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Serial rapist arrest update: Neighbors shocked, media clamours for details
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Aug 13th 2:11pm

Serial rapist arrest update: Neighbors shocked, media clamours for details

The media frenzy has already started. The modest apartment in the Abbington Crossing apartment complex off Rio Road that Nathan Antonio "Tony" Washington shares with his wife and three children has become ground zero for news outlets across the state. read full story
Serial rapist arrest?
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Aug 13th 11:28am

Serial rapist arrest?

Is this the news we've all been waiting for? A "multi-jurisdictional" press conference involving the Albemarle County, City of Charlottesville and University of Virginia Police Departments along with the Commonwealth Attorneys from Albemarle and Charlottesville has been called for 4pm at the County Police Department. read full story
Another go for local robots
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Aug 11th 8:55am

Another go for local robots

Two years after its debilitating collapse in the desert, a local team of robotic car creators is back in the running in a key government competition. read full story
Going down: Woolen Mills dam
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Aug 9th 2:41pm

Going down: Woolen Mills dam

Jason Halbert has labored for years to open up area rivers by removing obsolete dams. Within a week, two dams will be history: Charlottesville's historic Woolen Mills dam and the Tye River dam in Nelson County. The partial breach of Woolen Mills dam starts Monday, and it was definitely the more controversial project. read full story
UVA expands laundry alerts
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Aug 9th 11:50am

UVA expands laundry alerts

Alerts at UVA aren't limited to emergencies. Students can monitor by computer washer and dryer activity on Grounds, the Cav Daily reports, and be notified by email when a particular machine becomes available. Next up: whiter-white and delicate-cycle alerts. read full story
Grateful Dead inspire Nelson logo
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Aug 9th 10:35am

Grateful Dead inspire Nelson logo

It's hard to one-up the best location promo of all times– Virginia is for Lovers– so two Nelson County women went with the flow and hatched, "If Virginia is for lovers, then Nelson County is Virginia's love child," the Nelson County Times reports. read full story
John Gardner has died
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Aug 9th 6:04am

John Gardner has died

John Gardner, the man who picked up the torch for Ian Fleming by writing 16 of the swashbuckling James Bond novels, died Friday in Basingstoke, England at the age of 80, according to an obituary in this morning's Washington Post. Gardner lived in Charlottesville during much of the 1980s and 1990s. read full story
6,400 sign for UVA alerts
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Aug 8th 12:54pm

6,400 sign for UVA alerts

In the wake of April's Virginia Tech massacre, UVA has set up a new text-messaging system, and already 6,400 people have signed up, according to an Associated Press report, that also notes that UVA has hired its first emergency preparedness director. read full story
Don’t go in the water
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Aug 8th 12:00pm

Don’t go in the water

Washington Park was vandalized last night and pool sanitation was "compromised," according to a city release, and we shudder to think what that might entail. As a result, the pool is closed today– a bloody hot day, thank you very much, vandals– and is expected to reopen tomorrow. Update: The pool's filtering equipment was damaged, says city spokesman Ric Barrick, and they didn't want people swimming in untreated water. Whew. "That park gets vandalized a lot," says Barrick, "and we may have to step up patrols." read full story
How hot is it?
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Aug 8th 10:11am

How hot is it?

Charlottesville made national news this morning when the Today Show reported a high yesterday of 153 degrees, at least according to the SunTrust marquee at Albemarle Square. Had that temperature been accurate, people would have been bursting into flame, observed Al Roker, Today Show weather guy. The actual high yesterday was 92 degrees, and SunTrust hopes to have its thermometer fixed...soon. Look for a toasty 101 degrees today. read full story
Yet another bridge hit, closed
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Aug 7th 4:06pm

Yet another bridge hit, closed

In the latest chapter of Charlottesville's seemingly serial slew of strange structure smashups, Albemarle County police announced August 7 that yet another bridge will have to be closed after it sustained damage from a train passing beneath it. Police say the bridge at Broomley and Old Ballard roads will be closed for approximately two days and advise motorists to steer clear. read full story
Beebe to go free
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Aug 7th 4:00pm

Beebe to go free

Although back in March Charlottesville Circuit Court Judge Edward Hogshire sentenced William N. Beebe to 10 years behind bars– with all but 18 months suspended– it seems Beebe won't serve even that abbreviated sentence for his role in a 1984 sexual assault in a fraternity house. read full story
City puts the kibosh on Artini, other events at Ix
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Aug 6th 4:12pm

City puts the kibosh on Artini, other events at Ix

For those who enjoyed the recent Artini party, part of the allure was the venue– the old bombed out Frank Ix building that created a unique, other-worldly atmosphere for the event. In this world, however, it appears the old building has become a fire and safety hazard. read full story
Build-a-Bears reproduce like bunnies
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Aug 6th 9:02am

Build-a-Bears reproduce like bunnies

Correction: The Fashion Square shop is the first Build-A-Bear Workshop in Charlottesville. The others, such as "Create a Critter" at Hobbytown may be what Build-A-Bear company lawyer Bill Alvey, a self-described "bearrister," calls "impawsters." Alvey notes that the Build-A-Bear company was founded in 1997 and now has over 250 stores in North America, plus about 30 in the U.K. read full story
UVA builds island in the stream… of traffic
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Aug 3rd 3:54pm

UVA builds island in the stream… of traffic

The street typified by the whiz of rushing cars, bane of coeds and tardy professors trying to cross University Avenue traffic, is getting a new concrete resting spot. read full story
Tilt halts trains west of town
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Aug 3rd 10:12am

Tilt halts trains west of town

Two westbound coal trains are stopped this morning west of town, including one stretching from the Teague Funeral Home on Ivy Road nearly to the Farmington crossing after a car on a train ahead developed an unexpected tilt (as seen in this photo shot at the West Leigh Drive crossing near Ivy). Steve Powell, general manager of the Buckingham Branch Railroad, says the situation is under control and that trains should be mov read full story
Amvest building goes to UVA
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Aug 3rd 7:28am

Amvest building goes to UVA

The Daily Progress reported yesterday that the sumptuous lakefront headquarters of Amvest Corporation, a building valued over $5 million, will be donated to UVA. In a sale announced in mid-June, it was revealed that most of the company's assets were being sold to read full story
HookCast for August 2, 2007
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Aug 2nd 5:10pm

HookCast for August 2, 2007

Charlottesville Condensed: The 2007 Annual Manual ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Charlottesville condensed: The 2007 Annual Manual Our comprehensive guide to Central Virginia is back, updated for 2007, and better than ever! read full story
Dave premieres new song at $15,000 show
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Aug 1st 3:45pm

Dave premieres new song at $15,000 show

Four nights ago, Dave Matthews and Tim Reynolds played their much anticipated $15,000-per-ticket intimate acoustic show on Long Island. For the high rollers in attendance, the duo busted out a new Dave original. Reportedly tentatively titled "#27," the new tune (if the YouTube video of it is to be trusted) is a slow, bluesy number featuring plenty of slide guitar stylings from Reynolds. read full story
O’Brien bids adieu; Duffy to say ‘I do’
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Aug 1st 12:09pm

O’Brien bids adieu; Duffy to say ‘I do’

Genial NBC29 morning news anchor Mark O'Brien broadcast his last "News at Sunrise" this morning and heads to anchor morning news at WTEN in Albany. read full story
DMB to headline ‘Concert for Virginia Tech’
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Aug 1st 12:01pm

DMB to headline ‘Concert for Virginia Tech’

Virginia Tech announced today that Dave Matthews Band will headline "A Concert for V read full story
Capshaw a top geek
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Jul 31st 4:26pm

Capshaw a top geek

Blender Magazine just named Coran Capshaw one of the top-10 most influential people in online music, along with Steve Jobs (1), MySpace creators Tom Anderson and Chris DeWolfe (2), and YouTube founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. Capshaw was picked for creating the fan/artist site Musictoday.com. read full story
The summer of our discontent, survey reveals
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Jul 31st 4:16pm

The summer of our discontent, survey reveals

Not surprising: Albemarle's registered voters want to protect the county's rural areas. read full story
Has the DMB become muzak?
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Jul 31st 4:03pm

Has the DMB become muzak?

Now Starbucks is serving up the Dave Matthews Band with its coffee. Beginning today, the coffee giant will start offering the touring giant's latest edition of "Live Trax" in all its stores. A special TV offer can't be far behind! read full story
Carpenter finds gratitude at market
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Jul 31st 6:46am

Carpenter finds gratitude at market

Country crossover star and Albemarle resident Mary Chapin Carpenter tells NPR how a local supermarket ("paper or plastic?") checkout man changed her world after a life-threatenening illness canceled her summer tour. read full story
Jeeps overrun Charlottesville
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Jul 30th 12:40pm

Jeeps overrun Charlottesville

Some Charlottesville residents may have noticed a shortage of parking in the Water Street area and an overabundance of Wranglers and Cherokees around last weekend. What was up with that? The Jeep "Go Anywhere, Do Anything Tour" chose downtown Charlottesville for its latest stop on the nationwide promotional campaign. read full story
Costas blasts Bonds from Charlottesville
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Jul 30th 11:42am

Costas blasts Bonds from Charlottesville

"It wouldn't matter if I were the mayor of the Munchkin City," says Bob Costas, live from Charlottesville this morning on the Today Show, retorting to alleged steroid-enhanced Barry Bonds' remarks that Costas is a "little midget man who knows (nothing) about baseball." Costas charges that Bonds wouldn't be close to breaking Hank Aaron's home run record without performance-enhancing drugs. read full story
Vick co-defendant pleads guilty
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Jul 30th 11:08am

Vick co-defendant pleads guilty

Click for a cool slide show photo by Adam SorensenOnly four days after pleading not guilty, Tony Taylor– a co-defendant of read full story
Manahan-Hurt house gutted in blaze
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Jul 29th 5:06pm

Manahan-Hurt house gutted in blaze

WINA radio is reporting today that the main house at Fairview, the 660-acre Scottsville-area farm formerly owned by Jack Manahan, the late Charlottesville eccentric married to faux czarina Anna "Anastasia" Anderson, was gutted in an early morning fire. read full story
Two arrests could crack white t-shirt case
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Jul 27th 2:42pm

Two arrests could crack white t-shirt case

Charlottesville police chief Tim Longo announced this morning that following an assault last night on a 34-year-old man, officers arrested two 15-year-old males who could be connected to the recent rash of < read full story
Graham, widower of Scarlett author, dies
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Jul 27th 1:21pm

Graham, widower of Scarlett author, dies

UVA reports that longtime faculty member John Graham, widower to Alexandra Ripley, who penned the sequel to Gone with the Wind, has died. Ripley, originally from Charleston, whose foibles she covered in previous novels, shot to fame in 1991 upon the release of Scarlett, the critically maligned but hugely successful sequel to the classic Southern plantation novel by Margaret Mitchell. read full story
Randy Travis made magic last night
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Jul 27th 10:14am

Randy Travis made magic last night

Last night, on a balmy evening on the bustling Downtown Mall, a decidedly, unhip, un-age-conscious crowd of nearly 1,500 moseyed in to witness the voice of a country generation, Randy Travis. Not only did he did not disappoint, he stunned. The 50-something singer has the pipes of someone half his age, and presents a musical experience that is produced but read full story
Vick’s arraignment draws anger from all sides
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Jul 26th 8:04pm

Vick’s arraignment draws anger from all sides

As quarterback for the NFL's Atlanta Falcons, Michael Vick has seen his share of screaming crowds, but none like the one he saw this afternoon. read full story
Hookcast for July 26, 2007
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Jul 26th 2:11pm

Hookcast for July 26, 2007

Kings Dominion, White t-shirts, Fluvanna ad Miranda ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: The People's Park: Kings Dominion always takes you back The Lion Country Safari, The Happy Land of Hanna Barbera, the Grizzly. A trip to Hanover County theme park Kings Dominion can also be a trip down memory lane. read full story
A decade of Drug Court
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Jul 26th 12:58pm

A decade of Drug Court

It's not every day that convicted drug offenders laugh and mingle with the judge, prosecutors, and a state senator on the front steps of the Charlottesville Circuit Court. read full story
Newsplex forecasts: 24-7 weather channel
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Jul 25th 4:50pm

Newsplex forecasts: 24-7 weather channel

Not content with four channels– CBS, ABC, Fox and the nostalgia-based MyC'villeTV– the Gray Television-owned Newsplex plans to launch a 24-7 weather channel in mid-August. The new channel "will mirror what you see on the Weather Channel with a lot more regional and local news," says read full story
Paramount announces Fall/Winter line-up
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Jul 24th 12:11pm

Paramount announces Fall/Winter line-up

Standing under the illuminated marquis of the historic Paramount Theater this morning, venue officials ceremoniously pulled a gold quilted sheet from an easel revealing the 39 acts of the 2007-2008 season. Survey says? read full story
Wages up&#8211; but you still can’t afford to live here
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Jul 23rd 5:19pm

Wages up&#8211; but you still can’t afford to live here

Paychecks in the Charlottesville area have gone up 4.7 percent in the past year. The bad news? read full story
Water Authority declares drought watch
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Jul 23rd 4:14pm

Water Authority declares drought watch

It took just seven minutes for the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority Board of Directors to vote unanimously this afternoon in favor of a voluntary water conservation measure. Data issued in a press release and discussed at the meeting points to a worsening dip in reservoir and stream levels, which is projected to continue throughout the summer. read full story
Victory marchers meet Sheehan singers
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Jul 20th 9:19pm

Victory marchers meet Sheehan singers

One of the larger protests Charlottesville has seen in recent years began this afternoon on the occasion of a visit by America's most renowned bereaved war mom, Cindy Sheehan. "We could impeach Dick Cheney in one day!" declared Sheehan's local host, David Swanson, before a crowd of nearly 1,000 nestled between the Omni hotel read full story