The week in review

Oddest appointment: After engineering the biggest debacle in UVA history with the bungled, possibly illegal ouster of UVA President Teresa Sullivan, Rector Helen Dragas is reappointed to the Board of Visitors June 29 by Governor Bob McDonnell, who describes the vitriol-inspiring Dragas as the victim of gender discrimination.

Biggest disaster since the attempted Sullivan coup: A violent storm hits the area Friday evening, June 29, leaving two dead and thousands without power.

Newest type of disaster: The Charlottesville area learns what a "derecho" is after the widespread, straight-line windstorm sweeps in from the Midwest.

Hottest: More than 16,000 families in Albemarle are still without power July 2, three brutal 90-plus-degree days after the derecho.

Cruelest closure: Mint Springs Valley Park with its refreshing mountain waters remains closed July 3 because of no electricity.

Biggest patriotic casualty: Crozet cancels its June 30 Independence Day celebration and fireworks because of the storm.

Most people named "Bowles" in court for violent crimes: Barry Bowles, 49, of Esmont is sentenced June 26 to 15 years in prison for the second-degree murder of his wife, Rachel Bowles, in September 2010, Samantha Koon reports in the Progress. And on June 27, Shannon Christopher "Dirty Red" Bowles enters a guilty plea for a felon possessing a firearm charge in exchange for the dismissal of a malicious wounding and additional firearms charges, according to another Progress report. Bowles will serve eight months.

Most suspicious fire: A woman's body is found in a Madison County barn in the Etlan area after a blaze is extinguished early June 25, the Newsplex reports. Investigators say the cause of the fire has not been determined, nor has the cause of the woman's death. Her body has been sent to the Medical Examiner's office in Manassas.

Most wanted: The Fluvanna Sheriff's Office seeks Earl Junior Dudley II, 31, for abduction and breaking and entering stemming from a domestic dispute, the Newsplex reports.

Additional way to get in trouble while in prison: Red Onion State Prison's Richard Crowder, 24, is sentenced to an additional 10 years and five month for sending blood-smeared letters to Roanoke courthouses threatening President Barack Obama, judges, and a federal agent, the News Leader reports. In the letters, Crowder also claimed he has hepatitis C and AIDS.

Latest in the Old Lynchburg Road fatal crash: DUI maiming charges are dropped against Madison man Brandon Wilson, who slammed head-on into Doris Campbell last October, killing her, the Newsplex reports. Traces of marijuana are found in Wilson's blood, but not enough to indicate he was under the influence of pot at the time of the accident, say prosecutors. Wilson is convicted of reckless driving July 2.

Biggest splash: Current UVA swimmer Lauren Perdue and former Cavalier Matt McLean both head to London to represent the U.S. in the Olympics respectively in the women and men's 4 x 200 meter relay squads, the Cav Daily reports.

Biggest wildcard: Former Cav tennis player Somdev Devvarman scored a wildcard bid from the International Tennis Federation to represent India in the London Olympics, according to the CD.

Biggest wild fire in the Shenandoah National Park: Neighbor Mountain in Page County is reported ablaze June 26, likely from a lightning strike, according to a Park spokeswoman. As of July 2, the fire had spread to 1,288 acres and was 28 percent contained. Although the fire may not be contained until July 15, the entire length of Skyline Drive is open.

Most surprising Supreme Court decision: Chief John Roberts is the swing vote who upholds most of the controversial Affordable Health Care Act.

Most startling sight: Gas at $2.97 a gallon at the Ivy Road Shell station July 2, down 75 cents from April, according to AAA.

Most beautiful hospital: Martha Jefferson Hospital tops the "20 Most Beautiful Hospitals in the U.S." list compiled by a healthcare staffing company called Soliant Health.

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With regard to claiming gender discrimination concerning Helen Dragas, Robert McDonnell, as demonstrated at various points in his political career, is what might be termed a closet affirmative action discrimination supporter. That characteristic may be involved in the "Dragas Affair."