Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 24, 2015 at 1:26 PM

-8 Richmond digs out of its wintry mess following a snowstorm that keeps most kids home from school all week. And just when you thought your days of misery were over, the weekend ended with the Oscars.

+5 The University of Richmond names Ronald A. Crutcher — the president emeritus of Wheaton College and an accomplished cellist — as its 10th president. He’s already on a cost-cutting kick, serving as the musical entertainment for his own inauguration.

-6 A judge sentences the former first lady of Virginia, Maureen McDonnell, to 12 months and a day in federal prison on corruption charges. Which reminds us, is anyone keeping an eye on Jonnie Williams?

+1 Marking its 30th season by slowly teasing its lineup, Innsbrook After Hours reveals that Michael McDonald will perform in June. His demands included three trailers: one for his groupies over 50, one for his beard wrangler, and a third because he’s Michael McDonald.

+3 For the first time, three Richmond chefs are named as semifinalists for the James Beard Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic award: Peter Chang, Lee Gregory and Dale Reitzer. Another year, another snub for the wizards of Lee’s Chicken.

Monday, February 16, 2015

The Score

Posted on Mon, Feb 16, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-6 The city battens down the hatches for snow, with a CBS-6 meteorologist expressing doubt that schools will reopen at all this week. Of course we doubt kids these days are even taught what hatches are or how to batten them.

-2 Even as Richmonders celebrate their love on Valentine’s Day, the crowd-funding effort to open a professional cuddling salon here has reached only about $2,000 of its $9,000 goal. So where do professional cuddlers go when they need a big hug?

0 Councilwoman Reva Trammell proposes naming City Hall after L. Douglas Wilder. The only condition is that he never move back in.

+4 Allegiant kicks off new air service from Richmond International Airport, offering two flights a week to the Tampa Bay area. Ticket prices are a great deal. The hard part is admitting that you’re willingly traveling to Tampa Bay.

+3 Legendary songwriter Bob Dylan announces his spring tour, which includes a stop at the Altria Theater on April 12. At least that’s what we thought he said. He was mumbling a little.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 at 1:00 PM

+2 Workers start clearing trees in Fulton Hill, the site of Stone Brewing Co.’s East Coast expansion. Deforestation — the first step toward fermentation.

+5 Mayor Dwight Jones announces the appointment of the city’s new police chief, Alfred Durham. His first challenge is to prepare for the giant cycling race coming to town. Because anyone who can sit on one of those seats for hours on end should be eyed with suspicion.

+3 Thalhimer Realty Partners and the Rebkee Co. buy Regency Square, saying they’re going to revitalize the mall originally built in 1975. The first piece of the puzzle is clearing out the stench of teen spirit left by Abercrombie & Fitch.

+1 AMC’s anticipated series “Better Call Saul,” a dark comedy co-created by Chesterfield County’s Vince Gilligan, premieres to critical praise. When asked yet again whether Walter White would appear in the show, he said, in a deep growl, “We’re done when I say we’re done.”

0 Richmonders with significant others scramble to find a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. A word of advice, gentlemen: Standing outside of C.F. Sauer and letting her “smell the sweetness” will get you nowhere.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Feb 3, 2015 at 1:36 PM

-7 Hometown hero quarterback Russell Wilson has his hopes dashed for a second consecutive Super Bowl win by the New England Patriots. It’s almost depressing enough to be an ad for Nationwide Insurance.

-5 There’s discrimination in the local rental market based on sexual orientation and gender identity, according to a report issued by Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia. Who knew Richmond landlords could make Stanley Roper look like a progressive.

+1 The University of Richmond men’s basketball team pulls out a surprise win over cross-town rival VCU, ending the Rams’ 12-game winning streak. It’s about time. Those kids over at the nationally recognized and stunningly beautiful lakeside campus needed a little cheering up.

-3 A committee kills Sen. Adam Ebbin’s bill to decriminalize possession of small amounts of marijuana. Better hold off on buying that stock in Red Eye Cookie Co.

+2 Garden Grove Brewery turns on the taps in Carytown, becoming the 100th brewery in Virginia. From the Appalachian Mountains to the Eastern Shore, when it comes to beer, all we want is more.

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