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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
Caveat emptor: Mold house auctioned off
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Oct 9th 4:17pm

Caveat emptor: Mold house auctioned off

The house on 2207 Wayne Avenue that was supposed to be the dream home of Larry Butler and Judit Szaloki was foreclosed upon and sold at auction September 24. read full story
General to run for Warner’s seat?
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Oct 9th 12:18pm

General to run for Warner’s seat?

Though he recently stepped down as President Bush's top military man, four-star Marine general and former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Peter Pace may not yet be finished in Washington. read full story
Tragic trifecta: 3rd Shifflett sought
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Oct 8th 2:54pm

Tragic trifecta: 3rd Shifflett sought

A third brother in the family notorious for dodging felony warrants is now being sought by Albemarle County Police, according to a report on NBC29. Nearly a year ago, authorities conducted manhunts for Jeffrey Shifflett and Elvis Shifflett, the latter of whom they shot at the end of a standoff in a field. read full story
Lewis & Clark host Columbus Day protesters
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Oct 8th 11:40am

Lewis & Clark host Columbus Day protesters

Downtown schlubs who didn't get a Columbus Day vacation at least got to catch a glam protest at the foot of the Lewis and Clark statue on the way to work. Wearing evening gowns and beauty pageant sashes, a half-dozen or so protesters hoisted banners decrying the white man's treatment of Native Americans in general and Sacagawea in particular, at West Main and Ridge streets this morning. read full story
Water Street design contest winners!
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Oct 5th 5:57pm

Water Street design contest winners!

The results are in for the City sponsored design contest for the Water Street parking lots, and here they are, courtesy of the Charlottesville Community Design Center: [caption id="attachment_17902" align="alignleft" width="140" caption="First place"] read full story
Open burn: Smoke heats up Belvedere’s neighbors
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Oct 5th 5:24pm

Open burn: Smoke heats up Belvedere’s neighbors

Residents in and around the Dunlora subdivision on Rio Road have noticed–as have travelers on Rio Road–a giant fire that's been burning for weeks in nearby woods. In fact, in the evening many have noticed sparks, smoke, and light well above the tree line. "It's like a campfire," says County assistant fire chief James Barber, "but on a larger scale." The conflagration is part of a land-clearing effort by Stonehaus Inc. read full story
Crystalphonic goes bankrupt
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Oct 5th 5:16pm

Crystalphonic goes bankrupt

Only four years after opening its doors, Charlottesville's multi-million dollar recording facility Crystalphonic Recording Studio has declared bankruptcy and will sell off much of its contents at an auction on Thursday, October 11, according to a classified ad that's been running in the Daily Progress. read full story
HookCast for October 4, 2007
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Oct 4th 5:19pm

HookCast for October 4, 2007

Fatal fraternity crash, Pig farmers busted, Clerical error keeps two jailed ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Fatal roll: 1982 fraternity crash still affecting lives Sixty-four young men had packed themselves into the windowless cargo hold of a U-Haul truck on their way to a party in Lynchburg. They never got there. read full story
Beauty queens for Sacagawea
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Oct 4th 3:15pm

Beauty queens for Sacagawea

Miss Representation and Miss Informed promenade the Downtown Mall seeking 500 signatures for a petition to correct the portrayal of Lewis and Clark guide Sacagawea in the statue at Ridge and West Main. "We object to the sexist and inaccurate representation," says Miss Informed (Kelly Silliman). read full story
Sayles to headline Film Festival
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Oct 4th 1:33pm

Sayles to headline Film Festival

Virginia Film Festival director Richard Herskowitz announced this morning that Academy Award-nominated writer and director John Sayles will headline opening night of this year's celebration. read full story
Pool problems
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Oct 3rd 11:47pm

Pool problems

Charlottesville's Head of Parks and Rec Mike Svetz gave a lesson on the three "r"s tonight, but he wasn't talking readin', 'riting and 'rithmatic. read full story
Grisham sued by DA over The Innocent Man
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Oct 3rd 7:33pm

Grisham sued by DA over The Innocent Man

On Friday, two men featured in best-selling author John Grisham's non-fiction debut The Innocent Man filed suit against Charlottesville's most famous scribe and his publisher in Eastern Oklahoma Federal Court for "civil conspiracy to commit libel, publicity placing a person in a false light read full story
Charges tossed in supremacist’s trial
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Oct 3rd 6:01pm

Charges tossed in supremacist’s trial

A federal judge dismissed two felony charges today against Kevin Strom, the founder of the Aryan-lovin' National Vanguard, charged with enticing a 10-year-old girl to perform sexual acts and witness intimidation and obstruction. Shortly after the prosecution rested its case around 11:30am on the read full story
Apologizing robber gets 11 years
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Oct 3rd 5:26pm

Apologizing robber gets 11 years

On October 1, Bank robbery apologist Jeffery Alan Adams, 38, was sentenced to 11 years and three months on October 1 for attempting to rob the Union Bank & Trust on the Downtown Mall. read full story
Beta Bridge gets a peeling
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Oct 3rd 4:47pm

Beta Bridge gets a peeling

For the first time in what UVA facilities experts estimate to be about 13 years, ever-painted Beta Bridge has gotten a peel-back. And it happened organically, according to an article in InsideUVA. read full story
Gravity Lounge packs ââ?¬Ë?em in
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Oct 3rd 4:23pm

Gravity Lounge packs ââ?¬Ë?em in

In a feat that would impress even those venues with many more resources, the Gravity Lounge appears to be booked solid for the next few months. read full story
McGuffey Park update: The spicas have sprung
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Oct 3rd 10:54am

McGuffey Park update: The spicas have sprung

The spicas, spinner bowls, and edge climbing structure have all arrived at McGuffey Park as part of its $679,000-plus renovation. read full story
Cement truck driver indicted
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Oct 3rd 6:39am

Cement truck driver indicted

An Albemarle grand jury has indicted the man accused of accidentally rolling the cement truck he was driving onto a car on Route 53. William Donald Sprouse of Scottsville stands charged with reckless driving and involuntary manslaughter, according to a story in this morning's Daily Progress. The June 21 accident fatally injured Jessica Lester, the passenger in a car with her husband. read full story
Strom enticement, intimidation trial begins
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Oct 2nd 6:25pm

Strom enticement, intimidation trial begins

The founder of the white supremacist National Vanguard, Kevin Strom, 50, went on trial today for enticing a minor and intimidating a witness– the witness being his wife, Elisha Strom. In a quavery voice, Elisha Strom, 32, testified about finding her husband naked and aroused, looking at photos of two girls whose heads had be read full story
‘Little Eichmanns’ quotester to speak
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Oct 2nd 1:37pm

‘Little Eichmanns’ quotester to speak

One of America's more polarizing figures, the man who defended the 9/11 terrorists while claiming that the victims were agents of their own destruction, or "little Eichmanns" as he so famously put it, Ward Churchill, is scheduled to speak in Charlottesville this Friday. His talk happens at 9pm in conjunction with what's been billed as the East Coast p read full story
Crutchfield #1 in Consumer Reports
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Oct 2nd 8:48am

Crutchfield #1 in Consumer Reports

Charlottesville-based Crutchfield is ranked the #1 online electronics store, beating Amazon, Costco, Circuit City, and BestBuy, in the November issue of Consumer Reports. Although Amazon and others offered lower prices, Crutchfield got top marks for customer service and ease of returns (the latter providing us locals with groovy deals on returned merch). read full story
Flying thief caught by frat guys
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Oct 2nd 5:51am

Flying thief caught by frat guys

Members of UVA's Sigma Phi Epsilon house watched in disbelief as a 16-year-old Charlottesvillian leapt out a second-story window of their Madison Lane fraternity clutching allegedly stolen goods, but they pursued and caught the rascal around 3am Sunday, according to a story in this morning's Cavalier Daily. read full story
No-knock police raid surprises local journalist
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Oct 1st 5:29pm

No-knock police raid surprises local journalist

Update 10/3/07: According to Charlottesville Police Captain Bryant Bibb, officers were responding to a 911 call from someone in Tubbs' Harmon Hammond Street neighborhood who had reported an attempted break-in. read full story
Easters cancellation 25 years ago recalled
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Sep 29th 8:14am

Easters cancellation 25 years ago recalled

A Hook journalist recently came across this poster which appears to have been created after the November 1982 announcement that UVA was attempting to cancel Easters, an annual Bacchanal centered around Mad Bowl. The poster shows then-Dean of Students Robert Canevari as the infamous Dr. read full story
Slurry Dylan wins applause
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Sep 29th 8:12am

Slurry Dylan wins applause

A talented backup band plus a career based on creatively questioning his elders combined to satisfy at least two fans of Bob Dylan, reviewers in Style Weekly and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. read full story
Pork bust: Local farmers arrested
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Sep 27th 5:38pm

Pork bust: Local farmers arrested

The owners of the Double H Farm in Nelson County, Richard Bean, 62, and Jean Rinaldi, 60, were arrested last Friday, September 21 for violating FDA regulations regarding the processing and labeling of their pork products. In addition, Virginia Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services agents seized Double H pork products from area restaurants last week, including an entire roasting pig from the South African restaurant Shebeen, which was "denatured" (made inedible) on the spot using a bleach solution, according to Rinaldi. read full story
Spivey gets 21 months for sexual abuse
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Sep 27th 4:49pm

Spivey gets 21 months for sexual abuse

As an indication of how established and well-regarded former Charlottesville High School choir director Jonathan Spivey was in the community, the chairman of the city School Board, Alvin Edwards, showed up to support him at his sentencing hearing today for read full story
Pick your Water Street design!
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Sep 26th 4:16pm

Pick your Water Street design!

This past weekend at the Charlottesville Community Design Center, the general public and a selected jury had a chance to vote on their favorite designs for the Water Street parking lots. It was all part of a design contest the City sponsored to generate ideas for a potential developer. read full story
Stones’ tour grabs #1 in Guinness Book
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Sep 26th 2:59pm

Stones’ tour grabs #1 in Guinness Book

Though their Scott Stadium show was nearly two years ago now, the Rolling Stones' "Bigger Bang" tour is still making headlines. Rolling Stone's "Rock and Roll Daily" blog reports today that Mick, Keith, and company are jumpin' jack flash in cash, cash, cash. read full story
HookCast for September 26, 2007
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Sep 26th 11:10am

HookCast for September 26, 2007

ON THIS WEEK'S COVER:¢ââ??¬šAutumn of love: Locals look back on the summer of '67 Where were you in 1967, the so-called "Summer of Love," and how was that summer different from this one? read full story
New Cabell won’t be demoed
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Sep 26th 6:41am

New Cabell won’t be demoed

UVA's mammoth undergraduate classroom building, New Cabell Hall, long slated for the wrecking ball as part of the South Lawn Project, will not be demolished, according to a story in this morning's Cavalier Daily, which points to funding read full story
Paperwork snafu = month behind bars
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Sep 25th 6:26pm

Paperwork snafu = month behind bars

When Jennifer Dowell White went before a Charlottesville grand jury August 20, jury members declined to indict her on charges of obtaining money under false pretenses. read full story
Hawkins rebounds from mortgage debacle
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Sep 25th 4:10pm

Hawkins rebounds from mortgage debacle

Nearly two months ago, Todd Hawkins found out that his employer could no longer fund mortgages and was belly up, leaving him and his wife– and eight other local employees– out of jobs. read full story
Blues ‘genius’ Corey Harris wins big grant
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Sep 25th 3:51pm

Blues ‘genius’ Corey Harris wins big grant

Musicians like Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, and even the Wu-Tang Clan's GZA have been dubbed "genius," but none has the paperwork to justify the title like Corey Harris. The local blues musician learned Monday from the John D. and Catherine T. read full story
Richmond City Hall turns freak show
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Sep 22nd 10:46pm

Richmond City Hall turns freak show

Boredom never stands a chance when L. Douglas Wilder is running the show, but his City Hall in Richmond has soared to new heights... or new lows, according to these stories in Style Weekly and the Richmond Times-Dispatch. read full story
Mr. Monticello, Dan Jordan, to exit
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Sep 21st 3:32pm

Mr. Monticello, Dan Jordan, to exit

Perhaps no man since a certain "Sage" has one man been more closely associated with Monticello than longtime head Dan Jordan, but Jordan plans to say farewell next year. read full story
Find the weather at ch. 209
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Sep 21st 11:19am

Find the weather at ch. 209

The location of the new local weather TV station has been revealed; it can be found at Comcast cable channel 209 and digital channel 19.2. Offering a local weather forecast every 10 minutes, beginning at 2 minutes after every hour, the new 24-hour station also offers some news. read full story
Seccuro: separated at girth
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Sep 21st 9:10am

Seccuro: separated at girth

Liz Seccuro blasts the notion that her attacker William Beebe looks like Johnny Depp, but she gets into the pairing pictures game by posting images on her blog of the Val Kilmer-starring-as-Jim Morrison v. Val Kilmer-today-with-spare-tire. read full story
FOIAs lead to DGIF indictments
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Sep 20th 5:14pm

FOIAs lead to DGIF indictments

Three former Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials were indicted September 12 for misuse of public funds. Nelson County residents Lee and Paulette Albright played a role in the case through their persistent Freedom of Information Act requests to understand why a popular fish hatchery near their Montebello home had been closed. Michael G. Caison, Terry C. Bradbery and William L. Woodfin Jr. are accused of using state credit cards for purchases on a private trip to Africa in 2004. read full story