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Charlottesville-lovin’ greeters sought
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Nov 2nd 10:05am

Charlottesville-lovin’ greeters sought

The people running two "fun-filled trains" that'll roll into town tomorrow and Sunday are looking for 750 people to volunteer to welcome the tourists to downtown. What's in it for the greeters? read full story
Staunton knows it when it watches it
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Nov 1st 9:30pm

Staunton knows it when it watches it

A Staunton grand jury has determined that a local businessman might be a felon for purveying smut to the unsuspecting citizens of that elegant city on a hill. According to a report tonight on NBC29, a porno-watching grand jury decided that Rick Krial and his business, After Hours Video, should be indicted on eight felony– yes, felony!– and four misdemean read full story
Snap o’ the day: dawning Main
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Nov 1st 10:21am

Snap o’ the day: dawning Main

Today's shot was taken from a vehicle stopped at the corner of Main and JPA, an area that will likely change in coming years as UVA develops its South Lawn Project, its cancer center, and as Bill Atwood develops his so-call read full story
Tech families get $208,000
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Nov 1st 6:11am

Tech families get $208,000

Relatives of those killed in the Virginia Tech massacre will receive checks for $208,000, the Virginian-Pilot reported Tuesday. The money is administered by the same man who administered the 9/11 fund. read full story
Robot reck: Tommy Jr.’s out
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Nov 1st 5:59am

Robot reck: Tommy Jr.’s out

Charlottesville-based robot car Tommy Jr. has fallen out of the competition for a $2 million first prize, the Daily Progress reports this morning. Tommy Jr., you may recall, got a beer and pizza party from his engineers and friends before setting off to the government contest in California. read full story
Emory spots Jacques Frost
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Nov 1st 5:54am

Emory spots Jacques Frost

Bill Emory, a talented visual chronicler of the changing scenes of Charlottesville and Albemarle noted Monday something that might have escaped your notice if you slept in: the season's first frost. (Yesterday, he went back to 1972 with an image of the building that now houses the Tractor Supply store.) read full story
HookCast for November 1, 2007
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Oct 31st 10:39am

HookCast for November 1, 2007

Virginia Film Festival celebrates 20 years, brings Turturro and Thomas to town; Toxins in local schools; Builders face financial trouble; Staunton News Leader reporter made it all up Plus: -Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) sets Pavilion attendance record -Tiki Barber draws a crowd at the UVA bookstore -Why the Film Festival won't be the same this year without Roger Ebert # read full story
Abshire civil suit continued
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Oct 30th 5:10pm

Abshire civil suit continued

The husband of a young woman killed in a hit and run near Barboursville last November 3 was due in Charlottesville District Court today to answer a claim that he defaulted on a loan; however, car trouble kept him away. A post-it note stuck to his file revealed Eric Dee Abshire had called to say his car had broken down on Route 3, and that he was awaiting a tow-truck to assist him in getting to court. read full story
Who killed the Ruckersville Parkway?
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Oct 30th 4:17pm

Who killed the Ruckersville Parkway?

map: CharlottesvilleTomorrow.org With the recent state opinion that Charlottesville could owe $45 million for what's been spent so far on the Route 29 Bypass, a question has arisen in the Hook newsroom: who killed the Ruckersville Parkway? Short answer: the County supervisors. read full story
Bond makes ‘Most Influential Liberals’ list
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Oct 30th 3:26pm

Bond makes ‘Most Influential Liberals’ list

This week, the London Daily Telegraph publishes its lists of the "100 Most Influential" American liberals and conservatives, and although the paper has revealed only 100 through 61 (editors are counting up to #1), Charlottesville has already made an appearance. read full story
Halloween hostess horror hits home
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Oct 30th 1:51pm

Halloween hostess horror hits home

Kroger has recalled over 500 pounds of its house-brand smoked salmon dip in Virginia and 16 other states because it may be contaminated with Listeria, NBC29 reports. Meanwhile, holiday hostesses scramble to find a color-coordinated substitute for the potentially fatal 7.5-ounce smoked salmon dip ("use by" date November 4), Cajun salmon dip, southern crab dip, and sundried tomato crab. read full story
Once wrongly jailed woman back in jail
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Oct 30th 11:01am

Once wrongly jailed woman back in jail

Jennifer White spent an extra month in jail when a grand jury did not indict her August 20, but her attorney couldn't get that information from the Charlottesville clerk's office until September 21, leaving her in the slammer until a hearing could be called September 25. White is back in jail again. read full story
Obama sets Pavilion attendance record
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Oct 30th 8:24am

Obama sets Pavilion attendance record

Whether Barack Obama (D) ultimately becomes President of the United States, the senator from Illinois has already made history in Charlottesville. read full story
PAC emerges… and endorses Lunsford
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Oct 29th 5:18pm

PAC emerges… and endorses Lunsford

Local citizens recently formed a political action committee dedicated to the rights of crime victims, and less than two weeks before the November 6 election, have made an endorsement in the Albemarle commonwealth's attorney race. Crime Victims United of Virginia members include downtown businesswoman Joan Fenton (right), who served as chair of the Charlottesville Board o read full story
UVA ousts for ‘honor’ only
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Oct 29th 11:47am

UVA ousts for ‘honor’ only

A recent report in the Virginian-Pilot finds that UVA has not expelled a single student for anything other than infractions of the school's vaunted Honor Code in the past five years. The Pilot story, written to explore safety in the wake of the Virginia Tech massacre, compares expulsions at various state universities. While UVA topped the tally with 115, tiny honor-infused VMI, with 67 expulsions, appears to have the highest rate. read full story
The day the Comcast stood still
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Oct 29th 11:37am

The day the Comcast stood still

The Monday morning routine was slightly altered this morning for thousands of Charlottesville-area Comcast cable customers. Those who usually start their day by tuning in to CNN's American Morning, or ESPN's Sportscenter, or even Tom & Jerry on the Cartoon Network tuned in only to find their favorite shows stuck in a freeze frame. read full story
Burn ban could be lifted Monday
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Oct 26th 1:23pm

Burn ban could be lifted Monday

A week after Gov. read full story
Drought status? RWSA might reconsider
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Oct 26th 11:42am

Drought status? RWSA might reconsider

Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority executive director Tom Frederick tells the Hook this morning that the recent rain– up to two inches thus far in the current storm– has raised water levels between four and 12 inches in all but one local reservoir and that his organization will det read full story
Inmate bugged?
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Oct 24th 3:31pm

Inmate bugged?

Once again, the Hook has received some unusual mail from an inmate at the Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. read full story
HookCast for October 25, 2007
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Oct 24th 12:51pm

HookCast for October 25, 2007

Entertainment overload; Abshire homicide investigation continues; County misses gas leak near church; Under the Roof building sells for big bucks Plus: *Kristina Cruise's new world *City Commonwealth's Attorney Dave Chapman in the HotSeat *Darjeeling Limited has limited appeal # read full story
Radiohead to sign with ATO?
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Oct 23rd 4:14pm

Radiohead to sign with ATO?

When Dave Matthews and Coran Capshaw founded ATO Records, they had the financial resources of one of the world's biggest bands with which to build read full story
Kristina’s new world: WLWT in Cincinnati
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Oct 19th 5:16pm

Kristina’s new world: WLWT in Cincinnati

Former NBC29 anchor Kristina Cruise, who was "reassigned" to general reporting earlier this year to make room for another anchor, has disappeared from the NBC29 website. But not to worry, Kristina fans. read full story
Under the Roof moving over the mountain
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Oct 19th 3:56pm

Under the Roof moving over the mountain

Those walking and driving along West Main this week may have noticed the "Emergency Liquidation" banner hanging outside Under the Roof and wondered if it meant the end for the high-end furniture store. read full story
Another accident on wreck-plagued 151
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Oct 19th 11:58am

Another accident on wreck-plagued 151

There's been another wreck on Route 151, but this morning's accident does not appear to be fatal. read full story
3 for 3: bans bring rain
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Oct 19th 10:05am

3 for 3: bans bring rain

This was the 8am commute scene on West Main Street, and this is the third time that a public drought measure has been ridiculed by the rain gods. read full story
No fry zone: Guv bans burns
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Oct 18th 5:17pm

No fry zone: Guv bans burns

In light of recent dry conditions, today Gov. Tim Kaine (D) declared a state of emergency and enacted a ban on open fires across the Commonwealth beginning at 12:01am tomorrow– i.e. a minute after midnight tonight. read full story
Stun gun robbery suspect arrested
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Oct 18th 5:14pm

Stun gun robbery suspect arrested

Police say they've arrested the man believed to be the Stun Gun Robber– Taquan Lovelle Anderson, who is charged in the October 11 robbery of a Cherry Avenue Exxon clerk who was zapped when closing the store and was carrying the night deposit. read full story
Latter back
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Oct 18th 11:07am

Latter back

After a not-quite-voluntary hiatus, Daily Progress art critic Ruth Latter is back in today's paper. read full story
‘Is that a ferret?’ UVA video wins prize
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Oct 17th 8:58pm

‘Is that a ferret?’ UVA video wins prize

A UVA-produced video warning students of the perils of showing their nutty sides on the web has won an award from the Association for Computing Machinery's Special Interest Group for University and College Computing Services. The 70-second video stars drama graduate student Ryan Stinnett and was written and directed by Scott Crittenden, a systems analyst in UVA's Information Technology and Communication div read full story
See video from last night’s ‘lie-in’
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Oct 17th 4:24pm

See video from last night’s ‘lie-in’

To commemorate the 6-month anniversary of the Virginia Tech shootings and protest what they see as lax gun laws, a group of 32 demonstrators gathered on the South Lawn at the University of Virginia last night. read full story
No ‘Smoothie’ re-entry for Beebe
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Oct 17th 2:43pm

No ‘Smoothie’ re-entry for Beebe

A month after rape apologizer William Beebe left the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail after serving six months for a 1982 fraternity house sexual assault, he has settled in Chesterfield County just south of Richmond. read full story
Tommy Jr. trackable as he crosses America
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Oct 17th 12:03pm

Tommy Jr. trackable as he crosses America

Tommy Jr., the robotic car set to compete for the $2 million prize in an upcoming Defense Department competition in California, can be tracked on the internet on his way to the big race (he just passed through L read full story
HookCast for October 18, 2007
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Oct 16th 5:01pm

HookCast for October 18, 2007

Local elections heat up; Charlottesville Wrecker driver in tragic accident; Smelling smoke on Rio Road; Million-dollar suit in Buckingham sheriff's race Plus: *The Crozet Music Festival *Controversy over a new Darden School building *Where to go to eat in the dark # read full story
GOP chooses convention for ‘08
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Oct 16th 2:41pm

GOP chooses convention for ‘08

Over the weekend, the Republican Party of Virginia opted for a convention rather than a statewide primary vote to choose its nominee for retiring Senator John Warner's seat in 2008. read full story
RWSA continues drought warning
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Oct 16th 1:11pm

RWSA continues drought warning

In the face of a continued dry spell and a forecast from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration that drought conditions are likely to "persist or intensify" in this area, the Rivanna Wa read full story
‘Lie-in’ six months after Tech massacre
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Oct 15th 5:17pm

‘Lie-in’ six months after Tech massacre

The six-month anniversary of Virginia Tech massacre will be commemorated tomorrow on the UVA Lawn as 32 students lie down in protest. The participants represent the fallen students and teachers whose lives were taken in Blacksburg on April 16. read full story
Turturro, Thomas added to Film Fest bill
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Oct 15th 2:42pm

Turturro, Thomas added to Film Fest bill

Actor and director John Turturro is the latest addition to this year's Virginia Film Festival lineup. read full story
The more K-Mart changes, the more it stays the same
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Oct 15th 1:24pm

The more K-Mart changes, the more it stays the same

The anonymous tip came in late last week. Big news. Orange stripes on K-Mart. "They're painting it as a Home Depot," said the tipster. read full story
Monticello Media launches ‘Tom@107.5′
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Oct 12th 5:20pm

Monticello Media launches ‘Tom@107.5′

Only a month after acquiring Clear Channel's six Charlottesville radio stations, Monticello Media Group is already heralding change in the local radio market. At 5pm today, they launched the new Tom@107.5, based on the idea that they will play "Anything. Anytime." "Tom is anything but traditional," heralds a press release. read full story
Charges likely in fatal Wrecker wreck
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Oct 12th 11:55am

Charges likely in fatal Wrecker wreck

The driver of a Charlottesville Wrecker Service tow truck may soon face felony charges for his role in a recent accident that killed a young Culpeper couple and left a third man lingering in a coma six weeks later, his family unsure whether he'll ever awaken. The accident happened Saturday, September 1, a day that should have marked the first page in a happy chapter for 19-year-old Victoria "Tori" Bu read full story