The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


-6Where's everyone going? Wachovia Securities is merging with A.G. Edwards & Sons and moving its headquarters to St. Louis, and Circuit City is making more layoffs — at least 200 people here. Time to give out those free toasters to new corporations again.

+1We learn the winner of the $44 million Mega Millions jackpot bought the ticket at a gas station across from Short Pump Town Center. So at least someone will be able to afford to shop there — $21.95 for a cupcake carrier?! Shame on you, Crate & Barrel!

0Former Sen. George Allen forms a new political action committee to help Republican candidates who support "common sense Jeffersonian conservative principles." It's the PACaca — he just made that up.

+2Ironically, some critics note, organizers of the $65 million Richmond CenterStage groundbreaking party use the nonprofit, grassroots-driven success of First Fridays to seem, well, successful. Why concoct good ideas when you can just encroach on them?

-2Speaking of the new arts center board of directors, its 15 new members are key leaders in the tobacco, chemical and financial industries — with one director from the arts field. He'll be sculpting the center's statue: a petroleum tumor sprouting money. S

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