The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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-2 A Rudolph balloon navigated by volunteers at the Dominion Christmas Parade ruptures on a traffic light pole, causing the giant reindeer to collapse at Broad and North Meadow streets. On the upside, the pile of deflated polyurethane was recycled into gummy red and green things by a local fruitcake bakery. (See video below!)

+7 The holiday season brightens up downtown during the annual Grand Illumination, sparking lights on office buildings, James Center reindeer and the State Capitol Christmas tree. Now if we could just stop people from lighting those damn Yankee Candles.

+3 Drivers on Interstate 95 between Ashland and Spotsylvania County now may cruise legally at 70 mph, thanks to the state's new speed limit there. Not that anyone's trying to leave Ashland faster, no sir.

+2 The T-D reports that VCU President Michael Rao no longer will require office employees to sign confidentiality agreements. Meaning any day now the public will discover his penchant for rocking out to Bob Seger in his tighty whities.

+1 The Virginia Educational Media Association honors Byrd Middle School as having the school library of the year for 2010. A hushed celebration is planned.

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