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Trip trouble: Kroboth remains jailed as travel permit questioned
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Mar 15th 2:48pm

Trip trouble: Kroboth remains jailed as travel permit questioned

An unwelcome January visit to his college-aged son in Oregon has already cost Kurt Kroboth two months of freedom, and a judge ruled on Wednesday, March 13, that the convicted attempted murderer will remain behind bars until the court can determine whether he violated the terms of his travel permit. read full story
Living large? Harding pleads guilty in fraud case
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Mar 14th 4:54pm

Living large? Harding pleads guilty in fraud case

Real estate agent/developer Michael Wayne Harding, brother of Albemarle County Sheriff Chip Harding, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud in U.S. District Court March 8 for bilking some prominent local businessmen of more than $2 million. "This is a fraud scheme of some complexity beyond what we usually see in this district," said U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy. read full story
Orr's Beloved: Death defines a life
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Mar 14th 3:37pm

Orr's Beloved: Death defines a life

Gregory Orr knows about loss. In a hunting accident when he was 12, he shot and killed his brother. Two years later, his mother died, overnight. read full story
Gateway project: 250 Bypass Interchange project underway
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Mar 14th 1:23pm

Gateway project: 250 Bypass Interchange project underway

After more than four decades of planning, the head of the $50 million traffic improvement monster we've long known as the Meadow Creek Parkway, the Route 250 Bypass interchange, is finally being built after the city granted permission for construction to begin on March 4. "I like to think that it will improve safety and add multimodal access where there currently is Pieces of the Parkway Project John W. Warner Parkway Location: Albemarle County, from East Rio Road to Melbourne Road read full story
Lifemobile: 'Master of disaster' Rintels gets personal
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Mar 14th 12:56pm

Lifemobile: 'Master of disaster' Rintels gets personal

“Asperger’s syndrome” was the diagnosis given to Charlottesville-based writer Jonathan Rintels’ son, J.B.  “Unsafe at any speed” is what Ralph Nader called the Chevrolet Corvair in 1965. But when Rintels brought home a ’65 Corvair Corsa convertible, some kind of alchemy happened between boy and car that helped J.B. to see himself in a different light. read full story
Snow patrol
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Mar 14th 12:38pm

Snow patrol

Charlottesville Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator Amanda Poncy out for a morning walk with Buddy, five-year-old tricolor hound on Wednesday, March 6. Coincidentally, Poncy is walking on the 1976 TransAmerica Bicycle Trail, a 4,247 mile transcontinental trail established for the Bicentennial. read full story
Afton's allure: A commuter's rocky affair
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Mar 14th 12:04pm

Afton's allure: A commuter's rocky affair

By Hilary Holladay I’m in the waning months of a rocky relationship. It’s been almost three years now, and though I’ve taken breaks every Christmas and every summer, I’m not able to call it quits just yet. Making things worse, I know I’m one of many, all in hot pursuit, no matter the hour of the day or night. Let me tell you, it’s been one wild ride. read full story
Shear power: Going bald to save lives
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Mar 14th 11:45am

Shear power: Going bald to save lives

Bald is beautiful, especially when it helps save children's lives. That's the idea behind St. Baldrick's Foundation, a charity that sponsors headshaving events across the country that have raised more than 100 million dollars for childhood cancer research since 2005. read full story
Life after fame: McCorkle continues to impress
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Mar 14th 11:42am

Life after fame: McCorkle continues to impress

It is a rare writer that can give the reader the feeling that a story is meant personally for her. And yet, whether it be rocking the Paramount Theater last March with singer-songwriter Matreca Berg, or simply reading her words on the page with her signature Southern twang, acclaimed fiction writer Jill McCorkle creates a storytelling experience as intimate as friends sitting at the kitchen table. read full story
Jane's predilection: Falling in love with a prophet
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Mar 14th 11:30am

Jane's predilection: Falling in love with a prophet

How did a nice girl from a good, WASP-y family in D.C. grow into a woman who fell in love with the founding prophet of Mormonism? Jane Barnes details that story in her 2012 book, Falling in Love with Joseph Smith: My Search for the Real Prophet. She describes her beloved as "charismatic, imaginative, irreverent." They're not the sort of adjectives one usually hears to characterize, say, Moses or Elijah. read full story
Mexican for all: Two Guys tacos tempt
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Mar 14th 11:02am

Mexican for all: Two Guys tacos tempt

Business men stroll in for lunch, families grab a quick bite for dinner, and students roll in at 2:30am to scarf down some late night post party food. It's a rare restaurant that can expect such a diverse daily parade of customers, but Two Guys Tacos appears to be juggling them all quite nicely. read full story
Bad karma: Christopher Tilghman's Right-Hand Shore
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Mar 14th 10:33am

Bad karma: Christopher Tilghman's Right-Hand Shore

Christopher Tilghman isn't complaining. When his first book in eight years, The Right-Hand Shore, rolled out last year, he got glowing reviews in national publications like the New York Times. His publisher sent him out on a 20-city tour, which just doesn't happen that often anymore for writers. "I've been pampered," he says. read full story
Virginia is for book lovers: 10 hot book fest picks
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Mar 14th 10:33am

Virginia is for book lovers: 10 hot book fest picks

You can go seeking knowledge. You can go to gaze upon a literary idol. You can go desiring bons mots. Or maybe you just go to have fun– along with all that other stuff. Whatever your motivations, from the 200-plus happenings March 20-24 for the 19th Virginia Festival of the Book, the Hook hones in on 10 events with a simple criterion: authors we'd like to have a drink with, even if they're surly, or, ones we could at least animatedly discuss afterward. read full story
Tastes like chicken: Landers takes bite out of invasive species
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Mar 14th 9:06am

Tastes like chicken: Landers takes bite out of invasive species

Of course Jackson Landers recently ate python at the big hunt in the Everglades, and naturally, the machete slaying involved a biker named Lucky. "Outdoor Life wanted photographs of a python dissected and photographs of the stomach," Landers recounts. "You have to take apart an eight-foot snake. It's not like gutting a deer. "And after all that," he continues, "the bastard died hungry." read full story
Ramped up: Pedestrian rankled over city's snow policy
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Mar 14th 5:08am

Ramped up: Pedestrian rankled over city's snow policy

With the white stuff still falling during the March 6 storm that dumped a foot of heavy wet snow on the Charlottesville area, plows were out clearing streets, and by 4pm on Thursday, March 7– 24 hours after the last official snowflake fell– city residents and businesses were required to have cleared the sidewalks along their properties– or face fines. read full story
Spotlight on Greenbrier
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Mar 14th 5:05am

Spotlight on Greenbrier

Area: GreenbrierPrice range: $150,000-$399,000Schools: Greenbrier, Walker, Buford, CHSPros: location, valueCons: age of some of the homes read full story
Witch backstory: New 'Oz' offers twist on an old classic
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Mar 14th 5:00am

Witch backstory: New 'Oz' offers twist on an old classic

By Richard Roeper You can be a good witch or a bad witch or even a little of both, but a bland witch? Then we'll have to talk. Some of the surprises in Oz the Great and Powerful, the much-anticipated Wizard of Oz origins movie, are delightful. Others, however, sink the movie just below the point of recommendation, with the primary drawback falling on the lovely shoulders of Michelle Williams and Mila Kunis, as early versions of Glinda the Good Witch and the Wicked Witch of the West, respectively. read full story
The week in review
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Mar 13th 1:18pm

The week in review

Worst missing girl case: Jennifer Carolina Romero, 16, at first was believed to be a runaway when she disappeared from her Weyers Cave home March 2. Police now think that through social media, the teen may be ensnared in human trafficking, NBC29 reports. Mynor Franco-Depaz, 19, of Arlington, has been arrested, but no sign of Romero since her cellphone signal was traced to Arlington. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Mar 13th 11:45am

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Art washes from the soul the dust of everyday life." - Pablo Picasso   Eyes of the world on Wolf Trap read full story
Board moves: Supes try to shake Dumler
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Mar 12th 4:15pm

Board moves: Supes try to shake Dumler

Supervisor Chris Dumler spent his first weekend in jail– only 14 more to go– March 8-10, while his fellow Albemarle supes are making plans to fill his seat, despite Dumler's insistence that he's not going anywhere. In the six weeks since Dumler took a plea that reduced a felony forcible sodomy charge to misdemeanor sexual battery, the number of people calling for him to resign has grown to include city and county Democrats and all of his fellow supervisors. read full story
Anchor's away: Schieffer visits Sabato
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Mar 7th 8:48pm

Anchor's away: Schieffer visits Sabato

By Nicole Patterson read full story
Opinion: Dumler bashing's out of control
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Mar 7th 12:46pm

Opinion: Dumler bashing's out of control

By Marlene Condon read full story
Cut through
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Mar 7th 12:42pm

Cut through

City neighborhood streets are used as an interchange by regional motorists. Getting from point A to point B in the County? Drive local streets through the neighborhoods (in this case Woolen Mills and Belmont), avoid collector streets and traffic signals. Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Letter- Essay reveals "original sin eco-guilt"
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Mar 7th 12:40pm

Letter- Essay reveals "original sin eco-guilt"

Western Christianity dates back over 2,000 years. An essential part of Christian belief is the concept of Original Sin. The Church provides baptism as a sacrament to provide individuals a “clean slate” by removing both the guilt and the punishment due to Original Sin. read full story
New questions: Dashad Smith's family keeps pressure on investigation
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Mar 7th 12:03pm

New questions: Dashad Smith's family keeps pressure on investigation

Fifteen weeks. Almost 3,000 hours. Dozens of candles lit at vigils across the city. Countless tears. There many ways Dashad "Sage" Smith's family can measure the time since the 2011 Charlottesville High School grad disappeared two days before Thanksgiving, but none of them add up to the answers they need. read full story
Treacherous path
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Mar 7th 11:11am

Treacherous path

Pedestrian Paul Hostetler navigates his way down West Main Street in front of the Amtrak station around 9am March 7, the day after the big snow. "It was terrible," says Hostetler of his walk. read full story
Nowhere to hide: The brave new world of domestic drones
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Mar 7th 10:27am

Nowhere to hide: The brave new world of domestic drones

In the good old days, if you wanted to spy on someone or cause them harm, you pretty much had to do it up close and personal. You could stand outside someone’s house and peek through the windows, follow people around, punch them in the nose. The only way to conceal your identity was to wear a mask, or stand far enough away before aiming a rock, arrow, or bullet.And then mankind came up with devices that allowed greater distance between the aggressor and the subject of interest. read full story
Re-LAX: Youth lacrosse gets a boost
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Mar 7th 10:02am

Re-LAX: Youth lacrosse gets a boost

For years, youth soccer players looking for tougher competition have had the SOCA organization, and, more recently, Monticello United for a travel team experience. Serious swimmers have had the Gators and baseball players have had the Bears. But those looking to advance their lacrosse game have been limited to school teams or to playing for travel leagues based far away– in Richmond or Northern Virginia. No longer. read full story
Dinner and a movie: Stonefield's date-night options bloom
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Mar 7th 6:20am

Dinner and a movie: Stonefield's date-night options bloom

In its inexorable march toward local date-night dominance, The Shops at Stonefield now boasts two casually upscale restaurants with the March 4 opening of Travinia Italian Kitchen. Facing the courtyard in front of the new Regal Theater, the Charlottesville Travinia is the 10th location in a chain that now stretches from Northern Virginia to South Carolina and will soon extend to Florida. It's one of six full-service restaurants planned for Stonefield and joins the already-opened Burtons Grill. read full story
City budget: Housing decline still affects revenue
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Mar 7th 5:39am

City budget: Housing decline still affects revenue

Charlottesville City Manager Maurice Jones describes his proposed fiscal year 2013-2014 budget as "cautiously optimistic." Wait, that's what he said two years ago. There's a lot that hasn't changed during that time. City schools continue to face shortfalls. Residential real estate assessments in the city are either "stagnant" or decreased, says Jones. And the city tax rate remains at 95 cents per $100 value. read full story
Pop-shove-it! Charlottesville Skate Park re-opens in McIntire
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Mar 7th 5:33am

Pop-shove-it! Charlottesville Skate Park re-opens in McIntire

After more than a dozen years in its original location, the Charlottesville Skate Park has ollied over 250 and landed in McIntire Park, but the best is yet to come, says Charlottesville Parks and Rec head Brian Daly, who's preparing to put out an RFP for the new skate park construction. "We want to be sure that we're seeking out and hiring a recognized skating design firm," says Daly, who notes there's plenty of room for creativity in the two-acres designated for the skate park as part of the McIntire Park master plan. read full story
Spotlight on Free Union
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Mar 7th 5:05am

Spotlight on Free Union

Area:  Free UnionPrice range:  $55,000-$9,650,000Schools:  Meriwether Lewis, Henley, Western AlbemarlePros:  dramatic scenery, privacy, proximity to Blue RidgeCons:  high prices, distance to town, potentially difficult access in bad weather read full story
Rector reaction: Boiling point or dénouement?
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Mar 7th 5:03am

Rector reaction: Boiling point or dénouement?

Just when you think the bad publicity that has plagued UVA since the "unpleasantness" of last summer couldn't possibly continue, up pops a front page story in the Washington Post exposing lingering tensions between between UVA Rector Helen Dragas and UVA President Teresa Sullivan that recently reached a "boiling point." read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Mar 6th 1:43pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” ― J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince   read full story
The week in review
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Mar 6th 12:04pm

The week in review

Biggest predicted snowfall: We've been duped before this winter, but the National Weather Service calls for 8-14 inches of snow– up from 4 to 8 inches– starting Tuesday evening, March 5, after the Hook goes to press. read full story
Storm update: 45,000 homes without power
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Mar 6th 11:07am

Storm update: 45,000 homes without power

Emergency officials from Albemarle County, Charlottesville and UVA are monitoring the storm and conditions from the Emergency Operations Center EOC on Ivy Drive, and they report that there are almost 45,000 homes without power in Albemarle County and the City of Charlottesville. As for the roads, they are in poor condition and drivers are being asked to stay home. Right, now there have been no serious crashes or injuries reported. Because of the heavy/wet snow there are a lot of trees and power lines down. read full story
County in crisis: Dumler digs in as outrage mounts
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Mar 6th 5:06am

County in crisis: Dumler digs in as outrage mounts

More than a month after Scottsville Supervisor Chris Dumler pleaded guilty to sexual battery and steadfastly refused to resign from the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, igniting a firestorm that's jumped the pond to the Daily Mail in Britain, the Democratic committees of Albemarle and Charlottesville have called for him to leave, as did Dem Delegate and House Minority Leader David Toscano. read full story
The end of language
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Mar 4th 1:12pm

The end of language

Kate Farrell and Alessandra van der Meulen become part of an art installation March 1 at Ruffin Hall called "The end of language." Curated by local artist/UVA prof Dean Dass – these page-turners are his students –  the show features former Charlottesvillian Suzanne Silver. This piece is by Justin Quinn. "He's translating Moby Dick into the letter 'e'," explains Dass. read full story
Between a Rock and a Snitch: Dad saves the day
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Mar 4th 11:26am

Between a Rock and a Snitch: Dad saves the day

by Richard Roeper Who would have guessed Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson would deliver the best work of his career playing a guy who squares off against a pack of small-time street thugs — and winds up face down on the ground, his mug bloodied and his wallet gone. You know, the kind of thing that would happen in real life when it's four against one, even if that one is an imposing hulk who looks like he's wearing a padded superhero suit under his shirt and jacket. read full story
A Virginia DUI story: Know your rights
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Mar 4th 8:17am

A Virginia DUI story: Know your rights

By André HakesCHAPTER ONE: It's 11:00pm and you're on your way back from dinner. You are pulled over for a check point, speeding, or a taillight out. The officer walks up to your car shining the flashlight in the backseat on the way past, looking for drugs, beer bottles, or anything else of interest. The officer asks: "Do you know why I stopped you?" WHAT TO DO: Don't guess. Just say "Why?" and listen politely. Do not comment. You know that part where they say, "Anything you say can and will be used against you in a court of law?" They mean it. read full story