January 23rd, 2003 issue #0203

January 23rd, 2003
  • Avoiding wrecks: Consumer tips for you

    Some steps to minimize the risk of acquiring a pre-wrecked vehicle:   –Begin by looking at its reliability record. If repair records aren't available, that's a bad sign.   –Order a Carfax report, carfax.com, but remember that it's not possible to know whether the report is complete. If it includes a history of being salvaged, most buyers would probably stop at that point– but not necessarily: If the car passes muster with a mechanic trained to look for signs of substandard rebuilding or potential danger, it may still be worth buying.

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  • Taken for a ride: loopholes for lemons and the secret history of salvaged cars

    It sounds like something from the Twilight Zone. A Scottsville woman goes into a local auto dealership and shells out nearly $20,000 for a late-model used car. Within a year, she discovers the car has a secret past: Before she bought it, it had been totaled in a tangle with a tractor-trailer. But the dealer won't give her more than $8,000 to take it back.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Best protest: Between 30,000 and 500,000 peace lovers mass January 18 in Washington to protest a war with Iraq. Best local protest: The Center for Peace and Justice estimat...

The Dish

  • Have another! Tapas on the table at Mas

    The wait is just about over. Will the wait be worth it? Locals can now find out– as Mas Tapas Bar plans to open its big glass doors on Friday, January 24– assum...


  • Feet of clay: Let's take back the church

    The Rev. John Banks, a New Jersey priest, was recently convicted of molesting an altar boy. He told investigators his vow of celibacy "made no direct mention of abstaining ...

Real Estate

  • Foreclosures

    January 30, 2003, at 5pm at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 16 Woodlake Drive, Four Seasons Debtor: Phyllis F. and Randolph D. Melton Originally owing: $49,400 B...

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  • SOLD!

    CHARLOTTESVILLE 12/27  Paul M. Brant and Karen E. Firehock to Paul M. Brant, 707 Avon Street and two parcels on Montrose Avenue, pursuant to separation agreement. Ph...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • Sale Withdrawn

    1910 Barracks Road   ASKING: $549,000 SIZE: 3,612 sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 1932 NEIGHBORHOOD: Rugby Road CURB APPEAL: 4 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Sonja Casero of Cen...

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Movie Reviews

Music Reviews


Strange But True

  • Finest hour: Chaplains embodied courage

    Q. "It was the finest thing I have ever seen or hope to see this side of heaven," said John Ladd, one of 230 survivors. What was the tragedy, what the heroic act? ­ A. Tre...



  • Arby's issue "beyond unfair"

    I read with interest the article regarding the zoning Board's attempt to force its will on Arby's owner Tom Slonaker [News, "See you in court," January 9, 2002] (http://www...

  • Good rape news?

    In reference to "Dealing with a serial rapist: Professionals weigh in"[January 16, 2003], it's sad that we can't escape fear-mongering even in The Hook. Your cover would ha...

  • Jaunt plays major role

    I was frustrated by Courteney Stuart's article, ["Cab wars: Jaunt comes under fire"] [November 7, 2002] (http://www.readthehook.com/92711/news-cab-wars-jaunt-comes-under-fi...

  • Scottsville can't engineer River solution

    [Re: January 9 cover story: "Flooded with money, Scottsville surfaces"] (http://www.readthehook.com/92914/cover-story-river-city-scottsvilles-awa...): I fondly remember man...

Cultural preview

  • Broadzilla

    Lock away your children, shutter your windows, and hide your men-folk– the Detroit based punk/metal/pop thrash-out that is Broadzilla is coming to town! Broadzilla ar...

  • Budding Brontes: Contest lures little literati

    When my younger son was in first and second grades, he would ask me to help him write a letter to one or another of his friends at school. So we would sit down together, an...

  • Friday frolic: Movers and shakers at McGuffey

    Come the first Friday evening of every month, and the McGuffey Center is abuzz with arts enthusiasts. The local artist co-op stays open late for visitors to wander into stu...

  • Hard questions: Speakers field "queer" queries

    Did you ever wonder (or do you know all too well) what it’s like to be “queer” at UVA? If so, there’s no better place or time to break the silence than the acoustic...

  • Range rover: Blunt breaks clean and thrives

    Charlottesville is giddy with the glories of the West. Thanks to the Lewis & Clark bicentennial, virtually every aspect of the land beyond the Bitterroots has been gild...

  • Triumph of the arc: Abstractions sunny and genial

    It’s funny how, even today, a bunch of shapes on a canvas can seem modern and a little bit foreboding. It’s also easy to forget that fields of squares and circles and l...

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