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DMB tix on sale Saturday
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Apr 17th 9:50am

DMB tix on sale Saturday

Tickets for this fall's two Dave Matthews Band concerts go on sale Saturday, according to officials with the John Paul Jones Arena, the $130 million venue that's calling this pair of shows its grand opening. Will this be a repeat of 2001 when DMB's long-awaited Scott Stadium "Homecoming" concert caused a Rolling Stones-speed sellout? read full story
Pat Collins mystery goes on radio
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Apr 16th 10:40pm

Pat Collins mystery goes on radio

On March 22, 1986, UVA physiology graduate student Patrick Collins withdrew $40 from a downtown Charlottesville ATM, and that was his last contact with the living world. read full story
Casteen has living wage sit-in students arrested
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Apr 16th 10:39pm

Casteen has living wage sit-in students arrested

On Saturday evening, the four-day-old living wage sit-in at Madison Hall came to an abrupt end. "We thought the administration wanted to engage in substantive, good faith, dialog about this issue," demonstration organizer Abby Bellows told reporters. "So we came back to the table with a lot of really constructive compromises. read full story
RSWA selects water supply plan
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Apr 14th 7:25am

RSWA selects water supply plan

Pressured by recent drought worries, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority has finally chosen a new 50-year water supply planââ?¬â??the South Fork pipeline. The plan calls for the expansion of Ragged Mountain Reservoir and a new pipeline to the South Fork Rivanna Reservoir. read full story
Plot penalty: 15-year-old gets 60 days
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Apr 12th 5:01pm

Plot penalty: 15-year-old gets 60 days

Amid the sobbing of family and friends, Judge Susan Whitlock committed the Albemarle High student found guilty of conspiring blow up two high schools to the Department of Juvenile Justice for 60 days, with a review May 23. read full story
Hoo’ville, here we come!
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Apr 12th 3:09pm

Hoo’ville, here we come!

Getting into UVA has never been easier– at least for students of Virginia community colleges. Today, UVA announced a new initiative that guarantees transfer admission to Virginia Community College students with a 3.4 GPA. Though there are a few other requirements (students must have no grades lower than C and must have at least a B in introductory English), the program could revolutionize Virginia's system of higher education, says Waldo Jaquith, one-time City Council candidate and former Piedmont Virginia Community College student. read full story
‘Threatening’ charter school withdrawn
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Apr 12th 5:37am

‘Threatening’ charter school withdrawn

Remember that proposed charter school that won a $450,000 federal grant but got repeatedly criticized and deferred by the Charlottesville School system? It was the subject of the Hook's cover story last November 17, and now it's dead in the City, according to a story in this morning's Daily Progress. read full story
More UVA athletes arrested in break-in/brawl
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Apr 11th 5:00pm

More UVA athletes arrested in break-in/brawl

Four more UVa athletes were arrested by Charlottesville police on Monday in connection with a break-in and brawl at the Delta Upsilon fraternity house last month. About two weeks ago, UVA first-years Michael Brown, a varsity football player, and Michael Giallombardo, a varsity soccer player, were arrested in connection with the incident. On April 1, Brown was spotted practicing with the football team again, after h read full story
Prez scholar goes Nixonian
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Apr 11th 4:08pm

Prez scholar goes Nixonian

Well, sort of. read full story
Bush headlines Jefferson Centerââ?¬â?¢s ââ?¬Ë?Muzzleââ?¬â?¢ list
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Apr 11th 8:08am

Bush headlines Jefferson Centerââ?¬â?¢s ââ?¬Ë?Muzzleââ?¬â?¢ list

The Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression has announced its 2006 ââ?¬Ë?Muzzleââ?¬â?¢ awards, given each year to those whoââ?¬â?¢ve trampled on our First Amendment right to free speech and freedom of the press. This year, honorees include President Bush for his wiretapping adventures, New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg for censoring artistic expression to eliminate graffiti in the subways, and hecklers of an Ann Coulter speech at the University of Connecticut. read full story
DMB at Haunted Hollow
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Apr 10th 7:18am

DMB at Haunted Hollow

Fan site Weekly Davespeak provides excerpts to DMB bassist Stefan Lessard�s journal, the "Haunted Hollow Diaries", which details the happenings out at the band�s recording studio in Scottsville, Haunted Hollow. The band has been busy recording out at the studio since March 7th, reportedly finishing one song and perhaps bringing in Robert Randolph when he hits town. read full story
Slain singer gets retrospective CD
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Apr 8th 6:12am

Slain singer gets retrospective CD

A new compilation of the music of Bryan Harvey, senselessly murdered along with the rest of his family January 1, has been released, according to a story in this morning's Richmond Times-Dispatch. read full story
Child rapist gets 30 years
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Apr 7th 7:31am

Child rapist gets 30 years

"Obviously this is one of the most serious and troublesome cases Iâ��ve ever seen," Circuit Court Judge Edward L. Hogshire said, according to a Daily Progress story this morning. Indeed. Fluvanna county resident Jermaine Leon Franklin, 25, was sentenced yesterday to 30 years in prison for raping a two-year-old he was babysitting. The 2003 rape sent the two-year-old into surgery for more than two hours. Assistant Commonwealthâ��s Attorney Elizabeth Killeen had been seeking a life sentence for Franklin, but seemed pleased with the verdict. read full story
Ruckersville Parkway killed
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Apr 7th 6:16am

Ruckersville Parkway killed

A proposed Route 29 Bypass alternative was dealt a fatal blow Wednesday, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow, a growth info service, that believes that the unanimous vote by County Supervisors to exclude the "Ruckersville Parkway" from the Places29 study constitutes a death blow. The Parkway– a thinner, longer, and somewhat more meandering alternative to the mountain-smashing and long-controv read full story
God is coming to Charlottesville!
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Apr 6th 8:00pm

God is coming to Charlottesville!

Well, God in the movies anyway. read full story
Et tu, 13-year-olds
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Apr 5th 11:03pm

Et tu, 13-year-olds

Various media outlets including NBC29 are reporting that like their two older alleged conspirators, the two 13-year-old Albemarle County boys detained in the alleged plot to bomb two high schools have been convicted.# read full story
Ex-guv Warner likened to ‘Mr. Ed’
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Apr 5th 1:30pm

Ex-guv Warner likened to ‘Mr. Ed’

Mark Warner, Virginia's popular ex-governor eyeing the White House, was allegedly treated like livestock in his recent cover photo in the New York Times magazine. "It was not the kind of national debut Mr. read full story
16-year-old’s hearing to be open
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Apr 5th 12:28pm

16-year-old’s hearing to be open

Sentencing for at least one of the so-called teen bombers will be open, according to an official in the Commonwealth's Attorney's office who says the hearing will occur at 10:30am April 19. The hearing was to occur today, but the case was continued. read full story
Couric’s farewell
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Apr 5th 12:00pm

Couric’s farewell

Katie Couric this morning shortly after 7:30: ââ?¬Å?After listening to my heart and my gut... Iââ?¬â?¢ve decided Iââ?¬â?¢ll be leaving at the end of May.ââ?¬Â# read full story
DMB song catalog now available online
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Apr 4th 6:46pm

DMB song catalog now available online

Now you can download the entire Dave Matthews Band song catalog online through iTunes Music Store, the band announced. For the first time ever, fans can download every album for $9.99 and individual songs for 99 cents each. read full story
Couric to leap to CBS
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Apr 4th 10:39am

Couric to leap to CBS

Ending months of speculation, former UVA Lawnie Katie Couric is soon expected to make the leap away from her 15 years at the Today show to take the evening anchor spot with CBS, according to a report today by noted media reporter Howard Kurtz in the Washington Post. read full story
Eastern Connector the next big thing
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Apr 4th 9:14am

Eastern Connector the next big thing

The budgets of the two major localities that want it (Charlottesville and Albemarle) are each now planning to spend $250,000 to $300,000 toward a proposed alignment study of the "Eastern Connector," a mega-million road that might slice through Pen Park to link Routes 29 and 250. read full story
Arrested UVA athlete back on field
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Apr 4th 5:57am

Arrested UVA athlete back on field

Michael Brown, the first-year varsity football player who was arrested last Thursday was back on the practice field Saturday, according the Daily Progress. A UVA student Judiciary Committee convicted Brown of trespassing, the DP reports, but dismissed the other charges against him. read full story
When college parents whine…
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Apr 3rd 10:29am

When college parents whine…

In a Sunday Washington Post essay, a former UVA admissions officer reveals a shocking fact: It's not so much the rejected applicants who call to complain when they don't get accepted– it's the parents. "Between 8:30 a.m. and noon on the morning of April 5, 2005," writes Marjorie A. Schiff, "I answered 18 decision-related phone calls– 16 from parents, one from a guidance counselor, and only one from an actual applicant. read full story
Drought worries continue
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Mar 31st 8:27am

Drought worries continue

On Tuesday, the Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority warned us that 2006 could be another drought year. Now state officials are sounding the same warning. "We have just experienced the driest March in the entire statewide record of 112 years," said Patrick J. Michaels, a state climatologist in Charlottesville, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch report. Michaels said we could see some improvement in the dry conditions by mid-April, but underscored that with a big "if." read full story
School board wants security cameras at CHS
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Mar 31st 8:10am

School board wants security cameras at CHS

According to Charlottesville City School staff, violence in our schools is "the worst it's ever been" the Daily Progress reports. The comment was a refrain at last night�s meeting of the Charlottesville School Board�s new task force on violence. In reponse, the board voted to spend $70,000 to install 40 security cameras in Charlottesville High School. read full story
GUILTY - 2nd teen convicted in bomb plot
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Mar 30th 4:55pm

GUILTY - 2nd teen convicted in bomb plot

The 15-year-old boy whose secrecy-shrouded trial wrapped Tuesday afternoon has been found guilty of the same two counts pleaded to by his 16-year-old co-conspirator: conspiracy to murder and conspiracy to blow up a schoolhouse. The boy, a gun fan, according to various sources including his MySpace.com profile, was attending Albemarle High School until his February 1 arrest, which was heralded in a press conference two days later. read full story
Courthouse collapse
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Mar 30th 12:20pm
Duke rape scandal reverberates locally
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Mar 30th 12:03pm

Duke rape scandal reverberates locally

With Duke having taken down its team roster from its athletics website in the wake of gang rape allegations that led a judge to order required 46 of the 47 players on the squad to submit DNA samples, it's hard to determine which former Central Virginia all-star players are part of that team. A source, however, insists that there are some fine young local boys/men on that anguished team. read full story
Convicted frog-wet-my-paper liar to appeal
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Mar 30th 10:34am

Convicted frog-wet-my-paper liar to appeal

The UVA student convicted of lying about the circumstances surround his bizzarre handling of an already-graded exam has filed notice that he intends to appeal his expulsion, according to this morning's Cavalier Daily. Convicted of lying in a March 26 open Honor Trial, third-year engineering student Steve Gilday has tried to explain why he scanned, re-graded, and re-submitted a BIOL 301 exam. read full story
UVA varsity athletes arrested
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Mar 29th 12:29pm

UVA varsity athletes arrested

UVA first-years Michael Brown, a varsity football player, and Michael Giallombardo, a varsity soccer player, are off to a bad start. read full story
C&O: still cool after all these years
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Mar 29th 11:43am

C&O: still cool after all these years

In Charlottesville, restaurants open and close so frequently these days that it�s hard to keep track of them. Not so with the C& O Restaurant. read full story
Bomb plot fizzles out?
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Mar 29th 10:21am

Bomb plot fizzles out?

So was there a serious plot by four teenagers to blow up Western Albemarle and Albemarle High schools? Judge Susan Whitlock ruled March 28 that the public doesn't need to know, presumably to protect the privacy of the teens– even though their identities are pretty widely known. read full story
Godfathers of soul, country coming
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Mar 28th 7:10pm

Godfathers of soul, country coming

Singer James Brown, the "Godfather of Soul," and Willie Nelson, the pony-tailed king of country (who once bragged of smoking marijuana on a balcony at the Carter White House), are among the mega-stars who'll perform this summer at the Charlottesville Pavilion. read full story
Another drought year?
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Mar 28th 8:06am

Another drought year?

At yesterday's Rivanna Water & Sewer Authority board meeting, executive director Tom Frederick warned that 2006 could be another drought year. "The spring planting season is fast approaching," Frederick wrote in a written report, " and I would strongly urge all our citizens to think and practice ââ?¬Å?water conservationââ?¬Â now and recognize there is a higher than average probability that this year could be a drought year." While our reservoirs are full right now, Frederick reported, abnormally dry read full story
‘The frog wet my paper’ defense fails
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Mar 28th 6:07am

‘The frog wet my paper’ defense fails

Third-year UVA Engineering student Steve Gilday told an Honor trial that he was innocent of cheating charges when he scanned, re-graded, and re-submitted a BIOL 301 exam Sunday, according to the Cavalier Daily. Gilday's defense for scanning a paper and resubmitting it complete with grading pen marks allegedly made to emulate the ink color and style of his TA? read full story
AP corrects student death story
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Mar 27th 4:34pm

AP corrects student death story

The Associated Press got the facts (or fact) wrong when reporting on Cornell University freshman, Matthew Pearlstone,19, who was found dead Friday, March 17 in UVA�s Cauthen residence hall. Here's the correction: CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) _ In a March 23 story about the death of a Cornell University freshman visiting the University of Virginia, The Associated Press erroneously reported that an autopy found that he died of alcohol intoxication. read full story
Hackensaws shake up WVU
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Mar 27th 12:50am

Hackensaws shake up WVU

This from The Daily Anthenaeum, West Virginia University�s student newspaper, "Rounding out the weekend at 123 Pleasant St., The Hackensaw Boys from Charlottesville, Va., brought in the biggest crowd the venue has seen in weeks. There wasn't a moment when the floor wasn't shaking from dancing feet... read full story
AG to launch gang prevention program
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Mar 24th 4:22pm

AG to launch gang prevention program

New Attorney General Robert McDonnell will be in town this Tuesday, March 28 to help the Boys and Girls Clubs of Charlottesville/Albemarle launch a program designed to keep area youths from joining gangs. As was reported on the Hook.net, gangs are alive and well in Charlottesville, even putting their monikers on the Downtown Mall�s free speech wall. McDonnell will be the keynote speaker at the event, which will take place at 6:00 pm at the Omni Hotel. read full story
TV cams galore ready for Beebe
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Mar 24th 3:06pm

TV cams galore ready for Beebe

TV crews from at least five stations are currently perched around the entrance of the Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court, awaiting the exit of William Beebe, the man accused of raping a woman 21 years ago when the two were UVA students. read full story