The week in review
Most new Charlottesvillians: The city wins its challenge of the U.S. Census Bureau[base ']s claim that the city[base ']s population dropped by 3,494 from 2000 to 2004. The Census agrees to increase the number of Charlottesville citizens to 40,745.
Latest proposed Meadowcreek Parkway moniker: The John W. Warner Parkway is former Albemarle supervisor Forrest Marshall's suggestion to honor the U.S. Senator who secured the $27 million funding needed to finally get the long-on-the-books road built, according to Bob Gibson in the Daily Progress.
Latest gig for Ric Barrick: The former weather guy/news director for WCAV and WVAW has been named Charlottesville's interim director of communications, succeeding former TV guy Maurice Jones, who heads to the Miller Center.
Best editorial: "Follow the law, Taliban Bob," courtesy the Waynesboro News Virginian, calls Republican attorney general candidate Bob McDonnell to task for not disclosing anonymous donors to his campaign– while also tossing in the nickname McDonnell earned from his "rigid views on sex."
Worst bounce for Creigh Deeds: The latest Mason Dixon poll shows the Democratic AG candidate down 8-points behind McDonnell, Bob Gibson reports in the DP.
Best news for Deeds: Twenty-four percent of the sampled voters are undecided.
Latest Slutzky endorsement: The Albemarle Political Action Committee for Education recommends Dem David Slutzky in the Rio District Board of Supervisors' race, along with supe incumbents Sally Thomas and Dennis Rooker. David Toscano gets the APACE nod in the 57th District race.
Biggest war chest: Delegate Rob Bell has over $312,000, almost six times what his opponent, Democrat Steve Koleszar, has raised, according to another Gibson story.
Biggest rash: Eleven burglaries have been reported in the Belmont and Rose Hill Drive neighborhoods. One alleged burglar, Robert Neal Jones, is charged October 24 after being found and tackled at a Belmont residence.
Worst peeping problem: As he enters the courthouse October 18 for sentencing on charges of breaking into a house March 13, Frederick Ayers is served with a warrant for peeping, and is cuffed and taken to Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail. The latest charge stems from allegedly looking into a JPA residence October 3. Ayers pleaded guilty to peeping in August 2004, Liesel Nowak reports in the Progress.
Latest in the case of the threatening letter writer: Former UVA doctoral student and employee Charles A. Bly, 53, pleads guilty to threatening two professors and attempting to extort money from the school, according to the AP. Bly was arrested in early 2004 after sending a 10-page letter to UVA counsel Paul Forch, along with bullet-ridden targets. Senators John Warner and George Allen and Governor Mark Warner were among the 46 people who received missives from Bly. He'll be sentenced February 6, 2006 and faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
First snow day: All Greene County schools except one close October 25 after a power failure. Allegheny Power blames snow for the blackout that leaves 1,600 customers in the dark, NBC29 reports
First roundabout: The Charlottesville Albemarle Airport opens the county's first traffic circle October 19, which should have been named the Mitch Van Yahres Roundabout, in honor of the delegate and traffic circle enthusiast.
Most likely lemons: The approximately 570,000 vehicles damaged in Hurricanes Katrina and Rita may be flooding the market. The Motor Vehicle Dealer Board warns to beware of "curbstoners"– the unscrupulous individuals who clean up these vehicles and try to resell them.
Best place to find chicks with guns: At an NRA-sponsored shooting clinic called Women on Target at the Rivanna Rifle and Pistol Club October 29.