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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
Concrete plans
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May 30th 9:55am

Concrete plans

A developer from Richmond has applied for a special use permit to locate 102 apartments on the eastern and western edges of the former H.T. Ferron ready mix plant on Carlton Avenue. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Spotlight on Colthurst Farm
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May 30th 5:05am

Spotlight on Colthurst Farm

Location: Colthurst FarmPrice range: $461,500-$1,100,000Schools: Greer, Jouett, AlbemarlePros: proximity to town, quality of contruction, solid valuesCons: some homes in need of updating and renovation read full story
The week in review
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May 29th 4:43pm

The week in review

Biggest trial: A jury finds Food Lion manager Mark Weiner, 53, guilty of abduction with intent to defile May 24 after a four-day trial and recommends a 20-year sentence. Weiner was accused of drugging a 20-year-old girl in December and taking her to an abandoned house, from which she escaped. Saddest accidental shooting: Ten-year-old Maggie Hollifield is killed around 10am May 21 in her home in Crozet by a juvenile male, according to Albemarle police, which did not release his name. read full story
3 women: Council candidate's past assault, stalking charges dismissed
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May 29th 2:08pm

3 women: Council candidate's past assault, stalking charges dismissed

More than a decade ago, City Council candidate Melvin Grady was charged with two counts of assault and battery and one of stalking—  charges that were all dismissed. "These charges were false charges," says the Buford math teacher. One woman accused Grady of stalking in 2000 and filed a protective order August 27, 2002, that was in effect for two years, according to Charlottesville Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court records. In the same court, he was charged with two counts of assault and battery on another woman, both of which were dismissed September 7, 2001. read full story
Fake IDs: How hard is it?
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May 29th 11:01am

Fake IDs: How hard is it?

The recent bust of a fake ID ring where over $2 million was found in a house on Rugby Road brought attention to a lucrative criminal enterprise with high demand, particularly in a college town. So how hard is it to produce what law enforcement described as "high-quality false identification"? Not very, apparently. Related stories More details: Alleged fake IDers to remain in jail read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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May 27th 10:43am

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Rock music should be gross: that's the fun of it. It gets up and drops its trousers." – Bruce Dickinson, British rock guitarist and lead singer for Iron Maiden.   Quirkfest at the Pavilion read full story
Summer reading: 5 local authors to take to the beach
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May 25th 1:48am

Summer reading: 5 local authors to take to the beach

In a town where there are more writers per capita than readers, it can be daunting to think about keeping up with the local offerings when it seems like just about everyone has a book. For your convenience, the Hook nets out a few must-reads from Charlottesville's literary luminaries (and there are plenty more). So when you're packing up for the beach or heading to the hammock and looking for something to delve into, here are five books worth reading if you're living here– or even if you don't. read full story
Tiny bullies
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May 23rd 8:39pm

Tiny bullies

Carolyn:       read full story
Decision delay: Dumler awaits ruling on petition
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May 23rd 7:24pm

Decision delay: Dumler awaits ruling on petition

At least 470 of his constituents want him gone, but embattled Albemarle County Supervisor Chris Dumler hangs on– and he has at least one more week to serve the Scottsville District before Judge Cheryl Higgins rules on a petition to remove him from office. "For the board to work, it requires trust, and they don't have it in Mr. Dumler's case," said special prosecutor Mike Doucette in his closing argument, wrapping up a four-hour trial on Monday, May 20 that brought at least three of Dumler's fellow supervisors to the stand along with several unsatisfied Dumler constituents. read full story
"Epic networking fail": Book salesman mistaken for child predator
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May 23rd 4:21pm

"Epic networking fail": Book salesman mistaken for child predator

The alert from Albemarle County Schools on Thursday, May 23, struck fear into the hearts of area parents: a man driving a white Chevy wagon had reportedly approached a child who'd just gotten off the school bus and was walking up the driveway towards his Keswick area home. If the reported incident had all the hallmarks of every parent's worst nightmare, it soon became apparent that things weren't quite as they first seemed. read full story
Escapes: Summer fun near and far
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May 23rd 3:00pm
Blue Ridge Swim Club: 100 years of splashing, swimming and sunning
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May 23rd 11:52am

Blue Ridge Swim Club: 100 years of splashing, swimming and sunning

Want to time travel? You don't need a flux capacitor, you don't need a degree in physics, and you don't need to resurrect Albert Einstein to ask him how to do it. You just need a swimsuit and way to get yourself out to Ivy, where the Blue Ridge Swim Club is celebrating its 100th Anniversary this summer. read full story
Fit to be tied: Did little car survive big collision?
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May 23rd 11:17am

Fit to be tied: Did little car survive big collision?

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
The week in review
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May 23rd 10:01am

The week in review

Worst trend, part 1: Nine people overdose on heroin in Culpeper and Spotsylvania last week, and two die, according to a release. Worst trend, part 2: Virginia's suicide rate is the highest in 13 years, while the homicide rate has plunged, making suicides three times more common in the Old Dominion, Capital News Service reports from Richmond. read full story
Commanding laughter: Cohen surprises audiences with a tight regime
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May 23rd 4:04am

Commanding laughter: Cohen surprises audiences with a tight regime

THE Dictator is funny, in addition to being obscene, disgusting, scatological, vulgar, crude and so on. Having seen Sacha Baron Cohen promoting it on countless talk shows, I feared the movie would feel like deja vu. But no. He establishes a claim to be the best comic filmmaker now working. read full story
Bell loses, Jackson wins: Local GOPers gather in Richmond
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May 22nd 6:48pm
Barnum's beaming: The Greatest bypass on Earth!
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May 22nd 6:02pm

Barnum's beaming: The Greatest bypass on Earth!

Have you ever walked into a store soon after opening hours to find the advertised sale item "all sold out?” Come to the Holiday Inn Thursday, May 23 and get a look at a “bait and switch” tactic so impressive that P.T. Barnum must be beaming in his grave.   read full story
Copper top: Rotunda gleams for graduation
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May 21st 3:30pm

Copper top: Rotunda gleams for graduation

Final exercises at University of Virginia took place on the Lawn last weekend, May 18 and 19, and while much was made of tradition, something was different: the dome of the Rotunda was copper colored – instead of the traditional white – for the ceremonies. Heavy rain earlier in the month derailed plans to paint the dome before graduation, ensuring that students and their families had the rare opportunity to view the Rotunda as it was during the early twentieth century when architect Stanford White redesigned it with a copper roof in 1898.   read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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May 20th 2:55pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Wheels" roll into town“Imagine a blend of the passion of the Avett Brothers, the instrumentals of Old Crow Medicine Show, and then sprinkle in the backwoods feel of The Legendary Shack Shakers. In truth, attempting to compare The Steel Wheels to anyone is an injustice, since after one listen you can hear that they stand very well on their own perch.”—John Walker, Americana Roots  read full story
More details: Alleged fake IDers to remain in jail
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May 19th 5:33pm

More details: Alleged fake IDers to remain in jail

The alleged counterfeiters from the May 6 fake ID-ring bust on Rugby Road were in court again and will not be leaving jail in the near future as the government amasses evidence against them and promises more charges. Investigators have found more than $2 million in cash so far– $1.3 million in the house alone and hundreds of thousands of dollars in multiple bank accounts, according to U.S. Attorney Tim Heaphy. The May 7 criminal complaint had noted $200,000 was in a safe in the house. read full story
In-depth TV: Barefoot teams with Newsplex for longform local news
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May 19th 10:20am

In-depth TV: Barefoot teams with Newsplex for longform local news

Coy Barefoot's already known around town as a radio host, historian and author, and he's adding another title to his already lengthy resumé: TV host. On Sunday, May 19, Barefoot's latest effort, Inside Charlottesville, premieres on the local CBS affiliate WCAV, channel 19. read full story
Sheriff's posse tees off
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May 19th 6:05am

Sheriff's posse tees off

Sheriff Chip Harding has turned into something of a fundraising machine, expanding the designated prisoner-transport/subpoena-serving role of sheriff in Albemarle and creating the largest volunteer deputy reserve force in Virginia. Last year, his Sheriff's Posse Golf Round-up raised enough money to buy a mobile command trailer, essential, he says, for search and rescue operations. read full story
Red-faced: Red-light camera company caught in bribery scandal
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May 16th 4:28pm

Red-faced: Red-light camera company caught in bribery scandal

The red-light cameras that Albemarle County installed at the intersection of Route 29 and Rio Road in 2011 have caught thousands of red-light runners and generated thousands in ticket revenue. But according to a story first broken by the Chicago Tribune, representatives of the Australia-based company that operates the cameras, Redflex, have been caught red-handed bribing a Chicago transportation official. The company is now under federal investigation. read full story
Prose flows: Gatsby's over the top, but book shines through
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May 16th 4:26pm

Prose flows: Gatsby's over the top, but book shines through

By RICHARD ROEPER Given the wretched and sometimes wonderful excesses of Baz Luhrmann's Romeo and Juliet and Moulin Rouge, not to mention a trailer that gave the impression Luhrmann's interpretation of The Great Gatsby would be one extended anachronistic music video, it turns out Luhrmann's Gatsby is first and foremost F. Scott Fitzgerald's Gatsby.    read full story
Freshening the Forester: Wife's car lacks inner beauty
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May 16th 4:08pm

Freshening the Forester: Wife's car lacks inner beauty

Dear Tom and Ray:        read full story
Un-carceration: Prosecutor candidate Deaton talks jail reform
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May 16th 3:52pm

Un-carceration: Prosecutor candidate Deaton talks jail reform

Steven B. Deaton is gunning for the Democratic nomination for Charlottesville commonwealth's attorney– again– and on a rainy Wednesday, May 8, under the protection of the Pavilion's roof, he made his case. read full story
Brick fix
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May 16th 2:09pm

Brick fix

Nearly a year after the Main Street Arena General Manager sent the city a letter complaining about the condition of the crumbling bricks along the building's east side, the walkway has at last been repaired by the city. But who's responsible for paying for the repair is up for dispute. read full story
Death to Death: June turn-out could help
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May 16th 11:33am

Death to Death: June turn-out could help

By David Swanson Most of the world's governments no longer use the death penalty. Among wealthy nations there is one exception remaining. The United States is among the top five killers in the world. Also in the top five: the recently "liberated" Iraq. read full story
Cheat street: Can trust be regained after repeat infidelity?
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May 16th 5:43am

Cheat street: Can trust be regained after repeat infidelity?

Hi, Carolyn: How do I start trusting my wife again? Three years ago, I caught her (52) having an affair with a 29-year-old aide who came to our house to help with our autistic son.       One of my first questions to her was "What did I fail to give you?" We went the counseling route and, as the months passed, I knew she would text or write him, but I dealt with these things as they came up. She was repentant and wanted to make it work ... and, I love her.       read full story
Tapped & paired: New places invade Barracks
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May 16th 5:37am

Tapped & paired: New places invade Barracks

The idea behind the Sedona Taphouse is simple: good beer, good food, and a comfortable atmosphere for all. read full story
Valedictator: Lawn to get a dose of Colbert
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May 16th 1:43am

Valedictator: Lawn to get a dose of Colbert

Get ready, Nation. Funny-man Stephen Colbert, host of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report, is coming to Mr. Jefferson's University to deliver the 2013 valediction keynote speech on May 18. But which Colbert will show up? The "well-intentioned, poorly informed high-status idiot" he plays on the show or the guy who, along with his UVA alum wife, Evelyn McGee Colbert, funded a new Arts Scholars program in the UVA College of Arts & Sciences? Maybe both. read full story
Dignity and justice, City Market
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May 15th 5:38pm

Dignity and justice, City Market

In last week's story, "May Day rally: Housing authority hides from protesters," the Rally for Dignity and Justice in Public Housing was misidentified. read full story
The week in review
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May 15th 4:48pm

The week in review

Closest tie to Boston Marathon bomber: The body of Tamerlan Tsarnaev was refused burial space all over the northeast. He's quietly buried in a Doswell cemetery in in Caroline County, and outrage ensues. read full story
GOP convention: 'Laborious process' to nominate AG, LG
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May 15th 2:39pm

GOP convention: 'Laborious process' to nominate AG, LG

You've got to be pretty serious about your political party if you're willing to spend an entire Saturday in Richmond nominating candidates for attorney general and lieutenant governor. Yes, lieutenant governor. Seven people want this mostly ceremonial job that used to be a stepping stone to governor, before attorneys general like Bob McDonnell started using that office to launch a gubernatorial run. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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May 15th 1:33pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

"Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in." – Robert Frost   Bell returns to her roots read full story
Shock and awe: Inside the Rugby Road raid
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May 15th 12:24pm

Shock and awe: Inside the Rugby Road raid

After the entire city of Boston was shut down last month during a massive manhunt following explosions that maimed and slaughtered marathon bystanders, news that a block of Rugby Road was shut down last week for a multi-agency operation sparked ominous speculation. Was it a terrorist threat? A hostage situation? A murderous rampage? Virginia State Police initially refused to say what nefarious activity had taken place that warranted closing off a stretch of one of Charlottesville's most prestigious streets. read full story
Elusive wonder: Director's bold vision gets last Ebert thumbs up
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May 9th 11:27am

Elusive wonder: Director's bold vision gets last Ebert thumbs up

This was the last movie review Roger Ebert filed. Released less than two years after his The Tree of Life, an epic that began with the dinosaurs and peered into an uncertain future, Terrence Malick's To the Wonder is a film that contains only a handful of important characters and a few crucial moments in their lives. Although it uses dialogue, it's dreamy and half-heard, and essentially this could be a silent film– silent, except for its mostly melancholy music. read full story
Probation violation: Kroboth gets six months
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May 9th 11:10am

Probation violation: Kroboth gets six months

An extended vacation has turned into an extended jail term for convicted attempted murderer Kurt Kroboth, who was sentenced on May 2 in Albemarle County Circuit Court to six months behind bars for violating the terms of his probation. read full story
More classical
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May 9th 10:57am

More classical

As a supporter of local music and a WTJU classical announcer, I thought that the recent edition of the Hook (April 25) did a superb job covering the local music scene and its support from the community. But the article ignored one essential feature– local classical musicians and ensembles. From orchestras such as the Charlottesville University Symphony Orchestra and the Waynesboro Symphony, ensembles such as Three Notch'd Road and Zephyrus, and many individual musicians, our area abounds in great classical music. read full story