The week in review

Worst homicide: Volunteer firefighter Walker Andrew Sisk, 22, is fatally stabbed early November 9 at 14th and Wertland streets in Charlottesville's first slaying of the year. UVA student Andrew Robert Alston, 21, is charged with second-degree murder.

Second worst fight on the Corner that same night: A man is critically wounded by five men when his cigarette brushes the hair of one of them. He is later released from the hospital.

Worst serial killer: Gary Ridgway, the Green River Killer, pleads guilty to 48 murders of women in return for a life sentence without parole.

Worst six-year-old alleged killer: A Jefferson City, Missouri, boy with a history of mental illness tells police he intentionally shot his grandfather November 7.

Best Board of Supervisors election for Republicans: Ken Boyd and David Wyant defeat their Dem opponents, and conservative Democrat Lindsay Dorrier easily holds on to his supe seat.

Best General Assembly election for Democrats: They gain three seats in the House of Delegates– the first increase in 28 years– but they're still the minority party, holding but 37 of 100 seats.

Best math: Albemarle County projects a $3 million surplus, leading supes to mull lowering the tax rate by two cents, according to David Dadurka in the Progress.

Worst hazing: A Delta Sigma Phi pledge is doused with vinegar and urine and his apartment trashed on October 28, Kate Andrews reports in the Progress. In the police report, the 19-year-old claims his entire pledge class decided not to pursue membership in the fraternity.

Worst license revocation: The Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board takes Margaret L. McLeod Cain's law license after Cain settles a case, deposits the check with the client's purported endorsement, but never advises or pays the client any of the proceeds.

Worst greasy buildup: Albemarle County fire officials conclude the November 3 kitchen fire at Farmington Country Club started from cooking grease and creosote in the ventilation system of a wood-burning stove. Damages are estimated $100,000. [See Dish, page 50.]

Worst Amber Alert hoax: A Washington mother says her car is stolen with her baby on board– to get police to help find the car November 6, reports the Washington Post. The infant was with a neighbor.

Worst housekeeping: A random test of surplus state computers finds personal info– such as credit card information, employee evaluations, and student grades– on 88 percent of the computers.

Worst SOL fallout: Charlottesville High, Buford Middle School, Walker Upper Elementary, and Clark Elementary in Charlottesville, and Yancey Elementary in Albemarle all have SOL "provisionally accredited/needs improvement" ratings, unlike all other city and county schools that are fully accredited.

Best challenge to Nobel: The first $1 million John W. Kluge prize goes to philosopher Leszek Kolakowski. The Library of Congress will periodically make the award in areas such as philosophy, anthropology, religion, and history– topics not rewarded by the Nobel Prizes.

Most caring young adult: Keswick's 13-year-old prodigy, Gregory Smith, will be inducted to the Hall of Fame for Caring Americans.

Best indication Ronald Reagan is still the Teflon president: CBS cancels a controversial miniseries on the former prez and sends it to Showtime.

Best bequest: McDonald's heiress Joan Kroc leaves NPR a whopping $200 million– the largest gift ever given to an American cultural institution and certainly to NPR.

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