Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Mar 17, 2010 at 4:00 AM

+7 Rain holds off for Shamrock the Block to draw upwards of 25,000 people to Shockoe Bottom. It is estimated that 55 percent of attendees got lucky later, with 11 percent of them attributing their good fortune to copious amounts of green beer, and 7 percent blaming alcohol for problems with the “little leprechaun.” 

-1 The General Assembly passes a two-year budget plan full of cuts but totaling about $70 billion. Interestingly, there's $20,000 allotted for something called “Zorbeez.” 

0 After much protest, controversy and ridicule, Gov. Bob McDonnell issues an order saying the state's anti-discrimination practices will cover sexual orientation. Unless you're a woman, of course, in which case what are you doing in a state job? Shouldn't you be at home baking cookies?

+5 In college basketball, the University of Richmond Spiders go far in the Atlantic 10 and head to the NCAA tournament. These guys are playing so hard they dream of themselves in slow-motion montages to “One Shining Moment.” 

+1 “Connecticut,” the giant Native American statue at The Diamond, is taken down for the trek to Shockoe Bottom, where it will adorn the Lucky Strike building. It officially will become the World's Largest Cigar Store Indian.

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