Special News Reports

The Jim Baldi story
Published on Jan 26th, 2013

Following a July 20, 2010 story in the Hook, which delved into the circumstances surrounding Bel Rio Restaurant's sudden closure and Baldi’s disappearance, the long-time local bookkeeper,...
President Sullivan retakes the reins
Published on Aug 22nd, 2012

The crisis that struck the University of Virginia with the unceremonious ouster of of its president didn't end with the groundswell of grassroots support for Teresa Sullivan that led to her June 26...
The ousting of a president
Published on Jun 14th, 2012

Although people responsible for the decision said it was in the works for a while, the ouster of University of Virginia President Teresa Sullivan looked like a bolt from the blue, an unexplained move...
Waste War: the fight over trash and recycling
Published on May 2nd, 2012

"All I ever wanted to do was recycle," says Peter Van der Linde, who opened a state-of-the-art Material Recovery Facility (MRF) in Zion Crossroads in 2009. The 100,000 square-foot facility uses high-...
Which way for Belmont Bridge?
Published on Apr 6th, 2012

What should be done with the Belmont Bridge? Since 1962, it has served as a massive gateway to downtown. But in its 50th year, city officials and engineers are scratching their heads over whether to...
Turmoil at the VQR
Published on Apr 4th, 2012

"Virginia Quarterly Review has become one of the most widely admired magazines in the country,” said Sid Holt, chief executive of the American Society of Magazine Editors. "From 2005 to 2011, VQR...
The recantation of Robert Davis
Published on Apr 3rd, 2012

Arrested shortly after midnight on the morning of February 22, 2003, 18-year Robert Paul Davis was taken at gunpoint from the Staunton Walmart and interrogated in Charlottesville for more than five...
Huguely trial coverage
Published on Mar 15th, 2012

You can find most of the Hook's coverage on the Huguely trial here.
The Biscuit Run cash grab
Published on Jan 3rd, 2012

Biscuit Run may eventually become a state park, but it has already become a state scandal, as the developers who tried to earn millions on a bubble-era flip have turned to friendly appraisers in an...
Water plan all wet?
Published on Nov 12th, 2011

Is the local water plan all wet? Specifically, what if the effort to replace the existing three-reservoir system with one mega-reservoir were built on fears, conflicted interests, and faulty data?...