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The week in review

Worst spate of females allegedly deliberately running down people: A Louisa teen is in custody after allegedly driving her car into a crowd outside a party just after midnight May 22. According to NBC29, the 17-year-old girl was in an argument, went to her car, and plowed into partygoers outside the Pine Ridge Apartments in Louisa, injuring four people. Her family says it was an accident. And Crozetian Janice Highlander, 28, is arrested on two counts of felonious assault May 21 for allegedly hitting two people in her car in the 400 block of Franklin Avenue.

Most gruesome discovery: A VDOT worker mowing May 23 finds a decomposing body off U.S. 29 in Nelson County. State Police later ID him as Sean P. Daly, 42, of Lovingston. Not seen since last Tuesday, May 17; his mom reported him missing.

Most troubled waters: Last week's heavy rains overwhelm the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority's sewer system, dumping 5.3 million gallons of sewage in Moores Creek, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow, which cites an email from RWSA director Tom Frederick.

Least funded roads: The Charlottesville Albemarle metropolitan region ranks last among the 14 areas in th...

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Side balk: Install of ped-stopping fence begins

Pedestrians got their first look at the black-painted aluminum structure that will keep them off the eastern sidewalk of the Belmont Bridge, as a crew from Howardsville-base Orme Fence Company began raising the 620-foot-long structure on Wednesday, May 25. The project began a day earlier as a workers began drilling anchor holes into the allegedly dangerous sidewalk. On April 4, a 3-2 majority on City Council decided to pay Orme $14,530 for the fence. However, a Hook investigation found that repairing the sidewalk might cost less than building the blockade.

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So much to write: New DMB book debuts

About a year ago, Boston-based author Nikki Van Noy called to ask questions about the early days of Dave Matthews Band in Charlottesville, based on a story we did in 2004 about the band's connection with Haines Fullerton, an early Matthews mentor who just missed rock stardom himself in the early 1980s with another local band called The Deal.

Now Simon & Schuster is releasing Van Noy's new book, So Much To Say: Dave Matthews Band, 20 Years On The Road on June 7. The Hook also had a chance to catch up with Van Noy.

The Hook: What did you set out to achieve?

Van Noy: It's part biography, part oral history. I wanted to tell the story of DMB’s first twenty years, but I wanted it to somehow convey the unique sort of energy and intensity that surrounds the band and its fan base.

Hook: That must have been difficult.

Van Noy: I spent the better part of two years reading through submissions and extensively interviewing a wide range of DMB fans. The final number of people quoted in the book doesn’t come even close to capturing the number of people I spoke with. In 2010 alone, I attended shows all over, including everywhere from Washington State to I...

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Sugared down: Advisory board calls for healthier school food

Parents concerned about the foods served up in Charlottesville City schools– and statistics suggesting that one in three local students fourth grade and up are overweight or obese–  should mark their calendars for June 2. That's the night the Charlottesville School Board will meet and hear the recommendations of the School Health Advisory Board, a federally mandated volunteer board comprising parents, health professionals, and teachers.

According to Board Chair Ivana Kadija, mother of two city school students, the recommendations include slashing sugar and salt and seeking ways to increase offerings of local produce. (The schools already obtain some local produce and goods through the Food Hub, an organization that serves as a one-stop-shop for local produce, but the advisory board would like those efforts expanded).

"It's clear that sugar is something we are absolutely addicted to," says Kadija, citing research conducted in France that shows rats prefer intense sweetness even to highly addictive cocaine.

While Charlottesville City Schools Assistant Superintendent James Henderson says the school system has already made significant changes and is dedicated to further improving the nutrition in school-provided breakfast lunch and snacks, Kadija says more needs to be done.

An online petition Kadija created calls on the scho...

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