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Pilot had been on cell phone
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Mar 2nd 12:12am

Pilot had been on cell phone

The pilot and co-owner of a single-engine plane who died in a nighttime crash by Interstate 81 had been chatting on cell phone with the plane's other co-owner who was traveling along the highway in a tractor-trailer, according to a federal accident report. Augusta County resident Benjamin R. Hickin, 30, died February 23 after the single-engine Cessna 182 he was flying flew low, hit a power line, lost a wing, and erupted into flames and crashed next to the highway near the rest stop north of Staunton. read full story
Robin Wynn goes tour-mad
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Mar 1st 12:00pm

Robin Wynn goes tour-mad

Charlottesville-based singer-songwriter Robin Wynn has announced what has to be the most ambitious touring schedule of any locally-based musical act. In the next two months, her manager reports, she'll play 25 shows in Virginia, North Carolina, West Virginia and Maryland. read full story
DMB to open JPJ
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Mar 1st 8:09am

DMB to open JPJ

Dave Matthews Band will be the Grand Opening event for UVA's John Paul Jones arena. The announcement was made early this morning in a press release from SMG, managers of the 16,000-seat facility. The band, long one of the world's leading musical acts, will perform on back-to-back nights: Friday, September 22 and Saturday, September 23. read full story
51.6% of new houses go rural
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Mar 1st 6:30am

51.6% of new houses go rural

School board member and bossman of growth-group "Charlottesville Tomorrow" Brian Wheeler reports that a new County study indicates that 51.6% of all new single-family dwellings last year went into the rural areas. As any growth-watcher knows, that is not what the County wants. The County wants to steer growth into the designated growth areas to ease the impact on roads, views, utilities, etc. read full story
Website dedicated to Davespeak
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Feb 27th 12:53pm

Website dedicated to Davespeak

At some point, rock icons are recognized as much for what they say as what they sing. Think John Lennon or Bob Dylan. Of course, by the time rock stars become quotable theyââ?¬â?¢re usually dead or real old. Or theyââ?¬â?¢re Dave Matthews. As if there werenââ?¬â?¢t enough fodder for Dave fans to feed on, now they can track the jam band front manââ?¬â?¢s every word. Just go to weeklydavespeak.com and youââ?¬â?¢ll get to read gems like, ââ?¬Å?You know what my favorite show is next to the teletubies? read full story
Goode named in baad way
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Feb 25th 11:48pm

Goode named in baad way

Central Virginia Congressman Virgil Goode, who was now returned over $90,000 in campaign contributions, might wish he'd never heard of Mitchell Wade. The former CEO and owner of defense contractor MZM, Inc., Wade admitted to bribing former California Congressman ââ?¬Å?Dukeââ?¬Â Cunningham as part of a series of guilty pleas to bribery and conspiracy charges Friday. Among the other charges are that Wade attempted to curry favor with Goode, who represents Virginia's 5th District, and with Florida Representatie Katherine Harris, by making illegal campaign contributions. read full story
Louisa Revenue Commissioner wanted 28x
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Feb 24th 9:05pm

Louisa Revenue Commissioner wanted 28x

According to a front page story in today's Daily Progress, the Louisa County Commissioner of Revenue had the nerve to demand $1.6 million for land her own office had assessed for just $55,900. read full story
Free speech for gangs?
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Feb 24th 3:28pm

Free speech for gangs?

Recently, the moniker ââ?¬Å?6NO south sideââ?¬Â turned up on the tarp covering the free speech wall at the east end of the Downtown Mall. So is this the name of a Charlottesville gang? According to Charlottesville police detective, Brian Oââ?¬â?¢Donnell, it is. Oââ?¬â?¢Donnell says itââ?¬â?¢s the name for the gang located in the 6th Street South East, Friendship Court area. read full story
Capital punishment for Maymont’s bears
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Feb 24th 1:43pm

Capital punishment for Maymont’s bears

Anyone who's been to Maymont, the bucolic park, mansion, and petting zoo near the Fan district in Richmond, has likely craned their necks looking to spot the two resident black bears inside their enclosure. Yesterday, both bears were euthanized less than a week after one of them bit a four-year-old boy who had scaled an exterior fence and stuck his hand inside the cage. read full story
Biscuit Run headed to Planners
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Feb 24th 11:08am

Biscuit Run headed to Planners

The gigantic development headed for the farm best known as "Biscuit Run" is headed to the Albemarle Planning Commission on March 7. The work session will explore whether developer Hunter Craig– who recently paid $46.2 million for the 1,365-acre tract on Old Lynchburg Road south of of the Charlottesville City limits can build what he wants. read full story
DMB bails out Live Arts building
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Feb 23rd 6:24pm

DMB bails out Live Arts building

Despite a big Loretta Lynn fundraiser last summer, the building that houses Live Arts and Second Street Gallery still needed to raise $1.1 million to complete its building Campaign, finish portions of the building, and provide maintenance funds. Enter Dave Matthews Band's Bama Works Fund. The band's charitable giving arm, the Fund announced today that it's pledging $550,000 to the building whose formal name is City Center for Contemporary Arts. read full story
Starr Hill gets its groove
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Feb 22nd 4:46pm

Starr Hill gets its groove

Starr Hill Music Hall has developed a great reputation for hosting jam bands. But here comes hip-hop in the form of GZA. In an online exclusive, the Hook interviews GZA. read full story
Big belts to play JPJ Arena
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Feb 22nd 3:11pm

Big belts to play JPJ Arena

The big belts are coming! After years of planning and about $131 million in construction spending, the John Paul Jones Arena will open with... drumroll... World Wrestling Entertainment, formerly known as WWF. But while that's the first event listed on today's press release from SMG Management, the company booking these entertainment riches, spokesperson Anne Hoof says that wrestling is just a taste of what's to come in UVA's new 16,000-seat basketball palace. read full story
i’d rather go swimming
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Feb 22nd 3:02pm

i’d rather go swimming

Charlottesville Parks & Recreation wants to ditch the pools at McIntire, Forest Hills and Meade parks and replace them with much cheaper "spray grounds." City Council approved the re-allocation of $1.85 million in capital funds last night. The public is invited to learn why spray grounds are better for the city than pools. read full story
Alleged bombers won’t be tried as adults
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Feb 22nd 2:07pm

Alleged bombers won’t be tried as adults

Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos calls the charges against the four teens who allegedly plotted to blow up WAHS and Albemarle High "serious"–- but they all will be tried as juveniles March 8. Camblos declined to provide any details about the evidence against them. Police have said they've confiscated two shotguns, three computers and other, undisclosed items. Three of the youths were in court today, and they'll continue to be held in custody while further assessments are made. read full story
Kroboth’s sentencing postponed
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Feb 21st 3:41pm

Kroboth’s sentencing postponed

It'll be nearly three months before masked assailant Kurt Kroboth learns his fate. This morning, Albemarle Circuit Court Judge William Shelton agreed to continue sentencing until May 9 to allow Kroboth time to round up character witnesses and documents in support of a lighter sentence. read full story
Duffy watch
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Feb 20th 4:26pm

Duffy watch

Thursday is NBC29 early morning anchor Beth Duffy's last day. Friday, we might as well sleep in. Oops, Duffy's last day is Thursday, March 2. Enjoy the reprieve. read full story
Biz owners demand 4th St. mall crossing
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Feb 20th 4:07pm

Biz owners demand 4th St. mall crossing

The Downtown Business Association of Charlottesville wants a mall crossing, and it wants it now. Undeterred by the Planning Commission voting down a 4th or 5th Street crossing January 10, the mad merchants will be beseeching City Council to open a 4th Street crossing for a one-year trial run at a City Council public hearing February 21. read full story
Handholding sooths, says UVA psych study
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Feb 20th 3:22pm

Handholding sooths, says UVA psych study

It�s a question that has confounded men throughout the ages: what�s the best way to comfort my wife? Flowers? Understanding conversation? Diamonds? A shopping spree? Well, a new scientific study has the answer: handholding. University of Virginia psychologist Jim Coan tested the brains of 16 wives to see if handholding with their husbands calmed their nerves. Using magnetic resonance imaging, Coan administered a mild but threatening electrical shock to the women�s brains, then measured brain activity when they held their husband�s hand and that of a stranger. read full story
Clare Quilty wraps tens year o’ tunes
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Feb 17th 6:55pm

Clare Quilty wraps tens year o’ tunes

What was once one of Charlottesville's hot up-and-coming bands, Clare Quilty, says it's playing its final show tomorrow night at Starr Hill Music Hall. Signed to the D.C.-based Dcide indie record label and touring occasionally, the band members in recent years have settled down to day jobs. Most notably, perhaps, in the day-job scene is former communist Mike Rodi. read full story
VNB earns nearly $1 million on trusts
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Feb 17th 12:34pm

VNB earns nearly $1 million on trusts

Managing trust accounts, that high-fee business of investing the money of rich people who can't or won't do it themselves, brought Charlottesville-based Virginia National Bank $980,000 in income last year, nearly a third of its overall net earnings of $3,086,000. Further good news for the bank is that loan write-offs amounted to just $11,000 last year, according to the February 15 release from the bank. While the loan-loss amount is nearly double 2004's loan losses of $6,000, both figures are microscopic in the banking world. read full story
4th kid nabbed in alleged bomb plot
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Feb 16th 4:59pm

4th kid nabbed in alleged bomb plot

Albemarle Police arrested another 13-year-old Jack Jouett student yesterday and charged him (or her?) with two felonies in the ever-expanding alleged plan to blow up Albemarle and Western high schools. The youth joins his/her alleged co-conspirators at Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention Center. In addition, the 16-year-old WAHS student has racked up another felony, this one to use an explosive to destroy a schoolhouse. Authorities have yet to release any details about the alleged plan. read full story
Stuck truck highlights Woolen Mills plight
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Feb 16th 12:55pm

Stuck truck highlights Woolen Mills plight

Bill Emory telephoned. The well-known chronicler of life in Central Virginia was outraged. What might at first glance appear to be a simple transport mishap, in Emory's view, is another piece of evidence in an overwhelming indictment against the recent mistreatment of his Woolen Mills neighborhood. read full story
Publicity mounts in 12-step rape case
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Feb 16th 12:33pm

Publicity mounts in 12-step rape case

A story in the February 20 edition of People is the latest in a salvo of publicity in the 21-year old rape case that began at a University of Virginia fraternity house. As first publicly detailed in the Hook, the case erupted January 4 after police arrested the alleged attacker, William Beebe of Los Vegas. Last year, as part of his "12-step" recovery program, Beebe, a recovering alcoholic, had contacted Connecticut-based Liz Seccuro to apologize for the incident. read full story
Piedmont ARC seeks new director
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Feb 16th 12:12pm

Piedmont ARC seeks new director

One of Charlottesville's key non-profits is looking for a new executive director. The ARC of the Piedmont– ARC standing for Association of Retarded Citizens– must find a new leader due to the February 10 resignation of longtime director Christina Delzingaro, who has led the group for 12 years. "I have new opportunities that I will be pursuing,ââ?¬Â Delzingaro said in a release. In the same release, the ARC board chair, Krissy Lasagna, said the board was "reluctantly" accepting the resignation. read full story
Monticello�s Jordan named 2006 Outstanding Virginian
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Feb 15th 2:57pm

Monticello�s Jordan named 2006 Outstanding Virginian

Our own Dan Jordan, head of the Thomas Jefferson Foundation, which owns and operates Monticello, received a standing ovation in the Virginia House and Senate today after Senator Creigh Deeds and Delegate Robert Bell announced his selection as this year�s Outstanding Virginian. Jordan has headed the TJF since 1985, and is no stranger to big awards. He�s also received the U.S. State Department�s Public Service Award�it�s highest to a private citizen�for his contributions to historic preservation. Way to go, Dan! read full story
Tix available for Seinfeld’s nemesis
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Feb 14th 5:16pm

Tix available for Seinfeld’s nemesis

Kathy Griffin, who starred with Brooke Shields in NBC's magazine sitcom Suddenly Susan and later went on win acclaim as the the obnoxious red-headed Jerry-hater on the long-running NBC mega-hit Seinfeld, brings her comedy routine to the Paramount Theater on Thursday, February 16. Surprisingly, the Charlottesville show will be taped for an episode of a new Bravo! network reality series called Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List. read full story
New focus on the tumor-pedophile case
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Feb 14th 11:36am

New focus on the tumor-pedophile case

The case of the male schoolteacher treated at the University of Virginia Medical Center for tumors that seem to have turned him into a pedophile back in the year 2000 is enjoying a new round of publicity. For starters, there's an article on the tragic case in the January/February issue of Legal Affairs magazine. And today, a caller from a London-based documentary film company contacted the Hook for information. read full story
Why Julian Bond skipped Coretta’s funeral
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Feb 13th 2:02pm

Why Julian Bond skipped Coretta’s funeral

Whoda thought that UVA's noted professor Julian Bond, a longtime leader for civil rights, would skip the funeral of that icon of the movement, Coretta Scott King? But skip he did, and he has his reason. It turns out that although the late Mrs. King's own daughter, Bernice King, is a minister there, that the church rallies against gay rights, even going so far as to stage a march through the streets of Atlanta to call for a gay marriage ban. read full story
Bill Emory makes quiet art
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Feb 11th 12:01pm

Bill Emory makes quiet art

With the snow falling, it's easy for photogs to toss up their latest shot of the Rotunda or some sled-wielding kids frolicking amid the flakes. However, there's one blog in town that mixes word and image into what can only be called art. Today's entry is an elegiac comment mixed with an archival pic of a similar dusting. We're not saying this is necessarily great art, but obviously Mr. read full story
Samaritan carrying an ‘Ednam’?
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Feb 11th 11:30am

Samaritan carrying an ‘Ednam’?

You know how every Saturday the Daily Progress puts in its fluff letters– the ones saying "thanks for coming out to the bingo party," "the blood drive was quite a success," and that staple of DP Saturdays, "thanks to the samaritan for returning my wallet"? Well, today's samaritan letter was actually pretty interesting. The author, Timothy S. Mahaffey, is a CSX railroad engineer from Rockbridge County. "I was travelling through your fair city on Jan. 28," he begins. What follows is a peek not only into samaritanism but also railroading. read full story
City council considers ACAC-like rec center
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Feb 10th 2:23pm

City council considers ACAC-like rec center

During a City council session last night, Charlottesville Parks Director Mike Svetz presented three new development options for Charlottesville�s park system. ACAC....eat your heart out! Option 1. Build a 100,000 sq. ft. multi-purpose facility in McIntire Park. read full story
Red jacket alert!
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Feb 10th 11:39am

Red jacket alert!

Storm team 29 is probably delerious with the weather bureau predicting 2" of snow for this Saturday. 100 percent is about as sure as they get. And those who say we're due because we haven't *really* had winter yet can kiss my shovel. 7:23pm update: The City is announcing that the first Public Works crews charged with handling the precipitation will be on duty from 4am Saturday to 4pm. ââ?¬Å?This is likely to be one of the largest storms we will face this winter and crews are being called in to handle the early start to the storm,ââ?¬Â City spokesman Ric Barrick said in a release. read full story
RSWA injects lab bacteria into Ivy landfill
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Feb 9th 3:56pm

RSWA injects lab bacteria into Ivy landfill

This morning at 10:00am the soil beneath the Ivy Landfill received its first injection of a laboratory created bacteria, referred to as "good" bacteria in a Rivanna Solid Waste Authority press release. Designed to purify the contaminated groundwater beneath the landfill, this "pollution-destroying" bacteria, a microbe stain patented by General Electric, will supposedly aid in the decay and eventual destruction of the deadly chemicals present in the groundwater around and beneath the landfill. Yikes, sounds like the beginning of a bad horror movie! read full story
Female V-P nominee to speak
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Feb 9th 3:36pm

Female V-P nominee to speak

Remember Geraldine Ferraro? Well, she's the former Congressperson who once took a shot at becoming America's first female vice-president. And she's coming here. While the 1984 Democratic ticket (led by Walter Mondale) collapsed under the Reagan reelection landslide, Ferraro made history as America's first and only would-be veep. read full story
Extras needed for ââ?¬Ë?Evanââ?¬â?¢ movie
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Feb 9th 2:32pm

Extras needed for ââ?¬Ë?Evanââ?¬â?¢ movie

Evan Almighty,ââ?¬Â the major motion picture to be filmed in the Charlottesville area, needs extras. An open casting call takes place this Saturday, February 25th 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm and again on Sunday, February 26th 10am-1pm, 2pm-6pm, at Carver Recreational Center at 423 4th Street, NW. The film is a follow up to the hit comedy ââ?¬Å?Bruce Almighty.ââ?¬Â Newly elected to read full story
Apprentice Pinkett speaks tonight
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Feb 9th 1:59pm

Apprentice Pinkett speaks tonight

Donald Trump's current "apprentice," the big winner from the NBC television show by that name will speak tonight at UVA. He is Randal D. Pinkett, and he's a high-tech entrepreneur who grew up in New Jersey, graduated summa cum laude from Rutgers University and was the first African-American from his alma mater to receive a Rhodes Scholarship. The 34-year-old, now holding five degrees, speaks tonight on "Black Intellectual Entrepreneurship: Bridging the Digital Divide." The event takes place at 7pm at Old Cabell Hall.–posted by Hawes Spencer read full story
Finally, a new supe!
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Feb 8th 4:05pm

Finally, a new supe!

Today, the Charlottesville City School Board has voted. And the winner is... Rosa Atkins of Midlothian, Virginia. She's the new Superintendent of Charlottesville City Schools. Currently the Assistant Superintendent of Schools in 4000-student Caroline County, Atkins has ten years as a classroom teacher, three years as an assistant principal, six years as a principal, and two years each in the roles of Director of Leadership Development, Director of Instruction and Assistant Superintendent. read full story
Monticello says watch yer car
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Feb 6th 3:09pm

Monticello says watch yer car

The folks at TJ's house say that too many people are parking on the shoulders of Route 53 to use the swanky new park/parkway. So stop that! The nice people at Monticello say that they plan to build a whopper of a parking lot, so that might eventually ameliorate the problemo. By the way, The quick brown fox jumped over the lazy dogs. Did you know that sentence contains every letter in the alphabet. Vive la France. And did you know that Monticello has just finished renovating an old kitchen and an old stove. How's that for success! read full story
Three teens snared in Columbine-style probe
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Feb 3rd 5:45pm

Three teens snared in Columbine-style probe

Local authorities say that three local students were plotting some sort of Columbine-style attack. At a hastily called press conference downtown today, the Albemarle police chief and the new County school superintendent said they took the alleged plot seriously. Update February 9: Journalist Lisa Provence has some details in the Hook. read full story