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$10,000 reward for St. Anne’s letter writer
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May 15th 4:27pm

$10,000 reward for St. Anne’s letter writer

Katharine Almy, the local woman who sued John Grisham and his St. Anne's-Belfield colleagues for emotional distress, announced today that she is now offering a $10,000 reward for evidence leading to the identity of the letter writer whose missives stirred up millions of dollars in legal fees and years of litigation. read full story
Mem Gym pool drained for the last time
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May 15th 4:00pm

Mem Gym pool drained for the last time

After 82 years, the Memorial Gymnasium Pool at UVA was permenantly closed on May 2. According to Intramural-Recreational Sports spokesperson Carol Spry, the pool's basic systems were extremely outdated, and so the decision was made to convert the space into a sport court for indoor hockey, soccer, fencing and other activities. read full story
Bold City slogan retired
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May 15th 1:54pm

Bold City slogan retired

For three years now, ever since Frommer's ranked Charlottesville the #1 place to live in America, the City has sported the slogan: City of Charlottesville: The Best Place to Live in America." However, it what might qualify as a read full story
Urge to merge!
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May 15th 1:45pm

Urge to merge!

A year and a half after four Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge board members resigned, citing "eroding" community support, "deteriorating" leadership, and "dysfunctional programs," things are looking up for the organization. On Monday, May 14, Planned Parenthood of the Blue Ridge read full story
Cox lays down his toilet brush
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May 9th 4:53pm

Cox lays down his toilet brush

After making Constitutional history by being the first person to defend the First Amendment with a toilet brush, Charlottesville resident Kevin Cox is calling it quits. "I'm not touching it again," says Cox of the Downtown Mall's Free Speech wall. read full story
Lennon and Yoko Liked Charlottesville!
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May 9th 1:42pm

Lennon and Yoko Liked Charlottesville!

When a delusional fan shot and killed John Lennon outside his home in New York in 1980, his family lost a father and husband; the world lost a visionary. read full story
Driver charged, no fish-kill in Afton milk spill
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May 9th 12:39pm

Driver charged, no fish-kill in Afton milk spill

The driver of yesterday's spilled milk truck, Dwayne K. Kahle, has been charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain a logbook, according to Albemarle Police Sergeant Glenn Fink. read full story
Hookcast for May 10, 2007
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May 9th 10:59am

Hookcast for May 10, 2007

Festival of the Photo, John and Yoko in Charlottesville, Delighted Dems ON THIS WEEK�S COVER: Picture this!: Festival of the photograph comes into focus Internationally renowned photographer Nick Nichols has documented some of the most remote areas the world but in early June, his sights will be set squarely on Charlottesville as he launches Look3: Fest read full story
Another milk spill soaks Afton
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May 8th 6:18pm

Another milk spill soaks Afton

For the second time in three months, a refrigerated truck has spilled its milk near Afton. Today's wreck occurred around 8am when the tanker overturned at the intersection of Critzer's Shop Road (Rt. 151) and Rt. 250. read full story
Another WAHS employee arrested
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May 4th 4:27pm

Another WAHS employee arrested

A tipsy 15-year-old girl at Western Albemarle High Tuesday led to the arrest of JV softball coach Alisha D. Stewart, 24, of Faber. read full story
New park, new name… new future for City trails?
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May 3rd 6:21pm

New park, new name… new future for City trails?

In January, the City Parks & Rec department ran a contest of sorts, seeking possible names for a new park/trail on an island of land between the Skate Park on McIntire Road and the Recycling Center. Last Friday, as part of an Arbor Day celebration, Mayor David Brown planted a tree on the site and finally unveiled th read full story
Deadly pennies?
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May 3rd 2:53pm

Deadly pennies?

In 2001, UVA physics professor Louis Bloomfield made national headlines for catching cheaters. Six years later, Bloomfield is making headlines for catching something else: pennies. Bloomfield, author of the 2006 book read full story
Allen invests in Charlottesville– again
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May 3rd 10:46am

Allen invests in Charlottesville– again

G. Moffett Cochran V FILE PHOTO BY LAUREN BROOKS Microsoft co-founder/billionaire Paul Allen lost $60 million the first time he put money in a Charlottesville-based company. read full story
HookCast for May 3, 2007
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May 2nd 5:35pm

HookCast for May 3, 2007

P. Buckley Moss, UVA gun arrests, Appalachian Law hero speaks out on Tech ON THIS WEEK�S COVER: Horsing around: P. Buckley Moss and not-folk art P. Buckley Moss is a true Virginia superstar, and although her work will probably never hang in swank local galleries, that doesn't bother her (or her legions of fans) one bit. read full story
Sanjaya and other ‘Idols’ coming to JPJ
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May 2nd 5:20pm

Sanjaya and other ‘Idols’ coming to JPJ

The American Idols Live tour will perform at Charlottesville's John Paul Jones Arena, according to an announcement on the venue's website this afternoon. The tour, which arrives in Charlottesville on September 16th, will comprise the top ten finalists from this season's hugel read full story
Year later: talks stalled in courthouse collapse
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May 1st 2:49pm

Year later: talks stalled in courthouse collapse

It's been over a year since the northeast corner of the old Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court building collapsed during a $13.5 million renovation, but as passers-by have noticed, little has changed. read full story
Woolen Mills dam could be history by summer
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May 1st 12:27pm

Woolen Mills dam could be history by summer

A request for bids brings the historic Woolen Mills dam closer to coming down– partially– before the hundreds of thousands of shad fry released in 2006 head back to the Rivanna River to spawn, if a request for proposals bears fruit. Meanwhile, another 600,000 fry were sent on their way to the Atlantic yesterday, April 30, perhaps joining up with t read full story
VT fallout? One broken B.B. gun = four arrests
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Apr 27th 5:34pm

VT fallout? One broken B.B. gun = four arrests

Not since a class full of architecture mystery writing students allegedly trespassed at an abandoned hospital has a UVA class assignment resulted in as much trouble as this one. read full story
Carlisle canned: NBA Pacers oust Wahoo
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Apr 26th 11:46am

Carlisle canned: NBA Pacers oust Wahoo

After four years at the helm, the Indiana Pacers fired former UVA basketball standout Rick Carlisle after a four-year tenure as head coach. read full story
School Board chair handpicks successor
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Apr 25th 5:11pm

School Board chair handpicks successor

Albemarle School Board Chair Sue Bell Friedman announced today she would not run for a second term representing the sprawling Rivanna District and endorsed Darden HR administrator Ronnie J. Price Sr. read full story
Couric: still America’s sweetheart?
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Apr 25th 4:58pm

Couric: still America’s sweetheart?

First, she was expected to step into the shoes of Dan Rather and single-handedly stem the slide in evening news ratings. Now, in the wake of a backlash over her interview with presidential nominee John Edwards and his wife, Elizabeth, a story claims Katie Couric has enemies in her own newsroom. read full story
HookCast for April 26, 2007
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Apr 25th 3:27pm

HookCast for April 26, 2007

Moving forward, driver down, alleged bomb boy returns FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK NEWSPAPER ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA, THIS IS THE HOOKCAST FOR THE WEEK OF... read full story
Surprise, surprise: Mayor Brown seeks reelection
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Apr 25th 12:52pm

Surprise, surprise: Mayor Brown seeks reelection

He may be a chiropractor, but Mayor David Brown isn't backing out of politics. As first reported here yesterday, he is seeking another four-year term on City Council. Brown formally announced his intention to seek a second term this morning at a press conference outside City Hall. read full story
City to reveal new park name Friday
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Apr 24th 5:49pm

City to reveal new park name Friday

The city will reveal the name of Charlottesville's newest park on Friday, April 27 at noon, during an Arbor Day Celebration in which Mayor David Brown will unveil the park's new sign. read full story
‘Baghdad’ on Afton, 3 down; 5 to go
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Apr 24th 5:32pm

‘Baghdad’ on Afton, 3 down; 5 to go

Nearly three years after an arson destroyed the main building of the Skyline Parkway Motor Court, the structure has been demolished. It came down on Wednesday, April 18, according to owner Phil Dulaney. "I've gone from 11 buildings to eight, and I hope to get down to three soon," says Dulaney. read full story
Kristina’s world: Cruise pic pulled
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Apr 24th 4:33pm

Kristina’s world: Cruise pic pulled

Embattled NBC29 anchor– er, make that former anchor– Kristina Cruise suffers the latest slight in her fall from grace for talking to the Hook– although sources familiar with Channel 29 say station management had long intended to r read full story
Brown’s in: Mayor seeks 2nd Council term
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Apr 24th 12:53pm

Brown’s in: Mayor seeks 2nd Council term

Charlottesville Mayor David Brown will announce his plans to seek reelection to City Council tomorrow at 10am in front of City Hall. read full story
Survey says…where’s my parking?
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Apr 24th 12:21pm

Survey says…where’s my parking?

Beginning last Wednesday, April 18, motorists crossing the Downtown Mall at 2nd and 4th streets were approached by clipboard-carrying men in yellow safety vests asking questions. No, it wasn't the FBI. read full story
Charlottesville makes Laurie David cry
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Apr 24th 11:30am

Charlottesville makes Laurie David cry

The woman who came up with the idea of sweetening sermons about global warming with free Sheryl Crow concerts apparently left the stage of the Pavilion last Thursday and burst into tears. Laurie David, creator of Stop Global Warming, producer of the Al Gore hit, An Inconvenient Truth, and wife of Seinfeld/Curb Your Enthusiasm creator read full story
Worker memorial reopens on I-64
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Apr 24th 10:40am

Worker memorial reopens on I-64

VDOT reopened the VDOT Workers Memorial overlook along Interstate 64 near Afton last night, and workers are on the scene this morning erecting a metal guardrail. According to a worker at the site, the guardrail is a temporary fix after Monday morning's tractor-trailer accident. read full story
Bomb hoax trial set for May 9
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Apr 19th 5:36pm

Bomb hoax trial set for May 9

Albemarle Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos tells the Hook that the trial of the read full story
Buses bring free concert– but no Crow
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Apr 19th 5:27pm

Buses bring free concert– but no Crow

We saw these buses parked downtown in anticipation of tonight's free Robert Randolph concert, but- alas- Sheryl Crow skips Charlottesville on the bio-diesel fueled Stop Global Warming College Tour. Environmentalist Laurie David (and wife of Seinfeld creator Larry David) founded "Stop Global Warming" and will introduce Robert Randolph– and try to get c read full story
Students declare Friday ‘Orange and Maroon Effect Day’
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Apr 19th 11:01am

Students declare Friday ‘Orange and Maroon Effect Day’

In the wake of the massacre at Virginia Tech, college students across the country have joined forces to ask people the world over to wear Hokie colors tomorrow in what they are calling "Orange and Maroon Effect Day." As reported in Tech's student newspaper, the Collegiate Times, the grassroots movement has read full story
HookCast for April 19, 2007
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Apr 18th 3:22pm

HookCast for April 19, 2007

After the Massacre, Tommy Heart Sally, Renier lawsuit read full story
Vigil makes surreal real
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Apr 18th 1:13pm

Vigil makes surreal real

Thousands of students and community members flocked to UVA's McIntire amphitheater Tuesday night for a candlelight vigil to remember those affected by the tragedy at Virginia Tech. Student organizers handed out single white candles, and the crowd members helped each other pass the flame around. read full story
High winds rip down trees, wires
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Apr 16th 11:28am

High winds rip down trees, wires

Charlottesville Police have blocked off the stretch of University Avenue between Emmet Street and Rugby Avenue since early this morning when a tree fell on power lines, and destroyed a utility pole. "You crazy?" a pedestrian queried the Hook photographer. "That's live," he said, pointing to the scattered electrical equipment. "The cop down there said stay the hell away from that. read full story
Dorm shootings at Virginia Tech kill at least 20
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Apr 16th 11:14am

Dorm shootings at Virginia Tech kill at least 20

Dispatches over the New River Valley police scanner indicate there have been multiple shootings this morning on the campus of Virginia Tech. The Associated Press reports that a shooting at the school's West Ambler Johntson dormitory has killed one and wounded another. read full story
Rhythm master to UVA!
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Apr 13th 6:12pm

Rhythm master to UVA!

Gloria Estefan might sing "The Rhythm is Going to Get You," but Joseph Takahashi actually proves it. And now he's coming to UVA! A day after prez John Casteen announced a $100 million gift from newspaper magnate Frank Batten Sr. read full story
Frampton and Angelou top Paramount summer bill
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Apr 13th 6:07pm

Frampton and Angelou top Paramount summer bill

Starting next month, the Paramount Theater will host its first-ever summer season, and yesterday it revealed that among the big stars who will read full story
Another addition to the Cville art scene?
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Apr 12th 5:35pm

Another addition to the Cville art scene?

In a November cover story, the Hook wondered if Charlottesville was becoming the "Little Apple" due to its culture, fine dining, and diversity. read full story