-8 Richmond digs out of its wintry mess following a snowstorm that keeps most kids home from school all week. And just when you thought your days of misery were over, the weekend ended with the Oscars.
+5 The University of Richmond names Ronald A. Crutcher — the president emeritus of Wheaton College and an accomplished cellist — as its 10th president. He’s already on a cost-cutting kick, serving as the musical entertainment for his own inauguration.
-6 A judge sentences the former first lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, to 12 months and a day in federal prison on corruption charges. Which reminds us, is anyone keeping an eye on Jonnie Williams?
+1 Marking its 30th season by slowly teasing its lineup, Innsbrook After Hours reveals that Michael McDonald will perform in June. His demands included three trailers: one for his groupies over 50, one for his beard wrangler, and a third because he’s Michael McDonald.
+3 For the first time, three Richmond chefs are named as semifinalists for the James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award: Peter Chang, Lee Gregory and Dale Reitzer. Another year, another snub for the wizards of Lee’s Chicken.
-6 The city battens down the hatches for snow, with a CBS-6 meteorologist expressing doubt that schools will reopen at all this week. Of course we doubt kids these days are even taught what hatches are or how to batten them.
-2 Even as Richmonders celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day, the crowd-funding effort to open a professional cuddling salon here has reached only about $2,000 of its $9,000 goal. So where do professional cuddlers go when they need a big hug?
0 Councilwoman Reva Trammell proposes naming City Hall after L. Douglas Wilder. The only condition is that he never move back in.
+4 Allegiant kicks off new air service from Richmond International Airport, offering two flights a week to the Tampa Bay area. Ticket prices are a great deal. The hard part is admitting that you’re willingly traveling to Tampa Bay.
+3 Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan announces his spring tour, which includes a stop at the Altria Theater on April 12. At least that’s what we thought he said. He was mumbling a little.
+2 Workers start clearing trees in Fulton Hill, the site of Stone Brewing Co.’s East Coast expansion. Deforestation — the first step toward fermentation.
+5 Mayor Dwight Jones announces the appointment of the city’s new police chief, Alfred Durham. His first challenge is to prepare for the giant cycling race coming to town. Because anyone who can sit on one of those seats for hours on end should be eyed with suspicion.
+3 Thalhimer Realty Partners and the Rebkee Co. buy Regency Square, saying they’re going to revitalize the mall originally built in 1975. The first piece of the puzzle is clearing out the stench of teen spirit left by Abercrombie & Fitch.
+1 AMC’s anticipated series “Better Call Saul,” a dark comedy co-created by Chesterfield County’s Vince Gilligan, premieres to critical praise. When asked yet again whether Walter White would appear in the show, he said, in a deep growl, “We’re done when I say we’re done.”
0 Richmonders with significant others scramble to find a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A word of advice, gentlemen: Standing outside of C.F. Sauer and letting her “smell the sweetness” will get you nowhere.
-7 Hometown hero quarterback Russell Wilson has his hopes dashed for a second consecutive Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots. It’s almost depressing enough to be an ad for Nationwide Insurance.
-5 There’s discrimination in the local rental market based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a report issued by Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia. Who knew Richmond landlords could make Stanley Roper look like a progressive.
+1 The University of Richmond men’s basketball team pulls out a surprise win over cross-town rival VCU, ending the Rams’ 12-game winning streak. It’s about time. Those kids over at the nationally recognized and stunningly beautiful lakeside campus needed a little cheering up.
-3 A committee kills Sen. Adam Ebbin’s bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Better hold off on buying that stock in Red Eye Cookie Co.
+2 Garden Grove Brewery turns on the taps in Carytown, becoming the 100th brewery in Virginia. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Eastern Shore, when it comes to beer, all we want is more.
+5 Gov. Terry McAuliffe charges ahead with a full schedule despite being hospitalized for seven broken ribs after being thrown from a horse in Tanzania. Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan breaks a sweat trying to find Tanzania on a map. That’s right, Larry. It’s on now. Bring it.
-1 In another one of those random lists, a real estate website ranks Short Pump and Mechanicsville as two of “the most mind-numbing places in Virginia.” Clearly, the researchers never visited the chambers of Richmond City Council.
+3 A survey of 62 local chief executives by UR’s Robins School of Business reveals “strong optimism” about the economy, with 75 percent expecting money to flow in the next six months. Till then, they’re pinching pennies by flying commercial to all Caribbean board retreats.
+2 The Climate Change and Resiliency Commission gathers for a panel discussion in Richmond to address climate change and threats to the coast in Virginia. It’s an umbrella organization.
-2 As we’re going to press, the forecast calls for snow. Did it happen? Who knows. Either way, we’re pretty sure all those television weather people are corporate shills for the bread and milk industry. Have you ever seen Andrew Freiden driving around in his Marva Maid Jetta?
-4 Richmond hits its first true deep freeze of the winter, with schools closed, work delayed and cars skidding all over the place. How cold was it? It was so cold, Dirtwoman decided to put on some pants.
+3 The General Assembly convenes, vowing to put forth meaningful legislation to crack down on ethics problems once and for all. If the price is right.
+1 Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivers his first State of the Commonwealth. Which raises the perennial mystery: Why isn’t it the Commonwealth of the Commonwealth?
+2 The iconic Fan bar Buddy’s Place opens at its new home in the Devil’s Triangle. Moving took longer than expected because some of the regulars had to be carried over on their barstools.
+1 Tucker the pig, who lives as a pet with a family in Brandermill as an emotional-support animal, is given permission to stay for at least a year. The lesson for all the pigs out there is this: Never, ever, ever, ever give up on your dreams.
-8 It’s another dark week in Virginia politics, with former Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered to serve two years in prison starting Feb. 9. Few details are known about his temporary home, but it’s a good bet he isn’t driving there in a Ferrari.
+4 Esquire magazine names Virginia as the food region of 2014, with Rappahannock cited as one of the country’s best restaurants. Those owners are raking in so many accolades that every oyster served in 2015 will come with a pearl.
-2 State senators, delegates, their staffers and lobbyists settle into Capitol Square for a 46-day session of the General Assembly. Their first item on the agenda: securing reservations at Rappahannock. Cause they can always worry about bills and laws and stuff later.
-1 An annual compensation report by the T-D finds that three local government employees — Chesterfield’s school superintendent Marcus J. Newsome and administrator James J.L. “Jay” Stegmaier, and Henrico’s John Vithoulkas — rake in more than $250,000. Wow. It isn’t often you hear the terms “civil service” and “balling out” in the same breath. -1
+2 The city announces the retirement of Police Chief Ray Tarasovic — who stepped in from retirement to serve as a fill-in — with plans to name a new chief by the end of the month. But he’s keeping the hat, because he plans to pull rank with the guys on the golf course.
+8 Thousands of revelers show up to Brown’s Island on a bitterly cold night for the first RVA New Year’s Eve celebration. How cold was it? Some balls never did drop.
+3 The city opens its first new high school since 1968, the T-D reports, with the mayor calling the $63 million Huguenot campus the “Taj Mahal of high schools in Virginia.” It seems like hyperbole till you remember that he called Sugar Shack donuts “the Versailles of North Lombardy.”
-7 Attention turns to the sentencing of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, with The Washington Post reporting that he’s landed a $7,500-a-month consulting gig with a total income of $12,432 a month. Sadly, he’ll still need you to accept his collect call.
+2 GwarBar, the restaurant tribute to Richmond’s infamous shock-metal band, opens in Jackson Ward just in time for New Year’s Eve. Customers raved about the food, although many noted that the ambiance could’ve used a bit more phallus.
+1 All those year-end wrap-up albums from your Facebook friends start fading out of your timeline. But don’t fret: If you miss seeing pictures of people you barely know with pictures of people you definitely don’t know doing fun stuff together, just check Instagram.
+1 Richmond BizSense counts down the memorable mansion sales of the year, with the late Lora and Claiborne Robins’ estate on River Road going for the highest — a whopping $3.62 million. Though to be fair, that includes a free scullery maid.
-2 Against their signature rivals, the Washington Redskins take a beating from the Dallas Cowboys to end a dreary season with a 4-12 record. At this point, Kirk Cousins would consider a water boy offer from the Seahawks.
-4 Sony turns down the Byrd Theatre’s request to show the controversially pulled-from-theaters comedy, “The Interview.” Sony missed out — the national anthem of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea sounds great on a Mighty Wurlitzer.
+3 Speaking of the Byrd, its manager tells the T-D that he’s bringing the New Year’s Eve ball rise back to the top of the New York Deli in hopes of a more intimate celebration than previous years. And what says intimacy more than 10,000 of your closest friends packed into three city blocks?
+5 Organizers of the new outdoor New Year’s Eve party and light show on Brown’s Island breathe a sigh of relief at a weather forecast predicting no rain. But the DJs are calling for a 100-percent chance of some mad beats, yo.
-2 Richmonders race around local stores for last-minute Christmas gifts. We haven’t seen Short Pump this crowded and traffic-snarled since last week!
-5 Democrats must scramble to find a nominee to run for Delegate Joe Morrissey’s seat, after he says he’ll resign, and then says he’ll run, and then says he won’t run as a Democrat. Ironically, this kind of indecision is the hallmark of a great General Assembly member.
+4 Councilman Jon Baliles proposes an ordinance to put the city’s check register online, where the public could see who’s paid what. Does the $23 million for a new brewery get filed under “entertainment” or “beer fund”?
+1 The Greenberg Train and Toy show comes to town, bringing hundreds of model trains, accessories and collectibles for sale. Unfortunately, event organizers keep turning down our theme song idea, “C’Mon ’N Ride It.” Sorry, Quad City DJs. We tried.
-1 Fed up with delivery packages being stolen from the porches of his neighbors, one resident packs a box with dog excrement and places it outside — where it’s stolen. At least we’ve finally found a neighborhood where they pick up after their pets.