+5 The Richmond Earth Day Festival draws more than 6,000 folks to Manchester for outdoor activities, live music and environmentally friendly partying. Denizens of Pluto, still touchy over their planetary downgrade, mock the festivities as excessive and pretentious.
+2 In other green-related news, some of Richmond's more laid-back citizens mark 4/20 day with celebratory puffs and a rally at Monroe Park calling for an end to the war on drugs. Now this is where the food truck court should have parked.
+1 After rigorous debates, intense number crunching and back-room political dealing, the General Assembly finally passes a state budget. We're still dirt poor, but at least our governor can afford quality hair care.
0 The Greater Richmond Chamber leads a group of business execs and civic boosters on a jaunt to Boston, traveling to find ideas on how to improve Richmond. And so we introduce our new tourism slogan: "You's Guys, Richmond is Wicked Good."
+1 The University of Richmond announces final-exam breaks for students, which include food, games, massages and stress-relieving playtime with dogs that are brought on campus. For those of you who attended that 4/20 celebration, don't worry, they're not that kind of dogs.
+6 The RVA Street Art Festival brings local and national artists to the flood wall along the James River, painting murals that create a sweeping outdoor art exhibit. Now if we can just make the river smell as good as it looks.
+4 Alternative-rock station The X holds its Chili Cookoff, drawing thousands of folks to the Richmond Raceway Complex for a day of live music, beer drinking and giant vats of simmering meat. And on this day, men became men. Big, happy, farting men.
-1 After its splashy local arrival at a party in Chesterfield, the designer drug 25i gets the attention of the governor, who adds it to legislation that cracks down on man-made drugs, including snortable bath salts. Geez, weed needs a new P.R. guy.
-3 Longtime pork, pie and limeade destination Bill's Barbecue scales down from eight restaurants to three, citing economic concerns. It's the first time in history this place has been associated with belt tightening.
+2 For a Wal-Mart campaign, the Martin Agency lands the big victory at the Richmond Ad Club's annual competition, which gives out cannonball awards for the best locally created advertising work. Ironically, the only thing we can't seem to sell is the Civil War.
+3 The T-D reports on a potential deal with the 30 protesters arrested during a women's rights rally at the State Capitol, in which charges could be dropped against those arrested if they perform community service. Such as holding a women's rights rally against ridiculous legislation proposed by the General Assembly.
+8 Thousands of people flock to Monument Avenue on Sunday for the annual Easter on Parade, showcasing fancy, colorful, big and beautiful hats. It's a great opportunity for white folks to dress like they're going to a black church.
+4 And amid the Easter parade music, revelry and sunny weather are lots of dogs — dogs wearing bonnets, scarves and rabbit ears. We subject them to this, yet ban them from eating chocolate bunnies?
-3 NBC-12 reports on a "Wake Up Call" anti-theft initiative by Richmond police in certain neighborhoods, where they'll knock on your door between midnight and 4 a.m. if you've left any valuables in your car within plain sight. Sure, you might have the crap scared out of you in the middle of the night, but at least you'll save that iPod.
-2 A grand reopening to showcase interior improvements to Richmond's Krispy Kreme shop is put on hold after a minivan runs into the store. Yet another sugar crash.
+6 More than 40,600 people race in the Monument Avenue 10-K, which is won by Mengistu Nebsi of Ethiopia, followed closely by Kenyans Julius Kogo and Benson Cheruiyot. That's OK, Richmond, we haven't had a native son win on Monument since the addition of Arthur Ashe.
-3 In the aftermath of the Mega Millions frenzy, no one in Richmond wins the largest lottery jackpot in history. Who wants to be a 1-percenter anyway?
0 After a nearly two-year investigation, the Virginia State Police and the Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control announce the destruction of 25 moonshine stills and 36 black-pot stills that can hold 400 to 800 gallons of whiskey in Southwest Virginia. That might explain the new police motto, "To Protect and Serve, Chilled Over Ice."
+4 The Richmond Flying Squirrels work out at The Diamond before hitting the road to Connecticut on Thursday to take on the New Britain Rock Cats. And if you want more proof that spring baseball is back, Nutzy the Flying Squirrel says he's finished thawing out his nuts.
+3 A half-dozen Richmond food trucks gear up for the city's first one-stop-eating gathering, setting up Tuesday and Friday behind the Virginia Historical Society. This will correspond with the museum's new exhibit, "Burritos Through Time: a Commonwealth's Search for Intestinal Fortitude."