Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Score

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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???



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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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

-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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The Score

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

+6Richmonders bring in 2007 with a masquerade gala, a Carbon Leaf show and a first-time Carytown countdown that draws a crowd of thousands. In short, we had a night of people disguising, rockers reprising and a big ball rising.



+2Mayor Wilder's place in history as the country's first elected African-American governor becomes news again as he celebrates with the second, Gov. Deval Patrick of Massachusetts. During Patrick's inauguration in Boston, Wilder hands out "I'm #1" buttons.



0Former Navy secretary Jim Webb, the man who successfully torpedoed Sen. George Allen's campaign, is sworn into office in the nation's capital. First line of business: removing his predecessor's spittoon from the office.



-3City Councilman Marty Jewell declines to vote for the council president, saying it's not a protest vote, but rather an "exclamation point to denote a call for urgency in addressing the big issues" of Richmond. You know, like low voter turnout.



-1Just when you thought there wasn't enough gambling to do on Sundays, the Virginia Lottery announces it will add Sunday numbers-picking to its lineup of games. W#WJP?

The Score

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+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



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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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

-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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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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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.



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