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3.4" snow at O: But not enough to reload groundwater

438"captionLeftLandscape"> news-somedudeinsnowDowntown Mall circa 6pm on Wednesday, January 26.
PHOTO BY TOM DALY

How much did it snow on January 26? Well, it depends on where you were.

According to UVA Climatologist Jerry Stenger, most of the Charlottesville/ Albemarle area got just two inches–- far less than the four to seven inches that had been predicted by the National Weather Service. However, Stenger points out that thanks to cooler air out there, the Shenandoah Valley averaged 7-10 inches from the late-January precipitation event.

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Familial pain: Harringtons press police for controversial DNA test

cover-1004_morganDan and Gil Harrington visit the secluded spot on Anchorage Farm where their daughter Morgan's remains were discovered one year ago. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Dry grass snaps underfoot as Gil and Dan Harrington make their way across the winter-yellowed fields of Anchorage Farm, where one year ago a farmer checking fences discovered the badly decomposed remains of their daughter, Morgan Harrington. The discovery brought a tragic end to a three-month search for the 20-year-old blond beauty, who disappeared after leaving a Metallica concert at the John Paul Jones Arena.

"This is not evil land," says the bereaved mother, kneeling on the spot her daughter's body lay and touching the earth. "But there was an evil man or men here who killed my daughter."

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OpenTable: Cyber reservations service descends on C'ville

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FILE PHOTO OF IVY INN BY WILL WALKER

While relatively few area restaurants have begun using OpenTable, the growing online reservation service appears to have given some tech-savvy foodies the upper hand in securing a table for Charlottesville Restaurant Week.

"Fifty percent of our Monday night reservations for Restaurant Week came through OpenTable," says Hunter Long, a front desk agent at Keswick Hall, where Fossett's is once again a participant in the semi-annual food event. "And I would say that fifty to seventy percent of our reservations for Friday and Saturday night came through the service."

What's more, Long says that reservations for the week-long, Hook-sponsored event sold out n...

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Free at last? Govt-owned bank wins control of Landmark hotel

cover-halseyminor-leedanielsonMinor and Danielson at the 2008 groundbreaking. FILE PHOTO BY JAY KUHLMANN

Three years after ground was broken and two years after lawsuits began flying, the towering skeleton of the planned Landmark hotel crept one inch closer to completion Wednesday, January 19, when a Georgia judge ruled against Halsey Minor on all counts in litigation between him and his lender.

"It was game, set, and match in favor of the bank," says Connor Crook, attorney for another party in the morass, a company controlled by Lee Danielson, developer of the 101-room luxury lodging. "All claims are now resolved between those parties, pending any appeal."

Appeal indeed, says Halsey Minor, a tech industry titan with a knack for waging litigation long after the first gavel has fallen.

"The decision was a travesty of justice," Minor says in an email, "and will be reversed."

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Unhealthy situation? Friends question jailed man's death

It had been over 40 years since Jimmy Gunn had been behind bars, and he was terrified of going back. He began telling friends that it wasn't fair that a 60-year-old with myriad health problems couldn't serve his 30-day marijuana sentence on house arrest. He even called the Hook to complain about what America's war on drugs was doing to him. And six days after entering the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail, he was dead.

But a marijuana sales conviction last fall coupled with a 1969 possession conviction may have given authorities little option.

Gunn had a history of poor health. He was bipolar, took medication for panic attacks, and relied on an inhaler to treat his emphysema, according to friends and family.

Still, to his friend Teague Herren, Gunn seemed healthy enough when Herren drove Gunn to court on December 9. They were hoping the judge would consider a motion for home electronic monitoring and a restricted driver's license. Instead, Gunn was taken to jail.

"I dropped him off at court, and a week later he's dead," says Herren, "for a pot charge."

Gunn was an artisan carpenter whose work graced the home of the late Dave Matthews Band saxophonist LeRoi Moore. But after a bout of cancer, Gunn had relied on disability insurance, and friends...

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