The week in review

Best reason for non-stop television watching: The United States begins its war on Iraq March 19.

Worst potential disaster to consider, as if war and terrorism aren't enough: March 25 is Tornado Preparedness Day.

Best civil disobedience: Antiwar protesters march down West Main and occupy the intersection at Ridge-McIntire and Congressman Virgil Goode's office March 20. Eight are arrested.

Worst civil disobedience: ROTC offices at UVA are vandalized early March 18, the Cav Daily reports.

Best pro-war rally: An estimated 6,000 turn out in Richmond to support the war March 23.

Best high school protest: About 150 Charlottesville High students cut class to march to the Downtown Mall March 24.

Worst Daily Progress  headline/photo juxtaposition: "Republican Guard targeted" tops a picture of CHS protesters marching off the campus.

Best vindication: Former Albemarle detective K.W. Robinson, who was convicted of assault and battery of Corey Faison last summer, has the charges dismissed on appeal. Now Robinson is trying to get his job back.

Best promise for state workers: Gov. Mark Warner vows to raise salaries this year.

Worst decision for state millionaires: Gov. Warner vetoes the repeal of the estate tax.

Worst rain casualties: Two men are killed in traffic mishaps within 13 minutes during heavy rains on March 20.

Worst unknown smell in Albemarle: 12 Walton Middle School students end up at UVA Medical Center after suffering respiratory problems on a school bus March 20.

Worst gas smell in Fluvanna: Inmates at the Fluvanna Correctional Center for Women complain they've been sickened by a strong gas odor.

Worst fire extinguisher incident: Children are rescued from a school bus leaving Greer Elementary School March 21 when an extinguisher discharges. The cause of the discharge is unknown, according to an Albemarle County release.

Best free medical opinion: UVA's cardiovascular chief, Dr. George Beller, tells the Washington Post that Senator Bob Graham's heart surgery is very "low risk."

Best description of Patricia Kluge's new cru, a fortified chardonnay aperitif: "It's not a sissy wine," says Steve Provence at the Kluge Estate Farm Shop opening, the Progress reports.

Best pizza competitor: Anna Wallaker, owner of Bistro 151 in Nellysford, takes her Thai Pie pizza to Las Vegas to compete for the "coveted" Pizza of the Year award, according to a press release.

Worst pizza targeting: Pizza Hut on East High Street is the victim of a second attempted robbery in two weeks.

Best maintaining of a gadfly reputation: Best documentary-winner Michael Moore uses the Academy Awards ceremony to blast the war in Iraq, to the boos of Teamsters backstage.

Best press in Washingtonian : Charlottesville gets another best-places-to-live nod.

Best way for Hook editor Hawes Spencer to get in the Daily Progress: Have him flick a wasp out of the hair of Rob Vaughan, head of the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities, and it's front-page news.

Best career move: Progress reporter Peter Savodnik heads for a D.C. job at The Hill. (Word is that business reporter David Dadurka is angling for Savodnik's county beat.)

Best article on excessive punctuation: Hook contributor Erika Raskin, in a Post piece, denounces quotation marks run amok.