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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
It's a wrap: Scenes from the 25th Virginia Film Fest
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Nov 6th 11:22am

It's a wrap: Scenes from the 25th Virginia Film Fest

The badge-wearing moviegoers and filmmakers have cleared out of town and the curtain has gone down on the November 1-4 Virginia Film Festival, with all signs pointing to another record year for the 25th moviethon. Over 100 films were screened, and by 7pm Sunday, publicist John Kelly said 39 films had sold out, topping last year's record. read full story
Libertarian reminder in Crozet
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Nov 6th 9:44am

Libertarian reminder in Crozet

Amid the Romney, Obama, Kaine, Allen, Hurt and Douglass signs at Crozet Elementary on Election Day were two for a candidate we almost had forgotten is on the ballot: former New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party standard-bearer Gary Johnson. Signage was not spotted for another presidential candidate– former 5th District congressman Virgil Goode, who is representing the Constitution Party and vying with Johnson and the Green Party's Jill Stein for third place on the ballot. read full story
Good-bye, Carmello's; Hello Mex... and meals tax hike?
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Nov 5th 4:31pm

Good-bye, Carmello's; Hello Mex... and meals tax hike?

Last February, Carmello's, the venerable Italian restaurant that was located for 19 years at its familiar Emmet Street location next to the EconoLodge, moved to Fontaine Avenue into the former site of Ludwig's Schnitzelhouse and Arirang Restaurant. At the time, owner Bill Hedges, along with his head chef wife Stella, was excited about the possibilities, given the space was three times the size of the old restaurant. read full story
Preparing for the next whopper
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Nov 5th 3:04pm
Prelim waived: Crozet mom in court in attempted murder
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Nov 5th 2:00pm

Prelim waived: Crozet mom in court in attempted murder

In her first courtroom appearance since her arrest for the alleged attempted murder of her husband by insulin injection, Theresa Brady, bound by shackles and wearing a red jailhouse jumpsuit, was briefly in Albemarle Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court November 5. Related stories Foxchase nightmare: Crozet mom allegedly tries to poison husband read full story
Horsin' around: Crowds converge on Montpelier Hunt Races
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Nov 5th 11:22am

Horsin' around: Crowds converge on Montpelier Hunt Races

When it comes to steeplechase races, Foxfield, held twice a year since 1978, may be the best known around Charlottesville. But the Montpelier Hunt Races, held the first Saturday in November at the historic estate of President James Madison, have a much longer tradition, dating back to 1934 when Marion DuPont Scott held the first event on the front lawn of the Orange County home her father purchased in 1901. On Saturday, November 3, thousands descended on the scenic estate, located about 30 minutes north of Charlottesville, for tailgating, kiddie fun, and, of course, horse racing. read full story
What will you do if your candidate loses?
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Nov 5th 10:19am
Flex time: Raise (and lower) the speed limits
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Nov 5th 5:05am

Flex time: Raise (and lower) the speed limits

By Greg Beato In the wide open plains of central Texas, a new addition to State Highway 130 has just opened for business with a compelling marketing hook: Its speed limit of 85 MPH is the highest in America. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 8 and beyond
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Nov 4th 9:09am
All the president's men: Woodward and Bernstein tell all
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Nov 3rd 11:28am

All the president's men: Woodward and Bernstein tell all

Forty years after a bungled burglary of the Democratic National Committee headquarters brought the term "Watergate" into the national lexicon, the two men most responsible for taking down a presidency appeared at the Virginia Film Festival following a screening of the movie based on their book, All the President's Men. read full story
'Tis the season
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Nov 3rd 1:10am

'Tis the season

JMU student John Geary decided that as long as he had the sign and costume, he'd exercise his first amendment rights in Charlottesville on the corner favored by protesters in front of the U.S. District Court. Photographed around 9:30am November 2. read full story
Grave discovery: Dig uncovers forgotten UVA resting place
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Nov 2nd 4:48pm

Grave discovery: Dig uncovers forgotten UVA resting place

As novelist William Kennedy's main character in his novel Ironweed–- cemetery worker Francis Phelan–- observes, "the dead, even more than the living, settled down in neighborhoods." Related: Tiny modern nod: Shadowy plan honors slaves' history Grave matter: South Lawn remains to be seen read full story
Poll position: Tight race puts prof policies in spotlight
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Nov 2nd 10:43am

Poll position: Tight race puts prof policies in spotlight

With just days to go before the Presidential election, new information released by the State Board of Elections suggests that getting to the polls in Virginia on Election Day may be more important than ever. Just four days ago, the Board reported that the absentee voting rate was actually 30 percent lower compared to the same time in 2008. read full story
The slumbering herd
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Nov 2nd 10:20am

The slumbering herd

Pre-Halloween, a Georgia Power security guard babysits a herd of bucket trucks slumbering in the parking lot of the defunct Azalea Mall just off I-95 on the north side of Richmond. I did not ask where the herd was headed, where were the drivers, or how they bill for their subcontracting work. But since a Dominion Virginia Power V-P announced that the company would be recruiting subs from the South in advance of the Frankenstorm, Hurricane Sandy, it's a pretty safe bet who invited them here.~ read full story
Sisson's vision: Radio saves the video stars
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Nov 2nd 5:05am

Sisson's vision: Radio saves the video stars

When making independent films is your passion, but making them profitable gets harder and harder, what do you do? If you're Albemarle resident Barry Sisson, producer of several pictures including 2003's critically acclaimed The Station Agent, you find a way to get more people watching. That's the idea behind the Indie Film Minute, the business that Sisson launched last year to steer moviegoers toward small-budget art films through short radio spots. read full story
Two former guvs: Kaine and Warner push for Senate
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Nov 1st 4:23pm

Two former guvs: Kaine and Warner push for Senate

Former governors Tim Kaine and Mark Warner stopped by Democratic headquarters on the Downtown Mall November 1 in a home-stretch push to elect Kaine to the U.S. Senate. "In five days now, he'll be the great new junior senator," said Senator Warner. "Even if I have to hear junior all the time, we'll be a great team," said Kaine. Kaine urged the party faithful crammed into and spilling out of the campaign headquarters to convert undecideds to the Democratic ticket. "It's going to be really close," he said. read full story
Gearing up: Stonefield readies for sports store and more
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Nov 1st 4:15pm

Gearing up: Stonefield readies for sports store and more

The first store– Pier One Imports– opened Friday, November 2 at the Shops at Stonefield. Trader Joe's and the Regal theater will follow in the next few weeks, but it will be six months before the full complement of shops welcome customers. And while most of the spaces may already be leased, Stonefield management isn't yet spilling the beans on all the businesses moving in. read full story
Photo attachment: Have memories slipped away with pictures?
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Nov 1st 4:04pm

Photo attachment: Have memories slipped away with pictures?

I’ve been dreading the phone call. It came this morning. Not good news. I have to keep reminding myself: Nobody has a tumor. Nobody’s sick. There’s no funeral to attend.And still, I want to howl. I want sympathy. Most of all, I want my photographs back. All of them.Mere days ago, I was wondering whether I should replace my external hard drive, the one that hums comfortingly next to my keyboard, the one housing all nineteen thousand of my family photographs. read full story
Rosy fall? Recent reports suggest happy trend
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Nov 1st 5:05am

Rosy fall? Recent reports suggest happy trend

New reports, released just a few weeks ago, indicate that the Charlottesville-Albemarle real estate market is showing signs of recovery. For instance, the third quarter report from Nest Realty cites declining inventory and decreasing prices as key factors affecting recovery on a local level; and with current housing inventory figures lower now than they’ve been in the past seven years, there appears to be valid cause for optimism. read full story
Third time's the charm in Blue Springs
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Nov 1st 5:05am

Third time's the charm in Blue Springs

7/19/12    Albemarle Sarah H. & David I. Berg to Clarence O. Smith, 1192 Rose Arbor Court, $148,500            Thomas L. & Suzanne C. Pace to Ian B. & Ashley E. L. Muir, 1219 Chatham Ridge, $197,200 Moises Loredo & Carol Loredo Alvarez to Terwin Mortgage Trust 2007-6ALT, 1608 Townwood Court, $200,683 James Wesley Clark to Linda G. Bowling, 1043 Bristlecone Lane, $209,500    read full story
In the clouds: Cloud Atlas confounds and delights
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Nov 1st 2:33am

In the clouds: Cloud Atlas confounds and delights

Even as I was watching Cloud Atlas the first time, I knew I would need to see it again. Now that I've seen it the second time, I know I'd like to see it a third time — but I no longer believe repeated viewings will solve anything. To borrow Churchill's description of Russia, "it is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma." It fascinates in the moment. It's getting from one moment to the next that is tricky. read full story
Slamdancer: Indie mensch Mirvish reveals secret society
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Oct 31st 3:50pm

Slamdancer: Indie mensch Mirvish reveals secret society

Dan Mirvish is getting the check-engine light on his minivan checked in Los Angeles as he's speaking with a reporter, a seemingly mainstream activity for a filmmaker known as a subversive. Mirvish co-founded the anarchic alternative to the Sundance Film Festival– Slamdance– after he and three other filmmakers weren't accepted at the Park City-based festival in 1995, and to this day Slamdance continues to share the same time and location with Sundance. read full story
Property auctions
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Oct 31st 3:43pm

Property auctions

November 1 at 10am at Charlottesville Circuit Court Property: 1214 Monticello Road Debtor: Progressive Ventures LLC Original amount owing: unknown Bidder brings: 10 percent sale price Info: Richard E. Biemiller 757-497-6633 read full story
Historians expect deference on TJ's cruelty
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Oct 31st 3:11pm

Historians expect deference on TJ's cruelty

To back up her accusation that I have misled my readers, Cinder Stanton refers darkly, and very vaguely, to truncated quotations, twisted chronology, unnamed misinterpretations. What are they? I have not misled anyone; nor did I ever think of myself as a prosecutor. [November 1 letter: "Wiencek misled readers on Jefferson's record"] I have presented information taken directly from the documents, and I stand by my interpretations. read full story
Food explosion: Stonefield's six restaurants aim to draw diners
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Oct 31st 11:18am

Food explosion: Stonefield's six restaurants aim to draw diners

"It looks like it's almost open!" squeals a caller to the Hook office this week, and without asking, we knew she could only be referring to one thing: Trader Joe's at The Shops at Stonefield, the 256,000-square foot upscale development that's nearing completion and will soon be home to a Regal stadium-seating megaplex, a variety of upscale shops, and no less than six new restaurants ranging from Tex Mex to burgers to Mediterranean food. read full story
Aw, back to politics
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Oct 31st 11:16am
Election 2012
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Oct 31st 11:12am

Election 2012

If Romney/Ryan supporters need cheering up, a happy place for a drive would be U.S. Route 360 through King William and King and Queen Counties. People in this region make their own signs. This one is near a census-designated place called Central Garage, in King William County. Population 1318.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events November 1 and beyond
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Oct 31st 9:09am
The week in review
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Oct 31st 9:04am

The week in review

Bigger than the 2012 election: Hurricane Sandy puts politicking on hold and has the Eastern Seaboard braced for a perfect (Franken)storm, the behavior of which meteorologists call "unprecedented." read full story
Franken... weenies: Did Charlottesville-area schools overreact to storm?
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Oct 30th 6:12pm

Franken... weenies: Did Charlottesville-area schools overreact to storm?

With New York City subways and boroughs flooded, millions without power and at least 16 people dead, no one's saying Frankenstorm Sandy wasn't a terrifying monster weather event– for the northeast. But here in Charlottesville and Albemarle, less than two inches of rain fell over 48 hours, not a single road closure resulted from the storm, and power outages were limited to a pocket of households mostly in the Crozet area. And yet county and city public schools were closed Tuesday for the second day. read full story
This property condemned: Marc Singer goes house hunting
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Oct 30th 1:42pm

This property condemned: Marc Singer goes house hunting

Actor Marc Singer’s roles have varied wildly. He has co-starred in period dramas like Roots: The New Generations. In TV’s V, he battled aliens. In the title role in The Beastmaster, he ruled the animal kingdom. And Singer, an avid Shakespeare aficionado, is particularly proud of his performance as Petruchio in The Taming of the Shrew. read full story
En garde: Carradine offers 'shocking' details from 'The Duellists'
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Oct 30th 12:59pm

En garde: Carradine offers 'shocking' details from 'The Duellists'

In The Duellists, a French Hussar (Keith Carradine) insults a fellow soldier (Harvey Keitel) during the Napoleonic Wars. For years afterward, they engage in a series of brutal duels, driven by the injured party’s fanatical sense of honor.   The 1977 film marked a major star turn for Carradine, as well as the directorial debut of Ridley Scott, who went on to make the now-classic Blade Runner.   read full story
HMS Bounty: Nellysford man rescued from sinking ship
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Oct 30th 12:22pm

HMS Bounty: Nellysford man rescued from sinking ship

The Coast Guard plucked 14 people from the sea October 29 near an area known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic after the tall-ship HMS Bounty took on water and sank in heavy seas stirred up by Hurricane Sandy about 90 miles southeast of Hatteras, North Carolina . Nellysford resident Chris Barksdale, 56, who does business as the Honey-Do Handyman, was among those rescued. The Coast Guard recovered the body of crew member Claudene Christian, 42. Captain Robin Walbridge, 63, is missing. read full story
Kirk departs: Contribs to politicians exceeded gifts to UVA
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Oct 30th 10:01am

Kirk departs: Contribs to politicians exceeded gifts to UVA

Billionaire Randal J. Kirk, member of the "Forbes 400" and one of the key opponents of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan, has left the Board of Visitors with a terse resignation letter submitted to Governor Bob McDonnell. "I am honored to have served," Kirk tells McDonnell in his October 18 letter. "However, as I now reside in Florida, it is not practical for me to continue in this role." read full story
Festival origins: Founder Patricia Kluge tells how it all began
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Oct 30th 2:39am

Festival origins: Founder Patricia Kluge tells how it all began

On the 25th anniversary of the Virginia Film Festival, Patricia Kluge and former Governor Gerald Baliles both are being honored for its founding. According to Kluge, however, someone else first floated the idea of a film festival in Charlottesville. read full story
One-man band: McElwee persists in first-person documentary
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Oct 30th 2:06am

One-man band: McElwee persists in first-person documentary

In the mid-1980s, filmmaker Ross McElwee considered shooting a documentary about General Sherman’s march through the South. And he did shoot a documentary following Sherman’s trail, but in wholly unexpected ways. McElwee’s Sherman’s March became a droll account of his own romantic misfires, everyday upsets, and encounters with distinctly Southern characters. The 1986 film’s intensely intimate style arose from McElwee’s one-man band approach. The participant in the upcoming Virginia Film Festival was the film’s protagonist, narrator, and entire crew. read full story
What's the worst natural disaster?
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Oct 29th 5:09pm
Rogue cinema: Boyd Tinsley makes film you can feel
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Oct 29th 1:40pm

Rogue cinema: Boyd Tinsley makes film you can feel

For violinist Boyd Tinsley, it's always about the music– even when the medium is the movies. In films like Star Wars, Psycho, and North by Northwest, the music creates the tension, says Tinsley. "That's what I love about them. I may not remember the plot. I listen from an emotional sense. I listen from the way I feel." So when the Dave Matthews Band member decided to embark on making a film, the music came first. read full story