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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
Frosh QB here to stay?
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Sep 22nd 11:34pm

Frosh QB here to stay?

UVA's third-string quarterback is on his way to a second start, the coach confirmed tonight, and some are talking about an entire season. Despite the lopsided loss to Georgia Tech yesterday, Jameel Sewell, a Richmond-area redshirt freshman will start another game as UVA's starting QB when the Cavalier's play Duke September 30. "In staff discussions today, we all felt he handled himself positively," head coach Al Groh said tonight in a conference call. read full story
Eco-Mod on the block
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Sep 22nd 12:17pm

Eco-Mod on the block

With its angular lines, large windows, three decks, and galvanized steel roof, the Eco-Mod house on 7-1/2 Street off Cherry Avenue looks like it could have come right out of the pages of Architectural Digest. read full story
Beer co. salutes UVA with $2.5 million
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Sep 21st 5:27pm

Beer co. salutes UVA with $2.5 million

The company whose "we salute you" Bud Light commercials often thank people for minor accomplishments has made a major gift to the university that prides itself on taking a leadership role in fighting risky drinking. "We salute you, University of Virginia," Anheuser-Busch spokesperson Francine Katz declared today in a Rotunda Dome Roo read full story
JADE makes undercover ecstasy bust
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Sep 21st 4:39pm

JADE makes undercover ecstasy bust

Last night, the Jade Task Force (the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement Task Force) seized 1000 Ecstasy tablets with a street vale of $25,000 during an undercover operation in the 1700 block area of Hydraulic Road, according to a press release. Hung Ngoc Nguyen, 49, was arrested on two counts of distributing the drug and is being held without bond at the Albemarle/Charlottesville Regional Jail. read full story
Earth, Wind & Fire to tip off basketball at JPJ
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Sep 21st 12:11pm

Earth, Wind & Fire to tip off basketball at JPJ

With the opening of the John Paul Jones Arena, UVA hopes to see its fair share of hoops luminaries pass through its doors playing for the Cavaliers in the next several decades. What better way to get the new era started than with the band whose #1 hit was called "Shining Star"? That's right, funkophiles. read full story
Mark Warner gets down with the kids on Facebook.com
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Sep 20th 3:32pm

Mark Warner gets down with the kids on Facebook.com

Former governor Mark Warner has been called a lot of names in his political career, but luddite isn't one of them. From founding what would become cell phone giant Nextel to being one of the first politicians with his own blog, Warner has always been on the cutting edge of communications technology. read full story
Bomber dad escapes contempt charge
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Sep 19th 5:28pm

Bomber dad escapes contempt charge

The father of the 15-year-old ensnared in Albemarle County's bomb conspiracy dragnet escaped his own possible bout behind bars today, as a judge agreed that the dad's intent wasn't sufficient to warrant a conviction. "Technically, I think you violated the court order," said Circuit Court Judge Paul Peatross. "I'm dismissing the contempt. read full story
CDC reports on meningitis case
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Sep 19th 5:04pm

CDC reports on meningitis case

The UVA fourth-year student who died of bacterial meningitis last week had Strain B, the least infectious strain of the disease, the Centers for Disease Control reported on Monday. The news is what UVA administrators were hoping to hear. "That strain is less likely to cause outbreaks among several people, and generally causes isolated, single cases," said UVA's executive director of student health, Dr. read full story
Architects for new Crozet Library chosen
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Sep 19th 3:30pm

Architects for new Crozet Library chosen

On the steps of the main branch on East Market Street Thursday, September 21, at 10am, officials from Albemarle County and the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library will announce that they have selected Grimm & Parker Architects of Mclean (in association with Heyward Boyd Architects here in town) to design the new read full story
Sally Hemings dissed again
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Sep 19th 3:13pm

Sally Hemings dissed again

Sally Hemings was buried again last night. read full story
Cavalier Daily apologizes for Jesus cartoons
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Sep 15th 3:44pm

Cavalier Daily apologizes for Jesus cartoons

Two days after refusing to apologize for running two controversial comics depicting Jesus Christ, the Cavalier Daily issued a statement today apologizing for the cartoons. UVA third-year Grant Woolard drew the cartoons for his comic strip Quirksmith. The statement reads, in part: "Offense was not our intent-ââ?¬â?? read full story
If it’s Sunday, it’s Allen and Webb
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Sep 15th 12:26pm

If it’s Sunday, it’s Allen and Webb

Political junkies across the Commonwealth and the nation will rise and shine at 9am this Sunday morning, when Senator George Allen and his Democratic opponent, former Navy Secretary read full story
Gas prices high? Yes, but…
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Sep 15th 10:59am

Gas prices high? Yes, but…

If you've tuned in to the morning show on WINA news radio in the past few days, you've likely heard hosts Jay James and Jane Foy bemoaning the high gasoline prices in this area and talking about some poll in which 82 percent of their listeners believe they're getting gouged. read full story
HookCast- September 14, 2006
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Sep 14th 10:38am

HookCast- September 14, 2006

Finding humor in H.I.V., Iranian president shuts down Monticello, an interview with legendary Allman Brothers and Gov't Mule guitarist Warren Haynes and much more... read full story
O’Reilly puts Casteen, Cavalier Daily on notice
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Sep 13th 10:19pm

O’Reilly puts Casteen, Cavalier Daily on notice

In a segment on the September 13 broadcast of the O'Reilly Factor, Fox News commentator Bill O'Reilly called out University of Virginia president John Casteen, saying that he was "hiding behind his desk" and called on his viewers to flood Casteen's office with letters. Those remarks came during a segment about two cartoons run in the August 23 and 24 editions of the Cavalier Daily. read full story
Biscuit Run sculptor dies
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Sep 13th 3:52pm

Biscuit Run sculptor dies

David Breeden, the soapstone sculptor of Biscuit Run and patriarch of a clan that includes seven offspring, died Tuesday of heart failure at age 68, according to his obituary in the Daily Progress. Seven of his 89,200 signed, original works adorn Charlottesville and are found in other American cities and in the Caribbean. Last year, when the 1,365-acre Forest Lodge tract that surroun read full story
DeLuca revels in his hypnotism
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Sep 13th 1:59pm

DeLuca revels in his hypnotism

Approximately 5,000 people piled into UVA�s amphitheater last night. That volume of people on a Tuesday evening can only mean one thing: Tom DeLuca's back in town. Postponed two weeks by tropical storm Ernesto, the popular annual visitor is a hypnotist who performs for colleges and corporate audiences across the country. But he says UVA is by far the biggest show he does. read full story
UVA fourth year shot and robbed
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Sep 11th 4:12pm

UVA fourth year shot and robbed

Charlottesville police are on the lookout for two suspects who allegedly shot and robbed a UVA fourth year who was sitting on the porch of a residence in the 1000 block of Wertland Street early Sunday morning. According to a press release, emergency personnel received a 911 call at 3:50am yesterday and found the 21-year-old male with one gunshot wound in his abdomen. read full story
‘Randy Mac’ needs new name
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Sep 10th 12:20am

‘Randy Mac’ needs new name

On Saturday, the trustees of Randolph-Macon Woman's College, despite the chants of critics and a possible legal threat by former gubernatorial hopeful Wyatt Durrette, voted to admit men to the Lynchburg institution. Yesterday's showdown comes to life in an Associated Press story. Left unstated is what a coed R-MWC might be called. read full story
Jury: UVA student lied, owes $500
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Sep 9th 9:48am

Jury: UVA student lied, owes $500

A Charlottesville jury decided yesterday that UVA student Tamira Roberson, charged as part of an alleged break-in and brawl at a fraternity house in March, lied about her presence at the scene but did not actually trespass. According to a story in this morning's Daily Progress, Roberson was seen lying on videotape in an initial police interview when she claimed not to have been present in the Delta Upsilon house, which was the site of an alleged mutli-person read full story
It’ll be cold day in… Monticello closes for Khatami
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Sep 8th 5:48pm

It’ll be cold day in… Monticello closes for Khatami

Monticello plans to close tomorrow morning for three hours, at the height of the weekend tourist rush, for a visit from former Iranian president Mohammed Khatami. "We do realize that visits of this nature are an inconvenience to our staff and visitors, but in the long run, they're rewarding and beneficial," says Monticello spokesperson Wayne Mogielnicki. read full story
HookCast-September 7, 2006
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Sep 8th 5:21pm

HookCast-September 7, 2006

This is the HookCast of September 7, 2006, and there are some amazing stories in this week's edition: tales of surviving 9/11... and not surviving 9/11. Plus, the "ringleader" in the alleged teen bomb plot takes a plea that spares him jail time. But it's not over yet. Now, one of the dads faces contempt charges for writing a letter to the Albemarle County School Board. read full story
Locally-set Swedish Auto to open Film Festival
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Sep 8th 5:08pm

Locally-set Swedish Auto to open Film Festival

Following in the grand tradition of the Golden Globe-winning The Four Seasons, the James-Spader-and-John-Cusack-starring True Colors and even the Alan Smithee-directed Morgan Stewart's Coming Home read full story
Former Iranian president addresses UVA amid tight security
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Sep 7th 5:13pm

Former Iranian president addresses UVA amid tight security

In his 2002 State of the Union address, President Bush said, "Iran aggressively pursues these weapons [of mass destruction] and exports terror, while an unelected few repress the Iranian people's hope for freedom," and called the Iranian government one-third of "an axis of evil." Over four years later, the man who was leading Iran at the time, former president Muhammad Khatami, lectured in the Dome Room of t read full story
Supes put off new gun law
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Sep 7th 4:52pm

Supes put off new gun law

Gun lovers have a little more time to fire at will in rural zoned areas of Albemarle County. read full story
Sir Ralph gets jail time
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Sep 6th 11:23pm

Sir Ralph gets jail time

Ralph Sampson, the towering figure who ruled U-Hall and transformed UVA basketball into a national powerhouse in the early 1980s, will serve two months in jail as part of the continuing investigation into his finances sparked by his failure to pay court-ordered child support. According to an Associated Press story released today, Sampson's Richmond lawyer secured a plea that saved the 7'4" UVA and N read full story
Judge Wilkinson speaks out against gay marriage amendment
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Sep 5th 3:46pm

Judge Wilkinson speaks out against gay marriage amendment

In a move uncharacteristic of both federal judges and appointees of Republican presidents, Charlottesville's own Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III of the 4th U.S. read full story
Couric debuts on CBS tonight
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Sep 5th 3:11pm

Couric debuts on CBS tonight

Katie Couric will make history tonight as she becomes the first female solo anchor of a network news broadcast. The UVA alumna debuts at 6:30pm on the CBS Evening News, joining a network that has been home to journalism heavyweights Edward R. read full story
Clark Elem. wins escape from ‘choice’
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Sep 5th 11:30am

Clark Elem. wins escape from ‘choice’

Two years after suffering the federal punishment that let Belmont kids enroll in other Charlottesville schools, George Rogers Clark Elementary has worked its way out of the dreaded "choice" program. Principal James Pierce says the news arrived last Thursday, August 31 at a staff meeting– after custodian Butch Smith made his usual in read full story
Irwin remembered in Central Virginia
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Sep 4th 6:26pm

Irwin remembered in Central Virginia

It was late April 1998 when someone telephoned what was then known as the Luray Reptile Center, now the Luray Zoo, asking if their group could see some rattlesnakes. "I said, 'Yeah, if you've got six dollars," recalls Zoo co-owner Mark Kilby. It was only when a film crew arrived that Kilby realized he had a Discovery Channel celebrity in his midst: Steve Irwin, aka the "Crocodile Hunter," who died September 4 when a stin read full story
Our own Klebold– or not?
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Sep 1st 5:32pm

Our own Klebold– or not?

The Albemarle Circuit Court, lately keeping a tight hold on the records of the juvenile defendants in the alleged conspiracy-to-blow-up-high-schools cases, has released documents containing emails, instant messages, and MySpace pages of the so-called "ringleader," a troubled teen who attended Western Albemarle High School before his January 31 arrest. There's idolizing of kings of mayhem, particularly Colum read full story
T-D tests Michaels� new moniker
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Sep 1st 3:19pm

T-D tests Michaels� new moniker

Tropical storm Ernesto brought more than drenching rains; it brought a first test of a new description for Patrick J. read full story
Good afternoon; school’s closed
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Sep 1st 12:09pm

Good afternoon; school’s closed

With the National Weather Service's local forecast calling for wind gusts up to 50 mph and possible flash flooding, both Charlottesville City and Albemarle County will close schools early today. "We wanted to make sure all students were home before weather conditions deteriorate further and that buses had completed their runs," said a source in Charlottesville School's Central Office, declining to be identified. read full story
Good morning; it’s wet
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Sep 1st 6:27am

Good morning; it’s wet

You gotta love hurricane season– it's predictable. They said it was gonna rain today, and then you wake up and, by George, it's raining. What you really gotta love, though, is the Weather Underground. read full story
Conspiracy ‘ringleader’ takes a plea
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Sep 1st 12:01am

Conspiracy ‘ringleader’ takes a plea

The then 16-year-old whom some might describe as a very troubled boy but whom County prosecutor Jim Camblos has described as the "ringleader" of a bombing conspiracy has taken a plea. The boy, now 17, was headed to trial in January, but in exchange for pleading guilty yesterday in Albemarle Circuit Court to the original charges of conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to blow up a schoolhouse, the youth w read full story
King, Grisham to read for Webb
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Aug 31st 11:53pm

King, Grisham to read for Webb

Two of the world�s best-selling authors will be sharing the stage at the Paramount Theater in September to raise money for Virginia�s best known fiction-writing politician. read full story
Sparky’s deluge: Ernesto cancels Fridays
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Aug 31st 10:35pm

Sparky’s deluge: Ernesto cancels Fridays

Tomorrow's Fridays after 5 concert has been cancelled due to the heavy rains expected as the storm called Ernesto barrels north through Central Virginia. The headliner was to be Sparky's Flaw, which the Hook music editor recently lauded for a "meteoric" recent rise from high school Battle of the Bands champs to UVA Battle of the Bands champs to playing with Robert Randolph and headlining at Starr Hill. read full story