The week in review
Best sign racism is alive and lurking: Some miscreant paints a racial slur and crude pornographic image on Beta Bridge May 1 that's condemned by UVA President Teresa Sullivan, the Student Council, and the Black Student Alliance, according to a release. Meanwhile, a university group holds a discussion April 29 on declining African-American enrollment.
Worst girlfriend slaying: Eighteen-year-old Alexis Artice Rose is stabbed to death in the Farmer's Food parking lot in Dillwyn April 30. Her boyfriend, Christopher Jerel Moseley, 20, is charged with first-degree murder, and her family says Rose was pregnant, according to NBC29
Worst Gator attack: Daniel Roe, 59, is suing an Albemarle Charlottesville Regional Jail inmate, superintendent Colonel Ron Matthews, and staffer Terry Hughes for $10 million for injuries he claims came from being mowed down by a utility vehicle driven by inmate Sean Wesley Sapin on a trail along the Rivanna River in Pantops last October. K. Burnell Evans has the story in the Progress.
Worst news for Charlottesville residents who have to go to the bathroom: City staff is asking City Council to raise sewer rates 6 percent and water rates 1 percent, but wants gas rates to go down. WINA has the story.
Latest forcible sodomy charge pleaded down to sexual battery: Michael Giannini, 52, pleads guilty May 6 in Charlottesville Circuit Court and is sentenced to a year in jail for a July 28 incident in a truck outside his home, according to the Progress. Giannini was out on bond on at the time on another forcible sodomy charge in which he allegedly performed oral sex on a sleeping man in his living room. That offense is scheduled for trial July 22.
Latest in Xterra carjacking: Police arrest two of three men who robbed a man April 25th and took his girlfriend's yellow Nissan Xterra, which he'd borrowed. Jamel Jovan Jackson, 23, and a 17-year-old are charged with robbery, felonious assault and grand larceny.
Worst job of disposing of incriminating evidence: Jackson allegedly was arrested with Xterra keys on a key chain with the victim's girlfriend's name
Most mysterious road closing: Rugby Road between Preston and Rosser avenues is shut down the night of May 6 and Virginia State Police refuse to say why, other than it's a multi-agency op, the DP reports. Charlottesville police say they weren't part of whatever was going on.
Best news for tremor sufferers: Shaking hands in 15 patients are reduced on average 67 percent by focused ultrasound, the Richmond Times Dispatch reports. UVA neurosurgeon Jeffrey Elias presents the results of a year-long study funded by Neal Kassell's Focused Ultrasound Foundation.
First-round pick: STAB alum Kyle Long is the Chicago Bears' number one choice in the April 26 NFL draft. The son of Howie/brother of Chris was also drafted by the Chicago White Sox, but chose to play baseball at Florida State instead. Jerry Ratcliffe has the story in the Progress.
Final Foxfield arrest tally: The April 27 races chalked up 33 arrests on 66 offenses, the majority of which were drunk in public or underage possession of alcohol, with one felony cocaine possession. One person was arrested for DUI among the 61 traffic summonses.
Latest in the Culpeper church parking-lot slaying: Former cop Daniel Harmon-Wright is sentenced to three years for shooting unarmed Patricia Ann Cook in February 2012, NBC4 reports. Harmon-Wright was convicted of voluntary manslaughter and two counts malicious shooting into an occupied vehicle.
Newest editor of the Virginia Quarterly Review: Ralph Eubanks, director of publishing at the Library of Congress, takes over the troubled literary journal a year after the departure of Ted Genoways, whose tenure was clouded by the suicide of managing editor Kevin Morrissey and accusations of workplace bullying.
Hungriest: Archaeologists discover evidence of cannibalism in Jamestown from the bones of a 14-year-old girl during the "starving time" winter of 1609-10. The scientists say the girl was dead at the time she was butchered.