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How TJ’s sweet tooth won $100K
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Jun 22nd 6:24pm

How TJ’s sweet tooth won $100K

Thomas Jefferson is lauded for founding the University of Virginia and writing the Declaration of Independence. read full story
Elder Kuttner in trouble
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Jun 22nd 5:39pm

Elder Kuttner in trouble

On June 17, 2005, Tyco CFO and Albemarle County land baron Mark Swartz was convicted for embezzling millions of dollars from Tyco, and now– almost exactly a year later– a private corporate investigation has an even tighter Charlottesville connection. read full story
Land clearing for Albemarle Place begins
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Jun 22nd 3:28pm

Land clearing for Albemarle Place begins

As you can see, theyââ?¬â?¢ve begun clearing the land for Albemarle Place, the self-proclaimed ââ?¬Å?town centerââ?¬Â at the intersection of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road that will be two-times the size of the Downtown Mall. read full story
BAR approves 9-story building project
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Jun 21st 4:23pm

BAR approves 9-story building project

The Waterhouse project's South Street elevation. read full story
Virginia public schools get a D for cuisine
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Jun 21st 1:00pm

Virginia public schools get a D for cuisine

Apparently Virginia schoolchildren are not the only ones who would rather pack their lunch than eat cafeteria food. The Old Dominion received a D for the food sold at its public schools from the Center for Science in the Public Interest. read full story
Stabber goes home
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Jun 21st 11:44am

Stabber goes home

Andrew Alston's summer vacation begins on the June 21 solstice, the longest day of the year, when he walks out of prison today after serving not-quite three years for knifing to death 22-year-old firefighter Walker Sisk November 3, 2003, in a drunken encounter on the Corner. The former UVA student heads to Pennsylvania, where his family lives in Lower Gwynedd near Philadelphia, for his court-ordere read full story
Payne convicted of DUI; murder charge pending
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Jun 20th 5:17pm

Payne convicted of DUI; murder charge pending

The former Crozet whose smiling mugshot belied the severity of her alleged crimes was convicted yesterday of driving under the influence of alcohol in a Chesterfield County Court. read full story
Trespassing winners and losers
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Jun 20th 4:02pm

Trespassing winners and losers

UVA prof Wende Marshall, the only person convicted in the Living Wage protest held in Madison Hall, had her charges dropped June 19, according to the Progress. read full story
Cat trial postponed
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Jun 20th 3:16pm

Cat trial postponed

The trial for accused cat shooter George Seymour has been postponed to August 22 at 3pm. Seymour had been scheduled to appear in Albemarle County District Court this morning for his alleged role in the shooting of Carmen, a three-year-old cat belonging to his neighbors, Klaus and Vanessa Wintersteiger. As detailed in the Hook's May 18 cover story, "Claws and Effect: Bentivar shooting sparks outrage," Carmen was shot through the read full story
City Council defers decision on demolition project
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Jun 20th 12:55pm

City Council defers decision on demolition project

Whether or not developer Keith Woodard will be able to demolish everything but the facades of the buildings he owns at First & East Main on the Downtown Mall (right across from Hamilton�s) to make way for a 9-story mixed-use building went undecided at last night�s City Council meeting. read full story
Craigslist comes to town
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Jun 20th 10:44am

Craigslist comes to town

This week, read full story
Birthday party for DT Mall announced
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Jun 20th 9:22am

Birthday party for DT Mall announced

The Downtown Mall celebrates its 30th birthday this year and a celebration is coming together faster than you can say "urban success story." In a press release, the City of Charlottesville and the Downtown Business Association announced a three-day birthday party for everyone's favorite seven-block stretch of brick. On July 6, opening ceremonies will feature, among other things, the unveiling of a giant "30th" sculpture made of b read full story
Casteen: no more midnight calls
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Jun 19th 3:19pm

Casteen: no more midnight calls

Speaking out for the first time about how the living wage sit-in affected him personally, UVA President John Casteen says he ran out of patience– he eventually had them arrested– only after protesters allegedly harassed him and his wife Betsy via his home phone number at Carr's Hill. In a letter read full story
UVA loses another player
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Jun 19th 2:40pm

UVA loses another player

Chris Johnson claims he was treated unfairly by UVA football Coach Al Groh, and he's joining two other players heading to Grambling State University, according to Jerry Miller in the Progress. Johnson, a heavily recruited 2004 CHS grad who's the son of Walton Middle School principal Eric Johnson, was suspended from the team for academic reasons in September 2005. read full story
Sister Act IV: the committee
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Jun 17th 11:02pm

Sister Act IV: the committee

How much does City Council love the "Sister City" concept? Well enough so that the Council will soon vote on creating a new City committee to deal with them. For those blissfully unaware, Charlottesville– depending upon whom you talk to– has either two or three sister cities. First came Poggio a Caiano, Italy in the mid-1990s, we think. read full story
This old architect: TJ hits TV
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Jun 16th 4:43pm

This old architect: TJ hits TV

Charlottesville's most famous architect and some of his most famous structures will be featured on the History Channel this weekend. read full story
Hook secures gag-removal hearing
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Jun 16th 3:47pm

Hook secures gag-removal hearing

The Hook has been granted a hearing on its motion to open the gag on records and proceedings of the two Albemarle County youths convicted in juvenile court of conspiring to blow up schools and kill classmates. The newspaper's motion was filed earlier this week and will be heard by Judge Paul Peatross on June 27. All parties to the case have been notified and agreed to the timing. read full story
‘News to You’ opened today
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Jun 15th 6:48pm

‘News to You’ opened today

'News to You,' the Downtown Mall's first newsstand in nearly a decade, opened today– with a quotation from Thomas Jefferson emblazoned on the side: "The only security of all is in a free press." As previously reported here, the stand is a project by Steve Russell, a former high-ranking editor with both Playboy and Maxim, who moved to read full story
Wire theory in crash questioned
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Jun 15th 3:17pm

Wire theory in crash questioned

As investigators sort through the rubble in a field adjacent to Bundoran Farm off Plank Road in Albemarle County, questions remain about the cause of the plane crash that took the lives of two New England-based developers, now identified as Robert H. Baldwin and David I. read full story
Atkins sworn in as new school supe
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Jun 15th 12:16pm

Atkins sworn in as new school supe

Rosa Atkins was sworn in yesterday as Charlottesville�s new school superintendent and will begin work July 3. read full story
Brown confirmed as victim
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Jun 15th 7:07am

Brown confirmed as victim

The Hartford Courant confirms this morning that developer David I. read full story
Plane struck wires while landing
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Jun 14th 6:40pm

Plane struck wires while landing

"Our preliminary report indicates that it struck some wires on approach," says FAA spokesperson Laura Brown, speaking of this morning's crash of a Beechcraft Bonanza. The crash site, in a tree-laden gully in a North Garden cow pasture, showed no obvious skid marks or other evidence suggesting anything other than a sudden impact. read full story
Paralyzed dog shooter gets 10 years
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Jun 14th 5:39pm

Paralyzed dog shooter gets 10 years

Robert Lee Cooke, the Chesterfield man who shot an Albemarle County police dog during a botched 2004 burglary, and who was shot himself by police as he fled the scene, has been sentenced to 10 years in prison and ordered to pay $5,000 to cover the cost of the dog, the Daily P read full story
Plane crash near Batesville
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Jun 14th 12:19pm

Plane crash near Batesville

A single engine plane has crashed into a field on Plank Road, a mile west of Route 29S. According to an Albemarle County press release, rescue officials were called at 11:30am and discovered the plane "fully engulfed in flames." There is no information on the plane's make or on passengers at this time. read full story
Webb takes City
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Jun 13th 8:42pm

Webb takes City

In the race to see who will go up against George Allen for a U.S. read full story
150mph biker dies at UVA
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Jun 13th 7:34pm

150mph biker dies at UVA

A Shenandoah Valley man allegedly travelling 150 miles per hour on his motorcycle Saturday night around midnight died early Sunday at UVA medical center, according to a report in the Staunton News Leader. Greenville resident Gary A. Agee, 20, was speeding along Lee Jackson Highway (U.S Highway 11) and approaching state route 262 when he lost control and was ejected a "great distance," according to the News Leader's paraphrase of Virginia State Police Sgt. F.A. read full story
Virginia�s richest
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Jun 13th 12:59pm

Virginia�s richest

If you didnââ?¬â?¢t make Virginia Business Magazineââ?¬â?¢s ââ?¬Ë?Virginia 100ââ?¬â?¢ this year, donââ?¬â?¢t feel too bad. The cutoff point for the list of the Stateââ?¬â?¢s wealthiest was a net worth of $55 million. Topping the list was the Mars Family, owners of the privately held candy company, with a whopping $10 billion. read full story
Zany Warner pops up in Vegas
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Jun 13th 10:34am

Zany Warner pops up in Vegas

Today is the day we find out whether Virginia's Republican presidential hopeful, George Allen, has to fight James Webb or Harris Miller to hold on to his U.S. read full story
Crozet Pizza to be demolished?
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Jun 13th 7:35am

Crozet Pizza to be demolished?

Architect Bill Atwood, along with property owner Sandra Everton, hopes to transform the Crozet tracts that currently contain the IGA Shopping Center, Three Notched Grill, and Crozet Pizza strip into a new mixed use complex that would demolish the whole shebang to create "Crozet Station." Atwood ( read full story
Is Lynchburg the New Staunton?
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Jun 12th 4:16pm

Is Lynchburg the New Staunton?

Now we know why developer Oliver Kuttner is touting Lynchburgââ?¬ÂŠaccording to a recent story in the News & Advance, ââ?¬Ë?Can Lynchburg Handle the Coming Growth?ââ?¬â?¢ the city is in the crosshairs of some read full story
Fab Four to JP Jones!
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Jun 12th 12:22pm

Fab Four to JP Jones!

Well, the other fab four– you know, Greg, Murray, Anthony and Jeff? read full story
When sex convicts don’t register
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Jun 12th 7:26am

When sex convicts don’t register

From swanky Blue Ridge Road to the Salvation Army, they live among us: convicted sexual offenders. read full story
Bullets fly at Panda Garden
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Jun 11th 10:29am

Bullets fly at Panda Garden

Bullets flew Saturday morning at Panda Garden, a Chinese restaurant on Emmet Street, and one man reports that he was shot in the leg, according to a story in this morning's Daily Progress. The story suggests that this isn't the first time Panda Garden, located beside the Econo Lodge and that newish UVA pedestrian bridge, has been the site of a party gone awry. read full story
Jefferson Theater stops $3 flix
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Jun 10th 11:56am

Jefferson Theater stops $3 flix

The Jefferson Theater, which has been serving up cheap movies since at least the 1970s, is going out of business for at least a year while it undergoes renovation by its new owner, music mogul Coran Capshaw. The theater has been owned for 14 years by the Hook's editor, who plans to transfer title to Capshaw later this month. An employee-managed facility, the Jefferson has occupied an unusual position in civic history. read full story
Assistant City Manager Peacock dies
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Jun 9th 5:20pm

Assistant City Manager Peacock dies

City Hall is reporting some sad news today: Assistant City Manager Linda Peacock died. According to the City release, her death– after a battle with cancer– occurred shortly after 11am at Martha Jefferson Hospital. read full story
Local dudes snare wine prizes
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Jun 8th 6:19pm

Local dudes snare wine prizes

Area wineries snared 10 of the 17 Gold Medals awarded in the most recent Virginia Governor�s Cup wine competition. read full story
Scripps ex still being sued
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Jun 8th 5:13pm

Scripps ex still being sued

Jeremy Harvey, twice married to Betty Scripps, has not settled with former employee James Hoffmann, as previously blogged June 2. Hoffmann is suing Harvey for slander and for breach of contract, asking for up to $500,000 in compensatory damages and up to $350K in punitive damages. Court date is April 9, 2007. read full story
Brittany’s grandfather deceased
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Jun 8th 3:23pm

Brittany’s grandfather deceased

Earl Bishop, the man whose name is on the property records for the Bishop Hill Road farm where 11 Albemarle High students were arrested for underage drinking May 19 following the fatal crash of lacrosse star Nolan Jenkins, died October 3, 2005, an anonymous source advises the Hook. Bishop, 78, was the grandfather of 16-year-old Brittany Hope Bishop, who died in an alcohol-related crash July 19, 2002. read full story
Bodo's sold: Three managers buy the bagel biz
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Jun 8th 2:57pm

Bodo's sold: Three managers buy the bagel biz

After 20 years at the helm of Bodo's, the legendary bagelry that has become a Charlottesville institution, owner Brian Fox is calling it quits. “That’s enough,” says Fox, a once notorious workaholic/perfectionist whose penchant for offering low-cost meals was topped only by fascination with how long it took him to open each of this three venues– one of which took a decade. “Your drive disappears when your responsibilities diminish, at least for me,” says Fox, 61, who says he has backed away from daily operation of the stores over the last few years. read full story
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… al qaida?
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Jun 6th 10:04am

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s… al qaida?

That may have been the question on Monday, as a small plane leaving Philadelphia and bound for Charlottesville entered restricted Washington airspace. According to a Reuters report, two F-16 fighter jets surrounded the Cessna 182 and escorted it to a Maryland airport. Federal law enforcement agents questioned the unidentified pilot, but found no cause for further investigation. read full story