The week in review
Biggest predicted snowfall: We've been duped before this winter, but the National Weather Service calls for 8-14 inches of snow– up from 4 to 8 inches– starting Tuesday evening, March 5, after the Hook goes to press.
Biggest honor system change: UVA students vote to allow one-year suspensions to those who admit lying, cheating or stealing if they do so before going to trial, Ted Strong reports in the Progress. The old system allowed confessions only before one was accused, and students going to trial still face either exoneration or expulsion.
Longest felony murder sentence: Former Monticello High football player Ramon Turley, 20, gets 30 years February 27 for kicking one-year-old Camora Wicks and killing her. In contrast, last year George W. Huguely V was sentenced to 23 years for the second-degree murder of Yeardley Love.
Losses: Internationally known bluegrass banjo-picker Alvin Breeden, 70, dies February 26 from lung cancer-related complications, according to Bryan McKenzie in the Progress. And Sherman White, 69, one of the Charlottesville 12 who sued to attend white schools during Massive Resistance, dies February 27. For more than 50 years, White helped write, photograph, and sell ads for the Charlottesville Albemarle Tribune, which was founded by his father. As a retiree, he founded "Get on the Bus," a program to encourage Charlottesville's black children to attend historically black colleges.
Worst anniversary: March 2 marks 17 years since Alicia Showalter Reynolds was abducted from the side of U.S. 29 in Culpeper and murdered. Her killer has not been arrested.
Worst baking powder scare: LeFevre dorm on McCormick Road is evacuated February 27 after mysterious white powder is reported, according to the Newsplex.
Worst numbers: Families in Charlottesville and Albemarle are owed $45.7 million in back child support, NBC29 reports.
Worst news for owners of non-running vehicles: Albemarle could ban uncovered junkers, thanks to legislation from the General Assembly that allows the county to do so, Aaron Richardson reports in the Progress.
Worst tow truck driver story: Joshua Tyrone Johnson, 26, is charged with assault and battery for allegedly punching a man in the face after an argument in the Red Roof Inn parking garage February 28.
Best get: Number-4-player-in-the-nation Quin Blanding agrees to go with UVA football.
Best news for home sellers: Charlottesville home prices were up 2.8 percent in January compared to a year ago, according to CoreLogic.
Latest Baldi sightings: The former restaurateur/accused embezzler is in court February 27 and set for trial July 2 in Charlottesville Circuit Court for allegedly ripping off Café Cubano, NBC29 reports. Baldi, who was extradited from San Francisco and now resides in the Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail, faces three other embezzlement charges in Albemarle.
Latest on the Earlysville shootings: The unnamed police officer who fired at Frank Davis Jr., 44, December 26 in a Rio Mills standoff, has been cleared of wrongdoing by Commonwealth's Attorney Denise Lunsford, the Progress reports. Davis shot James "Sonny" Marshall, 50, and then himself, according to police.
Latest alleged peeper: Rafael Morales Ortiz, 27, is charged after he's spotted peering into a Commonwealth Drive apartment around 10:45pm March 3, according to the Progress. Two men who live there spy Ortiz and pin him down until police arrive.
Biggest closed-door meeting: The UVA Board of Visitors meets in Richmond March 6 at McGuire Woods, where Vice-Rector George Martin and visitor Frank Atkinson are partners, to discuss President Teresa Sullivan's quarterly performance review.
Biggest crybaby: After getting seriously whupped by UVA 73-68 February 28, Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski complains that he and his third-ranked team weren't given enough time to clear out before UVA fans stormed the court at John Paul Jones Arena, the DP reports. After looking at video, AD Craig Littlepage disputes the allegations.