 10th, 2002
  • Cooter's race: Don't mess with the General Lee

    Larry Sabato doesn't give Cooter a snowball's chance in hell of winning the heavily Republican 7th District's congressional race against GOP incumbent Eric Cantor. Back in February, when Democrat Ben Jones, who portrayed Cooter in the popular TV series The Dukes of Hazzard, announced he was entering the race, prolific pundit Sabato told the Fredricksburg Free Lance-Star, "The 7th District? Get real. Mickey Mouse with an 'R' next to his name could win."

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  • Cross to bear: Southern pride-- or prejudice?

    When Lewis Dickerson pulls into the driveway of the business he owns on Harris Street, he's proud to see a symbol of his family's heritage flying overhead. Across the street, when Jasper Bell steps out onto his front porch, he sees a different symbol, one that stands for slavery and racism, and one that's been a constant irritant to him as long as he's lived in his Concord Avenue house.

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  • Whistlin' Dixie: Fairgoers "appalled" at racist items

    Waunema Smith was strolling with her children toward the rides at this year's Albemarle County Fair when some booths to the left caught her eye. Her boyfriend, Colten Noakes, checked them out and came back to warn, "Don't go over there because there's some stickers with heavy racial sentiment." The booth he referred to was festooned with Confederate paraphernalia: t-shirts and bumper stickers ablaze with the Confederate battle flag. Some proclaimed "Pride, not hate." Another one advised, "Unless you're naked, don't touch my truck."

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Worst terrorism since last October's anthrax attacks: A sniper in the D.C. to Fredericksburg area kills six and wounds two people as they pursue the normal activities of da...

The Dish

  • Soulful server

    Name: Dale Smith Restaurant: Immigrant Soul Position: waiter Age: 32 Beer or wine? Beer ­ Yuengling, please Cloth or paper napkins at home? Paper! We're in a drought! Curl...

  • Woke up this morning with a wine glass...

    Good food, fine wine, and some pretty fancy people were all on hand last Thursday, October 3, at the Main Street Market for a celebration of "the season's bounty," as the i...

Essays

  • Pinto to Protege: My life as told in cars

    Everyone has a life story that can be told in cars. My first car, a 1967 Pontiac Catalina, was roughly the size of the battleship Potemkin. My father wanted me to have a co...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosures

    October 15, 2002, at 2pm at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 2330 Austin Drive, Charlottesville Debtor: Sherri Elizabeth Powell Originally owing: $67,400 Bidder b...

Real Estate - $old

  • SOLD!

    Charlottesville 7/25  Shona J. Marshall to Michael A. Miller and Willa B. Baker, 125 Birdwood Court, $135,000. Kimberly M. and Theodore Korth Jr. to Susan Jallison, ...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • On the block update

    Address: 1652 Harris Creek Road Seen in The Hook : 3/7/02 Asking: $369,000 Contract price: $357,000 Days on market: 180 days Sellers Agent: Roger Voisinet of Re/Max Re...

  • Tucked-away: Rambling downtowner has possibilities

    ASKING: $325,000 SIZE: 2,000 square feet ADDRESS: 815 St. Clair Avenue NEIGHBORHOOD: Downtown CURB APPEAL: 4 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Roger Voisinet of RE/MAX Realty...

Movie Reviews

Music Reviews

  • Change of heart: Miraculous musical biography

    Stir one surrey in Missouri with one rooftop fiddler. Add whiskered adults in tights and trash heaps to bad taste. My concept of musicals used to focus solely on the carica...

  • Free for all: Downtown tunes come cheap

    Charlottesville likes free stuff. Maybe it's a flow-over from the Mecca of free stuff that is UVA, but on any given day you can probably get free food, drink, or see a show...

News

  • Assault at Lowe's: Woman allegedly punched, called racial slurs

    When Ramona Bratcher went shopping for a peephole at Lowe's last July, she didn't expect she'd end up being verbally abused and punched in the face by a stranger. Bratcher ...

  • Liquid trouble: Sinking water means rising costs

    When Belmont resident Jenny Mead opened her August-to-September water bill, she got a pleasant surprise: her water use had dropped from 1,570 cubic feet at the same time la...

  • Sign of the times

    SIGN OF THE TIMES: University Car Wash on Ivy Road operates with shimmering evidence that its water has been trucked in. On September 16, City Council voted to ban the use ...

  • Untainted: Enniscorthy owner seeks 'clean' bail money

    NEW YORK and ALBEMARLE– Lawyers for Mark Swartz, the former Tyco chief financial officer who has been charged with swindling hundreds of millions of dollars from the ...

  • Update: UVA joins telescope project

    On Thursday, October 3, UVA Vice President and Provost Gene D. Block announced the news that Guy Lopez didn't want to hear: UVA will join the Large Binocular Telescope (LBT...

Strange But True

  • Calling all bugs

    Q: Their official taxonomic names are "Heerz tooya," "Heerzlukenatcha," "Verae peculya," "Mantis religiosa," "Dicrotendipides thanatogratus" (thanatos = dead, gratus = grat...

Hotseat

  • George Welsh: Living legend needs work

    George Welsh is sleeping better since he retired as UVA's head coach after the 2000 season. When he was coaching, he could never sleep the night before a game. "I was alway...

Letters

  • They let us down

     "If we hit zero, what do we do?" wonders Larry Tropea, executive director of the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority, in your story "Doomsday: What happens when it's al...

Cultural preview

  • Jarring history: Virginia's past a la Krueger

    I don’t want to go back to high school. No one I know wants to go back to high school. However, this isn’t the case with a few new Peggy Sue Got Married-style shows on ...

  • Keeping it clean: To the very last drop

    With mandatory water restrictions in place for  both the city and county, residents everywhere scan the skies for dark clouds. The less optimistic eye the reservoirs w...

  • Lend a hand: Lighten up at Live Arts

    My grandmother used to say, "Many hands make light work." She was the youngest of 10 children and spent her entire life on a farm, where every day was filled with chores th...

  • Southern living

    I don't usually review just opening acts, but this week, after hearing Caroline Herring's debut CD, Twilight, I thought I'd make an exception– maybe I could provide a...

  • Spooks galore! Anything can happen in the woods

    Weird things start happening at this time of year. Carved pumpkins with votive candles illuminating gruesome faces are already springing up on front porches in our neighbor...