The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


-1 A Chesterfield man is sentenced to six months in jail for starting an Internet prostitution ring, Dream Dates for You, because he said he wanted to make friends. Sure, maybe it's illegal, but listen … I think there's some real money to be made in this whole Internet thing.

0 Franco's Fine Clothier, long a bastion of sartorial delights on the North Side, has announced it will discontinue sales of women's clothing, but will expand its big and tall men's offerings. Franco's response to the now-official recession is to start selling for biomass.

+2 Mayor-elect Dwight Jones has opted for a slimmer security detail than his predecessor, Doug Wilder, though he hasn't decided just how much safety he's planning on sacrificing. But he's definitely keeping the Harajuku Girls.

-4 The Times-Dispatch reports on the death of Big Mama, a 123-foot, nearly 2000-year-old bald cypress discovered in a swamp southeast of Virginia, but if no one was around to hear it fall, how do they know it's really dead?

+7 At every single one of the 51 Wal-Mart stores in Virginia on Black Friday, no one was trampled.


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