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Back up: Manual transmission's causing pain
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Aug 22nd 8:36am

Back up: Manual transmission's causing pain

Dear Tom and Ray:        I have painful, incapacitating sciatica on the left side, most likely from constantly engaging the extremely hard clutch in my 2000 Toyota Celica. Have you heard of this association? I'm wondering if the clutch can be adjusted so that it's looser. Or, if not, how should I go about finding an easier-to-clutch used car with manual transmission that is not a lemon or too costly to maintain?— Jill        read full story
Past misdeeds: Can boyfriend's mom make it up?
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Aug 22nd 8:20am

Past misdeeds: Can boyfriend's mom make it up?

Dear Carolyn:      From what my daughter's boyfriend has told me of his childhood, his mom sounds cold, unloving, even borderline abusive. He's quick to reassure me that she's changed since then. But I can't unhear what I've heard.      I know the default is to be cordial when I meet her and give her the benefit of the doubt, but how do I handle it if she puts him down in my presence?— Uncharted Territory read full story
Suffrage's legacy: It's time for women to step up
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Aug 22nd 5:19am
Library with a view: Crozet's new bibliothèque de luxe
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Aug 22nd 3:22am

Library with a view: Crozet's new bibliothèque de luxe

Years in the works before ground was ever broken— and funding found— the new Crozet Library is set to open in a few weeks, and Jefferson Madison Regional Director John Halliday gave the Hook a sneak preview of the brick, stone, wood, and glass facility that's destined to be the town's community center. One reason we can predict that: its size. At 23,000 square feet, it's one of the largest structures in Crozet, and with its conference rooms and multiple meeting rooms that can be reserved by the public for free, even the Hook may be scheduling a meeting there. read full story
The week in review
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Aug 22nd 1:02am

The week in review

Worst rash of muggings: A 21-year-old man is robbed around 2am August 15 at 15th Street NW and Sadler Street, according to a release. The suspects are described as two black males about six feet tall in their 20s. The Newsplex reports that two men are robbed at gunpoint around 9:45pm August 18 in the 200-block of West Main by a suspect described as a black male, 5'9" tall, wearing dark clothing. read full story
Scant evidence? Prosecutors trump Taylor's request for open hearing
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Aug 21st 7:07pm

Scant evidence? Prosecutors trump Taylor's request for open hearing

Anyone hoping to get more information about the evidence prosecutors might be mustering against abduction suspect Randy Allen Taylor would likely feel disappointed after an August 20 ruling closing Taylor's upcoming bond hearing to citizens and media clamoring to learn more about the disappearance of Nelson County teen Alexis Tiara Murphy.Hook legal analyst David Heilberg, however, says he's not surprised that prosecutors in a small community like Nelson, whose population stands below 15,000, would try to shield their hand. read full story
Who shot Greg Rosson? ID of police officer still secret
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Aug 21st 11:40am

Who shot Greg Rosson? ID of police officer still secret

August 16 was Gregory Rosson's 22nd birthday. His family brought flowers, his two dogs, and sang "Happy Birthday" to him— at Prize Hill Cemetery in Boonesville, where he was buried June 14. They also planned a bonfire because that's what he'd said he wanted before he died.   Related stories Family in the dark: Police still mum on who shot Greg Rosson read full story
Taylor's encounters: Aquaintances recall abduction suspect as hearing looms
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Aug 20th 6:44pm

Taylor's encounters: Aquaintances recall abduction suspect as hearing looms

As accused kidnapper Randy Allen Taylor sits in jail issuing protestations of innocence through his attorney, one former friend says the 48-year-old Lovingston resident has a history of getting into trouble— and then getting out of it."He's a very smart individual; he knows how to play the system," says the former friend, who spoke with the Hook on condition of anonymity, and who spent time with Taylor in the late '90s and early 2000s. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Aug 20th 2:22pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

Beauty and femininity are ageless and can't be contrived, and glamour, although the manufacturers won't like this, cannot be manufactured. Not real glamour; it's based on femininity. - Marilyn Monroe Vaudeville vixens come to Charlottesville read full story
Resources for identifying the bad guys
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Aug 15th 11:37pm

Resources for identifying the bad guys

I am writing today to thank you for publishing the thoughtful and well-written essay, “Charm: A pedophile's secret weapon” [July 25 issue] by Janis Jaquith. Seeing this essay in the Hook was much appreciated, as it most certainly helped to increase awareness of this serious issue. read full story
Alibi redux: Taylor points the finger again
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Aug 15th 5:16pm

Alibi redux: Taylor points the finger again

Ten months after he told the Hook he was the victim of an overzealous investigation into missing Orange County teen Samantha Clarke, Randy Allen Taylor seems to be planning a similar defense in the disappearance of 17-year-old Nelson County resident Alexis Murphy. But while authorities on the case are keeping mum, the former lead investigator in the Morgan Harrington case isn't buying the story. read full story
Full steam ahead: New train guide hits all the stops
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Aug 15th 3:34pm

Full steam ahead: New train guide hits all the stops

Can't get enough trains? With the foldable illustrated map, Rail USA: Museums and Trips, Eastern States, rail buffs have a guide of everything train from museums, steam train rides and historic sites to trolley rides, scenic railroads and train exhibits at their fingertips— more than 300 of them on the East Coast alone. read full story
Dog days (and nights) in Orange County
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Aug 15th 2:40pm

Dog days (and nights) in Orange County

By Hilary Holladay The Virginia countryside has its own sounds and rhythms. In Orange County, where I’ve recently moved after five years in Charlottesville, I’m used to the cicadas, the cry of the foxes, the tap-tap of rain on the tin roof. The other evening, though, I heard something that made me pause: light footsteps on the porch, snuffling, a bit of exploring. I wasn’t scared, but since I had seen a bear up in the mountains the week before, I wasn’t going to take any chances. read full story
Last picture show
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Aug 15th 2:14pm

Last picture show

Sunday, Aug. 4, 2100 hrs. Moviegoers approach Vinegar Hill Theatre, one last time. A very different experience than the multi-screen, acres of asphalt Movieplex. Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog.   read full story
Foster disbelief: Elysium soars despite Oscar winner's failure
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Aug 15th 2:07pm

Foster disbelief: Elysium soars despite Oscar winner's failure

By Richard Roper Jodie Foster delivers an unbelievably terrible performance in Elysium.     Maybe the worst acting ever done by a two-time Oscar winner.     A performance so awful I found myself keenly anticipating Foster's next scene to see if she would keep on bringing the dreadful.     I say this as a HUGE fan of Jodie Foster. I'm telling you, it's amazing how bad she is in this movie.     read full story
Crank it up: Could a car start like a lawnmower?
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Aug 15th 1:44pm

Crank it up: Could a car start like a lawnmower?

 Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Corrections
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Aug 15th 1:37pm

Corrections

The August 1 Annual Manual incorrectly identified who put the Vinegar Hill Theatre building up for sale. It was owner Ann Porotti. In that same section, the Hook inadvertently ran an old review of the Carmike Six. We regret the error.  We can't believe we forgot to include one of the newest and most popular restaurants around in the Food Finder section of our August 1 Annual Manual. Shout out to Burton's Grill located in the Shops at Stonefield for providing an upscale atmosphere and fresh, contemporary American cuisine.  read full story
Mom's the word: Sons need to make their own choices
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Aug 15th 1:34pm

Mom's the word: Sons need to make their own choices

Dear Carolyn:      My 18-year-old son recently began his first relationship with a 20-year-old girl. They've been attending community college together and started as friends. He still sees his friends, although he spends the rest of his time either texting, Skyping, watching TV remotely online, or spending time in person with her.      read full story
Road kill: VDOT spraying ignites controversy
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Aug 15th 12:05pm

Road kill: VDOT spraying ignites controversy

The controversy over the Virginia Department of Transportation’s plan to spray herbicide on Albemarle County roadsides continues to churn as the spraying dates— August 26 and 27— loom closer. Leading the fight against the chemical herbicides is Albemarle County Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Ann Mallek, who is pushing county residents to opt out, citing a lack of research into the chemicals used and their possible adverse effects on human health and the environment. read full story
New winery springs forth
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Aug 15th 11:41am

New winery springs forth

Less than a year old, Meriwether Springs Vineyard may be Charlottesville’s newest winery, but so far, it is shaping up to be one of the most promising. Resting on 40 beautiful acres, the property boasts a vineyard, tasting room, event center for weddings and corporate retreats and hiking trails. It also has a special historical significance as part of explorer Meriwether Lewis’ original estate. But if the property itself is unique, the family behind it is even more singular. read full story
New life: Carmike Cinema finds market niche
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Aug 15th 9:48am

New life: Carmike Cinema finds market niche

Sometimes the Hook blows it, and when that happens, we try to do everything we can to correct that mistake. So, after accidentally publishing an outdated review of the Carmike theater in our Annual Manual, we decided to check it out for ourselves. We were impressed. The bright marquee lights on the front of the Carmike Cinemas behind Albemarle Square are enticing, but it’s the sign below the lights that has been steadily drawing moviegoers since last November. “All seats, all shows $1.50.” read full story
The week in review
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Aug 15th 9:08am

The week in review

Worst spate of muggings: A 51-year-old man is beaten and suffers a broken arm and black eye in an attempted robbery around 5:30am August 10 on East Market near Lee Park, NBC29 reports. The suspects are described as two black males in their 20s. read full story
On set at Stonefield: They built it, but will people come?
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Aug 15th 8:40am

On set at Stonefield: They built it, but will people come?

Around noon on a recent Thursday there wasn't a soul walking the pedestrian-friendly sidewalks at The Shops at Stonefield on Route 29, the major county development that opened for business last year. Indeed, a Hook reporter was the only person walking the sidewalks. Nearby, the parking lot for Trader Joe's and Pier 1 Imports was only a quarter full. read full story
Intent to harass: Stalker pleads guilty to fake Craigslist sex ads
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Aug 14th 1:30pm

Intent to harass: Stalker pleads guilty to fake Craigslist sex ads

The former Library of Congress film preservationist, whose fake ads on Craigslist sent more than 100 men seeking sex to his ex-girlfriend's house, pleaded guilty to three felony counts August 12 in U.S. District Court. read full story
Where are they? Two missing girls, one suspect
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Aug 13th 5:42pm

Where are they? Two missing girls, one suspect

Last fall, a seemingly outraged citizen walked into the Hook office portraying himself as the victim of an allegedly overzealous missing person investigation. The man talked of getting pushed out of his job and his home by dubious investigative methods that convinced even a judge he'd been unfairly tracked. Ten months after that interview, the disappearance of another young Central Virginia woman has renewed the specter of horror and brought fresh scrutiny to his claims. read full story
Bear Witness: Jackson Landers learns first hand that Virginia is bear central— and they taste good
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Aug 8th 5:38pm

Bear Witness: Jackson Landers learns first hand that Virginia is bear central— and they taste good

By Jackson Landers The growl of my truck engine rose an octave as I shifted gears to climb a hill and then began making my way around a bend. The twisty road in the woods of Central Virginia was dappled with late-afternoon sunlight. My mind was on what I would make for dinner— I wondered whether I had any sour cream— until I came around the bend and saw an SUV stopped in the middle of the road. I slammed on my brakes and squealed to a stop. read full story
Scary and cute: Local children's book author sinks teeth into success
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Aug 8th 3:10pm

Scary and cute: Local children's book author sinks teeth into success

Clad in pink pajamas and perched on the edge of her seat, children’s book author Anne Marie Pace looked every bit as eager to read her new book aloud as the children seated before her were to hear it. Her voice laced with exaggerated anticipation, Pace read Vampirina Ballerina and its new sequel, Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, to young audiences July 25 at the Foundations Child Care Center in Charlottesville. read full story
Community rallies: Barrett Early Learning Center stays open
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Aug 8th 1:39pm

Community rallies: Barrett Early Learning Center stays open

Less than a week after the Barrett Early Learning Center on Ridge Street announced plans to close after 78 years in business, the community rallied and the child care center that serves a diverse clientele will stay open. "We're just thrilled," says Kim Lauter, a mother of three children who've attended Barrett and a newly minted board member. A meeting held Tuesday, July 30, was attended by between 50 and 60 people, Lauter says, and by show of hands, those in attendance expressed a unanimous desire to find a way to keep Barrett running. read full story
Taste of India replaces Henry's, Carmello's re-opens
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Aug 8th 1:13pm

Taste of India replaces Henry's, Carmello's re-opens

Sometime during the second week of August, restaurant owner Assok Kunver plans to bring in an entirely new staff during the grand opening of his fourth restaurant of the Taste of India chain, this one below Vita Nova on the Downtown Mall. “It’s a family run business, and most of the people working there will be from India and Nepal,” says Kamal Khatri, Kunver's nephew and future manager of the new restaurant. read full story
Save the earth? Save yourself.
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Aug 8th 11:15am

Save the earth? Save yourself.

by Jeff FeldmanI’ve grown weary of the whole “Save the Earth” movement. This may seem like blasphemy, coming from an avowed tree hugger, but it’s true. When asked to give green presentations to community groups, my hosts often suggest titles with a theme of protecting the planet. It’s a false premise and it’s become tiresome. The truth is our remarkably resilient Mother Earth is going to be just fine. It is we who are in need of saving. read full story
Blind Date Challenge: Bari and Scott
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Aug 8th 11:01am

Blind Date Challenge: Bari and Scott

Hosted by Rapture read full story
The week in review
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Aug 8th 10:01am

The week in review

First admission that the ABC screwed up: ABC commissioner Sandra Canada says the April arrest of a UVA student buying water at Harris Teeter has "embarrassed" the agency, "all because of the poor judgment of six agents in that one incident," K. Burnell Evans reports in the Daily Progress. read full story
Cross it off: Don't do "To Do List"
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Aug 8th 8:20am

Cross it off: Don't do "To Do List"

By Richard Roeper It's official: The 1990s are the olden days. Set in 1993, wallpapered with the music of Mazzy Star, 2 Live Crew and Gin Blossoms, filled with references to Home Improvement, three-day rentals of movies on VHS, Clinton/Gore, "electronic mail" and the dubious fashion choices of the era, The To Do List has all the cues down pat, but never really seems authentically of its time.     read full story
Porsche pride: Is old luxury ride worth the risk?
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Aug 8th 8:04am

Porsche pride: Is old luxury ride worth the risk?

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Beck and call: It's time for friendship boundaries
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Aug 8th 7:56am

Beck and call: It's time for friendship boundaries

Dear Carolyn:      I have a friend who has a meltdown about twice or three times a week. I've become her go-to person because we are in the same profession. I've reviewed cover letters, resumes, job applications, prepared her for interviews, given her career advice, and been her shoulder to cry on whenever she feels like the demands of our profession are crushing her. When I was going through this myself, I didn't have anyone to turn to. I feel it is my duty to help my friend.       read full story
Missing teen: Search continues for Alexis Tiara Murphy
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Aug 7th 5:00pm

Missing teen: Search continues for Alexis Tiara Murphy

Relatives of missing Nelson County teenager Alexis Tiara Murphy pleaded for the public's assistance at an afternoon press conference on August 7, four days after the 17-year-old vanished and just one day after her white Nissan Maxima was found in the Carmike movie theater parking lot, less than a mile from the store where she worked. "We really have got to get her home," said Alexis' aunt, Angela Taylor, urging anyone with information to contact law enforcement. "Our family is struggling with this," said Taylor, speaking through tears read full story
Out of the gate: Glenmore fields supe candidates
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Aug 7th 3:26pm

Out of the gate: Glenmore fields supe candidates

A special election to fill Chris Dumler's seat on the Board of Supervisors could signal a shift within the Scottsville District and give new clout to Albemarle County's largest gated community. Republican Cindi Burket and Democrat Jane Dittmar both announced their candidacies last week and both live in Glenmore, which has a Keswick address on the northern end of the district. With around 750 homes, Glenmore is larger, newer, and more affluent than the town of Scottsville, which had a population of 566 in the 2010 census. read full story
Last picture show: Vinegar Hill to close after 37 years
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Aug 2nd 4:28pm

Last picture show: Vinegar Hill to close after 37 years

It's not like Vinegar Hill Theatre hasn't been on the ropes for years now, since Regal opened a six-screen theater on the Downtown Mall in 1996 and since the rise of the VCR. Last fall, the theater sold merchandise to meet the latest shift in technology and buy expensive digital equipment, which was installed in February. It wasn't enough. On July 30, when it became clear that the first-run independent theater was unable to get first-run movies, owner Adam Greenbaum and manager James Ford decided it was time to call it quits. read full story
People to watch
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Aug 1st 12:45pm

People to watch

Medicinal use: Pot educator wages war on war on drugs
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Jul 25th 11:53pm

Medicinal use: Pot educator wages war on war on drugs

Mary Lynn Mathre is a former nurse who wants patients to have access to a controversial medicine: pot. From an early age, the Minnesota native was interested in practicing medicine. She enrolled in the Navy to finish her undergraduate degree in nursing and after being discharged, she pursued a graduate degree. read full story