The Score


+6 Estimates put the Carytown Watermelon Festival at 100,000. That's not the crowd — that's degrees Fahrenheit. 

-4 The Goochland Gazette reports that after 23 years, the Commonwealth Cup polo match — a major fundraiser for the Goochland Free Clinic and Family Services — is leaving for Northern Virginia. Backup plan: Two teams astride on feisty cows with Italian music playing. 

-3 CenterStage ends a book deal with retired Times-Dispatch arts writer and critic Roy Proctor after reaching an impasse about how to tell the tale of the downtown arts development — but not before the writer gets 85 percent of his original fee, the T-D reports. Proctor is now in negotiations to sell the film rights to his story. 

+1 The Virginia governor's race gets national attention when President Obama rallies a crowd of supporters in McClean for Democratic candidate Creigh Deeds. Between the two of them, average words per minute clock in at 3.7. 

+2 The state's tax department announces a new service in which Virginians can hold live, online chats with tax officials. For an extra source of revenue, officials will strip down and simulate how they can “audit your books.”

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