The week in review

Best state economic news: After two years of a deficit, Virginia may end the fiscal year June 30 with a surplus.

Biggest no-brainer appointment: President Bush renominates Alan Greenspan, 78, to his fifth term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Most ignored Presidential speech: None of the major networks carry Bush's May 24 prime-time discussion on the transfer of power in Iraq.

Closest to home: Leonard Cowherd from Culpeper dies in Iraq May 16.

Grimmest photo on the cover of the Daily Progress : An AP photograph of four dead Palestinians, one of them being kissed by a boy.

Worst pepper spray incident: Monticello High evacuates approximately 850 students and staff May 21. More than a dozen students are treated for respiratory symptoms and two are taken to the UVA emergency room. A male student fesses up to releasing the spray.

Worst hit and run: A Charlottesville bicycle cop is hit May 21 but is not seriously injured. Police are looking for Andrew McKinley Shelton.

Most anticipated Orange County trial: Donna Somerville's on June 17, in which she's accused of murdering her husband, Hamilton Somerville, in 2001 with a lethal dose of codeine and morphine. Because of intense publicity, jurors will be brought in from outside Orange, Olympia Meola reports in the Progress.

22nd best city for business: Charlottesville makes yet another list, the 2004 Forbes Best Places for Business survey.

Worst place to need a court-appointed lawyer: Virginia, where the maximum the state pays for a case carrying a life sentence is $1,096, according to the AP.

Most candidates for lieutenant governor: 10, according to Bob Gibson's count in the Progress.

Best lacrosse team: The UVA women's team, which trounced Princeton May 23 to take the NCAA championship title.

Best coach: UVA baseball's Brian O'Connor is named ACC coach of the year.

Best baseball player: Joe Koshansky is chosen as the ACC's top player.

Biggest shuffle: UVA basketball coach Pete Gillen keeps his job, but two assistant coaches resign.

Worst commute last week: A May 18 thunderstorm knocks out traffic lights on U.S. 29 north, Rio and Hydraulic roads at rush hour and leaves approximately 9,000 Central Virginians without power.

Worst commute this week: Alderman, Copeley, and Massie roads around UVA are scheduled for repaving.

Best time to change cell phone providers: Number portability goes into effect May 24.

Hottest sauna: The downtown ACAC is evacuated for about an hour May 24 when the sauna ignites from allegedly faulty wiring.

Hottest ticket: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor speaks at the Miller Center May 25 and awards the Emily Couric Leadership award at ceremonies at the Boar's Head Inn.

Best fish story: A female American shad makes it past the recently breached Embrey Dam on the Rappahannock River.

Worst time to get a dinner reservation: May 29 is prom night for many area high schools.

Most dubious fundraising goal: A $1,250-bulletproof vest for Bolo, a bloodhound with the Fluvanna County Sheriff's K-9 team. Cadets at Fork Union Military Academy raised the money, reports Braxton Williams for the Progress.