4Better Or Worse

4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Feb 1st, 2007
1 comments Saddest shooting debacle: Allen Cochran, 16, whose family says he struggled with mental illness, is shot and killed by Game Warden Robert O. Ham III in Greene County January 24 after police receive a...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 25th, 2007
0 comments Most rapidly appreciating Albemarle real estate: White Hall, which shot up an average 16.72 percent in the past year, according to the latest county assessments, followed by the Town of Scottsville...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 18th, 2007
1 comments Worst priestly misdeeds: The Reverend Rodney Lee Rodis, 50, is charged January 10 with embezzling more than $600,000 from his former Louisa parish, Rob Seal reports in the Daily Progress. Despite...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 11th, 2007
2 comments Biggest spenders: Charlottesville and Albemarle, according to a Free Enterprise Forum and Decker Economics study. Between fiscal years 1990 and 2005, the city had the greatest increase in spending...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jan 4th, 2007
0 comments Best look at the Freedom of Information Act: The Associated Press and Virginia newspapers survey local governments throughout the state for compliance with FOIA, and Charlottesville, Albemarle and...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 21st, 2006
0 comments Latest disaster waiting in the wings: Local officials paint a dire picture of an upcoming flu pandemic at a December 12 press briefing, urging citizens to lay in two weeks' worth of water and extra...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 14th, 2006
0 comments Biggest mystery: Virginia State Police conclude their investigation of the October 20 shooting of Elvis Shifflett by two Charlottesville cops– but authorities still won't say whether Shifflett...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Dec 7th, 2006
0 comments Worst high school sex scandal: Charlottesville High choir director Jonathan Spivey is indicted on seven felony charges December 1 for child sexual abuse, including three for verbal sexual...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 30th, 2006
0 comments Best reason to take a deep breath: The Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority will stop composting human waste at its Moores Creek facility February 1 after years of complaints about the stench from...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 23rd, 2006
0 comments Biggest civil award against an Albemarle cop: A jury awards the family of Frederick Gray $4.5 million November 17, finding that Sergeant Amos Chiarappa was "grossly negligent" in the 1997 shooting of...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 16th, 2006
0 comments Worst "thumpin": For the first time since 1994, America wakes up November 8 to the prospect of a Democratic-controlled Congress, and Representative Nancy Pelosi is set to become the first female...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 9th, 2006
0 comments Better late than never: On the eve of the November 7 election, City Council unanimously passes a resolution opposing the marriage amendment and urging voters to just say no. Worst programmer gaffe:...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Nov 2nd, 2006
1 comments Highest profile marriage amendment opponents: Governor Tim Kaine, first lady Anne Holton, former Governor Linwood Holton and NAACP chairman/UVA prof Julian Bond urge voters to just say no. Best bump...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 26th, 2006
1 comments Boldest defiance of the League of Women Voters: Senator George Allen refuses to pull footage from an October 9 League debate from an ad lambasting opponent Jim Webb. The League insists debate footage...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 19th, 2006
0 comments Best news for minimum wagers: UVA raises its wage to $9.75 an hour in December, and Albemarle County plans to boot its pay from the current $8.84 for the 2007-2008 fiscal year, based on the same...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
0 comments Saddest Parkway news: Lizzy Hafter, a 22-year-old UVA grad student from Columbia, South Carolina, is murdered and her body found October 1 on the Blue Ridge Parkway. A man driving her car, William...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Oct 12th, 2006
0 comments Worst fallout from school terrorism: Culpeper closes all schools– both public and private– October 5 because of a bomb threat. Worst copycatting: A 14-year-old Culpeper girl is arrested...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 28th, 2006
0 comments Biggest political gaffe not involving George Allen: Fifth District Congressional candidate Al Weed issues an apology to Mitchell Wade-illegal-campaign-contributions associate Richard Berglund, who...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 21st, 2006
0 comments Most offended by a college newspaper: UVA gets several thousand messages protesting three "blasphemous" cartoons depicting Jesus in the Cavalier Daily August 23-24. Bill O'Reilly also chimes in on...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 14th, 2006
0 comments Most dubious distinction: The Charlottesville area has the highest gas prices in the Old Dominion, an average of $2.77 a gallon compared to a statewide average of $2.59 a gallon for regular,...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 7th, 2006
0 comments Worst tropical depression: Ernesto hits Virginia September 1, killing at least six people and causing $33 million damage in the state.  Worst sex scandal: Five former Whisper Ridge staffers are...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Aug 31st, 2006
0 comments Worst plane crash: A Delta commuter taking off on the wrong runway at a Lexington, Kentucky, airport crashes early August 27, killing 49 people, the worst domestic plane crash in nearly five years....
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Aug 24th, 2006
0 comments Latest in the Earl Washington saga: Charges are being brought against Rebecca Lynn Williams' real killer. Washington was convicted of her 1982 rape and murder, and was held on Death Row until DNA...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Aug 17th, 2006
0 comments Ugliest gaffe: Senator George Allen's "macaca" comment to UVA student/opposition filmer S.R. Sidarth provokes a firestorm of debate. What exactly was he trying to say? Faintest support of Albemarle'...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jul 27th, 2006
0 comments Least pastoral: Former Peace Lutheran Church associate pastor Gregory M. Briehl is arrested July 18 in his Earlysville home and charged with 20 felony counts of possession of child porn and two...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jul 20th, 2006
0 comments Biggest dean scandal: Rick Turner, head of UVA's African-American Studies, goes on administrative leave after admitting he lied about his knowledge of the "activities of a known drug dealer," Bob...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jul 13th, 2006
0 comments Worst spate: A man tries to phone-in a robbery at SunTrust bank on Pantops July 8, threatening to blow up a bomb– later found to be faux– if employees didn't put cash outside the building...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jul 6th, 2006
0 comments Most vicious: A brief storm July 2 takes out trees and electricity in the Jefferson Park Avenue area.  Wettest: Heavy rains close nearly two dozen Albemarle roads June 27, but the Scottsville...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jun 29th, 2006
0 comments Best change in the weather: A week ago we were whining about potential drought; this week we whine about flooding from the nonstop rain, five days in a row at presstime.   Worst flooding...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Jun 22nd, 2006
0 comments Worst déjà vu: With rain levels nearly a foot below normal, Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority issues a drought watch June 19, calling for voluntary water conservation. Mandatory...