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+5 Warren Buffett's company buys nearly all of the newspapers owned by Media General, including the Richmond Times-Dispatch. What's black, white and platinum-covered with encrusted diamonds all over?

+6 The popular Dominion Riverrock festival features outdoor races, skateboarding tricks, live music and dog-jumping contests. The hugely successful event draws some 65,000 visitors of all types, proving that when cute lil' doggies are involved, even hipsters are somewhat tolerable.

+1 Barksdale and Theatre IV announce a merger to become the Virginia Repertory Theatre, though they'd like to be known as Virginia Rep. We prefer Yo! Virginia Reps.

-9 With its leaders decrying his "homosexual activist" history, state legislators foil the judgeship of Richmond Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland. The Virginia GOP releases a statement, explaining: "We just think those people should stick to things they're good at judging, like fashion, reality TV and each other."

-7 Meanwhile, auctions are scheduled this week to sell off the State Fair of Virginia's property in Caroline County and the 250-acre SportsQuest complex in Chesterfield. Sources say one bidder plans to swoop in to combine the two facilities, creating the world's first artificial-turf, pig-racing track: PorkQuest.


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