The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+1Ground is broken on the $1 billion West Broad Village, a sort of self-contained miniature town set to rise in Short Pump. Inhabitants of Short Pump Town Center gather their Gucci spears and Macy's clubs and prepare a raid on the encroaching village.

+2Fred Clark's irreverent self-written obituary, published in the Times-Dispatch, triggers an outpouring of condolences and toasts from people across the globe. You can't go out much better than that.

0Out of work since leaving the Virginia Performing Arts Foundation, Brad Armstrong takes a job as VP of sales and marketing with RetailData, a Richmond-based retail analysis company. He always did have a command of the numbers.

+1The Kings Dominion roller coaster Volcano, which truly scared riders when it broke down last month, is cleared to reopen by safety inspectors. But they still can't get those vomit stains off the safety bar.

-1Just when you thought news had died down at Maymont, the T-D reports on a rabid groundhog found by park staff. We smell a naming contest! How about "Foamy" or "Nibbles" or "Snarly McBiteington?" Send your ideas to for judging by our third-grade panel. S

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