The week in review

Longest mile: The Meadowcreek Parkway has obtained all its permits and VDOT is good to begin construction after City Council declines to block road building last week, according to Charlottesville Tomorrow. A group known as the Coalition to Preserve McIntire Park filed a lawsuit in February to stop the parkway and expects a ruling by the end of the year.

Lamest task force: The group charged six months ago with recommending new future locations for the Charlottesville City Market offers this suggestion to City Council: Keep the market where it is for another three years while they study further. Graham Moomaw has the story in the Daily Progress.

Least sustainable: Albemarle's membership in the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives is voted out June 8 by supes Ken Boyd, Lindsay Dorrier, Duane Snow, and Rodney Thomas, WINA reports. The decision follows a sparsely attended Tea Party briefing June 1 that warned climate change was an "elaborate fraud" and membership in such organizations trampled on local autonomy.

Worst single-vehicle crash: Fourteen-year-old Kirsten D. Ellis of Nellysford is killed June 7 when the 1992 Toyota Camry in which she's a passenger leaves westbound Route 6, hits a sign, a tree, and overturns. She and the 16-year-old driver were wearing seatbelts, and authorities say neither speed nor alcohol were factors.

Directest connection: CHO and American Airlines launch a pair of daily roundtrip, nonstop flights to Chicago on Thursday, June 9.

Worst flooding: Berkmar Drive near U.S. 29 is closed after a stormwater pipe under the road washes out from heavy rains over the weekend, the Newsplex reports.

Biggest vacuum: With former county growth area Biscuit Run becoming a state park, developer Wendell Wood proposes moving 600-acre, south-of-town Somerset Farm into the growth area to fill an alleged housing void, according to the Newsplex.

Biggest drug ring: Eighteen middle schoolers in Fluvanna are rounded up for possession of prescription drugs, and three face distribution charges.

Biggest broadside: UVA prof Farzaneh Milani takes aim at "gender apartheid" in the Middle East in a New York Times editorial and denounces the segregation of women. On June 17, women in Saudi Arabia will protest the ban that keeps them from driving.

Costliest success: AccessUVA, the university's financial aid program to increase socio-economic diversity, has been so successful that its annual cost of $25 million is more than double what was anticipated, prompting the Board of Visitors to take a closer look at the program. Ted Strong has the story in the Daily Progress.

Ickiest: Perry Henderson Baugher, 82, is arrested at Gypsy Hill Park Pool June 10 in Staunton after he allegedly exposes himself and masturbates while looking at pre-teen girls, the News Virginian reports. He's charged with two felonies and one misdemeanor, and police seize his bottle of body lotion.  

Latest buzz on Virgil Goode: The former 5th District congressman is the top choice to represent the Constitution Party in a bid for the U.S. Presidency in 2012, and the party passed a resolution urging him to run, according to the Roanoke Times.

Latest terror in the woods for hikers– and deer: The Virginia Board of Game and Inland Fisheries endorses the concept Sunday hunting. (The General Assembly would have to approve the controversial step.)

Best baseball team: The Cavaliers come from behind in the ninth inning June 13 to take down UC-Irvine 3-2, a victory that sends them to the College World Series.

Best ACC steeplechaser: UVA track star Stephanie Garcia (and the Hook's special sections editor) breaks the ACC women's 3,000-meter record with 9:48.29, coming in second in the NCAA finals June 11 in Des Moines.

Hottest car: A black 2001 Ford Expedition disappears from the parking lot of the Virginia State Patrol area headquarters in Appomattox. The spare vehicle, license number XPX-2447, is equipped with blue lights.


UVA's Robby Andrews actually WON his event in Des Moines, coming from behind down the stretch with a personal best time and the second-fastest ever at an NCAA meet.

I don't think he works for the Hook though.

Under "Least Sustainable" -- what The Hook describes as a 'sparsely attended tea party briefing' is a strange characterizaion meant to say....what? It was a press conference and not an event open to the public. Newplex and NBC 29 sent reporters and cameras and broadcast stories about it; Charlottesville Tomorrow (for the Daily Progress) recorded the entire conference for podcast and wrote a long article about it; The Hook sent a reporter; and WINA radio recorded and reported on it. The only prominent invitee that didn't attend was C'VILLE because their reporter couldn't make it. What you call 'sparse" was close to 100% of the expected media.

@Feet to the Fire: Bullfeathers. Your little luddite event WAS open to the public and became a "press conference" only AFTER the public failed to show up. Don't try to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Typical teabag revisionist history.

@Chuck: Check the reports from NBC 29, CBS 19, The HOOK, and Charlottesville Tomorrow. ALL FOUR reports accurately called it a press conference - that's how it was billed and only the press was invited. Facts don't lie. And if you can come up with one shred of evidence to the contrary, please post it here. No one's holding their breath, Chuck.

What if you threw a briefing and no one came? Then it's a press conference...

Any party that takes Sarah Palin seriously is in dire need of a reality check....

It was a briefing. Ha!