4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Biggest upsets: Political unknown Denise Lunsford unseats four-term Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos, while Ann Mallek denies David Wyant reelection to the Albemarle Board of Supervisors in the White Hall District.
Newest Albemarle constitutional officers: Charlottesville police Captain Chip Harding lassoes the sheriff's job away from Albemarle police officer Larry Claytor, while deputy clerk Debbie Shipp takes Shelby Marshall's old job, dusting her two challengers, John Dawson and Alan Van Clief, with 55 percent of the vote.
Least surprising Charlottesville election results: The three Democratic City Council candidates– Mayor David Brown, former planning chief Satyendra Huja, and public housing nurse and coordinator Holly Edwards– edge out independents Peter Kleeman and Barbara Haskins in the November 6 elections.
Most confusing travel plans: Charlottesville School Superintendent Rosa Atkins isn't going to Poggio a Caiano November 7, according to a late afternoon November 6 release, but gets her passport ready again the next morning, when the Charlottesville contingent on the controversial trip leaves. Atkins was going to stay behind, but was urged to represent the school district in the sister city. Assistant Superintendent Gertrude Ivory drops out of the trip, joining City Councilor Kendra Hamilton. Mayor David Brown takes off after winning reelection, and School Board Chair Alvin Edwards announces he's paying his own way.
Newest Charlottesville School Board members: Kathleen Galvin, Colette Blount, and Llezelle Dugger join incumbent Alvin Edwards, who garnered the fewest votes of the four.
Biggest turnout: 57 percent of Buckingham voters head to the polls to eject Sheriff Danny Williams in a contentious race against W. G. "Billy" Kidd Jr.
Biggest snub: According to Jeremy Borden in the Daily Progress, Albemarle Supervisor David Slutzky says he got a "stone wall" when trying to contact the National Ground Intelligence Center about various issues, and WINA reports the commander of the spy center refuses to meet with Slutzky.
Biggest heist: A silver Cadillac with a blue suede-like top is the description of a car used in a November 7 robbery in the University Grille parking lot on Ivy Road. Police say the man absconded with a large amount of cash, and is described as white, 5'8"... and 300 pounds.
Biggest paycheck: UVA President John Casteen pulls in the second-highest salary of all public university prezes at $753,672, and the highest in the ACC, the Chronicle of Higher Education reports. WINA notes that biggest paycheck on Grounds goes to football coach Al Groh– roughly $1 million more than Casteen's.
Highest Oprah accolades: Winfrey tells former UVA computer sci professor Randy Pausch it's "an honor" to meet him when he appears on her show October 22. Pausch, now at Carnegie-Mellon, has pancreatic cancer and delivered a "Last Lecture"– a Carnegie tradition– called "Really Achieving your Childhood Dreams" that achieved widespread media attention. Pausch will be here for a lecture November 27.
Latest black market: Foxes and coyotes trapped in the west are being illegally transported and sold in six Southern states, including Virginia, where 36 of 41 foxhound training facilities have been shut down for violations of their permits, with charges pending, the Department of Game and Inland Fisheries announces.
Newest class of gas: UVA scientists Bellave S. Shivaram and Adam B. Phillips discover a new class of hydrogen storage materials that could make storage and transportation more efficient and cheaper with hydrogen fuel cells.
Biggest relief: Early teen sex does not necessarily lead to delinquency, UVA clinical psychologists discover, and in fact, says lead author Kathryn Paige Harden, teens who have sex early tend to have better relationships later on. Researchers just aren't sure why. (Maybe practice does make perfect?)