Tuesday, January 20, 2009

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 4:00 AM

+1 State legislators arrive in Richmond to kick off the General Assembly session and Gov. Tim Kaine delivers his state of the commonwealth address. What do they have in common? They both have lots of unwanted bills. 

-4 The city's biggest economic development coup of late, paper and packaging company MeadWestvaco, lays off 2,000 people, 75 of them in the new Richmond headquarters. The good news is, the company gets cardboard boxes on the cheap. 

-9 Circuit City begins its big final purge, closing its 567 stores, liquidating inventories and letting 30,000 people go. But they're ready for the digital television conversion Feb. 17! Are you? 

+3 Ashland-area hotels report big business with visitors flooding the Obama inaugural in the nation's capital. Producers of the Nekkid Men of Ashland calendar see a huge rise in sales. 

-2 Richmond sees its lowest temperatures in recent history, with one night hitting the single digits. Producers of the Nekkid Men of Ashland calendar see a huge shrinkage in sales. 

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