4Better Or Worse

The week in review
Published on Nov 28th, 2002
0 comments Worst fraternity hijinks: Kappa Alpha and Zeta Psi are suspended November 18 by their national headquarters and UVA's Inter-Fraternity Council after the frats post Halloween photos of an Uncle Sam in...
The week in review
Published on Nov 21st, 2002
0 comments Best sign we won't run out of water– this year: Governor Mark Warner lifts state bans on car washing, refilling swimming pools, and watering golf courses November 12, and City Council lifts...
The week in review
Published on Nov 14th, 2002
0 comments Published November 14, 2002, in issue #41 of The Hook Best midterm election for Republicans: While Virginia's Republican incumbents were expected to win, the party claims enough elections across the...
The week in review
Published on Nov 7th, 2002
0 comments Best university demonstration: Four hundred students, including members of the Black Student Alliance and the Griot Society, gather outside the offices of the Cavalier Daily at Newcomb Hall October...
The week in review
Published on Oct 31st, 2002
0 comments Published October 31, 2002, in issue #39 of The Hook Best collective sigh of relief: Two suspects, John Allen Muhammed and John Lee Malvo, are arrested October 24 in the sniper shootings. Worst...
The week in review
Published on Oct 24th, 2002
0 comments Worst blow to the local economy: Despite this area's much vaunted desirability, Technicolor, Greene County's largest employer, announces its manufacturing division is heading for the greener pastures...
The week in review
Published on Oct 17th, 2002
0 comments Worst side effect of sniper terror: Police at schools and highway overpasses, and tips on how to avoid getting shot while pumping gas, such as crouching behind the gas tank or walking in a zigzag as...
The week in review
Published on Oct 10th, 2002
0 comments Worst terrorism since last October's anthrax attacks: A sniper in the D.C. to Fredericksburg area kills six and wounds two people as they pursue the normal activities of daily life. Worst budget news...
The week in review
Published on Oct 3rd, 2002
0 comments Best reversal of a trend in drought-stricken Charlottesville: On September 30, the water supply increases rather than decreases, thanks to last week's rains. Worst result of recent rains: Residents...
The week in review
Published on Sep 26th, 2002
0 comments Best rumor for students: That UVA will shut down November 30 because of the water shortage. Provost Gene Block emails everyone in the university community September 23 to deny that one. Worst rumor...
The week in review
Published on Sep 19th, 2002
0 comments Worst downward trend: The water level of local reservoirs, despite last weekend's rain, continues to fall. Best NIMBY story of the week: John Grisham, keynote speaker at a September 14 Piedmont...
The week in review
Published on Sep 12th, 2002
0 comments Best lawsuit to make one wonder, "What would Jesus do?" More than 1 1/2 years after she quit teaching at Red Hill Elementary, Michelle Frilot sues Albemarle County for religious discrimination...
The week in review
Published on Sep 5th, 2002
0 comments Best evidence that this drought is nothing compared to the summer of 1930: While one 100-degree day per year is average, 1930 recorded 21 days over 100, including Virginia's high of 109 degrees,...
The week in review
Published on Aug 29th, 2002
0 comments Best official indication the drought is no joke: Mandatory restrictions went into effect August 23 for Charlottesville and Albemarle Rivanna Water and Sewer Authority customers. Forbidden are lawn...
The week in review
Published on Aug 22nd, 2002
0 comments   Worst display of the state slogan, "Virginia is for lovers": A Virginia couple is arrested in New York after allegedly having sex in the vestibule of St. Patrick's Cathedral while another man...
The week in review
Published on Aug 8th, 2002
0 comments Worst jail outbreak: Scabies, which had male Albemarle-Charlottesville Regional Jail inmates quarantined for several weeks after the under-skin burrowing mites were brought into the jail in early...
The week in review
Published on Aug 1st, 2002
0 comments   Best reckless, multiple-life-endangering police chase in a 30-foot motor home: Michael David Keys, accompanied by a seven-year-old child, flees from Augusta and Albemarle County police on July...
The week in review
Published on Jul 25th, 2002
0 comments Best 100-year anniversary: July 17, the date Willis Carrier invented air conditioning, the device that made summer in the South tolerable and that led to inevitable battles about whether it's too hot...
The week in review
Published on Jul 18th, 2002
0 comments   Best case of landing on one's feet: Eavesdropper Edmund A. Matricardi, who resigned as head of Virginia's Republican Party, is hired by South Carolina Republicans. Next best case of landing on...
The week in review
Published on Jul 11th, 2002
0 comments Worst place to need to go to the bathroom: Fridays After Five. The city drops public restrooms from a $1.5-million renovation of the Downtown Recreation Center because of cost, reports Jake Mooney in...
The week in review
Published on Jul 4th, 2002
0 comments   Best press release of the week: Feisty Sprint, which recently went after Adelphia's phone customers, finds value in the WorldCom debacle. A June 26 release expresses the company's dismay at...
The week in review
Published on Jun 27th, 2002
0 comments Worst swipe at the League of Women Voters: City Council’s invitation to a League observer to attend the June 18 interviews with school board candidates that were closed to the public has some folks...
The week in review
Published on Jun 20th, 2002
0 comments Best opportunity for 15 seconds of fame: The Hook’s 24-hour webcam points at Main and Second streets on the Downtown Mall. Extra points if you happen to get hit by a bus while mugging for the camera...
The week in review
Published on Jun 13th, 2002
0 comments Best—er– worst sex scandal of the week: Speaker of the House of Delegates and nearby Amherst resident Vance Wilkins allegedly pays $100,000 to the female victim of his unwelcome gropes. The...
The week in review
Published on Jun 6th, 2002
0 comments Best celebrity wedding: Mary Chapin Carpenter got married outdoors in downtown Batesville on Saturday, June 1– to a real carpenter. Dave Matthews and Sissy Spacek attend, but rumored...
The week in review
Published on May 30th, 2002
0 comments Best conclusions from paid consultants studying the impact of a highly unpopular garage: UVA’s proposed 1,180-car garage will not cause unacceptable traffic problems, according the study the...
The week in review
Published on May 23rd, 2002
0 comments Best news for City Councilor Meredith Richards: She’s the Democrat nominated to run against Republican Virgil Goode in the Fifth District congressional race. Best news for Virgil Goode: He still owns...
The week in review
Published on May 16th, 2002
0 comments Best display of voter appreciation: Newly elected councilor Rob Schilling and his wife Joan stand on the corner of Ridge-McIntire and Preston the day after the election and hold up “Thank you” signs...
The week in review
Published on May 9th, 2002
0 comments Best overdue apology: At the dedication of the historical marker noting the Supreme Court decision allowing the sterilization of 8,000 Virginians deemed “genetically inferior,” Del. Mitch Van Yahres...
The week in review
Published on May 2nd, 2002
0 comments Worst headline in a national story with a Charlottesville connection: “Child-killer fights neighborhood publicity” appears in the April 28 Washington Post, detailing Glenn Barker’s efforts to dispel...