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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
In a rush
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Jan 25th 10:34am

In a rush

When you're in a rush, any direction will do. UVA women line up on Chancellor Street for sorority house tours on Saturday, January 19. The 10-day formal recruitment process culminated in "bid day" on Monday, January 21. read full story
Rare openings: Treasurer, commissioner of revenue up for grabs
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Jan 24th 10:58am

Rare openings: Treasurer, commissioner of revenue up for grabs

Commonwealth's attorney and sheriff are the better known constitutional officers; treasurer and commissioner of revenue– not so much. In the next year, each of these positions are up for grabs, and voters might want to familiarize themselves with the candidates, since once elected to those posts, people tend to hold on to them for years.   Related stories Brown's law: The art of the 'necessary no' read full story
Letter: Hold Government accountable for Hash
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Jan 24th 8:46am

Letter: Hold Government accountable for Hash

Your recent article about Michael Hash, the man who was accused of murder and wrongly imprisoned for 12 years really struck me. In today’s modern society, you would think that criminal offenses by government officials in the handling of innocent people’s court cases wouldn’t be acceptable. I understand that before DNA testing was available, it was often difficult to prove someone’s guilt, but the fact that government officials deceived the courts and the people without any punishment is sickening. read full story
Surgeon's decree: Gun control a public health issue
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Jan 24th 7:15am

Surgeon's decree: Gun control a public health issue

By Sara K. Rasmussen Last month, our country endured an unspeakable horror when elementary school students in Newtown, Connecticut, became the victims of one of the most heinous gun rampages that our country has experienced. As a mother and a citizen, I am outraged and hurt to have had to live through yet another episode in our nation’s history where innocent lives were lost to gun violence. As a pediatric surgeon, I have seen the heartbreaking outcome of guns in the wrong hands too often. read full story
Hot dog hideaway: Crozet stand serves all the way
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Jan 24th 5:55am

Hot dog hideaway: Crozet stand serves all the way

A tucked away space on Three Notch'd Road in Crozet used to house a Subway. Since October, it's serving up dogs instead of subs. Sam's Hot Dog Stand is a West Virginia franchise founded by former Waynesboro mayor Frank Lucente with the motto, "We do one thing and we do it right." "It's something that wasn't here," says owner Jeff Mahan. "I was looking for a market niche. And the price point is good in a bad economy." read full story
Wild girls: Chastain goes motherly
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Jan 24th 5:35am

Wild girls: Chastain goes motherly

by Richard Roeper Very few horror movies would last past the second act if the characters in these films were actually fans of horror movies. read full story
Name changer: Will tenant satisfaction improve at Autumn Hill?
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Jan 24th 5:19am

Name changer: Will tenant satisfaction improve at Autumn Hill?

Landmark at Granite Park is the latest moniker for one of Charlottesville's most renamed apartment complexes– one that is known for generating tenant complaints. The 425-unit complex on Commonwealth Drive, built in the 1960s, began as Westfield. It then became Trophy Chase and subsequently was in the news for several murders, including that of a UVA student killed by her husband in 2003, and 19-year-old Ashley Toney, who was shot to death in 2005. read full story
Price cut on Preston Place
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Jan 24th 5:05am

Price cut on Preston Place

9/20/2012Charlottesville459 Locust Charlottesville Owner, LLC to Cville Operations Hub, LLC, 459 Locust Avenue, $3,500,000Dorothy W. Brown, Etal to Michele Jordan, Trustee, Ridge Street Land Trust, 912 Ridge Street, $65,000*James G. & John P. Elwood, Trustees to Paul M. & Marilyn J. Wright, 612 Preston Place, $440,0009/21/12AlbemarleFlorence Irene Dollins Norvelle to David A. Powell, 5091 Raynham Hall Lane, $100,000 read full story
What law would you pass?
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Jan 24th 5:00am
Property auctions
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Jan 24th 1:32am

Property auctions

January 24 at 10:15am at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 2160 Devonshire Road Debtor: Carter C. and Robert R. Schotta IV Original amount owing: $454,750 Bidder brings: 10 percent Info: ALG Trustee LLC 703-777-7101 read full story
The session: What local legislators are up to in Richmond
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Jan 24th 12:39am

The session: What local legislators are up to in Richmond

The 2013 Session of the Virginia State Legislature kicked off on January 9, and if last year's focus was all about probing lady parts, this year's legislators will tangle over a variety of no less controversial issues. read full story
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Jan 24th 12:11am

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 2 of the session and the number of bills the legislature considers has swollen to 2,462, according to Richmond Sunlight, while the body count of dead bills piles up. DeadReversal of last year's mandatory abdominal ultrasound before an abortion– Sen. Ralph Northam (D-Norfolk) Reversal of requirements that existing abortion clinics must meet hospital standards– Sen. Mark Herring (D-Loudoun) read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Jan 23rd 10:07pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

A story about a boy, his Garageband program, and thousands of screaming fans. read full story
The week in review
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Jan 23rd 3:37pm

The week in review

Biggest bust: The six-to-10-inch snowfall predicted for January 17 that had Albemarle schools closing for the day despite no stickage. Biggest Culpeper trial: Former police officer Daniel Harmon-Wright, 33, goes on trial January 22 for the murder of unarmed Patricia Ann Cook, 54, who was in her car in a church parking lot February 9, 2012, when Harmon-Wright shot her to death and claimed it was self defense. read full story
"Dario": A new name and other details of Baldi's life on the run
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Jan 23rd 11:23am

"Dario": A new name and other details of Baldi's life on the run

Local restaurateur and accountant Jim Baldi's disappearance in July 2010 came to an abrupt end with his January 4 arrest in San Francisco on embezzlement charges stemming from past business dealings in Charlottesville, but the details about his life on the lam are just emerging. read full story
Courthouse confrontation: Mom gets 2 years in daughter's, ex's deaths
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Jan 22nd 1:25pm

Courthouse confrontation: Mom gets 2 years in daughter's, ex's deaths

Both the prosecution and defense pretty much agree that no one can do anything worse to Jessica Lewis than she already did to herself when she crashed into a tree and killed her 20-year-old daughter and her ex-husband– and that no amount of jail time will bring them back. read full story
First course: Restaurant Week kicks off
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Jan 22nd 1:14pm

First course: Restaurant Week kicks off

Restaurant Week officially kicked off on Monday, January 21, and Dish popped into the Melting Pot to see how it was going. Manager Jonathan Shields said the combination of it being MLK Day and Restaurant Week brought a steady stream of folks in on a cold, typically slow Monday evening. Indeed, it looked like a Thursday or Friday when we popped in. read full story
Wertland blaze: No injuries in morning house fire
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Jan 21st 6:57am

Wertland blaze: No injuries in morning house fire

There are no reported injuries from an early morning blaze at 1256 Wertland Street. According to Charlottesville Fire Chief Charles Werner, the fire was reported at 5:11am on Monday, January 21, and firefighters arrived to find the front porch of the two-story brick structure engulfed in flames. All occupants were able to escape unharmed, and ionization-type smoke detectors present in the house did sound, according to Werner. Investigators have located the point of origin on the porch, but have not yet identified the source of ignition. read full story
Tree sentries
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Jan 19th 5:05am

Tree sentries

A row of red cedar, scientific name juniperus virginiana, stand guard on a farm in Green Springs National Historic District in Louisa County. Known as "pioneer invaders," they are among the first to take root on damaged land, and can live up to 850 years. read full story
Beauty in age: 'Amour' charms its audience
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Jan 18th 1:52pm

Beauty in age: 'Amour' charms its audience

"Old age ain't no place for sissies," Bette Davis is said to have said, and the longer age lasts, the less of a sissy you can be. The opening shot of Amour, Michael Haneke's new film, shows firemen breaking into an elegant apartment in Paris. We know nothing about who lives here, and are told nothing – except in pantomime, as one fireman holds his nose. ** Amour Director: Michael Haneke read full story
Selfless servant: Dragas got a raw deal
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Jan 18th 6:00am

Selfless servant: Dragas got a raw deal

Having been a neutral observer to the “Sullivan Spectacle,” I would ask objective parties to note the following, all of which have been reported individually, but not collectively:•The Board of Visitors (BOV ) has the unquestioned, statutory authority to hire and fire the President of UVA.  •The BOV has the fiduciary duty to fire a president whose poor performance is detrimental to the University.•President Sullivan was reluctant to leave the cozy confines of UVA to fundraise (fundraising constituting 70 percent of every major college president’s job). read full story
Road to ruin: Cutting gas tax a disastrous plan
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Jan 18th 5:05am

Road to ruin: Cutting gas tax a disastrous plan

The first rule of holes is when you find yourself in one, quit digging. read full story
Cabin fever: Rustic charm minutes from downtown
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Jan 18th 5:05am

Cabin fever: Rustic charm minutes from downtown

Address: 1979 Old Lynchburg RoadAsking: $395,000Assessment: $343,000Year Built: 1980Size:  1200 finished sq. ft., 800 unfinishedLand: 6.78 acresCurb Appeal: 8 out of 10Listing Agent: Carter Schotta, Virginia Real Estate Partners, 434-531-3299 read full story
You can't beat Grisham!
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Jan 17th 3:46pm
With teeth? Council to consider Human Rights Commission powers
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Jan 17th 11:34am

With teeth? Council to consider Human Rights Commission powers

There's little doubt that Charlottesville is going to have a Human Rights Commission, but does it need enforcement capability to be effective? That's the question facing City Council at its next two meetings, and opinion remains divided. read full story
Luckily Local: Stomachs, get ready to rumble!
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Jan 17th 8:45am

Luckily Local: Stomachs, get ready to rumble!

 There's a running joke here in the newsroom about using "fresh ingredients" in our stories, taken from the often-used phrase in restaurant promotions, which is basically code for meaningless filler. In Charlottesville, however, when we say that restaurants use fresh ingredients, that's a legitimate use of the phrase. Why? Well, I remember talking with former Boar's Head chef Doug Knopp back in 2006, as he berated corporate chicken plants that use steroids and extolled the virtues of local organic farmers like Joel Salatin (pictured) of Polyface Farm near Staunton. read full story
What's your favorite local restaurant, and why?
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Jan 17th 8:00am
Corrections: Gender, trash math, minority recruitment
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Jan 17th 5:05am

Corrections: Gender, trash math, minority recruitment

There are several corrections or clarifications from the January 10 cover story, "Missing: Inside the Dashad Smith investigation." •The Hook primarily referred to Smith's friend Kash Carson as "she" but used "he" in several places. Carson is a gay man and is not transgendered but prefers to be referred to as female. •The proper name for the citizen council created to improve communication between police department and citizens is the Citizen's Advisory Panel. read full story
The week in review
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Jan 17th 1:39am

The week in review

Best connecting the dots: The common thread for controversial UVA Rector Helen Dragas' top supporters– Governor Bob McDonnell,  U.S. Senator Mark Warner, and former governor/U.S. Senator Tim Kaine, who appointed her– is donations by former Board of Visitors member Randal J. Kirk, who was the number one or two donor for those guys. McDonnell reappointed her after the Sullivan-firing debacle, and Warner has lobbied legislators in the General Assembly to confirm her. Ted Strong has the story in the Daily Progress. read full story
'Flipped out': Insulin-injecting Crozet woman pleads guilty
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Jan 16th 9:38am

'Flipped out': Insulin-injecting Crozet woman pleads guilty

Two days before her 34th birthday, Theresa Lynn Brady, the mother of two young children and wife of an Albemarle Fire and Rescue captain, entered a guilty plea for attempted murder January 15 in Albemarle Circuit Court. Brady was arrested August 21 in her upscale Foxchase subdivision home off U.S. 250 in Crozet, where neighbors described the couple as keeping to themselves. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Jan 16th 8:43am
Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch
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Jan 15th 9:13pm

Dead or alive: The Hook's legislative watch

Week 1 of the 46-day General Assembly 2013 session has begun, with legislators filing 2,208 bills. While most will die quietly in subcommittee, some will slip through and become law. DeadAutomatic restoration of voting rights for non-violent felons, despite support by Governor Bob McDonnell– Del. Herring (D-Alexandria). read full story
Chairman of the board: Fuhgeddaboudit when 29 bypass involved
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Jan 14th 3:20pm

Chairman of the board: Fuhgeddaboudit when 29 bypass involved

If tradition had been upheld on the Albemarle Board of Supervisors, Duane Snow would be chairman. Instead, at its first meeting of the year, the usually decorous board got testy over election of the chairman– and who would hold the real position of power: a seat on the transportation-controlling Metropolitan Planning Organization. read full story
Game over: Charge in soccer biting case dropped
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Jan 10th 3:56pm

Game over: Charge in soccer biting case dropped

Former Fluco Katrina Ditta was supposed to be in Albemarle Circuit Court January 9 to appeal her conviction for allegedly biting a Western Albemarle soccer player during a game last spring. Instead, the prosecution requested the misdemeanor assault charge be dropped. "The victim's father contacted us before Christmas," says Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Jon Zug. "They asked that it be nolle prossed. read full story
Do you think the General Assembly will let Helen Dragas stay?
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Jan 10th 10:00am
View, interrupted: It's unneighborly to start a row
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Jan 10th 5:43am

View, interrupted: It's unneighborly to start a row

Oh, you should have seen me. It was a double-take right out of vaudeville. (Had I been drinking from my water bottle, I guarantee it would have been a spit-take.) As I skidded to a flailing stop on my Nikes, all I could think was: What the hell? Why are they doing this?I’d been blissfully running along Wesley Chapel Road in Albemarle County. It’s a gorgeous place to walk or run or drive– or live. Gorgeous, thanks to the views of our graceful rural landscape. read full story
Missing: Inside the Dashad Smith investigation
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Jan 10th 5:05am

Missing: Inside the Dashad Smith investigation

At the Preston Avenue Shell Station, a few blocks from the apartment Dashad "Sage" Smith last occupied on Harris Street, his name is familiar and his disappearance is on people's minds. "He used to come in here every day," says a woman working the register, as another cashier nods. "He was quiet," the woman recalls. "Never caused any problems like some customers. I sure hope they find him." read full story
Timeline: Tracking the Dashad Smith case
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Jan 10th 5:05am

Timeline: Tracking the Dashad Smith case

November 20, late afternoon: Smith talks to father, Dean Smith, for 37 minutes.         read full story