Man Threatened, Locked in Trunk, Terrified for Sport

George C. Page Jr. took time away from bagging
groceries at the Orange Food Lion Monday evening to
recount his night of terror last weekend in Culpeper (see
story in this week’s hard copy).

Page, who is very slim and gentle-mannered, was
interrupted more than once during the interview by
customers greeting him by name and wishing him well.
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Center Cares for Abused Children

“We’re the best-kept secret in Culpeper County,” said
Brian Cook, director of community resources at the Alice
C. Tyler Village of Childhelp East in Lignum. The village
is a treatment center for some of the most seriously
abused and neglected children in Virginia.

Then-First Lady Barbara Bush cut a ribbon on the
property at its opening in 1991. read more

County Raises Taxes Infinitesimally; Fire Rains Down From Heaven

The County Board of Supervisors voted last Thursday
to raise the real-estate tax rate eight cents. The 4-3 vote
raised the tax rate to 82 cents per $100 of assessed value,
far short of the 23-cent rate hike that had been advertised
for public hearing, but more than the five-cent hike that
had also been considered.

As part of the same motion, the board voted to add to read more

Professor Teaches Prisoners

Joel Tate, 58, a Germanna professor who has lived in
Culpeper since 1976, tells the story of a day in one of his
sociology classes when a student he calls Mr. Computer
read aloud a short story he’d written.
The story was about a middle-class couple who ran
into a boy on the street. Mr. Computer had written it after
reading read more

Beloved Doctor Closes Up Shop — Victim of HMOification

Doctor Clara Eden, 41, has closed the medical practice
that she operated for seven years on Piedmont Street, and
many of her approximately 2,000 patients believe they will
be unable to find anyone to take her place.
As often as not they have to speak through tears when
asked about this loss. Eden herself can’t refrain from
crying when discussing her decision.

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Rappahannock River in Danger

This is the fourth in a series of five articles on the
Rappahannock River.
Some local residents concerned with the future of the
Rappahannock River are taking an interest in a public
hearing set for next Wednesday on a wastewater treatment
plant the county has proposed that would discharge into the
river.

Culpeper County applied to the State read more

Free Course in Italian

Do you want to learn Italian? You can do it without any audio help, and without any expense, by using the following course. I will include exercises here, but exercises can easily be had. The important thing is to get the basic rules where you can reach them. Vocabulary can be increased with a dictionary or any sample of the language. Those can be had in soc.culture.italian

With very few exceptions, Italian words are pronounced according to simple consistent rules. There is no need to learn every read more

Sex in the USA

January, 1999
When Woody Allen was accused of child molesting, a TV interviewer asked him if he had done it. Instead of answering, Woody pointed out the improbability that if he were going to do such a thing he would have chosen to do it at an unusually inconvenient time in a house full of people (as was alleged). Whether or not Woody is innocent, I think he is smart. If he had responded as the interviewer probably wanted him to, saying, “I would never do that! This is my daughter read more