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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
Bail denied: Alleged abductor had booked hotel room
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Nov 30th 5:11pm

Bail denied: Alleged abductor had booked hotel room

A judge denied bail Friday for James Kevin Key, the Palmyra man charged with attempted abduction of a toddler at Charlottesville Fashion Square mall on November 24. At issue was his rental of a hotel room for that evening. Related stories Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported read full story
What do you think about panhandling on the mall?
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Nov 30th 8:33am

What do you think about panhandling on the mall?

Related Season of giving: Is panhandling, vagrancy, destroying the Downtown Mall? read full story
Uriah J. Fields
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Nov 30th 7:19am

Uriah J. Fields

Mr. Fields, the Sunday before election day, working to re-elect President Obama.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Glenmore manor home sells after nearly two and a half years
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Nov 30th 7:05am

Glenmore manor home sells after nearly two and a half years

8/14/12 CharlottesvilleGerald G. Fahnestock to John, Kathryn & Rachel Gendreau, 1174 Rose Hill Drive, $170,000Stanley W. & Lisa G. Butler to Adam Smith  & Jennifer Freeman, 2313 Tarleton Drive, $225,000Gaffney Homes, LLC to Piedmont Realty & Construction, LLC, 110 Morgan Court, $63,000Gaffney Homes, LLC to Piedmont Realty & Construction, LLC, 114, 116, 118, 121 & 123 Morgan Court, $390,0008/15/12Albemarle    read full story
Fashion scare: Cops credit tipsters in Palmyra man's arrest
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Nov 29th 6:53pm

Fashion scare: Cops credit tipsters in Palmyra man's arrest

The multi-day saga of a mystery man accused of attempting to snatch a two-year-old away from her parents at a local shopping mall reached a major milestone Thursday, as community tips apparently led investigators to arrest a 46-year-old Palmyra man. Related stories Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported read full story
Towing tales part deux: Wreckers, guns, and money
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Nov 29th 4:04am

Towing tales part deux: Wreckers, guns, and money

Nicholas Rigterink may not have been seeking a fight over property rights when he went out for a mid-November dinner, but the 29-year-old Charlottesville man found one– one that ended up with him staring up the barrel of a handgun. read full story
Towing trouble: Is Lethal owner back in biz?
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Nov 29th 4:04am

Towing trouble: Is Lethal owner back in biz?

Mention the words "Lethal Wrecker" around Charlottesville and chances are you'll find someone with a story. For nearly a decade, the towing operation, and its owner, George Morris, earned a reputation for aggressive tactics including allegations of intimidation and overcharging, as reported by the Hook. Lawsuits ensued, including one by the City of Charlottesville, and Lethal lost its AAA contract only to reinvent itself in 2007 as an entity called Cavalier Towing, with Morris' mother at the helm. read full story
Powerball fever: Big lottery buy feeds at Reid's
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Nov 28th 8:09pm

Powerball fever: Big lottery buy feeds at Reid's

With a multi-state lottery soaring toward a record $550 million dollar payout, Powerball fever has exploded– with one enterprising pair of jackpot-seekers appearing at downtown Charlottesville's Reid Super Save market to buy a few tickets: 1,300 to be precise."Are you freaking kidding me?" exclaimed the grocery shopper in line behind brothers Ben and Greg Lang on November 28. "You are gonna run out the paper." read full story
Attempted abduction: Security firm defends actions
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Nov 28th 6:44pm

Attempted abduction: Security firm defends actions

The community has been aghast at an alleged attempted abduction of a two-year-old girl November 24 at Charlottesville Fashion Square that was not reported to police until six hours later by the child's family. On November 28, four days after the incident, AlliedBarton, the security firm that escorted the alleged abductor from the mall, broke its silence to say the family initially was okay with its handling of the situation. read full story
Demerit badge: Former Keswick scoutmaster charged with sodomy
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Nov 28th 5:03pm

Demerit badge: Former Keswick scoutmaster charged with sodomy

A former scoutmaster of a Keswick-based Boy Scout troop has been charged with forcible sodomy. At a 5pm press conference, officials released that David Brian Watkins, 49, who founded Troop 1028 and went on to serve as its leader for eight years, is an accused felony child-molester. Related: 'Nuclear' allegations: Ex asserts sordid past of Scoutmaster read full story
Have you ever been towed?
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Nov 28th 10:37am
Seeking mom: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy
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Nov 28th 9:59am

Seeking mom: In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy

By Cora Schenberg Every day for two weeks following Hurricane Sandy, I try and fail to get a call through to my eighty-two-year-old mother, who lives on Long Island with her eighty-four-year old boyfriend. Mom and Edmond’s house is in Copaigue, a few blocks from the ocean. A canal runs past their backyard. Every time I punch in their number, I get a busy signal. read full story
Property auctions
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Nov 28th 9:29am

Property auctions

November 30 at 4:30pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 6409 Jefferson Mill Road, Scottsville Debtor: James T. Dudley Original amount owing: $103,000 Bidder brings: 10 percent sale price Info: BWW Law Group 301-961-6555 read full story
Mall suspect: Police release security pix of Mall grabber
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Nov 27th 9:14pm

Mall suspect: Police release security pix of Mall grabber

The foiled attempt to snatch a two-year-old girl sent a community into tumult after it was revealed that a rented security guard let the alleged kidnapper go.  The man was caught on a security camera, according to the Albemarle Police Department, which released two photographs. Related: Mall cops: Alleged kidnapper escorted, not reported read full story
We Love This Place: Shopkeepers, citizens dish on local holiday tradition
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Nov 27th 7:36pm

We Love This Place: Shopkeepers, citizens dish on local holiday tradition

The Hook's editorial staff takes a break this week from producing the hard-hitting news you've grown accustomed to (at least in the cover story), choosing instead to check in with local shop owners and citizens to ask them how they celebrate the holidays in Charlottesville, and where they go to find gifts for their loved ones. read full story
The week in review
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Nov 27th 3:29pm

The week in review

Most disturbing discovery: A motorist reports an unresponsive man in a parked car at the eastbound I-64 rest area near Ivy/Crozet around 8:30am November 26. Virginia State Police determine the man is dead. At press time, state police have not released his name or a cause of death. read full story
Life of Pi: Ang Lee films the unfilmable; poetic idealism triumphs
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Nov 27th 3:10pm

Life of Pi: Ang Lee films the unfilmable; poetic idealism triumphs

Ang Lee's "Life of Pi" is a miraculous achievement of storytelling and a landmark of visual mastery. Inspired by a worldwide best-seller that many readers must have assumed was unfilmable, it is a triumph over its difficulties. It is also a moving spiritual achievement, a movie whose title could have been shortened to "Life." **** Life of Pi Director: Ang Lee Starring: Suraj Sharma, Irrfan Khan, Tabu, Rafe Spall, Gerard Depardieu 125 minutes - PG read full story
Made to order: Eat out by eating in
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Nov 27th 2:16pm

Made to order: Eat out by eating in

Relay Foods, the local online grocery, has partnered with three local restaurants to offer their customers, well, essentially "dinner kits" that will allow them to cook meals served at the C&O, The Local, and Brookville Restaurant. read full story
Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported
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Nov 27th 1:11pm

Mall cops: Alleged kidnaper escorted, not reported

That a two-year-old child may have been briefly kidnapped by a stranger at a shopping mall is shocking enough. That police weren't notified until six hours after the private security force at Charlottesville Fashion Square escorted the man from the property has created a firestorm. Related: If they took CTS to the brawl, how'd they return? read full story
No 'w' in Sno Balls
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Nov 27th 9:19am

No 'w' in Sno Balls

The orange, marshmallowy product mentioned in last week's story about the demise of Hostess Brands, "Twinkies crisis hits locally," was misspelled. read full story
Wedding issue not colorful enough
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Nov 27th 8:45am

Wedding issue not colorful enough

Reading your [October 18] Weddings special insert, out of your 12 couples, I didn't see a single person of color getting married. In fact, I only saw one black guy in any of the photos of groomsmen and bridesmaids. What gives? Don't blacks, hispanics, asians, etc. get married any more? Or is it that they are less effective at selling over-priced "wedding professionals," venues, and services, which seems to be the main point of your issue? read full story
John Crow laws
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Nov 27th 8:37am

John Crow laws

The Town of Culpeper is having a “buzzard problem.” Big birds are hanging out doing their business where the town doesn’t want them. Forty miles southwest, the City Council of Charlottesville discussed a perceived problem with assemblages of humanoids on their mall November 19. Members of the public made colorful use of language in defense of the humanoids' right to sleep on the sidewalk, use base language, and solicit funds from passers-by. What options are in a town’s toolbox for dealing with unwanted wildlife? read full story
New seats will 'awaken' Culbreth
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Nov 27th 7:09am

New seats will 'awaken' Culbreth

Regarding Lisa Provence's November 8th article "It's a wrap: Scenes from the 25th Virginia Film Fest," the very first thing she mentions, under the heading of "Things we liked," was "No screenings were held at Culbreth, the most uncomfortable theater in Charlottesville...." Had Ms. Provence done a bit more research, she would have discovered the reason Culbreth was not used: it was closed for renovations. The highlight of those renovations?  New seats. read full story
Renovations continue in Sherwood Farms foreclosure
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Nov 27th 5:05am

Renovations continue in Sherwood Farms foreclosure

8/8/12Albemarle Albemarle Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals to Bonita C. Toms, 8062 Blenheim Road, $149,750Bank of New York Mellon to Edward M. & Brandi J. McLaughlin, 2975 White Oak Lane, $230,000Richard A. & Connie H. Sylvester to Brendan S. & Carolyn S. Graves, 116 Vincennes Road, $334,800Michael B. Alexander to John Davis Rogers & Kyle Elizabeth Koehler, 705 Ingleside Lane, $1,043,000Charlottesville read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 29 and beyond
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Nov 27th 3:03am
Out of Focus: Longtime women's support org folds
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Nov 26th 4:29pm

Out of Focus: Longtime women's support org folds

The same year Congress gave its blessing to the Equal Rights Amendment, a team of Charlottesville women launched a new support group to assist what were then quaintly called "displaced homemakers." Forty years later and despite creating a well-known flea market and nurturing a mediation center, the Focus Women's Resource Center has quietly ceased operations, perhaps a victim of a faded era– or of its own success. "If there's a woman going through it, there's another woman who can help her," says co-founder Ellen Vaughan, of the nonprofit's philosophy. read full story
All I want for Christmas...
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Nov 24th 4:40pm
A tree half trimmed
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Nov 21st 1:55pm

A tree half trimmed

John Stoudt and Rick Dilelio (on ladder) had until Friday evening, November 23, to finish decorating the downtown Christmas tree before its scheduled Grand Illumination at 6pm. Photographed around 1:30pm November 21. According to the City spokesperson, the tree is a gift of Wayne and Josephine Clark of Rock Creek Road. read full story
Property auctions
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Nov 21st 1:35pm

Property auctions

November 28 at 1:45pm at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 3849 Lake Park Road, Earlysville Debtor: Anthony and Kelly A. Bilotta Original amount owing: $335,884 Bidder brings: $20,000 or 10 percent sale price Info: Samuel I. White PC 757-457-1460 read full story
Seller's remorse? Ramsay goes for $3.325 million
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Nov 21st 12:26pm

Seller's remorse? Ramsay goes for $3.325 million

The historic Greenwood estate once owned by the son of Irene Langhorne Gibson, aka "the Gibson Girl," had languished on the market for more than two years, with its price dropping from $7.5 million to $5.8 million, and still it didn't sell. The owners then tried a different tack to move the mansion called Ramsay – on October 18, it sold at absolute auction for $3.325 million, less than half the original asking price. read full story
$50K for Farabaugh: MHS teacher scores on Jeopardy
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Nov 20th 8:00pm

$50K for Farabaugh: MHS teacher scores on Jeopardy

A savvy teacher from Monticello High School, Michael Farabaugh, has won $50,000 by taking second prize in a special tournament on the Jeopardy! game show. read full story
The week in review
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Nov 20th 12:51pm

The week in review

Most disruptive: Occupiers interrupt City Council November 18 following the public comment portion of the meeting, and police escort two of them out, the first time anyone's been ejected in at least two years, the Newsplex reports. The Occupiers object to proposals to handle disorderly conduct on the Downtown Mall. read full story
High water? Autumn Hill residents question $180 bill
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Nov 20th 8:56am

High water? Autumn Hill residents question $180 bill

Tara Stankovic and Scott Lester have lived in Autumn Hill apartment complex for three years and say their water and sewer bill for their two-bedroom apartment would typically run between $70 to $80. Related: Cloudy water: Murky billing soaks Autumn Hill residents read full story
Boyd's Crossing: 3-mile Old Mills Trail finally open for business
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Nov 20th 8:26am

Boyd's Crossing: 3-mile Old Mills Trail finally open for business

Last week, a new 3-mile trail was opened along the Rivanna River, the Old Mills Trail, that connects Darden Towe Park to the new Martha Jefferson Hospital, and is designed for walkers, runners, hikers, and bikers. That might not seem like big news, given that there's already a trail on the opposite bank, but as Bob Crickenberger, director of the Albemarle County Department of Parks and Recreation, pointed out at an early morning dedication ceremony on November 16, this little trail was over 10 years in the making. read full story
Caption had wrong date
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Nov 20th 8:00am

Caption had wrong date

The caption in last week's essay, ["Sullivan's extension: And other things out of Dragas' control"], had "November 9" in the caption; the correct date that the students approached the Harrison Institute was November 8. read full story
Cozy drinks: Downtown fireplaces stoke the season
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Nov 20th 5:05am

Cozy drinks: Downtown fireplaces stoke the season

When you're chilly and tired from shopping or checking out the big Christmas tree at Central Place on the Downtown Mall, there are at least five fireplaces within footsteps. On a recent Thursday night, we checked out all five– and the signature drinks that go along with them.   read full story
Spielberg's Lincoln does not disappoint
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Nov 20th 3:03am

Spielberg's Lincoln does not disappoint

I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's Lincoln that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education, and taught himself through his hungry reading of great books. I still recall from a childhood book the image of him taking a piece of charcoal and working out mathematics by writing on the back of a shovel. read full story