September 1st, 2011 issue #1035

September 1st, 2011
  • Quake closed Carmike

    In the immediate aftermath of the Tuesday, August 23 earthquake, it appeared Charlottesville had avoided the building damage that closed two schools for a year and crumbled countless chimneys in Louisa County near the quake's epicenter. Turns out, at least one building in town sustained enough impact for a temporary shutdown.

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  • Stocking up: Gourmet eats... après le déluge

    Fortunately Hurricane Irene didn't bring the rain and winds and days without power that 2003's Isabel did, nor did the Cuckoo quake leave us electricity-less. But with microbursts and Snowpocalyse-type events popping up all too frequently in this area, you know it's only a matter of time before the power goes out.

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  • What's next: Is the quake just the beginning?

    Unless you were in the presence of a perceptive animal– and there were scattered reports of skittish dogs– it came without warning four seconds after 1:51pm on a sunny Tuesday, August 23. At 5.8 on the Richter scale, it was the biggest earthquake to hit Central Virginia during human habitation, the biggest in Virginia in the era of measured earthquakes, and, according to the state geologist, taking note of reports stretching from Canada to South Carolina, "the most-felt earthquake in human history."

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Most disaster prone: The 5.8 magnitude Cuckoo quake August 23, followed four days later by Hurricane Irene, causes the governor to raise the inevitable question: When does ...

The Dish


Real Estate - $old

  • City steal?

    July 11 Lattitude 38 LLC to Brian Sosdian, 120 Riverbluff Circle, $395,000, Charlottesville  Chris Otrok & Mary Stegmaier to Benjamin Converse & Sophie Trawalt...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    September 7 at 2:15pm at the Albemarle CourthouseProperty: 5476 Green Creek Road, SchuylerDebtor: Sean L. WrightAmount owing: $175,000Bidder brings: $15,000 or 10 percent...

Art Features

DR. HooK

  • Big gulp: Swim smart to avoid drowning

    Ariel, the Little Mermaid, would probably win every Olympic gold medal in swimming. She’d blow Michael Phelps out of the water. Oh, wait, that tail might disqualify her f...

Movie Reviews

Music Features


The Brazen Careerist

Sports Doctor

  • Tech a go-go: Hokies looking to jump to SEC?

    With UVA’s first game staring us in the face, I was set to address Bowl game hopes (there apparently are some), probabilities of beating Virginia Tech (a Tech fan made me...

Strange But True

  • Flying frass: Grasshopper poop travels far

    Q. Did you catch the entomological journal study titled, "Flying distance of frass kicked by the grasshopper Atractomorpha lata and factors affecting the flying distan...

Online only

  • Another multi-million-dollar spread up for bids...

    This time it's a 7,800-square-footer built in 2007 and recently offered for sale by owners Fred Trainor and Melissa Russell through Better Homes real estate for $4.9 millio...

  • Irene cancels: Bad weekend to go to New York

    Airlines are usually the first to cancel in bad weather. With Hurricane Irene ready to slam into the Eastern Seaboard, trains and buses are getting scratched as well.
  • Pressing on: Cville Amtrak trains to roll through storm

    While many flights may be grounded and while Amtrak is canceling some trains "south" of Washington, DC, Friday thru Sunday, August 26, 27, and 28 in anticipation of Hurri...

  • Table of contents

    COVERWhat's next?Earthquakes, hurricanes– the disasters have been coming fast and furious these last weeks, but you'll be ready for your next natural disaster with ti...