The week in review
Biggest march: Hundreds of thousands pro-choicers, anti-Bushers flood the Mall in Washington April 25.
Most high-profile American war death: Former NFLer Pat Tillman is killed April 22 in Afghanistan. [This item, as published in the paper, originally contained an error which has been corrected here.–editor]
Biggest courtroom drama: Sentencing in the Ivy Industries check-kiting scheme, which had been set for April 23, is delayed to May 10 while judge and prosecutors ponder motions from defendants John C. Reid and Alan B. "Bro" Pinkerton Jr. asking for approximately three instead of approximately four years in prison.
Biggest courtroom tempest: Albemarle Circuit Court Judge Paul Peatross announces April 16 he won't hear any criminal cases, citing a conflict with the commonwealth's attorney and public defender. According to the Richmond-Times Dispatch, Commonwealth's Attorney Jim Camblos and Peatross have had an "antagonistic" relationship for years, and Camblos filed a complaint against Peatross with the state Judicial Inquiry and Review Commission.
Greenest light for Meadowcreek: Attorney General Jerry Kilgore says it's okay for three of five city councilors to approve an easement to transfer land to VDOT, instead of selling it, which requires a four-councilor super-vote.
Bonus points: 67 percent of Charlottesville residents, according to a poll commissioned by the Free Enterprise Forum, want the Meadowcreek Parkway– as well as U.S. 29 bypass.
Best endorsement for an indie: City Council candidate Vance High, along with Republican Ann Reinicke and Democrat David Brown, gets the nod from the Charlottesville Police Officers' Association.
Biggest state development boost: On April 19, Governor Mark Warner announces that a Danish company will build a $450 million shipping container terminal in Portsmouth.
Biggest state traffic boost: VDOT says that terminal will put almost 4,000 additional vehicles– most of them trucks– on the roads each day.
Worst storming of UVA president John Casteen's lobby: About a dozen angry-but-smilin' grad students deliver a petition to Casteen April 20 requesting lower health insurance rates. Kate Andrews has the story and Rachel Zahumensky the photo for the Progress.
Worst way to get back at your ex: Albemarle resident Anthony Lee Napier poses as his ex-wife in chat rooms, gives out her phone number and address and invites men to have sex with her. Convicted this month of two felony counts and three misdemeanor charges, Napier faces up to 13 years in prison.
Worst IHOP hit: Two allegedly hungry men are charged with stealing steaks, french fries, and onion rings worth more than $250 April 20, according to a Reed Williams story in the Progress. Sean Thomas Kelly and Stephen McCarthy, both 20, found the IHOP closed but its doors unlocked. They're charged with felony breaking and entering and grand larceny.
Best pick: Former UVA quarterback Matt Schaub is drafted by the Atlanta Falcons in the third round of the NFL draft.
Driest rides: Chandler Franklin and O'Bryan pick up the tab for around 400 cab rides from Foxfield on April 24.
Best locals in an out-of-town gig: Along with Liza Minnelli and Nancy Wilson, Big Ray and the Kool Kats play the 12th annual Kennedy Center Gala April 25.
Best out-of-towners in a local gig: The Indigo Girls pack the Performing Arts Center April 26 and help raise $70,000 for the Charlottesville Free Clinic.
Worst line-cutting: An aggrieved Mary Van Clief writes to the Progress to complain about Governor Warner, his kids and a couple of other men allegedly cutting in line to ride the roller coaster at King's Dominion.
Best irritable bowel spokesperson: Former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter is in town April 22 to talk about the illness from which her mother has suffered.
Biggest Pepper Upper: Legendary UVA sports doc Frank McCue's mug adorns Dr. Pepper cans in honor of his retirement.