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Stink’s demise? Authority to halt composting
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Nov 28th 6:44am

Stink’s demise? Authority to halt composting

There's been a big stink in the Woolen Mills neighborhood, but yesterday's action by the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority may lessen the smells. read full story
Biggest yet: Billy Joel’s coming to JPJ
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Nov 27th 6:57am

Biggest yet: Billy Joel’s coming to JPJ

Billy Joel, the "piano man" who shot to fame in the mid-1970s with a moving song by that title and then successfully danced through various musical genres, is bringing his tunes to town. According to an email sent out to customers of the John Paul Jones Arena shortly after 10pm Sunday, Joel will perform Friday, February 23, and tickets go on sale December 1. How big is Joe read full story
HookCast for November 22, 2006
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Nov 21st 4:37pm

HookCast for November 22, 2006

The Holiday Survival Guide, The end of 10-4, CarMax muscles in on Pantops That's right, you read correctly. Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, this week's issue hits newsstands a day early this week. Our regular Thursday releases will resume next week. ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: The Holiday Survival Guide Each November and December, an ever growing chorus sings the same refrain: "The holidays have gotten too commercial!" But luckily for us we live in a town rich in holiday traditions that, by and large, don't require spending a dime. read full story
Gray Television nixes O.J. faux confessional
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Nov 20th 3:00pm

Gray Television nixes O.J. faux confessional

Public outrage over O.J. Simpson's upcoming book, If I Did It, and a FOX interview with the former football star acquitted of murdering his wife spills to the local airwaves. read full story
‘Tis the (tree-ey) season
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Nov 20th 10:39am

‘Tis the (tree-ey) season

The Christmas trees have arrived– as seen in this 8am photo today at Ivy Corner, a horticultural shop in downtown Ivy. read full story
HookCast for November 16, 2006
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Nov 16th 5:15pm

HookCast for November 16, 2006

Is Charlottesville the Little Apple?, Beebe plea could bring new indictments, Sheriff added to sexual assault suit ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: I [heart] Charlottesville: Is our town the Little Apple? This week, we ask has Charlottesville taken a turn for the north? With ever-more exotic restaurants and shops, new residents from around the world, and a decided voting tilt to the left, we're looking more and more like a certain big, mid-atlantic city. read full story
Queen Elizabeth II to visit Jamestown
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Nov 16th 1:21pm

Queen Elizabeth II to visit Jamestown

Four centuries after English entrepreneurs claimed our Commonwealth in the name of her forebear, Queen Elizabeth II will attend the ceremonies commemorating the 400th anniversary of the Jamestown settlement in May. read full story
How are our children and families doing? Study takes our vital signs
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Nov 16th 12:52am

How are our children and families doing? Study takes our vital signs

For seven years now, the Charlottesville/Albemarle Commission on Children and Families (CCF) has been issuing Stepping Stones, a statistical study on the well-being of children and families in the area. read full story
Cantor could take #2 GOP slot in House
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Nov 15th 4:22pm

Cantor could take #2 GOP slot in House

After suffering its worst losses in 12 years in this year's elections, the Republican party has been doing plenty of cleaning house, with Bob Gates nominated to replace Donald Rumsfeld as Secretary of Defense and Senator Mel Martinez (FL) taking over for Ken Mehlman as head of the Republican National Committee. But sometimes, a loss can be a win, and for Rep. read full story
Save 30 seats– Leitao lures Farrakhan to UVA
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Nov 15th 3:27pm

Save 30 seats– Leitao lures Farrakhan to UVA

Mustapha Farrakhan, a highly recruited Illinois prep basketball player and grandson of controversial Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan, announced yesterday that he has signed a letter of intent with UVA coach Dave Leitao, who read full story
Colbertââ?¬â?¢s a fan of ââ?¬Å?Gail for Railââ?¬Â jingle
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Nov 15th 12:49am

Colbertââ?¬â?¢s a fan of ââ?¬Å?Gail for Railââ?¬Â jingle

The election may be over, but the hits keep on coming in the Virginia senate race. read full story
The Progress slims down
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Nov 14th 3:16pm

The Progress slims down

It seems like only yesterday that the Daily Progress unveiled a much heralded redesign, complete with an insert to help readers fully appreciate the enormity of the changes. read full story
Bombshell dropped as Beebe pleads
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Nov 14th 1:07pm
Semper fi, meet super fab
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Nov 10th 10:06am

Semper fi, meet super fab

If all goes as planned, our Marines in Iraq and Afghanistan will be getting a helping hand from an unexpected source back home: Charlottesville's own Club 216. In a press release, the dance club says it has launched a drive to send care packages to Marines. "Some of us may not support the war, but we all support the troops," the e-mail reads. read full story
Allen to concede defeat to Webb
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Nov 9th 2:52pm

Allen to concede defeat to Webb

One of the most improbable series of events in recent Virginia political history will come to its once unimaginable conclusion at 3pm when would-be presidential contender and Senator George Allen will concede defeat to his Democratic opponent, Senator-Elect J read full story
HookCast for November 9, 2006
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Nov 9th 12:58pm

HookCast for November 9, 2006

Mind For Murder, Real Estate bubble, Redskins kicker ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: MIND FOR MURDER: She's good enough for CourtTV & NBC, but is that good enough? Noreen Renier may be America's leading crime-solving psychic. For 30-plus years , the Free Union resident has used her psychic powers to find bodies and finger suspects, including wife-killer Scott Peterson, with startling accuracy. Still, some claim she's a fraud with a genius for self-promotion. Is her special talent real? read full story
Sabato crowned king of the crystal ball
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Nov 8th 5:24pm

Sabato crowned king of the crystal ball

Election Night 2006 will go down in history as a big night for Democrats with their winning of a sizable majority in the House of Representatives and a potential one-seat majority in the Senate (pending the outcome of our own potentially imminent recount). read full story
G’night 29
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Nov 8th 12:40am

G’night 29

With 97 percent of precincts reporting and George Allen showing just the slimmest of leads– less than 1/4 of one percent– the NBC29 news anchor wished viewers a good night at midnight and signed off. "We'll continue our election coverage in the morning," she chirped. Huh? One of the most hotly contested senate races in the country, with a record voter turn-out in Virginia and with much of the action leading up to the election happening right here in Charlottesville, and 29 signs off? Luckily, the Newsplex came through. read full story
Allen appears doomed by Richmond
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Nov 7th 11:51pm

Allen appears doomed by Richmond

With each passing update of statewide vote counts, Virginia localities turn in their tallies– most of them anyway. read full story
High turnout in Alb.; wacky date in Char.
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Nov 7th 6:03pm

High turnout in Alb.; wacky date in Char.

The day has finally come. It's election day. With Allen and Webb remaining neck and neck until the bitter end, one will finally be named the victor. Virginians are turning out in droves to vote in a race that could help determine the majority party in the Senate. read full story
Closed hearing in ‘12-step’ rape case
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Nov 7th 5:44pm

Closed hearing in ‘12-step’ rape case

The November 27 trial for William Nottingham Beebe is looming, and today Beebe, charged with raping a 17-year-old UVA first year in a fraternity house in 1984, was present for a closed hearing before Judge Edward Hogshire in Charlottesville Circuit Court. Although the case has received national and international media coverage, with Beebe's accuser, Liz Seccuro, appearing on television (including an hour-long NBC Dateline e read full story
'Gail for Rail' throws support to Webb
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Nov 6th 1:13pm

'Gail for Rail' throws support to Webb

The #3 candidate in Virginia's madcap race for the U.S. Senate, the woman who has focused on light rail, appears to have steered her train into the camp of Democratic challenger James Webb. read full story
Stark handcuffed at Allen rally
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Nov 4th 10:55pm

Stark handcuffed at Allen rally

Today, blogger and UVA first year law student Mike Stark yet again confronted Senator George Allen at a campaign rally and yet again somebody hit the deck. read full story
Sabato accuses Webb of plagiarism
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Nov 3rd 8:44pm

Sabato accuses Webb of plagiarism

As chronicled in this week's cover story, UVA politics professor Larry Sabato told MSNBC's Chris Matthews in September that he knew Senator George Allen used "the n-word" when the two were classmates at UVA but later admitted he himself never heard the word cross Allen's lips. Many to read full story
9/11 monument has risen in Buena Vista
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Nov 3rd 12:00pm

9/11 monument has risen in Buena Vista

Remember the star of our summer 2004 cover story about fiberglass wonders near Natural Bridge? read full story
Stark becomes a reporter
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Nov 2nd 11:23pm

Stark becomes a reporter

American politics, you gotta love it. Two days ago, some thought that UVA law student Mike Stark�s aggressive questioning of Senator George Allen inside the Omni Hotel, and the scuffle that followed, might land him in jail. Now it appears to have landed him a job. read full story
Staunton confident in its ‘Omni’
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Nov 2nd 11:27am

Staunton confident in its ‘Omni’

The hotel/conference center on which hopes for a downtown resurgence have been hanging will cost Staunton taxpayers nearly $580,000 this year, but officials in the Queen City express optimism and confidence (not worries), in a story in today's News read full story
Sabato predicts Webb win, Democratic Congress
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Nov 2nd 10:45am

Sabato predicts Webb win, Democratic Congress

With Election Day only a week away, UVA professor and political pundit Larry Sabato made his much-anticipated predictions for the midterm elections on his Crystal Ball website. read full story
HookCast for November 2, 2006
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Nov 2nd 9:52am

HookCast for November 2, 2006

Life of Larry Sabato, Film fest wrap-up, Greenleaf groper, Down 'n dirty senate race FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK NEWSPAPER ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA, THIS IS THE HOOKCAST FOR THE WEEK OF... Thursday, November 2, 2006. ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Life of Larry: How Sabato faces the election UVA politics professor Larry Sabato is the talking head most in demand from newspapers and television at election time. read full story
BZA rejects neighborhood appeal
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Nov 1st 5:59pm

BZA rejects neighborhood appeal

No one could ever accuse Mark Haskins of not being persistent. At a October 26 Board of Zoning Appeals meeting, the Little High Neighborhood Association prez was at it again, arguing that Region Ten's Mews project off of Little High Street, a 40-unit affordable housing project for Region Ten clients and others with disabilities, should be open to public scrutiny read full story
New ‘herd’ of sculptures go up
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Nov 1st 3:32pm
Misdemeanor plea in Hickman killing
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Oct 31st 4:39pm

Misdemeanor plea in Hickman killing

There's no dispute that Azlee Keller Hickman was murdered in a Carlton Avenue mobile home in March 2003. But despite witnesses testifying that they saw William Franklin "Billy" Marshall assault her the night she died, prosecutors have been unable to pin her death on anyone. read full story
Law student and Allen staffers tussle at Omni
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Oct 31st 1:53pm

Law student and Allen staffers tussle at Omni

Things got physical this morning at a rally for Senator George Allen when first-year UVA law student Mike Stark and Allen staffers got into an altercation in the lobby of Charlottesville's Omni Hotel. As Allen prepared to answer questions from the media, Stark got within inches of Allen and Senator Elizabeth Dole shouting, "Did you abuse your first wife? read full story
Webb to Allen camp: ‘go find a Third World dictator’
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Oct 30th 5:59pm

Webb to Allen camp: ‘go find a Third World dictator’

On October 27, Senator George Allen got the political world talking with a press release excerpting particularly graphic passages of the novels authored by his Democratic opponent Jim Webb. read full story
Shadyac shows off two minutes of Evan
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Oct 30th 5:10pm

Shadyac shows off two minutes of Evan

1981 UVA grad Director Tom Shadyac admitted to a Newcomb Hall audience Saturday night that he: a) didn't choose Crozet out of love for his alma mater, b) can "almost promise" a Paramount premiere, and c) will indeed probably be director of the most expensive comedy ever made. In an early October story, the read full story
Doggone new law
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Oct 30th 5:04pm

Doggone new law

Though word seems to be spreading that there's a stricter leash law in Charlottesville's near future, that's actually not the case, says Holly Hatcher, whose dog was attacked by an off-leash pit bull in February 2005. read full story
Allen thrives, Webb dies in hypothetical Jamestown
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Oct 27th 5:31pm

Allen thrives, Webb dies in hypothetical Jamestown

In its exclusive interviews with Senator George Allen and his Democratic opponent Jim Webb, Style Weekly covered all the important issues: North Korea, education po read full story
DMB ‘best of’ album out Nov. 7
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Oct 26th 1:21pm

DMB ‘best of’ album out Nov. 7

The track list for the new two-disc Dave Matthews Band ââ?¬Å?Greatest Hitsââ?¬Â CD, entitled The Best of Whatââ?¬â?¢s Around ââ?¬â?? read full story
Fox to campaign for Webb
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Oct 26th 11:31am

Fox to campaign for Webb

When actor and Parkinson's disease sufferer Michael J. Fox appeared in two powerful ads for stem cell research and Democratic Senate candidates who support it, the Hook wondered whether the actor would make a similar appearance in Virginia. read full story
Hookcast for October 26, 2006
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Oct 26th 8:42am

Hookcast for October 26, 2006

Book of Revelations, UVA med center gets off probation, Huja: still shaping the city? FROM THE NEWSROOM OF THE HOOK NEWSPAPER ON THE DOWNTOWN MALL IN CHARLOTTESVILLE VIRGINIA, THIS IS THE HOOKCAST FOR THE WEEK OF... Thursday, October 26, 2006. ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Book of Revelations This week's Hook is 100 pages long– thanks to a big array of stories about the Virginia Film Festival. We interview famed actor Robert Duvall who tells the Hook about his worst cinematic experience. read full story