Wednesday, July 28, 2010

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 4:00 AM

-6 Richmond experiences its hottest day in 33 years. Ah yes, back when horse and buggy service was suspended, gentlemen used their top hats to collect precious rainwater and ladies turned to their fainting chairs for relief. 

+3 Amtrak invites local media to watch the inaugural run of its new passenger train, which leaves Richmond at 7 a.m. and arrives in Washington, by 9:30. The best part: It still has that new-train smell. 

+2 The University of Virginia adds the papers of James Madison to its digital archives of the Founding Fathers' documents, The Associated Press reports. Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli immediately files suit, seeking internal U.Va. e-mails about “this Madison guy” and saying it's high time for a national debate on federalism. 

+4 Several hundred young men from the Richmond-area head to Fort A.P. Hill for the National Boy Scout Jamboree, celebrating the group's centennial. And somewhere in that sweaty crowd of 46,000 people, some poor kid will romp around looking for the left-handed smoke shifter. 

-3 A break-in at the Byrd Theatre in Carytown leaves its bird cage empty of donations and damaged front doors that are estimated to cost $1,200 to repair, the T-D reports. But the biggest steal is the ticket price! Just $1.99, baby!

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