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M16, face may figure in Shifflett wounds
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Oct 23rd 12:56pm

M16, face may figure in Shifflett wounds

An unconfirmed report suggests that, in addition to suffering torso wounds, manhunt target Elvis Gene Shifflett received at least one wound to the face, according to an Albemarle County man who was monitoring emergency scanner conversations shortly after the Shifflett shooting. "A man spoke of a 'major exit wound to the face' and used the word 'mandible,'" says the listener, who was tuned to the scanner arou read full story
Display represents lost lives
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Oct 20th 5:31pm

Display represents lost lives

Today, in front of the Albemarle County Office building, 80 pairs of surplus combat boots with name tags were lined up like headstones along the sidewalk. The effect was no accident. read full story
Town handles 3 big events
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Oct 19th 10:52pm

Town handles 3 big events

The ESPN camera zoomed in on a screaming, orange-haired gonzo UVA fan leaning on a railing, and the announcer wisecracked that the fan would probably be heading to the Itzhak Perlman concert after the football game. read full story
Did serial rapist slip through cracks?
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Oct 19th 4:51pm

Did serial rapist slip through cracks?

Captain Chip Harding started noticing something funny in the serial rapist investigation that's gone on since the first reported rape in 1997: Several "persons of interest" in the case didn't turn up on the state's DNA database who should have. "I assumed it was a blip," says Harding. read full story
Timberlake to bring ’sexy back’ to town
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Oct 19th 4:11pm

Timberlake to bring ’sexy back’ to town

Bodies will be rocked, and sexy will be brought back on March 18, 2007, when one of the world's biggest pop stars brings his disco ball-busting show to John Paul Jones Arena. read full story
HookCast for October 19, 2006
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Oct 19th 10:26am

HookCast for October 19, 2006

Sex, money and scandal in Gilded Age Albemarle, Casteen's green, School board gets short with public, Frost poem not so uncommon? ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Mad about you: Archie, Amelie and the Prince They were the Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald of the Gilded Age. She was a scandalous author from a pedigreed Albemarle family. He was a rich-as-sin Astor who escaped from a New York insane asylum. Their story is one rife with sex, money, celebrities, and insanity. read full story
Did PR trump scholarship in Frost poem discovery?
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Oct 17th 12:37pm

Did PR trump scholarship in Frost poem discovery?

Two weeks ago, the Hook dutifully reported on the discovery of an unknown Robert Frost poem by a UVA grad student (Eureka!: Grad student hits literary gold, October 5, 2006), as did over 100 newspapers and radio programs around the world in the followng days, including the Washington Post, The New York Times, NPR read full story
Post: Senate race tied, slight lead for amendment
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Oct 17th 11:42am

Post: Senate race tied, slight lead for amendment

With only 21 days until Virginians go to the polls, the Washington Post says that, according to its poll data, the race between Senator George Allen (R) and his Democratic opponent, Jim Webb, is a read full story
Shadyac to preview Evan Almighty at Film Fest
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Oct 16th 1:15pm

Shadyac to preview Evan Almighty at Film Fest

Usually October surprises are reserved for political campaigns and Major League baseball, but the Virginia Film Festival unveiled a surprise of its own this morning when it announced that Evan Almighty director and UVA alum Tom Shadyac will host a screening at Newcomb Hall of Bruce Almighty and a sneak peek at its locally shot sequel on Saturday, October 28, at 10pm. Shadyac– whose previous credits in read full story
Conference studies population growth
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Oct 13th 5:07pm

Conference studies population growth

The 300 million population mark is fast approaching. In fact, you can see for yourself by visiting the U.S. Census population clock. One new person every 11 seconds! That's around 7,800 people every day. read full story
Lethal pays up
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Oct 13th 4:58pm

Lethal pays up

There's good news for 21 aggrieved local drivers who'd been overcharged by Lethal Wrecker: the checks are in the mail. Though Lethal's Richmond-based attorney William Tiller had hinted in court in July that his client might not have the $1,100 to pay back the plaintiffs, that didn't end up to be the case. read full story
No more flashers
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Oct 13th 12:42pm

No more flashers

Following a citizen complaint, the city's cracking down on flashing this week– flashing traffic lights, that is. read full story
Principal scores award
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Oct 13th 10:47am

Principal scores award

It was an assembly like no other for Burnley-Moran elementary school principal Daphne Keiser, who says receiving the $25,000 National Educator Award yesterday from the Milken Family Foundation was a "total surprise." The California-based nonprofit handpicks just 100 educators around the country each year to receive the award– Keiser (left, with superintendent Rosa Atkins) was one of two Virginia recipients. read full story
“Mistaken belief” acquits Collins
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Oct 12th 4:59pm

“Mistaken belief” acquits Collins

Rich Collins' conviction for trespassing at Shopper's World during his unsuccessful run for Richmond last year has been overturned. read full story
Hookcast for October 12, 2006
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Oct 12th 4:50pm

Hookcast for October 12, 2006

Charlottesville in Wikipedia, Allen aides block new 'Macaca,' and Friends mourn UVA student ON THIS WEEK'S COVER: Wiki-ville: How the world sees Charlottesville Wikipedia is the online encyclopedia that grows daily by thousands of articles. And some of those are about the great institutions and people in Charlottesville. And check out the clever way you can add yourself to this encyclopedia– for a while anyway. ALSO IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE: Need to impede: Allen aides block the new "Macaca" The campaign stop at CHO airport was going swimmingly. read full story
Sabato: “a tragedy for Democrats, and maybe the rest of us”
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Oct 12th 12:53pm

Sabato: “a tragedy for Democrats, and maybe the rest of us”

In a move that has set the political world reeling, former Virginia Governor Mark Warner, long seen as a frontrunner for the '08 Democratic presidential nomination, announced at an 11am press conference at Richmond's Jefferson hotel today that he will not run for president. UVA professor Larry Sabato tells the Hook that when Warner informed him of his decision by phone earlier this morning, the pundit was sorel read full story
Mark Warner won’t run in 2008
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Oct 12th 10:27am

Mark Warner won’t run in 2008

According to an online Washington Post dispatch, former Virginia governor Mark Warner, long seen as a frontrunner for the Democratic nomination for president in 2008, will announce today that he will not run for president at an 11am press conference at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond. read full story
Rabid bobcat strikes Fluvanna
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Oct 10th 4:27pm

Rabid bobcat strikes Fluvanna

One or more people are undergoing a series of rabies shots in Fluvanna County, where a bobcat recently tested positive for the virus, according to Thomas Jefferson Health District spokesperson Jeff McDaniel. read full story
Sisson seeks extras
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Oct 10th 11:03am

Sisson seeks extras

Those who missed their shot at fame and glory when the big budget Evan Almighty was shooting in Crozet earlier this year have a second chance at silver screen immortality. Disconnected, a new independent film that begins shooting in and around Staunton October 24, is seeking extras. read full story
Evan’s Almighty dollar
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Oct 10th 2:01am

Evan’s Almighty dollar

For months, the filming of Evan Almighty out in Crozet was the talk of the town. Now the film�s ballooning budget is the talk of Hollywood. read full story
Schilling lobs softballs at Turner
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Oct 9th 6:16pm

Schilling lobs softballs at Turner

Despite an abrupt retirement after pleading guilty to lying to federal prosecutors about ââ?¬Å?the activities of a known drug dealerââ?¬Â and accepting a plea agreement that requires him to submit himself for drug testing, the murky July retirement of UVA's loudest Dean got the softball treatment on local radio today. Former Dean of African-American affairs M. read full story
Mountjoy returns to radio Tuesday
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Oct 9th 5:29pm

Mountjoy returns to radio Tuesday

According to afternoon reports on AM 1070 WINA, legendary Charlottesville radio personality Dick Mountjoy will make his return to the airwaves tomorrow morning, October 10. It will be his first appearance since he had to take a leave of absence to battle tongue cancer in April. read full story
Route 29 to become Wahoo Highway?
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Oct 9th 5:08pm

Route 29 to become Wahoo Highway?

Kudos to Brian Wheeler of Charlottesville Tomorrow for staying to the end of an October 4 Albemarle County Board of Supervisors meeting (a feat in itself!) to bring us this little gem: apparently, UVA basketball coach Dave Leitao has been talking about the idea of renamin read full story
Allen regains big lead in Zogby poll
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Oct 5th 4:16pm

Allen regains big lead in Zogby poll

Following six weeks of verbal missteps and faux pas, Senator George Allen may have finally righted his ship, according to the latest Reuters/Zogby survey. read full story
HookCast for October 5th, 2006
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Oct 5th 2:55pm

HookCast for October 5th, 2006

Boar War- Questions have been raised in the government-sponsored slaughter of nearly 80 pigs in western Buckingham County. The pigs were part of a business that might have meant their slaughter one-by-one anyway, but controversy rages over the pre-dawn government raid there and at another such hunting preserve in Cumberland. ALSO IN THIS WEEK'S ISSUE: Tax brake: Late taxpayers lose car-tax relief- The County says that nearly 13,000 tax bills are suddenly a lot steeper. read full story
Macaca’s replacement blocked at CHO
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Oct 4th 6:47pm

Macaca’s replacement blocked at CHO

Since Senator George Allen's "Macaca" scandal broke in late August, it has become common knowledge that political campaigns in high-profile races send "trackers" to follow the opposition with video cameras, so any gaffe can be captured for the whole wide world to see. read full story
Morgan Freeman blesses Film Fest
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Oct 4th 12:38pm

Morgan Freeman blesses Film Fest

He kept a pretty low profile when he was here earlier this year as God in Evan Almighty, but actor Morgan Freeman will face his adoring fans at this year's Virginia Film Festival. And with Freeman following Robert Duvall's appearance for The Apostle on Friday at the Paramount, October 27 is turning out to be the high star-wattage night at this year's fest. read full story
ââ?¬Å?If you wanna get down, down on the groundââ?¬ÂŠ.ââ?¬Â
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Oct 3rd 11:54am

ââ?¬Å?If you wanna get down, down on the groundââ?¬ÂŠ.ââ?¬Â

When Eric Clapton plays the John Paul Jones arena next week, October 12, concert goes may get to hear one song he hasnââ?¬â?¢t played live in a long time. Can you guess? According to a recent AP report, Clapton has started playing ââ?¬Å?Cocaineââ?¬Â on tour. read full story
Joke’s on Roanoke in upcoming movie
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Oct 2nd 3:03pm

Joke’s on Roanoke in upcoming movie

Last January, when a man purporting to be a Kazakh journalist shooting a documentary addressed a Salem Civic Center rodeo crowd by saying, "I hope you kill every man, woman and child in Iraq, down to the lizards. And may George W. Bush drink the blood of every man, woman and child in Iraq," the event organizers had a pretty good idea they had been duped. read full story
UVA to host fireworks show, close University Avenue
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Sep 28th 6:02pm

UVA to host fireworks show, close University Avenue

UVA will light up the lawn Friday night with a fireworks display visible over the Rotunda beginning at 9:45pm. You would too... read full story
New Sparklehorse record acclaimed to varying degrees
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Sep 28th 5:01pm

New Sparklehorse record acclaimed to varying degrees

After five long years, Sparklehorse fans finally got their wish this week for a fourth album from Albemarle High School alum and former Fluvanna resident Mark Linkous. read full story
HookCast for September 28, 2006
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Sep 28th 11:59am

HookCast for September 28, 2006

Remembering UHall, binge institute at UVA, tortured elephatns, DMB wrap up and more. Click here to subscribe to the HookCast through iTunes for free! With a subscription, the HookCast will magically download to your computer each week. read full story
UVA grad student discovers unknown Robert Frost poem
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Sep 27th 6:10pm

UVA grad student discovers unknown Robert Frost poem

"Two roads diverged in a wood, and I� I took the one less traveled by, And that has made all the difference." - Robert Frost, from "The Road Not Taken" One Frost poem certainly took the road less traveled. read full story
Robert Duvall to headline Film Fest
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Sep 27th 5:03pm

Robert Duvall to headline Film Fest

Virginian Robert Duvall will head down from Warrenton to pick up the Virginia Film Award and screen his 1997 film, The Apostle, at this year's spiritually themed Virginia Film Festival, fest director Richard Herskowitz announced today at the Music Resource Center. Herskowitz unveiled special guests and events for the 19th festival, this year with the subject "Revelations: Finding God at the Movies," which runs Oc read full story
HookCast for September 21, 2006 (yeah, late)
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Sep 27th 4:59pm

HookCast for September 21, 2006 (yeah, late)

Nelson County: flooded with memories 37 years after the fatal deluge, peeping pastor gets 60 days, Lethal driver guilty in life-changing wreck, and DMB superstars Boyd Tinsley and Fenton Williams talk about what it all means. It's all here in this week's edition of the Hook. (Sorry for the technically glitches that delayed this week's HookCast!) read full story
Skimpy crowds at fall Foxfield
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Sep 26th 6:00pm

Skimpy crowds at fall Foxfield

Has the anti-drinking crowd succeeded in crushing Foxfield? On Sunday, the quiet fields, line-less port-a-johns, and absence of vehicular traffic seemed to tell a story. read full story
UVA dumps early decision
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Sep 26th 5:42pm

UVA dumps early decision

UVA has dumped its early decision admission program in the wake of similar decisions by Harvard and Princeton universities, the school announced yesterday. The program, which accounts for 30 percent of accepted students, was eliminated in an attempt to provide greater accessibility to low-income students. "The opportunity of early decision," said UVA President John T. read full story
Housing slide: Not so bad here?
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Sep 26th 3:12pm

Housing slide: Not so bad here?

A national realtors' report that home prices dropped for the first time in 10 years in August doesn't have dire implications here yet– although prices of properties in the $500,000 range and above could be lower than a year ago, according to local real estate guru Dave Phillips. read full story
Swiftboated? Allen roiled by racist allegations
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Sep 25th 5:25pm

Swiftboated? Allen roiled by racist allegations

There's more bad news for Senator George Allen, who's spent the last several weeks of his campaign first doing damage control for his "Macaca" incident and then adjusting to news that he's from a Jewish family. read full story
Gibson reveals early I’m-no-Jew Allen denial
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Sep 24th 9:30am

Gibson reveals early I’m-no-Jew Allen denial

Bob Gibson, the dean of political reporting at the Daily Progress, reveals today in his Sunday column another bizzare Jewish roots denial from Senator George Allen– this one from way back in 2003. As Americans have been learning over the past week, unlike some public figures such as Madeleine Albright, who revel in revelations about their ancestry, Allen initially took a stance conveying read full story