The week in review

Biggest capital campaign: UVA announces plans to raise $3 billion by 2011.

 

Biggest donation to Monticello: $15 million from Robert and Clarice Smith to endow the Robert H. Smith International Center for Jefferson Studies.

Trendiest philanthropy: State legislators who couldn't make a budget during the regular General Assembly session are donating their $115 per diems from the special, extended session. Locally, delegates Rob Bell and Mitch Van Yahres are giving away their checks, Bob Gibson reports in the Daily Progress.

Worst loss of a music icon: Ray Charles dies June 10 of liver disease.

Worst loss of a football Hall of Famer: Charlottesville native Roosevelt "Rosie" Brown, who played offense for the Giants in the '50s and '60s, dies June 9 of an apparent heart attack.

Latest crime-fighting recruits: Attorney General Jerry Kilgore is asking grocers to monitor shoppers who buy household goods that could be used to make methamphetamine. Last year, the AG asked hairdressers to be on the lookout for battered women.

Worst gaffe: Katie Webb tells six House of Delegates members that the Virginia Hospital and Healthcare Association will not be giving them campaign contributions because they voted against a bill the organization supported, J. Todd Foster reports in the News Virginian. Delegate Steve Landes calls it "unethical" and "bordering on bribery."

Best pat on the back: The school board raises Albemarle school superintendent Kevin Castner's salary from $126,492 to $135,979 and issues a resolution in gratitude because, among other things, 100 percent of the Class of 2004 passed its SOLs.

Best boys high school soccer team: Charlottesville High School's Black Knights win the state title June 12.

Worst hello for CVS: Walgreens plans to build a store at the corner of Long and High streets near Free Bridge, reports short-timer Elizabeth Nelson in the Progress.

Worst horsing around: Greene County riding instructor Ernest E. Pratt Jr. is sentenced to three years June 8 for inappropriately touching a young female student and videotaping another changing clothes, according to an Olympia Meola story in the Progress.

Easiest way to get a road paved: Pay for it yourself, as former SunCom exec Thomas Sullivan plans to do with VDOT's blessing on a 3.7-mile section of Blenheim Road near Scottsville, despite neighbors' protests, short-timer David Dadurka reports in the Progress.

Worst loss of a UVA grad: Army Capt. Humayun Saqib Khan, Class of 2000, dies June 8 in Iraq while inspecting a car that blows up. Khan joined the ROTC in college, and signed up for four years in the Army, in part to pay for law school, according to the Washington Post. His tour of duty was supposed to be up last month, but was extended indefinitely because of the war.

Worst setback for Henry Weinschenk: The Express Car Wash owner's appeal in his lawsuit against the city, which he claims unfairly rationed the water at car washes during the 2002 drought, is dismissed in federal court, cvillenews.com reports.

Most startling figures: Virginia ranks 8th for deaths and impacts from power plant pollution, which cause 1,000 premature deaths, 1,400 heart attacks and 24,000 asthma attacks, according to a release from the Southern Environmental Law Center that cites a study based on federal health data.

Best benefit for an long-time benefiter: Eure Communications raises almost $10,000 to help Tom Powell, a Toy Lift founder, and his family pay for medical bills from his battle with cancer.

Best nomination for a private-eye novel: Local writer Andy Straka receives a 2004 Shamus nomination for his third book, Cold Quarry. It's Straka's second Shamus nomination.

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