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Vendor bender: Will the City Market stay or go?
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May 9th 10:49am

Vendor bender: Will the City Market stay or go?

For as long as the Charlottesville City Market Saturday extravaganza of local foods and crafts has existed on the City parking lot along Water Street–over 20 years, though the popular outdoor market has actually been around for 35 years– there's been discussion about relocating it. read full story
Ranunculus‬
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May 9th 10:18am

Ranunculus‬

Buttercups. Pretty but poisonous. Ingestion causes burning of the mouth, abdominal pain, vomiting, and bloody diarrhea. Skin redness, burning sensation, and blisters following contact with cell sap. ––NCSU~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Bucking tradition: Does Democrat Terry McAuliffe have what it takes to beat Ken Cuccinelli?
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May 9th 9:41am

Bucking tradition: Does Democrat Terry McAuliffe have what it takes to beat Ken Cuccinelli?

by Peter Galuszka Easter Sunday blows rainy and cold while the cell phone buzzes at 12:58 p.m. It's a surprise email from Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Terry McAuliffe. "Peter," his message reads. "My family and I are about to head out to Easter brunch but I wanted to make you aware that today's the last day we have to file our first financial report of the year." McAuliffe asks for a $5 donation. read full story
Fore! Trump golf course faces hazards
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May 8th 2:42pm

Fore! Trump golf course faces hazards

Donald Trump is aiming for a hole-in-one with reported plans to build a public golf course on the former Kluge estate in southern Albemarle, but several hazards stand in his way. For one, the 217-acre would-be golf course in the front yard of Albemarle House is under conservation easement– and it's also under litigation from the John Kluge Jr. Trust, which claims Trump stiffed it on the purchase price. read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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May 8th 12:50pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“I think the age of being too cool for things is so incredibly over. If you’re a real artist out there, you don’t care who your fans are. If people connect with your music, what more could you ever want?” – Bear Rinehart   Band of brothers Gritty, lyrical Southern rock courtesy of the sons of a preacher man. That's what you'll get at the Pavilion when NEEDTOBREATHE takes the stage this Thursday, May 9. read full story
Vast ambition: Bundoran dream still alive
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May 8th 11:34am

Vast ambition: Bundoran dream still alive

Talk about a development vision that won't die. Despite some enormous setbacks, including the fiery plane crash on Bundoran Farm that killed one of the original developers and an associate, and a real estate market collapse that saw the 2,300-acre property auctioned off on the steps of the Albemarle County Courthouse, the original vision for the property as a "preservation development" appears to be intact. read full story
The week in review
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May 8th 10:12am

The week in review

Best sign racism is alive and lurking: Some miscreant paints a racial slur and crude pornographic image on Beta Bridge May 1 that's condemned by UVA President Teresa Sullivan, the Student Council, and the Black Student Alliance, according to a release. Meanwhile, a university group holds a discussion April 29 on declining African-American enrollment. read full story
May Day rally: Housing authority hides from protesters
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May 8th 1:45am

May Day rally: Housing authority hides from protesters

Nothing says May Day quite like a protest. Around 50 public housing residents and supporters, chanting, "C-R-H-A, stop evicting us today," marched the Downtown Mall on May 1 to deliver a message to the city housing authority– only to find that the agency had locked the doors, cut off the lights, and were pretending they weren't home. Related story Public housing fray: HUD says no Norris conflict of interest read full story
Fake ID bust: Feds go after Rugby Road trio
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May 7th 7:50pm

Fake ID bust: Feds go after Rugby Road trio

Federal authorities and heavily armed state police swarmed a Rugby Road home today after issuing charges against three Charlottesville residents last night. read full story
On probation: Halfaday charged with another violation
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May 7th 10:13am

On probation: Halfaday charged with another violation

Even in jail, James Halfaday can't seem to stay out of trouble. The City Council candidate who didn't live in the city served two months for felony election fraud, picked up four months for probation violation, and, while serving that sentence in Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, has been charged with a second probation violation. Related stories 4 months: Halfaday sentenced for probation violation read full story
Wife Strife: I do, or un-do?
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May 2nd 2:42pm

Wife Strife: I do, or un-do?

Dear Carolyn:     Our daughter, 27 and married for just over two years, is feeling she "is living the wrong life, like, I'm not in the right place." We are very fond of our son-in-law, but our primary concern is our daughter. read full story
Ignition intuition: This car has a mind of its own
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May 2nd 2:33pm

Ignition intuition: This car has a mind of its own

Dear Tom and Ray: read full story
Hip-hope: Annex fighting perceptions
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May 2nd 2:30pm

Hip-hope: Annex fighting perceptions

The recent shooting outside the Elks Lodge on the Downtown Mall, which holds regular Friday night dance parties that cater to the African-American community, left two party goers wounded and a community wondering: can a club servicing a largely African-American clientele exist in town without violence? read full story
Corrections: Cover and back-page forehead slap
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May 2nd 10:59am

Corrections: Cover and back-page forehead slap

Due to a contagious and hopefully short-lived myopia that swept the Hook offices last week, our cover bore several errors. As most of you already know, and as the Hook staff has now learned the hard way, we are in the year 2013, not 2012. Furthermore, the Biscuit Run story so proudly touted on last week's cover and yet so noticeably absent from that issue's pages is, as you now will have seen, this week's cover story. A last minute story swap resulted in the error. And finally, the words "weigh in" should not be hyphenated when used as a verb. read full story
Still got it? Redford stars, not quite like old times
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May 2nd 10:45am

Still got it? Redford stars, not quite like old times

By Richard Roeper For nearly 50 years, Robert Redford has been on quest to prove he is more than a golden boy matinee idol. Of course, Redford has succeeded in spectacular fashion, starring in such classics as The Candidate, Three Days of the Condor and All the President's Men; winning the Oscar for directing Ordinary People (somehow besting Martin Scorsese and Raging Bull), and founding the Sundance Film Festival. read full story
Sweet addition: Pearl's comes to West Main
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May 2nd 10:31am

Sweet addition: Pearl's comes to West Main

Cupcakes, cookies, macaroons, muffins, tarts, croissants…you can't swing a rolling pin these days without hitting a sweet shop somewhere in town. Come May 6,  you'll be able to sink your sweet tooth into goodies at Pearl's Bake Shoppe between Sweethaus and the Albemarle Baking Company on West Main in the historic ‪Peyton-Ellington Building at 711 West Main Street. The Richmond-based cupcake-centric bakery comes with an impressive resumé. read full story
Arbor Day
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May 2nd 10:29am

Arbor Day

On April 26, Charlottesville Parks and Recreation planted a large diameter Platanus occidentalis in Quarry Park, Girl Scouts planted five saplings, and Charlottesville Area Tree Stewards unveiled a plaque designating the big sycamore in the background as a landmark tree. Virginia Department of Forestry recognized Charlottesville as a “Tree City” for the 7th year running. Tree Commission boss and former Charlottesville Mayor Elizabeth Waters was on hand, as was City Councilor Kathy Galvin. read full story
Charged up: UVA unveils C'ville's first electric station
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May 2nd 10:00am

Charged up: UVA unveils C'ville's first electric station

A little over two years ago, UVA student Kyle Smalkowski founded the student organization START, Sustainable Transportation Advancement and Research Team, with hopes that the group would help fulfill a goal of his—to bring a publicly accessible electric vehicle charging station to Charlottesville. On Friday, April 26, that goal got charged to life with the opening of a 240-volt charging station next to the elevators on the second level of UVA Central Grounds Parking Garage at 400 Emmet Street. read full story
Biscuit Run bonanza: How Hunter Craig turned a donation into a windfall
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May 2nd 5:00am

Biscuit Run bonanza: How Hunter Craig turned a donation into a windfall

Hunter Craig has a way of snatching victory from defeat. Craig's masterstrokes in the field and in the courtroom follow a tumultuous year for the now 52-year-old media-shy banker, developer, and UVA Board of Visitors member. In May 2012, he withstood a publicized effort to remove him from the bank he helped launch. Two months earlier, one of his children was diagnosed with cancer. While arranging for the girl's treatment, Craig suddenly found himself near the center of what became known as "UVA June." read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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May 1st 3:49pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“Long you live and high you'll fly, and smiles you'll give, tears you'll cry, and all you touch and all you see is all your life will ever be.” ― Pink Floyd   Floydian experience read full story
The week in review
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May 1st 10:44am

The week in review

Worst carjacking: Three men approach the driver of a yellow Nissan Xterra on Longwood Drive around 9:30pm April 25, rob the driver, and one of the suspects pulls a gun, NBC29 reports. When the driver flees on foot, he's grazed by a bullet. The suspects, whom police describe only as black males, take off in the Xterra. read full story
Appeal granted: Huguely gets hearing on possible trial errors
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May 1st 10:38am

Appeal granted: Huguely gets hearing on possible trial errors

Three years ago, lacrosse players George W. Huguely V and Yeardley Love were getting ready to graduate from the University of Virginia. That plan changed early May 3, 2010, when Love was found facedown in a pool of blood on her pillow in her 14th Street apartment. Now, on the anniversary of her death, Huguely sits in Keen Mountain Correctional Center serving a 23-year sentence for second-degree murder and waiting to see if an appeals panel will grant him a new trial.   read full story
Republican resurrection? Fighter pilot and cop challenge Dem-controlled council
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Apr 30th 3:07pm

Republican resurrection? Fighter pilot and cop challenge Dem-controlled council

City Republican chair Buddy Weber has been looking for Republicans to run for City Council since at least 2006, the last year the GOP fielded a candidate in Dem-heavy Charlottesville. After a seven-year drought, Weber has not one, but two candidates– although he's one of them. Former fighter pilot Weber, 67, and soon-to-be-former cop Mike Farruggio, 50, announced in their respective lingo that they'd be "wingman" and "backup" to each other in a GOP two-fer to take back City Council. read full story
'Admitted' behavior: Judge denies Dumler motion
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Apr 29th 4:35pm

'Admitted' behavior: Judge denies Dumler motion

Unlike his last appearance in court as a defendant, a freshly shaved Chris Dumler came before a judge April 29 seeking to have the petition for his removal from the Albemarle Board of Supervisors thrown out– to no avail. Judge Cheryl Higgins ruled against him in a case that has very little precedent in Virginia.   Related stories 9 days: Dumler goes in for chunk of jail time read full story
Get Out! events, shows, things to do
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Apr 25th 11:00pm

Get Out! events, shows, things to do

“If I should ever die, God forbid, let this be my epitaph: The only proof he needed for the existence of God was music." ― Kurt Vonnegut   Stringdusters play for the MRC read full story
The Other Fanning: Elle acts beyond her years
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Apr 25th 11:40am

The Other Fanning: Elle acts beyond her years

by Richard Roeper Born in 1945 in the shadow of Hiroshima, Ginger and Rosa grow up in a London of weary shortages of food, living space and cheer. Who could have guessed Swinging London and the Beatles were on the way? The girls become fast friends: Ginger, whose father Roland was a conscientious objector during World War II, and Rosa, whose father isn't in the picture.   *** Ginger and Rosa Director: Sally Potter read full story
Parade
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Apr 25th 11:34am

Parade

A perfect day for a parade, cool temperatures, California quality light. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
4-wheel dilemma: Rock crawlers caught between zoning and a hard place
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Apr 25th 5:07am

4-wheel dilemma: Rock crawlers caught between zoning and a hard place

When we think conservation easement, we think rural land and gracious farms, forever protected from subdividing, with the quiet broken only by the moo of cows. The roar of four-wheel drive vehicles climbing near-vertical terrain? Not so much. It turns out property owners who put their acreage under easement can four-wheel to their hearts content, say both Albemarle County zoning, and the Virginia Outdoors Foundation, which holds 650,000 acres under easement in the Commonwealth. read full story
Hackensaw healing: Dutch tragedy yields international friendships
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Apr 25th 5:00am

Hackensaw healing: Dutch tragedy yields international friendships

By Richard Alblas Life can sometimes take you to unexpected places. Just ask the Hackensaw Boys. The popular Charlottesville-based bluegrass band recently traveled to Kinderdijk, the Netherlands, where they launched their latest album titled For the Love of a Friend. It was the second time in one year the band passed through this small village, a UNESCO World Heritage Site famous for its beautiful countryside and historic windmills, and they were there with good reason. read full story
The week in review
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Apr 24th 5:24pm

The week in review

Latest tuition increase at a best-value university: UVA ups its in-state tuition and fees 3.8 percent to $12,458 a year, making a year there around $26,000. Out-of state students get hit with a 4.8 percent bump up to $39,844, and once room and board are added in, they're looking at about $53,800 a year, according to a release.  read full story
Blasted: Will City Council carry weight with airport?
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Apr 24th 10:52am

Blasted: Will City Council carry weight with airport?

Angry homeowners in the Walnut Hills neighborhood next door to the Charlottesville Albemarle Airport say their well-maintained houses are cracking up– literally. They've got cracks in their walls, their foundations, their septic systems. They've asked the airport to halt the blasting that's part of its runway extension, and April 15, City Council unanimously passed a resolution in support of this Albemarle County 'hood to halt the blasting.   read full story
Planning man: Sheffield challenges Rodney in Rio
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Apr 23rd 1:52pm

Planning man: Sheffield challenges Rodney in Rio

Transportation planner Brad Sheffield gathered about three dozen Dem supporters at the Albemarle County Office Building April 23 and announced a run for the Rio District seat on the Board of Supervisors now held by Republican Rodney Thomas. The self-described "planning nerd" offered his experience as what best qualifies him for the Board of Supervisors. Sheffield is an assistant director at JAUNT and has undergrad and master's degrees in planning from UVA. read full story
Awash in awards: Hook takes top state prize
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Apr 22nd 11:50am

Awash in awards: Hook takes top state prize

For the third time, the Virginia Press Association has bestowed its top honor– the Journalistic Integrity and Community Service Award– on the Hook, this time for the paper's coverage of the June 2012 ouster and subsequent reinstatement of UVA president Teresa Sullivan. read full story
Diversity on display: The 64th Annual Dogwood Parade
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Apr 22nd 8:44am

Diversity on display: The 64th Annual Dogwood Parade

The 64th Annual Charlottesville Dogwood Festival Grand Feature Parade went down Market Street on April 20 and it did not disappoint. Indeed, Charlottesville's diversity was on display as scout troops, bikers, step dancers, gay and lesbian groups, military, and beauty queens all let their freak flags fly. read full story
Multiplex: Ruth Caplin Theatre curtains go up
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Apr 21st 5:01pm

Multiplex: Ruth Caplin Theatre curtains go up

Okay, UVA's state-of-the-art Ruth Caplin Theatre doesn't actually have a curtain for its thrust-style stage, but it does have windows– unusual for a theater– and the windows have screens that go up. Here's something else about which the new theater can boast: vomitoria. Yes, that classic design element that allows large crowds– or actors– to exit and enter a stadium during or after performances through passageways between and under the seats. (And no, they were not actually used for vomiting during Roman orgy days, although it's a common misconception.) read full story
Full circle: Music Resource Center launches careers, collaboration
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Apr 18th 3:31pm

Full circle: Music Resource Center launches careers, collaboration

It's a Thursday afternoon, and Music Resource Center Outreach Coordinator Damani Harrison is in the Center's state of the art sound studio with a group of high school boys recording a radio show. "How 'bout we call this segment, 'Local News Out of the Closet,'" suggests one, as the rest of the group cracks up and Harrison gives the nod, laughing along even as he expertly steers the conversation–– which has suddenly and inexplicably veered onto the relative pros and cons of body hair–– back on track, coaxing the three hosts to introduce themselves to their listeners. read full story
Snow challenger: Liz Palmer runs, er, walks for supe seat
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Apr 18th 2:10pm

Snow challenger: Liz Palmer runs, er, walks for supe seat

Her campaign manager is the former Albemarle supervisor who represented the Samuel Miller district for 16 years, and veterinarian Liz Palmer hopes to reclaim that seat in November from the man who now holds it, Republican Duane Snow. Related stories FLAWS- Tripled rates, spun numbers, and Conservancy conflicts: Why the war on dredging slogs on read full story
Turn off: Could runaway car have been stopped with the key?
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Apr 18th 2:10pm

Turn off: Could runaway car have been stopped with the key?

A week after two teenagers survived a harrowing runaway car incident on I-81, questions about what caused the car to accelerate to speeds up to 110mph linger, but according to one local mechanic, a simple maneuver might have spared the teens the terror of leaping from a moving vehicle: turning the car off. read full story
Kluge v. Trump: Lawsuit alleges land-deal fraud
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Apr 18th 1:11pm

Kluge v. Trump: Lawsuit alleges land-deal fraud

John Kluge, Jr. wants his land back. That would be the 217-acre front yard of Albemarle House, the mansion his mother, winemaker Patricia Kluge, lived in until the bank foreclosed on the property in 2011. Both land and mansion are now owned by Donald Trump. A lawsuit filed April 5 in Albemarle Circuit Court contends that Trump "fraudulently acquired" the separate front yard and is now stiffing John Kluge's trust for more money promised if Albemarle House sold within two years. Kluge's father, billionaire John W. Kluge, put the 217-acre parcel into a trust for his son in 2000. read full story
Under fire: Is the Elks Lodge getting a bad rap?
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Apr 18th 10:25am

Under fire: Is the Elks Lodge getting a bad rap?

After working a long shift as a chef at the Main Street Arena on Friday, March 15, Kenny Jenkins headed over to the Elks Lodge on Second Street NW for a drink and a dance with his fiancée. A longtime Charlottesville resident, Jenkins has been going to the Elks Lodge, a historic African-American fraternal organization with deep roots in the community, for over 30 years. read full story