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Hotel city: When will Charlottesville get 'roomier'?
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Jul 25th 3:22pm

Hotel city: When will Charlottesville get 'roomier'?

On a crisp, bright day in March 2008, a suave-looking guy with long hair and a tailored light-grey suit (no tie) told us at a ground-breaking ceremony that a stylish, luxury "boutique" hotel, complete with a roof-top bar and stunning views of of the southeast mountains, would tower over Central Place on the Downtown Mall. What we got, of course, was an ugly tower of grey concrete rising out of the demolished shell of a bank building, an eyesore on our cityscape since 2009 that has the permanence of a metamorphic rock formation. read full story
Charm: A pedophile's secret weapon
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Jul 25th 1:42pm

Charm: A pedophile's secret weapon

I never met the man, but I’m sure I would have been charmed by him, as everyone else was. Why? Because he would have groomed me, as he groomed everyone around him. Tall and handsome, he was an Ivy League educated blue blood with a successful business. My friend married him, they were raising a family, and life was a Norman Rockwell painting. Until the “uh-oh” moment. read full story
End of an era: Barrett Early Learning Center to close
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Jul 25th 1:38pm

End of an era: Barrett Early Learning Center to close

The announced closure of the nearly 80-year-old Barrett Early Learning Center on Ridge Street has sent waves of dismay through the community. "This was a good school with loving teachers," says Kim Lauter, a Ridge Street resident who sent all three of her children to Barrett and describes the school's planned August 16 closure as "heartbreaking." read full story
Change of command: Spy center gets new leader
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Jul 25th 1:01pm

Change of command: Spy center gets new leader

The ceremonial change of command is a time-honored tradition in the U.S. Army that dates back to George Washington. The chance for reporters to see inside the top-secret National Ground Intelligence Center on U.S. 29 north? Not so much. So a July 23 passing of the colors from one commander to the next offered a rare opportunity to see both. read full story
Orange bound: Incredible Edible Food Fest
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Jul 25th 11:38am

Orange bound: Incredible Edible Food Fest

The self-evidently named Edible Food Fest in Orange, a one-day homage to the farm-to-table movement that launched last year, attracting more than 3,500 people to downtown Orange, is back again on Saturday, August 10. read full story
Stunted: Sandler's film not so 'Grown up'
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Jul 25th 11:00am

Stunted: Sandler's film not so 'Grown up'

Pop quiz and SPOILER ALERT! The visual humor in Grown Ups 2 includes but is not limited to:     read full story
Shiflett's instinct: Deputy locates missing men
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Jul 25th 10:19am

Shiflett's instinct: Deputy locates missing men

Relying on nothing more than his training and an apparent knack for locating elderly wanderers, Chief Deputy Bobby Shiflett of the Albemarle County Sheriff’s Office, with the help of the Sheriff’s Office Volunteer Search and Rescue Team, saved the lives of two elderly gentlemen last week. In separate incidents, an 85-year-old man and a man in his seventies went missing while out for afternoon walks. Thanks to Shiflett and a dose of good fortune, they were found alive. read full story
Route 29
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Jul 25th 9:58am

Route 29

Somewhere in southwest Virginia ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
'Drum roll: Truck dinging causes ear ringing
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Jul 25th 9:46am

'Drum roll: Truck dinging causes ear ringing

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Relationship regret: Did moving away kill chance at love?
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Jul 25th 9:18am

Relationship regret: Did moving away kill chance at love?

Hi, Carolyn:      I moved cross-country almost a year ago to be part of my kids' lives. I'm divorced, and my ex, who will be working abroad next year, has custody.      Before I moved out, I had been with a guy for nearly three years— living together for two— but we kept things pretty casual: no labels, no discussion of the future. I'm sure a lot of this was due to my own issues with my divorce and being away from my kids.      read full story
Park allure: Brick beauty offers modern amenities, historic location
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Jul 25th 5:05am

Park allure: Brick beauty offers modern amenities, historic location

Area: Park StreetYear built: 1987Square footage: 4360 finished, 344 unfinishedAcreage: .39Assessment: $1,043,800Asking Price: $950,000Curb Appeal: 9 out 10Listing Agent: Karyn Trumbull, Nest Realty Group, 434-989-4847 read full story
The week in review
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Jul 24th 4:50pm

The week in review

Latest in the McDonnell scandal: Governor Bob McDonnell repays more than $120,000 in loans from Star Scientific CEO Jonnie Williams, and issues an apology July 23 for "the embarrassment certain members of my family and I brought upon my beloved Virginia and her citizens"— while insisting on no wrongdoing, the Washington Post reports. read full story
Exculpatory? Evidence not admitted in abduction trial
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Jul 24th 3:03pm

Exculpatory? Evidence not admitted in abduction trial

Local law enforcement and lawyers are abuzz about a recent abduction trial in which they say the prosecution did not allow evidence that would have cast serious doubt about the alleged victim's story. Criminal defense attorney Ford Childress calls it a "miscarriage of justice" that led to the May 24 conviction of his client, former Food Lion manager Mark Weiner, when two police officers were ready to testify that cellphone tower records did not corroborate the alleged victim's tale of being abducted, drugged, and then escaping from an abandoned house. read full story
America divided? You bet, and that's good.
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Jul 18th 4:50pm

America divided? You bet, and that's good.

By Charles McRavenThe hand-wringer’s political whine: “Why can’t we all just get alo-ong? Those people on the other side just keep on dividing the country. They’re so mean-spirited.” Welcome to the history/reality of American politics. We’ve been radically divided since before we became a country.  That’s right, most of the colonists didn’t want independence from England. And from the outset the Founding Fathers squared off against each other over the direction the new nation should take. And not always politely. read full story
Loco for Poco Loco
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Jul 18th 3:23pm

Loco for Poco Loco

You may have noticed that a place called Poco Loco has appeared in the former Cinema Taco spot at the Jefferson Theater, complete with an outside tiki bar, the only one on the Downtown Mall. Poco, which means "little" in Spanish, is the offspring of Mono Loco on Water Street, and debuted on the dining scene quietly with a soft-opening at the end of June. read full story
Gift-gate: Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams & a governor in hot water.
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Jul 18th 11:37am

Gift-gate: Star Scientific, Jonnie Williams & a governor in hot water.

By Peter GaluszkaTheir expressions say it all. Making their entrance at a recent midday celebration of Virginia wine at the Executive Mansion, Gov. Robert F. McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, appear as dark as a glass of burgundy. read full story
Screwball cop comedy inappropriate
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Jul 18th 10:51am

Screwball cop comedy inappropriate

What an article [July 2, "Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"]. What an unbelievable outrage. It sounds like some sort of cop-buddy-screw-up alleged comedy— was Will Farrell there?Poor Elizabeth Daly and her friends— I hope they sue somebody. There was no excuse for how this went down— none. read full story
The week in review
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Jul 18th 10:40am

The week in review

Latest in the ABC Harris Teeter debacle: The agent in charge of the operation that put a water-buying 20-year-old in jail with three felony charges, John Taylor, was stripped of his command of the Lynchburg office, shipped off to Staunton, and is the target of an employee grievance appeal, K. Burnell Evans reports in the Progress. read full story
Edward
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Jul 18th 7:54am

Edward

John sketching his brother Edward. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
Good sports: 'Idiots' is a laugh-a-thon
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Jul 18th 7:39am

Good sports: 'Idiots' is a laugh-a-thon

By Richard Roeper Some comedies make you laugh out loud. Some are more interested in getting you to smile in quiet recognition of the sublime intelligence at work.     Dealin' With Idiots had me beaming. Just beaming at the comedic wonderfulness of it all.     read full story
Cranked up? Summer trip gets car hot and bothered
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Jul 18th 7:29am

Cranked up? Summer trip gets car hot and bothered

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
That smarts: Siblings get low grade on getting along
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Jul 18th 7:17am

That smarts: Siblings get low grade on getting along

Dear Carolyn:      I have always been the smart one. The sister was an average student, and I have always excelled in all areas of academia. This sounds conceited, I know, and I'm not writing off my sibling. She has many talents that I simply don't possess, like the ability to make people feel comfortable.      read full story
What's in store? Louisa property offers unique combination
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Jul 18th 5:05am

What's in store? Louisa property offers unique combination

Address: 10348 Louisa RoadNeighborhood:  Boswells Tavern                                                  Asking:  $230,000Assessment:  $174,100Year built:  1880Size:  2754 finished sq. ft.Acreage:  2.0Curb Appeal:  8 out 10 read full story
Police provocateur: Man says 'no' to license checkpoint
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Jul 17th 1:50pm

Police provocateur: Man says 'no' to license checkpoint

Joe Draego refused to show a police officer his driver's license at a recent checkpoint. He says he was threatened that his window would be broken if he didn't roll it all the way down and that he would be arrested. "I asked him if I was being detained," recounts Draego of his encounter with Albemarle police on Old Brook Road off East Rio Road. "He said no. I said, can I go? He said no." Draego estimates that after 15 to 20 minutes, he was allowed to leave. He returned with a sign: "This is how it began in Nazi Germany— police state checkpoints." read full story
Family in the dark: Police still mum on who shot Greg Rosson
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Jul 17th 12:15pm

Family in the dark: Police still mum on who shot Greg Rosson

July 8 was the one-month anniversary of Gregory Rosson's death. His family visited his grave, their tears mixing with the rain that was falling. "It still feels like it just happened," says a family member. Related stories 2 police shootings: No new info released 'Tragedy': Families question police shooting of Crozet man read full story
Snow driven: Board picks moderate Craddock
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Jul 17th 11:28am

Snow driven: Board picks moderate Craddock

After the controversy that's rocked the Albemarle Board of Supervisors for most of this year, thanks to the sexual battery conviction of former supe Chris Dumler, the meeting to announce his interim successor July 10 was virtually a love fest.   Related stories The appointment: Republicans could pick Dumler replacement 180: Dumler resigns supe seat read full story
Fatal crash: Guilty plea in Garth Road racing charge
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Jul 16th 3:55pm

Fatal crash: Guilty plea in Garth Road racing charge

Nearly a year after two young men's paths collided on Garth Road, Thomas Clayton Appleton, 25, pleaded guilty to one count of felony racing that caused the death of 18-year-old Samuel Taylor.   Related story Deadly crash: Garth Road victim mourned as additional charges considered read full story
Amphibian
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Jul 11th 3:47pm

Amphibian

The true frogs have moist, smooth skin with or without a ridge (dorsolateral fold) extending from the ear drum (tympanum) along the side of the back to the hip or groin area.–Frog and Toad I.D. Cleveland Museum of Natural History ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
Silent Grace
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Jul 11th 2:48pm

Silent Grace

By Carolyn O'Neal My cousins are beautiful. Dark eyes, shiny black hair, and cheeks as full as the sunset. When I look at their photographs, I pretend I’m looking in a mirror. I pretend I have a face that people want to see and a body that will fit into white dresses with pink ribbons and matching shoes. I run my fingers across the images of my beautiful cousins and I don’t feel like I’m living at the bottom of a well where every sound echoes off barren walls, cuts my skin, and hurts my ears.  read full story
Cop questions ABC op at Harris Teeter
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Jul 11th 2:31pm

Cop questions ABC op at Harris Teeter

Just wanted to thank you for the article ["Terror at Harris Teeter: Indignation rises over ABC underage drinking op"]. I read the story with special interest because I retired as a police sergeant in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last year. I also have a 20-year-old daughter off at college who sings in the choir, isn't a drinker, gets good grades, and would probably be the one sent to buy sparking water and ice cream for the late night party. read full story
United getaway: Alleged bank robber makes first court appearance
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Jul 11th 1:46pm

United getaway: Alleged bank robber makes first court appearance

For a man with cuffed hands and chained feet, Richard Nelson Hawkins III appeared remarkably upbeat as he made his first court appearance in Charlottesville General District Court to face the charge of entering a bank armed to commit robbery.  read full story
Starfire
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Jul 11th 1:11pm

Starfire

By Daniel Seth Kislek   read full story
Crack-enade: Gourmet spread could be habit-forming
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Jul 11th 11:39am

Crack-enade: Gourmet spread could be habit-forming

Warning: The product described below could be highly addictive. Dish was hooked from the first taste of Joan Maute's parmesan tapenade at the Crozet Farmers Market and immediately bought some. When we served it to guests and they wanted to know how to get some– and became upset when Maute wasn't at the next farmers market– we knew we had a highly delicious, habit-forming product on our hands. read full story
Fill 'er up: Gas tax reduction no help to consumers
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Jul 11th 11:39am

Fill 'er up: Gas tax reduction no help to consumers

Virginia drivers may have expected gas prices to drop after July 1, the date the state eliminated the 17.5-cent-per-gallon retail sales tax, but at least here in Charlottesville, they've been sorely disappointed as prices at the pump are holding steady."Who is getting all that extra money? That's the question," says Peter Gfrerer, an area driver looking for an explanation. read full story
Kroger takes Teeter: Merger announced
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Jul 11th 11:30am

Kroger takes Teeter: Merger announced

Charlottesville is a hot grocery market, and according to Food World magazine, Kroger is the grocery alpha dog in the competitive local pack. Apparently, the top dog is hungry as it just devoured second place Harris Teeter. read full story
The week in review
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Jul 11th 11:02am

The week in review

Least surprising aftermath of the June 26 SCOTUS gay marriage ruling: The ACLU of Virginia says it will file a federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Virginia laws that deny same-sex couples the freedom to marry. Most suspicious death: Vincent Shifflett, 22, dies June 27 from what is at first believed to be an aneurysm until it comes to light he was hit on the head outside Riverside North the night before, NBC29 reports. read full story
Oh no, Silver: Stay away from 'Lone Ranger'
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Jul 11th 10:28am

Oh no, Silver: Stay away from 'Lone Ranger'

By Richard Roeper In the unholy mess that is The Lone Ranger, we finally have a movie that combines the slapstick antics of a live-action Road Runner cartoon with a villain so bloodthirsty he literally cuts out the heart of a vanquished foe and eats it.     Some films are for everyone. This film is for just about no one.     read full story
A nation of immigrants: Dave Matthews speaks at Monticello
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Jul 11th 9:48am

A nation of immigrants: Dave Matthews speaks at Monticello

Like ants marching, hundreds suffered slow and crowded shuttle rides up and down Monticello mountain to attend the 51st Independence Day Celebration and Naturalization Ceremony at Monticello on July 4, with guest speaker, musician Dave Matthews. read full story
Moving west: Emissions put to tough test
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Jul 11th 6:35am

Moving west: Emissions put to tough test

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Walk of blame: Unhappy wife wants hubby to bow out
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Jul 11th 6:15am

Walk of blame: Unhappy wife wants hubby to bow out

Dear Carolyn:      My husband has been friends since college with a woman who ended up marrying one of his fraternity brothers. Her husband is an alcoholic who will not go for help, even though all of his friends have urged him to. The wife will not go for counseling either.      read full story