The week in review

Best university demonstration: Four hundred students, including members of the Black Student Alliance and the Griot Society, gather outside the offices of the Cavalier Daily at Newcomb Hall October 25 to protest "lack of coverage on African-American events and issues, irresponsible and divisive journalistic practices, ineffective recruitment efforts of students of color, biased reporting, and defamation of African-American student life" by silently dropping copies of the paper at its doorstep.

Best Cav Daily  columnist for inflaming sore racial nerves: Anthony Dick, whose October 23 column about how the Griot Society fosters racial tension sparked the above demonstration. A Dick column in March about the Architecture School's controversial medallion party resulted in signs on Grounds calling Dick and the Cavalier Daily racist.

Worst trend for tenure-less academics: Over the past 20 years, university and college hiring of part-time professors has increased 79 percent, according to the results of an American Council on Education study in the Cavalier Daily.

Best case of "who knew?" Albemarle County Schools' transportation operation is chosen as one of America's 50 "Great Fleets" in the October issue of School Bus Fleet.

Worst confusion over immigration status coming out of Albemarle County schools: Foreign scholars whose visas prohibit them from establishing permanent residency are told they'll be charged $34.55 a day to send their kids to county schools. At press time, the county was unable to explain exactly what the policy is.

Best numbers for the Virginia Film Fest: Attendance for this year's wet-themed festival exceeded 11,800, 25 percent more than in 2001.

Worst time to visit the Department of Motor Vehicles: Saturday and Monday mornings at the end of the month, especially now that DMV offices will be closed on Wednesdays because of budget cuts.

Worst news for UVA students who like to drink and drive: The Charlottesville Police Department has come up with a $13,000 grant (from the same DMV that's closing its offices on Wednesdays) to add sobriety checkpoints and mobile patrols for drunks around the university, reports the Cavalier Daily.

Best publicity stunt: Former enemies People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals and Burger King team up to introduce Burger King's veggie burgers by having scantily clad PETA "Lettuce Ladies," wearing "strategically placed lettuce leaves," according to a release, hand out free veggie burgers on November 1 at the Emmet Street BK.

Best plan for contaminated groundwater: The Rivanna Solid Waste Authority will use something called "bioremediation" to clean up the Ivy Landfill's groundwater, a plan which, according to a release, is supported by those in attendance at an October 10 public hearing.

Worst mother-daughter story: Louisa resident Pamela Whindleton faces murder charges after police find her six-year-old daughter, Diamond, still wearing her Halloween costume, dead in a closet, and Whindleton with an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Austin Graham in the Daily Progress.

Best clue the Park Street and Locust Avenue bridges may be repaired in this lifetime: The City of Charlottesville advertises for bids with a November 25 deadline to fix the two bridges.

Best apology: Cav Daily online manager Aaron Gussman has to fall on the sword when the October 31 online issue goes out to mailing list recipients with "vulgar content" and an "offensive" word that was probably missed by subscribers who don't read the sports section.

Best Halloween bust of St. Anne's-Belfield students: At 8am Thursday, October 31, police stop a tiny Honda 600 with "Police" taped to the doors and a flashing yellow light on top, and which contains two students wearing plastic police helmets and sporting pillow-stuffed bellies that are barely covered with plastic police vests. Police reportedly warn the faux cops that it's not legal to have "police" written on their car.