The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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+6 Cupid's arrow takes flight across Richmond, with amorous outpourings floating through the air like rainbow-colored hearts atop cotton-candy clouds. It's Valentine's Day for us, or just another workday at City Hall. 

-3 The Fredericksburg Free Lance-Star reports that donors of artifacts to Gov. Doug Wilder's failed U.S. National Slavery Museum can't get Wilder to return messages about the items they donated. Hint on getting through: Tell his secretary you're booking guests on MSNBC. 

0 Residents who live around City Stadium, left vacant by the University of Richmond, worry that a high-end shopping center will take its place. Yawn. If only someone would believe in our proposal to go retro with a gladiator arena. A little mauling and goring could wake this city up. 

-4 The T-D reports that Virginia bats are dying from a fungus that's causing a disease called white-nose syndrome. This, plus they have to live in caves? Being a bat ain't easy. 

+8 Justin Bieber's new movie, “Never Say Never 3D,” opens in Richmond theaters. It's the story of a young boy with immense talent who overcomes obstacles, believes in a dream and earns millions of passionate fans. You know, a pre-creepy Michael Jackson. 

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