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Fuel Co. closes
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Jul 2nd 11:20am

Fuel Co. closes

Last week it was Starr Hill, this week it's Fuel Co., as it appears our establishments bankrolled by multi-millionaire philanthropists are dropping like flies! When Patricia's Kluge's Fuel Co. read full story
Unsolved mystery: how Wal-Mart helps biz
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Jul 1st 7:40am

Unsolved mystery: how Wal-Mart helps biz

The Daily Progress offered a puzzling ending to this morning's story about the growing local presence of Wal-Mart: a Darden's prof's statement that the Arkansas empire might actually help local businesses. Unfortunately, the Progress reporter and editors, apparently so tickled by the provocative quotation, immediately terminated the story without explaining how Wal-Mart helps nearby businesses. read full story
Dave boggled
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Jul 1st 1:49am

Dave boggled

What does Dave Matthews think of his band's success? Remember, the DMB is second only to the Stones in ticket sales. "It boggles my mind," says Matthews in a Billboard/Reuters story published in the Sunday Washington Post, which waxes nostalgic about the band's beginings in Carter Beauford's mother's basement. In the end, though, Dave appears to be an old fashioned family man. read full story
$ crisis pushes WVPT to ax shows
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Jun 30th 8:01am

$ crisis pushes WVPT to ax shows

Harrisonburg-based public TV station WVPT, which fights a never-ending battle with WCHV for Charlottesville's hearts and minds (and money), announced yesterday that it was dropping several long-time shows, including "Pop Quiz," to remedy a fiscal crisis. This was first reported by The New Dominion; later by the Daily Progress. read full story
Two dead in Rolling Stones stage accident
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Jun 29th 4:51pm

Two dead in Rolling Stones stage accident

Two workers fell to their death Friday when the Rolling Stones stage they were dismantling collapsed, the Associated Press reports. Two other workers were injured, one who also fell from the 30-foot-high scaffolding and another who was read full story
Out wit, out play, out cast
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Jun 29th 2:49pm

Out wit, out play, out cast

Local CBS affiliate WCAV has announced they will be holding an open casting call for the 16th season of the reality show Survivor right here in Charlottesville. The auditions, taking place Saturday, July 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. read full story
Capshaw folds Starr Hill, buys into Satellite
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Jun 29th 7:41am

Capshaw folds Starr Hill, buys into Satellite

Music mogul Coran Capshaw is bringing his international reach and the promise of "marquee national artists" to the Corner by partnering with the owners of the Satellite Ballroom and closing his nearby Starr Hill Music Hall and Restaurant. This means that Capshaw, who manages the Dave Matthews Band and has sizeable interests in read full story
What bonds can build… Monticello’s new visitor center
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Jun 28th 5:34pm

What bonds can build… Monticello’s new visitor center

Plans for a new visitor center at Monticello have been a long time in the making. read full story
HookCast for June 28, 2007
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Jun 27th 3:17pm

HookCast for June 28, 2007

The legend(s) of Camp Wahoo, Fat fines for Virginia drivers, Lethal wrecks again ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: When giants roamed: Camp Wahoo put Hooville on the basketball map– and it's back! For several summers in the '60s, the campus of Miller School in western Albemarle became a basketball mecca when Camp Wahoo went to an all-roundball format and attracted the likes of Jerry West and Pete Ma read full story
Pedestrian hit by county officer dies
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Jun 27th 11:29am

Pedestrian hit by county officer dies

The pedestrian struck by an Albemarle Police SUV near the intersection of Rio Road and Earlysville Road Tuesday night has died, according to an Albemarle County Police Department press release. The pedestrian, identified Wednesday as 62-year-old native of El Salvador Jesus Tolentino Dominguez, was rushed to the read full story
Monticello borrows $30 million
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Jun 27th 6:09am

Monticello borrows $30 million

A Bloomberg news columnist lauds the managers of Monticello (which borrowed $14.8 million in 2004 to get Montalto back) for again tapping the municipal bond market– this time for $30 million, at around 3.7 percent interest, to fund its planned visitors center at the base of the mountain. read full story
He needed money for a new pair of sneakers
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Jun 27th 5:50am

He needed money for a new pair of sneakers

So he smashed car windows and stole merchandise. That's what police say the 15-year-old Buford Middle School student incarcerated for a string of auto break-ins allegedly told them. read full story
Criminal sanity? Bank heist suspect apologizes!
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Jun 26th 4:16pm

Criminal sanity? Bank heist suspect apologizes!

On June 13, accused hold-up men Jeffrey Alan Adams and John Joseph Amann, both from Fredericksburg, pleaded not guilty at their arraignment in U.S. District Court. read full story
Ex-choir man Spivey pleads guilty
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Jun 26th 2:17pm

Ex-choir man Spivey pleads guilty

Former Charlottesville High choir director Jonathan Spivey pleaded guilty to one count of custodial indecent liberties and entered Alford pleas on three other counts today in Charlottesville Circuit Court. read full story
Theater at Webster Studio closes
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Jun 26th 1:09pm

Theater at Webster Studio closes

Only two months after its opening, the people behind new art house movie theater at East Market Street's Webster Studio announced today that they're closing its doors. read full story
St. Ours films Kuttner in the fast lane
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Jun 26th 11:02am

St. Ours films Kuttner in the fast lane

Back in March, developer Oliver Kuttner admitted that trying to build in Charlottesville was "not fun anymore." He'd just given up trying to develop the old Boxer building on the Mall and sold it back to Lee Danielson, who plans to build a 9-story boutique hotel on the site. "In Lynchburg it's still fun," said Kuttner about the development projects he has there. read full story
Local troops depart
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Jun 26th 9:51am

Local troops depart

Virginia Army National Guard Soldiers with the 3rd Battalion, 116th Infantry, training for duty in Afghanistan in 2004. PHOTOS BY MASTER SGT. read full story
City opens ‘green’ visitor center
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Jun 25th 5:02pm

City opens ‘green’ visitor center

We knew it was expensive; now we know it's green. read full story
PVCC unveils new brand, logo
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Jun 25th 1:51pm

PVCC unveils new brand, logo

Approaching its 35th birthday, Piedmont Virginia Community College officials have decided to revamp the school's image with a new logo and a new "brand" identity. PVCC: Opportunity. Access. Excellence, reads the tagline. read full story
Evan dissed by critics, audiences
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Jun 25th 7:58am

Evan dissed by critics, audiences

The big-budget film shot by philanthropic UVA grad Tom Shadyac largely in Crozet has stumbled with critics and now audiences, as opening weekend box office reports indicate that even coming in at #1 is no guarantee o read full story
Motorcyclist collides with bear
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Jun 24th 8:40pm

Motorcyclist collides with bear

A motorcyclist collided with a black bear this afternoon on I-64 near Crozet, according to the Newsplex, whose report indicates that while the motorcycle driver survived, the bear did not. read full story
Get ready to Rummage– all year!
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Jun 22nd 11:36am

Get ready to Rummage– all year!

For more than 50 years, the Rummage Sale has been the signature fundraiser for the Charlottesville Albemarle SPCA, helping haul in more than a quarter million dollars annually. It's about to get even bigger. read full story
Marshman called ‘armed and dangerous’
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Jun 21st 6:12pm

Marshman called ‘armed and dangerous’

Charlottesville Police are looking for a 29-year-old named Jason Scott Marshman, who is the suspect in the shooting death this morning of his acquaintance William Miller Herndon, 28. Police say the alleged shooter faces murder and weapons charges and should be considered "armed and dangerous." Marshman has prior felony convictions in Virginia and New York and has ties to both locations, say police, who read full story
HookCast for June 21, 2007
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Jun 21st 1:33pm

HookCast for June 21, 2007

Summer reads, Annual Home Issue, Soccer mom in jail ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Reads: Short stories for summertime It's that time of year when thoughts turn to relaxing in the hammock or under the beach umbrella, and there's nothing better to take along than two great stories by this year's fiction contest runners-up. read full story
Some recent local videos…
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Jun 21st 10:29am

Some recent local videos…

How entertaining is Charlottesville? Very. To give an idea of just a fraction of the fun that has occurred in the past few months, we hereby present six recent short videos of entertainment in our town.You'll see a pair of Monster Trucks competing on March 9 at John Paul Jones Arena in which Black Stallion appears to defeat Pure Adrenaline. [youtube width="225" height="150"]fdgVJveOzhE[/youtube] read full story
Surveillance cameras on the Mall?
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Jun 21st 9:34am

Surveillance cameras on the Mall?

Charlottesville police have again raised the idea of installing surveillance cameras on the Downtown Mall, at an estimated cost of $300,000, the DP reports. Of course, police say they will deter crime, but one City Councilor likens it to '1984.' Expect a big debate on this one. In the meantime, couldn't police just use the Hookcam? read full story
Driver charged with felony
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Jun 20th 5:04pm

Driver charged with felony

The Verona man who allegedly ran over University of Virginia assistant microbiology professor Xianfeng Chen while he was jogging last week was charged with driving under the influence and a Class 6 felony today in Albemarle General District Court. He's looking at up to five years if convicted. James J. read full story
Chiefs for Chip
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Jun 20th 3:12pm

Chiefs for Chip

After waiting four months to snag the endorsement of fellow Republican Sheriff Ed Robb, candidate Chip Harding, left, at a press conference billed as a significant announcement regarding the future of law [yo read full story
Prosecutors find a friend at Whisper Ridge
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Jun 20th 2:32pm

Prosecutors find a friend at Whisper Ridge

In the case of the allegedly sexually abused teens at the long scandal-plagued center, the ex-director of the place appears to be cooperating. read full story
Chaps reveals new design change
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Jun 20th 2:24pm

Chaps reveals new design change

For 22 years, Chaps Ice Cream has stood like time's sentry on the Downtown Mall, guarding its adopted 50's motif and familiar facade since owner Tony LaBua opened the shop in 1985. Ah, but change is inevitable, even for Chaps. As LaBua revealed to the Hook recently, he's planning a makeover for the shop's facade and entrance. read full story
Amvest still not talking; analyst lauds deal
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Jun 19th 5:30pm

Amvest still not talking; analyst lauds deal

For the second day in a row, the woman who answers the phone for Amvest Corporation declined to put the Hook in touch with anyone from the company to address what will happen to the 50 or 60 jobs that won't be moving to Consol Energy, the company buying many coal assets of Amvest. Meanwhile, however, Josh Haggerty, a Scott & Stringfellow analyst, noted that while coal stocks were generally down yesterday, his company's position in Consol seemed to be paying off. read full story
City introduces the $325 speeding ticket
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Jun 19th 4:57pm
‘Spicas and Spinner Bowls’ to replace ‘needles and condoms?’
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Jun 19th 4:08pm

‘Spicas and Spinner Bowls’ to replace ‘needles and condoms?’

Who knew the old McGuffey Park was such a dangerous place? In a recent Daily Progress read full story
Ed backs Chip
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Jun 19th 11:17am

Ed backs Chip

A fax from the County Sheriff's office yesterday caught our attention, saying there would be a "significant announcement" regarding the "future of law enforcement" in the area. New super-high tech crime fighting equipment? Surveillance cameras on street corners? Alas, it was just politics...Sheriff Ed Robb is finally endorsing Chip Harding in his run for Robb's job. read full story
DMB takes down Hook material from website
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Jun 19th 8:42am

DMB takes down Hook material from website

If the Dave Matthews Band was hoping to demonstrate how in touch they are to their hometown by launching a "Charlottesville" page on their website, they just proved the strength of that connection. read full story
New Blog Section
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Jun 19th 7:16am

New Blog Section

We're including this new asides section on our blog so we can keep you updated on the latest news even when we don't have time to write a full post. Check back often! read full story
Big company gobbles Amvest jobs
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Jun 18th 11:45am

Big company gobbles Amvest jobs

Not since 1995, when Thomas E. Worrell, the father of local musician Shannon Worrell Chapman, sold the Daily Progress and 28 other newspapers for $230 million, has a single transaction generated so many millions. read full story
Exoneration for players complete as Duke DA disbarred
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Jun 17th 12:06pm

Exoneration for players complete as Duke DA disbarred

Finding him to be a liar and an evidence withholder, a North Carolina bar committee found that resigned Durham district attorney Mike Nifong must be stripped of his law license for his handling of the now-discredited allegations that three members of the Duke lacrosse team raped a stripper. The case had been read full story
Take a Chanson
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Jun 15th 4:03pm

Take a Chanson

Police seek clues in P. Buckley Moss heist
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Jun 15th 12:56pm

Police seek clues in P. Buckley Moss heist

Approximately 14 P. Buckley Moss prints have been stolen from a Waynesboro house whose owner has been in a nursing home for over a year. read full story