November 18th, 2004 issue #0346

November 18th, 2004
  • The verdict: Sisk's family speaks out

    In the same court on the same day that a cocaine dealer was sentenced to nine years in jail, a former UVA student who stabbed a local firefighter to death received a sentence of just three years– less than a third of the allowable maximum for a voluntary manslaughter conviction. Almost no one is satisfied.

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  • Truth in consequences: Virginia felons do the time

    Virginia, with a maximum sentence of 10 years, may appear to be among the most lenient of the 40 states that recognize the crime of voluntary manslaughter. According to a federal study, 29 states impose longer maximums. Twenty have a statutory maximum of 20 years or more, and nine have a maximum of 11 to 19 years, leaving Virginia one of 11 states in the 10-years-or-less category.

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  • The week in review

    Biggest local murder trial: Former UVA student Andrew Alston is convicted of voluntary manslaughter November 9 in the stabbing death of 22-year-old Walker Sisk a year ago. ...

The Dish


  • College girls: Why they outnumber boys

    A while ago, my nephew asked me to take a look at his college admissions essay. He was a brilliant, interesting kid with superb grades and boards– a kid who in the pa...

Question of the Week

  • What did you think of the Alston verdict?

    Ryan Gibbs: "I think it's outrageous, honestly. I don't think defending yourself involves stabbing someone 18 times– and mostly in the back. I went to high school wi...

Real Estate - $old

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    ALBEMARLE 9/27  Fluvanna Land and Development Co to Frederic J., Diana M., and Theodore N. Drake, 150 Jordan Lane, Clover Lawn Village, $199,900. Church Hill Develop...

Real Estate - On the Block

  • House of vinyl: And we don't mean music

    ADDRESS: 307-A Riverside Avenue ASKING: $ 127,900 BUILDING: 1066 sq. ft LAND: 0.102 acres YEAR BUILT: 1971 NEIGHBORHOOD: Woolen Mills CURB APPEAL: 3 of 10 LISTED BY: John T...

Real Estate - Update


    What happened to "On the Blocks" of the past? Published November 18, 2004 in issue 0346 of the Hook APPEARED IN THE HOOK: February 20, 2003, in issue 0207 ADDRESS: Sunrise ...

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property Auctions

    November 22, at 10am, at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 6.04 acres in Kent's Store Debtor: unknown Amount owing: $56,069 Bidder brings: $5,600 or 10 percent of t...

DR. HooK

Movie Reviews

Music Reviews

  • Loopy: Jazzy noodling casts a spell

    Bill Frisellat Starr Hill Music HallTuesday, November 9 Bill Frisell coming to Starr Hill was an occasion special enough to draw me out of the warmth of my house on a chill...

  • Shed show: Amy, Mongrel leave audience panting

    Getting to Rapunzel's Coffee & Books in Lovingston is a bit of a drive down Route 29, but whenever I go, the trip proves well worth it. This time the old packing shed w...


  • Giving tree: Downtown's grandest tree felled

    In some ways it was Charlottesville's own "giving tree." Like the famed apple tree in Shel Silverstein's children's book, the massive deodora cedar in front of Charlottesvi...

  • KFC protest: PETA says chix battered then fried

    On Tuesday, November 16, three activists from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals gathered on the sidewalk in front of the Emmet Street KFC to protest what the grou...

  • Night show: Aurora Borealis lights up sky

      When Craig Jones took his dog for a midnight walk on Sunday, November 7, he saw a peculiar sight above his Covesville home. "I saw what looked like a red haze in the...

  • Rapist absent: Unsealed file says cops knew

    State police have known for at least three years that a convicted rapist was not at work the day Rebecca Lynn Williams was raped and stabbed to death in her Culpeper apartm...

  • Rapist absent: Unsealed file says cops knew

    State police have known for at least three years that a convicted rapist was not at work the day Rebecca Lynn Williams was raped and stabbed to death in her Culpeper apartm...

  • Sofa, so good: Bassett comes to town

    You might want to read this news sitting down: A new competitor is entering the battle for local sofa supremacy. Come spring, a company named Bassett will hound customers o...

  • Staunton's Omni? Can Stonewall Jackson pay its bills?

    Guess who foots the bill if revenues generated by the Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center don't meet the expectations Staunton leaders had when they signed off on...

  • Stonewalled: Hotel opening set for fall 2005

    Every renovation project encounters setbacks. And the $21.1 million Stonewall Jackson Hotel and Conference Center project is no exception, having thrown developer Tom Redd ...

The Brazen Careerist

  • Blame yourself: Accept what can't be changed

    Even though I rarely tell you about the letters I receive from readers, I do receive a lot of mail. Almost all of it is thoughtful and intelligent, and the mail does influe...

Sports Doctor

Strange But True

  • Stumped: Cro-Magnons had mam-mouth aches

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK BY BILL SONES AND RICH SONES, PH.D. Q. If dentistry had existed 50,000 years ago, what problems would have sent our Neanderthal and Cro-...


  • Tyler Boles: Outstanding in his fields

    "When I was 11, I kind of ran into that brick wall that everyone seems to run into– you know, how to make money at that age..." Michael "Tyler" Boles, now 18, is expl...



  • Democrats harass Presley

    [Re: "Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles," November 4]: It's not surprising to me that America filled our government with Republicans including the office of ...

  • No WMDs behind the razor-wire

    I've been reading the stories of Mrs. Shirley Presley and her razor wire with some amusement. I have known the family since I moved down the road from them in 1987. I gradu...

  • Thank goodness for Payne

    A lot of unkind words have been written about my good friend, Shirley Presley, and I feel compelled to respond to your lack of fairness to her. Your articles have been mean...

  • Walk somewhere else

    How could anyone, anywhere in these United States, fault a person for not wanting people trespassing on his or her land? ["Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles,...

  • What about Presley's privacy?

    [Re: "Widow's peak: City's Rivanna Trail case crumbles," November 4]: I feel that you have violated the rights and privacy of this woman by printing personal information no...

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