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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 27, 2015 at 11:22 AM

+5 Gov. Terry McAuliffe charges ahead with a full schedule despite being hospitalized for seven broken ribs after being thrown from a horse in Tanzania. Meanwhile, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan breaks a sweat trying to find Tanzania on a map. That’s right, Larry. It’s on now. Bring it.

-1 In another one of those random lists, a real estate website ranks Short Pump and Mechanicsville as two of “the most mind-numbing places in Virginia.” Clearly, the researchers never visited the chambers of Richmond City Council.

+3 A survey of 62 local chief executives by UR’s Robins School of Business reveals “strong optimism” about the economy, with 75 percent expecting money to flow in the next six months. Till then, they’re pinching pennies by flying commercial to all Caribbean board retreats.

+2 The Climate Change and Resiliency Commission gathers for a panel discussion in Richmond to address climate change and threats to the coast in Virginia. It’s an umbrella organization.

-2 As we’re going to press, the forecast calls for snow. Did it happen? Who knows. Either way, we’re pretty sure all those television weather people are corporate shills for the bread and milk industry. Have you ever seen Andrew Freiden driving around in his Marva Maid Jetta?

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 20, 2015 at 1:44 PM

-4 Richmond hits its first true deep freeze of the winter, with schools closed, work delayed and cars skidding all over the place. How cold was it? It was so cold, Dirtwoman decided to put on some pants.

+3 The General Assembly convenes, vowing to put forth meaningful legislation to crack down on ethics problems once and for all. If the price is right.

+1 Gov. Terry McAuliffe delivers his first State of the Commonwealth. Which raises the perennial mystery: Why isn’t it the Commonwealth of the Commonwealth?

+2 The iconic Fan bar Buddy’s Place opens at its new home in the Devil’s Triangle. Moving took longer than expected because some of the regulars had to be carried over on their barstools.

+1 Tucker the pig, who lives as a pet with a family in Brandermill as an emotional-support animal, is given permission to stay for at least a year. The lesson for all the pigs out there is this: Never, ever, ever, ever give up on your dreams.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 13, 2015 at 12:52 PM

-8 It’s another dark week in Virginia politics, with former Gov. Bob McDonnell ordered to serve two years in prison starting Feb. 9. Few details are known about his temporary home, but it’s a good bet he isn’t driving there in a Ferrari.

+4 Esquire magazine names Virginia as the food region of 2014, with Rappahannock cited as one of the country’s best restaurants. Those owners are raking in so many accolades that every oyster served in 2015 will come with a pearl.

-2 State senators, delegates, their staffers and lobbyists settle into Capitol Square for a 46-day session of the General Assembly. Their first item on the agenda: securing reservations at Rappahannock. Cause they can always worry about bills and laws and stuff later.

-1 An annual compensation report by the T-D finds that three local government employees — Chesterfield’s school superintendent Marcus J. Newsome and administrator James J.L. “Jay” Stegmaier, and Henrico’s John Vithoulkas — rake in more than $250,000. Wow. It isn’t often you hear the terms “civil service” and “balling out” in the same breath. -1

+2 The city announces the retirement of Police Chief Ray Tarasovic — who stepped in from retirement to serve as a fill-in — with plans to name a new chief by the end of the month. But he’s keeping the hat, because he plans to pull rank with the guys on the golf course.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Jan 6, 2015 at 12:11 PM

+8 Thousands of revelers show up to Brown’s Island on a bitterly cold night for the first RVA New Year’s Eve celebration. How cold was it? Some balls never did drop.

+3 The city opens its first new high school since 1968, the T-D reports, with the mayor calling the $63 million Huguenot campus the “Taj Mahal of high schools in Virginia.” It seems like hyperbole till you remember that he called Sugar Shack donuts “the Versailles of North Lombardy.”

-7 Attention turns to the sentencing of former Gov. Bob McDonnell, with The Washington Post reporting that he’s landed a $7,500-a-month consulting gig with a total income of $12,432 a month. Sadly, he’ll still need you to accept his collect call.

+2 GwarBar, the restaurant tribute to Richmond’s infamous shock-metal band, opens in Jackson Ward just in time for New Year’s Eve. Customers raved about the food, although many noted that the ambiance could’ve used a bit more phallus.

+1 All those year-end wrap-up albums from your Facebook friends start fading out of your timeline. But don’t fret: If you miss seeing pictures of people you barely know with pictures of people you definitely don’t know doing fun stuff together, just check Instagram.

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