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River law update: Charlottesville angler gets a day in court

Back in January, the Hook profiled local angler Dargan Coggeshall, a Charlottesville business owner and long-time fly-fisherman, who was being sued for fishing in the Jackson River in Alleghany County. Now he's had a day in court.

In 2010, nearby property owners took issue with Coggeshall and his brother-in-law for wading in the river in front of their homes, claiming the riverbed along the The River's Edge development was private property, granted via a long chain of documents including one issued by the King of England in 1743. The property owners had the two waders arrested for trespassing. While an Alleghany District Court judge dismissed the criminal case, the owners and their developer moved forward with a civil lawsuit seeking $10,000 in damages.

Coggeshall, however, would fight back, spending $50,000 of his own money for legal aid and creating the Virginia Rivers Defense Fund, a non-profit to defend himself and other river users against what he views as over-reach by the folks at The River's Edge.

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Should UVA coaches be sued over Yeardley Love's death?

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BofA Day: Protesters mark shareholders meeting

In Charlotte, North Carolina, five people have already been arrested at the Bank of America shareholders meeting today. In Charlottesville, members of a group called Blue Ridge Council for Conscious Action gather outside Bank of America on the Downtown Mall in solidarity with the NC protest, while a security guard keeps an eye on the dozen or so sign-carrying citizens.

"We will not go inside the bank," says organizer Freeman Allan at the May 9 event. "We will not block traffic. We just want to talk."

Allan says this is the "backwash of the 99 percent." His group is concerned with the "megabanks" that led to massive foreclosures and the ensuing federal bailout.

"We're an up-welling," says Allan, describing the group as nonpartisan, nonviolent, and nonconfrontational. "It's critical," he says, "to engage in peaceful dialogue with the megabanks."

Update: One of the prominent signs in the protest carries a quotation attributed to Thomas Jefferson but which does not appear in any of the writings of the Sage of Monticello, according to Monticello officials, who have already listed the apocryphal statement, that banks will make "children wake up homeless," on its list of "spurious q...

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The benefits of getting clean?



Matthew A. & Cynthia S. Guch to Marty W. & Tara E. Fontenot, 287 Starcrest Road, $350,000

Ella J. Bullard to W .D. A. Carpenter, 1555 Gray Fox Trail, $357,000

Grace H. & William F. Hall, III to Anjali A. Acharekar, 3534 Devon Pines, $500,000

SHR9 LLC to Kok Chin Cheng,  Pung Lee Loh, Albert S. Lee & Tsiao Hui Cheng, .16 Acres, TM 62G-1-5A-137, $505,473

Alison M. Tulud to Ginger Grimes, 101 Overlook Drive, $290,000

Old Trail Creekside III LLC to Bruce & Marina Anderson, 6939 Windmere Lane, $593,287


Michael Klopf to Kevin M. Cwalina, 904 Montrose Avenue, $225,000

Sonabank to Shilshole Properties LLC, 1401 Emmet Street, $499,000

J.P. Morgan Mortgage Trust & US Bank National Association to Jean M. Thorburn, 1120 Meriwether Street, $189,059



Federal National Mortgage Association to Jeremi Rimel, 16 Woodlake Drive, $84,900

Lupos LLC to Kourtney S. Dudley, 1315 Villa Way, Unit D, $119,900

Boston University, Trustees, to Donald A. & Anna L. Marsh, 142 West Park Drive, $144,000

June M. & John R. Sullivan to Matthew Gibson & Jessica L. Baber, 1534 Ballard Drive, $188,000

First Horizon Home Loans to Edgar A. Pierce, 25 Churchill Lane, $215,000

David L. & Donit...

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Marvelous mediocrity: Whedon meets expectations with more of the same

One of the weapons Marvel used in its climb to comic book dominance was a willingness to invent new characters at a dizzying speed. There are so many Marvel universes, indeed, that some superheroes do not even exist in each other's worlds, preventing gridlock. The Avengers, however, do share the same time and space continuum, although in recent years they've been treated in separate single-superhero movies. One assumes the idle Avengers follow the exploits of the employed ones on the news.

The Avengers, much awaited by Marvel Comics fans, assembles all of the Avengers in one film– Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, the Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye. This is like an All Star Game, or the chef's sampling menu at a fancy restaurant. What always strikes me is how different their superpowers are. Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) is just an ordinary guy until he's wearing his super-suit. Thor (Chris Hemsworth) swings a mighty hammer. Hawkeye (Jeremy Renner) wields a bow with arrows so powerful they can bring down alien spacecraft. The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) is a mild-mannered guy until he gets angry, and then he expands into a leaping, bounding green muscleman who can ri...

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