Tuesday, January 28, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:47 PM

-7 Before pleading not guilty to corruption charges in federal court, former Gov. Bob McDonnell says he's on cholesterol medication, while his wife says reveals she's on prescriptions for "concentration and anxiety." So much for retail therapy.

-1 A new thread on the social news website Reddit called "Your Daily Annoyances in RVA" gains traction quickly, drawing gripes mostly about bad driving in Richmond. Posting pictures of snow covered patio furniture came in a close second.

+1 The Budweiser Clydesdales make majestic appearances locally at Stony Point Fashion Park, West Broad Village and Carytown. And they still couldn't find shoes that fit.

+4 Timed for the legend's birthday, classical music floods the streets and businesses of Carytown on Sunday for the Mozart Festival. Unfortunately our requests to hear "Rock Me Amadeus" went unanswered.

+1 Staking its claim in Short Pump, Tom Leonard's Farmer's Market unveils the official change of its street to Tom Leonard Drive. Not bad, though it would have been way more fun to give directions to an E-I-E-I-O Way.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 21, 2014 at 10:39 AM

+3 A college-guide website called Unigo ranks the University of Richmond as the country's 10th most-wired campus. And that's just counting the tennis racquets.

+1 The Center for Responsive Politics issues a report that lists Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia as the second-richest member of Congress. But hey, let's give him a break, the guy puts on his pants one titanium-plated, bionic leg at a time.

-2 For a story on CBS-6, Mark Holmberg explores some 145-year-old, underground beer vaults, during which he accidentally falls into a hole. Some reporters have Deep Throat, others have mud stuck in places they'd rather not disclose.

+2 VCU holds its homecoming parade along the streets of downtown Richmond. Participants may pick up their Celebratory Studies in Urban Geography and Physical Expressions degree at the end of the route.

+5 Richmonders commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in part by volunteering during the National Day of Service. And no, spending the day napping doesn't count toward "keeping the dream alive."

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

The Score

Grading RVA: McDonnell apologizes, McAuliffe ascends, "Mob Wives of Richmond" + more.

Posted on Tue, Jan 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

+1 In his outgoing address, Gov. Bob McDonnell apologizes for the gift-giving scandal, saying he followed law but was "deeply sorry for the problems and pain I've caused for you." Fortunately, he adds, you can fight the pain by heading to your nearest drugstore to buy a bottle of Star Scientific's Anatablocâ„¢.

+2 Bill and Hillary Clinton roll into Richmond for the inaugural festivities of their friend, Gov. Terry McAuliffe. On a completely unrelated note, the cheerleading squad for the VCU Rams is temporarily sequestered.

+4 The inaugural events hit a party crescendo at the Siegel Center, where a black-tie ball gets McAuliffe on the dance floor. After watching his attempts to "raise the roof," we demand a recount.

+5 The Richmond Public Schools kick off the year under new leadership, with Superintendent Dana T. Bedden taking the reins and Donald L. Coleman being elected as School Board chairman. But they've already confirmed that snow days will be called as often and early as possible.

-1 A mysterious Facebook page emerges called the "Mob Wives of Richmond," saying its members are "married queens" who know how to party, make it rain and hold the best house parties in town. Let's just hope a turf war doesn't break out with "The Real Babymamas of Richmond."

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 7, 2014 at 12:22 PM

+7 Richmonders ring in the new year at bars, hotels and house parties across the city. We've been flipping through the pics on all these lost cell phones, and from the looks of things you guys went wild.

-4 A thief breaks into Carytown Burger and Fries, stealing a laptop, register and safe, and making a getaway in the restaurant's logo-emblazoned Land Rover. Hamburglar has really escalated his M.O.

+1 Former ad agency exec and hair stylist Daviece Clement throws a party at Balliceaux complete with a vodka sponsor to kick off her year of 54 dates to find a mate. We're not sure how she's coming along, but some dude proposed to the vodka bottle.

-5 Richmond loses a music venue with the closing of Kingdom in Shockoe Bottom, which thanked supporters on Facebook and wrote, "It's been rad." See? If we'd only had a baseball stadium down there, none of this would have happened.

+2 Sophia Nadder, an 11-year-old from Midlothian who's performed at Flying Squirrels and VCU basketball games, is tapped to sing the National Anthem for Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural. Oh, say, can she sing!

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