Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Dec 26, 2006 at 4:00 AM

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U.S. Rep. Virgil H. Goode Jr. causes an uproar by saying that immigration restrictions should be placed on Muslims, and that he fears the use of the Quran in congressional swearing-in ceremonies. Also, he's afraid of the trolls that live beneath the House of Representatives.



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The Virginia Performing Arts Foundation announces that it's successfully raised $20 million for part of its languishing Richmond CenterStage project downtown. You can buy a lot of time with that kind of money.



-2

We learn that former Gov. Jim Gilmore is considering a run for president, after a disclosure that he's creating an exploratory committee Jan. 2. First up: Exploring pithy new three-word campaign slogans that will never come true.



0

Mayor Wilder announces that Bank of America will provide $150 million of his $300 million City of the Future Plan in short-term financing, although it's unclear so far exactly what the money will go toward. But we're guaranteed Bank of America ATMs on every corner!



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Carytown and RVA Magazine announce that they're holding a New Year's Eve party, Times Square style, in front of the Byrd Theatre — complete with music, beer and a lighted ball drop. Even with the street closed, traffic will be bad.





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