4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Biggest sticker shock (nationally): Federal money men call for a $700 billion bailout of bad mortgages.
Biggest sticker shock (locally): Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority announces that a $37.5 million dam for the Ragged Mountain Reservoir has ballooned to $70 million, but it turns out the estimate actually ranges from $82 to $99 millions– and that doesn't include the cost of a 9.5-mile pipeline to fill the proposed 50-year-water supply.
Latest UVA football player woes: Quarterback Peter Lalich, 20, is kicked off the team September 18 after admitting that he violated his probation for underage alcohol possession by... drinking.
Best reason to rethink the 21-year-old drinking age: See above.
Worst shooting: Travis Scott, 23, dies of gunshot wounds September 17 at University Heights on Colonnade Drive. Stacy Lamont Berry, 20, has been charged with murder. Maricus Antwan Rawlings, 20, and a 15-year-old male Enterprise School student, who was wounded in the exchange by gunfire, have been charged with robbery, according to a release, and a third victim was wounded. Further charges may be pending, say police.
Worst jump: Ruckersville man Francis Wootten III, 54, dies early September 22 after his parachute becomes entangled with another skydiver around 1pm September 22 in a group jump with about 20 people in Orange.
Worst driving: A westbound tractor-trailer plows into the eastbound lanes of I-64 near Fishersville early September 22 and overturns, closing those lanes for two hours and wreaking havoc on a Monday morning commute.
Worst domestic dispute: Beth Rosomono Wray, 27, is arrested for allegedly stabbing Edward Koval, 20, around 9am September 22 outside Michaels at Barracks Road Shopping Center, where Wray works. She's charged with felonious assault; Koval had nonlife-theatening injuries, according to the Daily Progress.
Most unwillingly historic: City Council eyes four potential Individually Protected Historic Properties at its September 15 meeting, despite the objections of some owners, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports. The historic four are: the former Coca-Cola plant on 10th Street, the Coke plant and Monticello Dairy buildings on Preston Avenue, and the Wachovia Bank at Barracks Road.
Best time to become a community activist: Charlottesville starts a 12-session Neighborhood Leadership Institute November 5. Classes are twice a month from 6 to 9pm, and the registration deadline is October 29.
Best incentive to participate: Free dinner.
Best citizen action: The Rivanna River at Darden Towe Park gets cleaned up September 20. More than 200 volunteers fill 100 trash bags and collect 1,000 pounds of metal, according to NBC29.
Biggest sibling rivalry: As if three weren't enough, Charlottesville considers a fourth sister city– Winneba, a university town in Ghana– to join Poggio a Caiano, Italy; Pleven, Bulgaria, and Besancon, France. Rachana Dixit has the story in the DP.
Baddest boy: CNET founder/part-time Charlottesvillian Halsey Minor is the subject of a profile in the October issue of Portfolio called "The Baddest Boy in Silicon Valley."
Best reason to be sole investor in a $30-million hotel in downtown Charlottesville: "I don't like squabbling," Minor tells Portfolio.
Best time to be co-author of The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm: Darden Dean Bob Bruner pens commentary for the September 16 Forbes and is all over the media offering historical insights on the current financial panic .
Biggest Double Jeopardy! winner: UVA English major David Hudson Jr., 19, wins $25,000 for correctly answering the Daily Double in an episode that aired September 19. Hudson won on the show when he was 11, and is still working his job at Bodo's, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.