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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
Storm descends; heat near 100 tomorrow
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Aug 24th 5:29pm

Storm descends; heat near 100 tomorrow

5:54 update: In a bulletin issued a few minutes ago, the NWS says the storm has weakened and isn't such a big deal anymore, although parts of eastern Albemarle could feel high winds until around 6:15. 5:50pm update: Dig this 5:40pm radar from the NWS. The National Weather Service reports that a big thunderstorm is headi read full story
Painful twist in Beebe case
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Aug 24th 4:44pm

Painful twist in Beebe case

The man whose own apology put him behind bars for a 22-year-old crime has another reason to rue his mea culpa. His mother, said to be his last living relative, died Wednesday, and although his sentence has just three more weeks to run, Charlottesville officials won't let him leave jail to bury her. William N. read full story
Civil War (the series) ends
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Aug 24th 4:42pm

Civil War (the series) ends

For years, listeners in the vast WVTF broadcast area have awakened at 6:50 every Friday morning to the dulcet, southside Virginia accent of Dr. James "Bud" Robertson, Virginia Tech distinguished professor, talking about the Civil War. Today, the war is over– or at least Robertson's long-running series on WVTF is. "I've done over 300 and that's enough," says Robertson, 77, from his Blacksburg home. read full story
HookCast for August 23, 2007
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Aug 24th 3:27pm

HookCast for August 23, 2007

The Corner radio takes off, Bush daughter engaged to Darden student, Serial rape suspect indicted ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Savage's beast: How The Corner took a bite out of local radio It's less than a year since they've been on the air, but 106.1-FM WCNR, otherwise known as "The Corner," has already become an airwaves-eating behemoth. How did they do it? read full story
Wilco to play Pavilion in October
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Aug 24th 3:01pm

Wilco to play Pavilion in October

Much more of this, and they might have to start paying city taxes. That's right, Wilco will be playing yet another Charlottesville gig, this time on October 20 at the Charlottesville Pavilion. read full story
Legal dance: Washington appears in court
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Aug 23rd 5:21pm

Legal dance: Washington appears in court

He sat in a chair wearing the black-and-white uniform of inmates on Avon Street. read full story
SOLs scores in, news mixed
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Aug 23rd 4:52pm

SOLs scores in, news mixed

The SOL scores are in, and in Charlottesville the news is mixed. On the bright side: the school division itself made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for the first time, as did Buford Middle and Walker Upper Elementary schools. On the downside: neither Charlottesville High School nor Clark Elementary made AYP, a benchmark set by the federal government that requires schools to show improvement in subjects and in various groups of students. read full story
Roof piece: County’s greenie turns two
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Aug 22nd 4:12pm

Roof piece: County’s greenie turns two

Two years ago, the barren roof of the Albemarle County Office building on McIntire Road adopted sustainable architecture's equivalent of a hair piece–-a green roof. read full story
RIC announces Fort Lauderdale service
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Aug 22nd 3:59pm

RIC announces Fort Lauderdale service

In its continued rise to budget powerhouse preeminence, the Capital Region Airport Commission announced August 22 that JetBlue will begin daily non-stop service to Fort Lauderdale Hollywood International Airport from Richmond International Airport starting November 1. read full story
Grand jury indicts Washington on 6 counts
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Aug 22nd 2:11pm

Grand jury indicts Washington on 6 counts

A Charlottesville grand jury indicted serial rape suspect Nathan Antonio "Toni" Washington August 20 on charges stemming from a November 11, 2002, attack on a woman in the Willoughby subdivision. Washington is charged with rape, forcible sodomy, attempted sodomy, malicious wounding, breaking and entering, and read full story
Gang alert: City hosts awareness seminar
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Aug 21st 6:24pm

Gang alert: City hosts awareness seminar

In the clearest sign yet that gangs have become a problem in Charlottesville, the city has announced its first Gang Awareness Community Seminar to be held on August 30 starting at 7pm in City Council chambers. read full story
Charlottesville stars at Starlight
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Aug 21st 2:53pm

Charlottesville stars at Starlight

It's a local music line-up just about any Charlottesville venue would be proud to host: Jim Waive and the Young Divorcees, David Sickmen, Lauren Hoffman, Sarah White, and Robbie St. Ours. read full story
Downtown crime: Reading the statistical tea leaves
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Aug 21st 1:41pm

Downtown crime: Reading the statistical tea leaves

A series of seemingly random attacks in and around the Downtown Mall this summer have not only sparked fear and outrage in the hearts of Mall visitors, they've also sparked a number of debates: whether the threat has been exaggerated by the media, how the threat, if it exists, should be addressed, read full story
Follow drought (and deluge) with RWSA
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Aug 21st 11:04am

Follow drought (and deluge) with RWSA

Now you can follow the drought (or deluge) by visiting the Rivanna Water & Sewer Athority website. read full story
Free Wilkie!
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Aug 21st 7:42am

Free Wilkie!

Apparently someone in Silicon Valley has developed a taste for Charlottesville-grown bluegrass. Until next Tuesday, King Wilkie's single "Wrecking Ball," from their new album Low Country Suite, will be available as a free "Discovery Download" from Apple's iTunes Music Store. read full story
Vick to plead guilty
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Aug 20th 4:14pm

Vick to plead guilty

Michael Vick's lawyers said Monday that the embattled Atlanta Falcons' quarterback will cooperate with federal prosecutors and plead guilty to dogfighting conspiracy charges, ESPN reports. Amidst criticism from animal-rights activists, National Football League administrators, and law enforcement officials, the NFL star could now face up to $250, read full story
Dylan and Costello coming to the ‘Jack’
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Aug 20th 11:36am

Dylan and Costello coming to the ‘Jack’

The University of Virginia and Live Nation announced Monday that legendary eclectic folk-rockers Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello are coming to the John Paul Jones Arena Thursday, September 27, at 7pm, joined by Blue Note artist and Philadelphia soul-folk prodigy read full story
Winchester pass a clue in 1979 killing
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Aug 18th 11:18pm

Winchester pass a clue in 1979 killing

A backstage pass to see folk legend Jesse Winchester is one of the few clues in a 28-year-old murder mystery that was featured tonight on the read full story
Planet Fun to become Planet Botox
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Aug 17th 5:58pm

Planet Fun to become Planet Botox

It's been two years since the fun stopped at Planet Fun on Berkmar Drive, which included video games, an indoor climbing structure, miniature golf, go-carts, and batting cages (we were particularly fond of the shark hunter game), when development company Stonehaus Inc. bought the ailing amusement park for $2.4 million. read full story
UVA ranked #2 public university, again
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Aug 17th 12:47pm

UVA ranked #2 public university, again

US News & World Report's newest college rankings are out, and once again UVA is the 2nd ranked public university in the land, right behind UC-Berkeley. In 2003, UVA was the top-ranked public university. Nationally, UVA is ranked 23rd among all universities in a tie with Georgetown. For the eighth straight year, Princeton University holds the top spot, followed by Harvard, Yale, and Stanford (surprise!) read full story
Daily Progress struck by lightning
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Aug 17th 11:26am

Daily Progress struck by lightning

6:05pm update: We just remembered that the Daily Progress happened to publish a recent news story about the belief of some fire investigators that 2007 has been a record year for lightning damage. read full story
Govt. restricts water use; Gods laugh with rain
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Aug 16th 10:33pm

Govt. restricts water use; Gods laugh with rain

The Rivanna River is low, and not just because the Woolen Mills dam is coming down. PHOTO BY HOOK STAFF Today, both the City and County governments issued their read full story
Bush twin Charlottesville-bound?
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Aug 16th 5:02pm

Bush twin Charlottesville-bound?

It's been a year since Henry Hager started the MBA program at Darden, but with today's announcement that he and White House daughter Jenna Bush are engaged, it seems likely that Ms. Bush may be spending time in Charlottesville. Could she even be moving down? Hager, 29-year-old son of former Republican Lt. Governor John Hager, and 25-year-old Bush reportedly met around the time of George W. read full story
Requiem for a dam
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Aug 16th 4:42pm

Requiem for a dam

The dismantling of the Woolen Mills dam was supposed to go slow. At 10am Wednesday a few blocks were missing, but by 5pm, the midsection of the historic dam was in rubble. Since the dam's demise has become imminent, a steady stream of folks have been hiking down the Rivanna Trail for one last look and to pay their respects. Yesterday, one of those visitors came too late. read full story
Red Light signs the Decemberists
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Aug 16th 4:41pm

Red Light signs the Decemberists

Hyper-literate indie rock fans of Charlottesville rejoice! Though it has yet to be announced on the company's website, Red Light Management confirms that it has landed the Decemberists as its latest client. Last year, the Portland, Oregon-based band released their fourth album, The Crane Wife, a blend of progressive rock and seafaring ballads using 19th-century vocabulary that quickly became a critical darling. read full story
It’s a match
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Aug 16th 4:08pm

It’s a match

Police confirm this afternoon that DNA samples taken from serial rapist suspect Nathan Antonio Washington match genetic material from the August 18, 2004, attempted rape on Webland Drive and from the brutal November 2002 rape in the Willoughby subdivision. Previously police have said that the same DNA has been linked to five other assaults dating back to 1997. read full story
DNA evidence obtained before arrest
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Aug 16th 3:17pm

DNA evidence obtained before arrest

Authorities confirm the supposition in today's Hook cover story that they had already obtained DNA belonging to serial rape suspect Nathan Antonio "Toni" Washington before his arrest. read full story
Dam breach drops Rivanna, slowly
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Aug 15th 5:07pm

Dam breach drops Rivanna, slowly

About 60 people gathered at Riverview Park this morning to celebrate the partial breaching of the historic Woolen Mills dam, which will be complete in the next two or three days. read full story
Stop watering: Drought restrictions likely
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Aug 15th 3:56pm

Stop watering: Drought restrictions likely

The Rivanna River is low, and not just because the Woolen Mills dam is coming down. PHOTO BY HOOK STAFF Continued lack of rain likely will kick in water-usage restrictions tomorrow when Charlottesville City Council and the A read full story
VT memorial to be dedicated Sunday
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Aug 15th 11:11am

VT memorial to be dedicated Sunday

After much speculation as to how Virginia Tech would choose to commemorate the shooting death of 33 students and faculty on April 16, the university will dedicate its memorial this Sunday. The memorial is located in front of Burruss Hall on the Drillfield and features 32 "Hokie Stones" set in a semicircle. Initially, temporary stones have held the place of permanent ones. read full story
HookCast for August 9, 2007 (a few days late)
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Aug 14th 4:47pm

HookCast for August 9, 2007 (a few days late)

An unusual pasttime, Airport wars, Mortgage implosion ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: An unusual pasttime: The hardships of the simple life Logan and Heather WArd were tired of living life on the fast-track in New York. read full story
More Vick co-defendants to enter pleas
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Aug 13th 11:51pm

More Vick co-defendants to enter pleas

ESPN reported Monday that two more of NFL star Michael Vick's co-defendants in the federal dogfighting case have scheduled hearings to put in plea deals by the end of the week. read full story
Police announce rape arrest
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Aug 13th 6:21pm

Police announce rape arrest

City and county police released precious few details Monday afternoon about today's early morning arrest of Nathan Antonio Washington of 986 Old Brook Road in connection with an August 2004 sexual assault at Webland Court and a brutal November 2002 rape in the Willoughby subdivision. Washington, a Harris Teeter employee and father of four, has been charged with five felonies, including forcible rape, attem read full story