+3 A 12-foot Fraser fir from Sweet Providence Farm in Floyd County becomes the Christmas tree at the Executive Mansion. And you just know the gifts under that tree are gonna be good.
-4 The Richmond mom who turned her "Girls Night Out" song into a viral music video pulls it from YouTube after having to deal with a deluge of negative online commenters. Some critics were so vulgar they'd turn any mom 50 shades of red.
+2 After a security guard is assaulted at the site of the RVA Street Art Festival, an online campaign is launched to help pay his medical expenses. Now let's find the culprits and do things to them that only Salvador Dalí could dream of painting.
-1 Richmond police install cameras designed to catch red-light runners at Elkhardt and Hull Street roads in the South Side. Add a host, a slot on cable access and you have all the makings of ratings gold.
+3 Skaters including a surprisingly graceful Nutzy the Flying Squirrel take to the first week's opening of the seasonal downtown rink RVA on Ice. All was well until some of his nuts got smashed in an unfortunate Zamboni mishap.
+2 France removes Richmond from its travel advisory of dangerous places to visit after the list receives scrutiny, with the French Embassy sort of apologizing. Send us another Statue of Liberty for Brown's Island and we'll never speak of this again.
-1 A fake Twitter account purporting to be Mayor Dwight Jones is suspended after fooling reporters and others, with some bandana-wearing people taking credit for the prank. For the full story, tune in to @FakeNBC12 with @EvilRyanobles.
+3 "Turn," the new AMC spy series set during the Revolutionary War, continues its casting call for extras including long-haired men with wiry builds. One visit to Ipanema Cafe on Tofu Tuesday and you have one happy casting director.
+1 Jerry Williams, the man behind the local arts and culture website Sifter, marries his longtime partner, Mark Reed, in Baltimore and says they're the first men to appear in the T-D's "Celebrations" section. Hope they like the matching His-and-His towels we sent.
+1 Wizard World, the largest producer of Comic Cons and pop-culture conventions in North America, adds a Richmond stop to its 2014 Comic Con tour. So yes, there is an event nerdier than TEDxRVA.
-3 RVA Beer Week — which lasts 10 days — comes to a close. For you, maybe.
-4 Just before the election, Comedy Central's "The Daily Show" takes aim at Virginia's gubernatorial race, empathizing with voters having to choose between "poop" and "pond scum." They forgot to inform us which was which.
+1 Governor-elect Terry McAuliffe taps Mayor Dwight Jones and bestselling author John Grisham to serve as co-chairs of his inauguration committee. If only Grisham's next legal thriller could solve the whodunit in the Executive Mansion.
-3 The results of the race for attorney general are still undetermined, with only a handful of votes separating Mark Obenshain and Mark Herring. If things get any closer, we just might have to take a look at these hanging chads with an ultrasound.
+6 Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell serves as keynote speaker for a program commemorating Veterans Day at the Virginia War Memorial. On this day of remembrance, this is a government shutdown we can live with.
-2 The VCU Police Department kicks off an initiative that allows students to register their parties online, which gives them a free pass if they get a noise complaint. So far, the only people to sign up are those nerds from Lambda Lambda Lambda.
+4 Some 5,000 people turn out for the 11th annual Train Day in the town of Ashland. Make that 4,999 train aficionados and one dude who was heartbroken that he didn't get to hear "Drops of Jupiter" performed live.
+1 Richmond radio station Rock 96.5 drops the nationally syndicated John Boy & Billy to launch a local morning show with co-hosts Sam and Mason. But no matter how you slice it, Styx is still coming out of those speakers.
+5 Richmond International Airport welcomes Southwest Airlines and its new nonstop service to Orlando with the help of a water-cannon salute over the tarmac. The Dom Pérignon cannons don't fire till Virgin America gets here.
-6 We go to press before Election Day, but by now you probably know the name of Virginia's next governor. Somewhere along the line, hope and change became dope and deranged.
+2 The city gets another local beer-maker with the opening of Isley Brewing Co. in Scott’s Addition. This is not to be confused with the Isley Brothers Brewing Co., which makes a mean “Twist and Shout Stout.”
-4 The GRTC Transit system prepares to lose its chief executive, Eldridge Coles, who’s retiring after nearly five decades. He’s been there so long he can remember when Chesterfield wouldn’t let the horse and buggies across county lines.
+1 The Richmond Police Department introduces a retro black and white design for its cruisers. Early tests with retro tie-dye just never got off the drawing board.
+3 The Richmond Zombie Walk fills the streets of Carytown on a Saturday afternoon with rotting, bustling crowds of the wandering undead. For one day only, the merchants change their slogan to “A Mile of Vile and Bile.”
-3 It’s the last week before Election Day, when voters will choose Virginia’s next governor. If you’ve been waiting for the day to write in Rodney the Ram, this may be your best shot.
+4 The Metro Richmond Zoo celebrates the birth of five cheetah cubs to a first-time mom and dad at the zoo's new cheetah breeding center. This is not to be confused with the Cougar Breeding Center of Chesterfield, which is a whole different thing.
-5 The James River Association issues its biennial assessment of the river's health, grading it a C and finding "virtually no progress in reducing sediment pollution over the past 20 years." You can only scrape off so many layers of hippie bathing.
+2 Richmond retail institution Saxon Shoes celebrates 60 years in business. It even made it through the Great Jelly Shoe Crisis of '84.
-3 Members of the Duggar family from the reality television show "19 Kids and Counting" visit Richmond to endorse Ken Cuccinelli for governor and call for Terry McAuliffe to abort his candidacy. Insert your own joke here.
+4 The theater community turns out for Richmond's version of the Tony awards, with local critics naming Richmond Shakespeare's "A Comedy of Errors" as best play and Richmond Triangle Players' "Bare: a Pop Opera" as best musical. And wouldn't you know it, Neil Patrick Harris was hosting! That dude is everywhere!
+7 Though attendance is down and feet are muddy, music fans push through a wet weekend to keep spirits high at the Richmond Folk Festival. Hmmm, Muddy Feet. Now that sounds like a good folk band name.
-5 Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Robert Sarvis doesn’t meet the bar set by organizers for debating Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli on Oct. 24, the final face-off before the election. Sarvis just didn’t run the minimum number of negative ads required.
-3 About 200 employees at Capital One learn that they’ll be laid off. The savings is roughly equal to what’s in Alec Baldwin’s wallet.
0 Country music station K-95 overtakes urban hits station KISS-FM to hit No. 1 in the summer ratings, according to Nielsen Audio. Kanye West burst into K-95’s studios, grabbed the mic and declared KISS-FM the greatest radio station of all time.
+3 Mounted squads from across the country and Canada come to town for the North American Police Equestrian Championships. Canada has crime?
+8 After its 36-hour burst of fundraising, the Amazing Raise reports generating 18,106 gifts and $1.5 million for 465 local charities. Much more productive than the 36-hour buffet binge we once attempted called the Amazing Graze.
+5 Richmonders raise their glasses to the arrival of fall, with two weekend Oktoberfests and Gov. Bob McDonnell tapping Legend Brewing Co.’s 20th anniversary firkin. This usually isn’t what comes to mind when you think of government taps.
+1 Radio station 103.7 The River re-brands as 103.7 Play, launching a more contemporary music format. The change is the result of complex calculations, which included fiddling with the hypotenuse of Katy Perry and dividing by the square root of One Direction.
-4 The Virginia Flaggers commemorate the birth of the Confederate battle flag by posing at the State Capitol with a 15-by-15-foot version, which will be raised near Interstate 95 on Saturday. Too bad controversy can’t fly farther south for the winter.
+2 An online petition to the NFL for Richmond-grown metal band Gwar to play the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show surpasses 30,000 signatures. The only glitch is the lack of technology available to get fake intestines out of AstroTurf.
+3 The Richmond Flying Squirrels end their season with a franchise attendance record, announcing an average of 6,689 fans per game over 65 openings. What's that saying? It isn't whether you win or lose, it's how many people watched you do it.
-4 Perly's, the downtown institution of a restaurant known for hearty breakfasts and power lunches, closes without notice. It's more shocking than finding out what's in the sausage patty at McDonald's.
+6 It's race weekend in Richmond, with driver Carl Edwards making news with his split-second win and Clint Bowyer drawing headlines for a controversial spinout. So Bowyer might have faked to give his teammate a win? Ah yes, he's the New York Giants of NASCAR.
+2 Longtime Richmond singer and songwriter Susan Greenbaum is named Virginia Press Women's Newsmaker of the Year. And she never had to twerk for it. Are you taking notes, Miley?
+1 Starbucks puts pumpkin spice back on the board and Center of the Universe Brewing Co. releases its Oktoberfest beer. So much fall in the air before summer ends — as confusing as hipsters wearing scarves with V-necks.
+1 A Washinton group announces that it's exploring a bid to hold the 2024 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, with Richmond as a potential hub for related events. But is the world finally ready to see PBR chugging become an Olympic sport?
-3 Summer vacation comes to an end, with students, parents and teachers waking up to the reality of back-to-school season. We can finally play "Call of Duty" online without 12-year-old potty mouths "pwning" us.
-5 Richmond learns that reggae singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the promoters of the Dominion Riverrock festival, stemming from the injury he suffered from a flying vodka bottle while performing here. Man, David Arquette suffered worse damages from liquor bottles here and never asked for a dime.
+3 The inaugural RVA Wake N' Sun Fest draws riverside revelers to Rocketts Landing over the holiday weekend for DJs, water sports and beer trucks. This was almost called the Wake N' Bake Fest, but Best Friends Day has that covered.
-2 The Richmond Flying Squirrels play their final four games of the regular season. Go see how many peanuts Nutzy can fit in his cheeks before hibernation.