+4 The Executive Mansion marks its 200th birthday with a public party over the weekend, which includes a flash-mob dance to the Black Eyed Peas song "I Gotta Feeling." Let's just hope historians will burn all recorded copies of Gov. Bob McDonnell doing the "Harlem Shake."
+5 Although the VCU Rams lose to Saint Louis, keeping them from the Atlantic 10 crown, they win a bid to play in the NCAA tournament. Sports commentator Dick Vitale still thinks they'll be knocked out early, causing superstitious Rams fans to rejoice.
+3 A 27-hour dance marathon at Deep Run High School raises $243,855 for charity, passing the $1 million mark for the event since its launch in 2007. Hundreds of sweaty, hormonal teens gyrating to hip music for 27 hours. It's like that time we got "Dirty Dancing" stuck in the break-room VCR.
+1 Barry Manilow, who's performing a show here next month, announces that he's donating a piano to the Richmond City Schools as part of an instrument drive. Now if he'll just dedicate a live rendition of "Can't Smile Without You" to the School Board.
+1 Richmond-based company Mobelux unveils an iPhone app that lets you use your phone to post, rate and share the drinks you order. It's called Elixr — or as we refer to it around here, Ginstagram.
+1 It's nature's mayhem in Richmond, where residents are hit by a snow day, sunny weather and then shifting light, with daylight saving time moving clocks ahead by an hour. And finally it happens: Andrew Freiden single-handedly short-circuits Twitter.
-3 The Colonial Athletic Association thanks the city for 24 years of serving as host to its men's basketball championship — which moves to Baltimore next year. The Richmond Coliseum is now free to go after its long-sought target: the Mid-Atlantic Paper Airplane Competition.
-2 A health advisory warns that several cases of mumps have hit students at the University of Richmond. We should have seen the day coming when this heated VCU rivalry would escalate to germ warfare.
+1 CBS-6 reports that Richmond's infamous shock-rock band Gwar is behind those conspicuous new foam-rubber hats popping up on the heads of VCU Rams fans, featuring horns and snouts. Now it's only a matter of time before Shaka Smart is fed to the World Maggot on stage.
+5 Local watering holes prepare for an onslaught of St. Patrick's Day revelers, including tens of thousands of folks expected in Shockoe Bottom for Saturday's Shamrock the Block. Never have so many bar restrooms been "Closed Till Monday."
+6 Virginia Commonwealth University fans start camping out for tickets in an area dubbed "Shakaville" two days before the Rams play — and crush — the Butler Bulldogs, who took them out in the 2011 NCAA Final Four. Revenge is a dish best served cold, after shivering in tents on the sidewalk for days.
-3 Looking back at his recent ouster as Richmond police chief, Bryan Norwood tells CBS-6 that he had just a few conversations with the mayor, and remains mystified by why he was let go. This calls for some detective work.
-1 The Virginia Lottery announces the retirement of Lady Luck, a 24-year-long recurring character played by Melanie McQueen. We'd wish her luck in her retirement but that's just redundant.
-5 Richmonders head into the weekend deluged with dire warnings of pandemonium ahead, with politicians failing to reach a resolution that would avoid the spending cuts of sequester from taking effect. On the bright side, budget cuts force Congress to cancel its Harlem Shake video shoot. (Though Eric Cantor refused to take off the banana suit.)
+5 Big music announcements strike in the same week: Bob Dylan and Barry Manilow will play the Richmond Coliseum in April. Our hopes of an "All Along the Copacabana" mash-up collaboration just got a little closer to reality.
-4 The Richmond-filmed "Lincoln" has a disappointing showing at the Oscars, though Daniel Day-Lewis wins lead actor and production design takes a trophy. When is the Academy going to finally recognize the contributions of the RVA Beard League?
+1 State lawmakers scatter after the General Assembly session comes to a close, with headlines focusing on the passage of a measure raising $880 million to address the state's transportation woes. Someday we'll wise up and sell Northern Virginia to Maryland.
+5 The sixth annual Virginia Wine Expo sets an attendance record over the weekend, pulling in some 9,000 people and growing by 15 to 20 percent from the previous year. Can no one see the get-rich-quick possibilities of a next-door Cheese Convention?
-2 Mysterious overnight roars that wake up startled residents turn out to be Marines performing helicopter training exercises in local skies. Either that or Gene Cox was off his medication again, trampling through dark alleys and overturning trash cans.
+1 A sandwich at the University of Richmond with chicken, bacon, shallots, tomatoes, cheese and hot sauce, served up on a telera roll, is named "sandwich of the month" by Food Management Magazine. And if you really want to get crazy, wash down that telera roll with a Harlem Shake.
+7 Richmonders celebrate love on Valentine's Day with dinners, candy, flowers and all that other heart stuff. Related: Stores also report a sudden rush on Kleenex, Haagen-Dazs, Hugh Grant movies and batteries.
-5 Speaking of love, an online dating site for married people seeking affairs names Richmond to the No. 6 spot in its ranking of "America's Least Faithful Cities." If Virginia is for lovers, then Richmond is for easy lovers.
+4 Legend Brewing Co. celebrates its 19th anniversary, kicking off what it says will be a yearlong party heading into its 20th year milestone. Its 21st year will be locked away in a dark, quiet room with unlimited access to Advil.
+6 Virginia lawmakers strike down legislation that would have allowed government officials in Henrico and Chesterfield counties to impose a meals tax without voter referendums. It's like the Jamestown colonists said, "No taxation for dinner reservations."
+3 The Westwood Club prepares to host the Davenport North American Open, a top-level professional squash tournament that promises to bring the world's best squash players to face off in Richmond. Let's just say it: Racquetball is for Neanderthals.
-4 A new strain of the norovirus named Sydney, a "vomiting bug" working its way around the world, strikes in Richmond. Which explains that awkward bucket next to the podium at the mayor's State of the City address.
-5 Uncertainty is raised about the job stability of Richmond Police Chief Bryan Norwood, after he loses out as a finalist for the same position in Raleigh, N.C. Cheer up, chief, things could be worse. At least you aren't the Harbaugh brother who lost the Super Bowl.
+1 The T-D reports that the city wants public feedback on landscaping at the new Redskins training camp, after botching communications about workers cutting down some 100 trees in a park area there. RGIII's already put in a request for a wheelchair-accessible walking trail.
+4 The low-power, big-attitude and widely local Richmond Independent Radio WRIR-FM 97.3 celebrates its eighth birthday. And the fundraising drive to buy next year's ninth candle is already under way.
+1 Aspiring entertainers turn out to Kings Dominion to audition as singers, actors and people inside those furry suits. Daniel Day-Lewis is spotted around the theme park shoeless and eating comically oversized ribs as he becomes completely enveloped in the role of Frederick Flintstone.
+5 Meeting for its first same-conference matchup in more than a decade, the Richmond Spiders and VCU Rams face off in a thrilling, sold-out men's basketball battle that goes into raucous overtime. It's a good game all around, though the Spiders emerge victorious, ending VCU's 13-game winning streak. That's gotta Smart.
+2 Speaking of VCU, James Finley, the women's volleyball coach who says he was fired because of his sexual orientation, lands a new job as head volleyball coach at Seattle University. Now he'll just have to deal with discriminating coffee drinkers.
-1 Tappahannock native and singing star Chris Brown is investigated for an alleged assault on Frank Ocean outside a West Hollywood club. First he hits a woman, now he may have jumped a gay R&B star? At least he's an equal opportunity jackass.
-2 Known as one half of the "Real Housewives" couple who crashed a White House state dinner, Tareq Salahi announces a visit to Richmond as a "celebrity candidate" for Virginia governor. Get used to him. Even the Secret Service can't keep him away.
+4 Aditya Kannoth of Moody Middle and Tejas Muthusamy of Rivers Edge Elementary go head to head for 25 rounds of a district-wide spelling bee, ending in a late-night tie and the need to extend the contest another week. Talk about a long spell.
-4 A Swift Creek Elementary School teacher makes headlines after being arrested and charged with possession of heroin on school property. Hey, when you're trapped with a bunch of kids expecting a snow day, you gotta find a way to cope.
-5 Richmonders grapple with their first miniscule snowfall of the year, closing schools, emptying grocery stores and generally driving like maniacs. It's like we're a bunch of Mayan timekeepers.
+7 Some Richmonders travel to Washington to participate in the festivities surrounding President Barack Obama's second inauguration. We'd ask them how things went, but they're still on Interstate 95.
-3 Another communication breakdown at City Hall causes confusion and outrage over altered plans and tree removal at the construction site of the Redskins training camp. At this point, are we sure we haven't been negotiating with the Dallas Cowboys?
+1 Jorge's Cantina announces that it's opening in the Fan with a peculiar concept that pairs "authentic Mexican cuisine" with George Washington, pictured in its logo wearing a sombrero and moustache. Finally, someone finds a way to link the father of our country with Speedy Gonzales.
+2 Senators and delegates from across Virginia gather in Richmond for a new session of the General Assembly. Also known to the writers at "Saturday Night Live" as Fresh Material Fest 2013.
0 Gov. Bob McDonnell delivers his State of the Commonwealth address in the Capitol, noting that the General Assembly has met in the building for 220 years. More old white guys have played here than at the Country Club of Virginia.
-2 Season hopes are dashed for Richmond native Russell Wilson, the young star quarterback of the Seattle Seahawks, whose playoff game is spoiled by the Atlanta Falcons. Chin up, rookie: You still have your knees.
-3 The Richmond-filmed "Lincoln" takes a beating at the Golden Globes, with Daniel Day-Lewis landing the only win among seven nominations. It's all good. When it comes to the Civil War, Richmond knows how to lose like a winner.
+1 State toxicology scientist Sophfeia Roberts wins a $20,000 wedding in the Richmond Bridal Showcase's "Ultimate Bridal Survivor" contest, drawn from eight contestants who spend a week in a limousine bus. You call that torture? Next year throw in the future mothers-in-law.
+3 Richmond native and Collegiate School grad Russell Wilson continues his ascent as a rookie quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks, leading a takedown of the Redskins on Sunday. Dear Mr. Wilson: You've made us proud. Now would you consider donating to your alma mater? We need a new arena for our JV lacrosse team. XOXO, Collegiate
+1 NBC-12 reports on the archaeologists excavating the future site of the Redskins training camp behind the Science Museum for historical artifacts that might be buried. Our best guess: a few Civil War-era musket balls and maybe a dinosaur femur. So are we done here? RG3 IS COMING TO TOWN.
+5 The T-D reports on the sale of 43 acres near the Bass Pro Shops off Interstate 95 to build an outlet mall with 392,000 square feet of shopping bliss. Meet Richmond's newest gold mine: overstocked J. Crew sweaters.
+4 Steven Spielberg comes to the Richmond Forum for a discussion about the making of "Lincoln." Among the revelations: During her down time on set, Sally Field crocheted stray beard hair into an infinity scarf!
+1 New eatery A2 opens on Main Street, featuring the bento dog — a tempura-fried hot dog with Japanese mayo, nori flakes and teriyaki. Hey, we only eat our bento dogs with Duke's!