Tuesday, February 28, 2006

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist. Special Edition: Do Bears Go to Heaven?

Posted on Tue, Feb 28, 2006 at 4:00 AM

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Maymont euthanizes its two bears to perform rabies tests after one of them bites a 4-year-old whose parent allows him to stick his hand through a fence. The Maymont chickens are just hoping they don't catch the flu.



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Hundreds show up at Maymont to mourn the bears, leaving gifts and flowers, and sharing bear stories, and at least one woman tells the T-D she wept when she heard the news. But it really hits the fan when the public discovers the park's mosquito zapper.



0

A U.S. judge in Richmond makes national headlines when he issues no decision about the patent dispute over the BlackBerry. Several animal-lovers gather outside the court house because they think somebody said "Black Bear."



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The Maymont Foundation sets up a "bear memorial fund," to support its animal-care program. Lane Ramsey makes a pledge that will be covered by the Chesterfield County Chamber of Commerce.



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Hours it takes Mayor L. Douglas Wilder to call a press conference to angrily denounce the bear tragedy and call for an investigation: less than 24. Hours it took him to issue a public statement decrying the six brutal homicides of New Year's Day: 120.

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