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+8 It’s out with the old and in with the new as Richmond celebrates the beginning of 2012. It’s a symbolic holiday of renewal and rebirth, like flipping the switch from Twilight to Hunger Games.

+5 New Year’s Eve revelers keep watch over the Byrd Theatre roof, marking the fifth anniversary of the lighted ball rising in Carytown. What followed was another tradition, the drunken, pointless pilgrimage across the city to find a nonexistent White Castle.

-4 In another New Year’s Eve tradition, it’s expected that police will receive reports of some Richmonders shooting guns into the air. Bullets falling back to earth are also known as Newton’s Third Law of Idiocy.

-1 Legal efforts get under way for Republican presidential hopefuls Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich to overcome their failure to secure spots on Virginia’s primary ballot. It’s been a tough season for those guys — first they miss out on Air Jordans, now this.

-5 The price of gas skyrockets overnight, helping close out the year with the average yearly rate hitting a record high in Virginia. Just do what we do: Light up and take a magic carpet ride.

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