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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
Jefferson's wine "secret"
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Feb 7th 11:42am
In the zone
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Feb 7th 5:24am

In the zone

Theoretically, the primary purpose of zoning is to segregate uses that are thought to be incompatible. In practice, zoning is used to prevent new development from interfering with existing residents or businesses and to preserve the “character” of a community. Zoning is commonly controlled by local governments such as counties or municipalities, though the nature of the zoning regime may be determined or limited by state or national planning authorities or through enabling legislation.–Wikipedia read full story
Up and armed: A day at the gun show
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Feb 7th 5:07am

Up and armed: A day at the gun show

By Wick Hunt I anticipate that a trip to the Fishersville Gun and Knife show on January 27 at the Augusta Expo will be a visual, and therefore photographic, cornucopia so I arrive armed with my Nikon. I'm shocked to find a sign taped to the door forbidding unauthorized photography (along with signs forbidding loaded weapons, and felons carrying the same).  read full story
What would you do if you saw someone carrying an assault rifle in public?
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Feb 7th 5:00am
Kroger gun-toter: Misguided stunt, says mom
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Feb 7th 12:33am

Kroger gun-toter: Misguided stunt, says mom

The identity of the 22-year old man who walked into the Kroger grocery store on Emmet Street carrying a loaded AR-15 rifle was withheld by police, given that he broke no laws and wasn't charged, but the man himself wasn't so tight-lipped as he gave what was announced to be an anonymous statement on the WNRN Sunday morning show Wake-up Call. read full story
Rect-urrection: How will Dragas foes cope with her victory?
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Feb 6th 5:21pm

Rect-urrection: How will Dragas foes cope with her victory?

Has there ever been a University of Virginia rector as reviled as Helen Dragas, the woman who united students, faculty, and alums in calling for her head following her failed ouster of President Teresa Sullivan last June? And yet, on January 30, the reappointment of this seemingly Teflon-coated Virginia Beach businesswoman sailed through confirmation in the General Assembly with a final 63-33 House of Delegates seal of approval. read full story
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Feb 6th 4:28pm

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

During Week 4 of the General Assembly, crossover day looms and both houses work to get their bills passed– or not– while Supreme Court Justice Harry Lee Carrico lies in state in the Capitol. DeadAn end to Virginia's uranium mining ban– Sen. John Watkins (R-Midlothian). read full story
Censured: Former, current supes call for Dumler to resign
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Feb 6th 12:40pm

Censured: Former, current supes call for Dumler to resign

Christopher Dumler may have thought the worst was behind him when he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery January 31 so he could avoid a felony conviction and remain on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors. However, it was clear February 6 the issue hadn't died when his fellow supervisors censured the Scottsville representative and two former supes called for his resignation.   read full story
Road to nowhere: Western Bypass must be stopped
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Feb 6th 12:35pm

Road to nowhere: Western Bypass must be stopped

By James E. Rich The General Assembly is currently considering proposals to raise significant new revenues for transportation in the Commonwealth. Many hardworking Virginians live paycheck to paycheck, and many small businesses continue to struggle to survive and maintain payrolls in an uncertain economic climate. If additional taxes are going to be extracted from families and job-producing businesses, the logical questions arise: will the new funds be used to benefit the average taxpayer? And will the funds be spent in a cost-effective way?  read full story
The week in review
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Feb 6th 10:46am

The week in review

Latest in the Daniel Harmon-Wright saga: The former Culpeper cop who blasted unarmed Patricia Cook, 54, a year ago is found guilty of voluntary manslaughter and two other felonies January 29. A jury recommends three years in prison after his request for a mistrial is denied when a dictionary is found in the jury room, the Culpeper Star-Exponent reports. He'll be sentenced April 10. read full story
Nonpartisan redistricting not dead
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Feb 5th 11:02pm

Nonpartisan redistricting not dead

Last week's "Dead or Alive: The Hook's legislative watch" incorrectly said Senator Creigh Deeds' constitutional redistricting amendment was dead. read full story
Food trucks: Are more regs needed?
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Feb 5th 1:11pm

Food trucks: Are more regs needed?

For some time now, mobile food trucks have been a part of our culinary landscape, rolling up at various and varied private locations, offering everything from organic doughnuts, hot dogs, tacos and burritos, hamburgers, BBQ, and more. Indeed, because Charlottesville has no public places where the food trucks are allowed, enterprising operators have had to strike deals with private property owners to survive. The phenomenon has finally caught the attention of City officials, who now want to regulate the mobile eateries, they say, to allow for their continued proliferation. read full story
Bloody twist: Zombies in love
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Feb 4th 11:29am

Bloody twist: Zombies in love

by Richard RoeperAs much as I enjoy The Walking Dead on AMC and movies such as 28 Days Later, one of my ongoing complaints about the explosion of the zombie genre is the general mopery and overall predictability of those ever-staggering creatures.   ***1/2 Warm Bodies Director: Jonathan Levine Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Teresa Palmer, John Malkovich~PG-13 - 97 minutesPlaying: Stonefield   read full story
Kroger showdown: man confronts gun-toter
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Feb 1st 7:00am

Kroger showdown: man confronts gun-toter

Bob Girard had a craving for some ice cream last Sunday evening, so he stopped in at the Kroger on Hydraulic Road to pick up vanilla bean, extra chocolate, and strawberry, along with some Hershey's chocolate syrup. The last thing he expected to encounter was a fellow shopper with a rifle slung across his shoulder. "What are you carrying?" asked Girard, a well-known local musician, who originally recounted the now widely reported incident in a Facebook post.  "An assault rifle," the guy said."What caliber?" asked Girard."A .308," he said. "An AR-15." read full story
Surprise redistricting: Local GOP delegates mum about controversy
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Jan 31st 4:18pm

Surprise redistricting: Local GOP delegates mum about controversy

Business for the day had already concluded in Richmond on January 21– Martin Luther King, Jr. Day– when Republican senators took advantage of the absence of a Democratic civil rights leader, Henry Marsh, who was attending the presidential inauguration, to push through a far-reaching redistricting bill while they had a 20-19 advantage in the evenly split Senate. read full story
Flash of color on a snowy morning
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Jan 31st 4:14pm

Flash of color on a snowy morning

Schools were closed and bricks were slick on Thursday morning, January 24, as a jogger travels the nearly empty Downtown Mall. read full story
Senator Henry Marsh's big day
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Jan 31st 3:50pm

Senator Henry Marsh's big day

Blogger Waldo Jaquith was at the Virginia State Capitol on Monday, January 21, when Republican senators passed a controversial redistricting bill. This is his account of the day. read full story
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Jan 31st 11:36am

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 3 of the General Assembly and suddenly redistricting is a hot topic, putting Virginia on the national map– and on the Colbert Report– with the Senate Republican bill passed by one crucial vote on MLK Day. DeadLegal notices in localities larger than 50,000 don't have to go in newspapers– Del. Chris Head (R-Roanoke) read full story
The Liar's Club: Keeping the wild history of White Hall alive
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Jan 31st 11:16am

The Liar's Club: Keeping the wild history of White Hall alive

Nazi POWs picking peaches in Crozet? Check. An Albemarle County farm boy surrounded by Ethiopian tribesmen carrying spears? Believe it. The Albemarle County area called White Hall might not look like much more than bucolic countryside for those just driving through, but folks stopping at historic Wyant's Store any weekday morning may learn that things aren't always as they appear– and, if they listen up, they'll hear some wild stories being told by a group of men who call themselves the Liar's Club. read full story
Dumler pleads: Supe gets 30 days for sexual battery
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Jan 31st 10:36am

Dumler pleads: Supe gets 30 days for sexual battery

Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher Dumler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery in Albemarle County General District Court on Thursday morning January 31. He will serve 30 days behind bars. "I'm very proud of the victim," said Fluvanna County Commonwealth's Attorney Jeff Haislip, who was appointed special prosecutor in the case. "We could not have done this without her courage and the others that came forward." read full story
Property auctions
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Jan 31st 5:05am

Property auctions

January 31 at 1pm at the Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 1107 6th Street SE Debtor: Paul A. Accardo Original amount owing: $218,000 Bidder brings: 10 percent Info: Gentry Locke Rakes & Moore LLP 540-983-9395 read full story
The worst: Big names can't save 'Movie 43'
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Jan 31st 5:05am
Fifeville farmhouse: Country charm, convenient location
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Jan 31st 5:05am

Fifeville farmhouse: Country charm, convenient location

Address: 311 6 1/2 Street SWNeighborhood: FifevilleAsking: $250,000Assessment: $284,400Year Built: 1925Size: 1502 finished sq. ft.Land: .1260 acresCurb Appeal: 7 out of 10Listing Agent: Shannon Harrington, RE/MAX Commonwealth - 804-484-0367 read full story
Emerald Ridge gem trades quickly for full price
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Jan 31st 5:05am
Winter jasmine watch
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Jan 30th 4:31pm

Winter jasmine watch

It's become something of a tradition for the Hook to snag a photo of the winter jasmine in bloom below Carr's Hill on University Avenue as a bellwether of Spring, sort of our own version of Groundhog Day. Unfortunately, we haven't been particularly vigilant this year, so while this photo, taken January 30, shows the signature yellow flowers, we can't say exactly how long they've been in bloom. Some priors - 2012 - January 12 read full story
The week in review
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Jan 30th 10:53am

The week in review

Worst exercise of Second Amendment rights: A man walks into Kroger on Emmet Street with a loaded AR-15 semi-automatic rifle January 27. Worst idea for a hoax: University of Virginia at Wise student Bryant Alexander Hairston, 20, of Martinsville, is charged with knowingly making a false statement after calling 911 January 23 to report an armed man wearing a face mask on the campus.  read full story
Groceryland: Albemarle Square gets fresh
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Jan 30th 9:06am

Groceryland: Albemarle Square gets fresh

Yes, Charlottesville, you will soon have yet another grocery store option, as the North Carolina-based gourmet grocery store chain The Fresh Market is set to open on February 6 in the Albemarle Square Shopping Center, joining the recently opened Trader Joe's down the road, the new Whole Foods location, Kroger, Harris Teeter, and Food Lion as an additional 29-North grocery shopping option . read full story
Delegate given wrong last name
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Jan 29th 9:43pm

Delegate given wrong last name

Delegate Rich Anderson was misidentified in last week's "Dead or Alive: The Hook's legislative watch." read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Jan 29th 5:00pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Simplified gestural figures continue to illustrate the wonder and the struggle of being human, and our hunger for validation.”– Intimacy Theories, by Polly Breckenridge read full story
Flu season: 3 deaths reported at UVA Medical Center
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Jan 28th 3:55pm

Flu season: 3 deaths reported at UVA Medical Center

An already bad flu season has turned worse with three flu-related deaths reported at UVA Medical Center. One of those was well-regarded architectural photographer Philip Beaurline, who died January 18 at age 59. The virus hit hard in early December, when St. Anne's-Belfield shuttered its upper school and Jack Jouett Middle School reported 80 students out that same week. Since December 1, UVA Medical Center has had 305 confirmed cases of the flu, according to spokesperson Eric Swensen. One of the three flu-related deaths transferred from another facility. read full story
What do you think about Virginia's open carry gun law?
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Jan 28th 12:35pm
Birds of a feather
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Jan 27th 3:30am

Birds of a feather

Hey, we thought they flocked together, but this juvenile swan joining Canada geese at Beaver Creek Reservoir in Crozet apparently didn't get that memo. The Wildlife Center in Waynesboro took a look at our grainy photo, and says it's either a tundra swan migrating through or a mute swan, which is an invasive species. Of the latter, says Wildlife's Leighann Cline, "They tend to show up where they're not wanted." Photographed January 20. read full story
Snow pussies: Schools make tough calls with the twitch of a tail
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Jan 26th 1:39pm

Snow pussies: Schools make tough calls with the twitch of a tail

Making the call to close schools for inclement weather has always been tough for school officials, particularly when the snow hasn't even started falling. In Albemarle and Charlottesville, a pilot program between the Charlottesville-Albemarle SPCA and the school systems is making that judgment easier– and providing once homeless cats with a second chance. read full story
Mini-moviehouse
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Jan 25th 11:20am

Mini-moviehouse

See stories here and here. read full story