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The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.

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+8 Thousands of Richmonders eat the weekend away at big food events, including Beer, Bourbon & BBQ, the Greek Festival, Broad Appétit and the Stone Soul Music and Food Festival. Hey tubby, you still have some barbecue sauce under your fingernails.

+4 The Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond gets attention by raising a gay pride flag at the request of an employee group to illustrate its commitment to diversity, inclusion and openness. The only thing not open about the Fed is what exactly it does in there.

-3 ... Meanwhile, the flag-flying stirs controversy and raises hackles from some groups who consider it a misguided effort in political correctness. And some people just hate rainbows.

+1 House Majority Leader Eric Cantor celebrates his birthday with a big party at the Science Museum of Virginia. He posed for photos, kept trying to Pin the Tail on the Donkey and offered the biggest slice of cake to the Pentagon.

-5 On the South Side, Liberty Valance, an eclectic, western-themed neighborhood joint closes its doors after 35 years. And in the distance you can see a chain-smoking, karaoke-singing, boot-wearing, tipsy cowboy riding off into the sunset.

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