Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 2:44 PM

+6 The State Fair of Virginia opens to fall weather, a bustling midway and blue-ribbon winners from across the commonwealth. As is tradition, even the carnies are fried.

+2 Gov. McAuliffe says he joined the effort to sweet-talk Stone Brewing Co. into expanding here by inviting executives to partake of the Executive Mansion kegerator. We aren't sure what happened next, but we spotted them leaving out the back with a Derek Jeter gift basket.

-1 Travelers run into headaches trying to fly from Richmond to Chicago after a fire is set at an air traffic control center in the Windy City. To make matters worse, they eventually arrived in Chicago.

-3 OpposingViews.com reports that a group promoting the right to openly carry guns takes its demonstration through Creighton Court, alarming residents and drawing a police response. OK, open-carry advocates, now a group from Creighton Court is heading over to open carry in your neighborhood. Cool?

+5 Virginia Pridefest turns Brown's Island into a colorful festival supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender awareness. As usual, attendance was high, but many people were late because of the State Fair. Apparently there was some confusion with this whole Twinx thing.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 23, 2014 at 1:00 AM

+6 The Foo Fighters play Richmond in a much-publicized show, marking the first major rock concert to happen as the result of crowd funding. Next, the race to lure Neil Diamond to The Diamond. Grandma just needs wee bit of help finding the power button on her laptop.

+7 Speaking of fundraising, the 36-hour online push for local charities, the Amazing Raise, brings in 20,421 gifts totaling more than $1.74 million. And not a single plea to dump ice water on your head.

-2 As expected, gadget enthusiasts get weird over the new iPhone release, waiting in long lines and filming the mad rush to the Apple store at Short Pump Town Center. It still wasn't as scary as the Soccer Mom Minivan Armada of '03.

0 The Richmond hosts of next year's UCI Road World Championships travel to the event in Ponferrada, Spain. Just what we need, Mayor Jones learning about siestas while gaining easy access to pitchers of sangria.

+3 In the weekend leading to the first day of fall, Richmonders get in the spirit with the season's first Oktoberfest, held in the streets of the Museum District by St. Benedict Parish. But the longest lines were on Sunday at the confessional.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 16, 2014 at 1:59 PM

+4 Richmond wins a $24.9 million grant for a new high-speed bus line. But keep in mind, when it comes to Richmond, speed is relative.

-1 Fans of the Foo Fighters who didn't pony up to make the concert happen scramble to track down last-minute tickets. We even spotted Dave Grohl on Broad holding up a "Will Work for Ticket" sign.

+2 The Richmond Symphony Designer House, known as Hampton Manor, opens its doors to showcase a 5,300-square-foot house in Hallsley featuring the work of 24 local interior and landscape designers. Even the mortgage is color-coordinated.

+1 The much-anticipated Richmond outpost of Washington's Graffiato, from the former "Top Chef" contestant Mike Isabella, opens in the former Popkin Tavern on West Broad. The guy's getting more press than the Apple Watch.

+5 The man behind Uppy's convenience stores and Uptown Alley says he's working with a Chinese businessman to build a $160 million hotel and indoor water park in Chesterfield. Gas, bowling and water slides —Chesterfield has found its king.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Score

Posted on Tue, Sep 9, 2014 at 2:51 PM

- 10 A jury returns guilty verdicts in 11 of 14 conspiracy and corruption charges against Bob McDonnell and his wife, making him the first Virginia governor in history to be convicted of a crime. In his defense, it's not like they had Ferarris back in Jefferson's day.

+5 Did we mention? The trial is over. Now you can all go back to tweeting about Sugar Shack Donuts.

-2 A shirtless Henrico County man makes headlines — and gets arrested — during the Sprint Cup NASCAR race after climbing a security fence over the track at Richmond International Raceway. Dude, there's a better way of getting a good look at Danica Patrick.

+6 The second annual Fall Line Fest offers a weekend packed with performances by more than 50 bands playing across six local venues. And only two reported cases of wristband fatigue.

+1 A 7-foot fir from Louisa County's Claybrooke Farm is named Virginia's 2014 Grand Champion Christmas Tree, with the prize of providing the official Christmas tree to the Executive Mansion. And a heads up from Gov. Terry McAuliffe and family: No gifts please.

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