The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+1To raise money for his United States National Slavery Museum in Fredericksburg, Mayor L. Douglas Wilder holds a Washington, D.C., gala — with such glitzy guests as his pal Bill Cosby. Auctioning just one of Cosby's ugly sweaters could build an entire wing.

-1Police truck away hundreds of boxes of fake brand-name sports clothes and shoes from what they say is a counterfeit operation in Chesterfield County, the Times-Dispatch reports. So that's why our new shoes say "Pimberland."

+1 Richmond seventh-grader Lizzie Barnett is knocked out at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but is praised on Media General's "Bee Blog" for being one of the contest's most laid-back, bubbly contestants. But will she use her powers to unite cool kids and nerds?

-2The Virginia Department of Health says it will continue to monitor bacteria levels at Virginia Beach after it had to issue two no-swim advisories before Memorial Day weekend even started. They recommend slathering on sunscreen with Lysol.

-2Mayor L. Douglas Wilder taps Linwood Norman Jr. as his new press secretary. Norman did not return a call seeking comment.

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