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Spielberg's Lincoln does not disappoint
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Nov 20th 3:03am

Spielberg's Lincoln does not disappoint

I've rarely been more aware than during Steven Spielberg's Lincoln that Abraham Lincoln was a plain-spoken, practical, down-to-earth man from the farmlands of Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois. He had less than a year of formal education, and taught himself through his hungry reading of great books. I still recall from a childhood book the image of him taking a piece of charcoal and working out mathematics by writing on the back of a shovel. read full story
Twinkies crisis hits locally
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Nov 20th 12:40am

Twinkies crisis hits locally

Shortly after Twinkies-provider Hostess Brands announced it was ceasing production Friday, November 16, the iconic cream-filled cakes were being sold on eBay. By Saturday, in three stores on Pantops, nary a Twinkie was to be found, and in two, in the Hostess section, empty shelves– except for doughnuts– greeted Ding Dong seekers. The last snack-cakes standing: Ho Hos, Sno Balls, and CupCakes. Correction 11/21/12: The spelling of Sno Balls was wrong in the original version. read full story
What do you think of the new Stonefield theater?
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Nov 19th 1:50pm
Movie wars II: Carmike fights back with $1.50 flicks
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Nov 19th 12:44pm

Movie wars II: Carmike fights back with $1.50 flicks

The recent opening of the Stonefield Regal 14 has hit Charlottesville movie theaters like a tidal wave, with the 4-screen Regal Seminole already closed and the downtown Regal becoming an arthouse. In an effort to stay afloat, the Carmike 6 will soon drop its ticket price to $1.50. Carmike manager Raymond Kilburn admits he initially felt indignant after reading a recent Hook article in which Vinegar Hill owner Adam Greenbaum predicted Carmike's demise. But after visiting the Stonefield Regal, he felt differently. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 22 and beyond
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Nov 19th 8:08am
Up on the roof
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Nov 18th 8:27pm

Up on the roof

Two years ago, the University of Virginia Board of Visitors approved bond-backed spending of up to $6.7 million (including structural, fire-suppression, and elevator modifications) for a roof-top helipad at University Hospital. And earlier this year, the resulting structure began receiving patients from medical helicopters including Pegasus and, as seen here, from PHI Air Medical. read full story
Elevator gives Ednam sale a boost
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Nov 17th 5:05am

Elevator gives Ednam sale a boost

8/2/12CharlottesvilleRuth Ann Hill to Lynne Whitter, 211 5th Street SW, Unit 105, $267,000 Collison Royer, Trustee, MPARNWE Land Trust to Christopher Desteli, 1112 Leonard Street, $175,000James & Sophal D. Evans to Peter & Katherine Murphy, 220 Huntley Avenue, $355,000Bonnie W. Moorman to Elizabeth A. Langhorne, 428 Monroe Lane, Unit 108, $250,0008/3/12Albemarle    Kay C. Chretien to Pamella R. Mullinex, 2484 Whitney Court, $109,500 read full story
Rivertown redux: Scottsville's Bocce reappears in C'ville
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Nov 16th 2:28pm

Rivertown redux: Scottsville's Bocce reappears in C'ville

Remember Caffe Bocce, the first of the upscale restaurants to start putting the little river town of Scottsville on the maps de cuisine? After a near decade-long hiatus, this upscale nouvelle Italian concept will reappear in downtown Charlottesville. read full story
Big top, big prep
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Nov 16th 7:07am

Big top, big prep

Workers install snow ropes on the canopy of the nTelos Wireless Pavillion in preparation for winter weather– a safety feature for the the folks that will later manually remove the accumulated snow load.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
A white deer on the prowl
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Nov 16th 6:06am

A white deer on the prowl

A white deer, appearing to be an albino white-tailed buck, recently ventured in the Western Albemarle yard of Susan Heald, who snapped this image on the morning of November 5. (Hunting season begins on Saturday, November 17.) After we put this photo online, some helpful commenters noted that it may not be a true albino, but instead a leucistic deer, which is one missing all pigments (not just melanin).\ –story updated at 9:01pm Sunday, November 18 read full story
Classical training at the BOV
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Nov 16th 4:04am

Classical training at the BOV

Inspired by the photo mentioned in this story. read full story
Space galore: Room to grow in Louisa
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Nov 16th 3:03am

Space galore: Room to grow in Louisa

Address: 247 River Crest RoadNeighborhood: Mountain View Estates (Louisa)Asking: $279,900Assessment: $254,900 Year Built: 1996Size:  3,059 finished sq. ft. /576 unfinished sq. ft.Land: 1.5 acresCurb Appeal: 7 out of 10 read full story
Survey says: What if money can buy happiness?
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Nov 15th 3:24pm

Survey says: What if money can buy happiness?

"Everybody wants more cash!" declares Capital One bankcard TV pitchman Jimmy Fallon. Except for the cute baby, that is, who throws Cheerios at Fallon when he offers 50 percent more cash back. Perhaps the Capital One baby is a devotee of the "Easterlin Paradox" and rejects the offer of more cash because she believes that more cash can't buy more happiness. read full story
Lyle Lovett and his guitar play the Paramount
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Nov 15th 9:42am

Lyle Lovett and his guitar play the Paramount

Noted Americana artist Lyle Lovett gave an acoustic show at the Paramount Theater on Wednesday, November 14. He graciously let photographer Milo Farineau capture the first three songs. read full story
White Gables condo sells for more than half a million
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Nov 15th 5:05am

White Gables condo sells for more than half a million

7/31/12Albemarle    US Bank to Glen H. & Josephine L. Thacker, 5778 Alberene Road, $25,000                    Grand Junction Holdings LLC to Stony Point Market LLC, 4370 Stony Point Road, $97,100                    Bernard F. & Shirley L. Hiller to Danis B. Williams, Sr., 1210 Ashton Road, $177,000 read full story
Property auctions
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Nov 14th 10:40pm

Property auctions

November 15 at 10:15am at the Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 706 Rockland Avenue Debtor: Bertha E. Brown Original amount owing: $337,500 Bidder brings: $13,000 or 10 percent sale price Info: ALG Trustee LLC 703-777-7101 read full story
Unsolved, unforgotten: Retired Harrington investigator pens letter
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Nov 14th 5:07pm

Unsolved, unforgotten: Retired Harrington investigator pens letter

Nearly a year after he retired from Virginia State Police, leaving one of the highest-profile unsolved crimes in Virginia history to his successors, the former supervisor of the Morgan Harrington murder case remains haunted and has penned an open letter addressed to someone he believes knows what happened to the slain 20-year-old Virginia Tech student after she left the John Paul Jones Arena on a misty October night three years ago. read full story
Kitze acquitted: Judge vents, but rules for rapist
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Nov 14th 3:24pm

Kitze acquitted: Judge vents, but rules for rapist

The man known as the "graduation rapist" was found not guilty of probation violation November 13 by a judge who said he fully expects Jeffrey Kitze to be back in court again because of the way he interacts with women. Related stories Volunteer fear: Graduation rapist convicted of stalking activist read full story
City history: Bid process questioned in unfunded film
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Nov 14th 1:57pm

City history: Bid process questioned in unfunded film

As part of Charlottesville's year-long 250th anniversary celebration, organizers and city officials came up with the idea of a documentary about the city's rich history. Eight film production companies bid on the detailed proposal for a 50- to 90-minute project. The only problem? The city didn't have the money to pay for the film. And then, bidders say the city left them hanging for more than seven months before saying it was a no-go. read full story
Horror averted: Affidavit says attack man carried 'rape kit'
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Nov 13th 3:55pm

Horror averted: Affidavit says attack man carried 'rape kit'

Police have said the young woman who fought off an assailant in an attempted abduction on Stadium Road may have saved her own life. Now, new information about a "rape kit" that police recovered from the alleged perpetrator, 26-year-old Matthew Rene Beaulieu, provides harrowing support for that contention. Inside the red 2003 Hyundai Santa Fe that Beaulieu was driving, according to a search warrant affidavit filed in Charlottesville Circuit Court, investigators recovered handcuffs, duct tape, and a butcher's knife. read full story
Sullivan's extension: And other things out of Dragas' control
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Nov 13th 3:49pm

Sullivan's extension: And other things out of Dragas' control

After a student protest of its Board of Visitors was quashed last week, people across America are wondering what the heck is wrong with the University of Virginia. Related: Transparency now: Protestors call for Dragas' resignation –>pictures from the protest read full story
The week in review
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Nov 13th 11:43am

The week in review

Most schizophrenic: In June, UVA's Board of Visitors fires President Teresa Sullivan. At its November 9 meeting, the BoV unanimously votes to extend Sullivan's contract another year to 2016, with the motion called for by Rector Helen Dragas. Most bloated: A logging truck weighing over 95,000 pounds is busted November 7 for crossing a small Batesville bridge with a weight limit of 36,000 pounds. The driver is fined $26,867 because triple the limit means the fine can triple, according to a police release. read full story
Saturation point: Too many restaurants on the Downtown Mall?
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Nov 13th 11:23am

Saturation point: Too many restaurants on the Downtown Mall?

Seventeen years ago, when Bill Hamilton and his wife, Kate, opened Hamilton's at First & Main on the Downtown Mall, it was a big risk. "At that time, a seasoned local restauranteur advised us that he would not drop a dime on a Downtown Mall lease," says Hamilton. Today, of course, you're lucky to get a downtown lease.  read full story
Seed-ville: Grow-local op grows Carpe Donut
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Nov 13th 6:02am

Seed-ville: Grow-local op grows Carpe Donut

What if you take the concept of the local food movement, add a grassroots element, and apply it to the world of finance? It might look something like Seed-ville, which just launched a campaign to raise $15,000 for his rolling doughnuttery. read full story
Farewell, stereotypes: Queen movie reveals same-sex desires and class issues
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Nov 13th 3:03am

Farewell, stereotypes: Queen movie reveals same-sex desires and class issues

"Farewell, My Queen" begins early in the day of July 14, 1789, at the royal palace of Versailles. It was not yet a date fraught with destiny. In the rat-swarming servants' quarters, a young woman named Sidonie Laborde slaps at mosquito bites, hurries through her toilet, and runs toward her appointment with Marie Antoinette. She is the official reader to the queen, and this position gives her a limited stature and some access to the royal life of luxurious decadence. read full story
Excitement on Fairway Avenue
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Nov 12th 4:03pm

Excitement on Fairway Avenue

Workers deal with water spraying from an underground pipe Monday on Fairway Avenue in the Woolen Mills neighborhood. read full story
Bantam wait: Another indie theater gears up
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Nov 12th 10:55am

Bantam wait: Another indie theater gears up

As Vinegar Hill prepares to duke it out with Regal cinemas for the art film market in Charlottesville, another independent art house is gearing up to open, but its co-founder says it won't be competing with the other two theaters. "We're going to be a true independent film space," says photographer turned filmmaker Jason Lappa, who's joined forces with freelance journalist Jayson Whitehead to open the Bantam Theater in the former Live Arts building on Market Street in January. read full story
Foxhaven could be a nature haven
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Nov 12th 9:07am

Foxhaven could be a nature haven

It was reported in your coverage of the sale of Foxhaven Farm to the UVA Foundation [November 8 cover story: "Cavalier developments? UVA buys 199-acre near-town farm"] that upon writing the Foundation to encourage fulfillment of the late Jane Heyward's wishes for a botanical garden or arboretum with walking trails, Heyward's friend Elena Day was informed that an "appropriate endowment" had not been provided to enable them to establish this wish. That response begs the truth. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 15 and beyond
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Nov 11th 9:33pm
Bond on Bond
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Nov 10th 7:58pm

Bond on Bond

The grand opening film at the biggest and most luxurious movie theater in Charlottesville was Skyfall, the newest movie in the James Bond spy series; and, appropriately, the box office faces Bond Street. The Regal Stadium 14 celebrated its opening on Friday, November 9 with this film on multiple screens including its three-and-half-story high Imax cinema. While crowds were big, the weekend didn't go off without a hitch as the theater was evacuated on Sunday evening the 11th of November around 6:30 after a fire alarm sounded. read full story
Featuring Charlottesville: New indie flick packed with country music
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Nov 9th 4:34pm

Featuring Charlottesville: New indie flick packed with country music

A pair of overseas hitmen come to Charlottesville to kill musician Jim Waive. read full story
Where do you like to watch movies?
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Nov 9th 1:40pm
Lost in the funhouse
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Nov 9th 10:15am

Lost in the funhouse

If any family members go missing this weekend, it is a good bet they are burning in new neural pathways, trying to find the front door, trying to find their car, trying to find their way in and around Stonefield and its new Regal 14-screen multiplex that had its soft opening on Monday, November 5.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Transparency now: Protestors call for Dragas' resignation
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Nov 8th 12:57pm

Transparency now: Protestors call for Dragas' resignation

A group of University of Virginia undergraduates, graduate students, and a few faculty members, marched across Grounds today to a meeting of the Board of Visitors at the Harrison Institute to demand an array of changes including the resignation of its leader, Rector Helen Dragas. Arm's length? "They blocked entry. That's what I was told by the professional law officers who were there." So says new UVA public relations official Anthony Debruyn. read full story
Price reduction finally spurs land sale on Langford Drive
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Nov 8th 5:05am

Price reduction finally spurs land sale on Langford Drive

 7/25/12 Albemarle Dennis Wayne & Tracy Lavon Harris to 6913 Markwood LLC, 6913 Markwood Road, $91,000 Larry David Powell & Ruth E. Guss to Anthony P. & Joan B. Larocco, 2420 Simeon Court, $228,200 Peak Builders LLC to Adam Wesley & Nicole Ann Kersey, 270 Claremont Lane, $381,756 Charlottesville Virginia Goddin Leake to Christopher R. & Laurel Lorigan, Parcel 550451B0, Chesapeake Street, $69,000 Agnes K. Clarke to Anthony & Catherine Carbonelli, 828 St. Clair Avenue, $197,500 read full story
Property auctions
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Nov 8th 1:45am

Property auctions

November 8 at 9:30am at the Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 761 King Street Debtor: Teresa D. Caddell Original amount owing: $168,750 Bidder brings: $16,500 or 10 percent sale price Info: Lisa Brook Law LLC 757-321-6465 read full story
Flick trick? The downtown Charlottesville Regal goes indie
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Nov 7th 4:28pm

Flick trick? The downtown Charlottesville Regal goes indie

Amid all the hullabaloo about the opening of the 14-screen stadium-seating Regal theater at the Shops at Stonefield, some other big Regal news seems to have escaped notice: on Friday, November 9, when the Stonefield megaplex officially opens, the Regal Downtown 6 will become an arthouse cinema, showing only independent and foreign films. If the idea of an additional six movies that might not otherwise screen locally is appealing to local cinephiles, the owner of Charlottesville's existing arthouse theater strikes a cautionary note. read full story
Free Ralph: Fresh premise for new Disney flick
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Nov 7th 12:35pm

Free Ralph: Fresh premise for new Disney flick

"Wreck-It Ralph," the latest Disney animated feature for families, begins with a creative brainstorm: The movie occurs mostly inside the worlds of several arcade-style video games, providing an excuse for the backgrounds, ground rules and characters to constantly reinvent themselves. The title is inspired by its hero, one of those clumsy, misunderstood big guys who dreams only of being loved. read full story
Dumler back in action
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Nov 7th 11:57am

Dumler back in action

Supervisor Christopher Dumler attended his first Albemarle Board of Supervisors meeting since his October 18 arrest for forcible sodomy. The accused 27-year-old attorney sipped coffee November 7 as citizens spoke out on the Keene shooting range, the western 29 Bypass, and the leash law that had ensnared hunting dogs during hunting season. read full story
The week in review
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Nov 6th 12:57pm

The week in review

Most disturbing wanted poster: Albemarle police send out photos of two girls November 5 seeking to identify them because they were believed to be victims of assault. The children are identified and talk to detectives, according to police, who offer no further details. read full story