The week in review

Best reason for Cavaliers to celebrate: UVA wins the NCAA lacrosse championship May 26.

Worst reason: State funding continues to drop at Virginia's flagship university, reaching a new low of 8.1 percent of UVA's $1.6 billion budget ($130.9 million).

Worst spanking: Channel 29 loses a $10 million defamation suit for incorrectly reporting that police had found cocaine at the Stanardsville home of Jesse Scheckler in 2001, according to a Liesel Nowak report in the Daily Progress.

Best trial sidelight: The confusion over which reporter allegedly lied and cried at the U.S. Attorney's office. Assistant U.S. attorney Bruce Pagel testified it was former WVIR reporter Melinda Semadeni. Former Progress reporter Keri Schwab, however, testified she was the one.

Worst discovery for Canadian cattlemen: Mad cow disease is found in one cow in Alberta, and the U.S. bans all beef imports from its neighbor to the north.

Best discovery for the Canadian beef industry: Other cows in the same herd have tested negative for the disease.

Worst reversal for Toronto: After declaring itself SARS free, the city faces a new outbreak.

Best lead story in the Progress  amid the pre-Memorial Day weekend heightened-terror-alert jitters: "After-prom party lacks money" on May 21.

Worst misunderstanding so far– from the heightened terror alert: U.S. soldiers in Kabul kill three Afghan soldiers and injure two May 21, believing they were hostile.

Best delay for Percy Levar Walton: The triple murderer's execution is stayed two days while the courts debate how retarded he is.

Best indication Charles Martin is not running for reelection to the Albemarle County Board of Supervisors: He doesn't declare his candidacy by the May 23 Democratic Party deadline– although he could run as an independent.

Best end of a 125-year run: Mount Zion Baptist Church holds the last service in its historic sanctuary May 25 before heading to a new building on South First Street.

Best motivation for ArtInPlace sculptors: A $1,000 grant will be offered to next year's best-in-show award winner, courtesy of Great Eastern Management.

Worst news for seatbelt scofflaws: Albemarle County sets up safety checkpoints under the national "Click It or Ticket" program.

Best deal on a house: A buck, the price Troy Ayers pays for an 1860s Orange house, Chestnut Hill. The catch is that he has to move the 140-year-old structure, Olympia Meola reports in the Progress.

Best credit report: Charlottesville is the only city in Virginia with a Moody's Investor Services and Standard & Poor's AAA financial rating and one of only 14 in the country with that rating.

Worst arrest of a Charlottesville police detective: William M. Duncan, a 14-year veteran of the force, is charged with passing a forged prescription in Staunton.

Best angel to the seniors: Coran Capshaw, manager of Dave Matthews Band, donates $100,000 to help keep Mountainside Senior Living in Crozet open.

Worst Progress  headline/photo juxtaposition: "Gift keeps Mountainside open" on May 25 is topped with a picture of an abused female cow in Louisa whose back was dislocated by all the bulls in the herd attempting to mate with her.

Best article on bull gang rape in the Progress: Austin Graham reports on how too many bulls from a herd seized in an animal cruelty case wreak havoc on the females, including breaking the back of one.

Best statistic for the drought-weary: The area has received five more inches of rain than average so far this year.

Worst forecast for the rain-weary: More precipitation is predicted for the next week.