the score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+7 In a rally celebrating the strong showings of the Rams and Spiders during the NCAA Tournament, the mayor gives "Pride of Richmond" awards to the men's basketball coaches and teams. The coaches vow to display the plaques in their mansions once construction is complete.

+1 In other mayoral news, Dwight Jones appoints Lee Downey as director of economic development — 20 months after the position became vacant. Hey, you can't just rush these things.

-2 The T-D reports on the arrests of two people connected with a Mechanicsville Turnpike convenience store on charges they allegedly violated a new state law banning the distribution of fake pot. They were tipped off by users who got the fake munchies.

+6 Despite the bad weather, an estimated 10,000 people turn out to the Richmond Raceway Complex for 102.1 the X's Chili Cook-Off. Yep, when it comes to beer-drinking and gas fumes, this event rivals NASCAR itself.

-8 Richmonders scramble to finish their tax returns by the April 18 deadline. The trip to the post office came with a drive past panhandlers and foreclosed homes on a gas tank filled halfway with a maxed-out credit card. But why worry? "Dancing with the Stars" would welcome them home, and maybe Kirstie Alley would fall again.

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