Tuesday, March 27, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 27, 2012 at 11:33 AM

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+6 The 27th Annual Irish Festival draws an estimated 20,000 people to Church Hill for a weekend of bands, bagpipers, food, Guinness — and rain. Speaking of, remind us not to wear our white kilt next time.

+2 Devoted watchers of the Times-Dispatch's eagle-cam freak out when the larger, older eaglet muscles aside its runty sibling in a ruthless quest for survival. See? Everyone's getting into "The Hunger Games"!

+3 Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield takes over title sponsorship of the popular Richmond Marathon and announces a new finish line at Brown's Island. Finally, a sponsor that can really tackle all that runner's rash.

+1 After on-air tryouts and listener votes, talk-radio station WRVA picks Leland Conway out of Lexington, Ky., as the local host to follow Rush Limbaugh's show in the afternoons. And what do you know, this Leland guy already has more advertisers.

-3 With chef Todd Schneider gone, Virginia State Police reveal that investigators are exploring "a reported allegation of improprieties involving the kitchen operations" at the Governor's Mansion. Let's just hope those desecrated apple pies will get justice.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 20, 2012 at 10:38 AM

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+6 One game shy of the Sweet 16, the VCU Rams return home to cheering fans, congratulating them on a successful season. After all, they're still better than Duke.

+5 Shamrock the Block lures more than 25,000 green-shirted, bead-wearing, plastic-cup-bearing revelers to Shockoe Bottom. Half of them still think they were celebrating St. Shaka's Day.

+3 Trained on a nest for weeks, the Times-Dispatch Eagle Cam captures the hatching of the two chicks, watched over by parents Virginia and James. The last Eagle to draw this much attention in Richmond spent two years in prison.

-2 A woman tells NBC-12 that she was written a ticket for destruction of property after Richmond police spotted her daughter making chalk doodles on the rocks at Belle Isle. Fortunately her daughter isn't a Grateful Dead fan.

-1 Concerned parents and officials in Chesterfield County meet about a new designer drug popping up among kids — a hallucinogen called 25i. Teenagers taking the drug are moody, sweaty, agitated and prone to seizures. Or they might just be listening to dub step.

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 13, 2012 at 12:33 PM

+5 The VCU Rams find out they'll play the Wichita State Shockers in NCAA tournament in Portland, Ore., on Thursday. Shockers, meet Shaka, Shaka, Shokers. Shokers, Shaka. …

0 Gov. Bob McDonnell appears on NBC's "Meet the Press," answering questions about his presidential endorsement, the economy and, most contentious, his backing of the controversial ultrasound bill. He's feeling pretty good about his performance, until someone mentions that women have the right to vote.

-4 Speaking of Virginia's General Assembly, lawmakers adjourn without agreeing to a budget. On the upside, they adjourned.

-9 The State Fair of Virginia goes bankrupt, putting the future of the long-running event in limbo. As for the deed to the property, it will be put up for sale as soon as it's battered, deep-fried and impaled on a stick.

+3 A Richmond contingent of hipsters, techno geeks and music enthusiasts invades Austin for South by Southwest. Either that or a whole lot of people are just hiding out in their bedrooms and tweeting about Jay-Z, Sean Parker and Likester. #sxsw #nofilter

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 6, 2012 at 4:06 PM

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+6 The VCU Rams head to the CAA tournament finals on Monday night, just as we're going to press. Whatever the outcome, those Drexel kids are punks.

0 Super Tuesday! Most over-hyped holiday ever, followed closely by Free Cookie with Purchase Leap Day at Subway.

-8 During a women's rights rally at Capitol Square, 30 demonstrators are arrested on charges of trespassing and unlawful assembly. Gov. McDonnell says not to worry, he's conducting a probe of the situation.

-5 The downtown summer music series Fridays at Sunset announces that it's pulling the plug after more than 400 concerts in 18 years. For those of you who are fans of Friday Cheers, Fridays at Sunset was the other one.

+1 Richmond unveils its new virtual badge in the smart-phone geo-location game FourSquare, which it won in a Twitter-fueled online contest after … oh just forget it, we're starting to outnerd ourselves.

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