The Score

A weekly rating of city zeitgeist.


-5 The Carytown Merchants Association announces that it just can't afford to hold a New Year's Eve celebration this year, triggering a Facebook effort to save the free event and prompting calls for a rogue party. Dick Clark, it's in your ballpark now!

+3 But at least Halloween is kind to Carytown, with hoards of pretend undead invading the streets for the Richmond Zombie Walk. Luckily, human brains were on special at New York Deli.

0 The gubernatorial candidates hold their final debate before Election Day, as polls show McDonnell ahead and Obama's White House reportedly complaining about the Democratic campaign. On the upside, Deeds advisers get a head start filling out applications for holiday work at Short Pump Town Center.

+2 Former Mayor L. Douglas Wilder's spokesman, Linwood Norman, comes off the milk carton after nearly a year unseen. And as a spokesman for ZERO, the American Cancer Society's prostate cancer screening initiative, new associations with Norman's name continue to make reporters squirm uncomfortably.

+1 A manatee is sighted in the James River, while a truckload of live crabs spills onto Interstate 64, closing the highway. Guys, where were you when we were naming the baseball team?

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