Hokies!, terrifying crime, and Virginia Senators

The Hokies ride a rollercoaster of emotions, the perpetrators of a terrifying crime remain on the loose, and Virginia’s 2012 political season is starting to take shape. Week in Review!


BCS selection Sunday was just about the craziest day of the year for Hokie fans. 24 hours after a crushing, and embarrassing, defeat (for the second time) at the hands/paws of the Clemson Tigers, the Hokies were selected as the ACC’s first ever at-large BCS bid. The Hokies will head down to New Orleans to face Michigan in the Sugar Bowl.

This has pissed off a lot of people–mostly those who think the Hokies are undeserving. But, it looks like the national gnashing of teeth has at least pushed the conversation about an college football playoff forward.


This is one of the most terrifying crimes that I’ve read about in a while. I’ll let the RPD release speak for itself:

The men were burglarizing a residence in the city’s [south side][1] on Monday evening when the occupants, a couple and their young child, returned home. The men, one of them armed with a rifle, took the child hostage and demanded money. During the confrontation, the father struck one of the men in the face and head with a hammer before being shot by the other man.

The father has been hospitalized in critical condition.

Although both men were wearing bandanas to cover their faces, it is believed the injuries suffered by the one struck by the hammer are serious enough to require medical attention.

The father has since been upgraded to stable condition. If you have any information, call Detective Christopher Foultz (804.646.6996) or Crime Stoppers (804.780.1000 or text them at 274637 using the keyword iTip).


The two presumptive nominees for Virginia’s 2012 Senate Race, George Allen and Tim Kaine, debated each other on Wednesday. Seems like there should be more participants in a debate than two guys who aren’t even the nominees yet, right? Well too bad. From the Washington Post:

Allen and Kaine are not the only candidates in the race, but the other six did not meet the qualifications: averaging 15 percent or better in published, non-candidate primary polls; and raising at least 20 percent as much money as his or her party’s front-runner.

Four others — businessmen Tim Donner, lawyer David McCormick, Bishop E.W. Jackson and tea party activist Jamie Rad­tke — are competing in the Republican primary. Two others — Julien Modica, a health-care company executive, and Courtney Lynch, founding partner of a consulting firm — are running in the Democratic primary.


Shortly after noon on Thursday, a man murdered a Virginia Tech police officer involved in an unrelated traffic stop on campus. The suspect ran off on foot and later killed himself.

Local, regional, and national media jumped at the chance to draw connections between the 2007 shootings on campus and this incident.

Currently police say they have found no connection between the suspect and Virginia Tech.

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