The Scoop: Week 34, 2012 

The Scoop: Brandon Raub Set Free, Lincoln Movie Poster, Media News + More


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“Coward and the hero. ... You may not be a hero today, but tomorrow you will be. You always got to remember you the best in the world, man. You going to be world champion one day. Not in boxing, man, but in life.” -- Coach Jerry Royster, to the inner-city Richmond youth boxers he’s helping turn into champions.

HELLO: Everyone’s been talking about you, Brandon Raub. Just type your name into Facebook and see how many support pages pop up. … And now it looks like you’re coming home. The 26-year-old from Chesterfield was interviewed by the Secret Service and the FBI, before he was detained by local authorities and eventually sent to a hospital earlier this week. The Washington Times asks: Can the government detain you over Facebook posts? … Just in as The Scoop was heading to your email: A judge orders that the Marine veteran be released.

LINCOLN GETS REAL: Historian and “Team of Rivals” author Doris Kearns Goodwin is tweeting about it, actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking to Tumblr with it. … The official movie poster for Spielberg’s “Lincoln” has been released. The film also has a Twitter feed and Facebook page. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Disney is contractually obligated to screen the movie in Virginia before its official opening date (an invite-only affair), although Richmond isn’t a lock as the location. Watch The Scoop for updates. “Lincoln” will open in RVA no later than Nov. 16.

RICHMOND’S SOUND: Last week’s cover story featured one of Richmond’s most influential musicians and creative people, Matthew E. White, and the many talented people and groups he’s collaborated with through the years. We also shared a preview of his new album. Some critical acclaim his way from Rolling Stone, which just gave the album three and a half stars. The current issue features a half page on White, calling him an “artist to watch.”

A LOUD RETURN: The Welcome Back Show to Support Lamb of God’s Randy Blythe is next Friday. The lineup includes, main stage: Gloominous Doom, Little Ozzy, Throne From Royalty, Iron Reagan, Kung Fu Dykes, Mensrea, Cannabis Corpse; with the second stage: Seraph, the Humungus, Backwoods Payback, Blackout Shift, Gritter, Wolves and Jackals.

FACT, FICTION, POLITICS: Was this Richmond Times-Dispatch editorial factually dishonest? Yes, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch political reporter. The editorial is the backbone of a new Mitt Romney ad -- which references the T-D as “one of the most respected newspapers in America” -- accusing President Obama of wanting to eliminate work requirements for welfare. On the Times-Dispatch's political blog, Wesley P. Hester writes: “On the day it was released, PolitiFact.com debunked the first of the Romney campaign ads … FactCheck.org followed suit … the Washington Post Fact-Checker also gave the claim ‘Four Pinocchios.’”

APP ALERT: Just in time for the Republican National Convention this weekend, CNN and Time offer a convention-floor-pass app for iOS, Android and Web-enabled mobile devices. The outlets are promising polls, photos, video and coverage and analysis from the floor. Web version is here. (Hat tip: Politico’s Mike Allen.)

UNDER THE GLASS: Pilsner, yes. Politics, no thanks: “Election season has descended upon us like a pack of bloodthirsty wolves on a baby smeared in peanut butter. The unassuming, hard-working or unemployed Virginian, of course, plays the peanut-butter-smeared baby in the dramedy that is party politics. … Bottom line: A heated election season is the most annoying time to be in a bar. Even more annoying than the penis-straw hell that is bachelorette-party season.” Jack Lauterback breaks it down, offering a list of things he’d rather discuss in a bar.

THE OTHER GUYS: Media General’s president and chief executive, Marshall Morton, is retiring, and George Mahoney is stepping in. … Humble thanks to the voters in Richmond magazine’s Best & Worst issue (Bribes pay off!) who deem me a second placer in “Best Local Fill-in Host for Jimmy Barrett on WRVA” and “Wittiest Twitter Feed.” The magazine celebrates the issue’s 25th anniversary with a party on Monday. Style’s Jack Lauterback will be there in a dunking booth to raise money for Stop Child Abuse Now. For his new morning co-host gig on 103.7 The River, voters named him “Best New Voice/Personality on Local Radio.”

TV AND RADIO LAND: When you last heard him on Y101 -- which Cox Radio turned into Hot 100.9 in April 2010 -- Dash was letting the Taboo girls whip him and trying to goad former WWE wrestler Batista into a fight. And now even more sadistically, he threatens to make a One Direction song stick in our heads for days. After a “Bring Dash Back” Twitter campaign, he’s back with Cox, filling the afternoon slot on 103.7 The River left vacant by Kevin Begley, who’s been making the farewell rounds. … Q-94 goes all-male and more local: The syndicated Randi moves out of the way to expand Richmond-based Jackson’s show, now 2-7 p.m. … CBS-6’s Sam Brock marks his last day today (more on his departure next week) … Happy birthday to NBC-12 reporter Rachel DePompa, who celebrates Monday.

INSTACHALLENGE: In the wake of Time magazine pulling from more than 30,000 Instagram photos to make this recent cover image, last week I asked you to send me an Instagram of yours that captured your mood for the week. Here are three of the submissions from Scoop readers: Elissa Dragland says “my heart has been ignited!” … Lisa Loving offers up “a dried up useless husk.” … And with the summer fading away, Jason Musick is just chillin’ in the pool. … Here’s your new Instachallenge: Email me a link to your best vacation Instagram, and I’ll feature the best next week. I just might start offering up prizes.

TOP 40 UNDER 40 LAST CALL: In our annual search for Richmond’s game changers younger than 40, you’ve come through with lots of suggestions. Here’s your last call: If you know a dynamic, selfless, fascinating young leader -- either well known or working behind the scenes -- you have until tomorrow to send us your nomination here. We’ll feature the recipients in a special issue this October and hold an event in their honor.

THREE QUESTIONS IN STYLE: 1) Will Route 5 improvements destroy this rural area of Richmond? … 2) A year after an earthquake shut down North Anna, how does the future look for nuclear energy? … 3) What will be VMFA’s first blockbuster exhibit of 2013?

EATING AND DRINKING: For months we chronicled the behind-the-scenes of a restaurant opening, showing the ups and downs in this June cover story on 525 at the Berry Burk. This week, Karen Newton offers up her restaurant review on the new spot. … Deveron Timberlake has details on a concept coming to town called Wine and Design. … Richmond-based AP writer Michael Felberbaum writes about Virginia’s craft-brewing industry, seeing his story hit the New York Times and the Washington Post. … Over at Richmond.com, Karri Peifer offers some commentary on the economic state of Richmond restaurants.

GIVEAWAYS: We run giveaways each week exclusively for our newsletter subscribers. For your chance at tickets to RVA music, shows and other free stuff, sign up here to receive the Scoop in your inbox each Thursday.


1. Get psychedelic with Dr. Dog at the National.

2. Closing weekend: Take your last chance to see the revamped “Rocky Horror Show” at the Firehouse.

3. See a different era through the iconic photographs of Dorothea Lange.

4. Hear the Swedish electronica of Covenant at Fallout.

5. Sign up for a stand-up paddle boarding lesson.



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