May 13th, 2004 issue #0319

May 13th, 2004
  • COVER- Shorting the C&O: Is this any way to run a railroad?

    BY HAWES SPENCER EDITOR@READTHEHOOK.COM PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO News that railroad behemoth CSX might hand over the historic Chesapeake & Ohio main line between Richmond and Clifton Forge to a mom-and-pop short-line has transit officials and rail fans hoping for a new golden era of training– including the revival of that 1993 sensation, the Autumn Glory steam train. But for the men who fix the rails, there's another kind of steam.

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  • Northeast business groups get behind Amtrak

    Amtrak has a new booster club. More than 50 chambers of commerce and other business groups on the East Coast joined together Wednesday, May 5 to lobby Congress to fully fund the railroad's $1.8 billion budget request. The Bush administration has sent Congress a $900 million figure for Amtrak– an amount Amtrak President David Gunn says would eventually force a shutdown of the system. The railroad urgently needs capital investments, he says, warning that "Time is running out" for some of its aging infrastructure.

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4Better Or Worse

  • 4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review

    Hottest seat: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sits before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 7 to explain the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, amid an increased c...

The Dish

  • Krisp departure? Doughnuts roll out of town

    Blame Dr. Atkins or the lack of foot-traffic on Emmet Street, but the unglazed truth of the matter is that Krispy Kreme's factory store will be closing its doors for good o...

Question of the Week

  • Where would you like to take a train?

    Jena Bucchi: "Can I put my Jeep on the train so when I get off I can drive away? Adding rail service is a good idea if I can bring my car with me." Anne Marie Sabers: "...

Real Estate

  • Property Auctions

    May 17, at 10am, at the Nelson County Courthouse Property: 120 Ironwood Lane, Valley subdivision, Wintergreen Debtor: unknown Amount owing: $98,940 Bidder brings: $9,800 o...

Real Estate - $old

  • $old

    ALBEMARLE 3/1  James L. and Madge C. Creasy to Eddie O. and Virginia S. Creasy, 36.494 acres on Route 729, gift. Mary Jean and Howard B. Craddock to Franklin D. Rose...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • Little Ivy: Out of chaos, wholeness

    ADDRESS: 3501 Layton Drive ASKING: $295,000 SIZE: 1,344 fin. sq. ft. YEAR BUILT: 2003 NEIGHBORHOOD: Ivy CURB APPEAL: 6 out of a possible 10 LISTED BY: Frank Quayle of Roy W...

Real Estate - Update

  • UPDATE

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: October 3, 2003, in issue 0239 ADDRESS: 405 Ridge Street ASKING PRICE: $295,000 SELLING PRICE: $168,500 DAYS TO CONTRACT: 180 days SELLER'S AGENT: Jam...

Movie Reviews

  • Balled up: Hard to tell good from bad

    "I lied and cheated," a contrite dad tells his pitching prodigy son late in Mickey, "and I taught you how to lie and cheat." His Little League son's answer is supposed to c...

  • Troy-mendous: Make movies, not war

    In terms of historical accuracy, Troy, inspired by Homer's The Iliad, is probably on a par with Van Helsing. In terms of balancing intimate stories with spectacular battles...

Music Reviews

News

  • CityLink: Is $6.6 million too much?

    Critics are saying Charlottesville is spending way more than a city this size needs to for its new $6.6 million computer system– and that the actual cost will be clos...

  • Four years: Ivy Industries chief sentenced

    His friends had never seen him like this. John Reid, former business president, whose scheme to prop up the hemorrhaging company nearly crushed a small local bank, shuffled...

  • Signs, signs: Trucks squeeze past sign rules

    If you think the new Best Buy is hard to miss because of its bright lights, just check out the big rig parked in its lot. Conveniently, the truck, which displays the "Best ...

  • Too young? YMS Clothiers steps in

    For generations, Charlottesville men have headed to the Young Men's Shop for their conservative suits and Oxford shirts. It was even mentioned on an episode or two of The W...

  • White Gables: New condos under way

    Formal gardens, cobblestone curbs, even bocce. Those are just a few of the amenities residents will find at White Gables Pavilions, luxury retirement condos set to begin co...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Ideas matter: Set aside time to think

    The ultimate form of doing nothing is meditating. I cannot do this. I sit down, shut my eyes, and start worrying about my to-do list. Then I tell myself I cannot worry abou...

Strange But True

Facetime

  • Lens crafter: Tod Cohen chronicles families

    "Once you're a parent, you have different radar," says Tod Cohen– which may explain why the 39-year-old father of two has focused on families in developing his unique...

Letters

  • Alcohol is no excuse

    I write in response to Courteney Stuart's [April 29] article "UVA rape case, Student accepts lesser charge." The parents of Zachary Jesse are quoted as saying that their so...

  • Rape coverage disappoints

    I am writing in reference to your article "UVA rape case: Student accepts lesser charge" [April 29, 2004]. I was closely involved in the case and was very disappointed to f...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural calendar, May 13-20, 2004

    THURSDAY, May 13 FAMILY Fair Play: The scientists at JP Burley Middle School will be demonstrating just how much fun science can be at a school s...