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Prize patrol: CCDC unveils Water Street designs
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Sep 20th 11:21am

Prize patrol: CCDC unveils Water Street designs

On Saturday, the Charlottesville Community Design Center will unveil designs received as part of a national competition that was organized at the request of the City to generate ideas for the future development read full story
UVA crime stats: alcohol, burglary, sexual assault top list
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Sep 18th 5:11pm

UVA crime stats: alcohol, burglary, sexual assault top list

Update 9/21/07: Apparently, the reason that so many sexual assaults were reported to "other law enforcement agencies" is the result of the federal Jeanne Clery Act, which requires institutions to report crime statistics for offenses known not only to campus police but also to school officials and local police. "The Clery Act recognizes that victims may not always report crimes to the police," says S. Daniel Carter, Senior Vice President of Security On Campus, Inc. read full story
Only Dorrier fully supports preservation law
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Sep 17th 4:25pm

Only Dorrier fully supports preservation law

According to a questionnaire that Preservation Piedmont sent out to the seven candidates vying for three County Board of Supervisor seats, only one fully supports a proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance, which was requested almost seven years ago by the Supervisors as part of the County's Historic Preservation Plan, but has yet to be implemented. Incumbent Lindsay Dorrier (D) was the only candidate to answer "yes" to all four questions regarding the Ordin read full story
Primary or convention? GOP to decide Oct. 13
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Sep 17th 11:32am

Primary or convention? GOP to decide Oct. 13

Now that Democrats are rallying around former Governor Mark Warner's bid for the U.S. Senate in 2008, Republicans must decide on a candidate. But first, the decision on how to decide. State party officials tell D.C. read full story
Supremes toss wind turbine appeals
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Sep 16th 8:28am

Supremes toss wind turbine appeals

Virginia's first proposed wind farm blew away some unhappy neighbors Friday when the Virginia Supreme Court dismissed their appeal of a lower court ruling. Finding that the Highland County Circuit Court never should have allowed a trial, the state's highest court, in what will clearly be derided by project opponents as a technicality, rejected the appeal because the land read full story
UVA’s ‘CavMan’ battles in online mascot contest
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Sep 14th 5:35pm

UVA’s ‘CavMan’ battles in online mascot contest

At least one Cavalier is playing for a championship this football season. Capital One chose UVA's own "CavMan" as one of 12 college mascots in their annual "Mascot Open," an online round-robin competition for school spirit supremacy. Each week, the goateed guy will take on a different big-headed foe, and popular vote will determine who wins the face-off. read full story
Washington gets trial date, PD
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Sep 14th 4:14pm

Washington gets trial date, PD

Nathan Antonio Washington, the man accused of being the serial rapist, appeared via video feed in Charlottesville Circuit Court today to request a court-appointed lawyer. Washington previously had been represented by Rhonda Quagliana, who will still represent him in a read full story
Warner forgoes the stump for YouTube
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Sep 13th 5:57pm

Warner forgoes the stump for YouTube

Today former Governor Mark Warner (D) ended nearly a year o read full story
$87.5 million means one less job
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Sep 13th 5:09pm

$87.5 million means one less job

Buckingham County resident Tucker Adcock says that splitting an $87.5 million lottery prize means that he can now quit one of his three jobs. He's thusly quoted in an AP story following the announcement Thursday that he and his brother, Bernard, of Appomattox, bought one of the four winning tickets in the $300 million Mega Millions lottery. read full story
Historic growth: BOS approves Biscuit Run
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Sep 13th 3:53pm
Depp-arated at birth?
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Sep 13th 2:08pm

Depp-arated at birth?

Some who saw William Beebe leave the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail this morning wondered if he'd had any inspiration for his "dramatic" makeover. The answer might lie in The Ninth Gate, a 1999 thriller directed by Roman Polanski and starring... read full story
HookCast for September 13, 2007
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Sep 13th 1:04pm

HookCast for September 13, 2007

Radio shakeup, What's a social norm at UVA?, Beebe gets early release ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Wake up Call: Morning Show Meets Greasy Breakfast Rob Schilling has left the building so that half of the "Big Greasy Breakfast," Rick Daniels, can join Jane Foy for AM radio's leading morning show. read full story
Freedom for Beebe
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Sep 13th 11:22am

Freedom for Beebe

Just after 8am this morning, a virtually unrecognizable William N. read full story
CavDaily pundit: Lazy editors to blame
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Sep 12th 12:08pm

CavDaily pundit: Lazy editors to blame

Contrary to the tacit claim of over 100 sit-in student protesters, it wasn't racism that generated the now-infamous "Ethopian Food Fight" cartoon, says a columnist this morning in the beleaguered Cavalier Daily. read full story
ATO files: Joshua survives the summer, Choke wraps production
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Sep 11th 7:04pm

ATO files: Joshua survives the summer, Choke wraps production

Joshua, the latest film from Dave Matthews and Coran Capshaw's ATO Pictures, wowed audiences this year at the Sundance Film Festival, and its producers inked a $4 million distribution deal with Fox Searchli read full story
Richmond or DC? Warner to reveal plans on Thursday
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Sep 11th 7:03pm

Richmond or DC? Warner to reveal plans on Thursday

Since Senator John Warner (R) announced he would not seek a sixth term as Virginia's senior member in the world's most deliberative body, Democrats from Alexandria to Bristol have been salivating at the thought former read full story
Beebe released even earlier
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Sep 11th 5:12pm

Beebe released even earlier

William N. Beebe, the man who pled guilty to sexual battery for his role in a 1984 UVA fraternity house assault, will be released from the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail at 8am on September 13, four days prior to his recently announced release date of September 17. read full story
Crozet to get new grocery– finally
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Sep 11th 4:43pm

Crozet to get new grocery– finally

For years the buzz has been that Crozet was about to get a grocery store, first a Food Lion and more recently a Harris Teeter. Yesterday Great Eastern Management Company confirmed that it's breaking ground September 21 for a Harris Teeter on U.S. read full story
Wham II! Old Ivy bridge walloped… again
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Sep 10th 5:20pm

Wham II! Old Ivy bridge walloped… again

It was doing okay since reopening in early February, about six months after a truck struck its underside, but today, the bridge carrying Old Ivy Road over the Route 29/250 Bypass was hit again. VDOT reports that the culprit was a truck hauling construction equipment south toward Lynchburg. read full story
Message in a blog-le: Police to hit JPJ
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Sep 10th 4:30pm

Message in a blog-le: Police to hit JPJ

The biggest secret in town is officially out: the Police's reunion tour is coming to the John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville November 6. read full story
Three people shot downtown
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Sep 9th 11:17pm

Three people shot downtown

In what hopefully will be the endcap to the attacks downtown over the summer, three people were shot Sunday morning after an altercation outside Mono Loco. Shots were fired in the parking lot between the restaurant and the former H&R Block on Water Street early Sunday morning, and the victims were rushed by ambulance to the UVA Hospital just before 3am. read full story
Warner toys with Senate run
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Sep 7th 5:10pm

Warner toys with Senate run

Former Governor Mark Warner refused to reveal to Darden students Friday whether he's running for the U.S. Senate– or his old job as governor. He did promise to announce his candidacy for one of those jobs at some point in the next week. "I am right now in the process of trying to decide what I want to do," he said to the auditorium of dress shirts, name tags and loafers. read full story
Unlike local case, Ohio mom goes free
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Sep 7th 6:05am

Unlike local case, Ohio mom goes free

An Ohio mother who accidentally left her toddler to die in an overheated car will not be prosecuted, according to ABC News. That's quite a contrast to the local case of death by hyperthermia, in which the mom– despite a lack of evidence of intentional infliction of harm– got hit with two felony charges in the death of her nine-month-old son. read full story
Music scene: Freakfest kicks off countdown to C-Fest
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Sep 6th 3:46pm

Music scene: Freakfest kicks off countdown to C-Fest

Now that we have our own book, film, and photo festivals, it's only natural that we should have our own music festival. read full story
Station change: Clear Channel leaves town
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Sep 5th 4:53pm

Station change: Clear Channel leaves town

With Clear Channel unloading 448 radio stations across the country– including the six they hold in Charlottesville– the fate of those local stations has remained up in the air. read full story
UVA museum embroiled in art scandal
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Sep 5th 3:23pm

UVA museum embroiled in art scandal

The University of Virginia Art Museum holds in its collection 6th-century B.C. read full story
Dave and Fenton direct bizarre new video
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Sep 4th 5:51pm

Dave and Fenton direct bizarre new video

Today, Dave Matthews enters the pantheon of such musical luminaries as Bob Dylan, David Byrne, and Barbra St read full story
Chief Longo turns traffic cop
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Sep 4th 1:17pm

Chief Longo turns traffic cop

Morning drivers on Market Street got a high-level hand-waving today, as Charlottesville's police chief assumed the duty of directing traffic after an accident near Vinegar Hill Theatre. "I do whatever I can to help," Chief Tim Longo says. read full story
Sen. Warner says big goodbye
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Aug 31st 5:40pm

Sen. Warner says big goodbye

Emerging from a Pavilion on the Lawn a little before 2pm today accompanied by his third wife, Jeanne Vander Myde, and a cluster of aides, Virginia Senator John Warner circled the Rotunda and descended the front steps to a podium where he announced his retirement after 30 years as a U.S. Senator, the second longest tenure in Virginia history. Senator Harry F. read full story
Investigation: Cop cleared in woman’s death
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Aug 31st 5:27pm

Investigation: Cop cleared in woman’s death

A special prosecutor finds that Albemarle police Sergeant Pamela Greenwood did not violate any laws in the death of pedestrian Jesus Tolentino Dominguez two months ago. read full story
Military mom speaks out
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Aug 31st 1:26pm

Military mom speaks out

Mary Hanna, mother of Iraq war veteran and activist Evan Knappenberger, read a prepared statement from the front porch of her Woodbrook home Friday morning, speaking out against the practice of involuntary active service extensions for members of the military and throwing her support behind her son's cause. "I need to put my voice next to his," Hanna said. read full story
Warner to reveal political future at UVA
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Aug 30th 3:35pm

Warner to reveal political future at UVA

4:11pm update: Former chair of the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and close Warner associate Forrest Marshall says the senator has discussed his future extensively with him over the last several months and that Warner himself probably doesn't know what he'll announce tomorrow. "I've got a feeling he still i read full story
Pavilion envy? Roanoke courts Red Light for amphitheater project
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Aug 29th 5:47pm

Pavilion envy? Roanoke courts Red Light for amphitheater project

It seems Roanoke has been heavily courting Coran Capshaw's Red Light Management lately, hoping the music mogul and concert promoter will put his weight and experience behind a proposed amphitheater on the old Victory Stadium site with a capacity of 7,000. read full story
Unhappy anniversary: 2 years after Katrina
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Aug 29th 4:33pm

Unhappy anniversary: 2 years after Katrina

Not only is Carolyn Brooks' house gone, her whole neighborhood is gone– still devastated two years after Hurricane Katrina slammed the Gulf Coast. Brooks left her home in New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward August 28, 2005, one day ahead of the storm, with nothing but the clothes in her suitcase. read full story
AHS alum Novak cut by Bears
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Aug 29th 2:51pm

AHS alum Novak cut by Bears

Those looking forward to seeing Albemarle High School alum Nick Novak kick field goals in the upcoming NFL season are going to have to wait a little longer. On Monday, the Chicago Bears cut the former Patriot as they winnow their roster before opening their season on September 9. read full story
NatBridge makes money… but not $39.5 million-worth
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Aug 29th 2:40pm

NatBridge makes money… but not $39.5 million-worth

Sunday's Roanoke Times brought out the most detailed story yet on the quest by the mystery-shrouded owners of Virginia's renowned Natural Bridge to gain a stupendous sum– they're seeking $39.5 million– for their stone wonder and 1,600 surrounding acres. read full story
‘ewwwww!!!!!’ - Beebe comment gets blogged
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Aug 29th 10:42am

‘ewwwww!!!!!’ - Beebe comment gets blogged

3:45pm August 30 update: The links below for the two pages on the blog revealing the personal comment and the attack on the lawyer's garb have broken today, as the pages were unceremoniously removed from Seccuro's site. Soon-to-be released sex offender William Beebe outed himself two years ago as a sexual marauder. read full story
Flight attendant ‘jilted’ by judge
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Aug 29th 6:20am

Flight attendant ‘jilted’ by judge

A local flight attendant named Maria L. Martin (actually, now a former flight attendant) lost her quest to gain an assault conviction against the local airport director after a dispute over parking tickets, venerable Daily Progress reporter Bob Gibson reports this morning. read full story
CavDaily scribe: tear down speech wall
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Aug 29th 6:04am

CavDaily scribe: tear down speech wall

In a column headlined "Tear down this wall," Cavalier Daily columnist Christa Byker denounces Charlottesville's free speech monument, which was unveiled in 2006, as a trivialization of free speech, since its concept– anonymous scribblings– "is nothing more than a cheap, interactive platitude." read full story
Music scene: Hogwallers to stop Sunday gigs
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Aug 28th 7:20pm

Music scene: Hogwallers to stop Sunday gigs

Update/Clarification 8/31/07: The Hogwaller Ramblers are NOT breaking up. While the post below, and the news short that appears in this week's print edition of the Hook seems to suggest the Ramblers have hung up their instruments, that is not the case according to Jamie Dyer. "We're just giving up our regular Sunday night gigs at Fellini's," he says. "We're not breaking up. read full story