4Better Or Worse

The week in review
Published on Sep 9th, 2004
0 comments Worst aftermath of Tropical Storm Gaston: Richmond's Shockoe Bottom is still staggered by August 30 flooding from a foot of rain that caused an estimated $60 million in damage to 35 businesses, 25...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on Sep 2nd, 2004
0 comments Worst flooding: Tropical Storm Gaston drops 10 inches of rain on Richmond August 30, wrecking Shockoe Bottom and leaving five dead in its wake. Governor Mark Warner declares a state of emergency in...
The week in review
Published on Aug 26th, 2004
0 comments Least friendly incident at Friendship Court: Police shoot and critically wound Kerry Von Reese Cook August 21 while responding to a domestic complaint. At press time, Cook, who police say has...
The week in review
Published on Aug 19th, 2004
0 comments Saddest find: The body of a homeless man, Eugene M. Tyndall Jr., 53, behind trash bins in the LexisNexis parking lot August 10. Worst weather: Two storms– tropical storm Bonnie and Hurricane...
The week in review
Published on Aug 12th, 2004
0 comments Biggest migration: Thirty-two students take advantage of the school choice option and leave Clark Elementary after the school fails to meet the requirements of the federal No Child Left Behind act....
The week in review
Published on Jul 29th, 2004
0 comments Amazing alloy: Local researchers say in an early July release that their new non-magnetic alloy– three times stronger than steel– could make taller buildings, broader bridges, and hardier...
The week in review
Published on Jul 22nd, 2004
0 comments 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 (...
The week in review
Published on Jul 15th, 2004
0 comments Worst day for CEOs: July 8. Enron's Kenneth "Kenny Boy" Lay takes a perp walk and is charged with selling his stock while urging investors and employees to buy more. Adelphia founder John "Personal...
The week in review
Published on Jul 8th, 2004
0 comments Best balance for Yankee John Kerry's presidential ticket: He adds Southerner John Edwards to the VP slot July 6. Best news for Guantanamo Bay prisoners: The U.S. Supreme Court rules the nearly 600...
The week in review
Published on Jul 1st, 2004
0 comments Earliest transfer of power: The U.S. hands over authority to an interim Iraqi government June 28, two days before the expected June 30 transfer. Biggest sex discrimination case: A class action...
The week in review
Published on Jun 24th, 2004
0 comments Most shocking– shocking!– revelation from the 9/11 Commission: No evidence ties al-Qaida to Saddam Hussein in the September 11 attacks. Most shocking other revelation: Although still a...
The week in review
Published on Jun 17th, 2004
0 comments 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...
The week in review
Published on Jun 10th, 2004
0 comments Highest-level loss: Fortieth President Ronald Reagan dies June 5 at age 93– 10 years after announcing he had Alzheimer's Disease. Highest-level retirement: CIA Director George Tenet offers his...
The week in review
Published on Jun 3rd, 2004
0 comments Best Memorial Day commemoration: The National World War II monument on the Mall in Washington is dedicated May 29. Oddest political move: Former Governor Douglas Wilder plans to run for mayor in...
The week in review
Published on May 27th, 2004
0 comments Best state economic news: After two years of a deficit, Virginia may end the fiscal year June 30 with a surplus. Biggest no-brainer appointment: President Bush renominates Alan Greenspan, 78, to his...
The week in review
Published on May 20th, 2004
0 comments Worst images, just when you thought they couldn't get any worse: A videotape showing the beheading of American Nick Berg in Iraq is released May 11. Worst howdy to immigrants: Fifth District...
4BETTER OR WORSE- The week in review
Published on May 13th, 2004
0 comments Hottest seat: Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld sits before the Senate Armed Services Committee May 7 to explain the mistreatment of Iraqi prisoners, amid an increased clamor for his resignation....
The week in review
Published on May 6th, 2004
0 comments Most Un-American behavior: Iraqi prisoners in Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad are photographed as they're subjected to sexual and physical abuse at the hands of their American guards. Best escape:...
The week in review
Published on Apr 29th, 2004
0 comments Biggest march: Hundreds of thousands pro-choicers, anti-Bushers flood the Mall in Washington April 25. Most high-profile American war death: Former NFLer Pat Tillman is killed April 22 in Afghanistan...
The week in review
Published on Apr 22nd, 2004
0 comments Worst week for 20,000 American troops in Iraq: Their homecomings are postponed for another three months because of Iraqi uprisings in the bloodiest month of the war yet. Most fragile coalition: U.S....
The week in review
Published on Apr 15th, 2004
0 comments Best insta-trend: Not since the "Oracle of Bacon" emerged in 1996 (to measure connections between actors) has a UVA-based trend caused as many smiles as "High Five Day," whose third annual...
The week in review
Published on Apr 8th, 2004
0 comments Worst desecration: Eight contractors, including four Americans, are killed and two are dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq, March 31. Worst sticker shock: Gas prices average $1.75...
The week in review
Published on Apr 1st, 2004
0 comments Worst fire: In Richmond on March 26 when fire breaks out in a construction dumpster, ignites a student housing project, and leaps over Broad Street. When the ashes clear, over 24 buildings are...
The week in review
Published on Mar 25th, 2004
0 comments Lamest legislature: The Virginia General Assembly extends its session without resolving the $2.4 billion budget gap between the Senate and the House of Delegates– and then the House decides to...
The week in review
Published on Mar 18th, 2004
0 comments Worst terrorism: Ten bombs hit Madrid's train lines at rush hour March 11, killing 200 people and wounding 1,450. Biggest bandwagon: Seattle, Portland, Oregon, and Asbury Park, New Jersey, join San...
The week in review
Published on Mar 11th, 2004
0 comments Best Super Tuesday for John Kerry: The Massachusetts senator sews up the Democratic nomination for president. Worst week for Martha Stewart: The domestic diva is convicted March 5 of lying to the...
The week in review
Published on Mar 4th, 2004
0 comments Biggest Constitutional news: President George W. Bush calls for an amendment to ban gay marriages. [See Essays on page 63 for a satirical take on the subject.–editor] Worst allegation of...
The week in review
Published on Feb 26th, 2004
0 comments Most convictions by a City Council candidate: Republican Kenneth Jackson has four for assault & battery– the last in 1995– and he wielded a knife in three of those, report Elizabeth...
The week in review
Published on Feb 19th, 2004
0 comments Most wedding bells ringing: Hundreds of gay couples line up at City Hall in San Francisco on February 12 after the city starts issuing licenses and performing weddings for same-sex couples. Fewest...
The week in review
Published on Feb 12th, 2004
0 comments Biggest upset: Local Dems dump two-term incumbent City Councilor Meredith Richards, the party's challenger to Congressman Virgil Goode in 2002, at its February 7 convention, instead nominating...