1.ROBERT M. LANDON/Resignation

He resigned as chief of the trouble-plagued Virginia corrections system after studies alleged that poor management and lax security measures led to the largest death row escape in U.S. history -- the breakout of six inmates from the Mecklenburg maximum-security prison. Landon headed the prison system barely a year before he left office in the midst of public outcry and embarrassments to his boss, Gov. Charles S. Robb. 2.FRANCES L. COX/Plea Bargain

The strong-willed and once politically powerful woman who was treasurer of Fairfax City for 27 years is serving a six-month sentence for embezzling public funds. The Virginia Supreme Court overturned Cox' first conviction for embezzlement on a technicality, but she was sent to jail under a plea bargain arrangement that followed a second trial. Prosecutors alleged Cox siphoned thousands of dollars from the city treasury to support a life style of luxury vacations and expensive clothing. 3.JAMES P. MORAN/No Contest

The former vice mayor of Alexandria resigned June 12 as part of a plea agreement on a conflict-of-interest charge. Moran, 39, who pleaded no contest to prosecutors' charges, had been considered a rising star in the Democratic Party in Northern Virginia. 4.JOHN S. JOANNOU/Traffic Problems

Joannou, 44, a Democratic state senator from Portsmouth, and his political predecessor, former state senator Willard J. Moody, 60, were indicted in connection with allegations that false speedometer calibration tests were used in traffic court. The indictments, to which both men have pleaded innocent, shocked many in a legislature that frequently has boasted of its lack of corruption. 5.EDYTHE C. HARRISON/Losing Battle

The Norfolk Democrat, 50, lost badly in her race to unseat Sen. John W. Warner, who trounced her by 70 to 30 percent. The former state legislator waged an aggressive battle but many Democrats considered her too liberal and too abrasive. 6.OLDEN POLYNICE/Center of Attention

The University of Virginia's 19-year-old center left the basketball team for 10 days after publicity surrounding accusations that he broke the school's honor code. Polynice was cleared Nov. 18 by an honor committee jury, after admitting he had turned in another student's paper for an English composition. 7.DOLORES THE DUMMY/Quiet Commuter

Dolores, a dummy fashioned from an inflatable punching bag and a blonde wig, rode for six years with a group of commuters who needed an "extra passenger" to meet car pool restrictions on Northern Virginia highways. Dolores's commuting ended in October when a state police trooper discovered her identity -- and issued a summons to the car's driver. 8.DU PONT FAMILY HEIRS/Montpelier Maze

The Du Pont heirs ran up an estimated $1 million in legal fees in a sibling squabble over whether to make the family's grand estate of Montpelier into a museum of its former owners, James and Dolley Madison. While some of the heirs said important legal questions were involved, others characterized the court battle as a pointless feud, costing a fortune. 9.CHARLES E. NUNLEY/Resigning Superintendent

The 55-year-old Arlington school superintendent, whose four-year reign has been mired in controversy and criticism, announced in September he would resign from his $60,797-a-year post in June. Nunley's decision beat the school board to the punch because board members had indicated his contract would not be renewed. 10.WILLIAM BURKHOLDER/Retiring Superintendent

The soft-spoken man who spent more than two decades working his way up through the Fairfax County school system resigned as superintendent amid protests over the school board's proposal to pay him $157,000 annually for four years. Burkholder, 55, the popular superintendent of one of the area's largest school systems, will retire at the end of the school year rather take the publicly unpopular pay package that would have compensated him for lost retirement benefits.