4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Most tragic hunting accident: Seven-year-old Connor Ryan Craig dies November 27 after his 10-year-old brother accidentally shoots him while deer hunting in Nelson County near Wingina.
Most secretive: City Council picks a city manager November 22, but won't say whether it's acting city manager Maurice Jones; East Providence, Rhode Island, city manager Richard Brown, or Columbia, Missouri, assistant city manager Paula Hopkins until negotiations are complete. That same day, the Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority refuses to allow water plan critics to observe a review of Ragged Mountain dam plans.
Biggest record breaker: Amtrak service out of Lynchburg, which goes through Charlottesville, exceeds its target for the year by 147 percent with an annual ridership of 126,072 from October 1, 2009, to September 30, 2010.
Biggest "as if:" UVA President Teresa Sullivan proposes adding 1,400 undergrads and 100 graduate students to the university's projected enrollments over the next few years only if the state agrees to chip in on the added costs, according to Brian McNeill in the DP.
Worst news for the Cav Daily and Collegiate Times: In a November 29 decision, the U.S. Supreme Court leaves intact a lower court ruling that the ABC can ban booze ads in college publications, as well as the words "happy hour."
Worst week for alleged pervs tried in Louisa: Former pastor Irvin "Pete" Baldwin, 82, of Mechanicsville, is sentenced November 22 to 90 years in prison for soliciting sex with a minor in a Yahoo chat room. Baldwin, who exposed himself on a webcam before going to meet the investigator he thought was a 13-year-old girl in Louisa, had no previous record, according to the Richmond Times-Dispatch. On November 18, Richard Michael Price Shaffer, 22, of Bumpass, pleads guilty to 15 counts of possession of child porn and one count of aggravated sexual battery of a toddler. Shaffer faces up to 95 years when he's sentenced February 8.
Worst place to drive a hot car: Charlottesville and Albemarle police are using a device that reads the license plate of every passing car and compares it to a list of stolen vehicles or those wanted by police. Ted Strong has the story in the Progress.
Best entrepreneurs: The adapters of a consumer camera that can screen for diabetes-related blindness–- Dr. Paul Yates, a UVA assistant professor of ophthalmology, and Ken Tran, a fourth-year biomedical engineering student–- take home $20,000 in the UVA Entrepreneurship Cup November 19. The camera will cost around $1,000 and can be used by primary care doctors to check out the retina.
Best DoD contract: A UVA spin-off, PluroGen Therapeutics Inc., has inked a deal for $8.6 million with the Department of Defense's Limb Salvage and Regenerative Medicine Initiative to use its PluroGel technology to treat severe burns and wounds and to prevent infection.
Latest for American Safety Razor: The Verona company that filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in July has been sold to Energizer Holdings Inc., the bunny-mascoted firm that makes batteries, Wet Ones moist wipes, and Playtex tampons, among other personal care products, according to the News Virginian.
Newest league: Curling, the broom-wielding Olympic sport on ice, inspires locals to form what is believed to be Virginia's first such league, the DP reports.
Most scenic easements: Nearly 1,000 acres on four parcels in Albemarle owned by the Carter family since 1730, including the historic Redlands (1792), are placed under conservation easement by cousin Ned Carter and brothers Bob, Andrew, and John Carter, earning a viewshed award from Scenic Virginia.
Most dubious distinction: The man who elbowed President Barack Obama during a basketball game that sent the President to the hospital for 12 stitches, Reynaldo Decerega, is a UVA alum, WINA reports.