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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
Mom, triathlete, businesswoman, hero
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Oct 11th 3:55pm

Mom, triathlete, businesswoman, hero

Less than a year after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in January, Albemarle County mother, triathlete, and businesswoman Robin Maxwell has another title, thanks to a national news network. read full story
UVA’s $37 million Bavaro Hall built on student loans
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Oct 11th 3:14pm

UVA’s $37 million Bavaro Hall built on student loans

Last Friday, October 5, UVA president John Casteen and others got to wield fancy shovels and break ground on yet another multi-million dollar building project, this time the $37 million Bavaro Hall, the long-awaited addition to the Curry School of Education, which will double the size of the school. Casteen called the new building "absol read full story
Jews now 10% of UVA
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Oct 11th 10:04am

Jews now 10% of UVA

The Jewish Ledger, a weekly newspaper, finds that UVA has just joined another elite club, the universities that have a student population that's at least 10 percent Jewish. The Ledger got the info from Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life. read full story
Hookcast for October 11, 2007
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Oct 11th 8:56am

Hookcast for October 11, 2007

Dick Mountjoy's sound of silence, Charges tossed in supremacist's trial, Brutality alleged in arrest of couple FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK NEWSPAPER ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA, THIS IS THE HOOKCAST FOR THE WEEK OF... read full story
Cox named Director of Design at NEA
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Oct 9th 5:35pm

Cox named Director of Design at NEA

UVA professor of Architecture and past Charlottesville mayor Maurice Cox has been appointed director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts, according to a UVA press release. During his two-year appointment, the release states, Cox will oversee the Mayors' Institute on City Design, Governors' Institute on Community Design and the You read full story
Buckingham sheriff sues PAC for $3.35 million
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Oct 9th 4:27pm

Buckingham sheriff sues PAC for $3.35 million

The heated Buckingham sheriff's race just got hotter. Sheriff Danny Williams, who's in a fiercely contested race against William G. read full story