Tuesday, July 30, 2013

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 10:52 AM


+9The Redskins officially open training camp, attracting thousands of visitors, big Richmond buzz, and even some Dallas Cowboys fans. Hint to single guys: If you played football in college, throw on a Skins jersey and head to the nearest bar. Now.

0The governor repays more than $120,000 in loans plus interest to Star Scientific’s Jonnie Williams, saying his family broke no laws and apologizing for any embarrassment caused to Virginia. No problem buddy, we lost our shame a long time ago.

-4School Board member Shonda Harris-Muhammed holds a news conference to say she isn’t resigning, after her husband is charged with manufacturing marijuana. Her husband holds a news conference to ask for directions to the nearest White Castle.

+5Anticipation builds for the state’s first indoor craft beer festival, Virginia Beer Live on Friday at the Richmond Coliseum, which kicks off Virginia Craft Beer Month. Yup, this is a state that promotes wine month and beer month, but sends ABC agents to swarm sorority girls for buying sparkling water.

+2The Richmond Flying Squirrels announce a Scandal Night promotion for Aug. 1, offering hot dogs for $1 as a tribute to Anthony Weiner. Just don’t ask Nutzy about batting practice with Carlos Danger.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The Score

This Week: First Lady scrubs, candidates debate, Redskins are coming + more.

Posted on Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 11:45 AM


-2 In a profile of first lady Maureen McDonnell, the Washington Post reports that she was so dissatisfied with how a maid cleaned her bathroom floor that she stripped to her underwear to scrub the marble with bleach. Well duh. Of course you'd strip down. Who wants to risk ruining an Oscar de la Renta bathrobe?

+3 The two mainstream candidates vying for the governor's seat square off in their first debate, sponsored by the Virginia Bar Association. How thrilling is it? Picture "Sharknado" without all the tornado-spewing sharks.

+5 With the Redskins on their way to summer training camp in Richmond, residents show signs of getting into the team spirit. Even the Sisters of Bon Secours consider donning burgundy and gold habits.

+2 Speaking of fashion, local designer Angela Bacskocky debuts as a contestant on the reality competition show "Project Runway." It's the most significant step for local fashion since Gwar invented the tube top that spews intestines.

-1 And then she gets eliminated in episode one. Cue the spewing intestines.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Score

This Week: Bear captured, very late train, Elliot Yamin cameo + more.

Posted on Tue, Jul 9, 2013 at 2:30 PM


+8 For several nights in a row — at the river, in the counties and over The Diamond, fireworks light up local skies to celebrate a long Fourth of July weekend. If Richmond still had ramparts we're sure they would have been gleaming as well.

-1 After captivating and annoying residents and sparking a spoof Twitter account, the West End bear walks into a trap set by the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries. Apparently the game wardens faked a summer sale at Short Pump.

-2 Passengers in Richmond getting off a southbound train are more than 13 hours late after a mechanical problem leaves them stuck overnight. First there was the "Poop Cruise" and now the "Poo Poo Choo Choo."

+1 The executive producer of the controversial local reality show "The Real Babymamas of Richmond" apologizes for delaying episode three while teasing about receiving a "promising phone call" that "Hollywood is watching." Denzel Washington is in talks to play Mayor Jones.

+3 Recording artist Elliott Yamin, who grew up in Richmond and had his rise to fame chronicled on "American Idol," returns for a cameo performance with local bands at an informal backyard concert called Crowefest. So where you at, D'Angelo?

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

The Score

This Week: New Texting Laws, T-D Discovers Hipsters, Burger Week Wrap-Up + More

Posted on Tue, Jul 2, 2013 at 5:27 PM


-4 New laws go into effect allowing police to pull you over for texting and driving, which can land you a ticket and a $125 fine. Which you can pay online. Using your smart phone. While driving.

-1 In a Sunday feature, The Richmond Times-Dispatch introduces hipster culture to its readers. To follow in the series: "Planking 101," "Those Bucket-Drummer Kids" and "Mosh Pits: Fact or Fiction?"

+3 Less than a month after 8 News gets a new owner, CBS-6 is purchased as part of a Tribune acquisition. NBC-12 would be up for sale too, but no company on earth can afford Andrew Freiden's dressing-room demands. That guy is the Mariah Carey of forecasters.

-2 Speaking of CBS-6, after a reporter asks about a bankruptcy that's 20-plus years old, Richmond's new finance director Dominic Ochei is out at City Hall. Fortunately, he's been snapped up by the IRS.

+5 Nearly 30 restaurants participating in Style Weekly's RVA Burger Week report hundreds of pounds of beef sales. According to our calculations, that's enough to reconstitute an entire herd of cows. Suck it, Chick-fil-A!

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