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Trash talkin': Waste war could decide the future

cover-murfPeter Van der Linde's Zion Crossroads recycling facility, one of the main reasons the RSWA has experienced a 20 percent drop in revenues. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

As the Rivanna Solid Waste Authority and Peter Van der Linde, the area's two biggest players in the trash collection business, battle it out in court, the future of our trash and recycling services appear to be hanging in the balance.

While Authority director Tom Frederick has stated publicly that its $3.5 million lawsuit against Van der Linde, which is now seeking damages under RICO, is "in no way related" to Van der Linde's competing trash collection facility and that the private sector "ought to be encouraged," seeing Van der Linde's facility disappear may now be the only way for the Authority to survive.

According to the RSWA's own analysis, Van der Linde's Zion Crossroads faci...

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Don Van der Linde? Wasteworks whacks recycler with RICO

cover-vanderlinde-web"It's a legal terrorist tactic," says Peter Van der Linde of the RSWA's decision to use RICO. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Just when we thought it couldn't� 

cover-vanderlinde-web"It's a legal terrorist tactic," says Peter Van der Linde of the RSWA's decision to use RICO. FILE PHOTO BY JEN FARIELLO

Just when we thought it couldn't get any hotter, the Rivanna Solid W...

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Gov. Kaine pardons 3 of Norfolk Four

cover 0715.inddThe Hook's April 10, 2008, cover story on the Norfolk Four

Governor Tim Kaine granted conditional pardons August 6 to three of the four men convicted for the rape and murder of 18-year-old Michelle Moore-Bosko in 1997.

Called the Norfolk Four, Derek Tice, Danial Williams, Joseph Dick Jr. and Eric Wilson are to many the poster children for false confession syndrome.

To Moore-Bosko's parents, however, the four sailors who confessed and were convicted of their daughter's slaying are guilty, and John Grisham's announcement that he's writing about the case is pivotal in Kaine's partial pardon.

"We do not believe it is a coincidence that Governor Kaine granted these p...

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After Comer: New leaders, new audits for Glenmore

news-mikecomer2The photograph shown to Wintergreen searchers.

In the wake of the disappearance of Glenmore Country Club president Michael Comer, a review of all financial accounts will commence "immediately." Meanwhile brother-in-law and Real Estate III chair Jeff Gaffney (who served as the public face of the family when Comer disappeared) has joined longtime developer Steve Runkle to manage the associated development businesses.

Already, Comer had been relieved of his duties by the Glenmore homeowner association. The new information comes in a July 7 letter from Gaffney to Glenmore residents and club memb...

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More spending: Rivanna moves past Gannett Fleming

news-water-rwsaThe outrage that put City Councilor Holly Edwards (left) and County Supervisor Sally Thomas (right) onto the Rivanna board last month didn't stop the planned highway-hugging mega-dam pushed by chair Michael Gaffney (center). PHOTO BY HAWES SPENCER

Three hours before the June 25 vote to replace the embattled engineering firm guiding the local water supply, Kevin Lynch was blasting the leadership of the waterworks. "How much longer," asked Lynch, a former City Councilor, "will Rivanna throw good money after bad?"

The question came the same day that the Daily Progress revealed that the waterworks, the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority, was paying a lawyer $515 an hour–- sometimes over $20,000 a month–- to review documents.

The Progress also reported that the Authority– which has come under fire for it...

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