The week in review

Best example of too little, too late: Five weeks after an unannounced, late-night June 8 vote that resurrects the controversial U.S. 29 Western Bypass, the Albemarle Board of Supervisors will hold a public hearing July 13.

Latest setback at the former Albemarle Place: The Architectural Review Board decries the generic facade proposed for the Regal Cinema and Trader Joe's at the generically renamed Stonefield on one of the area's most prominent intersections– U.S. 29 and Hydraulic Road– and an entrance corridor, as well, Charlottesville Tomorrow reports.

Latest in Westhaven shooting: Brandon M. Jackson, 21, is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the February 3 death of David "Gundo" Cowan, 30. Jackson turns himself in to police June 28, according to a release.

Latest Daily Progress furloughs: Parent company Media General is again asking– wait– telling employees to take off 15 unpaid days the second half of this year. The company did the same in 2009, but with the summer Olympics and a major election coming, CEO Marshall Morton expects a rosier bottom line in 2012.

Longest joyride: Two Buckingham teens allegedly swipe a JAUNT bus from the Food Lion parking lot in Dillwyn around 4:20am June 24, and ditch it hours later in front of Dick's Sporting Goods at Rio Hill Center in Charlottesville. GPS and an electronic monitoring system on the bus let authorities know where it was and what time the ignition switched on, and video cameras provided images of the 16- and 17-year-old males, who wore their seatbelts, according to the Progress. Charged with obstruction of justice and possession of stolen property, they're now being held in Blue Ridge Juvenile Detention where they'll presumably get a chance to explore additional electronic monitoring systems.

Biggest indictment: Former Bosnian prison guard Almaz Nezirovic, 52, appears in federal court in Charlottesville June 24 on charges that he omitted his military history on his immigration paperwork and lied during a naturalization interview, Tasha Kates reports in the Progress.

Biggest auction: Edison2 developer Oliver Kuttner puts 10 of his Lynchburg properties on the block June 25 so he can focus on the prize-winning very light car. The auction brings in bids of about $2.2 million for the auction, according to the News & Advance.

Biggest ouster of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: Albemarle County Schools drop his first Sherlock Holmes mystery, A Study in Scarlet, from its sixth grade reading list after Mormon parents object to Doyle's characterization of Latter Day Saints as "violent" and "intolerant," the Newsplex's Carter Johnson reports. Superintendent Pam Moran agrees with the parents' objections, according to Johnson, and the School Board will decide at its July 14 meeting.

Biggest arms dealer: Herbert Lee Snead, 54, is sentenced to two years in prison June 27 for selling firearms at a Scottsville flea market, Ted Strong reports in the DP.

Biggest birthday: The Downtown Mall turns 35, and celebrations ensue July 1-2.

Biggest well, duh: People on the short end of the stick are less happy during times of greater income inequality, according to a study led by UVA psychologist Shigehiro Oishi. The rich getting richer since the 1990s has contributed to the feeling that life is unfair.

Most riddled with errors: The Internal Revenue Service publishes a list of more than 150 area organizations that the tax collector says have lost their nonprofit tax status. As originally reported by the Hook, the Central Virginia Beekeepers Association never had exempt tax status. Now we learn that Camp Albemarle– somehow on the list– is indeed a nonprofit in good standing with the IRS.

Closest, but no cigar: The UVA Cavaliers lose a 13-inning game 3-2 to South Carolina June 24 to finish their run at the College World Series in Omaha.


Regarding Media General's furlough days for its employees - I wonder how much longer the crippled Daily Progress can keep itself afloat. They're practically on life support now. Let's see - upped the daily paper's price to 75 cents, made the size of the paper smaller, got rid of the multi-page "Progress Plus" Wednesday publication (now it's just a one page, two-sided deal) and I think they did something different with the printing presses/ink or something, I can't remember. They were already in sad shape a few years ago when I was there, now they're doing furloughs. I don't think there will be a DP in another 5 years.

Speaking of media companies firing people, decreasing their size, etc, why don't you report on your selves & tell everyone who and why certain former hook employees have been canned over the past several months, the real reason behind the "merger" and why the paper looks crappy & it's full of mistakes on a weekly basis?