Wednesday, November 10, 2010

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-4The young, popular and successful VCU men's basketball coach, Jeff Capel, announces that he's leaving to coach at the University of Oklahoma. It was bound to happen Sooner or later.





-3State lawmakers continue to hang out, doing a little talking, a little listening and a little eating on the taxpayers' tab while the budget stalemate continues. In their defense, it's not easy: They're running out of new restaurants to try.





-3It's official: There is gang activity in Henrico County, as the T-D reports that for the first time gang members are prosecuted as such for violent crimes. And for the first time, it's the city folks who are scared to visit the suburbs.





-1NASCAR Nextel Cup driver Kyle Busch gets a summons for reckless driving in a local KFC parking lot, the T-D reports — after being named a driving-safety spokesman for Virginia high schoolers. He is expected to use the "Greasy Fingers" defense.





+6Speaking of races, thousands of people attend the annual party-infused Strawberry Hill Races at Colonial Downs, where horses and tailgates meet. And in the lead, it's Weekend Sinnin', followed by Sunday Hangover!



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-2Residents in some parts of the Brandermill Woods Retirement Community are quarantined after a 72-person outbreak of respiratory chlamydia, the Times-Dispatch reports. Just what exactly goes on in that place?



+3A former football star at the University of Richmond, NASA astronaut Leland Melvin, is assigned to head skyward on a space-shuttle mission some time after September 2007. In celebration, we dump a cooler of Tang over his head!



-1How hot is it? Climate change at work? Just wait till the monkeys start living in the dogwoods.



+1Richmond Police introduce their House Watch Program, in which officers on patrol keep tabs on the empty homes of vacationing families. The whole thing's clearly ripped off from the Richmond Burglars Association.



+3After a historic trip to Britain to boost cultural awareness, a group of Indians from Virginia return home. Now that they've had their fun, it's time to bring on 2007: The Year of Celebrating the White Guys Who Discovered

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-5The Battery Park neighborhood floods yet again, and Councilwoman Ellen Robertson calls for monthly community progress meetings until the issues are resolved. If they rename the area "Battery Lake," technically it won't get flooded anymore.



+5After nearly a decade of work, the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar opens to the public. Unfortunately, a city permits officer shuts down Lee's Cannonball Merry-Go-Round.



+3Fort Lee gets ready to grow, the T-D reports, expecting to gain 7,700 permanent personnel in the next seven years, and an increase in student soldiers from about 40,000 to nearly 61,000. There's going to be so much camouflage, Fort Lee will no longer be visible from space.



+1The University of Virginia gets a $500,000 donation from its president, John T. Casteen III, and his wife, Betsy. Meanwhile, the University of Richmond agrees to reimburse Bill Cooper for his U-Haul expenses.



+2Scores of writers gather for the fourth annual James River Writers Conference, discussing inspiration, literary business and writing techniques. The conference's conclusions: Rising action still good, irony still overused and not enough zombies.



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+1On the city-rankings beat: Richmond drops from No. 5 to No. 15 on a dangerous-cities report from Morgan Quitno Press. We did, however, rise from 35 to 14 on the listing of corns-dog-per-capita.

+5Tuesday is Election Day in Richmond. But since we go to press Monday, about the only thing we can predict about the outcome is that voting just wasn't as exciting without the "Yamin Factor."

+2Oh, there's one more thing we can predict: We'll all have a lot more time on our hands without robo-calls during dinner and trashy commercials avoiding the issues. But we can only hope that George Allen becomes a recurring character on "SNL."

-2Richmond's tacky-lawn lovers are crushed to learn about the closure of Union Products, which makes pink flamingos. To restore the balance of kitsch in the universe, we implore all Richmond artists to drop their brushes and start painting velvet Elvises.

-3With winter looming, city residents are warned to expect an increase in natural gas prices this winter. On the plus side, it will be much cheaper to keep your fridge cold.

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+1To raise money for his United States National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Mayor L. Douglas Wilder holds a Washington, D.C., gala — with such glitzy guests as his pal Bill Cosby. Auctioning just one of Cosby's ugly sweaters could build an entire wing.



-1Police truck away hundreds of boxes of fake brand-name sports clothes and shoes from what they say is a counterfeit operation in Chesterfield County, the Times-Dispatch reports. So that's why our new shoes say "Pimberland."



+1 Richmond seventh-grader Lizzie Barnett is knocked out at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but is praised on Media General's "Bee Blog" for being one of the contest's most laid-back, bubbly contestants. But will she use her powers to unite cool kids and nerds?



-2The Virginia Department of Health says it will continue to monitor bacteria levels at Virginia Beach after it had to issue two no-swim advisories before Memorial Day weekend even started. They recommend slathering on sunscreen with Lysol.



-2Mayor L. Douglas Wilder taps Linwood Norman Jr. as his new press secretary. Norman did not return a call seeking comment.



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