Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

-6Residents of Battery Park and Brookfield Gardens struggle with ruined possessions and disrupted lives after being hit especially hard by flooding from heavy storms. For once, Shockoe Bottom got the good end of a flood.



+3With a goal of raising more than $20 million, the United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg launches its annual campaign. As a special incentive, $1 million donations get you a commemorative tote bag and lunch at Perly's with Mayor Wilder .



+2Virginia gets a new Virginia Department of Transportation commissioner, snagged from a similar position in Idaho. Roads there were just so starchy.



-2A squabble erupts on the Henrico County School Board, when the chairman discusses the investigation of porn on a board member's county-issued computer, which turns out to have been downloaded by his son. His happy son.



-1Verizon decides to pull the plug on its longtime free time/weather hotlines. Great, so now we're just supposed to go back to checking our watches, cell phones, clocks, Blackberries, the Internet, television, radio, newspapers, thermometers, sundials, hourglasses, barometers, the sun, asking the guy next to us in line, looking out the window or just plain guessing. Thanks for nothing, Verizon.



Click here for more Forum

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

0Henrico County Public School's laptop computer initiative counts riots and porn investigations among memorable moments, but according to a two-year independent study there's still no direct correlation between laptops and student achievement.



-1The city wins a legal battle with Richmond Marriott owner James A. Procaccianti, who claimed he needn't pay a special property assessment because promised sidewalks weren't completed. Thankfully, Mayor Doug Wilder protects taxpayers from the only businessman to actually plop his own millions into East Broad Street.



-2Dress-code infractions are taken seriously at Richbrau, as evidenced by their turning away of turban-clad Hansdip Singh Bindra, a practicing Sihk who fancied a pint of barley soda while visiting family here. Does the Richmond brewpub's "no headgear" policy include headgear of the orthodontic variety?





0Richmond-based Philip Morris dodges another bullet after a Supreme Court decision overrules a $10.1 billion judgment that found its light cigarette advertising campaign misled customers. C'mon, everyone knows "light" means less filling.



0We get to keep Police Chief Rodney Monroe, suddenly a hot commodity in the police chief market, after reports break that Washington, D.C., was considering hiring Monroe as its police chief — but then didn't. D.C. decides against low morale, minimal decreases in the homicide rate and a penchant for mayoral butt-kissing. S



Click here for more Forum

the score

A weekly ranking of the city zeitgeist

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM







The Score

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

What's happening in Richmond this week that you would like to see scored? Send an e-mail to thescore@styleweekly.com

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

What's happening in Richmond this week that you would like to see scored? Send an e-mail to thescore@styleweekly.com


The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

-1The T-D reports that Sen. George Allen, praised by Rudy Giuliani, is starting a television ad blitz about his re-election campaign. But then he adds fuel to the macaca fire, blurting out: "Giuliani's a cinch to help me secure Virginia's 'meatball vote.'"



+2Speaking of fatty seasoned meat, Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling declares in the Times-Dispatch that he's going to lose 30 pounds by the end of the year. Don't despair, lobbyists: His diet will still permit free meals.



+1Mayor Wilder proposes an emergency plan that would send Hampton Roads evacuees to the Richmond International Raceway and Paramount's Kings Dominion. What better way to forget about the home you left behind than a ride on the Rebel Yell!



+4Richmond heads into the holiday weekend with a break in drought conditions, a drop in gas prices and a final rest before school starts. But we'll certainly find something to complain about.



+1The Richmond Renegades hockey team announces that it will play host to a "Battle of the High School Bands," with the finale playoff at a game in March. Red ice, baby!



Click here for more News and Features

the score

A weekly ranking of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

What’s happening in Richmond this week that you would like to see scored? Send an e-mail to thescore@styleweekly.com

the score

A weekly ranking of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

What’s happening in Richmond this week that you would like to see scored? Send an e-mail to thescore@styleweekly.com


The Score

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

+3Wearing a Mavericks jersey, Richmond's Elliott Yamin — a big basketball fan — belts out the National Anthem at an NBA Finals game between Dallas and Miami. Somewhere in the world, Paula Abdul cries.



-4The white foam that's been floating on the James — initially hypothesized as natural by the DEQ, the T-D reports — is now deemed the result of unnaturally high levels of phosphorus, the stuff they use in explosives. Maybe the ducks hate freedom.



+2Opening the door to cable-TV competition, Henrico County permits Verizon to start offering video service to residents. So that's two companies we can complain to about our crappy picture quality.



+2Voters pick Republican-turned-Democrat James Webb to take on Republican Sen. George Allen for what is sure to be a much-hyped senate race in November. It's so hot that voter turnout is expected to reach upwards of 8 percent!



+3Thousands turn out at Tredegar Iron Works to see the gravity-defying, extreme stunts in BMX, skateboard and inline skating competitions at the Action Sports World Tour. Maymont takes a hint and prepares for extreme bear-watching. S



Click here for more News and Features

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 10, 2010 at 1:00 AM

+3Gangs, beware! The Gang Prosecution Strike Force is coming after you — as announced by the Richmond Commonwealth's Attorney's Office, the Richmond Police and Virginia's attorney general. (Strike Force action figures sold separately.)



+1Speaking of troubled, roving youth, "American Idols Live!" comes to town, and with it hordes of fans seeking out Richmond favorite Elliott Yamin. The Strike Force quickly realizes it is outnumbered and retreats, vowing to someday take back the streets.



-1In other Elliott news, the singer makes national headlines after the T-D reports that he's five minutes late to meet President Bush because he was napping — and triggers online fan speculation that he was making a political statement. Was he sleeping because he hated freedom?



0To fill Ed Barber's vacated spot, Chesterfield's Board of Supervisors appoints Terri Cofer Beirne, who tells the T-D she'll be "holding the wheel" until November. Her campaign slogan, after all, was "Status Quo in 2006!"



-2The Creative Change Center, C3, announces the closing of its free gathering spot for "creatives" in Shockoe Bottom, but plans to find a way to continue as an organization. Get ready for longer lines at Starbucks.



Click here for more News and Features

  • Re: The Score: Week 1, 2015

    • Why is there not ever a current SCORE posted in the online edition? It is…

    • on July 20, 2016
  • More »
  • Copyright © 2016 Style Weekly
    Richmond's alternative for news, arts, culture and opinion
    All rights reserved
    Powered by Foundation