The week in review

Worst UVA election casualty: Daisy Lundy, candidate for Student Council President, is assaulted early February 26 by an assailant who allegedly says, "No one wants a nigger to be president," the Cavalier Daily reports.

Worst follow-up gesture: After wowing citizens in late January with the notion of dropping property taxes two cents per $100, the City releases its proposed budget– which would double trash sticker fees, hike car decal fees by $8.50, and boost the meals tax by one cent per dollar.

Best new venue for advertisers: City buses

Worst new venue for advertisers: Movie theaters

Best cold hit: A DNA match leads to the arrest of 34-year-old John Westbrook III for a 1996 rape of a woman in her 14th Street apartment.

Worst hit and run: A Gordonsville woman hits a school bus, injuring a child, and then takes off on a 10-mile high-speed chase through Louisa County, the Daily Progress reports.

Worst women-behind-bars story: A female inmate at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Regional Jail alleges she was raped by a corrections officer, according to Liesel Nowak in the Progress.

Worst news for county supe Charles Martin: Albemarle School Board member Ken Boyd is challenging Martin for his Rivanna District seat on the board of supervisors.

Best invention for tubers: Christie Schmick of James River Runners comes up with a tube that won't go flat and expects it to soon be in production, according to a David Dadurka article in the Progress.

Worst forgetting one's roots: Ntelos, previously known as CFW Communications (originally Clifton Forge-Waynesboro Telephone Company), goes on a buying spree in the late '90s, assumes gobs of debt, and declares Chapter 11 bankruptcy March 4.

Best homey analogy: U.S. Representative Virgil Goode compares Saddam Hussein to a rattlesnake that won't slither away and says, "If you're a farm boy, and you have a hoe, you know what to do," at a rally in support of President Bush at the Rotunda on February 24, Ron Hasson reports in the Observer.

Worst loss to the neighborhood: Mister Rogers dies February 27. [See Essay, page 47.]

Best alternative for parents ready to slit their wrists from all the snow days: The Virginia Discovery Museum is open even when schools are closed unless it's a Monday or public transportation isn't running.

Best combination of art and politics: The University of Virginia Art Museum will exhibit the political cartoons of legendary cartoonist Herb Block in "Political Humor: A Tribute to Herblock" March 15-May 4, with support from Larry Sabato's Center for Politics.

Best flashback to the '60s: Peter, Paul and Mary's Peter Yarrow performs March 7 at Meriwether Lewis Elementary School and Western Albemarle High School.

Best flashback to Donna Rice: Former U.S. Senator Gary Hart talks to UVA law students about civic virtue February 26, Bob Gibson reports in the Progress.

Worst reception for The Laramie Project : While the play about the 1998 murder of Matthew Shepard is performed without incident recently in Charlottesville, a production at Mary Washington College in Fredericksburg is picketed March 1 by demonstrators from Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas, the Washington Post reports. Four hundred students staged a candlelight vigil as a counter-protest.

Best reincarnation: Craig Winn, previously known as the founder of dot-bomb Value America, declares his expertise on Islam, the Middle East, and terrorism. His latest book, Tea with Terrorists, earns him a February 25 slot on the late-night conspiracy radio show founded by Art Bell and now hosted by George Noory.

Best Progress  cover boy: Hook publisher Blair Kelly graces the front of the March 2 business section for an article about businessmen who fly their own planes.