+3 Kids across the area start filtering back to elementary, middle and high schools, while nervous college freshmen arrive in Richmond to begin university life. Bottom line: Annoyance level just dropped at Kings Dominion.
-1 VCU police launch a mobile "noise suppression unit" to keep tabs on parties thrown by students who live near the Monroe Park campus. Which explains why an engineering student just filed for a patent on "The Keg Stand Muffler 2000."
-4 The McDonnells' legal team unfolds its defense after prosecutors spend three weeks presenting their evidence in the corruption trial. Ladies and gentlemen, the biggest show in town welcomes you back from intermission.
+2 Hidden doors are found under wall paneling at the Virginia Historical Society, Richmond magazine reports, uncovered during the museum's renovation project. Even more mystifying, they lead to a secret tunnel that ends at Sugar Shack Donuts.
+3 The ALS Association's ice-bucket challenge reaches a fever pitch in Richmond. We thought we'd seen a record-setting number of wet heads — until the fluids started flying at last weekend's Gwar B-Q.
-6 Week two of the McDonnell corruption trial brings news that Maureen McDonnell's former chief of staff, Mary-Shea Sutherland, referred to her as a "nutbag." Which, sadly for the former first lady, is unavailable from Louis Vuitton.
-1 The Redskins training camp draws to a close. A few starry-eyed women are still wondering why Tom Brady wouldn't sign their RGIII jerseys.
0 The T-D reports that Wal-Mart will open a 4,100-square-foot store with no alcohol — but a pharmacy — on VCU's Monroe Park Campus. The University of Richmond, naturally, will be getting a Target.
+2 In Little League news, the Tuckahoe American All Star team makes it to the regional final, but is bested for a second year by South Nashville. Chins up, kids: You may not be headed to the World Series, but you also aren't going home to Tennessee.
+3 Community radio station WRIR-FM 97.3 launches an Indiegogo campaign on the road to a $20,000 goal to win grants and expand with a new studio. South Side residents who pledge $50 receive a complimentary signal-boosting tin can and string!
-8 In its first week, the McDonnell corruption trial churns out stories of embarrassing text messages, extravagant gifts and head-turning photos. And somehow, the former first lady’s lawyers have turned her hair 50 shades of gray.
+5 Crowds pour into the new 52,000-square-foot specialty grocer Southern Season, which features a restaurant, cooking school and 10,000 Virginia foods. Out back, there’s free water and shelter for unemployed food bloggers.
+4 The beginning of August kicks off Virginia Beer Month, with special events, tastings and taps planned at breweries across the city. It’s just too bad Virginia Pretzel Month isn’t till September.
+2 Richmond-based CarLotz, which helps customers sell their cars on consignment, announces expansion plans with the closing of a $5 million round of equity capital. But if you’re trying to get rid of that Hummer H2, you’re still out of luck.
+1 With its popular cheetah cubs turning 10 months old, the Metro Richmond Zoo announces that another female cheetah, Milani, is expected to give birth in September. They know because she’s started asking for gazelle-flavored Ben & Jerry’s.