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The week in review
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Feb 28th 1:48am

The week in review

Best/worst news for transportation in Virginia: The General Assembly passes a bill to address the Commonwealth's crumbling infrastructure that shifts the gas tax from the pump to wholesale, ups the sales tax by 0.3 percent and depends on yet-unpassed-in-Congress Internet sales tax for revenue. Least energy-efficient friendly: While the federal government has given tax credits for hybrid cars, Virginia adds a $100 surtax on hybrids. read full story
Disorderly solution? Deaton proposes new pot possession charge
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Feb 27th 4:20pm

Disorderly solution? Deaton proposes new pot possession charge

At the same time Colorado and Washington are decriminalizing marijuana possession, the issue popped up again at the February 19 Charlottesville City Council meeting, when Council voted 3-2 against doing away with jail time for pot possession. Steve Deaton, a former prosecutor who is seeking his old job back, is sending them another proposal: Charge pot possessors with disorderly conduct instead. read full story
Correction: Wrong floor
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Feb 26th 10:00pm

Correction: Wrong floor

In last week's story, "Bell-wether: Will Rob be our next AG?", the Hook lost count of which floor Bell's Richmond General Assembly office is on, and incorrectly identified it as the ninth rather than the seventh floor. read full story
Recession-ender: Albemarle budget ready to grow
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Feb 26th 5:38pm

Recession-ender: Albemarle budget ready to grow

The sun has come out and the recession is over, if Albemarle's 2013-14 fiscal year budget is any indicator. The county's budget was grim grim grim in 2010, reflecting the nosedive in real estate values and in corresponding property tax revenue. Last year's was slightly improved, with county exec Tom Foley calling it a "half-smile" budget after unrelenting cuts since 2008. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Feb 26th 4:18pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” ― Werner HerzogOtherness to the sceneMonsters invade March's First Friday art lineup at the brand new Telegraph gallery on the Downtown Mall. Located between O’Suzannah and The CVille Smoke Shop on Fourth Street, Telegraph debuts with "Monstrous," a show featuring various imagined creatures in pop art-style screen prints, a theme that reflects the philosophies of the gallery owners. read full story
'Fire of indignation': Dumler controversy-- and questions-- continue
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Feb 26th 2:25pm

'Fire of indignation': Dumler controversy-- and questions-- continue

While the budget was on the agenda at the February 25 Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting, the resignation of Scottsville Supervisor Chris Dumler was the agenda of 13 people speaking during the public comment portion of the meeting, one of whom was escorted out after dropping the f-bomb. Indeed, the controversy surrounding Dumler since he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery January 31 has not diminished, with an odd coalition of Tea Party and Occupy protesters united in demanding that he step down.   read full story
Fake taxi: UVA victim offers assault details
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Feb 21st 2:54pm

Fake taxi: UVA victim offers assault details

The UVA student who reported being assaulted after getting into what she thought was a taxi at around 2:30am on Sunday, February 17 has met with police and provided more details about her alleged attacker, whom she describes as a "tall and chubby" middle-aged male of Indian descent who spoke in broken English. read full story
Bully pulpit: Film offers alternate view on VQR tragedy
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Feb 21st 12:13pm

Bully pulpit: Film offers alternate view on VQR tragedy

It's been over two and a half years since Virginia Quarterly Review managing editor Kevin Morrissey killed himself following what one co-worker described as "the worst week of his life" within the offices of the award-winning literary journal, but the repercussions from this complex and tragic tale are still being felt. read full story
Valentine's Day
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Feb 21st 11:49am
Bell-wether: Will Rob be our next AG?
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Feb 21st 11:22am

Bell-wether: Will Rob be our next AG?

Rob Bell is drinking a Slim-fast in his corner seventh-floor office in Richmond. It's 10:40am and the delegate has already been to two committee meetings. The Slimfast isn't a weight-loss solution for the already trim Republican; with no breakfast, the drink is a snack he can keep in his office, he explains, and it will tide him over until lunch. read full story
Speaker hails from Stafford
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Feb 21st 11:13am

Speaker hails from Stafford

•Last week's story, "Not germane: House speaker kills MLK Day redistricting bill," should have identified Speaker Bill Howell's locale as Stafford. •The author of last week's essay, "Self-reflection: Are you a workplace bully" is Hilary Holladay. read full story
Children: Adorable environmental disasters
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Feb 21st 10:13am

Children: Adorable environmental disasters

By Jeff Feldman           On March 25, 2012 my wife Kristin and I made a lifestyle choice, which, by all accounts, will have the most egregious environmental impact of our lives. We gave birth to a child.Naturally, we were thrilled at this truly wondrous event. As any parent will tell you, having a baby is among the greatest joys one can know. Yet at the same time, my green conscience questioned me: What impact will my child have on the Earth? read full story
The week in review
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Feb 21st 5:10am

The week in review

Most candidates: Kristin Szakos announces she'll seek a second term on City Council February 14. Dem precinct chair Jonathan Stevens says he'll run for Charlottesville commissioner of revenue. Former city commonwealth's attorney Steve Deaton says he wants his old job back; incumbent Dave Chapman, who ousted Deaton in 1993, has not said whether he intends to seek a sixth term. read full story
Letter-Photo brought back memories
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Feb 21st 5:05am

Letter-Photo brought back memories

I was surprised and delighted to see the Black and White photograph by Bill Emory you featured in the February 7 issue of the Hook. It is a picture of my old home place, where I spent the first seven years of my life. I am glad to have been here almost 76 years and to know that the old place is still in great shape inside and out, as old as it is. Many thanks to the former owner and the current one. Thanks so much for a great photograph and a lot of wonderful memories for an elderly Charlottesville resident. read full story
Spotlight on Robinson Woods
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Feb 21st 5:05am

Spotlight on Robinson Woods

Subdivision:  Robinson WoodsLocation:  Barracks/Rugby Price range:  $345,000-$535,000Schools:  Venable, Walker & Buford, Charlottesville High SchoolPros: proximity to UVA & downtown, sense of communityCons: variation in the quality of construction, competition from new construction read full story
Turkish delight: Sultan Kebab serves up east and west
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Feb 20th 1:25pm

Turkish delight: Sultan Kebab serves up east and west

Maybe the reason we never noticed Sultan Kebab, which has been open almost a year, is its not-so-great location, tucked in back of the Rio 29 Plaza.   "We knew that," says Serhat Peker. "But there's no kebab restaurant in this part of 29. This is our first place and we didn't want a big risk." The first anniversary is a significant one for Peker and his partner, Deniz Dikman, because many new restaurants don't make it to the one-year mark. read full story
'Identity' crisis: Bateman, McCarthy can't save this comedy
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Feb 20th 11:33am

'Identity' crisis: Bateman, McCarthy can't save this comedy

By Richard Roeper It's really tough to have it both ways.     Let's say you want to do a broad, shtick-filled comedy filled with "Three Stooges humor, e.g., a character is hit head-on by a speeding car, tumbles over the roof, lands with a cringe-inducing thud on the highway – and suffers nary a scratch or even a hairline fracture.The stuff of cartoons.     read full story
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Feb 20th 11:08am

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 6 of the 2013 General Assembly session and the end is in sight, with February 23 the scheduled adjournment. The governor's top priority, to pass a transportation plan, is still alive, albeit with some significant differences made in the Senate. It's back in the House of Delegates, and legislators seem motivated to finally get something passed in that area. DeadVirginia governors can serve two consecutive terms– Sen. Tom Garrett (R-Louisa) read full story
Dumler dilemma: County Dems in disarray over sexual battery conviction
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Feb 20th 6:19am

Dumler dilemma: County Dems in disarray over sexual battery conviction

On paper it must have looked good. Instead of being convicted of felony forcible sodomy, which would remove him from the Board of Supervisors, Chris Dumler would plead guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery so he could get on with serving the people of his Scottsville District. It hasn't worked out that way.   Related stories Censured: Former, current supes call for Dumler to resign read full story
Video special: Chang's second Beard Foundation dinner
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Feb 19th 6:50pm

Video special: Chang's second Beard Foundation dinner

About the highest compliment a chef can be paid is an invite to come cook at a James Beard Foundation dinner in New York City. Local chef Peter Chang went back for a second year in a row this past Saturday, joining chef Scott Drewno of The Source in Washington, DC, to celebrate the Chinese New Year, this year symbolized by The Snake. Local videographer Anwar Allen, invited back again, too, by the Beard Foundation, caught all the action in the kitchen. Enjoy! read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Feb 19th 4:28pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

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4 months: Halfaday sentenced for probation violation
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Feb 19th 2:21pm

4 months: Halfaday sentenced for probation violation

Former City Council candidate James Halfaday was back in court on Valentine's Day where he received a longer sentence for a probation violation than he did for election fraud. The man who ran for city office while living in the county now wants to return to his native Illinois and live with his mother. Judge Jay Swett seemed to like the idea of shipping him off when Halfaday appeared in court February 5, and was holding him in jail until he could be transferred.   read full story
Wetlands
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Feb 15th 6:58pm

Wetlands

Wetlands are under construction on the north bank of Moore's Creek, upstream from its intersection with the Rivanna. They'll replace the wetlands projected to be lost to the enlarged Ragged Mountain Reservoir. read full story
Virginia is for lovers-- unless you're gay and wanna get married
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Feb 15th 8:40am

Virginia is for lovers-- unless you're gay and wanna get married

Many enamored couples choose Valentine's Day to get married, and André Hakes and Catherine Gillespie would like to be among them. But even on Valentine's Day with a big chocolate-filled, heart-shaped bribe to Clerk of Court Llezelle Dugger, it ain't gonna happen in Virginia. About three dozen people crowded into the Charlottesville clerk's office as Hakes and Gillespie went through what has become an annual tradition: requesting a marriage license. read full story
What are you doing for Valentine's Day?
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Feb 14th 5:00pm
We Love This Place: Let us count the ways
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Feb 14th 4:13pm

We Love This Place: Let us count the ways

We Love This Place read full story
Self-reflection: Are you a workplace bully?
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Feb 14th 5:46am

Self-reflection: Are you a workplace bully?

By Hilary Holladay read full story
Spotlight on Dunlora
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Feb 14th 5:05am

Spotlight on Dunlora

Community:  DunloraLocation:  East Rio RoadSchools:  Agnor-Hurt, Burley, AlbemarlePrice range:  $327,500-$595,000Pros: Convenient location, neighborhood amenitiesCons: HOA dues, topography read full story
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Feb 14th 3:16am

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 5 of the 2013 General Assembly was crossover week, in which each house sends its legislation to the other house to see if it passed muster. The governor's transportation package dominates– it passed the House of Delegates and couldn't get out of committee in the Senate, although its odds look better after House Speaker Bill Howell derailed the Senate redistricting bill that riled Dems. Now is the time for emissaries of each house to hammer out a compromise before the session ends February 23. read full story
The week in review
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Feb 14th 1:49am

The week in review

Most eagerly awaited fugitive: Former restaurateur Jim Baldi, pictured, returned to town February 5 after waiving extradition, according to San Francisco public defender Mark Jacobs. Now housed in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, Baldi, who shuttered his Belmont eatery, Bel Rio, and disappeared in July 2010, was in Charlottesville Circuit Court February 11 on an embezzling charge. read full story
'Unusual case': Judge okays sending Halfaday to Illinois
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Feb 13th 12:22pm

'Unusual case': Judge okays sending Halfaday to Illinois

The prosecution laid out allegations of domestic abuse, stalking and pet euthanization to try to sway a judge to send former City Council candidate James Halfaday back to jail to serve his full five-year sentence for election fraud. Halfaday already pleaded guilty to a probation violation, and 19 people crowded into a conference room at Charlottesville Circuit Court February 5 for his sentencing. read full story
Stadium Road terror: Witness recounts abduction
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Feb 13th 12:10pm

Stadium Road terror: Witness recounts abduction

With her parents in the Charlottesville General District Court offering support during the preliminary hearing of accused abductor Matthew Beaulieu, the alleged victim of the November 9 assault on Stadium Road steadily recounted the moments leading up to the attack. "It happened so fast I couldn't react," the 19-year-old UVA nursing student told the court, describing the path she'd taken as she made her way back to her Stadium Road area apartment around midnight after an evening spent at UVA's Center for Christian Study on Chancellor Street. read full story
Deadly medicine: Side Effects exposes darker side of prescription drugs
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Feb 13th 12:10pm

Deadly medicine: Side Effects exposes darker side of prescription drugs

The music tells us what kind of movie Side Effects is going to be. It coils beneath what seems like a realistic plot and whispers that something haunted and possessed is going on. Imagine music for a sorcery-related plot and then dial it down to ominous forebodings. Without Thomas Newman's score, "Side Effects" would be a lesser film, even another film. read full story
Not germane: House speaker kills MLK Day redistricting bill
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Feb 13th 10:28am

Not germane: House speaker kills MLK Day redistricting bill

After recent actions of Republicans in the General Assembly have put that institution in the national spotlight– and on Comedy Central's Colbert Report– it's almost quaint to hear House Speaker William Howell cite "honor, dignity and integrity" in making a decision highly unpopular with his fellow Republicans. read full story
Enraged screams: Turmoil preceded train track fatality
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Feb 12th 4:25pm

Enraged screams: Turmoil preceded train track fatality

Around 8pm February 11, Emily Bolden was outside her Albemarle County house beside the original Woolen Mills, gathering sticks to make a fire when she heard screams to the east. A woman's screams. Not frightened screams, but screams about hating God, says Bolden.  Twenty minutes later, Bolden heard the screams again: "Fire is the only way to go," she says she heard. A visiting friend told her the woman was in Bolden's yard, that he recognized her from the Downtown Mall, and that she was homeless, says Bolden. read full story
Worth the trip: Glass Haus raises the bar
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Feb 12th 11:21am

Worth the trip: Glass Haus raises the bar

Back in November, MAS chef Tomas Rahal, not one to throw around praise, was emphatic about his visit to the Glass Haus Kitchen, which had just recently opened. "Might be the best in town," said Rahal, heaping praise on Chefs Ian Boden and Mike Yaeger for their "advanced tail-to-nose cuisine," a foodie term that describes the European style of cooking that utilizes the whole animal. read full story
Innovation boom: Batten Institute gives local entrepreneurs a boost
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Feb 8th 11:58am

Innovation boom: Batten Institute gives local entrepreneurs a boost

Last year, the first-ever Tom Tom Founders Festival kicked off with a community pitch night that brought $1,000 to the audience's favorite business proposal. This year, the Festival, which celebrates and promotes local innovation, is starting out with a similar pitch night called "U.Pitch. C'ville Decides" when it kicks off on April 11– but the prizes are bigger. read full story
Ram tough: Allard made a Super Bowl commercial
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Feb 8th 10:41am

Ram tough: Allard made a Super Bowl commercial

Out of nowhere, longtime National Geographic photographer and Afton resident William Albert Allard got a phone call from California about a month ago– about making a Super Bowl commercial. "This is the best kind," says Allard of the phone call pitch. "Someone admired my work." read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Feb 7th 4:25pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Erotic longing is really a longing to merge with something greater than oneself. For every kind of love is a force that holds the promise of taking us beyond the limitations of our individual lives." ― Julianne Davidow read full story
California leavin'? Baldi gets hearing
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Feb 7th 4:22pm

California leavin'? Baldi gets hearing

A month after his San Francisco arrest on embezzlement charges stemming from Charlottesville accounting work, former Bel Rio owner Jim Baldi will appear in a California courtroom on Friday, February 8, for an extradition hearing. "We're just trying to determine whether he'll be sent somewhere," explains a receptionist in the San Francisco public defender's office. The public defender assigned to Baldi, Mark Jacobs, did not return the Hook's calls by press time. read full story