The week in review
Best public university: UVA ties with the University of California at Berkeley for the number one position in this year's U.S. News & World Report rankings.
21st best university overall: UVA and Berkeley tie again, beat out by 20 private universities, including Duke at number five.
Best acknowledgement of racial profiling: Governor Mark Warner announces mandatory training for law enforcement officers about ethnic and racial profiling, a problem he says is not pervasive in Virginia, but is perceived as a reality by minority communities.
Worst virus: Sobig.f wreaks havoc on computers.
Worst West Nile Virus hit: Twelve Virginia horses test positive for the disease, including one in Albemarle, bringing the state's total of infected equines to 25.
Worst trend at the Central Virginia Regional Jail: Suicide. Ronald E. Daniels becomes the second inmate in a month to hang himself.
Best time to see the Red Planet: Now, when Mars, at 34,646,416 miles away, is closer to Earth than it has been in nearly 60,000 years.
Worst loss for tennis fans: Fourteen-time Grand Slam winner Pete Sampras, 32, announces his retirement August 25.
Best crime statistics: Violent and property crimes dip to their lowest levels in 30 years, according to a Bureau of Justice Statistics survey.
Worst fate for an 18-year-old former Tandem student: Jesse Crosson is sentenced to 138 years in prison– with 106 suspended– for a burglary and a nonfatal shooting on U.S. 29 last December.
Worst time of year for pot growers: As harvest time approaches, police in Nelson and Fluvanna counties are taking machetes to marijuana patches and hack down 70 plants in Faber and 70 to 80 pounds in southwest Fluvanna, according to a Liesel Nowak article in the Daily Progress.
Worst decision for Friends of Barboursville: The judge in the group's lawsuit against General Shale refuses to hear evidence about uranium levels on the property where the company plans a shale mine, Olympia Meola reports in the Progress.
Best sign summer is over: UVA students flood back into town the 3,100 first-years make up the largest incoming class ever.
Worst news for wunderkind and rejected UVA applicant Waldo Jaquith: The university announces it accepted 534 transfer students, including 148 from community colleges– but PVCC alum Jaquith wasn't one of them.
Worst surprise for students with leases at Camden Plaza: The apartments are not ready for an August 22 move-in and may not be for another three weeks. Tenants got the news August 18, reports the Progress.
Best reason to call a press conference: The endangered UVA Pep Band announces it has received a check for $23.50, according to Kate Andrews in the Progress.
Best reason to travel across country on skateboard in 21 days: To raise awareness for Lowe Syndrome, a rare genetic disease– and to set a Guinness Book world record. The four-man team leaves from Oregon August 2, making the Harrisonburg to Richmond leg August 21, and finishing in Williamsburg August 22.
Worst news for Where the Red Fern Grows : The unreleased first movie starring Dave Matthews could be eclipsed by his second feature film, Because of Winn-Dixie, to be shot this fall by director Wayne Wang and released by 20th Century Fox.
Best idiotic lawsuit thrown out of court: A U.S. District Court judge refuses to grant Fox News an injunction to prevent satirist Al Franken from using its dubiously trademarked "fair and balanced" on the cover of his new book, Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them: A Fair and Balanced Look at the Right. Fox drops its suit August 25.