Tuesday, September 25, 2012

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 25, 2012 at 4:58 PM


+7 A 36-hour online fundraising competition draws more than $1.2 million for local nonprofits, with first place and an extra $20,000 going to the Commonwealth Public Broadcasting Corp. In gratitude, Ken Burns promises to bore you like he's never done before.

+6 Richmonders hit up a full slate of outdoor weekend events, including St. Benedict Catholic Church's Oktoberfest and the St. James Armenian Church's food festival. The takeaway? Gluttony is this season's "it" deadly sin.

-5 The T-D reports that someone stole an American flag from the Virginia War Memorial during Sunday's early morning hours, between security patrols. Because that someone is a horrible, horrible person.

0 A Washington Post poll shows Tim Kaine leading for the first time against George Allen in the U.S. Senate race, 51 percent to 43 percent among likely voters. Experts say that while it's still too tight to call, the election just may hinge on what happens when the two meet for the annual shuck-off at the Urbanna Oyster Festival.

+2 The release of the iPhone 5 draws enthusiastic fans to scramble to such places as the Apple Store at the Short Pump Town Center. Thank goodness Steve Jobs never had the same impact on the black turtleneck market.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

The Score

This Week: Romney's soggy buns, Yo! RAA raps, Startup Weekend + more.

Posted on Tue, Sep 11, 2012 at 5:00 PM


+8 More than 100,000 people stream into Richmond for a rainy but rollicking NASCAR race weekend, which includes presidential candidate Mitt Romney handing out hot dogs to the crowd. So many soggy buns. So, so many.

+3 After voting themselves as having the Best River Town in America, Richmonders celebrate the resulting cover feature in Outside magazine. Hey, it's no surprise we like the river around here. It's the most reliable form of transportation we have.

0 In an effort to boost pedestrian safety on city streets, the Richmond Ambulance Authority unveils a "Crossing Alert" rap video on YouTube. And that's how a rapper for a safer generation was born: The Copacetic Paramedic, no other conclusion, your ego be bruisin' when he gets the rhymes flowin' like a hard-core contusion.

+2 The city's first RVA Startup Weekend brings together entrepreneurs and would-be tycoons for days of brainstorming, team competitions and business building. Free massages were given out to combat profit-counting cramps.

+1 The Lakeside Farmers' Market is ranked No. 2 among the country's midsize markets in the national American's Favorite Farmers' Market Contest. It's the Garfunkle of farmers' markets.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

The Score

This Week: Redskins camp, UR improvements, Virginia's first grapes + more.

Posted on Tue, Sep 4, 2012 at 4:00 AM


+2 The mayor announces that the Redskins training camp will be located at City Stadium or behind the Science Museum of Virginia, as soon as the city can come up with about $10 million. The financing plan: hop a flight to Vegas, plunk down a grand on Washington in the Thanksgiving game against the Cowboys — and pray.

+3 The University of Richmond says that students arriving this fall will benefit from more than $14 million in improvements made during the summer. It could have been less, but the dining hall faced a spike in the price of engraved crystal goblets.

-4 A new report by Richmond auditor Umesh Dalal finds that only 1 percent of the city's 1,300 minority-owned companies received nearly half of the city's minority-contracting business. The city says it's just part of a new super-minority program to support a minority of minority-owned companies.

0 Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell picks her first grapes from the Chambourcin grapevines at the Governor's Mansion, destined for wine celebrating the building's bicentennial next year. Each grape will become wine after a thorough ultrasound.

+2 "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" mom Daphne Maxwell Reid is announced as the new host of public television's "Virginia Currents," following long-running host May-Lily Lee. It isn't the first time an actress has tried her hand at news. Just ask Sarah Palin.

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