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Habitat goes bonkers
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May 2nd 6:30pm

Habitat goes bonkers

Habitat for Humanity has gone positively mad– mad about pricy housing. read full story
Student Athletes found guilty
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May 2nd 10:13am

Student Athletes found guilty

Freshman soccer goalie Michael Giallombardo, 18, and freshman defensive back Michael Brown, 18, pleaded guilty t read full story
‘I will not squat in Casteen’s office’
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May 2nd 5:51am

‘I will not squat in Casteen’s office’

The "Charlottesville 17," the students who staged a four-day sit-in demanding a $10.72/hour "living wage" for UVA employees, got some punishments late last night. According to a story in this morning's Cavalier Daily, each of the 17 must write three apology/thanks essays to the University administration, the police, and the Madison Hall workers whose work they interrupted. read full story
Weed claims Dem nomination
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May 1st 11:04am

Weed claims Dem nomination

The Democratic convention to elect a challenger to Republican Virgil Goode isn't until May 20 in Buckingham, but Al Weed is already saying his nomination is a done deal. read full story
Shop for School Board candidates at the City Market
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Apr 28th 12:39pm

Shop for School Board candidates at the City Market

Don�t know anything about the candidates for City School Board to be elected May 2? Well, now you have no excuse. read full story
Nabbing illegals at the DMV
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Apr 28th 12:35pm

Nabbing illegals at the DMV

It may take forever to see a customer service rep at the DMV, but when you do don't try to bribe an agent to get an illegal license. Thanks to the DMV's Zero Fraud hotline, you could get arrested on the spot. As the DMV reported recently, three individuals who tried to obtain Virginia licenses without proof of legal residence, and by attempting to bribe the customer service rep, were arrested in a sting operation after the rep called the hotline. read full story
DMB helps rebuild New Orleans
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Apr 28th 7:05am

DMB helps rebuild New Orleans

The DMB is offering a $1.5 million challenge grant to help build the New Orleans Habitat Musicians' Village, reports MTV News. The village would include Habitat for Humanity homes and house the Ellis Marsalis Center for Music. The money comes from a fundraising concert the DMB did in Denver with the Neville Brothers and the John Butler Trio. "This is our way to get the word out that there is more work to do, and ask people to step up to the challenge and make a donation to help," the band said in a recent statement. read full story
Prizes for votes in Waynesboro
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Apr 28th 5:50am

Prizes for votes in Waynesboro

VOTE HATFIELD & STEELE AND WIN! WIN! WIN! states a flier posted on vehicles at a Waynesboro steakhouse offering voters who promise to vote for two particular Council candidates a chance at $500 cash prizes, according to a story in this morning's News Virginian. read full story
How many captains does a football team need?
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Apr 27th 2:54pm

How many captains does a football team need?

UVA's football team elected four– count 'em– four co-captains for the 2006 season. And with impressive restraint, Jay Jenkins' Daily Progress article did not mention that sole junior captain-elect Chris Long is the son of Hall o' Famer Howie. The other captains are quarterback Christian Olsen, cornerback Marcus Hamilton and Wide receiver Deyon Williams. read full story
34% feared for their lives– or whatever– 4/20
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Apr 27th 12:59pm

34% feared for their lives– or whatever– 4/20

Albemarle County Schools released the numbers on how many students decided not to show up at school April 20, the purported date four teens were going to blow up Albemarle and Western Albemarle highs, as well as the 7th anniversary of Columbine and Adolf Hitler's 117th birthday. Absent 4/20/06 WAHS 34% AHS 17% Jouett 10% Absent 4/13/06 WAHS 3% AHS 4% Jouett 5% read full story
UVA to try living wage protestors
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Apr 27th 6:49am

UVA to try living wage protestors

The student-run Uva Judiciary Committee has brought charges against the 17 students who were arrested for holding a sit-in inside Madison Hall, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports. The students, who were demanding higher wages for Uva's lowest paid workers, are being charged with unauthorized entry and disorderly conduct and could face expulsion if convicted. The trial will take place next week. read full story
Charlotte$ville
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Apr 26th 9:41pm

Charlotte$ville

According to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Economic Analysis, there are more rich people in Charlottesville (As if we needed the federal government to tell us that!). Figures released Tuesday say that personal income in the area grew by 7.9 percent between 2003 and 2004. In fact, it grew faster than any other area in Virginia! Robert S. read full story
Cindy Sheehan to speak in Charlottesville
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Apr 26th 9:10pm

Cindy Sheehan to speak in Charlottesville

Famous grieving mom, Texas ranch squatter, peace activist, and general thorn in President Bush�s side, Cindy Sheehan will speak in Charlottesville on May 17 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Performing Arts Center. Sheehan made national news when she camped outside Bush�s Texas home to ask him why her son, Casey, who was killed in action in Baghdad in 2004, had to die. Since then, Sheehan has become a powerful, and controversial figure in the anti-war movement. read full story
Alleged ââ?¬Å?Bloodsââ?¬Â gang attacks another
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Apr 26th 8:55pm

Alleged ââ?¬Å?Bloodsââ?¬Â gang attacks another

On Tuesday, yet another boy was attacked in the Garrett Square area by an alledged gang of "Bloods," the Daily Progress reports. "He has a tooth that was knocked loose and what he has described is something very similar to what our first victim reported," said Capt. J.E. "Chip" Harding. read full story
New tenant for Prism space
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Apr 26th 10:39am

New tenant for Prism space

Blue Ridge Irish Music School is working on a lease agreement with Westminster Church for the former Prism space, the school announced today. read full story
The ââ?¬Å?Bloodsââ?¬Â in Charlottesville?
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Apr 26th 7:08am

The ââ?¬Å?Bloodsââ?¬Â in Charlottesville?

Last Friday near Garrett Square, a 15 year-old was beaten so badly heâ��ll need to have a metal plate inserted in his face, says Charlottesville police Captain Chip Harding in a Charlottesville Newsplex report. According to the teen, he was jumped by over a dozen members of the gang the "Bloods" for refusing to join. Police canâ��t confirm whether or not the Bloods are really recruiting in Charlottesville, but they have arrested one of the attackers and charged him with the assault and for being a member of a gang. read full story
Jane Jacobs dies
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Apr 25th 10:24pm

Jane Jacobs dies

The urban theorist who so famously asked a Charlottesville audience, "Where are the bicycles" has died at the age of 89. Jane Jacobs, who visited in 1996 to accept the Thomas Jefferson Prize in Architecture from UVA, died today at her Toronto home, the read full story
Weed tops Ewert in night’s tally
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Apr 25th 5:33am

Weed tops Ewert in night’s tally

In the quest to topple incumbent Virgil Goode, local Democrats lent most of their weight last night to the candidacy of Nelson County wine-maker Al Weed, as they delivered him 12 of 17 delegates in Charlottesville and 31 of 37 in Albemarle, the Daily Progress reports in its print edition. read full story
Ewert faces fast-growing Weed
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Apr 24th 4:10pm

Ewert faces fast-growing Weed

The Democrat to go up against incumbent Virgil Goode in the 5th District Congressional race will be determined by caucus, and after Saturday, Nelson farmer Al Weed leads Ruckersville Parkway visionary Bern Ewert 25 to 5, according to a Weed release. And that's before going into tonight's Super Monday, in which 10 jurisdictions have 113 delegates up for grabs. Albemarle's 38 will be elected at 7:30pm in Monticello High, and Charlottesville's 17 delegates will be elected at in the Buford Middle School cafeteria. Registration for wanna-be delegates starts at 6:30pm. read full story
Cirque du Soleil to JPJ Arena
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Apr 24th 3:32pm

Cirque du Soleil to JPJ Arena

It's not everyday that a mime enters a newspaper office bearing gifts of balloons and a hoola hoop. But then again, it's not every day that Cirque du Soleil announces it's coming to the John Paul Jones Arena. The show is scheduled for August 1. read full story
Housing stock doubles!
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Apr 24th 7:18am

Housing stock doubles!

Here�s a shocking statistic for ya: according to a recent market analysis by the Charlottesville Area Association of Realtors, 2,377 homes are for sale in their database...that�s more than double the homes for sale at the same time last year! Equally as shocking is the rise in the median price of a home: $285,000 in CAAR�s market area (Charlottesville, Albemarle County, Nelson, Greene, Fluvanna, and Louisa), up 27 percent from last year. read full story
Prism closes, blames Hook
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Apr 22nd 8:48pm

Prism closes, blames Hook

Tonight's Jay Unger and Molly Mason show at the Prism Coffeehouse will be the last hurrah for the historic music hall, according to a lengthy unsigned open letter briefly posted on the Prism's website on April 21. Although the news may come as a surprise to some, there was a clue that the end the smoke- and alcohol-free venue might be near. read full story
SNL up for grabs
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Apr 21st 2:16pm

SNL up for grabs

Mere weeks after financial publications and data analysis firm SNL announced its purchase of a new property in Amhedabad, India and boasted of a near 100 percent increase in payscale for local employees over the past eight years, the company is on the block, according to a report in today's online version of the U.K. newspaper, The Daily Telegraph. According to the article, SNL– founded by Reid Nagle in 1987– has tapped Bank of America to advise the company on a $200 million sale. read full story
New record for Sparklehorse?
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Apr 21st 1:49pm

New record for Sparklehorse?

The indie-music site pitchforkmedia.com announced yesterday that alt-rock troubled genius Mark Linkous and his band, Sparklehorse, will release a new album this fall, the first since the band's 2001 release, It's a Wonderful Life. Linkous, who was raised in Charlottesville and attended Albemarle High School, was the subject of the Hook's February 27, 2002 cover story. read full story
Paralyzed man gets 7 years in dog death
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Apr 21st 8:50am

Paralyzed man gets 7 years in dog death

The man who shot Ingo, the police dog, is convicted April 20 and sentenced to 7 years for malicious wounding, and another 5 for felony possession of a gun, the Progress reports. Robert Lee Cooke shot at Ingo– his defense claimed in self-defense– while fleeing a burglary in October 2004, paralyzing the canine cop, who was later put to sleep. Officer Andy Gluba shot Cooke twice, paralyzing him. read full story
Do not read this food story…
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Apr 21st 5:21am

Do not read this food story…

...unless you have an iron gut and an ability to tune out the word "loogie" in a news report. But, yes, it's true that a Fredericksburg-area teen has been charged for the #1 fear of fast-food customers: spitting in a the drink of a citizen who had made a complaint. According to the Fredericksburg Free Lance Star, 18-year-old Taco Bell employee Shaleesheya G. read full story
Pedal steeler story sparks debate
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Apr 20th 9:19pm

Pedal steeler story sparks debate

Last week's Hook cover story on up-and-coming musician Robert Randolph touched off a major debate at the mecca of his instrument, The Steel Guitar Forum. There on that bulletin board, a debate raged over the story and comments Randolph made in it– i.e. "A lot of those guys in Nashville hate my guts." read full story
No big bang
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Apr 20th 4:03pm

No big bang

The Albemarle school day is over, and despite massive absenteeism prompted by fears that unindicted co-conspirators of the four convicted teenagers would use April 20– the 7th anniversary of Columbine, Hitler's birthday and the 17th birthday of the convicted Western Albemarle student– to wreak havoc, no bombs were reported going off, no guns were snuck in through metal-detectorless doors, and no student casualties were reported, although officials are braced for a rash of sunburn cases caused by today's 85-degree temperatures that were ideal for hooking school. read full story
Free speech wall open for business
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Apr 20th 12:08pm

Free speech wall open for business

The free speech wall on the east end of the Downtown Mal was officially christened today. read full story
Retro Montpelier unveiling set
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Apr 20th 5:39am

Retro Montpelier unveiling set

On April 29, U.S. Senator John Warner and Congressman Eric Cantor will preside over the unveiling of the restored brick exterior of Montpelier, the historic home of the father of the Constitution, James Madison. read full story
400,000 baby shad poured in Rivanna
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Apr 20th 5:14am

400,000 baby shad poured in Rivanna

Schoolchildren with buckets helped pour about 400,000 shad hatchlings into the Rivanna River yesterday, an event that presages the impending demolition of the Woolen Mills dam, an effort to give back to the American shad its hisoric spawning waters. According to WINA radio, the tiny fish have been marked with a chemical on their ear bones that identifies them as hatchery-born, and the re-stocking was co-sponsored by the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries and the Rivanna Conservation Society. read full story
Public gets peek at TJ’s peak
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Apr 19th 2:34pm

Public gets peek at TJ’s peak

The only place in America that looks directly down at Monticello will soon open to the public, according to officials with the historic house. Starting May 1, for the first time in history, adults ($12) and children ($6) can ride a shuttle bus up to what has long been known as Brown's Mountain. The 90-minute tours will happen twice a day, at 1pm and 3pm. read full story
16-year-old bomber gets juvey jail
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Apr 19th 1:51pm

16-year-old bomber gets juvey jail

The Western Albemarle teen purportedly the originator of the plot to blow up WAHS and Albemarle High, who previously pleaded guilty to two felony counts, was committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice and could be held until his 21st birthday, Judge Susan Whitlock ruled in court today. She will review his case in 60 days, and a hearing is scheduled for June 7. read full story
Western bypass a watershed?
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Apr 19th 5:49am

Western bypass a watershed?

Whoda thunk that a road widely seen as useless and expensive would roar back to solve the area's water woes? Although it may never get built as a road, the Route 29 Western Bypass may play a role. Officials with the local water authority unveiled the specifics of their 50-year, $130.5 million water plan last night. read full story
Grand jury indicts Beebe
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Apr 18th 6:39pm

Grand jury indicts Beebe

Yesterday, a Charlottesville grand jury handed down two indictments against William N. Beebe, the former UVA student accused of raping classmate Liz Seccuro 22 years ago. A four-day trial is scheduled for Mr. read full story
After unveiling, monument may be ‘Muzzled’
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Apr 18th 10:59am

After unveiling, monument may be ‘Muzzled’

John Grisham has confirmed his attendance. So have George Garrett, Boyd Tinsley, and Dahlia Lithwick. Even Oscar winner Morgan Freeman, in town to shoot the sequel to Bruce Almighty, is a possbility. read full story
Tents dwindle at Madison Hall
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Apr 18th 9:16am

Tents dwindle at Madison Hall

A day after 17 student squatters were released after spending the weekend in jail, UVA's top administrator has evicted the tent city erected on the lawn outside the office of the president. A notice from chief operating officer Leonard Sandridge gave tents and sleeping bags until 10am to be off the lawn of Madison Hall. read full story
ARB approves first phase of Albemarle Place
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Apr 18th 7:14am

ARB approves first phase of Albemarle Place

The Albemarle County Architectural Review Board yesterday approved "Block C" of the Albemarle Place development, a self-proclaimed "town center" to be built at the intersection of Route 29 and Hydraulic Road. read full story
Valley micro wind energy approved
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Apr 18th 5:56am

Valley micro wind energy approved

A Shenandoah Valley man has won approval for a wind-powered generator, according to a report this morning in the Staunton News-Leader . Unlike the controversial 19-tower array of 400-footers planned for Highland County, the lone tower that Mount Sidney resident John Root wants will stand just 120 feet tall, which the News-Leader says is lower than a nearby communications tower. read full story
PODs get a break
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Apr 17th 3:31pm

PODs get a break

City Council will vote tonight on another law on pods. Nearly three months after a new ordinance mandated permits and limited POD* use to 30 days, City officials have discovered that they need to amend the ordinance because it required anyone using one of those portable outdoor storage containers to pay a whopping $250. When the ordinance was passed January 17, City staff "did not remember" that the cost for a temporary permit was $250. read full story