The week in review

Worst blow to the local economy: Despite this area's much vaunted desirability, Technicolor, Greene County's largest employer, announces its manufacturing division is heading for the greener pastures (and cheaper labor force) of Guadalajara, Mexico.

Best economic news for Orange County: German-owned Lohmann Technology Corp. plans to build an adhesive coating manufacturing plant that will employ 30 people, reports the Daily Progress. Hey, we hear there's a soon-to-be vacant plant in Greene County.

Worst realization about eyewitnesses: They're unreliable as heck, as evidenced by the conflicting reports and downright lies of at least one sniper "witness" at Home Depot in Falls Church.

Best case for privatizing the state's liquor monopoly: The hours of the allegedly profitable ABC stores are being slashed as part of Governor Mark Warner's plan to save $858 million during the next two years.

Worst time to renew a driver's license: On Wednesdays, when Department of Motor Vehicles offices will be closed because of state budget reductions. Layoffs will further increase the agony of having to go to the DMV.

Worst reason to have your state job spared: The sniper attacks, which, for this round of cuts, are keeping state troopers off the chopping block.

Worst consequence of having an open honor trial: The world gets to watch when you're found guilty of cheating, as third-year UVA student Adam Boyd discovers on October 19.

Best news for oenophiles: The drought has improved the quality of this year's grapes, according to winegrowers. And Governor Warner announces that the Virginia wine industry is a $95 million business.

Worst results from air quality sampling for the Ivy Landfill's western neighbors: Two compounds methylene chloride and chloromethane are measured at levels above what the EPA considers safe.

Best reduction in wasted time: The interminable red light at the Water Street Parking Garage has been changed to a flashing red, the equivalent of a stop sign.

Best synchronicity on U.S. 29 north: Traffic lights on Emmet Street will be synchronized so that– in theory– drivers can make it from Barracks Road to the South Fork Rivanna River bridge without hitting a red light, Bob Gibson reports in the Progress.

Worst loss for country music fans: The Staunton-based Statler Brothers give up touring after 38 years. Their last concert is Saturday, October 26, in Salem.

Best elimination of stupid air security rules: The Transportation Security Administration claims it now allows nail clippers, tweezers, and shaving razors in carry-on bags in a Washington Post report. New TSA head James Loy also does away with the irritating "Did anyone else handle your luggage?" requirement, and deems it safe to let passengers carry coffee through security.

Best example of small-town government in disarray: Louisa, whose town manager George Morrison resigned two days after Town Council fired police chief John Cetrulo. Morrison says his resignation has nothing to do with Cetrulo's firing, while Cetrulo believes his firing came after he to an Austin Graham Progress story.

Worst news for UVA first-years: Starting next fall, they're no longer allowed to have cars on Grounds during the spring semester because of increased demand and fewer spaces, according to the Cavalier Daily.

Best bipartisan draw: The chance to roast Larry Sabato at an October 21 fundraiser draws Democrats like former and current governors Doug Wilder and Mark Warner, and Republican Senators John Warner and George Allen, among others.

Best showing in ultimate Frisbee: Charlottesville's Blue Ridge Ultimate team goes to the national championship in Sarasota, Florida, this weekend. The team finished second last year.

Best trendy Halloween costume: SpongeBob Squarepants.