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UVA cancels: Yet only half an inch of rain so far
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Oct 29th 9:10am

UVA cancels: Yet only half an inch of rain so far

The University of Virginia, the institution famous for soldiering on in the face of blizzards and ice storms, has joined notoriously jittery transport directors of the Charlottesville and Albemarle public school systems by canceling classes on Monday, the day when the first tentacles of what's being called the "Frankenstorm" have barely reached Central Virginia. Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has canceled her 5:30pm appearance at UVA's Miller Center, another manifestation of the widespread panic over a late-season storm called Hurricane Sandy. read full story
Fat kid: Lillard's directing debut rules the world
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Oct 28th 1:36pm

Fat kid: Lillard's directing debut rules the world

Some people recognize Matthew Lillard from Scream. Others know him from Scooby-Doo. Sitting in the airport in Dallas on the day he's talking to a reporter, someone tells him they just saw him in SLC Punk. One role in which he hasn't been recognized– yet– is as a director, and that's the one that's bringing him to Charlottesville. The movie is Fat Kid Rules the World, and Lillard is candid about what brought him to direct the K.L. Going novel. read full story
Flick picks: What local filmmakers want to see
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Oct 28th 1:20am

Flick picks: What local filmmakers want to see

The curtain is getting ready to rise on the 25th Virginia Film Festival, and there's the recurrent problem: what to see? Sometimes, it's simply too much to weed through more than 100 films for the optimal film festival experience. And festival director Jody Kielbasa takes a fiendish delight in forcing moviegoers to make the hard choices when two or more screenings you want to see are on at the same time. read full story
Emergency storm resources and phone numbers
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Oct 27th 12:59pm

Emergency storm resources and phone numbers

No shelters open: Local officials have not opened any storm shelters. We erroneously reported that the opening of an Emergency Communications Center as a shelter. Sorry! read full story
Soak and chill: 'Frankenstorm' to start wetting Charlottesville Sunday
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Oct 27th 12:58pm

Soak and chill: 'Frankenstorm' to start wetting Charlottesville Sunday

Hurricane Sandy, swirling over the Atlantic Ocean, may not truly become the "Frankenstorm" until it strikes the Eastern Seaboard on Tuesday, but Charlottesville may start feeling its pre-Halloween winds and rainfall on the evening of Sunday, October 28. Emergency resources –>click here read full story
103 strong: Scottsville's Thacker celebrates 103rd birthday
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Oct 26th 3:08pm

103 strong: Scottsville's Thacker celebrates 103rd birthday

By Bill Tucker Two hundred and sixty-seven years ago, before there was a Charlottesville or a Washington, DC, there was a Scottsville, Virginia. Through the years, the town has had more than its share of problems, but it has always bounced back, and one man has done more than his share to help. His name is Raymon Thacker. He began on City Council in 1941 and served as mayor from 1966 to 1996. He celebrated his 103rd birthday on October 14. read full story
'Hard' sell: Virginia cider gets a week of its own
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Oct 26th 7:57am

'Hard' sell: Virginia cider gets a week of its own

Hard cider has become big business. How big? Vermont based Woodchuck Cider, the country's biggest producer, was purchased this week by Dublin-based cider giant C&C Group for a whopping $305 million. Woodchuck's Vermont Hard Cider brand, according to the company, reported a $10 million profit last year, and that is expected to leap to $15 million this year.  read full story
Ryan's run: Republicans rally at Crutchfield HQ
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Oct 25th 10:07pm

Ryan's run: Republicans rally at Crutchfield HQ

The last time Republicans drew a top party member here was in 1991, when then-vice president Dan Quayle came to boost GOP support for George Allen. It's a sign of how closely contested Virginia is that vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan came to the often blue-leaning Charlottesville area October 25 to rally the local troops for the November election. read full story
Bad lab? Meningitis firm sent meds to Charlottesville
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Oct 25th 4:33pm

Bad lab? Meningitis firm sent meds to Charlottesville

Some drugs from the Massachusetts-based company blamed for causing a meningitis outbreak that has killed at least 24 people have turned up in Charlottesville. According to the federal Food and Drug Administration, drugs from the New England Compounding Center, located in Framingham, have made their way to local facilities, including the University of Virginia Medical Center.  read full story
Pole on Park
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Oct 25th 2:40pm

Pole on Park

A utility pole felled by a vehicular crash had Park Street closed for a while shortly before 2pm on Wednesday, October 25. read full story
Breaking silence: Dumler to fight charge, stay on Board
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Oct 25th 11:17am

Breaking silence: Dumler to fight charge, stay on Board

Breaking a self-imposed silence, but speaking only through a brief publicist's statement, embattled Albemarle County Supervisor Christopher Dumler vows to stay on the Board and fight the forcible sodomy charge that sent him to jail for two nights. Previously: Dumler arrested: County Supervisor charged with forcible sodomy read full story
25th time's the charm: An exuberant eye for the Film Festival
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Oct 25th 10:27am

25th time's the charm: An exuberant eye for the Film Festival

The 25th annual Virginia Film Festival will take place November 1-4.  I have been blessed to watch it from the beginning. On October 27th, 1988, The Virginia Festival of American Film opened in Charlottesville.  It was a wonderful birthday present for this native film buff which promised classic films, recent rarities, and premieres. Not only that, but attendees could also interact with actors, directors, producers, screenwriters, documentarians, etc. read full story
Living in the shadow: As Samantha Clarke's family mourns, a suspect claims police harassment
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Oct 25th 10:04am

Living in the shadow: As Samantha Clarke's family mourns, a suspect claims police harassment

Every day brings fresh torment for Barbara Tinder. "I keep expecting her to walk in the door," says the 37-year-old town of Orange resident, who has spent the last two years anguished over the disappearance of her teenaged daughter, Samantha Clarke, who was last seen in September 2010. read full story
Cool quotient factor in Fry's Spring sale
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Oct 25th 5:05am

Cool quotient factor in Fry's Spring sale

7/13/12 Albemarle            Shiflett Farm LLC to NVR, Inc., 517 Jonna Street, $100,000            Octopus Property LLC to Lucian P. & Olwen M. Fabiano, 320 Riverbend Drive, Unit 1B, $115,000            Charles M. Tyler to Federal National Mortgage Association, 1358 Villa Way, Unit B, $151,307            read full story
Not the department chair
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Oct 25th 1:44am

Not the department chair

Jacqueline Jones' title at the University of Texas was incorrectly stated in last week's "Mr. Jefferson's greed: New book challenges image of reluctant slaveholder." She holds two chairs in the history department. read full story
Wiencek misled readers on Jefferson's record
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Oct 24th 7:23pm

Wiencek misled readers on Jefferson's record

As the “recently retired” Monticello historian who had “no comment” in Lisa Provence’s cover story [October 18: “Mr. Jefferson’s greed"], I’m moved to speak.  I declined to comment because I had not yet read Henry Wiencek’s Master of the Mountain. I’ve now read excerpts in the October issue of Smithsonian magazine as well as related sections of the book. read full story
Property auctions
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Oct 24th 1:27pm

Property auctions

  October 30 at noon at the Albemarle Courthouse Property: 9099 Dick Woods Road, Afton Debtor: Ashton R. Critzer Original amount owing: $309,600 Bidder brings: $21,600 Info: Nectar Projects 540-751-1260 read full story
Have you ever been accused of something?
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Oct 23rd 5:04pm
Head of state: Springsteen rocks Pavilion for Obama
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Oct 23rd 4:25pm

Head of state: Springsteen rocks Pavilion for Obama

At an event that was a political rally and a concert, rock superstar Bruce Springsteen fired up the mostly pro-Obama crowd with acoustic versions of "No Surrender," "The Promised Land," a funny Obama campaign song he wrote, "We Take Care of Our Own," and "Thunder Road."   Democratic candidate for senate Tim Kaine introduced the Boss, saying "Thunder Road" by this "guy from New Jersey" was the best song he'd ever heard when he was a 17-year old kid growing up in the Midwest. Springsteen would sing the song for Kaine at the end of the show, and wish him good luck.  read full story
Pretty Keen: Huguely gets Level 4 prison in southwest VA
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Oct 23rd 4:11pm

Pretty Keen: Huguely gets Level 4 prison in southwest VA

Convicted girlfriend-killer George Wesley Huguely V has been transferred to a high-security state prison in the far southwestern corner of the state. According to state Corrections Department spokesperson Larry Traylor, the former UVA student, convicted earlier this year in the 2010 beating death of fellow student Yeardley Love, was transferred to Keen Mountain Correctional Center on October 15. read full story
From Russia with love: New restaurant/nightclub comes to Preston
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Oct 23rd 1:46pm

From Russia with love: New restaurant/nightclub comes to Preston

Attempts to revive the former Outback Lodge location on Preston Avenue seem to have been going on ever since the former roadhouse/restaurant closed in 2009. For a brief time, it was a place called Deuces Lounge, a restaurant and music joint that the owner predicted would be "the gem of Charlottesville." Now some new dreamers have taken over the space and turned it into a Russian/Turkish restaurant and late-night club called M&M Lounge and Restaurant.  read full story
The week in review
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Oct 23rd 11:31am

The week in review

Biggest bombshell: Albemarle Supervisor Christopher Dumler, who represents the Scottsville district, is arrested for forcible sodomy October 18. read full story
Avett Brothers: Young and not in the way
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Oct 23rd 10:34am

Avett Brothers: Young and not in the way

Just a little over a year after they last performed for a sellout crowd, the Avett Brothers returned to Charlottesville's nTelos Wireless Pavilion on a perfect fall night, Friday the 19th of October. Photographer Milo Farineau brought his camera– and his teenage daughter, Isabelle, to capture the magic. Isabelle conducted this pre-concert interview– available online only– with the brothers: read full story
Smoky welcome
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Oct 23rd 6:25am

Smoky welcome

No shortage of incense amidst the crowd awaiting the October 11 arrival of His Holiness the Dalai Lama along Market Street.~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Can you bear the foliage?
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Oct 23rd 12:13am
No trespassing: Local angler loses fight for Virginia river rights
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Oct 22nd 4:49pm

No trespassing: Local angler loses fight for Virginia river rights

After over two years and tens of thousands of dollars, Charlottesville citizen Dargan Coggeshall's legal fight to preserve fishing rights for Virginia anglers came to an end on October 9 in an Alleghany County courtroom. read full story
Free Springsteen: Boss rocks Obama vote with free concert
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Oct 22nd 1:54pm

Free Springsteen: Boss rocks Obama vote with free concert

A music superstar already in town for an arena show decided to rock the Central Virginia electorate by giving a free Tuesday afternoon solo acoustic concert in the nTelos Wireless Pavilion. read full story
Martin's marker: UVA heralds its most celebrated former slave
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Oct 22nd 12:07pm

Martin's marker: UVA heralds its most celebrated former slave

A new book may be calling out the cruelty of the plantation masters, but one former Monticello resident is getting some decidedly positive publicity this fall. read full story
Busted: after area-wide search, police track down Currier
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Oct 22nd 10:42am

Busted: after area-wide search, police track down Currier

Last Wednesday, October 17, The Albemarle County Police Department called on the public to aid in the search for a criminal wanted on four felony counts, including burglary, grand larceny, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon. The next day, Michael Nelson Currier (photo left) was in custody. read full story
Cavalier developments? UVA buys 199-acre near-town farm
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Oct 22nd 8:56am

Cavalier developments? UVA buys 199-acre near-town farm

After two decades of dealing, a sprawling Charlottesville-area farm recently came into the possession of UVA, practically completing a sort of university-owned western wall around Charlottesville and stoking development concerns in the surrounding neighborhoods. By paying $1.575 million to Foxhaven Farm LLC on July 7, the University of Virginia Foundation finished its purchase of the properties long owned by the late Jane and Henderson Heyward. read full story
FunStuff: Charlottesville events October 25 and beyond
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Oct 21st 8:59am
Counting platinum: After a decade, Crows return to town
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Oct 20th 11:55am

Counting platinum: After a decade, Crows return to town

“You owe your audience a really passionate concert every night, so I want to come out and play my a— off,” says Adam Duritz, front man for Counting Crows, a fixture in the alternative rock scene for almost 20 years. Counting Crows will soon play their first show in Charlottesville since the early '90s.  Counting Crows Sunday October 28nTelos Wireless Pavilion$35-65doors at 5 and show at 6pm read full story
Separate checks? UVA students create Foodio app
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Oct 19th 4:39pm

Separate checks? UVA students create Foodio app

Okay, so maybe this new food ordering app that a couple of twenty-something UVA students came up with doesn't address a major issue, but it does eliminate one annoying thing about eating with friends.  "The idea all started with credit card splitting," says Rory Stolzenberg, a 21-year old UVA fourth-year student who recently founded Foodio (getfoodio.com) with two friends. read full story
Hogan's a hero? President Sullivan and BOV name new COO
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Oct 19th 3:55pm

Hogan's a hero? President Sullivan and BOV name new COO

A business executive with longtime ties to Charlottesville and the University of Virginia has been tapped as the University's new chief operating officer. The announcement of the replacement for short-serving Michael Strine, who resigned unceremoniously in the wake of the president's summertime reinstatement, came Friday after a vote by the Board of Visitors. read full story
Bail set: Dumler must raise $50K and forfeit alcohol
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Oct 19th 1:05pm

Bail set: Dumler must raise $50K and forfeit alcohol

As he did a day earlier, County Supervisor-turned-felony arrestee Christopher Dumler shifted uneasily in his chair and mustered an approximation of a smile as he stared into a video camera at the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail to hear whether he'd win bail in General District Court. Judge William Barkley was presented an agreement by defense and prosecution to let Dumler go free on a $50,000 secured bond. read full story
Fall on the Lawn
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Oct 19th 10:48am

Fall on the Lawn

A recent misty morning gave the UVA Lawn a chance to shine. read full story
Spiraling down: Why the Bypass will wreck Albemarle
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Oct 19th 9:00am

Spiraling down: Why the Bypass will wreck Albemarle

The Taxpayers for Common Sense, in an October report subtitled "Two trillion in common sense cuts to avoid the fiscal cliff," calls the Charlottesville Western Bypass a financial boondoggle:  read full story
Jefferson Street at 8:29am
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Oct 18th 11:25am

Jefferson Street at 8:29am

This is how the street in front of the Albemarle County Courthouse looked at 8:29 this morning, as a reporter waited for the clerk's office to open (to examine a high-profile arrest record). read full story
Dumler arrested: County Supervisor charged with forcible sodomy
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Oct 18th 8:56am

Dumler arrested: County Supervisor charged with forcible sodomy

Self-employed lawyer and Albemarle County supervisor Christopher J. Dumler has been jailed and charged with sexual assault and felony forcible sodomy over an allegation that he performed anal intercourse "against the victim's will by force, threat, or intimidation," according to his October 18 arrest warrant. The incident occurred October 4, according to the warrant, and courtroom testimony indicates that the victim is female. read full story
My list tops your list
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Oct 18th 4:15am

My list tops your list

[Re: October 11 essay: "Power viewing: The 10 best political movies"]: read full story