The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+1 According to law, officials must allow at least $1 million in locally produced public art to be displayed in the city’s proposed new $116 million jail. Sheriff C.T. Woody is already working it, thanks. Stay tuned for details on the forthcoming “First Fridays Perp Walk.”

+2 Former New York Philharmonic conductor Lorin Maazel receives a key from Mayor Dwight Jones at a CenterStage performance with the Castleton Festival Orchestra. Maestro Maazel soon realizes that it is a key to the new city jail when he inadvertently makes “dancinglike gestures” as he conducts.

-2 Times-Dispatch columnist Jeff Schapiro chides Congressman Eric Cantor in print for being “an insipid pill” during the debt-ceiling crisis, and then tells PBS’ “Need to Know” that people should give Cantor “a break.” Tweedledum or Tweedledee — which one wore the bow tie?

-3 Richmond temperatures skyrocket as the nation roasts in a record-setting summer heat wave. How hot is it out there? We just saw a cop chasing a criminal and they were both walking. How hot? Satan called and he wants his weather back. You say it’s hot? We just saw two fire hydrants fighting over a dog. We’ll be here all week.

0 At press time, City Council was scheduled to pass a new noise ordinance after the old one was declared vague and unconstitutional. Critics say the new version is even more confusing and allows unregulated noise in business districts. To which we say: Party at the FFV cookie factory, y’all!!

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