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Architecture helps speed sale on Carlton
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Dec 15th 5:05am
Redevelopment
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Dec 13th 12:15pm

Redevelopment

Charlottesville Albemarle is no stranger to greenfield development. So it's heartening to encounter some re-development. Here, the ghost-box of Circuit City, closed three years ago, is getting remade into a grocery store. Meanwhile, in the Woolen Mills, the H.T. read full story
Big year: Bruce unplugs and lots more
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Dec 13th 10:17am

Big year: Bruce unplugs and lots more

The year 2012 was another big one in the annals of Charlottesville music history. It would have been news enough to have "The Boss," Bruce Springsteen in town, but it's what he did with his time in town that created an everlasting glow. Appearing here just a few days before the election, in addition to his evening performance at John Paul Jones Arena, he gave a free afternoon acoustic show at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. read full story
Person of the Year: UVA President Teresa Sullivan
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Dec 13th 5:07am

Person of the Year: UVA President Teresa Sullivan

Two years ago, after Teresa Sullivan was selected as the eighth president of UVA, and the first woman to fill the role, replacing John Casteen, III after 20 years at the helm, an associate dean in the McIntire School of Commerce, George Overstreet, joked that "a reduction in testosterone level can never be bad."Of course, this past summer, we learned that estrogen-fueled leadership can be just as powerful, if not more so. read full story
Person of the Year: The runners up...
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Dec 13th 5:06am

Person of the Year: The runners up...

UVA President Teresa Sullivan was a shoo-in for the Hook's Person of the Year, but she certainly wasn't the only one who made waves in 2012. From a certain UVA rector to a determined sheriff to an outspoken professor, here are this year's runners-up. read full story
10, not 9, Burtons
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Dec 12th 5:33pm

10, not 9, Burtons

The number of Burtons Grills was incorrectly identified in last week's story entitled "Stonefield foodery: Burtons Grill serves up American contempo." Charlottesville is the 10th location, not the 9th location. read full story
Property auctions
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Dec 12th 11:42am

Property auctions

December 13 at 3:30pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 1638 Harris Creek Road Debtors: Sandra K. Meadows, Mary Angela Stephens, Sonja M. Burt Original amount owing: $220,000 Bidder brings: 10 percent sale price Info: Wittstadt Title & Escrow 866-503-4930 read full story
Vigil for Sage: Dozens turn out for missing Charlottesville teen
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Dec 11th 2:57pm

Vigil for Sage: Dozens turn out for missing Charlottesville teen

Approximately 50 people came out on Saturday night, December 8, for a vigil to call attention to the case of missing Charlottesville teen Dashad "Sage" Smith. The 19-year-old vanished on November 20, two days before Thanksgiving, after reportedly making plans to meet with a Charlottesville man, Erik McFadden, whom police are also now seeking. read full story
More tow trouble: Lot owner arrested for brandishing weapon
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Dec 11th 2:54pm

More tow trouble: Lot owner arrested for brandishing weapon

Three weeks after a towing incident at the former Fry's Spring Exxon station on Fontaine Avenue escalated into a confrontation between a vehicle owner and an allegedly gun-wielding property owner, an arrest has been made. Related story Towing tales part deux: Wreckers, guns, and money read full story
Jefferson School: Ready for its closeup after $18 million rehab
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Dec 11th 2:45pm

Jefferson School: Ready for its closeup after $18 million rehab

When classes ceased in the historic Jefferson School about 10 years ago, the discussion began about what to do with the structure on 4th and Commerce streets that is an important educational resource for generations of African-American families. Related stories Jefferson School giveaway: Can Charlottesville get it right this time? read full story
The week in review
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Dec 11th 2:41pm

The week in review

Worst flu outbreak: St. Anne's-Belfield cancels upper school classes December 7 with more than 80 students and staff stricken. Jack Jouett Middle School reports a similar number of absences, reports Samantha Koon in the Daily Progress. read full story
Accreditation limbo: UVA placed on 'warning' status by group
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Dec 11th 1:29pm

Accreditation limbo: UVA placed on 'warning' status by group

Helen Dragas has a new headache. Despite telling the group that accredits the University of Virginia that all governance issues were under control, the UVA Board of Visitors, which Dragas leads, suffered a major rebuke Tuesday when the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools put the Charlottesville institution on "warning" status in the wake of the so-called "UVA June," the forced resignation of a sitting president. read full story
Old bizes: The other people of the year
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Dec 11th 9:24am

Old bizes: The other people of the year

It would be easy to say that Monticello is the oldest business in town. Easy, but wrong if continuous operation counts.  From 1831-1923, the place was more of a private dwelling than it was either a plantation or an acclaimed tourist site and research center.And that's just one illustration of the problem of trying to come up with a list of the oldest Charlottesville businesses. read full story
Legal battles limited to passive panhandling
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Dec 11th 8:33am

Legal battles limited to passive panhandling

Your article on panhandling [December 6 cover story: "Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?"] stated that battles have been fought regarding ordinances "to restrict aggressive panhandling, which some call unconstitutional." That is simply not correct. I represent the five people who regularly beg on the mall and who challenged, in court, certain portions of the "soliciting" ordinance that prohibited passive solicitation. read full story
Who is the local person of the year?
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Dec 11th 5:05am
FunStuff: Charlottesville events December 13 and beyond
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Dec 10th 2:42pm
Campus crushing: Radnor's film is delightful escapism
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Dec 10th 2:32pm

Campus crushing: Radnor's film is delightful escapism

Josh Radnor's Liberal Arts is an almost unreasonable pleasure about a jaded New Yorker who returns to his alma mater in Ohio and finds that his heart would like to stay there. It's the kind of film that appeals powerfully to me; to others, maybe not so much. read full story
DMZ
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Dec 10th 12:40pm

DMZ

Walking in the County southeast on Hydraulic Road past the shops at Stonefield. Enjoying the new sidewalk and trees. Headed home. Arriving at the “Main Street” of the County, U.S. Route 29, the neighborhood model takes on a new light. Not sure exactly how many lanes there are, as they are a challenge to count when standing on one side. How is the pedestrian meant to cross into Charlottesville? Carefully. [For our post-Korean Conflict readers, "DMZ" typically stands for de-militarized zone.–editor]~ read full story
The wheels on the bus...
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Dec 10th 11:49am

The wheels on the bus...

A school bus gets a workout Saturday as a 16-year-old drives the retired-from-service vehicle through a Greenwood-area cow field. read full story
Kitchen classic: Hernandez remembers his roots
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Dec 10th 5:05am

Kitchen classic: Hernandez remembers his roots

Too busy to make dinner every night? Don't want to give your kids fast food? If you live in the Keswick area, chef Juan Hernandez might have a solution for you. From a commercial kitchen tucked away behind his house on Union Mills Road, Hernandez runs a full scale catering operation called La Cucina Classica, offering fully prepared family-sized dinners that can be picked up on your drive home. "We can do meals for 1, 2, or 3 people up to 1,500," says Hernandez, 52, who comes from some tough circumstances. read full story
Keeping the cork problem at bay
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Dec 9th 5:40pm

Keeping the cork problem at bay

Related story. read full story
Searching for Sage: Family mourns missing teen, demands answers
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Dec 7th 4:27pm

Searching for Sage: Family mourns missing teen, demands answers

Two weeks after Dashad Smith vanished without a trace, police remain tight lipped about the progress of the search, and the teenager's grandmother is struggling to cope. "I'm so lost," says 53-year-old Lolita Smith, sitting and crying in the living room of the duplex she inhabits on Orangedale Avenue. Known to friends and family as "Cookie," Smith describes a world come undone since Dashad's pre-Thanksgiving disappearance. read full story
Panhandling scary? Buy the Mall
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Dec 7th 12:47pm

Panhandling scary? Buy the Mall

That we are faced with a brazen, organized movement to legislate citizen speech and behavior in a public space is shocking and infuriating. [December 6 cover story: "Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?"] read full story
Rose Hill foreclosure not representative of city values
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Dec 7th 5:05am

Rose Hill foreclosure not representative of city values

8/20/12 CharlottesvilleStephen L. & Barbara J. Wheeler to Karen M. Wheeler, 111 Hartford Court, $138,500Teresa D. Caddell to Bank of America, 1451 Avon Street, $99,875Francis Carcuccio & Julie Innes to H. Robert & Cynthia W. Brashear, 302 12th Street NE, $225,000Bank of New York Mellon to Cava Capital, LLC, 1231 Agnese Street, $110,1008/21/2012Albemarle read full story
Bald eagle in Greenwood
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Dec 7th 5:05am

Bald eagle in Greenwood

Afton resident Ruby Hutchinson was making her usual morning commute to Charlottesville on U.S. 250 recently when she spotted an example of our national bird perched on a tree near the recently-sold Ramsay farm. read full story
Fiscal cliff: Sneak Reviews may not last the month
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Dec 6th 10:06am

Fiscal cliff: Sneak Reviews may not last the month

It's a beautiful, 70-degree December day, and that's killing Mark Tramontin, the owner of Sneak Reviews, a virtually extinct type of retail establishment– the video store– and one that is a beloved Charlottesville institution. Because it's so warm, the door is open to the movie mecca, perched on a knoll overlooking Ivy Road, with its vintage posters and unparalleled catalog of art, indie, and foreign films. There's not a customer in the shop. read full story
Smoking on McIntire
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Dec 6th 9:31am

Smoking on McIntire

Workers were revving up the resins Thursday morning as Tri-State Utilities rehabbed underground stormwater pipes along McIntire Road. The Chesapeake-based company touts its service for providing "a structural, tight fit, resin-based liner inside of the host pipe" without ever digging a trench. read full story
Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?
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Dec 6th 7:14am

Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall?

The success of the Downtown Mall is a miracle in many ways. After it was completed in 1976, initially eliminating five blocks of Charlottesville's Main Street to revitalize the downtown area, it did nothing of the sort, sputtering along for 20 years, a largely desolate place with an odd assortment of stores, and a few bar/restaurants that served a budding underground music and art scene largely ignored by the general public. UVA students, by and large, didn't go near the place.  read full story
U. Circle classic: History in the midst of history
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Dec 6th 5:05am

U. Circle classic: History in the midst of history

Address: 31 University CircleNeighborhood: RugbyAsking: $995,000Assessment: $611,200 Year Built: 1928Size: 4240 finished sq. ft. /2060 unfinished sq. ft.Land: .34 acresCurb Appeal: 7 out of 10Listing Agent: Aaron Manis, Sloan Manis Real Estate Partners, 434-962-7039 read full story
Property auctions
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Dec 5th 1:01pm

Property auctions

December 12 at 3:30pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 7122 Johnstone Lane, Gordonsville Debtor: Joseph B. Berger and Christy Batten Original amount owing: $168,000 Bidder brings: $15,000 or 10 percent sale price Info: Shapiro, Brown & Alt LLP 757-687-8777 read full story
Stonefield foodery: Burtons Grill serves up American contempo
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Dec 5th 5:05am

Stonefield foodery: Burtons Grill serves up American contempo

With the new Regal megaplex drawing crowds to the Shops at Stonefield, moviegoers need a place to debrief over a glass of wine or a bite to eat after seeing, say, Life of Pi. Now an option: Massachusetts-based Burtons Grill, which officially opened December 3. Related stories Food explosion: Stonefield's six restaurants aim to draw diners read full story
The week in review
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Dec 4th 3:55pm

The week in review

Biggest search for missing teen: Nearly 100 people turn out December 1 to look for 19-year-old DaShad "Sage" Smith, who was supposed to meet a friend November 20 at the Amtrak station on West Main, and didn't show up. According to Samantha Koon's report in the Daily Progress, some members of the family and the LGBT community are wondering whether Smith's sexual orientation and tendency to cross-dress have limited the public interest in his disappearance.   read full story
'Nuclear' allegations: Ex asserts sordid past of Scoutmaster
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Dec 4th 3:24pm

'Nuclear' allegations: Ex asserts sordid past of Scoutmaster

Annette Morgan tried to warn authorities about her husband. Her allegations ended up backfiring against her in the couple's divorce proceedings, an outcome that– if an unnamed accuser's allegations stand– allowed predation to occur after the warnings. Previous: Demerit badge: Former Keswick scoutmaster charged with sodomy read full story
It's about time
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Dec 4th 7:07am

It's about time

The story. read full story
Too much Karenina: New adaptation upstages the tale
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Dec 4th 6:06am

Too much Karenina: New adaptation upstages the tale

Anna Karenina and Madame Bovary are two of the most notorious fallen women in literature. Karenina is prepared to lose all the advantages of high society in favor of the man she loves. Bovary abandons the man who loves her in an attempt to climb socially. As portrayed by Leo Tolstoy and Gustave Flaubert, both women are devastated by the prices they pay. read full story
Campus Kitchen: UVA students recycle the food
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Dec 4th 4:04am

Campus Kitchen: UVA students recycle the food

Third-year Mike Rusie spent a recent Friday morning volunteering at the Local Food Hub. In exchange, he received sweet potatoes, carrots, and spaghetti squash– "donation-grade produce"– for UVA's Campus Kitchen Project, food that will end up on the table at Salvation Army. The student group's mission is a "community-powered hunger relief effort," says Nicole Freeman, co-coordinator for Campus Kitchen. "We take food the dining halls would otherwise throw away." read full story
Wrong rail line named in story
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Dec 3rd 5:54pm

Wrong rail line named in story

Due to an editing error, last week's cover story, "Towing tales part deux: Wreckers, guns, and money," mistakenly described the railroad tracks running past the incident site. The tracks belong to Norfolk Southern, not CSX. read full story
Wheeler's deal: Top musician turns to choir and college
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Dec 3rd 8:45am

Wheeler's deal: Top musician turns to choir and college

“The king of gospel keyboards” and “the Lucky 7 philosopher”– these are just two of the titles that have been bestowed upon composer, keyboardist, and all-around musician extraordinaire Art Wheeler. read full story
Let there be light: How I conquered the dark days
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Dec 3rd 8:07am

Let there be light: How I conquered the dark days

Can money buy happiness, a sense of self-worth, optimism? I was counting on it, looking for happiness in a box, the one that had just landed on my back porch. It was late November, and my joie de vivre was circling the drain. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events December 6 and beyond
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Dec 2nd 9:09am