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Stopped short: Mystery impacts cause concern
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Jun 20th 9:17am

Stopped short: Mystery impacts cause concern

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
After the count
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Jun 20th 8:49am

After the count

Three days after the election, city council candidate Wes Bellamy— who tied with Bob Fenwick and eventually lost by a handful of votes— converses with media following the count. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
Spotlight on Mill Creek
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Jun 20th 5:05am

Spotlight on Mill Creek

Location: Mill CreekPrice range: $125,000-$360,000Schools: Cale, Walton, MonticelloPros: affordable homes, functional floor plans, convenient locationCons: topography, siting of homes on some lots read full story
Poppin' tags: New high-end thrift shop thrives
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Jun 20th (All day)

Poppin' tags: New high-end thrift shop thrives

While most of us know someone who can score killer designer duds at stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, and the SPCA Rummage Store on Preston Avenue, successful thrift shopping can be a hit-or-miss endeavor, requiring regular visits, eagle eyes and a fashionista's knowledge of brands if you want to find the gems tucked among the junk. read full story
Talk radio: Barefoot jumps WINA ship for FM-- and TV
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Jun 19th 1:14pm

Talk radio: Barefoot jumps WINA ship for FM-- and TV

Something was missing for listeners of WINA's "Charlottesville Right Now" tuning in to the AM station since late last week: Coy Barefoot, the show's longtime host. Here's a hint. Try FM on your dial. Barefoot announced he was leaving the show he created in 2006 and going to an FM competitor— WCHV 107.5 FM— on his Sunday morning Newsplex show, Inside Charlottesville, which is also the name of his new radio show. read full story
Tie-breaker: Fenwick pulls ahead by 5 in council race
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Jun 14th 4:33pm

Tie-breaker: Fenwick pulls ahead by 5 in council race

Three days after the June 11 Democratic primary and an unprecedented tie for one of two City Council nominations, Wes Bellamy and Bob Fenwick learned who will join incumbent Kristin Szakos on the ticket in November. The results came down to provisional-ballot casters, who broke the 1,088-vote tie and put Fenwick ahead by five.   read full story
Broken bridge
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Jun 13th 2:20pm

Broken bridge

The eastern sidewalk of the Belmont Bridge may be closed, but crowds still stream across the western side. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at  billemory.com/blog. read full story
Mystique pizza: Wheeling in the real Neapolitan
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Jun 13th 11:55am

Mystique pizza: Wheeling in the real Neapolitan

As a nurse anesthetist, Sharlene McNeish frees people from experiencing pain, but in a new side venture as pizza maker she hopes to deliver the pleasure that comes from eating authentic Neapolitan pizza. About a year ago she bought an outdoor wood-fired oven for her home in Troy, Virginia, wanting to bake fresh bread for her family. She even took bread making classes. She eventually began roasting vegetables, chicken, and making pizzas in the oven, and the compliments from friends and family started rolling in. read full story
Old friends: Third in Hawke/Delpy series satisfies
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Jun 13th 11:48am

Old friends: Third in Hawke/Delpy series satisfies

By Richard Roeper Early on in Richard Linklater's Before Midnight, we see an extended sequence more daring and in some ways just as thrilling as anything we're likely to experience in any 2013 movie about superhumans who can fly or futuristic galaxies filled with glorious and dangerous sights.     read full story
Escape-ism: Is little car big enough to tow?
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Jun 13th 11:36am

Escape-ism: Is little car big enough to tow?

 Dear Tom and Ray: read full story
Fit to fight: Dad and daughter driving mom mad
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Jun 13th 6:25am

Fit to fight: Dad and daughter driving mom mad

Hi, Carolyn:      How do you tell someone you love that you think they might have a psychiatric issue that needs to be addressed, i.e., crippling anxiety?      read full story
Spotlight on Lewis Mountain
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Jun 13th 5:05am

Spotlight on Lewis Mountain

Area: Lewis MountainSchools: Venable, Walker & Buford, CharlottesvillePrice Range: $440,000-$1,895,000Pros: proximity to amenities, especially UVACons: potential traffic tie-ups on home football days read full story
Code of silence: County clams up when cops open fire
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Jun 13th 4:22am

Code of silence: County clams up when cops open fire

Two days after a 21-year-old Crozet man was shot dead by an Albemarle police officer on June 8, officials finally released his name. Neither Albemarle police nor Virginia State Police, which is investigating the case, responded to a request for the name of the officer who used lethal force. read full story
Nail-biter: Fenwick has 3-vote lead in ballot count-- for now
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Jun 12th 3:45pm

Nail-biter: Fenwick has 3-vote lead in ballot count-- for now

Normally the light-turnout primary race for City Council would have been decided Tuesday night shortly after the polls closed at 7pm. Instead, an unprecedented tie for second place has candidates Wes Bellamy and Bob Fenwick still unsure who will be on the Democratic ticket in the fall, and they may not know until noon Friday.   read full story
Pipe peeve: RWSA diverts Sugar Hollow water
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Jun 12th 2:41pm

Pipe peeve: RWSA diverts Sugar Hollow water

Since the 1920s, Charlottesville's purest water has flowed downhill directly from the Sugar Hollow Reservoir via a 13.5-mile cast-iron pipeline. The mountain water is so pure, in fact, that the treatment plant into which it flows has required minimal treatment. Those days may be over. read full story
Dive-bombing the mall?
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Jun 12th 10:26am

Dive-bombing the mall?

Giant photos in trees on the Downtown Mall signal the Look3 Festival of the Photograph, which starts June 12. Photographer Tim Laman captured a male red bird of paradise in Batanta Island, Indonesia. The male's downward position is part of the mating ritual, in which his tail feathers form a perfect arc. read full story
The week in review
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Jun 12th 10:22am

The week in review

Worst week for the Fourth Amendment: Sans search warrants, Verizon turns over millions of phone records to the National Security Agency, the Guardian reports. Also without search warrants, the NSA is mining data from the servers of Internet giants like Google, FaceBook, and Microsoft in a top-secret program called PRISM, the Washington Post reports. read full story
'Tragedy': Families question police shooting of Crozet man
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Jun 10th 5:12pm

'Tragedy': Families question police shooting of Crozet man

Gregory Allen Rosson, 21, lay dead in a yard along U.S. 250 on Afton Mountain for about nine hours after he was shot early June 8 by Albemarle police, according to a witness. "They didn't have to kill that man," says the resident, in whose front yard the shooting took place. Albemarle police responded to a 911 call about a domestic disturbance at 2:16am Saturday, June 8, according to a release from Virginia State Police, which is investigating the incident, the second county police shooting in two weeks. read full story
Fatal police-involved shooting closes U.S. 250
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Jun 8th 2:04pm

Fatal police-involved shooting closes U.S. 250

Albemarle police responding to a call about a domestic disturbance on Rockfish Gap Turnpike around 2:30am Saturday, June 8, were involved in a fatal shooting, according to a Virginia State Police release. Police closed U.S. 250 between Route 151 and the top of Afton Mountain, and it remained closed until around noon. Virginia State Police, which are investigating the shooting, say the call came from a residence. read full story
Dem round-up
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Jun 6th 4:24pm

Dem round-up

As a Charlottesville voter, I just wanted to say thank you for this cover story about the Virginia Democratic primary [May 30, "Dem duke-out: Candidate face off in June primary"]. It's surprisingly hard to find information on the internet about the elections, specifically the candidates and their platforms, but also simple things like the dates. Your story has been very helpful in making up my mind about who to vote for, when I wasn't going to vote at all before. read full story
Father's Day cheer: Local boy makes cocktail kits
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Jun 6th 11:38am

Father's Day cheer: Local boy makes cocktail kits

UVA grad and Charlottesville native Eric Prum, creator of a Mason jar cocktail shaker, has what could be the perfect gift for Father's Day: a high-end cocktail kit that looks like something out of Williams-Sonoma. Which it is. read full story
Superficial flash: Heist flick offers only illusion of greatness
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Jun 6th 11:05am

Superficial flash: Heist flick offers only illusion of greatness

By Richard Roeper The first few scenes of Now You See Me deliver the promise of the best film about magic since the release of two meticulously crafted and thoroughly entertaining 2006 films: The Prestige and The Illusionist.     read full story
The week in review
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Jun 6th 11:02am

The week in review

Biggest abduction case: Former UVA employee Matthew Rene Beaulieu, 27, pleads guilty to abduction with intent to defile May 27. He grabbed an 18-year-old UVA student, who fought him off and escaped, November 9 near Runk Dining Hall. According to K. Burnell Evans in the Progress, Beaulieu admitted to police he was tired of being alone after a breakup and wanted to make a woman "feel pain like he feels it." A butcher knife, dog collar, and nylon restraints were found in his car. Beaulieu could face life in prison and will be sentenced August 7. read full story
Parking problem: Whose spot is it anyway?
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Jun 6th 10:53am

Parking problem: Whose spot is it anyway?

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Cicadas: If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em
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Jun 6th 10:19am

Cicadas: If you can't beat 'em, eat 'em

Jackson Landers stands over his stove. Spatula in hand, flanked by his two eager children, he stirs the contents of the saucepan thoughtfully. “It’s olive oil and Old Bay,” Landers says. “I was going for a traditional blue crab kind of feel.” Crabs, however, aren’t on the menu. Researchers’ fascination, fruit growers’ nightmare, and naturalists’ phenomenon, cicadas are now, apparently, dinner. read full story
Birdwood Court: Details still murky in police shooting
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Jun 5th 5:02pm

Birdwood Court: Details still murky in police shooting

Juan Cervantes was cleaning up from a Memorial Day cookout at his house on Birdwood Court when he heard people "yelling and screaming at each other," he says. He approached the street from his yard. "Someone said, 'I'm going to shoot you,'" recounts Cervantes, and then there was one shot. He called 911. Birdwood Court is a quiet Charlottesville neighborhood of attractive duplexes off the U.S. 250 bypass near McIntire Road. Cervantes, who's lived there nine years, said his son rode his scooter on the street and saw a police car— an Albemarle County police cruiser. read full story
Not guilty: Curry prof didn't steal Prada bag
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Jun 5th 2:13pm

Not guilty: Curry prof didn't steal Prada bag

UVA Professor Glen Bull was found not guilty of stealing a woman's Prada bag from the Commonwealth Skybar last summer under circumstances the judge called "very, very suspicious," and even Bull couldn't explain why he didn't tell the bartender he'd found what he thought was a forgotten bag, rather than take it out of the restaurant.   Related story Witness-less: Curry prof's grand larceny charge reduced read full story
180: Dumler resigns supe seat
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Jun 5th 1:35am

180: Dumler resigns supe seat

Just days after Chris Dumler fended off a petition to remove him from the Albemarle Board of Supervisors and vowed to continue representing the Scottsville District, the defiant supe resigned from the board at its June 5 meeting, effective immediately.   Related stories Dumler stays, fires back: Judge says not enough evidence to remove read full story
Dozens more charges likely for former Scout leader
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Jun 4th 1:45pm

Dozens more charges likely for former Scout leader

Former Keswick Boy Scout leader David Brian Watkins, 50, was in court June 4 to enter pleas to two counts of rape and one count of forcible sodomy of a child younger than 13, assaults that allegedly happened in 2005, according to the indictments. The slight, bearded, prison-stripes-wearing Watkins answered in a firm voice, "Not guilty," to each of the three charges in Albemarle Circuit Court. Watkins waived a jury trial, and the date was set for December 17. read full story
Bosom-gate: Jones in doghouse for UVA remarks
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Jun 1st 1:53am

Bosom-gate: Jones in doghouse for UVA remarks

Last summer, the tanned and outspoken hedge fund billionaire and UVA alum Paul Tudor Jones caused a stir by penning an op/ed supporting UVA Rector Helen Dragas' attempt to oust UVA President Teresa Sullivan, a failed coup that knowledgeable sources say he may have even helped orchestrate. read full story
Dumler stays, fires back: Judge says not enough evidence to remove
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May 31st 12:33pm

Dumler stays, fires back: Judge says not enough evidence to remove

Followed by angry protesters shouting, "rapist," besieged Supervisor Chris Dumler left Albemarle Circuit Court today after a judge rejected a petition to remove him from office.   Related stories Decision delay: Dumler awaits ruling on petition Dumler petition: Mr. Smith goes to circuit court read full story
Letter: Bypass stinks but should still be built
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May 30th 1:38pm

Letter: Bypass stinks but should still be built

In his May 23 Essay, "Barnum's Beaming: The greatest bypass on Earth!", Randy Salzman is incensed with the "bait and switch" tactics employed by the Skanska-Branch Corp. and VDOT in the "design/build" process for constructing the Western Bypass. He should be. So am I. To initially accept an obviously inferior, low-ball proposal, then turn around and modify it without an open competition is outrageous. But, to translate this outrage into an excuse to not build the Western Bypass at all makes no sense. read full story
Livin' the dream: Steffanina finds hip-hop success in Hollywood
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May 30th 12:27pm

Livin' the dream: Steffanina finds hip-hop success in Hollywood

Three years ago, hip-hop dancer Matt Steffania was a wildly popular  instructor at ACAC and at dance studios around Charlottesville. Now he’s teaching and working all over the world with artists including Chris Brown, Eva, Snoop Dog and Lil' Wayne. Most recently, his raw talent caught the attention of American Idol host Ryan Seacrest, whose website picked Steffanina and his Youtube videos for a contest. read full story
Stuck in the middle: Sibling dispute is tearing us apart
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May 30th 12:21pm

Stuck in the middle: Sibling dispute is tearing us apart

Dear Carolyn:      I have an older sister, "Mary," and younger, "Tracy," who simply do not get along. Mary hasn't done anything specific like bullying, but I've never seen her openly accept Tracy or be nice to her. Tracy has tried really hard to gain Mary's acceptance, without success. Tracy can be impulsive and thoughtless; she might offend someone without realizing it. So to sum up 30-plus years of sibling discord, they both have been mean and/or disrespectful to the other but neither recognizes it.      read full story
Corner Baja Bean says goodbye
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May 30th 11:29am

Corner Baja Bean says goodbye

After 21 years of serving up California-style Mexican food, Baja Bean Co. on The Corner is closing. At Midnight on May 31, the iconic Corner hangout will serve its last margarita. Fortunately for area taco-lovers, the Baja on Route 29 will remain open, as will locations in Staunton and Richmond. Owner Ron Morse tells Dish that his other concept, Station 2 in Richmond's Shockoe Bottom, is still very much open, and a new venture in Richmond, Postbellum, will be opening soon. read full story
Genre crossing: Third 'Hangover' more action, less laughs
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May 30th 11:28am

Genre crossing: Third 'Hangover' more action, less laughs

By Richard Roeper SPOILER ALERT!     I have to tell you about some of the things that happen in The Hangover Part III to tell you what I think about The Hangover Part III, so if you don't want to know anything other than the title, go away. (But please come back after you've seen the film.)     ** The Hangover Part III Director: Todd Phillips read full story
Garden to market: There's hard work behind those local veggies
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May 30th 11:16am

Garden to market: There's hard work behind those local veggies

By Charles McRaven I’m finding out some of what it takes to get those big red tomatoes and peppers,  bright green melons, and yellow squash to the farmer’s market Saturday mornings. I’m driving a tractor as slow as it’ll go while my son-in-law Daniel rides behind on a piece of machinery equipped with a wheel with spikes, punching holes in the black plastic that covers the rows.  He’s snatching tomato or broccoli plants from flats of little starter boxes with one hand, shoving them into the holes with the other. read full story
Dem duke-out: Candidates face off in June primary
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May 30th 10:30am

Dem duke-out: Candidates face off in June primary

Wes Bellamy, Adam Lees, Kristin Szakos, Bob Fenwick, and Melvin Grady want to be on City Council, where two seats are open. Usually the Democratic primary in Charlottesville means game over for the general election in November. This year, two Republicans— attorney Buddy Weber and city cop Mike Farruggio— will be on the ballot for City Council to challenge that routine in the fall. read full story
Reversal of fortune: Halsey Minor declares personal bankruptcy
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May 30th 10:19am

Reversal of fortune: Halsey Minor declares personal bankruptcy

It's official. Halsey Minor has burned up his fortune, once estimated at nearly $400 million. read full story
Whose hands? Your clothes hold stories
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May 30th 10:06am

Whose hands? Your clothes hold stories

The sewing machine motor surged again and again, a comforting rhythm as I closed my eyes and sank into sleep. A few days before, a pile of red blazers had appeared on the table by my mother’s curvy, black Singer, a complicated contraption with gold lettering on it. I was four years old, and Mum had been hired to do piecework for a clothing manufacturer. Only after I was in bed did she have time to get to work on the blazers, attaching the sleeves and sewing in the labels. read full story