Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 25, 2014 at 10:46 AM

-3 The first day of spring arrives a few days before a weather prediction for, well, we just physically and emotionally can't bring ourselves to write the S-word any longer.

+4 Local residents, politicians, business owners and news anchors show off their dance moves in music-video send-ups to the song "Happy" for the International Day of Happiness. Thankfully, there never came to be an International Day of Harlem Shake. +4

-5 In a last-minute upset, the VCU men's basketball team loses during the first round of the NCAA tournament, falling to the Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks. But you'd better believe Shaka Smart won't be getting the ax.

+1 Richmond-based blogging sweethearts and authors Young House Love introduce their line of hooks and wall storage designs being sold at Target. As a side note, do not Google "young," "hooks" and "love" from your work computer.

+6 It may have been a week after St. Patrick's Day, but that doesn't stop thousands of revelers from another weekend of fun with the 29th annual Church Hill Irish Festival. We aren't pointing fingers, but gentlemen, you had a whole seven days to wash those kilts.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 18, 2014 at 2:24 PM

-6 After teasing winter-weary Richmonders with a weekend of spring temperatures and sunny skies, Mother Nature wallops the city with yet another dose of snow and ice on St. Patrick's Day. At the end of the rainbow, there's a big pot o' cold.

-4 The men's basketball teams at the University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University fail to claim the Atlantic 10 championship in New York. On the upside, the Peppas signed a movie deal with Spike Lee.

+3 A program at the Virginia War Memorial commemorates K-9 Veterans Day, honoring war dogs that have helped defend the country. Paws for a moment of silence.

+1 The city's Department of Public Utilities urges residents to check household plumbing in the midst of Fix-a-Leak Week. The Department of Health holds its own Fix-a-Leak Week, but that's for a different kind of plumbing.

+5 The T-D reports that a record amount of money, nearly $255,000, was raised for local charities by the kids at Deep Run High School in their 27-hour dance-a-thon. Fortunately, one of those charities is the American Association for Blister Recovery.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 4, 2014 at 11:41 AM

-4 The week begins with yet another snowstorm, with the Virginia State Police spending the morning responding to 322 crashes, 53 disabled vehicles — and three sleep-deprived television meteorologists suffering from green-screen overdose.

-6 The University of Richmond announces that a search for a new president will begin in the next academic year, with Ed Ayers stepping down to join the faculty. Wait till he finds out how long he has to wait for a masseuse in the teachers' lounge.

+2 The Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus draws thousands of parents to the Richmond Coliseum with children in tow. But they must cover the kids' eyes when they discover the third ring is a City Council debate on baseball in Shockoe Bottom.

+1 The UCI Road World Championships unveils the routes for its 2015 bike race in Richmond, describing the challenge of one 10.3-mile city course as "cobbled and technical." Add in the potholes and you have an Olympic sport.

+3 Chef Kevin Roberts comes to the rescue of Perly's, saying he'll revive the more than 50-year-old restaurant that closed abruptly in September. What he wasn't counting on was having to compete with Taco Bell's new breakfast.

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