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Oh, Mann: Cuccinelli targets UVA papers in Climategate salvo

ken_cuccinelli_04Show him the papers–- or else. CUCCINELLI CAMPAIGN

No one can accuse Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli of shying from controversy. In his first four months in office, Cuccinelli  directed public universities to remove sexual orientation from their anti-discrimination policies, attacked the Environmental Protection Agency, and filed a lawsuit challenging federal health care reform. Now, it appears, he may be preparing a legal assault on an embattled proponent of global warming theory who used to teach at the University of Virginia, Michael Mann.

In papers sent to UVA April 23, Cuccinelli's office commands the university to produce a sweeping swath of documents relating to Mann's receipt of nearly half a million dollars in state grant-funded climate research conducte...

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Survivor's return: Bradley and vintage DC-3 coming to CHO

cover_large-philbradleyinsetBradley and the crash of Piedmont Flight #349 were the subject of a last October Hook cover story. PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER

Phil Bradley, the sole survivor of a 50-years-ago airliner crash near Crozet, will appear in Charlottesville in May as part of a commemorative tour that includes an airport appearance from a DC-3 just like the ill-fated one that crashed on October 30, 1959, killing 26 of the 27 people aboard.

"We think the story needs to be told," says organizer and Lynchburg-area resident Donald Stokes, who with fellow aviation aficionado Wally Coppinger of Charlotte, North Carolina, have decided to front the nearly $5,000 cost of revving up a vintage DC-3 to take Bradley and several other VIPs on a path similar to what Piedmont Airlines Flight #349 was supposed to have traveled that fateful, foggy night.


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Pantera find: Shirt on 15th Street was Morgan Harrington's

news-morgan-panteraUVA second year Blaine Eichner, who requested his face not be shown, points to the spot where he found Morgan Harrington's Pantera t-shirt on a bush outside his apartment building  at the corner of 15th Street and Grady Ave last November.PHOTO BY COURTENEY STUART

Six months into the Morgan Harrington murder case, police have dropped a bombshell: Forensic testing has concluded that the black Pantera t-shirt found on a bush outside an apartment building at the corner of 15th Street and Grady Avenue belonged to Harrington and is the one she was reportedly wearing when she disappeared after attending an October 17 Metallica concert at John Paul Jones Arena. The news is the first major development in the case to be made public since the discovery of Harrington's body on January 26 on a 740-acre farm in southern Albemarle County, and it comes as a shock to those...

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Art-deco ditched: Mauled facade to get historic treatment

onarch-victory-design0913The approved design for the fa�§ade of the former Victory Shoe store is a victory for the circa 1921 original facade. PHOTO COURTESY GALVIN ARCHITECTS
onarch-victory-design0913The approved design for the fa§ade of the former Victory Shoe store is a victory for the circa 1921 original fa§ade. PHOTO COURTESY GALVIN ARCHITECTS

Last November, city officials called the un...

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The Chang effect: Wooing palates, breaking hearts--- and why he left

cover-chang-fishdish0912Peter Chang's food has created a frenzy among foodies. PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Last fall, word that a famous Szechuan chef had quietly set up in Charlottesville had foodies salivating. There was a small newspaper mention and online chatter from groupies who track his every move, but after a March 1 story in the New Yorker, diners went into a feeding frenzy.

“We were surprised that it became so popular so fast,”says restaurant co-owner John Rong during a lunch time interview last week. “We noticed business going up after the story in the Hook, too, but when that story in the New Yorker come out..."


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