The week in review
Most shocking: Legendary former basketball coach and athletic director Terry Holland calls it quits fundraising for the new basketball arena to pursue another opportunity in sports.
Least shocking (unfortunately): Incoming UVA football receiver Ottawa Anderson and his girlfriend, Jessica Renee Turner, are arrested July 7 and charged with assault. According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, Anderson had been dismissed from UVA before the assault charge. And July 17, frosh running back Ahmad Rashad Bradshaw is arrested for underage drinking. The gridiron/track star flees but is unable to elude the pursuing officer, ending with a Rotunda arrest and obstruction of justice charge. The Roanoke Times also alludes to a mysterious juvenile infraction that could haunt Bradshaw's career as a Cavalier.
Latest firearm trend: Packing heat in public. Virginia doesn't require a permit to carry most guns in public, and Fairfax County residents have started exercising their right to strap on a sidearm in, say, Starbucks.
Worst molestation-by-a-former-nun: Eileen M. Rhoads is convicted of two felony sex crimes July 14 in Virginia Beach for molesting a 10 year old at a Catholic school 35 years ago.
Worst decision for nude teens: A federal judge rules July 15 they have to have a parent or guardian along if they want to attend camp at the clothing-optional White Tail Park.
Biggest courtroom drama: A judge awards Jessica Grigg $8.3 million July 16. She was injured when she skied into a snow-grooming machine at Wintergreen in January 2003 and suffered permanent brain damage.
Worst decision for Martha Stewart: Five months in prison.
Worst accessory for Martha Stewart: She requests that she not have to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet during the five-month home confinement portion of her sentence, according to the Washington Post.
Best reason to wear clean underwear to school: The Charlottesville School Board issues guidelines for strip searches, which previously were forbidden.
Best news for confused city voters: City Council votes 4-1 to move its election from May to November starting in 2007.
Best news for the lone Republican: Failure of the effort to start the new schedule in 2005, which would have shortened Rob Shilling's term.
Most controversial vote: The U.S. Senate doesn't come close (48-50) to the two-thirds majority needed to pass a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage July 14.
Latest development in the June 20 acquaintance rape case: Omar Musa, 21, who was charged with forcible rape and then hid from police in his girlfriend's car, pleads guilty to misdemeanor sexual battery July 15 and gets six months in jail, the Progress reports.
Best incentive to buy from Starr Hill Cottages: Free scooters to reduce traffic come with the purchase of a new cottage, Liz Nelson reports in the Progress.
Loneliest number: Delegate Mitch Van Yahres is the only General Assembly legislator to vote against the "day of rest" bill fix at the special session July 13, pointing out that while everyone jumped to the defense of business, "I still haven't heard anyone speak up for the employees."
Best news for Media General shareholders: Earnings rise 6 percent in the second quarter, thanks to political and help wanted ads.
Slowest news day: July 14, when the top headline in the Daily Progress reads: "McIntire Park bathrooms get paint job." ("10th annual Camp Jeep begins today" leads the July 15 edition.)
Best local-girl-makes-good-in-an-Abercrombie-&-Fitch ad: Schuyler Fisk, once known for being Sissy Spacek's daughter but now with her own acting/music creds, appears in the August Vanity Fair in a massive Abercrombie ad campaign featuring famous people's kids.