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Ryne Sandberg starts UVA baseball season
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Jan 28th 12:01am

Ryne Sandberg starts UVA baseball season

On Friday, renowned Chicago Cubs second baseman and Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg was the featured speaker at the UVA baseball team's 2007 "Step Up To The Plate" event, an annual shindig at Mem Gym comprising a dinner, auctions, and– of course, au read full story
Death penalty may nab accomplices
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Jan 27th 11:47pm

Death penalty may nab accomplices

Virginia is on the verge of significantly expanding the pool of criminals eligible for the death penalty after a flurry of activity in the state legislature earlier this week. The new inductees include judge killers, court witness killers, and – perhaps most surprisingly – accomplices. read full story
Wine industry gets some mag love
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Jan 27th 11:26pm

Wine industry gets some mag love

Southern Accents magazine, a kind of "Better Homes and Gardens" written exclusively for the Dixie set, is carrying a feature story about Jefferson-area vineyards. "The Barboursville estate has aged well in its three decades," says writer Logan Ward, "It now draws visitors from al read full story
Ski resorts smiling, finally
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Jan 27th 9:27am

Ski resorts smiling, finally

Ski resorts are smiling again. With the recent run of cold temperatures, Wintergreen Resort now has 17 of 25 runs open. read full story
Bacterial meningitis returns to UVA
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Jan 27th 8:29am

Bacterial meningitis returns to UVA

Television stations in both Charlottesville and Richmond are covering a near-miss of bacterial meningitis at UVA. read full story
Local drivers to spend less time in purgatory
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Jan 27th 8:25am

Local drivers to spend less time in purgatory

Charlottesville ranks high on the eco-conscience scale according to hybridcars.com. read full story
Warner (John!) challenges Bush Iraq strategy
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Jan 27th 8:16am

Warner (John!) challenges Bush Iraq strategy

Virginia Senator John Warner has broken from the party ranks and challenged President Bush's strategy for continued engagement in Iraq. Bush's plan for escalation has drawn fire given the long and rather unimpressive story-so-far of the war, which has now drawn on for read full story
Cuccinelli wears heart on sleeve
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Jan 27th 8:04am

Cuccinelli wears heart on sleeve

In his corner of the Washington Post's blog site, Marc Fisher took great personal offense to the bill proposed to the state Senate earlier this month by Fairfax republican Ken Cuccinelli. Cuccinelli has said that his S read full story
‘Smoke bomb’ sequel in Tennessee?
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Jan 26th 4:44pm

‘Smoke bomb’ sequel in Tennessee?

In rural Dunlap, Tennessee, six teenage girls were arrested and charged with conspiracy to commit criminal homicide on Wednesday night after school officials discovered a list of 300 names in a school garbage can that police contend was a list of people to be killed, according to the Associated Press. read full story
Daughtry moves to #1, sells the bejesus out of Starr Hill
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Jan 26th 2:45pm

Daughtry moves to #1, sells the bejesus out of Starr Hill

Starr Hill has announced that the April 14 homecoming of Fluvanna resident turned American Idol contestant turned rock star Chris Daughtry sold out in seven minutes when tickets went on sale this morning at 10am. read full story
Bookmark this! South Lawn demo watch
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Jan 26th 12:12pm

Bookmark this! South Lawn demo watch

As UVA's South Lawn project begins to lower its big footprint on the neighborhood behind New Cabell Hall along Brandon Avenue and Valley Road, pricey properties are meeting the wrecking ball. To keep track of the demos, bookmark this blog post, as we'll be sure to let you know what's going down. What's the South Lawn Project? read full story
Make $40K– become a rookie teacher
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Jan 26th 11:40am

Make $40K– become a rookie teacher

In the nice-work-if-you-can-get-it category, starting teachers with no experience currently make $37,695 a year in Albemarle, and the county wants to bump that to $40,265, according to the Daily Progress. The DP reports that rookie teachers in Charlottesville earn $38,730. read full story
Assembly losing faith in touch voting?
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Jan 26th 6:48am

Assembly losing faith in touch voting?

The General Assembly is making moves towards phasing out electronic touch-screen voting machines over the course of the next few years, heeding the read full story
Smoking to be illegal? (No, the other kind of smoking)
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Jan 26th 6:38am

Smoking to be illegal? (No, the other kind of smoking)

A DC-area NBC affiliate is suggesting that the General Assembly is moving toward passing the anti-smoking legislation championed by Roanoke senator Brandon Bell, which would effectively outlaw smoking in restaurants and other indoor public spaces and slap smokers with a $100 fine for a first offense. A hidden implication of read full story
Special Report: Dave Matthews still rich
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Jan 26th 6:24am

Special Report: Dave Matthews still rich

The Dave Matthews Band has been named to Forbes magazine's 2006 list of the biggest moneymakers in the music business. Hmm, this list looks suspiciously like the concert tour grosses published by Pol read full story
UVA soccer alum joins MLS
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Jan 25th 4:48pm

UVA soccer alum joins MLS

Just days after UK football megastar David Beckham stunned the sports world by announcing his intention to leave championship Spanish team Real Madrid – read full story
Alleged killer Tinsley finally moving toward trial
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Jan 25th 2:49pm

Alleged killer Tinsley finally moving toward trial

The Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg is revealing details of the ongoing case against Kenneth Maurice Tinsley, the 61-year-old man accused of raping and murdering Culpeper County resident Rebecca Lynn Williams in 1982, the crime that almost resulted in the execution of an innocent man. read full story
HookCast for January 25, 2007
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Jan 25th 2:36pm

HookCast for January 25, 2007

Rolling Stone writer recalls 90s Charlottesville, Wedding funmag, Grisham to judge fiction contest ON THIS WEEK�S COVER: Love Is a Mix Tape: Rolling Stone writer recalls life, loss, and music in 90s Charlottesville The two nationally known, Charlottesville-based rock critics were so inseparable that someone thought they were one person. read full story
Diggin’ it at the Pavilion
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Jan 25th 1:04pm

Diggin’ it at the Pavilion

A walk to the east end of the Downtown Mall these days feel a little more like time travel thanks to the major excavation and construction going on at the Pavilion. Hasn't that place been done since spring of 2005? read full story
RHCP tickets reach “Higher Ground” on Internet
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Jan 25th 11:00am

RHCP tickets reach “Higher Ground” on Internet

For folks who managed to snag tickets to tomorrow night's Red Hot Chili Peppers show at John Paul Jones Arena, seeing Anthony, Flea, John, and Chad meant plunking down $58.50 plus fees for any seat in the house. read full story
Grisham holds on to non-fiction Best Seller list too
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Jan 25th 9:05am

Grisham holds on to non-fiction Best Seller list too

It probably won't surprise readers to learn that John Grisham's latest book is still doing remarkably well at the register. read full story
Dr. Dog coming to Starr Hill
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Jan 25th 8:44am

Dr. Dog coming to Starr Hill

Philadelphia rock quintet Dr. Dog has announced that they will be coming to Starr Hill on May 11. read full story
VDOT rolling in money, not snow
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Jan 25th 8:32am

VDOT rolling in money, not snow

Elsewhere, global warming may be offing polar bears at an alarming rate, but it seems that the mild temperatures Virginia has seen this winter so far may have actually done some good. Late last year, the Virginia Department o read full story
Confederacy Museum eyes Lexington
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Jan 25th 6:43am

Confederacy Museum eyes Lexington

The Washington Times reports that the Museum of the Confederacy may be looking to move from its Clay Street digs in Richmond– next to the Confederate White House, conveniently enough– and instead set up shop in the Lexington area– which is, also rather conveniently, the final res read full story
Snocap partners with every indie label ever (sort of)
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Jan 25th 6:25am

Snocap partners with every indie label ever (sort of)

Snocap, the (legal) internet music delivery service started by Napster creator Shawn Fanning, has reportedly reached an agreement with independent record labels allowing them to provide media distrib read full story
New trial lawyers stake a claim
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Jan 24th 4:15pm

New trial lawyers stake a claim

Need to sue someone for a personal injury? Well, you're in luck– yet another law firm has just opened up, and they focus on trial work– including "serious" personal injury litigation, medical malpractice, federal and state criminal cases, and divorce. It's Roanoke-based Lichtenstein Fishwick & Johnson PLC. No strangers to the area, two of the firm's five lawyers, John E. read full story
Charlottesville’s the place to stay if you’re gay…in Virginia, anyway
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Jan 24th 2:10pm

Charlottesville’s the place to stay if you’re gay…in Virginia, anyway

The Hook pointed it out last November in its cover story, "Is our town the Little Apple?"–-Charlottesville is a gay-friendly refuge in a largely gay-unfriendly state. read full story
Leroi Moore and Nas collaborate
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Jan 24th 10:22am

Leroi Moore and Nas collaborate

It looks like DMB may have developed a taste for hip-hop. After working with decidedly urban producer Mark Batson on the last album, Stand Up, Dave & Co. read full story
Truck wedged under Corner bridge
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Jan 24th 8:55am

Truck wedged under Corner bridge

There's a truck squished under the 14th Street bridge in the UVA Corner area, as seen in these photos shot at 8:10am. read full story
Kappa smasha!
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Jan 23rd 5:45pm

Kappa smasha!

For nearly 40 years, the Kappa Sigma auditorium hosted community events, from Boy Scouts meetings to piano recitals. read full story
Anti-gerrymandering bill survives Senate
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Jan 23rd 4:57pm

Anti-gerrymandering bill survives Senate

For the past six years, State Senator Creigh Deeds has introduced bills that would amend the state constitution to make redistricting based on population, not politics. read full story
South Lawn project demos continue
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Jan 23rd 2:09pm

South Lawn project demos continue

It appears the UVA Foundation got a deal on 407 Valley Road, another property scheduled for demolition to make way for the South Lawn project. read full story
Terrace Theater scheduled for demolition
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Jan 23rd 1:26am

Terrace Theater scheduled for demolition

In the Hook�s April 15, 2004 cover story, "Recent passed: Will groovy structures be landmarks?", preservationist Christine Madrid French, president of the Recent Past Preservation Network, cited the Terrac read full story
Bad weather claims the lives of two local women
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Jan 22nd 3:58pm

Bad weather claims the lives of two local women

While the snow and ice that arrived yesterday led to a number of accidents in the area, including this one on Rio Road, on Interstate 81 near Winchester the bad weather unfortunately claimed the lives of two local women, the Daily Progress reports. Thomasina Bryant, 36, of Charlottesville, was driving her Toyota SUV near Winchester yesterday when she lost control of the car, went across the median, and hit an oncoming car. read full story
County sees decline in traffic deaths, stats nationally still troubling
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Jan 22nd 2:01pm

County sees decline in traffic deaths, stats nationally still troubling

The recent snowfall may have caused a flurry of traffic accidents, but according to Albemarle County police, traffic fatalities have declined for the fourth year in a row, with an almost 60 percent decrease between 2002 and 2006. Indeed the numbers are striking, especially considering the increasing traffic volume on County roads in recent years. read full story
Spider light squashed in City’s web
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Jan 22nd 1:25pm

Spider light squashed in City’s web

Sunday's icy precip had barely begun to stick when down the Mall rumbled a big ole City Parks truck with an even bigger ole snowplow out in front, ready for action. Scrape, scrape... BOOM! Down went one of the four-light black "spider lights" in front of Bizou restaurant. What happened? City spokesperson Ric Barrick explains that a brake line malfunctioned on the truck, sending it into the pole. read full story
What slump? County assessments spike 15%
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Jan 22nd 12:27pm

What slump? County assessments spike 15%

There's talk of a real estate slump, or at least a cooling, but no chill will be found in County mailboxes this week when Albemarle County mails out real estate assessment notices. read full story
Henshaw convicted– but quash considered
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Jan 22nd 12:23pm

Henshaw convicted– but quash considered

The farmer who lost his boars in a controversial government slaughter was convicted Friday of operating an illegal hunting enclosure, but the judge is considering a motion to quash the complaint. The September predawn raid of Danny and Cindi Henshaw's Gladstone hunting preserve and slaughter of at least 80 swine– including their two pet pigs read full story
20 bands ready to rumble
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Jan 22nd 10:09am

20 bands ready to rumble

Charlottesville's online Battle of the Bands has 20 bands signed up right now. read full story
Accidents galore in first snowfall
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Jan 21st 4:30pm

Accidents galore in first snowfall

Police and fire departments are warning people that, although the depth of today's snow is shallow, the roads remain remarkably– and dangerously– icy. Consider what happened in this 3:35pm photo on Rio Road. A maroon Toyota Camry was heading east into town, according to Albemarle police officer K. read full story