+1 A Washinton group announces that it's exploring a bid to hold the 2024 Summer Olympics in the nation's capital, with Richmond as a potential hub for related events. But is the world finally ready to see PBR chugging become an Olympic sport?
-3 Summer vacation comes to an end, with students, parents and teachers waking up to the reality of back-to-school season. We can finally play "Call of Duty" online without 12-year-old potty mouths "pwning" us.
-5 Richmond learns that reggae singer Frederick "Toots" Hibbert has filed a $20 million lawsuit against the promoters of the Dominion Riverrock festival, stemming from the injury he suffered from a flying vodka bottle while performing here. Man, David Arquette suffered worse damages from liquor bottles here and never asked for a dime.
+3 The inaugural RVA Wake N' Sun Fest draws riverside revelers to Rocketts Landing over the holiday weekend for DJs, water sports and beer trucks. This was almost called the Wake N' Bake Fest, but Best Friends Day has that covered.
-2 The Richmond Flying Squirrels play their final four games of the regular season. Go see how many peanuts Nutzy can fit in his cheeks before hibernation.
+2 Debbie Johnston of health care company Care Advantage goes undercover in Richmond, Calif., appearing on ABC's "Secret Millionaire" to share some of her wealth with those in need. This is what Obamacare was supposed to look like.
+3 Gov. Bob McDonnell announces that Virginia is ending its fiscal year with a $585 million surplus, raising the total during his time in office to more than $2 billion. All that cash and Virginia still can't afford to buy him his own watch?
+1 Richmond plays host to more than 600 travel executives, coming to town for seminars by the U.S. Travel Association. The cumulative effect of all that jet lag has sent us back to the antebellum.
+2 Community do-gooder Patience Salgado kicks off the Light of Human Kindness, an interactive mural featuring acts of compassion painted on an 80-foot wall at the old GRTC Depot. Get Happy the Artist anywhere near this and there's going to be some kind of Disneyesque implosion.
+3 The PBS series "Antiques Roadshow" brings its appraisers to Richmond, with the T-D reporting on such treasures found as a watercolor worth $85,000, a brooch worth $65,000, and a basketball signed by the University of North Carolina's 1982 championship team worth $10,000. Our Filet-O-Fish wrapper signed by Dirtwoman? Priceless.
+8 The Carytown Watermelon Festival celebrates its 30th anniversary, with organizers estimating a crowd of at least 110,000 people. Remember the inaugural year when it was just a little seed spit into a sidewalk crack?
-4 The superintendent of the Henrico County Schools is put on paid annual leave, CBS-6 reports, after questions are raised about inappropriate emails and a personal relationship with a School Board member and her husband. And, like, they were totally hogging the cool kids’ table in the cafeteria.
-1 Church Hill People’s News reports on a shake-up in the neighborhood association, with eight board members resigning in a letter citing “elevated vitriol and animosity.” But hey, revolutions are to be expected from the old turf of Patrick Henry.
+6 Music dominates the weekend with fans flocking to the Richmond Jazz Festival, Jimmy Eat World and the Sound City Bands & Brews Fest. There were so many concerts you could travel from Tredegar to Maymont just by crowd surfing.
+0 The Washington Redskins head into their last week of training camp before packing up and shipping out. This time next week, Richmond’s sports star quotient goes back to being topped by Denny Hamlin, Rob Ukrop and Nutzy the Flying Squirrel.
+6 More than 25,000 people attend Fan Appreciation Day at the Redskins training camp, an event full of muddy shoes, loud cheering, long lines and lots of enthusiasm. It's like Lollapalooza but without all the mind-altering drugs.
+3 Richmond ranks No. 7 on the Daily Beast's list of "aspirational cities" — urban areas with jobs and culture "attracting today's ambitious citizens." Now let's all relax, throw back some PBR and get tattoos to commemorate our cultural achievements.
+4 Local improv group the RVA Comedy Coalition holds a weekend of shows celebrating the opening of its new downtown theater on Broad. A little advice to you young comedy hopefuls. When in doubt: fart jokes.
-5 After striking Schwarzschild Jewelers in Carytown in broad daylight, armed robbers flee on foot. If you spot them, call Crime Stoppers and do not approach: Suspects may be armed and fabulously accessorized.
+1 The short-speech-making and idea-sharing conference TEDxRVA, which threw its first event in March, announces that it will return next spring. You need a year of down time to figure out what exactly they were talking about before.
-2 In a profile of first lady Maureen McDonnell, the Washington Post reports that she was so dissatisfied with how a maid cleaned her bathroom floor that she stripped to her underwear to scrub the marble with bleach. Well duh. Of course you'd strip down. Who wants to risk ruining an Oscar de la Renta bathrobe?
+3 The two mainstream candidates vying for the governor's seat square off in their first debate, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association. How thrilling is it? Picture "Sharknado" without all the tornado-spewing sharks.
+5 With the Redskins on their way to summer training camp in Richmond, residents show signs of getting into the team spirit. Even the Sisters of Bon Secours consider donning burgundy and gold habits.
+2 Speaking of fashion, local designer Angela Bacskocky debuts as a contestant on the reality competition show "Project Runway." It's the most significant step for local fashion since Gwar invented the tube top that spews intestines.
-1 And then she gets eliminated in episode one. Cue the spewing intestines.
+8 For several nights in a row — at the river, in the counties and over The Diamond, fireworks light up local skies to celebrate a long Fourth of July weekend. If Richmond still had ramparts we're sure they would have been gleaming as well.
-1 After captivating and annoying residents and sparking a spoof Twitter account, the West End bear walks into a trap set by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Apparently the game wardens faked a summer sale at Short Pump.
-2 Passengers in Richmond getting off a southbound train are more than 13 hours late after a mechanical problem leaves them stuck overnight. First there was the "Poop Cruise" and now the "Poo Poo Choo Choo."
+1 The executive producer of the controversial local reality show "The Real Babymamas of Richmond" apologizes for delaying episode three while teasing about receiving a "promising phone call" that "Hollywood is watching." Denzel Washington is in talks to play Mayor Jones.
+3 Recording artist Elliott Yamin, who grew up in Richmond and had his rise to fame chronicled on "American Idol," returns for a cameo performance with local bands at an informal backyard concert called Crowefest. So where you at, D'Angelo?
-4 New laws go into effect allowing police to pull you over for texting and driving, which can land you a ticket and a $125 fine. Which you can pay online. Using your smart phone. While driving.
-1 In a Sunday feature, The Richmond Times-Dispatch introduces hipster culture to its readers. To follow in the series: "Planking 101," "Those Bucket-Drummer Kids" and "Mosh Pits: Fact or Fiction?"
+3 Less than a month after 8 News gets a new owner, CBS-6 is purchased as part of a Tribune acquisition. NBC-12 would be up for sale too, but no company on earth can afford Andrew Freiden's dressing-room demands. That guy is the Mariah Carey of forecasters.
-2 Speaking of CBS-6, after a reporter asks about a bankruptcy that's 20-plus years old, Richmond's new finance director Dominic Ochei is out at City Hall. Fortunately, he's been snapped up by the IRS.
+5 Nearly 30 restaurants participating in Style Weekly's RVA Burger Week report hundreds of pounds of beef sales. According to our calculations, that's enough to reconstitute an entire herd of cows. Suck it, Chick-fil-A!
+4 "Man of Steel" opens nationwide, setting box-office records and featuring Richmond's Robert Cooper Timberline as one of the young Clark Kents. Or as sixth-grade girls call him, Super Dreamy.
-5 After a bogus threatening call that was part of several hoaxes across the country, Richmond International Airport must be evacuated. On the upside, it was a great day to vacuum the carpet.
+1 "It was the first time a sitting senator has delivered a floor speech entirely in Spanish," The Washington Post notes of Sen. Tim Kaine's headline-generating discussion of immigration reform. But Kaine loses all points scored with Latino-Americans when he ends the speech by shouting, "Goooooooaaaaalll!!!"
+3 Thousands of meat-averse diners and the veggie-curious turn out for the Richmond Vegetarian Festival in Bryan Park. After the previous weekend's Bacon Festival, the city's balance has been restored — and most important, its cholesterol levels.
+2 A father-son team opens Rusty Beaver Brewery in Ruther Glen, with its Smashed Bastard being an early hit. It goes over much better than the test version, Stop Drinking, You Bastard.
+4 The XTERRA East Championship marks its 15th year in Richmond, featuring biking, swimming and trail running in a race that takes competitors in and around the James River Park System. These were not the people at the Bacon Festival.
+6 Yes, thousands of local eaters eager for pork have a weekend for the books, flocking to the Beer, Bourbon & BBQ Festival and Richmond's first Bacon Festival. Mark your calendars now for next weekend's I Swear These Pants Used to Fit Me Fiesta.
+1 The summer vacation countdown begins, with students and parents across Richmond heading toward the last day of school on Friday, June 14. For teachers, this is also known as the Second Job Season.
+3 Richmond-based Media General, which sold off its newspapers last year, merges with New Young Broadcasting, growing to 30 television stations in 27 markets, reaching 14 percent of U.S. TV households. Employee attractiveness just skyrocketed.
+2 The filming of "Killing Kennedy" kicks off star-spotting in Richmond, with the actress playing Jackie O., Ginnifer Goodwin, tweeting about a French meal enjoyed at Bistro Bobette. And now we wait for Instagram pics of a shirtless Rob Lowe playing water pong at Cha-Cha's.