Tuesday, October 27, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 27, 2015 at 12:48 PM

-3 CBS-6 reports that a 14-year-old girl at Moody Middle School could face assault and battery charges for throwing a baby carrot that hit a teacher in the forehead. Thank goodness they stopped her before she could pull out her broccoli shank.

+2 A living pop legend, Beach Boy Brian Wilson thrills fans at the National during his first appearance in Richmond. And let’s just say we spotted some dancing grandmas feeling their first good vibrations in a long time.

+1 Carytown Cupcakes transforms itself for a Harry Potter-themed week that brings in crowds to taste the dementor’s kiss, polyjuice potion and butterbeer. The only downside was having to play four hours of quidditch to burn it all off.

+3 On ESPN’s nationally televised “College GameDay,” the visiting Richmond Spiders beat the unbeaten James Madison Dukes by 59-49. Harrisonburg hasn’t seen this much action since the great Mennonite horse and buggy race of 1927.

+6 Richmond wastes no time in getting its Halloween festivities underway — creating costumes, attending themed events and hosting private parties. The mayor announces that he’s trick-or-treating as the scariest thing he can think of: regional cooperation.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 20, 2015 at 11:37 AM

-1 Former U.S. senator from Virginia Jim Webb complains about the lack of attention he receives during CNN’s Democratic debate. On the bright side, it gave Bernie Sanders more time to yell at the neighborhood kids to get off his lawn.

+2 A day after the debate, Republican frontrunner Donald Trump draws thousands of fans to a rally at the Richmond International Raceway complex. Like that place needed any more exhaust fumes.

-4 But confrontations at the rally reach a low when an apparent Trump supporter spits in a protester’s face, with video of the incident circulating widely. It was even more painful to watch than “Celebrity Apprentice.”

+1 In a study of the 150 most populated U.S. cities, WalletHub ranks Richmond as having the most grocery stores per capita. Which is no surprise. In Short Pump, kids come out of the womb asking for bread and milk.

+3 The Martin Agency lands the Land O’Lakes account, Adweek reports, winning the business away from its ad shop of 80 years. It was like a hot knife through their hearts of butter.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 13, 2015 at 10:34 AM

+9 The Richmond Folk Festival turns out big numbers, estimating its largest crowd ever at more than 200,000, and record-breaking donations from fans of $118,000. And they didn’t even have to burn a wooden effigy. Take that, hippies.

+2 Of his performance there, Grandmaster Flash noted on Instagram: “Richmond Showeddd Up 1000s more show up to show OUTttttttttt totally sickkkkkkkk RichmondFolkFestival….” Translation: a good time was had by all.

+1 Local radio station 103.7 Play riles up thousands of Richmonders by kicking off a Christmas music stunt Oct. 7 — only to reveal after 12 hours that it was a one-day prank. Next up: Ukrop’s Christmas Rainbow Cookies are being pulled from the shelves!

+2 A YouTube video of a blossoming friendship at Metro Richmond Zoo between Kumbali and Kago, a cheetah cub and puppy, racks up nearly 2 million views. Though most of the views were attributed to the crocodiles, who recently got Wi-Fi access.

+0 With an event change in Hampton Roads, Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump announces that he’ll hold a rally Wednesday at Richmond International Raceway. Making America Dumb Again, one campaign stop at a time.

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Oct 6, 2015 at 11:00 AM

-8 Days of rain and the lingering threat of Hurricane Joaquin soak the Richmond area, trigger power outages and cause a slew of outdoor events to be moved or canceled. The James was angry, my friends ... like an old man trying to return soup in a deli!

+5 The ribbon is officially cut on the Virginia Capital Trail, a 52-mile, $74 million route for biking, walking and running along Route 5 between here and Williamsburg. And Richmond drivers will still figure out a way to drive on it.

+1 Richmond BizSense reports that the Blair House, one of the earliest homes on Monument Avenue, is listed for $2.85 million. Pay all that and you still have to look at the Jefferson Davis statue.

+1 Ohio Gov. John Kasich, a Republican presidential hopeful, arrives to campaign with a town hall at the University of Richmond. Which is approximately one more campaign event than Jim Gilmore has held.

+3 While declining to reveal the price, the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts says it’s installed one of its most expensive purchases, a 1779 painting by Benjamin West. Don’t they know Benjamin Moore is so much cheaper?

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