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This Week: Kaine/Allen debate, empty RVA, radio sales + more.

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+3 U.S. Senate candidates George Allen and Tim Kaine meet for their first official debate, squaring off during the Virginia Bar Association's annual meeting at the Homestead. There were so many lawyers in town that Hot Springs finally experienced a cold front.

+2 Winning his sixth consecutive race, Silver Max claims victory in the $600,000 Virginia Derby at Colonial Downs, running 1.25 miles in just over 2:04 minutes. All that's left on his bucket list is to someday dominate the fancy-hat contest.

-4 Citing poor rental- and homeowner-vacancy statistics, CNBC ranks Richmond fourth in a list of the 10 Emptiest U.S. Cities, right behind Detroit and just ahead of Las Vegas. New tourism slogan: We're still not Pittsburgh!

-1 Atlanta-based Cox Media Group announces a corporate realignment, putting radio and television stations on the block in several markets, including K-95, 103.7 The River, 96.5 KLR and Hot 100.9. As a special incentive, the top bidder wins a no-questions-asked night in the hot tub with Catfish and Lori.

+2 Purple martins by the thousands begin flying into Shockoe Bottom, descending into trees around the 17th Street Farmers' Market, where the Gone to the Birds festival on Aug. 4 will celebrate their arrival. Festivities and bird poop for all!


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