The week in review
Latest George Huguely ruling: A judge says November 18 that defense attorneys may see slain student Yeardley Love's medical records.
Biggest issue for UVA students I: The magnolias slated to be cut down over the winter holidays as part of the Rotunda roof repair have sparked students to petition to save them, despite the abundance of magnolias and the rarity of Rotundas. The Cavalier Daily has the story.
Biggest issue for UVA students II: The Sierra Student Coalition wants to shut down the university's coal-fired heating plant as part of the group's "Beyond Coal" initiative, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow. The plant was renovated in 2008 for $78 million, cleans 99.9 percent of particulate emissions, and does not use mountain-top removed coal, says UVA chief facilities officer Donald Sundgren.
Worst fire in a historic structure: The West Range Cafe at UVA ignites from an electrical cable– not a quake-damaged fireplace, use of which were recently banned– November 20, causing significant damage to the cafe.
More electrical cable news: Campers with Occupy Charlottesville have tapped into a city electrical post at Lee Park and have run the power bill up to $36.24, Henry Graff reports for NBC29. The city says it will pick up the tab.
Always sure to agitate: School redistricting. Albemarle says it needs to move students from Hollymead and Stony Point elementaries. Upset parents ensue.
Biggest turnabout: After pleas from various elected officials including the governor, the Federal Emergency Management Agency reverses course November 10 and approves Virginia’s request for aid in the wake of the 5.8-magnitude earthquake that struck on August 23.
Rarest kind of traffic fatality: The family of 88-year-old Leo H. South, who was hit by a Staunton trolley in 2009 and later died from those injuries, receives an $850,000 settlement from Virginia Regional Transit, according to Augusta Circuit Court records, the News Leader reports.
Latest attempt to revise revenue-sharing repercussions: The deal Albemarle County inked in 1982 that gives Charlottesville about $18 million a year in return for not annexing– a state moratorium on annexation didn't go into effect until two years later– also shorts the county in the amount it gets from the state for education. Delegate Rob Bell is carrying a bill again that would count Albemarle's $18-million contribution to Charlottesville in the state's "composite index" in hopes of getting more county school dollars. Aaron Richardson has the story in the Progress.
Biggest protest of sexual offender treatment: Two men who have served their prison sentences but are still held at the Virginia Center for Behavioral Rehabilitation in Burkeville climb onto the roof of the facility with nooses around their necks from 11:30am to 3pm November 21, the AP reports.
Biggest raid: Alcoholic Beverage Control officers descend upon the Rooster Ridge home of Tracy and Joyce Davis in Nelson County November 21and confiscate a distillery, firearms, and malnourished hunting dogs, chickens and horses, according to NBC29. The couple rack up six dozen charges between them, including 28 each for misdemeanor animal cruelty.
Biggest gig for David Toscano: The delegate who represents Charlottesville in the General Assembly is unanimously elected House Democratic Caucus minority leader November 19.
Newest cat lobby: A group called the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine wants UVA's med school to stop using cats to train students how to insert breathing tubes into the mouths of newborn infants, the AP reports.
Worst week for cat news: A Harrisonburg man who finds an injured cat on the side of the road late on Friday night, November 11, calls the police. An officer offers to euthanize the dying cat and bludgeons it to death with his nightstick on Wayne Meadows' front porch. "Shocking" is how Meadows describes the incident to tv station WHSV.