4Better Or Worse

The week in review
Published on Jul 3rd, 2003
0 comments Best decision for consenting adults: The Supreme Court on June 26 overturns a Texas law banning sodomy– a decision that extends to Virginia's sodomy laws. Best news for borrowers: The Federal...
The week in review
Published on Jun 26th, 2003
0 comments Published June 26, 2003, in issue #0225 of The Hook Best Supreme Court decision for UVA admissions: The court rules that colleges and universities can consider race to achieve diversity. UVA says it...
The week in review
Published on Jun 19th, 2003
0 comments Worst arsonist: Lyle M. Wagner allegedly sets his Wayland Drive house in Crozet on fire June 10 and then tells the fire marshal he did it. The house is completely destroyed, and Wagner is charged...
The week in review
Published on Jun 12th, 2003
0 comments Worst hate crime: Former Albemarle deputy Stephen Shiflett's March 13 alleged allegation. If he really concocted a fake shooting by an imaginary African American, he may join South Carolinian child-...
The week in review
Published on Jun 5th, 2003
0 comments Best catch by a rookie: Twenty-one-year-old cop Jeff Postell nabs Eric Robert Rudolph, a suspect in the 1996 Olympic bombings and subject of a massive manhunt in the mountains of North Carolina, as...
The week in review
Published on May 29th, 2003
0 comments Best reason for Cavaliers to celebrate: UVA wins the NCAA lacrosse championship May 26. Worst reason: State funding continues to drop at Virginia's flagship university, reaching a new low of 8.1...
The week in review
Published on May 22nd, 2003
0 comments Worst weather for a graduation: UVA's Class of 2003 gets soaked May 18. Best example of Democrats on the run: 50 from the Texas legislature hightail it across the border to prevent a quorum and thus...
The week in review
Published on May 15th, 2003
0 comments Worst local weather: A vicious thunderstorm and unconfirmed tornadotear through Central Virginia May 9, killing James R. Ward when a tree falls on his Buckingham County home. Worst episode of girls...
The week in review
Published on May 8th, 2003
0 comments Worst jolt: Charlottesville rocks through a Fluvanna-based 3.9 earthquake at 12:32pm on May 5. Worst spring weather: Scores of tornadoes rip a 400-mile swath through Kansas, Missouri, and Tennessee...
The week in review
Published on May 1st, 2003
0 comments Best addition to UVA coffers: Carl and Hunter Smith donate $23.5 million to UVA for a new performing arts center and marching band. Worst casualty of the Smiths' largesse: The UVA Pep Band, which is...
The week in review
Published on Apr 24th, 2003
0 comments Worst looting: First the theft of priceless artifacts in Baghdad's National Museum of Antiquities and then the burning of the National Library leave Iraq's cultural heritage decimated. Best response...
The week in review
Published on Apr 17th, 2003
0 comments Worst week for Iraqi sculptors: Statues of Saddam Hussein come tumbling down. Best week for American armed forces: Major combat in Iraq is essentially over. Worst date for procrastinators: April 15,...
The week in review
Published on Apr 10th, 2003
0 comments Worst addition to network news: The daily tally of American and British dead, missing, and prisoners of war. Worst omission to network news: The number of Iraqi dead, missing, and prisoners. Most...
The week in review
Published on Apr 3rd, 2003
0 comments Worst Iraq analysis: The war could take much longer than anticipated, according to Lt. Gen. William Wallace, the Army's senior ground commander in Iraq. Worst gaffe by a war correspondent: Peter...
The week in review
Published on Mar 27th, 2003
0 comments Best reason for non-stop television watching: The United States begins its war on Iraq March 19. Worst potential disaster to consider, as if war and terrorism aren't enough: March 25 is Tornado...
The week in review
Published on Mar 20th, 2003
0 comments Worst St. Pat's Day: President George Bush gives Saddam Hussein 48 hours to leave Iraq before the U.S. attacks at "a time of our choosing." Next worst threat besides imminent war and terrorist...
The week in review
Published on Mar 13th, 2003
0 comments Worst ender to a bender: Escort service owner Paulus Irving Perkins is found guilty March 5 of rape, sodomy, and abduction of a 19-year-old woman. During the trial in Lovingston, Paulus admits...
The week in review
Published on Mar 6th, 2003
0 comments Worst UVA election casualty: Daisy Lundy, candidate for Student Council President, is assaulted early February 26 by an assailant who allegedly says, "No one wants a nigger to be president," the...
The week in review
Published on Feb 27th, 2003
0 comments Worst week for clubbing: Twenty-one people are killed when club-goers stampede to the exits in a Chicago nightclub February 17. And at least 97 people die in a Rhode Island nightclub on February 20...
The week in review
Published on Feb 20th, 2003
0 comments Worst snowstorm: Seven inches (although it seems like more) blanket Charlottesville, the worst since two feet fell in 1996. Best opportunity to skip class: UVA cancels classes for the first time...
The week in review
Published on Feb 13th, 2003
0 comments Best resurrection: Kay Slaughter's seemingly doomed nomination to the State Water Control Board is saved by the House of Delegates in an 86-1 vote in her favor February 6, prompting the Senate to...
The week in review
Published on Feb 6th, 2003
0 comments Worst homecoming: The space shuttle Columbia, with a crew of seven, 15 minutes from a scheduled landing in Florida, disintegrates over Texas February 1. Best outcome for Foxfield from the ABC's...
The week in review
Published on Jan 30th, 2003
0 comments Best sign of new blood in the city Democratic machine: Josh Chernila, Waldo Jaquith's campaign manager in his bid for City Council last year, is elected vice chairman of the Democratic Committee on...
The week in review
Published on Jan 23rd, 2003
0 comments Best protest: Between 30,000 and 500,000 peace lovers mass January 18 in Washington to protest a war with Iraq. Best local protest: The Center for Peace and Justice estimates that 1,300 gather that...
The week in review
Published on Jan 16th, 2003
0 comments Best real-life drama: Virginia's General Assembly is in session through February 22. Worst waste of time in the General Assembly: Debate over approval of each of the 27 specialty license plate bills...
The week in review
Published on Jan 9th, 2003
0 comments Worst whining: West Virginia Governor Bob Wise demands an apology from UVA for a pep band parody at the Continental Tire Bowl that he says "perpetuates the unfounded stereotypes that we in West...
The week in review
Published on Dec 26th, 2002
0 comments Worst Santa behavior: Robbing a Chester drugstore of OxyContin on December 14. Best price on a letter by Jefferson or any other president, for that matter: $1.4 million for a three-page letter to a...
The week in review
Published on Dec 19th, 2002
0 comments Worst case of armed and dangerous: SWAT teams arrest four men who are suspects in a crime rampage that includes a burglary, rape, and the shooting of two men on U.S. 29 north. According to Reed...
The week in review
Published on Dec 12th, 2002
0 comments Worst flashback to the Nixon era: President George Bush appoints Nixonian Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to head a commission to investigate the events of September 11. Best break with party...
The week in review
Published on Dec 5th, 2002
0 comments Worst cheating scandal: The last honor trials of the 158 students accused of cheating 18 months ago in Professor Louis Bloomfield's "How Things Work" physics class are complete. Twenty students are...