The week in review

Worst weekend for murder: Matt Nelepa, 20, is shot early November 20 at 7-1/2 Street near Cherry Avenue. The body of Sarah Louise Crawford, 33, is found around 1:30am November 22 in the Quality Inn on Emmet Street. Her estranged husband, Anthony Dale Crawford, 45, of Manassas, is arrested in Florida November 26 and faces charges in Charlottesville.

Worst attempted matricide: Three Madison County teenagers plead guilty November 22 to a plot to poison one conspirator's mother, Olympia Meola reports in the Daily Progress.

Worst ear shooting: Marcel Ross, 19, is charged with malicious wounding, use of a firearm in the commission of a felony, and discharging a firearm in an occupied dwelling. According to an article by Reed Williams in the Progress, Timothy Brown found Ross in Brown's bed with a woman November 22. Brown called his girlfriend– Ross's mother– and the son threatened to "pop a cap in my butt," Brown said. Instead, Ross allegedly fired a .22-caliber bullet through the bedroom door that ricocheted and hit Brown in the ear.

Worst hit and run: Martha Jones overturns her Jetta on Earlysville Road November 29. As she attempts to crawl from the car, another driver strikes her car and flees in what's described as a maroon or red compact pickup with a camper shell. Jones, 19, is pronounced dead at the scene.

Saddest Waltons ' loss: Marion Hamner Hawkes, older sister and inspiration for the character Mary Ellen in brother Earl Hamner's iconic series, The Waltons, dies November 22 at age 74.

Biggest move: Albemarle County police relocate to Fifth Street Extended.

Worst setback for Ivy activists: The Virginia Supreme Court refuses, on October 29, to hear the Ivy Community Association's lawsuit challenging Albemarle's zoning decision that a Faulconer Construction facility was a "light industrial" use. However, Faulconer received a setback of its own two days earlier when the Board of Supervisors unanimously sent Faulconer's site plan back to the proverbial drawing board.

Most voters: 3.2 million Virginians got out to vote November 2, the largest turnout ever, according to the State Board of Elections, which certified the tallies November 22. But because of heavy registration, that works out to only 71.3 percent of eligible voters.

Latest Liberty University honor: The Young American Foundation names Jerry Falwell's Lynchburg school one of the top 10 conservative colleges in the U.S.

Biggest pot case: The Supreme Court hears arguments November 29 about whether states have the right to allow the use of medical marijuana.

Worst deer hunting massacre: Six people are killed in Wisconsin when a trespasser in their deer stand opens fire on them November 21.

Biggest pall over Hunt Country: The British House of Commons outlaws fox hunting in England and Wales November 18.

Best spin on a bankruptcy: Donald Trump calls his casino's filing for Chapter 11 protection "a success," according to the AP.

Biggest changing of the network-anchor guard: CBS's Dan Rather announces he'll step down in March after nearly 24 years. And NBC's Tom Brokaw does his final newscast December 1.

Worst list to end up on: Filmmaker Michael Moore tops's "Frigid 50" compilation of the least inspiring, least intriguing people in Hollywood.

Best tout of a Charlottesville writer in Vanity Fair: In the November issue, Tom Waits lists the late Breece D'J Pancake among his favorite writers.

Best example of "bad journalism at its worst": The Hook's coverage of rape at UVA and the Andrew Alston trial, according to self-appointed media critic Nick Chapin in the November 30 Cav Daily.