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Search for Sage
The grief over the disappearance of Charlottesville teen Dashad "Sage" Smith is compounded by questions over whether Charlottesville Police are conducting a thorough investigation. The Hook goes inside the investigation.

Dragas' fate
Nothing's been able to dislodge embattled UVA Rector Helen Dragas from her perch, and now, her position on the Board of Visitors is in the hands of the General Assembly. Will she stay or will she go?

Charlottesville's hoppin'
The music acts just won't quit this week, with a Jimi Hendrix tribute, a C'ville-Richmond battle of the bands, and the Jon Spencer Blues Explosion. And that's not nearly all that's going on around town. Check out the Hook's new cultural calendar and just see if it doesn't inspire you to get out!

Blocked views
Albemarle County has lured legions of visitors and plenty of residents with gorgeous views of the Blue Ridge Mountains, so why do some newcomers want to hide the beauty from the rest of us? Janis Jaquith isn't happy.


On the cover (of this 32-page issue): Dashad "Sage" Smith's grandmother, Lolita "Cookie" Smith, left, his cousin Kenneth Jackson and family friend Bemeche Hicks hold signs of protest. Photo by Jen Fariello

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