February 24th, 2005 issue #0408

February 24th, 2005
  • She's dying: His drug could save her

    Mary Jane Gentry is going to die, and the UVA Health Sciences Center, which has saved countless lives, has pulled away the experimental drug that might save her. "It was a ray of hope," she says, "and then they stopped it." When she was diagnosed 18 months ago with an aggressive case of "Lou Gehrig's disease," Gentry knew it was a death sentence. Doctors told her she had less than three years to live.

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4Better Or Worse

  • The week in review

    Biggest school brouhaha– Charlottesville: According to reports in the Daily Progress, Mayor David Brown blames School Board Chairwoman Dede Smith's communication skil...

Editor's Note

  • Siler moves on: Jameson returns

    Hook proofreader Jeanne Nicholson Siler is stepping down to take a full-time grant-funded position researching an African American business district in Martinsville. Longti...

The Dish


  • All about you: It could already be on file

    As confirmed addicts of the various Crime Scene Investigation television police procedurals well know, people are constantly shedding DNA as they go through life. Microscop...

Question of the Week

  • Should dying patients get risky drugs?

    Rachid Menfi: "Yes, in that case, the medicine can be more helpful than harmful." Ms. Brown: "It depends on the condition of the patient and whether they're in the righ...

Real Estate - $old

  • $old

    ALBEMARLE 1/7  Southland Homes Inc. to Yiwei Duan and Huaye Zhang, 0.182 acres at 123 Boxwood Court, Village Homes at Mill Creek, $232,950. March Mountain Properties...

Real Estate - Commercial Construction Permits

  • Commercial construction permits

    ALBEMARLE 2/1 - 2/11/05  Hollymead Town Center LLC c/o Regency Realty Group LLC, tenant upfit- Building C at Hollymead Town Center, $25,000. Earlysville Volunteer Fi...

Real Estate - Off the Block

  • SOLD

    APPEARED IN THE HOOK : December 2, 2004 in issue 0348 ADDRESS: 1112 Dobby Creek Road, Scottsville DAYS TO CONTRACT: 147 ASKING: $238,900 SOLD FOR: $220,000 SELLER'S AN...

Real Estate - On the Block

Real Estate Property auctions

  • Property auctions

    February 24, at 3:15pm at the Fluvanna County Courthouse Property: 4 Windy Way, Lake Monticello Debtor: Mark P. and Eugenia M. Deering Amount owing: $65,000 Bidder brings:...

DR. HooK

Movie Reviews

  • Flying high: <I>Aviator </I>looks sweep-ish

    Every year I write enough copy to reach to the moon and back (if printed in sufficiently large type), and the only column I'm embarrassed by is this one, in which I try to ...

Music Reviews

  • Beating the odds: Stumbling into enjoyment

    LagerhythmOrbitFriday, February 18 Though my intentions were to see local soul-masters The Hamiltons perform at Starr Hill's cocktail lounge Saturday night, my inability t...

  • Where it's at: Ukranian Band brings house down

    Gogol BordelloLive Arts DownstageFriday, February 18 Believe the hype. That's pretty much all I have to say about Gogol Bordello. But since that doesn't make for a very in...


  • Acquitted: It's Schaub, not Schwab

    Former UVA star quarterback Matt Schaub, now a back-up quarterback for the Atlanta Falcons, was back in town last fall for the Maryland game. He quaffed a couple of beers w...

  • Dark horse: Non-politico eyes UVA election sweep

    Published February 24, 2005, in issue 0408 of the Hook BY VIJITH ASSAR [email protected] "We think in America that it is necessary to introduce the people into every d...

  • Expensive attrition: $500K for zero job gains

    The headlines earlier this month reported that pharmaceutical giant Merck was to expand its Shenandoah Valley operations– and the fine print beneath detailed how the ...

  • Fridays After 5: Taking it to the street

    A grassy knoll and Garrett Street will be the temporary home of Fridays After 5– if Charlottesville approves Coran Capshaw's plan for an alternate location while the ...

  • Record this: General Assembly closes tax dodge

    In the world of taxes levied by the Commonwealth, the recordation tax– even after it spiked 67 percent last year– remained fairly obscure. It wasn't until press...

  • Transposed: New park?

    Valley Park Mint Springs is not a new Albemarle County Park, despite a sign pointing to what's been known as Mint Springs Valley Park. "We have not renamed the park," says ...

The Brazen Careerist

  • New job: Don't blow it in 90 days

    The majority of people who fail at their job will do so in the first 90 days. So take special care to make a good start. Here are areas you need to manage carefully. 1. Ass...

Sports Doctor


    Most underrated male athletes: Rather than focusing on the struggles of the men's basketball teams, Wahoo fans can proudly support their smaller-market clubs as the UVA men...


    The Week in Review: Most Undisputed Champions: Having already secured berths in next week's regional playoffs, all three local district champion basketball teams solidify ...

Strange But True

  • On edge: Kiddies know where danger is

    DRAWING BY DEBORAH DERR McCLINTOCK Q. Would an unwatched toddler approaching the edge of the Grand Canyon perceive the danger and draw back? –B. Spock


  • High standards: Simmons coaxes Band's best

    In 1945, a promising young musician named Jim Simmons was invited to practice with the Charlottesville Municipal Band. As he packed up to leave rehearsal in the Armory on M...


  • More than music: Rodi's quest for meaning

    Mike Rodi has a gripe. "We regularly pack people in here beyond my expectations," he says of downtown fixture Rapture and sister club R2."The numbers are all good." Good ne...


  • Clifton coverage tawdry

    I am incensed The Hook would publish the toxicology results from the Medical Examiner's Report on Patricia Langlade [February 17: "Clifton-hanger: Inn reopens as lawyers pr...

  • Dr. Hook's right about oldsters

    Dr. Hong's article ["Bad news, grandpa: Turn in your license!" February 17, 2005] is badly needed, as too many family members think, "Dad is okay to drive if he stays close...

  • Drunks are expensive

    Two weeks ago I saw the police and rescue squad picking up a passed out drunk on the Rivanna Trail. He was face down in a ditch. It snowed and got pretty cold that night, s...

  • Homeless are human

    I was a bit unsettled after reading through and noting the photos from the February 17 cover story "Saturday Night Drive..." with officer Web Stokes. The article discussed ...

  • Social studies' sinister omission

    John Whitehead's essay on the results of the "Future of the First Amendment" poll [February 10, 2005] should send up red flares about the educational system. But Whitehead ...

Cultural preview

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