The week in review

Best catch by a rookie: Twenty-one-year-old cop Jeff Postell nabs Eric Robert Rudolph, a suspect in the 1996 Olympic bombings and subject of a massive manhunt in the mountains of North Carolina, as Rudolph skulks near a dumpster behind a grocery May 31 in Murphy, North Carolina.

Best decision for Rupert Murdock and other media moguls: The FCC votes June 2 to ease restrictions on ownership of newspapers, and radio and television stations in the same markets.

Worst decision for foreigners facing deportation: The Supreme Court refuses to hear a challenge to the secret deportation hearings implemented by the government in the wake of 9/11.

Best resolution from local Republicans: That the post-9/11 Patriot Act threatens "fundamental rights and liberties." The GOP will send the resolution to Charlottesville City Council and Albemarle's Board of Supervisors, according to a Bob Gibson report in the Daily Progress.

Best local race to find an NFL referee: The Albemarle Board of Supervisors, where ref David Wyant is the Republican nominee who will face off against Democrat Eric Strucko for the White Hall seat.

Best long-shot: Perennial write-in candidate Blair Hawkins announces his challenge to Mitch Van Yahres for the House of Delegates' 57th District seat.

Worst snub: Republicans refuse to bend their rules and make deadline-missing Hawkins their candidate against Van Yahres.

Best UVA ranking: Sports Illustrated ranks the Cavalier football team eighth nationally.

Best drop in the bucket: In the wake of its $6 billion budget shortfall, Virginia gets $415 million as part of a one-time federal bailout divvying up $20 billion among deficit-ridden state governments.

Best throwing oneself on the mercy of the courts: Choice Entertainment owner Paulus Perkins, sentenced to 27 years in prison for rape and kidnapping May 27, shares his spiritual epiphany in a Nelson County courtroom and compares himself to Biblical figures such as Moses, David, and Paul in Austin Graham's Daily Progress account.

Worst news for moonshine aficionados: It really is rotgut. More than half of the 48 samples of 'shine confiscated from Virginia stills tested by UVA's Dr. Christopher Holstege contain lead levels above EPA guidelines.

Worst decision for city water users: Charlottesville City Council approves new rates that will increase water bills by a third.

Best call for a sit-in by a UVA law prof: James Ryan, in a May 19 Washington Post commentary, saying schools are now geographically segregated, urges children from failing urban schools to show up at good suburban schools and sit in.

Best survey for nervous parents: Almost half of Albemarle County's 2001 high school graduates claim they've never had sex, WINA reports.

Best sports administrator of the year: One month after Sports Illustrated ranks him the 46th most powerful minority in sports, the Black Coaches Association honors UVA athletics director Craig Littlepage as Administrator of the Year at its June 7 banquet.

Best capital campaign committee chair: John Grisham, who leads the Legal Aid Justice Center's $1.85 million drive and contributes more than $280,000 toward its new headquarters on Preston Avenue, edges out the Dave Matthews Band's $250,000 donation to become the center's largest donor, according to a Liesel Nowak report in the Progress.

Best tempest in UVA's Board of Visitors teapot: Three members grouse that UVA president John T. Casteen III kept them in the dark about ACC expansion plans, Kate Andrews reports in the Progress.

Best for better or worse: Casteen weds Elizabeth "Betsy" Foote May 23 in a civil service before Judge Steve Helvin and again May 24 in a religious service at his Carr's Hill digs.