The week in review

Best California escapade: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger

Worst baseball antics: During the third game of the American League Championship October 11, Yankees bench coach Don Zimmer, 72, charges Red Sox pitcher Pedro Martinez, who grabs him by the head and throws him to the ground. And a Red Sox groundskeeper reportedly sparks a skirmish in the Yankees bullpen.

Worst antics at Robert E. Lee High School: "Freshman beatdown" could result in assault charges at the Staunton high school.

Best star power at a planning commission meeting: Mega-bestselling author John Grisham voices his opposition to billionaire's former wife Patricia Kluge's plan for a swanky subdivision of 28 houses amid the vineyards on 511 acres in southern Albemarle. The commission votes October 7 against recommending the proposal; it goes to the Board of Supervisors December 10.

Worst aftermath to a state dinner at the White House: The next day, Kathleen Gregg, wife of Senator Judd Gregg (R-NH), is abducted from her McLean home. She escapes unharmed after being taken to her bank to withdraw money.

Best examples of inciting violence: Kendel Ehrlich, wife of Maryland Governor Robert Ehrlich, causes a stir at a domestic violence prevention conference October 3 by announcing she'd like to shoot Britney Spears, and religious broadcaster Pat Robertson suggests that the State Department be blown up with a nuclear device.

Worst jail break: More than 40 Taliban militants escape from a prison in Afghanistan by digging a 30-foot tunnel.

Second worst jail break: Suspected murderer Hugo Selenski ties 12 bedsheets together to climb out of a Pennsylvania prison October 11, only to turn himself in October 13.

Worst news for Dominion Virginia Power users: The utility company wants to raise residential rates almost 9 percent, but are given the go-ahead for just 3.7 percent.

Worst sentence for public housing activist Joy Johnson: Her 23-year-old son, Jamie, gets 11 years in prison for felony possession of a firearm and of crack cocaine with intent to distribute, the Progress reports.

Best reward for a heinous cat crime: $7,000 for information leading to those responsible for torturing and killing a cat found nailed to a board and spray painted last month at an apartment complex. The Humane Society of the United States adds $2,500 to a reward to which PETA and the apartment developer and contractor have already contributed.

Worst case of a Miss America's bad driving: Heather French Henry, Miss America 2000 and wife of Kentucky Lieutenant Governor Steve Henry, strikes and kills a helmetless bicyclist with her car October 12.

Easiest crime to solve: Crozet resident Jeremy Edward Smith calls 911 October 8 to report he's broken into Jarman's Gap restaurant, according to the Progress. Police find him on his porch drinking a bottle of Wild Turkey. Also missing: a bottle of Jim Beam. Smith is charged with felony counts of breaking and entering and grand larceny.

Best way to save Charlottesville $20,000, the cost of a Christmas tree vandalized in 2000: The Downtown Business Association is soliciting donation of a 25- to 30-foot tree by November 17 for the Downtown Mall.

Best way to contribute to Charlottesville if taxes aren't enough: Friends of Charlottesville announces it will accept donations for specific programs or to city government in general.

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