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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
City announces Festival of the Photo
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Jan 21st 10:13am

City announces Festival of the Photo

We've already got a film festival and a book festival. And now, thanks to a partnership between the City and the National Geographic Society, we're about to get the Festival of the Photo. In a Saturday release, City spokesman Ric Barrick says the Festival will take place in June. read full story
First snow (up to 3″) expected Sunday
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Jan 20th 11:19am

First snow (up to 3″) expected Sunday

The Charlottesville area will get its first snowfall tomorrow morning, according to the Weather Underground, which is predicting one to three inches with a nearly 100 percent chance of snow. Already, city crews have mobilized, according to City spokesman Ric Barrick, who says the City has "one of the most state read full story
Shifflett, ‘wife’ appear in court
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Jan 20th 8:23am

Shifflett, ‘wife’ appear in court

Elvis Gene Shifflett, the man shot by Charlottesville police October 20 after a seven-day manhunt, appeared in court yesterday to face the woman he is accused of assaulting. After listening to the testimony of Linda Shifflett and the owner of Court Square Tavern, juvenile and domestic relations judge Edward DeJ. read full story
Welcome back, Chris Daughtry
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Jan 19th 4:18pm

Welcome back, Chris Daughtry

An American Idol finalist is coming back near his old stomping grounds, and the Daughtryphilic Daily Progress, which penned many loving stories last year, is the first read full story
This week’s “Botched Robbery Award…”
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Jan 19th 12:21pm

This week’s “Botched Robbery Award…”

...goes to one 52-year old Randolph W. read full story
Fire in the cockpit puts plane at CHO
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Jan 19th 6:31am

Fire in the cockpit puts plane at CHO

A US Airways flight en route to Roanoke made an emergency landing yesterday at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, due to a fire in the cockpit. read full story
Evan Almighty director backs local homeless shelter
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Jan 18th 6:37pm

Evan Almighty director backs local homeless shelter

In director Tom Shadyac's film Evan Almighty, which was  filmed in Crozet last year, God commands Evan to build read full story
Controversial UVA-tested vaccine could became law
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Jan 18th 8:01am

Controversial UVA-tested vaccine could became law

A Newport News delegate has introduced a bill that would add a cervical cancer vaccine tested at UVA to the battery of immunizations Virginia's schoolgirls receive. read full story
HookCast for January 18, 2007
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Jan 17th 6:01pm

HookCast for January 18, 2007

Radio heads doing it for free, Grisham suit goes forward, New state song? ON THIS WEEK�S COVER: Radio heads: Locals succumb to the call of the airwaves They usually don't do drive time. They don't get paid. Sometimes, in the wee hours, they wonder if anyone is even listening. read full story
24 Out-FOXed
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Jan 16th 12:59pm

24 Out-FOXed

Jack Bauer might have been searching for nukes on last night's two-hour episode of 24 but some area viewers were going nuclear when the show cut off three-quarters of the way through part two of the series premiere, leaving nothing but static on their screens. "We were off for about half an hour," says Joe Dort, business manager for the Charlottesville Newsplex, parent company of three local stations includ read full story
Webb to speak for Dems after State of the Union
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Jan 16th 12:14pm

Webb to speak for Dems after State of the Union

For the second year in a row, a Virginian will deliver the Democratic response to President Bush's State of the Union address. read full story
Bell’s committee looks at judge candidates
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Jan 15th 12:50pm

Bell’s committee looks at judge candidates

Delegate Rob Bell has named his own citizen advisory committee to scrutinize the candidates for the soon-to-open 16th Judicial Circuit seat at a 7pm public meeting January 16 at Hollymead Elementary. Bell's fellow lawyers at the Charlottesville Albemarle Bar Association read full story
Where is Music�s Secret Money Machine?
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Jan 14th 1:58am

Where is Music�s Secret Money Machine?

According to Fast Company Magazine�s February 2007 cover story, it�s in Crozet. Or, as the in-depth feature article on Coran Capshaw and Musictoday puts it, "in The Foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, in an unmarked for read full story
Grisham headed back to court
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Jan 12th 5:23pm

Grisham headed back to court

One of Charlottesville's longest legal dramas got new life today when the Supreme Court of Virginia ruled that an Albemarle Circuit Court judge erroneously dismissed Katharine Almy's lawsuit against mega-selling author John Grisham and Alan and Donna Swanson, allowing Almy to go back to court to sue for intentional inflictio read full story
HookCast for January 11, 2007
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Jan 11th 8:59pm

HookCast for January 11, 2007

ON THIS WEEK�S COVER: Ye Olde School: Charlottesville's crafty like it's 1799 Machines may have made manufacturing easier and quicker, but for these locals, faster isn't better. From basketweaving to building, handwriting to hammering hot steel, the 19th Century is the place to be. read full story
Waldo’s itch
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Jan 11th 3:07pm

Waldo’s itch

In his latest web creation, blogger Waldo Jaquith has turned his attention on a place where the sun never–-okay, well, rarely shines–-the inner workings of the Virginia General Assembly. His new website, Richmond Sunlight, which debuted this week after five months (and after about 100 people tested it, says Jaquith) in the 28-year old website developer, and self-styled read full story
DMB meets BitTorrent
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Jan 11th 8:26am

DMB meets BitTorrent

Leading DMB fan site antsmarching.com has decided to add their own spin to the growing field of online music distribution. read full story
Tim Reynolds Comes Home Again, Again
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Jan 9th 10:29pm

Tim Reynolds Comes Home Again, Again

Just a few months after his last show at Starr Hill, madcap guitar whiz Tim Reynolds has announced that he will be swinging through town yet again this coming spring. Reynolds was a Monday night fixture at Miller's and served as Charlottesville's resident guitar hero through the early Dave Matthews Band era up until his move to New Mexico in 1997, where he has since spent his time making a read full story
Bomb threat locks down Albemarle High
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Jan 9th 7:37pm

Bomb threat locks down Albemarle High

County Police swarmed Albemarle High School today as the school went into a 50-minute lock down around 12:21pm following a phoned in bomb threat. No bomb was found. According to a release, the caller said there was someone in front of the school with a bomb. Within minutes, school officials locked down the school and called County police. read full story
Brandon Avenue’s $1,000,000 winner!
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Jan 8th 6:04pm

Brandon Avenue’s $1,000,000 winner!

Buying a Scratch Game lottery ticket isn't the only way for locals like Tiger Fuel Co. read full story
New Sheffield book remembers Renee
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Jan 8th 4:50pm

New Sheffield book remembers Renee

Former Charlottesville-based rock critic Rob Sheffield is still mourning. And understandably so. On May 11, 1997, his wife, Renee Crist, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away. Her death left one Charlottesville weekly newspaper without its music critic, and Sheffield– although he shouldered on– was cast into a pool of pain and sadness. read full story
Let’s play…name that park!
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Jan 8th 2:35pm

Let’s play…name that park!

In November, the Hook reported on the City's plan to build a walking and biking trail/park/sculpture garden on a vacant swath of land along McIntire Road, Schenck's Branch creek, and the Recycling Center. read full story
Big rigs dig I-81
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Jan 8th 9:49am

Big rigs dig I-81

Think Interstate 81 needs a mega-million facelift? A new survey finds truckers seem to like the road plenty already. In its December issue, Overdrive magazine, online at eTrucker.com, rated I-81 the fifth-best road in the United States, based on a survey of driver opinons. read full story
2006’s top stories podcasted
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Jan 8th 9:33am

2006’s top stories podcasted

From Fork Union Military Academy to Evan Almighty to Lethal Wrecker... all the way to the cat shooting and the release of convicted killer Andrew Alston, this was a year of big news. Hook editor Hawes Spencer and talk show host Coy Barefoot discussed it all (well, as much as they could within the confines of time) on Friday the 5th on WINA. read full story
Dave to guest star on TV’s House
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Jan 7th 5:25pm

Dave to guest star on TV’s House

Thousands of devoted fans have called Dave Matthews a musical genius. read full story
Java Java to open Downtown
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Jan 5th 5:23pm

Java Java to open Downtown

Look out Mudhouse, another Internet enabled coffee lounge is coming to the Downtown Mall. Featuring organic, fair-trade coffees, 1800 square feet of space with wooden tables, comfy chairs, and a long, roomy coffee bar, the new Java Java on the Mall is set to corner the East end java junky market. read full story
White supremacist charged with kiddie porn
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Jan 5th 5:08pm

White supremacist charged with kiddie porn

The message on the National Vanguard phone notes the organization's objective: "We want a decent future for white children." Kevin Strom, founder of the neo-Nazi group dedicated to protecting the rights and racial purity of white people, was indicted for possession of child pornography and for intimidating a witnes read full story
Style names Harvey family ‘Richmonders of the Year’
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Jan 5th 3:36pm

Style names Harvey family ‘Richmonders of the Year’

Just two days after the one-year anniversary of the brutal murder of musician Bryan Harvey and his family, Richmond's read full story
A new green party arrives
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Jan 5th 3:31pm

A new green party arrives

With relatively little fanfare, a full-service salad bar run by the growing national franchise Salad Creations has opened on the downtown mall on Fifth Street, around the corner from The Melting Pot. read full story
Neighborhood’s persistence pays off: Woolen Mills to get historic survey
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Jan 5th 2:49pm

Neighborhood’s persistence pays off: Woolen Mills to get historic survey

If there were a City award for neighborhood activism, the Woolen Mills residents would win it hands down. read full story
Goode meets Muslim congressman
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Jan 4th 5:22pm

Goode meets Muslim congressman

For the last two weeks, the names of Rep. Virgil Goode (R-VA) and the nation's first Muslim congressman Keith Ellison (D-MN) have been linked in the national discourse. read full story
Monster trucks at JPJ Arena– BE THERE!!!
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Jan 4th 3:33pm

Monster trucks at JPJ Arena– BE THERE!!!

The timbers are going to shiver at UVA's new John Paul Jones Arena when monster trucks roll onto the floor March 9 and 10 at 7:30pm. read full story
Local con-man Jefferson Ward dead?
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Jan 4th 1:45pm

Local con-man Jefferson Ward dead?

He was known as Jefferson Ward, DJ Twist, and by his given name, Jeffrey Allen Ward. He was also known as an habitual criminal and liar who left a string of bad checks and grandiose tales throughout Charlottesville. read full story