The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+3Richmonders celebrate the Fourth of July with the usual — fireworks, hot dogs and music (+6). Oh, and jumping into the river to flee baseball-bat-wielding robbers (-3).

-3Succumbing to pressure, Ed Barber — now on the sex offender registry after pleading guilty to sexual battery against his teenage stepdaughter — resigns from the Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors. This is no way to get reelected.

+3The Times-Dispatch reports that the state's once-dwindling bald eagle population set a modern record in the spring, seeing the birth of 705 chicks. It would've been 707, but The Score staff was hungry for an omelet.

+1In other eco-news, GRTC announces that its buses have started using a bio-diesel fuel made from soybeans. Not to be outdone, city taxicabs will be running on maki rolls.

-2And finally, please welcome the season's first sign of West Nile virus, which the Virginia Department of Health has discovered after testing Fairfax County mosquitoes. The Society for the Advancement of Malaria issues a jealous press release.

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