The week in review
Biggest anniversary: Fifty years after the March on Washington, thousands flood the Mall and the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool August 24 where Martin Luther King made his historic "I have a dream" speech.
Most spousal insurance news: UVA won't be covering working spouses whose employers provide insurance, the DP reports, while Charlottesville City Council considers extending benefits to same-sex partners legally married out of state, a symbolic gesture unless authorized by the General Assembly.
Most hysterical? What initially is dubbed an attempted abduction of a juvenile who was chased by a dreadlocked black male in Whitehall August 26 is downgraded to a "suspicious circumstance" the next day. According to NBC29, the juvenile was jogging up and down her driveway in the 2600-block of Browns Gap Turnpike and noticed a white sedan go past her house two or three times. The hoodie-wearing driver parked and started walking up the driveway. With no communication or contact between the two, the man gets back in the car and drives away.
Longest sentence: A judge upholds a jury-recommended 120-year sentence for James E. Jessup III, 39, of Nelson County, for five sexual felony convictions, the News & Advance reports. The charges stem from 2009, when a then-15-year-old girl claimed Jessup began a pattern of sexual behavior toward her.
Worst handyman: Jason Worley, 29, of Free Union, pleads guilty August 20 to six felony counts related to thefts from a widow in her 80s who lived off Rio Road. Worley was arrested along with his parents and girlfriend last November for allegedly pilfering valuable coin collections and jewelry. According to the Daily Progress, Worley and seven others gained the woman's trust while performing odd jobs over five months, then began hocking her coin collection at area pawnshops.
Worst place for police lineups: Virginia, where 9 in 10 police departments fail to follow guidelines required by a 2005 state law, according to UVA law professor Brandon Garrett in a Washington Post report. Eyewitnesses often are notoriously unreliable and have resulted in wrongful convictions of innocent people—13 of 16 exonerated by DNA in Virginia. Shoddy police procedures can bias eyewitness recollections.
Worst fire: A Southwood mobile home is destroyed early August 24, and resident Doris Fuentes, 44, is in critical but stable condition, NBC29 reports.
Saddest homecoming: Thirty-seven-year-old Army Master Sergeant George A. Bannar Jr. of Orange dies August 20 in Afghanistan, where he was on his fifth tour.
Biggest backup: A scrap-metal-carrying tractor-trailer overturns in the southbound lanes of U.S. 29 at I-64 around 9:30am August 26, shutting the road for about six hours. The driver is charged with reckless driving; the DP's Andrew Shurtleff has the photo.
Best pediatrician photographer: Dr. Jocelyn Schauer ties for third place in the Washington Post's 2013 photo contest for her shot of a man walking on a wire during last summer's vacation in Interlaken, Switzerland.
Best way to get to Disney World: Allegiant Air will begin nonstop flights twice a week from Charlottesville to Orlando in November.
Best spin: Fewer than three weeks before the September 5-8 Interlocken Music Festival in Nelson County, organizers issue a statement abruptly changing the name change to Lockn', noting how the logo had taken on a life of its own, but not mentioning that the Interlocken Arts Academy in Michigan had a prior trademark on the name.
Most confounding apostrophe: Lockn'. Really?
Latest technological buzz word: UVA launches the Big Data Institute to collaborate between different departments and an "overwhelming" data stream. More when we figure out what that means.
Best sign summer is over: UVA students return and classes begin August 27.