Wednesday, November 17, 2010

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 1:00 AM

+3 Hampden-Sydney College formally installs its first black president, featuring keynote remarks from documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Who should be wrapping up episode nine of those remarks right about … now. 

+2 The Martin Agency announces that it's won the advertising account of Cool Whip. Which is a painful reminder that selling air and fluffed up oil in a tub is just another way to make millions that we didn't think of first. 

+8 A record 16,106 people run in the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k over the weekend. We haven't seen this many skinny people sweating since needle exchange day at the free clinic. 

-5 It's revealed that a former Virginia secretary of finance, John W. Forbes II, pleaded guilty to fraud for siphoning millions of dollars from a fund meant to help economically struggling communities in Southside and Southwest Virginia. Now, who's going to take the blame for the car tax? 

+1 Riding a wave of publicity from President Obama's reference to Slurpees, 7-Eleven brings its Slurpee Unity Tour to Richmond on Nov. 16, 4-6 p.m., at 9500 W. Broad St. Mark this on your calendars as the day America became one — and a frozen-drink maker proved its capitalist superiority.

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