Tuesday, May 26, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 26, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+7 Throughout Memorial Day weekend, ceremonies across the area honor those who died while serving in the armed forces. Turns out that some people remembered it wasn’t all about pool openings and outdoor grills.

-3 Plans for a regional children’s hospital are dashed when VCU Medical Center and Bon Secours Richmond Health System bow out, saying it isn’t financially viable despite Bill and Alice Goodwin’s pledge of $150 million. Well, $150 million can’t get you as far as it used to.

+1 Gourmet popsicle-maker the King of Pops opens a walk-up window from its Clay Street shop. From here, in this rare atmospheric sliver of air where Richmond summer makes contact with plunging temperatures of a frozen-treat kitchen, emerges a global meteorological crisis.

+4 The RVA Creativity Awards announce winners across the city, handing out specially made trophies from local artists and craftsmen. We’re busy working on a sculpture for next year consisting of empty Ukrop’s potato salad containers and PBR cans.

-5 This spot intentionally left blank for Joe Morrissey content. After all, he spent most of last week requesting less media attention.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 19, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-3 The McDonnells return to the headlines, with the former governor at the federal courthouse to appeal his corruption convictions and his wife’s appeal coming up. It’s like they just can’t stand that Joe Morrissey is getting all the attention.

+2 Local television stations head into the final stretch of May sweeps, pulling out all the stops to get you watching their newscasts. Which explains the 8 News rollout of Juan Conde Smell-O-Vision: It’s like leather driving gloves airing out in the breeze of a coconut grove.

-5 Virginia Commonwealth University’s Anderson Gallery, one of Richmond’s first art galleries, closes after 45 years. That is, unless this is one of those Yoko Ono performance pieces no one understands.

-1 The almost 50-year-old private Bull and Bear Club atop the James Center prepares to shut its doors at the end of May. Guess we’ll have to head back to the Country Club of Virginia for our afternoon cocktails. (Fine, the storm water drainage ditch along the ninth hole.)

+6 The outdoor sports and music festival Dominion Riverrock draws tens of thousands of enthusiasts to Brown’s Island. It’s so crowded the island shakes loose and breaks away, floating down the James like one big paddleboard adventure with jumping dogs as your only way off.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 12, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+6 Richmond celebrates Mother’s Day with breakfasts in bed, Hallmark cards and bouquets of flowers. The next day we resumed our usual routine of breakfasts at WaWa, business cards and buckets of PBR.

-3 After his splashy hometown visit filmed for “American Idol,” Richmond contestant Rayvon Owen is knocked out of the competition, landing in fourth place. Which is at least higher than “American Idol” sits in the ratings.

+4 In the midst of marking its 165th anniversary, The Richmond Times-Dispatch names Paige Mudd as its first female editor. It’s not that executives didn’t welcome them in those early days at the daily — as long as they knew their way around the food, garden and society pages.

+5 Thousands of Richmond-area college students don caps and gowns for graduation weekend at Virginia Commonwealth University, the University of Richmond and Virginia Union University. As always, it’s one of the happiest and most thrilling moments in the lives of student-loan officers.

+1 The Science Museum of Virginia holds its first Science on Tap craft beer festival, serving up brews along with explanations of the chemistry that makes it all happen. E = MC Hammered.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

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Posted on Tue, May 5, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+2 Richmond’s “American Idol” finalist Rayvon Owen makes a hometown visit trailed by cameras to air on the Fox show this week. Former “Idol” finalist Elliott Yamin was also on hand to congratulate Rayvon and invest in his burgeoning fedora empire.

+3 The ¿Qué Pasa? Festival of Virginia draws crowds to the Canal Walk for a celebration of the local Latino community. And the answer to that extra question mark? Yes. Always, yes.

-3 Thousands of pieces of mail headed to local addresses ended up trashed, 8 News reports, dumped by two postal carriers who admitted throwing it away. If our Pottery Barn catalog was found next to a rotten banana peel, someone will have some serious explaining to do!

+1 May ushers in Bike Month, with the Sports Backers’ Bike Walk RVA coordinating celebrations such events as kid parades, group commutes and activities at Dominion Riverrock. Now if only we could get the mayor and City Council on one of those bicycles built for two.

+4 Seniors at local colleges and universities wrap up their final days of exams and last-minute job-hunting with commencement ceremonies on the horizon. Ahhh, the rites of young adulthood! Graduating college and moving back in with Mom.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

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Posted on Tue, Apr 7, 2015 at 1:00 AM

-7 Beloved men’s basketball coach Shaka Smart says goodbye to Virginia Commonwealth University, accepting the job as men’s basketball coach at the University of Texas. Even if all your exes live in Texas, you can still hang your hat on black and gold.

+6 Thousands of people and dogs in bonnets turn out to Monument Avenue, enjoying the spring sunshine of the annual Easter on Parade. Then there are those who take it to the extreme: Can you say “plastered porch partygoers passed out in pastel” five times fast?

+1 After months of planning and online fundraising, the owners of Richmond’s first cuddling salon announce that Cuddle RVA will open April 8. Because in the mean streets of Richmond, the snuggle is real.

+3 Richmond’s first racetrack, Southside Speedway, holds its Friday night season opener. If you’ve never been, it’s like Richmond International Raceway without all those fancy tailgaters and their highfalutin’ attitudes.

+2 And speaking of season starts, the Richmond Kickers hold their opener against Louisville City, ending the game in a draw, 1-1. Hey, win, lose or tie — we’re just rooting to hear some vuvuzelas.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

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Posted on Tue, Mar 31, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+6 Despite the cold morning, some 26,400 running enthusiasts turn out for Saturday’s Monument Avenue 10-K. Whose finish line, incidentally, serves as a starting line for the race to the nearest mimosa pitcher.

+3 Musicians Natalie Prass, Matthew E. White and the band Avers catch the attention of national critics at South by Southwest, with fellow Richmond artists showing off the city’s sounds. Hey Austin, you can keep it weird. We’re keeping it feisty.

+1 Richmond-based Elephant Auto Insurance says it’s recruiting more than 100 people to work in its expanding local headquarters. Most of the jobs require experience, but onsite training is available for aspiring Trunk Polishers.

-2 The T-D reports that one of the city’s three pairs of nesting eagles, in the Stony Point area, apparently moved on for the season without producing offspring. Well, that’s one of the perks of not having kids — the freedom to travel.

+5 Thousands of fans swarm Carytown alongside directors and actors for the 23rd annual French Film Festival, the largest in the United States. Buskers and strollers briefly succumbed to baguettes and berets. Briefly.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

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Posted on Tue, Mar 24, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+4 After suffering through a bitter winter, Richmonders welcome the first day of spring. Happiness blooms, love blossoms, a zest for life abounds. And the mayor throws the ceremonial lime wedge into his afternoon gimlet.

-5 The VCU Rams get knocked out of the NCAA tournament by Ohio State. Don’t be down, cause Mo Alie-Cox will be back — and he’s always ready for a rebound.

0 A contingent of local business and civic leaders make an idea-seeking expedition to Nashville for the Greater Richmond Chamber’s annual InterCity visit. Upon their return, they huddle in back rooms, developing a five-year plan for a public-private, regional honky-tonk bar.

+2 In a marathon weekend dance session, sweaty teenagers at Deep Run High School keep the groove going for 27 hours to raise more than $215,000 for local charities. Even their socks get donated — to the Henrico County Landfill.

+1 Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden gets into the beer game, planting 32 hop plants in partnership with Piedmont Hops and Center of the Universe Brewing. Let’s just hope those rabid raccoons are kept away from the alcohol. They’re angry enough as it is.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

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Posted on Tue, Mar 17, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+5 The VCU Rams win their first Atlantic 10 conference title, beating the Dayton Flyers 71-65. That’s right, Dayton isn’t the only team that can fly. Have you seen the wingspan on Mo Ali-Cox?

+2 With trade limits easing, Gov. Terry McAuliffe announces that he’s going to Cuba to expand its partnerships with Virginia. We’re thinking a couple of Smithfield Hams for a box of cigars and a right fielder. (Either way, Todd “Parney” Parnell is happy.)

-1 NBC-12 looks for parallels to the Hillary Clinton email scandal at City Hall, reporting that Mayor Dwight Jones uses his personal AOL email addresses for some city business. The mayor was going to respond to the story, but his rotary phone is in the repair shop.

+1 Two former Richmonders are hanging in there on “American Idol,” where they’ve landed among the top 11 finalists. It’s true, “American Idol” is still airing. They put it on the TV in Elliot Yamin’s retirement home every Thursday.

-3 An onslaught of rain puts a damper on weekend St. Patrick’s Day festivals, though the forecast looks good for the Church Hill Irish Festival coming up March 21 and 22. Yup, just when you stop peeing green it starts all over again.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

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Posted on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 1:00 AM

+5 Richmond loses an hour to daylight saving time, but gains a welcome break from ice-cold temperatures and hope that spring’s right around the corner. As for the lost sleep, we recommend a dozen five-minute naps at your desk, which is how Benjamin Franklin would’ve wanted it.

+1 The Atlantic 10 women’s basketball tournament wraps up in Richmond, with the George Washington Colonials taking home the championship. And you should’ve seen them celebrating. They chopped down that net like a cherry tree.

+4 After becoming a leading candidate for the job in Boston, Richmond School Superintendent Dana Bedden takes himself out of contention, deciding to stay put. Besides, having to shovel 100 feet of snow out of yah yaahd is wicked hahhd.

-3 CBS-6 reports that Mayor Dwight Jones is stepping down as chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia to focus on city business. And when that means baseballs, bicycles and beers, who can blame the guy?

+2 Black Heath Meadery opens its doors in Scott’s Addition, reports RVANews.com, serving up a form of what’s “widely believed to be the world’s oldest fermented beverage.” It’s what kept Viking parties raging all night long. Valhallaaaaaa!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

The Score

Posted on Tue, Mar 3, 2015 at 11:43 AM

+4 Nearly 150 people volunteer to jump into the ice-cold water of an above-ground pool for RVA Polar Plunge, raising more than $25,000 for Special Olympics Virginia. Unfortunately, most of that money is in frozen assets.

+1 The General Assembly adjourns its session, with Gov. Terry McAuliffe saying more should have been done on ethics reform, gun control and expanding Medicaid — though he’s glad to have a budget. His sunny disposition would sicken Frank Underwood, but Virginia will take it.

+2 For the first time in 14 years, the University of Richmond men’s basketball team beats Virginia Commonwealth University twice in a season, culminating with a heart-pounding double-overtime game that shows off the talents of both teams. It was so nerve-racking that WebstUR the Spider was walking on only two legs.

+1 In the T-D, details emerge on the grocery chain Aldi’s plans for at least seven stores in the Richmond area, including opening what will become the first grocery store on the Boulevard. A new lover? Perhaps. But we’ll never forget our true first, the man with the rainbow cookies.

+1 The Virginia Governor’s Cup wine competition comes to town, with Shenandoah’s Muse Vineyards winning for its Bordeaux-inspired 2009 Clio. It sells for around $65, so if you’re working with a budget like ours, might we recommend a lovely box-inspired 2015 CVS?

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