0Who needs the lottery? Johnny Johnson, the face of the former Community Pride chain, wins a $16 million judgment in Richmond Circuit Court against Supervalu Inc., which he alleged had put him out of business. That'll buy a lot of Viagra.
-2A water leak on the roof of City Hall shuts down the building for about four days, two of them over the weekend. Did any of you notice City Hall was shut down? Really, be honest.
+2Speaking of liquid, the brew flows freely through the River City Beer and Seafood Festival, which draws thousands of beer-lovers to Brown's Island. It's the time of year in which beer-battered shrimp begin their long migration upriver to spawn.
+1In the Fox-backed local version of "American Idol," Virginia Tech student Matt Millner wins Richmond Idol (and beats 185 other contestants) with his rendition of "The Longest Time." It reminded the judges what it felt like to audition 185 other contestants.
-1Reader submitted: As part of its redesign, the Times-Dispatch decides to eliminate the 6-7 p.m. hour from the daily TV listings. This, of course, is when local television news is broadcast. Coincidence???
-4Sen. George Allen finds himself considering a resolution apologizing for slavery after it's revealed he wore a Confederate flag pin in a high-school yearbook photo. Luckily, Susan's destroyed the "South Will Rise Again" bikini briefs he picked up on vacation.
+3Finally, there's good bear news at Maymont: Mayor L. Douglas Wilder announces that the park will get a young bear from the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. It's part of a special "Kill Two, Get One Free" offer.
+3Richmonders climb aboard the Elliott Yamin bandwagon, posting signs, stickers and messages on cars, and joining such Web sites as EverythingElliott.com and Yaminions.com. Coming soon: the Burn Taylor in Effigy Festival at Monroe Park.
+2Parents and students in Henrico County ask the School Board to offer lacrosse programs as a varsity sport. Because, after all, it's a good time to consider the wholesome image lacrosse brings to mind.
-1A group of about 100 muckety-mucks from the region go visit Nashville to see what they can learn and bring back to Richmond. It's a success they find scads of ideas to fuel committees, conference agendas and meaningless debates for years to come.
+7An estimated 90,000 people flock to the blockbuster National Folk Festival in downtown Richmond. Everything went fine, except for about 30 really disappointed collectors looking for the "National Fork Festival."
0Mayor Doug Wilder returns from a 10-day visit to India with VCU President Eugene Trani, but gets knocked for leaving town while there's a crisis in Battery Park. Don't worry, Battery Park residents! When you're not sitting in your Red Cross-provided shelter ankle deep in mud, you can stop by mini City Hall to feast on Wilder's new curry recipe!
+1Hopper, the first bloodhound on the Richmond Police Department's K-9 unit, finishes his first week on the job. The T-D reports he can smell someone up to three days after they've been missing. And he's just sooo cuuuuuuute.
-3A white woman in King and Queen County who's married to a black man admits to police that she's the one who vandalized their family's trailer home with racial slurs, the T-D reports. Authorities were tipped off by one of the slurs that mentioned the toilet seat always being up.
-2Former Gov. Mark Warner announces he's out of the race for president in 2008, saying that he wants to avoid disrupting his family life. So where does that leave the rest of us 300 million Americans? S
0Sorry, Gov. Tim Kaine: Maymont's new bear will not be called "Tim" in your honor, because Mayor L. Douglas Wilder is holding his own bear-naming contest. We suspect the bear will go by L-Do for short.
-3Belle Isle catches fire. It's the first blaze there not followed by the munchies.
-2While some people are sipping lemonade this summer, others will be testing Philip Morris USA's new "Taboka" a kind of tobacco-in-a-pouch that requires no spitting. Taboka: For the Smoka Who Like-a to Choka.
-2The mayor's performing-arts committee releases its interim report, revealing, in part, that the Carpenter Center will not be open again until at least 2009. By then, your old ticket stubs will be historic documents.
+1The Richmond-founded Overnite Transportation becomes UPS Freight. Overnite employees get their legs in shape for the brown shorts. Rowrrr.
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