December 8th, 2005 issue #0449

December 8th, 2005
  • For God and country, sir! While they fought for our freedom, who was fighting for theirs?

    PHOTOS BY JEN FARIELLO JEN@READTHEHOOK.COM Even now, 59 years after he was mustered out of the U.S. Army, Howard "Hank" Allen still bristles when he remembers his experience during World War II. It wasn't the danger– even though he was in the fiercest war zones in Normandy and other parts of France, where, as he says, "We were getting our butts kicked by the Germans." It was the insult.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    First snow: The threat of precipitation closes local schools before the first snowflake hits the ground December 5, much to the delight of children and chagrin of their par...

The Dish


  • Think again: Kaine should revise tax stand

    On November 8, Virginia voters elected a new governor. They chose between three candidates who presented sharply contrasting views on many issues. Yet on one important issu...

Question of the Week

  • What do you think of the snow?

    Marla Muntner: "I think it's beautiful. I wish it would snow a little bit more so I could cross-country ski." Martha Haertig: "I'd love to have one of those huge storms l...

Real Estate - $old

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    ALBEMARLE 8/4  Raymond G. Kram and Hoi-Ling Wong to Gerald T. Fitzgerald and Rana Culler, 1 Georgetown Green, $220,000. J.D. and Nancy T. Catlett to Tammy Swingle an...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • The Arnold: Know what you're getting into


Real Estate - Update

  • Update

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK: September 30, 2004 in issue 0339 ADDRESS: 2.0 acres at 715 Bersch Drive, Arvonia, Buckingham ASKING PRICE: $180,000 SELLING PRICE: $152,500 DAYS TO CO...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    December 13 at 3:30pm at the Albemarle County Courthouse Property: 1485 Shadow Oaks Place, Raintree Debtor: Mark C. and Lisa A. Hearl Amount owing: $148,450 Bidder brings:...

DR. HooK

  • Fruitcakes: You who think diet pills work

    I love fruitcake. Does that make me odd? Hey, anything soaked in rum long enough tastes like– well, rum! Yum, yum! I'm starting to tell all my patients, "If I see you...

Movie Reviews

  • Narnia 1: The passion of the lion

    In the Queen's English, a wardrobe is a freestanding closet, what we, preferring French to English, would call an armoire. In The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch...

Music Reviews

  • Lil Bro: Emcees bring the show to life

    The band O.A.R is considered to be one of the hottest new groups on the touring circuit right now. Earlier this year, the group played Starr Hill and later the Charlottesvi...


  • Fast track: ALS drug moves forward

    Getting a medication from drug trial to drugstore shelf can be a trial in itself, one local doctor has learned. But after a frustrating year in which a UVA ethics committee...

  • Goode times: Ewert joins 5th District race

    It was the birth of Bern Ewert's two granddaughters in January that inspired him to challenge Congressman Virgil Goode for his firmly held 5th District seat. "I just finall...

  • He's back: Greenleaf attacker strikes again

    He'll be back. That was the prediction of Charlottesville police two years ago when Robert Terrell Haskins received what they believed was a slap on the wrist– six mo...

  • Near miss: Professor dodges bullet.... really

    The clash between traditional rural culture and sweeping development in Albemarle County took a precarious turn Saturday, December 3, when a bullet ripped through an Ivy ho...

  • Staying firm: Bowers' backers won't give up

    More than two weeks after her abrupt termination as a UVA Human Resources employee, Dena Bowers' struggle is known to most of Charlottesville. A classified staff member at ...

  • Unflinching: Dramatic rescue at Moorman's

    Peter Leddington seems uncomfortable with the suggestion that he's a hero. But when you leap into a burning car and rescue the driver moments before the car explodes, peopl...

On Architecture

The Brazen Careerist

  • Bad answers: How interviews go astray

    Recently I interviewed for a job. I haven't interviewed for the last three years, since my first son was born. I felt that awkward feeling that people describe when they br...

Strange But True

  • Backlash: Dino tails lethal weapons

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Speculating a little, what really weird thing might dinosaurs have done with their tails? –H. Hefner A. It's not hard to imagi...



  • Brown's law: The art of the 'necessary no'

    Santa comes early for the city of Charlottesville– December 5, to be exact, the date when all property owners better have their real and personal property tax checks ...


  • Conservatives aren't bizarre

    Janis Jaquith claims to know what conservatives think [November 24: "Say what? What we mean when we talk"], but I'm puzzled about why she's attempting to argue that conserv...

  • Hook dishonors community

    Lack of responsibility comes in many forms. Drinking a fifth of a gallon of an alcoholic beverage before noon is one form. Claiming to do so as part of tradition at UVA is ...

  • Open up, PPBR!

    As a long time volunteer and donor who passionately supports the mission of Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge, I am unwilling to believe that the recent resignation of t...

Cultural preview

  • Cultural Calendar 12/08/2005 - 12/15/2005

    THURSDAY, December 8 STAGE Blackfriars Theater 10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588 Santaland Diaries: For those who missed him last year and for those who ne...

  • Cultural Calendar: 12/1/2005-12/08/2005

    THURSDAY, December 1 STAGE Blackfriars Theater 10 S. Market St., Staunton. 540-885-5588 Santaland Diaries: For those who missed him last year and for thos...

Full Stories List for December 8th, 2005 issue #0449

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Real Estate - $old

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Real Estate - Update

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