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Best of the Web: Oct. 31, 2007

Welcome back to the Best of the Web! This week's most popular results date back to Oct. 24. If you're not used to reading this blog column, I list and describe some of our top stories during the last week.

VETERANS, VETERANS, AND VETERANS

At least three stories topping our list in the past week were all about veterans. Reporter Derek Meurer's story about VirtualWall.org was pretty darn interesting.

Derek's story states, "The Virtual Wall is a non-profit website where friends and family of fallen Vietnam soldiers can create memorial Web pages or search an index of soldiers to view the memorial pages of soldiers."

This is what many Internet users would describe as a viral idea, and it really shows the upside of all of today's interconnectivity. This Web site also reminds me of the effect of Sean Dustman's blog.

Dustman is a Navy corpsman whose blog was one of the most popular military blogs in the world, back in 2004. He has two blogs - a photo blog, and a mostly text-based blog. As you'll see from his Oct. 24 posting, it appears that Sean might appear in "Band of Bloggers," which will air on the History Channel on Nov. 9 (8 p.m. EST) and Nov. 12 (6 p.m. EST).

Derek also wrote another short advance bearing a headline, "Marine Corps looks back on 232 years of service." This was very popular with our readers, and I'm thinking this event might sell out.

Lastly, Derek's last really popular story about veterans originally ran on Oct. 21, but appears to have caught on since then. It's about how local veterans at the Bob Stump VA Medical Center have won awards for their art in a national contest. Here's a link to content about current and past festivals.

 

LOCAL POLITICS

Many Prescottonians are interested in what Jack Wilson's going to do, now that he's in office. That's why reporter Cindy Barks' story, "New Prescott mayor Wilson outlines plans" received a large number of hits. I know several people who know Jack, and while I haven't met him, I have spotted him at a few public events since the election. Is it just me, or does the new mayor seem much more upbeat and energetic than before the primary?

He's going to need all of that energy. As I've seen firsthand (while covering PV politics), getting up to speed on council politics can take a few months of hard, monotonous work. Most handle the transition well, but it does overwhelm a some.

Also, Russell Pearce visited the Republican Women of Prescott on on Oct. 23 and talked about his favorite topic, illegal immigration. Talk about a controversial figure - let's just say that Jerry Colangelo and J.D. Hayworth are on his list of "non-friends," and Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio on his list of buddies. Pearce is considering a run for Congress in 2008. If he does choose to run and gains enough support to be a real contender, I could see that race getting very heated.

Lastly, the latest story that will be heating up our numbers is the Fann annexation - err, or rather, the Prescott City Council's vote against it. Did any local politicos ever expect to see Howard Mechanic asking the council to approve a 1,142-acre annexation? The council tried to give Howard and others what they asked for - they voted 5-2 in favor of the annexation - but Prescott's Proposition 400 requires a "super-majority" for approval of such things.

Today, we've published a new story about how council candidate Lora Lopas appears to be outspending incumbent Steve Blair. I also asked some of you who will win - and here's a link to that blog entry .

PHOTOS

Here were some of the more popular photo galleries we posted this past week:

- Walnut Canyon Dam photo gallery;

- Bradshaw vs. Sinagua Photo Gallery;

and our latest edition of Best Shots.