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-2 Richmond battens down the hatches to experience the first ice storm of the season, two weeks before the arrival of winter. And by ice storm, we mean it was our excuse to avoid people, dust off the slow cooker and lie on the sofa for hours.

+5 Downtown turns up the wattage for the Grand Illumination, with thousands of lights, revelers and reindeer at the James Center. Fun fact: The event's crude origins in the 18th century led to a disastrous investment bubble in the Shockoe candle industry.

+7 In another holiday tradition, balloons, floats, marchers and tens of thousands of spectators join in the 30th annual Dominion Christmas parade. Add one guy in his underwear and you have the stuff of our junior-high nightmares.

-3 Hardywood Park Craft Brewery shares the dismal news that a clamp failure on a fermenter led to the loss of 50 barrels of Bourbon Gingerbread Stout. Or at least, that's how Doug the overnight brewer explained it.

+1 The committee running Gov.-elect Terry McAuliffe's inaugural events launches an online guide at Inauguration2014.com. Big donors who want to spend the night in the Jefferson Bedroom are urged to act now!

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