The week in review
Best sign we won't run out of water– this year: Governor Mark Warner lifts state bans on car washing, refilling swimming pools, and watering golf courses November 12, and City Council lifts mandatory restrictions November 18.
Worst Catch-22: Water rates to city and county users double because Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority revenues are down thanks to successful conservation.
Worst local terrorism: Three women are attacked in their homes, possibly by the same man. The most recent assault occurs on November 11, leaving the woman with serious injuries.
Worst fashion accessory: A blue knit hat, which the suspect in the injurious November 11 assault is described as wearing. So is the suspect in a same day incident at UVA's Aquatic and Fitness Center, where a knit-cap-wearing man grabs an employee's buttocks, according to the Daily Progress.
Best arson trial: Craig Takach is convicted of one out of three felony arson charges November 15. He's one of eight "bored" Stony Point volunteer firefighters accused of deliberately setting fires in October and December 2000. His former pyro comrade, Chris Brown, testifies against him in exchange for reduced charges, and fired fire department honcho Mark Spicer is convicted of destruction of public records for allegedly erasing a videotape of an emotional encounter with Brown, the Progress reports.
Worst start for UVA's basketball season: Second-year student Jermaine Harper is suspended from the team after his November 12 arrest for driving under the influence.
Best biking for a cause: Activists from Kansas City, Missouri, bike through Charlottesville November 15 en route to ask Congress to protect the Arctic Wildlife Refuge from the ravages of oil development.
Worst publicity for a nursing home: Police investigate how a 68-year-old woman at Trinity Mission has come to be so horribly bruised after doctors say her injuries are not consistent with a fall from a wheelchair, Trinity Mission's explanation, according to a Progress story by Claudia Pinto.
Worst hit and run: A driver who hits a tree and whose pickup rolls over one of his ejected passengers flees the scene of the November 12 accident, the Progress reports.
Best demonstration: The Staff Union at UVA holds a rally November 15 that draws about 45 people protesting lost health system jobs and the university's refusal to meet with SUUVA representatives, reports the Cavalier Daily.
Worst morning for spills: A gasoline-filled tanker overturns November 18 on U.S. 29 in Madison County, spilling about 8,600 gallons of fuel, and an orange juice-filled truck flips over on U.S. 17 near the Stafford/Fauquier county lines, according to WINA.
Best chance to get a pep band cheap: Cvillenews.com reports that UVA's Pep Band, banned from performing at Scott Stadium during halftime this season, is up for bids on eBay.
Worst time of year for Bambi: Hunting season started November 18.
Best avenue to the Today show: A UVA degree. Former 'Hoo Tom Touchet becomes executive producer of the popular NBC show featuring former 'Hoo Katie Couric.
Best sign the holiday season is imminent: The first Salvation Army bellringer is spotted November 15.