+5 Best Nonscandal-Related News Coverage of a City Council Liaison: Times-Dispatch story on Yueh Hai “Eli” Wong, aide to Councilman Douglas G. Conner Jr., who is in no way, as far as we know, involved in the City Hall sexual-harassment scandal.
+4 Best Politician's Wife at a Wine Festival: First lady Maureen McDonnell, handing out the Governor's Cup at the Virginia Wine Expo in place of her absent husband. Also nominated: John Hager's wife, Maggie.
-2 Most Out-of-Proportion New Sports Mascot, Nut Division: Zinger the Acorn, which is roughly the size of Nutzy the Flying Squirrel's entire body.
-3 Most Disappointed Pupils: Anyone enrolled in a Richmond school that attempts to book an appearance by Nutzy the Flying Squirrel and gets Zinger the Acorn instead.
+1 Most Richmond Flying Squirrels Mascot References in a Single Publication: Four. Style Weekly, March 2 edition.