Tuesday, July 29, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 29, 2014 at 3:37 PM

-7 Jury selection begins in the corruption trial of former Gov. Bob McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, with the ensuing media frenzy and estimates that it could last into September. Looks like summer might lead into a big fall.

+2 Football fans flock to Redskins training camp, with some people lining up at 7 the night before opening day. But things get really exciting when it turns RG3 o'clock.

+1 Organizers announce that the first concert at the Redskins training center will be Rascal Flatts on Sept. 27 to raise money for disaster preparedness. And by disaster preparedness, let's just hope they aren't getting us ready for a repeat of last year's season.

0 With a demonstration scheduled for Sunday at 2, proponents of keeping a ballpark on the Boulevard say they want to encircle The Diamond in a show of solidarity. And then it's the world's biggest game of duck … duck … Nutzy.

+3 Mekong owner An Bui agrees to buy Commercial Taphouse & Grill, saying he'll keep alive the craft beer legacy built by owner James Talley, the "grandfather of craft beer in Richmond." When he first got started, the only hops people talked about were those dances you went to in socks.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 22, 2014 at 1:49 PM

+6 The Capital Ale House National Beer Expo draws 2,500 attendees and scores of craft breweries across the country to the Greater Richmond Convention Center. It's the shared love of fine beers that makes this ale house a home.

+2 Preparations intensify for the July 24 opening day of Washington Redskins training camp. Get your "Will Work for Autographs" signs ready.

-4 A man fires into a crowd during a weekend kickball tournament in Hopewell, CBS-6 reports, though no one is injured. A special thanks to DuPont for agreeing to sponsor next year's team, the Kevlar Kickers.

0 Thousands of singers searching for fame and fortune line up for a shot at the "American Idol" audition bus in Richmond. Unfortunately for Elliott Yamin, the cutoff age for contestants is 28.

+1 On the heels of its new venomous snakes exhibit, Maymont announces that it will premiere a year-long exhibit of alligators at the nature center starting Aug. 2. Those Maymont otters just got really nervous.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 15, 2014 at 5:22 PM

+3 Rebkee Co. brings back an alternate proposal to build a ballpark on the Boulevard, continuing the long-running stadium debate. So yes, there is something that takes longer to watch than a baseball game.

+1 Brokers put land on Mayo Island up for sale, the T-D reports, noting that a project could take the island to the next level, though there's no city sewer connection in place. Or, two birds with one stone: Has anyone called Guy Fieri about his restaurant expansion?

-2 Richmond police ask for help finding someone who stole $15,000 worth of copper planters from the Jefferson Hotel. The suspect has 20-inch biceps and a very lovely garden.

+2 Summit Media announces that Bill Bevins and Shelly Perkins, a team for 13 years at Lite 98, will launch a morning show on Easy 100.9. So where have they been for the last seven months? Let's just say the Electric Daisy Carnival will never be the same.

+1 City Council members hold their last regular meeting before going on summer break till September. In the meantime, their beach volleyball team will keep them in shape, spiking every ball the mayor sends their way.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 8, 2014 at 12:47 PM

0 Only two guys show up to a Second Amendment demonstration planned for July Fourth in Carytown, where they stroll the sidewalks with their firearms. And they wonder why they never get invites to backyard barbecues.

+9 The Independence Day weekend brings pool parties, packed Flying Squirrels games and fireworks celebrations across the city. And then there was that one guy who just had to get up early on Sunday to mow his lawn.

+4 In Richmond, Tropical Storm Arthur is a dud. Which explains the endless local news coverage.

-3 The former chief executive of the Girl Scouts of the Commonwealth of Virginia repays the nearly $30,000 she embezzled, the T-D reports, and begins serving her sentence of three months. Orange is the new Thin Mint.

+1 Lickinghole Creek Craft Brewery launches its limited-release Pony Pasture Pilsner, pitched as a drink "Perfect for hot Virginia days down by the Rivah." At Texas Beach, on the other hand, you're going to see way more than six-packs.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jul 1, 2014 at 2:25 PM

+6 The Revolutionary War spy drama filmed locally, "Turn," is renewed by AMC network for a second season. So much for those hopeful predictions that the end of "Lincoln" filming would usher in Richmond's glorious post-beard era.

-5 The speaker of Virginia's House of Delegates devises a way to sneak into the governor's office suite to deliver the budget when no one's there, the T-D reports. Two seasons of "House of Cards" and this is the best you could come up with?

+1 The upstart comedy group Coalition Theater marks its fifth anniversary. And they didn't have to hire a single clown for the party.

+7 Richmonders enter a short workweek, looking toward a weekend filled with Fourth of July celebrations. Remember kids, don't shoot bottle rockets out of your hands. That's what your patriotically themed beer cans are for.

-2 But meteorologists caution that Independence Day festivities could be rained out, while they keep an eye out for a potential Tropical Storm Arthur. Which, like most Arthurs, so far appears harmless.

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