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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-2 A nationwide egg shortage sends prices climbing at grocery stores across the area. The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts has already curated a few Eggland’s Best into its Fabergé collection.

+1 Hordes of college freshman move into dorm rooms at Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union and the University of Richmond. Welcome to town, kids! The sooner you come to terms with the fact that you’re never leaving, the better.

+4 Gwar B-Q and its three days of raunchy revelry bring out thousands of fans celebrating the 30th anniversary of Richmond’s most well-known heavy metal band. You can never go wrong with phallus-shaped brisket.

+6 With training camp coming to an end, the Washington Redskins pack up for home. Monday’s final practice was closed to the public, so there was only a slight drop in attendance.

+3 The indie film “Cop Car” opens in Richmond, starring Robious Middle School student Hays Wellford alongside Kevin Bacon. Yes, soon we’ll all be playing the Six Degrees of Hays Wellford game.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

Posted on Tue, Aug 4, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-4 Redskins Training Camp's opening day kicks off to low attendance, with the Times-Dispatch noting a bigger turnout for the Richmond Flying Squirrels game. And frankly, who doesn't prefer an inoffensive rodent mascot and a few cold beers?

+2 A federal judge rules that Virginia is within its rights to stop issuing specialty license plates that bear the Confederate battle flag. But don't worry, painting your car orange and making your horn play "Dixie" are still completely legal.

+3 Competing at the World Games with Special Olympics Virginia, Richmond athlete Mary Davis wins medals in boccie, with D.J. LaMarr landing a gold in unified play. Meanwhile, we broke out in a sweat trying to pry open the plastic packaging on our Fitbit.

+1 Richmond sky watchers experience a blue moon. Add in a few yellow moons, pink hearts and purple horseshoes and you have something magically delicious.

+6 Thousands of fans geek out at the weekend's Wizard World Comic Con, which draws a pop-culture mash-up of superheroes, storm troopers, video-game characters and William Shatner. It's events like these that remind us Spandex isn't for everyone.

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