The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+3During his visit to the Science Museum to help Sen. George Allen raise money, President Bush causes a local stir, sparks a virulent protest on Broad Street and buys a pumpkin. He declares them "Freedom Gourds."

+1Former President Bill Clinton, once criticized by Jim Webb, headlines a Northern Virginia fundraiser to help Webb raise money for his Senate campaign. Insiders say the appearance was just a way for Clinton to get close to the shrimp cocktail.

-2Authorities are worried that thousands of felons' DNA samples are not in the state's database as they should be, the Times-Dispatch reports. This is a huge setback for the felon cloning program.

+3The Richmond Symphony names another woman to a leadership role, as Erin Freeman is tapped to replace Sarah Hatsuko Hicks in 2007 as associate conductor. And yes, you guessed it, Hicks is passing the baton.

+2As if the 400th anniversary of Jamestown next year weren't excitement enough, celebrations are held over the weekend to commemorate the 225th anniversary of the Battle of Yorktown surrender. Back then even the British were "freedom haters"

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