The week in review
Best rumor for students: That UVA will shut down November 30 because of the water shortage. Provost Gene Block emails everyone in the university community September 23 to deny that one.
Worst rumor for developers: That Albemarle County is about to stop issuing building permits because of the drought. The rumor is enough to prompt a surge in applications last week, according to a Peter Savodnik story in the Progress.
Best lawsuit against the Albemarle County school system that makes one ponder, what would Jefferson do? The National Rifle Association files suit because 12-year-old Jack Jouett Middle School student Alan Newsom is forced to wear his "NRA Sports Shooting Camp" t-shirt inside out. The shirt has a silhouette of three target shooters.
Best public relations campaign: UVA starts a full court press in the form of a tour of facilities– including harrowing scenes of peeling paint– to get the $900 million higher education bond referendum passed in the November 5 election, and Governor Mark Warner joins in.
Worst obfuscation: Louisa police chief John Cetrulo, who suspended an officer for wearing a V-neck t-shirt, is himself suspended and demoted to lieutenant for "an apparent misinterpretation" that led to friction between other town employees, reports Austin Graham in the Progress. Lousia officials refuse to be specific about the "misinterpretation."
Worst rape in broad daylight: A 20-year-old woman walking in front of Sperry Marine on Route 29 north at 9am September 14 is dragged into the woods and attacked by three males.
Best description of a suspect in the rape and abduction of a 30-year-old man: A 6' 3", 250- pound man who dresses as a woman. Police are looking for Calvin D. Washington, who also uses the alias Thomas Douglas and has been pictured wearing a blond wig.
Best cash boost for beleaguerd Vivendi Universal: The corporation unloads Ivy Creek Farm for $10 million May 21, in what is now Albemarle County's second highest real estate transaction, right behind the $17 million or so that indicted Tyco exec Mark Swartz paid for Enniscorthy.
Worst news for Swartz's Sea Ridge LLC: The company is not in good standing with the Virginia State Corporation Commission because a $25 fee is delinquent.
Best break for an aspiring filmmaker: Jeff Wadlow, son of the late State Senator Emily Couric, wins $1 million in prize money at the Toronto Film Festival to make a movie and receives congratulatory snuggles from his aunt Katie on her "Today" show.
Worst alleged crime spree by an escort service owner: Paulus Irving Perkins, owner of Choice Entertainment, is charged with rape, forcible sodomy, hit and run, and driving as a habitual offender.
Worst hardship for UVA faculty and staff: They're going to have to put their trashcans outside their offices for pick up as a result of state budget woes.
Best evidence gangs you thought were history are still around: Police arrest the city's first Bloods gang member, Hakim Saheed Lowery, on September 16, reports Reed Williams in the Progress.
Best gimmick for this year's Virginia Film Festival: In keeping with "Wet" Festival theme, viewers can watch Jaws while floating in inner tubes in UVA's Aquatics and Fitness Center pool.
Best "Style Invitational" idea: Brian Broadus of Charlottesville suggests this week's popular Washington Post contest– bad ideas for saving water in the continuing drought. One example: "When drowning puppies, use the toilet rather than the bathtub."