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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
School violence task force meets today
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Mar 24th 7:41am

School violence task force meets today

In reaction to escalating violence in city schools, Charlottesville school officials have created a 15-person task force to start dealing with the problem. The task force will meet at 9:00 am today at Charlottesville High School and present its findings to the school board next week. read full story
Dems to Schilling: too far this time
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Mar 24th 6:31am

Dems to Schilling: too far this time

The mayor and another City Councilor have put lone Republican Councilor Rob Schilling on notice that they're not going to take it any more. read full story
Schatzman fires back
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Mar 23rd 1:59pm

Schatzman fires back

Electoral Board Vice Chair Joanie Schatzman earned the ire of School Board candidate Vance High when she told a DP reporter she was "repelled by Vance." Schatzman tells WINA that she's not repelled by High, just by his ideas, and he should "stop whining and start campaigning." She did apologize for the angst her remark caused High, who filed a grievance with the State Electoral Board and called for Schatzman's resignation. read full story
‘Smiling’ Payne charged with murder
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Mar 23rd 9:20am

‘Smiling’ Payne charged with murder

The former Crozet resident beaming widely for her mugshot after allegedly killing a Richmond pedestrian was charged with murder yesterday by a multi-jurisdictional grand jury, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. read full story
Sperry Marine nabs big defense contract
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Mar 23rd 8:04am

Sperry Marine nabs big defense contract

According to a March 22 press release put out by the U.S. Department of Defense, Northrop Grumman Systems Corp., Sperry Marine is being awarded a "$40,305,984 indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract for engineering and technical services in support of the analysis, repair, alteration, maintenance and product improvement on existing Sperry Marine Integrated Bridge System (IBS) and steering/ship control systems equipment." read full story
Drinking killed Cornell student
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Mar 23rd 7:48am

Drinking killed Cornell student

According to an autopsy report, Cornell University freshman, Matthew Pearlstone,19, who was found dead last Friday morning in UVA�s Cauthen residence hall, died of "alcohol intoxication,"the Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting. Medical examiners deemed Pearlstone�s death an accident, but would not disclose Pearlstone's blood-alcohol level. read full story
Pat Collins: last seen 20 years ago
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Mar 22nd 3:58pm

Pat Collins: last seen 20 years ago

It was twenty years ago yesterday that UVA physiology graduate student Pat Collins was last seen alive. read full story
A Councilor and a poet
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Mar 22nd 2:07pm

A Councilor and a poet

City Councilor Kendra Hamilton is celebrating the book fest by coming out as a member of Cave Canem Poets, a nationwide collective of poets of African descent that will have a 10th anniversary reading 8pm Friday, March 23, at Gravity Lounge. Hamilton will be reading from her new book that's coming this fall and then partying with the poets. read full story
High indignation
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Mar 22nd 1:51pm

High indignation

Charlottesville School Board candidate Vance High wants the head of Electoral Board Vice Chair Joanie Schatzman, who told DP reporter Sarah Barry that she was "repelled by Vance" after a candidate's forum March 18. read full story
Bloggin� Brown
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Mar 22nd 10:19am

Bloggin� Brown

Charlottesville Mayor David Brown has caught the blogging bug. On March 18 Brown launched One City Blog: Thoughts on Charlottesville Virginia. Below, you�ll find Mayor Brown�s opening entry into the blogosphere. read full story
Peace gets a chance
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Mar 21st 12:33pm

Peace gets a chance

Yesterday, over 100 people made their way from the Rotunda to the Free Speech Wall on the Downtown Mall to protest the war in Iraq and call for the impeachment of Bush & Cheney. The march was sponsored by read full story
Vanishing middle-class?
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Mar 21st 10:59am

Vanishing middle-class?

Charlottesville resident Collette Hall spoke truth to power (and spoke for many concerned citizens) at Monday nightââ?¬â?¢s public hearing on the proposed fiscal 2007 budget, which the Hook's Lisa Provence recently reported on. ââ?¬Å?Soon there will no longer be a middle class in Charlottesville," Hall said, according to a story in the Daily Progress. "I bought my house seven years ago and it was assessed at $87,500. It is now assessed at just under $400,000. read full story
ACAC-ville
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Mar 21st 10:38am

ACAC-ville

With two locations (Water Street and Albemarle Square), its Adventure Central complex on Four Seasons Drive, and a new mega-ACAC being built in the old Ivy Industries building, you�d think the popular heath club�s ambitions would be fulfilled. And you�d be wrong. Now ACAC is opening a private school serving preschoolers and elementary students. At $9000 a year, not including transportation, the Charlottesville Day School at ACAC isn�t cheap. read full story
Police searching for two fugitives
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Mar 20th 6:19pm

Police searching for two fugitives

"These men are considered armed and dangerous, and there should be no attempt to approach these men by the public." So begins a bulletin issued today by the Charlottesville Police Department which is seeking the apprehension of Omar Perez Taylor aka "John Weddle" (in read full story
NBC envisions a Today w/o Couric
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Mar 20th 5:56pm

NBC envisions a Today w/o Couric

The UVA grad with the popular smile and seemingly caffeinated good cheer is causing fear in the halls of her employer, NBC. A story in today's Wall Street Journal reveals that Couric's closely-watched decision on whether to bolt the Today show for rival CBS is "just weeks away" and that her departure has frustrated NBC execs weighing their options with three possible replacements: Campbell Brown, Natalie Morales, and Meredith Vieira. read full story
Dreyfuss weds in Harrisonburg
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Mar 20th 1:53pm

Dreyfuss weds in Harrisonburg

Actor Richard Dreyfuss, in Harrisonburg for an appearance at James Madison University, made a surprise stop by the Rockingham County courthouse on Thursday, March 16– and it wasn't to pay a parking ticket. According to the story on the website of People magazine, the 58-year-old star wed his 46-year-old Russian girlfriend, Svetlana Erokhin, shocking at least one sheriff's deputy, Bill Spinar. read full story
Cornell student found dead at UVA
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Mar 20th 12:23pm

Cornell student found dead at UVA

A Cornell University freshman, Matthew Pearlstone, was found dead Friday morning in UVA's Cauthen residence hall, the Cavalier Daily is reporting. Pearlstone, a freshman from Missouri, had been the guest of a first-year student and, according to the story, drank from a flask of alcohol he took to a Thursday, March 16 gathering at the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity house, a possible violation of "dry rush" rules. read full story
Irony rages in growth debate
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Mar 18th 11:50am

Irony rages in growth debate

"We're going to give them a heck of a fight," vowed one woman quoted in yesterday's Daily Progress account of an anti-growth event. Perhaps the youthful Progress reporter didn't spot the irony of quoting a Mill Creek South resident opposing development at Biscuit Run. read full story
UVA tops in Af-Am grad rate– again!
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Mar 16th 1:57pm

UVA tops in Af-Am grad rate– again!

For the 12th consecutive year, UVA holds the top spot in an annual ranking among major public institutions with the highest graduation rate for African-American students. According to an annual survey published this week by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, UVA is the only public institution in the top 20 of all colleges and universities– with a six-year graduation rate for African-American students of 86 percent. read full story
High winds ground Geraldine Ferraro
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Mar 15th 5:31pm

High winds ground Geraldine Ferraro

Geraldine Ferraro, slated to speak tonight at UVA, cannot attend due to high winds in New York. "Ms. Ferraro�s plane has been unable to leave the New York airport, and as a result she will not be in Charlottesville for her event tonight," reads a brief release from the the UVA Center for Politics, that think tank run by noted pundit Larry Sabato. "We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause." The Center says it will try to find a future date to reschedule the event. read full story
Power drop blamed in Owensville fire
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Mar 15th 5:09pm

Power drop blamed in Owensville fire

An overhead electrical wire, slammed into a tree by this morning's high winds, produced sparks that ignited the home on Owensville Road that burned to the ground and put a female occupant in critical condition, according to the County release. The Owensville Road house was served by an overhead wire from a nearby utility pole, according to the release. read full story
Court Square Tavern catches fire
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Mar 15th 2:00pm

Court Square Tavern catches fire

Shortly after five o'clock this morning, a Charlottesville Police officer spotted smoke billowing out the street-level window of the Court Square Tavern (go men in blue!). The Charlottesville Fire Department arrived quickly to save the day (go men in�.yellow?), evacuating residents above at 500 Court Square, and containing the fire before it spread upward into the 10-story building. read full story
Director of Region Ten ousted
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Mar 14th 6:17pm

Director of Region Ten ousted

The board of directors of Region Ten, the area's largest government-funded mental health service provider, fired its director yesterday. read full story
Naked protestor arrives
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Mar 13th 12:53pm

Naked protestor arrives

If you hurry, you can still catch 21-year-old PETA activist, Dana Littlefield, sitting naked (well, sorta naked) on the Downtown Mall in front of the Charlottesville Ice Park. She�ll be there until 1:00pm today. When Littlefield arrived in a bathrobe, police escorted her into the lobby of the Omni to make sure she was sufficiently covered, and then escorted her back out to the Mall�followed by a small herd of eager media. read full story
Beth Duffy goes to the competition
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Mar 13th 11:58am

Beth Duffy goes to the competition

Today is former NBC29 morning anchor Beth Duffy's first day in her new job– at GrayTelevision's Charlottesville Newsplex with its ABC 16, CBS 19 and Fox 27. Apparently, non-compete contracts prevent Duffy only from appearing on the air, not from going into sales. "I'm so excited about it," says Duffy, who will get the two things she most wanted: to stay in Charlottesville and work normal hours instead of having a 2am wake-up call. read full story
No Neil Young this time
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Mar 11th 10:19am

No Neil Young this time

Although recently branded an "aging rock star" whose on-the-cover visage allegedy hurt newstand sales of a mid-February edition of Rolling Stone magazine, Neil Young ignited legions of fans in Charlottesville in April 2001 as the "special guest" opener for Dave Matthews Band. read full story
Kelly D. Payne: smiling, drunk, deadly
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Mar 11th 8:06am

Kelly D. Payne: smiling, drunk, deadly

Richmond Police say that for the second time in under five years former Albemarle resident Kelly Dinelle Payne, age 33, has killed someone with a vehicle. Her latest alleged victim was a man, an Indian immigrant, walking home from hotel work March 7 when an allegedly drunk Payne, fleeing one accident, drove up on a median. Today, WINA radio reports that Payne, 33, is a former Crozet resident who attended Western Albemarle High School– and shows her smiling mug shot. read full story
Rump roast on Downtown Mall?
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Mar 10th 1:11pm

Rump roast on Downtown Mall?

Monday at noon, PETA plans to have a "nude activist" sashaying around between the Omni and the Ice Park to protest the meat industry. Let's hope Dana Littlefield– apparently no chicken when it comes to baring all– isn't just any average-grade nude activist– we're hoping for a grade-A, prime nude activist– at least 85% lean. She's going to have those little dotted butcher's lines inked all over indicating her various... er... parts: rib, haunch, shoulder, flank, rump. "Animals aren't 'breasts' or 'thighs,'" Littlefield says in a release issued today. read full story
Silver Jews’ Berman disses C’ville
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Mar 10th 11:26am

Silver Jews’ Berman disses C’ville

David Berman, lead singer for the band The Silver Jews (and former bandmate of some members of Pavement) disses his college town in an interview with a University of Georgia online student-run magazine. ââ?¬Å?Charlottesville sucks and Athens is cool,ââ?¬Â declares Berman, who is playing the 40-Watt Club in Athens tonight. Unfortunately, Berman doesn't explain the reason for his comment. read full story
4th Street mall crossing coming?
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Mar 10th 11:17am

4th Street mall crossing coming?

A City Hall email indicates that City staff recommends opening 4th Street for vehicles to cross the Downtown Mall. After city planners initially opposed a mall crossing and the Planning Commission voted it down in January, City Council instructed staff to come up with a plan, and the plan is to have 4th Street south of Water Street one-way in the opposite direction of the Mall to prevent cut-through traffic. Council votes April 3, presumably for a one-year trial run. read full story
‘Rock House’ Landmarked; Bond speaks
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Mar 10th 10:10am

‘Rock House’ Landmarked; Bond speaks

The former Charles B. Holt residence, a stone dwelling perched on a bluff over Preston Avenue near Washington Park, was voted onto the Virginia Landmarks Register Wednesday. On April 18, noted Civil Rights advocate Julian Bond will speak at the dedication of the house as a pro bono legal center. read full story
Bomb trial closed
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Mar 8th 1:38pm

Bomb trial closed

The older teens charged with plotting to blow up Albemarle and WAHS get a closed trial, courtesy of their alleged co-conspirators, who are 13 and protected from public scrutiny by their ages. In the courtroom this morning, the lawyer for the 15-year-old AHS student moved for a separate trial, while the Commonwealth wanted all four teens tried together. Media General sent a lawyer to try to keep the hearing open, to no avail. read full story
Six for three
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Mar 8th 11:19am

Six for three

By Tuesday�s deadline for entering the new Charlottesville School Board election, six candidates had emerged to vie for the three open seats. Sue Lewis, a retired financial advisor, who has been applying for a seat on the board for the last 20 years; Newcomer Charlie Kollmansperger, an ex-teacher, entrepreneur, and strong critic of ex-supe read full story
A roundabout on 250 West?
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Mar 8th 9:41am

A roundabout on 250 West?

The intersection in Ivy of Owensville, Ivy and nearby Morgantown roads has long been challenging. Now VDOT is studying the favorite traffic device of former Delegate Mitch Van Yahres, the roundabout, for that trouble spot. Albemarle transportation planner (and Charlottesville School Board candidate) Juandiego Wade will field roundabout questions March 16 at the Ivy Community Association meeting. read full story
A new Main Street for Crozet?
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Mar 7th 1:42pm

A new Main Street for Crozet?

ââ?¬Å?Of course, the new Main Street is several years out,ââ?¬Â says Albemarle County spokesperson, Lee Catlin. read full story
City to hand over Jefferson School
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Mar 6th 11:48pm

City to hand over Jefferson School

In order to ensure that the project gets $4.4 million in federal tax credits, City Council appears eager to give away or sell the Jefferson School complex and let one man, Richmond lawyer Dan Gecker, choose the five-person board that will own the school that played a key role in Charlottesville education history. ââ?¬Å?Weââ?¬â?¢ve done a lot,ââ?¬Â said City Councilor Kendra Hamilton, ââ?¬Å?and I think people understand that we care deeply. But I am advocating for letting go.ââ?¬Â read full story
A uniformed and single-sex Buford?
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Mar 6th 3:46pm

A uniformed and single-sex Buford?

Charlottesville City Councilor Kendra Hamilton has an idea for revamping the City's public school program: single-sex middle schools with uniforms. read full story