Tuesday, June 19, 2012

The Score

This week: summer vacation, black bears + more.

Posted on Tue, Jun 19, 2012 at 3:34 PM


+4 That's a wrap, with Richmond schools holding their last day of class. Don't worry, that popping you hear isn't gunfire — it's teachers opening champagne bottles.

+2 Meanwhile, students celebrate their release into summer. Up first, a party at the moon tower, where the kegs will flow and they'll finally lose their virginity to that cute upperclassman. While we just play video games and sob over the lack of signatures in our yearbook.

+5 After the House of Delegates controversially rejects his judgeship, openly gay Chief Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland is appointed by the Richmond Circuit Court as a general district court judge. Confirming Republicans' worst fears, Thorne-Begland says he'll bring a radical-activist perspective to judging Richmonders' traffic tickets.

-3 The T-D reports on the death of a 250-pound black bear that's struck by two cars after running into Interstate 64. We're not sure who to blame here, but we'll just assume U.Va.'s Board of Visitors is somehow at fault.

0 Local politico Paul Goldman and Delegate Joe Morrissey announce that they're going into business together, starting up the Morrissey and Goldman law firm. Their first client: the grieving family of that 250-pound bear.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

The Score

Redskins zingers, stinky rivers, desperate Spanish + more.

Posted on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 2:14 PM


+6 The Washington Redskins say they're moving their three-week summer training camp to Richmond for eight years, starting in 2013. Officials cite the lure of our river, restaurants, and the convenience of the federal courthouse right downtown.

-4 To secure the Redskins, Gov. Bob McDonnell announces a $4 million state grant, while Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones says the city will pony up $400,000. To put that in perspective, that's a dollar for every point the Skins gave up last season.

+3 Chemistry.com ranks Richmond as the No. 1 city in the country where lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender singles hope to get married and have children. Delegate Bob Marshall proposes an emergency relocation of the State Capitol.

+5 Hundreds of volunteers show up on a Saturday for the 13th annual James River Regional Cleanup. Unfortunately, there aren't enough scented candles in stock to launch the new anti-stinky-river-smell initiative.

+2 Richmond schools prepare for their final week of classes before sending children home for the summer. This is the point at which desperate Spanish teachers decide "The Three Amigos" qualifies as cultural education.

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

The Score

Strawberry Hill, parking law pickups, volleyball wins + more.

Posted on Tue, Jun 5, 2012 at 12:51 PM


+5 A crowd of more than 5,300 people heads to the 80th Strawberry Hill Races and Colonial Downs' season opener, dropping nearly $142,000 in bets in the races of the day. We gambled on stain-free sundresses. And lost.

+2 After lots of storm warnings, Richmond-area residents batten down the hatches for a big hit, but manage to avoid any tornadoes. Due to recent events in Florida and Canada, however, our Zombie Alert remains at Threat Level: Elevated.

-4 After police begin enforcing parking laws anew, the owner of the Camel is arrested on charges of obstructing justice after trying to buy time for patrons to move cars and avoid tickets in front of his Broad Street music venue. This is why we're not Austin.

+3 Team Bamboo from the Richmond Volleyball Club wins fifth place in the USA Volleyball National Championships. Making bigger sports headlines: Your third cousin just sprained her wrist trying to perfect her pingpong topspin.

+7 One food festival isn't enough over this weekend, with eaters drawn to Broad Appétit downtown, Flavor out at Innsbrook, the Greek Food Festival in the West End, and the Stone Soul Music and Food Festival on Brown's Island. It's a compass of gluttony, with the needle pointed due south.

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