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Amoeba death: Brain-eating microbe takes Henrico boy
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Aug 16th 5:18pm

Amoeba death: Brain-eating microbe takes Henrico boy

A brain-eating microbe that has killed swimmers across the nation has struck down a Henrico County boy. Nine-year-old Christian Alexander Strickland died August 5 after being infected by Naegleria fowleri, a microscopic animal that must have swum into Strickland's nose during fishing camp, according to a story by the Richmond Times-Dispatch. read full story
Neighborly complaint: Fix those hooves!
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Aug 10th 4:07pm

Neighborly complaint: Fix those hooves!

Someone in Gordonsville has dropped the reins on taking care of at least one of the horses on an estate on Lovers Lane near Route 33, and a neighbor’s complaint is not gaining much traction with local officials or the owners, despite the owners’ seemingly ample resources and the pro-horse outlook of many in rural Albemarle county. read full story
Classroom tech: Local high schools go online
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Jul 24th 4:28pm

Classroom tech: Local high schools go online

Tomorrow’s kindergarten students may live through a transition that means many of their high school classes will not include a teacher in the classroom. read full story
The players: BOV experience revolves around business
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Jun 26th 6:58am

The players: BOV experience revolves around business

Helen E. Dragas - Virginia BeachPresident and CEO of The Dragas Companies, developer of affordable homes and condominium communities in Tidewater.Appointed: Kaine. Term expires: July 1, 2012Connections: xxxxxConnection to the controversy: As Rector, she's the supreme leader. She co-engineered with now-departed Vice-Rector the effort to dismiss President Sullivan and, with words purchased from Hill & Knowlton, has defied widespread calls to resign. read full story
Zeithamel in charge? Dragas pick embraces Simon, pans Sulli-sack
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Jun 20th 9:59pm

Zeithamel in charge? Dragas pick embraces Simon, pans Sulli-sack

"I realize that some of you don't trust me," says Carl Zeithaml, a day following his selection by a deeply divided Board of Visitors that followed getting hand-picked to lead the University of Virginia by person who has been called the most despised woman in the state or by the man who quit his post as Vice-Rector mere hours after helping the Board of Visitors spend over 11 hours to reach a split verdict to seat him. read full story
The Hook in review: 12 years of covering Charlottesville
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Sep 27th 7:26pm

The Hook in review: 12 years of covering Charlottesville

The first issue of the Hook hit the streets February 7, 2002, in an America still reeling in post-9/11 shock— not quite sure how our world would change, but with an uneasy feeling that it would not be for the better. read full story
First and last days at the Hook
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Sep 26th 8:13pm
The Award-winning Hook
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Sep 26th 3:18pm

The Award-winning Hook

Earlier this year, the Hook won the state's top journalism award for its coverage of the attempted ouster of UVA President Teresa Sullivan last year. It is the third time the Hook has won the coveted prize for Journalistic Integrity and Community Service, given to only two newspapers every year at the Virginia Press Association's annual award ceremony. read full story
Digging deeper: On becoming a Hook reporter
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Sep 26th 2:02pm

Digging deeper: On becoming a Hook reporter

One of the first stories I wrote as a full-time employee for the Hook in 2005 was about the planned renovation of a Downtown park. I spoke to advocates of the renovation, city parks and rec officials, the architects, local residents, and cranked out a piece you'd find in hundreds of small community papers. I was happy with what I wrote. It was good, solid reporting about a community project, and I'd spoken to everyone involved. read full story
What they say about the Hook
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Sep 26th 12:53pm

What they say about the Hook

Since its inception, the Hook has shone a spotlight into the darkest corners of our community, forcing us to confront issues that most would just as soon ignore. read full story
Correction: Person, not company, gave money
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Sep 26th 6:18am

Correction: Person, not company, gave money

Our September 5 cover story, "Angels among us: How Charlottesville is becoming a hot spot for start-ups," stated that Jaffray Woodriff's firm Quantitative Investment Management provided funds for start-up Vivid Cortex. Woodriff personally provided funds. We apologize for the error. read full story
Farewell and thanks
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Sep 26th 6:11am

Farewell and thanks

Dear Hook readers, read full story
A real drag? 1963 killing of Pat Akins remains the coldest case
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Sep 25th 1:53pm

A real drag? 1963 killing of Pat Akins remains the coldest case

One of the town's biggest boys lay dead underneath one of the town's smallest cars. Initially, cops claimed that 19-year-old James Patrick Akins had been dragged from Greenwood to Charlottesville under a Triumph TR3. read full story
'Hidden gem': Could Scottsville be county's new hotspot?
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Sep 19th 3:46pm

'Hidden gem': Could Scottsville be county's new hotspot?

About a year ago, Scottsville Council member Dan Gritsko went for a walk through the woods just outside of town, part of the 63 acres of land that make up the Van Clief Nature Area. Eventually, he encountered another man out on the same walk. “Isn’t it so beautiful back here?” the man asked him, “and no one knows about it.”“Well, I’m trying to change that,” Gritsko replied. read full story
Clemency petition: Fugetts recant; Davis still in prison
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Sep 19th 2:48pm

Clemency petition: Fugetts recant; Davis still in prison

Robert Davis said all along he didn't do it. Now both of the siblings convicted in the horrific 2003 Crozet murders of Nola Annette Charles and her toddler son say he didn't do it either. But Davis, who has had a clemency petition before Governor Bob McDonnell for a year, continues to languish in prison. Related stories McDonnell's desk: Governor gets clemency plea in Crozet killings read full story
Spooked by MOOCs: UVA tip-toes into online education
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Sep 19th 1:06pm

Spooked by MOOCs: UVA tip-toes into online education

Online education is a touchy subject at UVA. As the university prepares to offer 11 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) this fall, the "unpleasantness" of last summer looms over the enterprise. read full story
Name game: Call me "Grandma" or else
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Sep 19th 11:00am

Name game: Call me "Grandma" or else

Dear Carolyn: When my grandson was born, I thought it was the greatest thing, and it probably is. However, he is 8 and his parents told him it is OK to call me by my first name. I do not agree. He has, but for a few times, not called me Grandma. Also, they combined their two last names, my son and daughter-in-law, not hyphenated, as his last name. read full story
Solar flare paranoia? Go with a '70s car and tinfoil
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Sep 19th 10:51am

Solar flare paranoia? Go with a '70s car and tinfoil

Dear Tom and Ray:     read full story
The week in review
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Sep 19th 10:27am

The week in review

Biggest box: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors okays a 155,000-square-foot Costco at Stonefield in a 4-2 vote, with Ken Boyd and Petie Craddock voting against. Costco threatened to ditch Charlottesville if it couldn't be at Stonefield. Biggest swing: The supes approve a resolution September 11 recognizing August 26 as Women's Equality Day and the 93rd anniversary of women's right to vote. The board shot down an earlier version last month. read full story
All in "The Family:" Mob life satisfies as dark comedy
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Sep 19th 6:36am

All in "The Family:" Mob life satisfies as dark comedy

The Family  ***Starring:  Robert De Niro, Michelle Pfeiffer, Tommy Lee Jones, Dianna Agron, John D'Leo Director: Luc Besson Rated R, 111 minutesPlaying at: Stonefield, Zeus read full story
Risk assessment: After 'Molly' deaths, former UVA students consider danger
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Sep 19th 6:36am

Risk assessment: After 'Molly' deaths, former UVA students consider danger

A young patient lies recovering at the University of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Poison Control Center after being treated for a severe drug overdose. read full story
'Sox lid': A hat changed my life
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Sep 19th 6:22am

'Sox lid': A hat changed my life

By Carroll TrainumCarroll@CarrollTrainum.comThe first week of August marked the 11th anniversary of a life-changing event for me. My wife and I were married in 2002 and went to Boston on our honeymoon. During a failed attempt to see a Red Sox game at Fenway Park, we bought Boston Red Sox ball caps outside on Yawkey Way.  We were tourists, not baseball fans— much less Sox fans. Those hats changed things for us from then on. read full story
Life and death: A child's-eye view of Jim Crow Charlottesville
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Sep 19th 6:14am

Life and death: A child's-eye view of Jim Crow Charlottesville

The headlines in the Daily Progress that September described a world that was as distant as the moon to the boys who slept and woke on Dice Street. “France Prepares for War Threats,” one read; in Germany, Hitler joined “50,000 disciplined youths” at the annual Nuremberg Rally and watched as hundreds of artillery units and tanks streamed past the reviewing stand and the Hindenburg hovered overhead. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Sep 19th (All day)

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"In art everything is possible, but everything is not necessary.” ― Arvo Pärt Icelandic band goes dark read full story
Six months: Kroboth to stay behind bars
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Sep 18th 3:44pm

Six months: Kroboth to stay behind bars

Convicted attempted-wife-killer Kurt Kroboth will stay behind bars after a judge ruled he violated the terms of his probation for the second time in the past year. read full story
Mandela rescued: Film tries to resurrect wife's role
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Sep 12th 10:36pm

Mandela rescued: Film tries to resurrect wife's role

If you don't remember hearing much about a Winnie Mandela biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, that's probably because it was filmed more than three years ago, showcased to negative reaction at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival, given a brief release in Canada in 2012 – and then just drifted into the Library of Forgotten Movies, which is filled with hundreds of titles that never get widespread theatrical play. Based on the reviews from Toronto and the Hollywood buzz over the years, word on Winnie Mandela was not good, to put it mildly. read full story
Nasty in-law: Stick up for your mom
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Sep 12th 6:15pm
Bypass be gone: It's not too late to undo bad idea
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Sep 12th 3:49pm

Bypass be gone: It's not too late to undo bad idea

66 SecondsBy Jack Trammell read full story
Farewell, Hook
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Sep 12th 1:45pm

Farewell, Hook

My photo home prepares to turn out the lights. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
Angels among us: How Charlottesville is becoming a hot spot for start-ups
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Sep 12th 1:03pm

Angels among us: How Charlottesville is becoming a hot spot for start-ups

By Peter Galuszka Her three-month-old infant Benjamin strapped to her chest, Crystal Icenhour moves from room to room in a cream-colored building on a side street of downtown Charlottesville. “And that,” she says pointing to several trays of plastic-filled bags near a laboratory, “is our product.” read full story
Catch Bubba: Something's 'fishy' about this wine
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Sep 12th 12:57pm

Catch Bubba: Something's 'fishy' about this wine

The Mountfair Vineyards Winery in Crozet  is known for the unusual names of its Bordeaux-style red wines which include "Intertwined," "Inaugural," and the linguistically daunting "Wooloomooloo." To get a taste of one of their newest wines, however, you’ll have to supply the fish. Or rather, you’ll have to catch theirs. read full story
Canine Adventures: A dog's best friend
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Sep 12th 12:05pm
Pink heals— and looks mahvelous
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Sep 12th 10:25am

Pink heals— and looks mahvelous

Addison Kimble's dad is a firefighter and her great-grandmother has breast cancer, and the four-and-a-half-year-old checked out the pink options September 9 at the Omni, where a fleet of pink fire trucks were parked to raise awareness of women battling all cancers, not just breast cancer. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Sep 12th 8:00am

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.” ― Masanobu Fukuoka On the Road Again for local farms Country legend Willie Nelson is returning to the Charlottesville Pavilion, and this time he's standing up for Central Virginia farmers. His son's band, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, will be opening up for him to share his support for Local Food Hub. read full story
Time machine: Will clunker survive same '80s road trip?
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Sep 12th (All day)

Time machine: Will clunker survive same '80s road trip?

Dear Tom and Ray:    read full story
The week in review
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Sep 11th 4:49pm

The week in review

Most competent: Attorney-puncher Rashad Riddick's capital murder trial for the 2011 slayings of three family members will go forward following a hiatus to determine if he's capable of assisting his own defense after he assaulted his lawyer last summer, K. Burnell Evans reports in the Daily Progress. read full story
'Assembly line': Fake ID manufacturers plead guilty
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Sep 11th 1:59pm

'Assembly line': Fake ID manufacturers plead guilty

A student with a fake ID had been turned away from a bar on the Corner when a man said, "I can help you with that." The 2010 encounter spawned what prosecutors call "a very sophisticated and very lucrative" Charlottesville-based fake ID ring, which raked in $3 million until it abruptly ended in May with a SWAT-style arrest and shut down of Rugby Road.   Related stories More details: Alleged fake IDers to remain in jail read full story
Costco at Stonefield: Supes vote to approve another big box
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Sep 11th 12:00pm

Costco at Stonefield: Supes vote to approve another big box

Back when Stonefield was known as "Albemarle Place," and still on the drawing board, developers touted the "town center" development as a place with "rich architecture, upscale boutiques and eye-catching entertainment... casual sophistication mixed with unmistakable class."  read full story
UVA embraces Tom Tom
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Sep 10th 4:03pm

UVA embraces Tom Tom

The upcoming Tomtoberfest promises a weekend of innovation, music, food and fun, as the Tom Tom Founders Festival founder, Paul Beyer (center), joined UVA innovation bigwigs Philippe Sommer (left), director of the Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership at the Darden School, and David Touve, Director of the Galant Center for Entrepreneurship at UVA's McIntire School of Commerce, to announce the line-up of the fall festival that takes place September 25-28 in downtown Charlottesville and on UVA Grounds. read full story
Lockn' loaded
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Sep 10th 3:32pm

Lockn' loaded

Traffic snarls at the outset of the Lockn' music festival caused tempers to flare, but cars were inside and parked and festival goers were rockn' on Saturday afternoon, September 7. read full story