4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Most tradition-bound: UVA students overwhelmingly reject a referendum to create a multiple-sanction honor system, the Cavalier Daily reports. Seventy percent of those voting choose to stick with the single-sanction honor code and its punishment of expulsion.
Most like Bizarro World: Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority customers use less water and sewer– so their rates could climb 11 to 12 percent in the coming fiscal year.
Harshest sentence for consensual sex: Tammy Harlow Cox, 40, gets 14 months in jail for having cavorting with three 16- and 17-year-old Greene County high school students. Cox pleads guilty to five counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor February 19 and is prohibited from proximity to schools or minors. Tasha Kates has the story in the Daily Progress.
Harshest sentence for "sexting": Christopher Atkinson, 24, of Virginia Beach and the band Celebrity Gunfight gets a year in jail February 23 for asking a Louisia County 16-year-old girl to send him a nude photo of herself, which she did in September, according to the AP.
Harshest sentence for NPR lovers: The budget passed by the House of Delegates chops $3.28 million– all state funding– for public radio and television, according to a Brian McNeill report in the Progress.
Latest furloughs: GE Fanuc puts 300 of its 600 workers on furlough for two weeks without pay the last week in February. And Media General, parent company of the Daily Progress, gives its employees 10 days of unpaid vacation with four to be taken by the end of March. Progress offices will be closed the four Mondays in March, but will continue a seven-day-a-week publication schedule, according to the paper.
Latest hit to bipartisanship: The House of Delegates nixes the redistricting bill that state Senator Creigh Deeds introduces every year– this was the seventh– to have a bipartisan commission draw up legislative and congressional districts to get rid of the ridiculous regions we now have– like Deeds', for instance, which stretches from the West Virginia border to Charlottesville.
Latest UVA football player arrests: Anthony Mosley, 20, is charged with disorderly conduct at a February 21 dance at the Student Activities Building when he becomes "combative," according to a release. Ausar Amad Walcott, 19, is charged with obstruction of justice when he comes to the aid of his teammate.
Worst alleged party crasher: University Police charge Timothy Montree Jones, 21, of Martinsville with possession of marijuana and obstruction of justice after he attempts to enter the same dance and flees UVA police, according to a release.
Biggest fundraising snafu: The anonymous donor who pledged $250K for Albemarle High's fake turf field reneges, leaving football players to play on real grass.
Biggest chicken kerfluffle: Charlottesvilleans like to the idea of grow local, until it comes to chickens in a downtown Charlottesville neighborhood. After the initial NIMBY reaction, neighbors calm down when they learn that no roosters would inhabit the coop Gilliam Grimm and Elvira Hoskins want to build on their property. CBS19 has the story.
Best history project: Charlottesville High seniors are working on a project to preserve the legacy of Jefferson, Burley, and Lane schools, and seeking alumni from 1950 to 1965 to tell their stories. Interested alums should call 245-2410.
Most excellent order: Queen Elizabeth II will knight former U.S. senator John Warner, 82, in the spring for his staunch advocacy of Anglo-American relations. He becomes one of a handful of foreigners honored as a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, according to the Washington Post.