The week in review
Best American in Paris story: Lance Armstrong wins the Tour de France for the fifth time in a row.
Worst week for Saddam Hussein: U.S. forces kill his sons, Uday and Qusay, July 22, and capture a trusted bodyguard July 29.
Worst week for California Governor Gray Davis: Opponents gather enough signatures to force a recall election October 7.
Best head-of-state visit: Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmoud Abbas does lunch with President George W. Bush in Washington July 25.
Worst surprise for guests at the Courtyard by Marriott: Police evacuate them from the West Main Street hotel July 23 to bust a meth lab in one of the rooms.
Worst misdemeanor trend: False police reports, for which Albemarle County police press charges against two women, a 21-year-old and a 14-year-old, in unrelated incidents.
Best skirting of false-police-report charges: Former Albemarle deputy Stephen Shiflett, who reported being shot in March by a black man, has not been charged because he "never admitted to anything of a material nature," Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos tells Reed Williams in the Daily Progress.
Best false police report over the weekend: Kristi Nicole Woodson, 21, allegedly slams into a Toyota 4-Runner at 2am July 24 and leaves the scene. She's found injured two days later in the apartment of Sharon Ann Murphy Bush, who'd called police to report that Woodson's Ford had been stolen. Bush is charged with filing a false report; Woodson is charged with leaving the scene, driving on a suspended license, and is arrested for not showing up at jail, according to the Progress.
Worst misappropriation of funds: The tree firm formerly owned by Delegate Mitch Van Yahres filed a complaint a year ago against former bookkeeper Tracy Hammond and her husband, Ronald, seeking the return of $59,000 as well as $50,000 in punitive damages, according to Liesel Nowak in the Progress.
Worst loss for UVA's portfolio: Treasurer Alice Handy, who transformed it into one of the top university endowments in the country, will leave at the end of the year.
Worst loss for the well-dressed: Page Foster, who owned the eponymous clothing store on the Downtown Mall for three decades, died July 19.
Worst loss for the USO: Comedian Bob Hope dies at age 100.
Best news for would-be homeowners: Unmarried couples can no longer be denied low-interest home mortgage loans, thanks to a Virginia Housing Development Authority vote July 25 abolishing the requirement that applicants be related by blood or marriage.
Worst opinion for appointees to electoral boards: Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says they can't volunteer in the election campaigns of local candidates.
Worst stun gun press: The Ultron II may have been a factor in the death of inmate Larry Frazier three years ago at Wallens Ridge State Prison in Wise County. Frazier went into diabetic shock after corrections officers hit him with 50,000 volts from a stun gun.
Best get for the Journal of Athletic Training : UVA prof Christopher D. Ingersoll is named new editor-in-chief for the sports medicine and training quarterly.
Best description of how Mary Chapin Carpenter's creative juices flow: "I could be reading a book, or hear a turn of phrase, have a feeling, a different emotion maybe," Chapin tells the Washington Post Magazine.
Worst Progress headline/photo juxtaposition: "Pair charged with cocaine distribution" tops an unrelated photo of a man and woman picking berries in the July 24 issue.