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The walls on the Garage go up, up, up
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Jan 8th 1:15pm

The walls on the Garage go up, up, up

The Garage, Charlottesville's tiniest all-purpose venue, was the victim of a car smashing through its walls in September from the Hill and Wood Funeral Service parking lot. The errant elderly driver left a gaping hole when she plowed through the south wall, and the crash caused the north wall of the early 20th-century structure to bulge. Not only that, but the structure has double brick walls, so four walls need to be replaced, says David Mawyer with Foxfire Construction. read full story
Dragas vote: Will rector keep her job?
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Jan 7th 6:47pm

Dragas vote: Will rector keep her job?

The turmoil at the University of Virginia that began in June with the firing of President Teresa Sullivan continues six months later with the upcoming General Assembly confirmation of the appointment of Rector Helen Dragas– and opponents calling for her head. Despite being perhaps the most notorious rector in UVA's history– and inspiring a 2,000-signature petition to the General Assembly opposing her confirmation– the Virginia Beach real estate developer has dug in her heels, and racked up some prominent supporters, including U.S. Senator Mark Warner. read full story
Former Boy Scout leader, alleged Fashion Square abductor in court
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Jan 7th 12:25pm

Former Boy Scout leader, alleged Fashion Square abductor in court

David Brian Watkins, the former Boy Scout leader charged with the forcible sodomy of a juvenile November 28, waived a preliminary hearing in Albemarle Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court January 7. Watkins is being held without bond, and his case goes before the grand jury February 4. read full story
2013 Fiction contest: Grisham's ready for you!
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Jan 7th 12:08pm

2013 Fiction contest: Grisham's ready for you!

2013 Hook Short Story Contest Deadline: 5pm on Tuesday, February 5 We don't mess around and don't observe postmarks; the manuscript must be in the Hook newsroom by this time and date. Entry fee: $5 per story, maximum two stories Mail or carry entry and fee to: Short Story Contest The Hook 100 Second St. NW Charlottesville, VA 22902 ~Questions? Call 434-295-8700 x 236 read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Jan 7th 7:37am

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"I'm a voodoo child baby, I don't take no for an answer" read full story
Zero Dark flashy: Bin Laden movie intrigues, doesn't illuminate
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Jan 4th 12:13pm

Zero Dark flashy: Bin Laden movie intrigues, doesn't illuminate

Osama bin Laden is dead, which everybody knows, and the principal facts leading up to that are also well-known. The decision to market "Zero Dark Thirty as a thriller therefore takes a certain amount of courage, even given the fascination with this most zero and dark of deaths. (The title is spy-speak for "half past midnight," the time of bin Laden's death.) read full story
Mayan mayhem
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Jan 3rd 10:38am

Mayan mayhem

Roseberry's lens
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Jan 3rd 10:23am

Roseberry's lens

Photographer Ed Roseberry, a man whose images constitute a powerful record of more than 50 years, was on the job at Charlottesville's 250th birthday celebration, shooting with his trusty twin lens Rollieflex. read full story
Family feeling: The Farmhouse at Veritas Vineyards
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Jan 3rd 7:06am

Family feeling: The Farmhouse at Veritas Vineyards

Owners Andrew and Patricia Hodson opened Afton's Veritas Vineyards in 2002, and within a few years their daughter, winemaker Emily Pelton, was winning awards, including taking the top prize in the National Women’s Wine Competition in 2007. read full story
What should be done to reduce school violence?
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Jan 3rd 5:31am
Fear and learning: School districts and property values intertwine
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Jan 3rd 5:05am

Fear and learning: School districts and property values intertwine

Redistricting has been a hot topic of late for many families in Albemarle County. Parents of students attending potentially affected schools have expressed concerns about the impact redistricting could have on a range of issues that included academic performance, diversity, distance and, of course, social interactions with established teachers and friends. read full story
Letter from the Editor
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Jan 2nd 10:23pm

Letter from the Editor

Greetings Hook readers,The beginning of a new year is always a good time for a fresh start, and 2013 marks an exciting new chapter for the Hook. As many of you may have already heard, Hook founding editor and C-VILLE co-founder Hawes Spencer has moved on to launch the next adventure in his journalism career, and while he will be deeply missed by those of us who have worked alongside him for years, the spirit of investigative reporting for which he is known lives on in us. read full story
Property auctions
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Jan 2nd 10:04pm

Property auctions

January 3 at noon at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 3672 Stony Point Road Debtor: James A. Morris Original amount owing: $205,000 Bidder brings: $26,000 or 10 percent sale price Info: Rosenberg & Associates LLC 301-907-8000 read full story
Armed ed: Should teachers be packing heat?
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Jan 2nd 2:00pm

Armed ed: Should teachers be packing heat?

"Schools should be places of safety and sanctuary and learning. When that sanctuary is violated, the impact is felt in every American classroom and every American community."– President George W. Bush, April 16, 2007, following the deadliest single-gunman school shootings in U.S. history at Virginia Tech. read full story
'Impossible' impact: Tsunami film an Oscar contender
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Jan 2nd 12:30pm

'Impossible' impact: Tsunami film an Oscar contender

The tsunami that devastated the Pacific Basin in the winter of 2004 remains one of the worst natural disasters in history, and although I assumed its climax as shown in Clint Eastwood's film Hereafter (2010) would never be surpassed, that was before I'd seen The Impossible. Here is a searing film of human tragedy.     The Impossible Starring: Ewan McGregor, Naomi Watts, Tom Holland Director: Juan Antonio Bayona 114 minutes - PG-13 read full story
The week in review
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Jan 2nd 10:05am

The week in review

Worst rumor: That something will happen at Albemarle High on the Mayan Doomsday December 21– one week after the horrific massacre of first graders in Newtown, Connecticut. Albemarle police investigate and say they have found no basis for the allegations. read full story
FunStuff: January 3 beyond
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Dec 31st 9:17am

FunStuff: January 3 beyond

Downton Abbey premiere read full story
Self-serving: The 'Hook' goes into time capsule
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Dec 29th 3:14pm

Self-serving: The 'Hook' goes into time capsule

In 50 years, although print media may well be a thing of the past, one local paper will be around when the time capsule stored at the Albemarle Charlottesville Historical Society gets popped open in 2062. Three issues of the Hook– Year in Review: The Best and Worst of 2012, and the 2011 Year in Review– were sealed away on December 23, along with the Hook Book, a photo-rich romp through local history. read full story
Somewhere in America
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Dec 28th 9:41am

Somewhere in America

By Hilary Holladay Somewhere in America, as I write this, you sit hunched over a laptop in your family’s basement planning a rampage. You are male and young—eighteen, nineteen, maybe twenty. You are not black or gay or transgendered. You are not poor. You are not dumb. No one would call you disadvantaged. read full story
Murder-suicide: Rio Mills standoff leaves two men dead
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Dec 28th 5:25am

Murder-suicide: Rio Mills standoff leaves two men dead

A neighbor had heard gunshots before behind the Rio Mills Road house where two men were found dead December 26, but she didn't that day. "We heard nothing yesterday," says Charlotte Pusey. "We never heard one gunshot throughout the entire ordeal." Pusey was home the day after Christmas when she noticed blue lights around noon in front of 2525 Rio Mills Road, a house owned by James T. "Sonny" Marshall. read full story
People Project: Sprouse clicks with Cville's everyman
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Dec 21st 11:59am

People Project: Sprouse clicks with Cville's everyman

“I believe that we come to know a city through the people who live there, so my goal is to depict the city of Charlottesville through its inhabitants,” writes Keith Alan Sprouse, of his new initiative, the Cville People Project. Inspired by Humans of New York (HONY), Sprouse has, since May, been hitting the Downtown Mall every Friday, rain or shine, and toting his camera to events and festivals around town in order to create a kind of “photographic census” of the place where we live.  read full story
Skipping town: Where should I put all my stuff?
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Dec 20th 1:34pm

Skipping town: Where should I put all my stuff?

By Lucy Sankey Russell read full story
Sullivan reinstated June 26
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Dec 20th 5:05am

Sullivan reinstated June 26

• Due to an editing error not caught by presstime, the date of the reinstatement of President Sullivan was wrong in last week's cover story sidebar, "Person of the Year: The runners up..." It was June 26, not June 23. • In the same story, we misstated the location of the overlap of Teresa Sullivan and her outspoken defender Siva Vaidhyanathan. Sullivan was the graduate dean at the University of Texas when Vaidhyanathan was a graduate student there. read full story
The fiscal cliff
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Dec 20th 5:05am
Farewell
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Dec 20th 5:05am

Farewell

With this issue, I bring more than a decade at the helm of the Hook to a close. The timing is right for me to make the move for personal and professional reasons. And unlike my last newspaper departure nearly 11 years ago, this one is a planned transition. For you, the reader, the Hook has in place a news team that is unparalleled in judgment and experience, and they are perfectly prepared to continue bringing you stories that matter. As for me, I'll remain in Charlottesville in the field of journalism. read full story
Property auctions
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Dec 20th 1:53am

Property auctions

December 20 at 10am at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 381 Minor Ridge Road Debtor: Bart C. Neumann Original amount owing: $192,000 Bidder brings: $11,000 or 10 percent sale price Info: ALG Trustee LLC 703-777-7101 read full story
Cville yum! Charlottesville Restaurant Week coming January 21-27
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Dec 19th 6:54pm

Cville yum! Charlottesville Restaurant Week coming January 21-27

Eat like a king for just $29 or $36 
in Charlottesville, Virginia– and help local food producers! read full story
Cliffhanger: The best-- and worst-- of 2012
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Dec 19th 6:38pm

Cliffhanger: The best-- and worst-- of 2012

When Mark Warner was governor, he once told the Hook the most annoying thing about Charlottesville was its belief that it is the center of the universe. Guess what? In 2012, Charlottesville was the center of the universe. During the contentious presidential campaign, President Barack Obama, Bruce Springsteen, and Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan all flocked here. So did the Dalai Lama. And when the Olympics were happening in London, UVA athletes brought home the gold. read full story
Spy-cam finale: Former UVA law student sentenced
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Dec 19th 3:50pm

Spy-cam finale: Former UVA law student sentenced

Joshua Gomes, the second-year UVA law student arrested for breaking into Carruthers Hall and planting a coat-hook camera in the registrar's office, got a three-year suspended sentence in court December 18. Judge Edward Hogshire also ordered Gomes, 26, who now lives in Connecticut, to remain on good behavior for 10 years. Related stories Spy-cam case: Hormone imbalance suggested in UVA Law student B&E read full story
What was the most memorable Charlottesville event of 2012?
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Dec 18th 4:50pm
The week in review
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Dec 18th 2:54pm

The week in review

Latest abduction: Mark L. Weiner, 52, of Barboursville, is charged after allegedly giving a ride from Charlottesville to Pantops to an adult female early December 13 and taking her against her will to a remote location off of Richmond Road. At the December 17 bond hearing, Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford said the last thing the woman remembered was Weiner putting a cloth over her face, Ted Strong reports in the Progress. Weiner, a manager at the Branchlands Drive Food Lion, was denied bond and will be back in court January 3. read full story
Judgment day: 6 lawyers vie for juvenile court bench
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Dec 18th 2:29pm

Judgment day: 6 lawyers vie for juvenile court bench

Six attorneys sat before their Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association peers to argue why they were the best person to take a soon-to-be vacated seat in Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court when Judge Dwight Johnson retires January 31. The bar's judicial endorsements committee will rate the six candidates following the December 17 forum, and the person deemed most qualified gets the local nod and is almost always a shoo-in for confirmation by the General Assembly. All the legislators for in the 16th Judicial Circuit are notified of the bar's recommendation. read full story
Food explosion: The 2012 restaurant round-up
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Dec 18th 1:23pm

Food explosion: The 2012 restaurant round-up

The year in food was marked by something surprising, considering the economy: the opening and/or re-purposing of a lot of new restaurants and eateries, over 40 at least. Of course, there were also many great restaurant stories throughout the year, and here are a few. read full story
Ebert's picks: Tigers, beasts, heroes, and therapists compete early for Hollywood's biggest prizes
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Dec 18th 12:11pm

Ebert's picks: Tigers, beasts, heroes, and therapists compete early for Hollywood's biggest prizes

With the 2013 Oscarcast moved up to February 24, movie fans are already in a lather over the possible nominees, especially since again this year there can be "up to" 10 finalists in the best picture category. read full story
Seeking Sage: Reward offered in case of missing teen
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Dec 18th 2:14am

Seeking Sage: Reward offered in case of missing teen

Nearly a month after Charlottesville teen Dashad "Sage" Smith vanished on November 20, after last being seen around the 500 block of West Main Street, Charlottesville Police have announced a $10,000 reward for information leading to his whereabouts. read full story
Looking forward, looking back
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Dec 17th 10:05pm

Looking forward, looking back

    Our local housing market saw a bit of a rebound in 2012, as reported by both Nest Realty and CAAR (the Charlottesville-Albemarle Association of Realtors), and now that the year is drawing to a close, a number of us are wondering what might be in store for 2013. read full story
Video by the Lake thrives by competition
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Dec 17th 3:16pm

Video by the Lake thrives by competition

I just wanted to alert you to the fact that my son owns a successful video store in Palmyra, Fluvanna County. [News, December 13: "Fiscal cliff: Sneak Reviews may not last the month"] read full story
Pie tech: Local start-uppers meet... and eat
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Dec 17th 9:08am

Pie tech: Local start-uppers meet... and eat

Used to be, having your head in the clouds wasn't such a good trait if you wanted to start a business. Not anymore. In fact, sitting around a conference room table in Lewis and Clark Square on a recent December afternoon, eating pie with folks from various local tech companies as part of a new tech meet-up group known as the Charlottesville Ninjas, it becomes clear that if your head isn't in "The Cloud," you're behind the times. read full story
Bald is beautiful
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Dec 17th 6:06am
Unlikely duo: Story of two women nominated for 7 indie awards
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Dec 17th 4:04am

Unlikely duo: Story of two women nominated for 7 indie awards

In another time and another place, Starlet could have inspired a short story by Chekhov or O. Henry — a story about two women, one 22, the other 85, who are linked by one of those accidental plot twists explaining why they come together. Indeed, for almost an hour, the story is all the movie is about: That, and performances so effective they're enough all by themselves, even while we know next to nothing about the characters. read full story