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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
Postcard mystery: The woman who loves Smithwick's
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Apr 18th 10:19am

Postcard mystery: The woman who loves Smithwick's

When the Shebeen restaurant discontinued Smithwick's beer on tap, owner Walter Slawski didn't expect there to be much of a fuss over the disappearance of the historic Irish ale, which dates to the early 18th century. But within weeks of its disappearance from the beer menu, Slawski and his staff soon learned that someone wasn't happy. Anonymous postcards began arriving to the restaurant from as far away as Canada, and while they weren't exactly threatening, the message was unmistakable. read full story
What the frack? What happens in West Virginia can happen here
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Apr 18th 9:56am

What the frack? What happens in West Virginia can happen here

I have a furnace that runs on natural gas, a gas stove, a gas dryer, and a gas hot water heater. I am happy with these, especially the stove. Gas is great for cooking. It never occurred to me, however, to wonder where my gas originated until I signed on for an overnight camping trip in West Virginia. read full story
Mystery suspension: Bellamy no-show, no-license cases continued
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Apr 17th 4:14pm

Mystery suspension: Bellamy no-show, no-license cases continued

City Council candidate Wes Bellamy was in court April 11 long enough to reschedule a hearing on two charges: driving on a suspended license and failure to appear in court. He stopped briefly outside Charlottesville General District Court to tell reporters he couldn't talk to them about why his license had been suspended. "I'm looking forward to speaking about it and getting it all cleared up, but I can't now," said Bellamy, pointing to his attorney, Ron Tweel. read full story
The week in review
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Apr 17th 9:55am

The week in review

Latest Albemarle traffic fatalities: An 88-year-woman driving a 2002 Buick LeSabre plows into the median and a tree on U.S. 29 south of Hollymead Town Center April 10, killing her 87-year-old passenger, Gerard Joseph Smith. Driver Jeanette Smith dies April 16. The Smiths are the fourth and fifth people to die on Albemarle roads this year; three other people died the last week of March in unrelated accidents. read full story
Boston horror: 'Sore in my legs, sad in my heart'
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Apr 16th 12:59pm

Boston horror: 'Sore in my legs, sad in my heart'

Free Union resident Harry Landers finished his fifth Boston Marathon in three hours and 39 minutes. He was showering in his hotel room at around 4:10 into the race when the bombs exploded. "I just heard two explosions– what was that?" his wife, Janis Jaquith, saw someone post on Facebook. She cut on the TV in their hotel room a few blocks away from the finish line. read full story
Video Special: Tom Tom Festival round-up
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Apr 13th 5:24pm

Video Special: Tom Tom Festival round-up

The Tom Tom Festival is still going. Indeed, a reporter hears jazz plating right outside his window. But videographer Anwar Allen has already covered some of the action. Enjoy!   So, what do people think of Tom Tom? read full story
9 days: Dumler goes in for chunk of jail time
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Apr 12th 4:40pm

9 days: Dumler goes in for chunk of jail time

If you're a county supervisor trying to put a dent in a 30-day jail sentence, Friday, April 12, might seem like a good time to knock off nine days because the Board of Supervisors won't meet again until May 1. Supervisor Chris Dumler will be serving time from April 12 until April 21, according to Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail. read full story
Benchmark: Claude Worrell confirmed as juvenile court judge
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Apr 11th 4:01pm

Benchmark: Claude Worrell confirmed as juvenile court judge

For 20 years, Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Claude Worrell has prosecuted some of Charlottesville's most notorious cases. His days arguing in front of the bench soon will be over, and Worrell will be sitting on the bench in the 16th Circuit Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court.   Related stories Judgment day: 6 lawyers vie for juvenile court bench read full story
Social capitalist: Fairchild's unlikely B-school path
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Apr 11th 3:43pm

Social capitalist: Fairchild's unlikely B-school path

Greg Fairchild has to cancel a phone interview. He's in Macedonia and has been invited to the president's house to listen to jazz after they discovered a mutual interest in Chet Baker earlier that day at lunch. This sort of thing seems to happen to Fairchild a lot. read full story
Good neighbors? Controversy brews over apartments at Meadowbrook
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Apr 11th 3:32pm

Good neighbors? Controversy brews over apartments at Meadowbrook

The phrase "mixed-use" may be all the rage when talking about city and county developments, but some neighbors of the Meadowbrook Shopping Centre aren't thrilled with proposed plans to make Charlottesville's oldest shopping center mixed- use by adding as many as 128 apartments. read full story
Can Anyone Stop Ken Cuccinelli? Here's how Virginia's pro-life, pro-gun attorney general could take over the Governor's Mansion.
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Apr 11th 11:42am

Can Anyone Stop Ken Cuccinelli? Here's how Virginia's pro-life, pro-gun attorney general could take over the Governor's Mansion.

by Peter GaluszkaIt is a wintry afternoon on Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014. Strutting against a cobalt blue sky, a fife and drum corps dressed in resplendent red and blue colonial garb plays martial airs in front of the steps of Virginia's stately Capitol. The governor is about to take his oath of office administered by the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia: read full story
Roger and me: Reflections on a kindred spirit
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Apr 11th 9:21am

Roger and me: Reflections on a kindred spirit

By Carroll TrainumSpifclown1@yahoo.com read full story
The week in review
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Apr 11th 5:06am

The week in review

Biggest margin: Democrat Jason Vandever wins the special election for Charlottesville treasurer April 2 by 75 percent with 1,280 votes to independent opponent John Pfaltz's 397 votes. read full story
Coffee capital: Shark Mountain Coffee to change C'Ville java landscape
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Apr 10th 10:32pm

Coffee capital: Shark Mountain Coffee to change C'Ville java landscape

Many small businesses in competitive industries will throw down to keep even their most basic recipes a secret from their competitors. Not Shark Mountain Coffee Company. In fact, part of what sets this new gourmet coffee shop and roastery apart from the crowd is its downright excitement to give away their secrets. read full story
Explosive: Airport neighbors claim blast damage
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Apr 10th 1:14pm

Explosive: Airport neighbors claim blast damage

When Donna and Steven DeJong built their house in Walnut Hills eight years ago, their builder offered to come back and repair any damage from settling that occurred during the first year. "We never had one nail pop," says Donna DeJong. That's not been the case since their neighbor, Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport, began blasting away for its runway extension project last fall, and suddenly everything's cracking at the DeJong house: a window, a basement tile, molding, and sheetrock throughout their 5,200-square-foot house. read full story
Highway terror update: Laws of physics do apply
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Apr 10th 12:48pm

Highway terror update: Laws of physics do apply

The survival of the two teenagers involved in the April 9 runaway car incident on I-81 may still be considered miraculous, but, according to revised information from Virginia State Police today, it was more in keeping with the laws of physics. Still, as revealed in the now released 911 call the teenagers made, it was a harrowing, bizarre experience for the young drivers, one that could have been tragic for other drivers if it wasn't for the quick thinking of a state trooper. read full story
Highway terror: Teens escape runaway car
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Apr 9th 4:13pm

Highway terror: Teens escape runaway car

A scene of terror unfolded on I-81Tuesday afternoon, April 9, when two Harrisonburg teenagers found themselves in a car that accelerated out of control to 110 mph, leading the two to leap from the moving vehicle seconds before police engaged in a controlled collision that forced it into the guardrail. read full story
UVA student enters City Council race
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Apr 9th 2:30pm

UVA student enters City Council race

Another bowtie-wearing, twenty-something candidate has announced a bid for the Democratic nomination for City Council. UVA grad student Adam Lees chose the front of the Rotunda on April 9 to officially announce his run for office, and says he was inspired by the unpleasantness of last summer at UVA, when President Terry Sullivan was fired and reinstated.  He's working on a master's degree in foreign affairs, is a teaching assistant, and has served on Student Council. His biggest challenge: "Getting enough sleep," says the candidate. read full story
Rally for immigration reform
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Apr 9th 10:04am

Rally for immigration reform

Five-year-old Yovani Hernandez joins his dad, José Hernandez, and dozens more April 8 on the corners of Ridge-McIntire and Preston Avenue at and across from the Albemarle County Office Building. Virginia Organizing, Casa Alma Catholic Worker, Church of the Incarnation, and Sin Barreras Community Center organized the evening-commute-hour demonstration, which they say brought 125 demonstrators in support of a major overhaul of immigration policy. read full story
Casual encounters: Alleged fake Craigslist poster denied bond
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Apr 8th 12:26pm

Casual encounters: Alleged fake Craigslist poster denied bond

Men kept showing up at the victim's house in Fauquier County wanting sex, she testified– more than 100 males between January and March 20. A federal judge in Charlottesville denied bond April 5 to Kenneth Edward Kuban, who is accused of posting the fake "close encounters" ads on Craigslist that directed men to his former girlfriend's house. Kuban, 61, a film preservationist for the Library of Congress in Culpeper, is charged with two federal counts of stalking for using the Internet to post the fake sex-wanted ads on Craigslist. read full story
Flash of insight: Get used to no power
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Apr 4th 6:08pm

Flash of insight: Get used to no power

Silent flashes lit up the sky in fast succession, like paparazzi, for a good two minutes. The night was dark, and our power had clicked off about a half hour earlier. I stood at our bedroom window, fascinated by this mysterious pulse. Soon, the flashing stopped, and it was time to get some sleep. read full story
Launching dreams: Nguyen's bringing the biz to small business
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Apr 4th 6:00pm

Launching dreams: Nguyen's bringing the biz to small business

When Toan Nguyen first conceived of a local microlending program similar to ones that have been successful in developing countries, people scoffed. read full story
Fat secret: Peirce-Cottler seeks cures from saddlebags
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Apr 4th 5:17pm

Fat secret: Peirce-Cottler seeks cures from saddlebags

One doctor's trash is another's treasure– at least that's the case for UVA biomedical engineer Shayn Peirce-Cottler, whose use of liposuction leftovers in her research is helping improve treatment for serious conditions including diabetes and heart disease. Wait a sec. Love handles as potential life savers? read full story
Moves that bind: Katie Schetlick finds connections through dance
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Apr 4th 4:11pm

Moves that bind: Katie Schetlick finds connections through dance

We fidget as we sit, we walk, we run and dance—we’re all in constant motion. But how often do we think of it as something that we share with others, something that links us together? Katie Schetlick, ballet instructor at the Charlottesville Performing Arts School, considers this connection between people, dancing, and movement every day.  read full story
Animal matters: Sahar Akhtar on the morals of animal treatment
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Apr 4th 4:03pm

Animal matters: Sahar Akhtar on the morals of animal treatment

UVA professor of philosophy Sahar Akhtar's class "Animals and Ethics" is a popular one. "Students now want to know what the justifications are for treating animals in certain ways," says Akhtar, "what the morality and ethics of that is, and what, if any, obligations we have to them as a society and as human beings." The class examines the moral and legal standing of non-human animals, and how we come to terms with using animals for research and for food. read full story
Love thy neighbor: Pastor Greg Thompson brings back the beloved community
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Apr 4th 3:52pm

Love thy neighbor: Pastor Greg Thompson brings back the beloved community

Greg Thompson wants us to learn to love each other, even if we have deep differences, and not just because he's a pastor at a local Presbyterian church and Jesus said love thy neighbor and all that, but because he believes the survival of our democracy depends on it. Disturbed by the divisive political discourse in the country, Thompson, 39, began studying Martin Luther King, Jr. for his dissertation at UVA about seven years ago, asking himself how people with deep differences could not only live together, but flourish. read full story
Just Curry returns
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Apr 4th 3:32pm

Just Curry returns

More than three years after closing down two locations of Just Curry– one on the Corner and one in the Downtown Transit Center– Chef Alex George is currying favor once more with a new location on the Downtown Mall. "The opportunity presented itself, and it was too good a chance to pass up," says George, a one-time personal chef for the wealthy who also serves as executive chef at the popular and upscale Commonwealth Restaurant and Skybar. For the revived Just Curry, which opened on February 20, George has partnered with a physician who declines to be named. read full story
Mall battle: Arena, city face off over broken bricks
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Apr 4th 2:21pm

Mall battle: Arena, city face off over broken bricks

Four years after the $7 million re-bricking of the Downtown Mall, a patch of damaged bricks along the edge of the Main Street Arena near Water Street is pitting a property owner against the city in a dispute over who's responsible for the repairs. "They have been in this condition for almost a year," wrote Arena General Manager Will van der Linde in an email sent last July to the city in advance of the planned visit by Michelle Obama, which was cancelled in the wake of the mass shooting in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater. read full story
Pie one on: New cart brings taste of Down Under
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Apr 4th 12:33pm

Pie one on: New cart brings taste of Down Under

In America, the word pie is usually preceded by the name of a fruit– apple, peach, blueberry. It's a different world Down Under where pies are stuffed with meats, vegetables, and just about anything you can think of. After a seven-month trip to Australia in 2009 following his graduation from VCU, Justin Bagley returned home to Charlottesville convinced that his fellow countryfolk would love the pies that sustained him over the course of his travels. read full story
All eyes
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Apr 4th 12:26pm

All eyes

Former neighbor Paul Whitehead, often up to something creative. Moved to San Francisco. ~Commentator Bill Emory puts up a new photo nearly every day at billemory.com/blog. read full story
Beautiful 'Road': Kerouac adaptation has charms but does it have soul?
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Apr 4th 11:56am

Beautiful 'Road': Kerouac adaptation has charms but does it have soul?

Although Jack Kerouac's On the Road has been praised as a milestone in American literature, this film version brings into question how much of a story it really offers. read full story
Likely to inspire: Bob Pianta innovates teacher quality
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Apr 4th 11:08am

Likely to inspire: Bob Pianta innovates teacher quality

Bob Pianta isn't afraid to say he has no idea what the classroom of the future will look like. Coming from the dean of UVA's Curry School of Education and a nationally-lauded builder of better teachers, that's pretty refreshing. "We're at this intersection with technology," says Pianta. As critical to education as technology is however, there's this one other thing getting attention now: social skills. read full story
Beyer's market: Innovation rules at Tom Tom
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Apr 4th 9:46am

Beyer's market: Innovation rules at Tom Tom

Stopping by the Hook office two weeks before the second Tom Tom Founders Day Festival kicks off on April 11, it's clear festival organizer Paul Beyer is a busy man. In addition to putting the finishing touches on Tom Tom's big events, including a $10,000 community pitch night, 60 musical performances, and a series of talks by local innovators, there are the tiny details to attend to. "The banners need to be tightened," says Beyer, peering through a window at the Tom Tom signs flapping on Downtown Mall lightpoles. Add one more thing to his "to-do" list. read full story
Firefight fall-out: Police ready for "aggressive" action at Elks Lodge
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Apr 4th 9:23am

Firefight fall-out: Police ready for "aggressive" action at Elks Lodge

More than two weeks after a late-night shootout on Second Street NW outside the Elks Lodge left two men shot and wounded on the street, police say no charges have been filed and the investigation is still ongoing. There's been neither widespread public outcry nor city action concerning the violence, but internally police and city officials have taken notice."The City Manager and I have had no fewer than two meetings in the last week or so to discuss how to go forward with this in an aggressive, but lawful manner," says Charlottesville Police Chief Tim Longo. read full story
Three fatalities: Traffic deaths unrelated
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Apr 3rd 4:39pm

Three fatalities: Traffic deaths unrelated

Albemarle hasn't had any fatalities all year– and then within three days, three men are dead from crashes on county roads. "All three of these are very different, with much different dynamics," says Sergeant Sean Hackney with Albemarle County Police. He's investigated over 100 fatal crashes during his career and says there are three common factors in most fatalities: speed, alcohol, and lack of seatbelts. read full story