The Score

A weekly rating of the city zeitgeist.


+6 Downtown goes into a Christmas-light frenzy after a countdown ceremony that flips the switch on the Grand Illumination. But if you really wanna see people go bananas, show them a picture of Daniel Day-Lewis eating a steak at Arcadia.

+7 In a nod to his balloon self-snagging on a pole and deflating last year, Rudolph floats by with a Band-Aid in the Dominion Christmas Parade. And his nose was still red with embarrassment.

+3 Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling gets riled up after learning Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli will run for governor after all, setting up the two Republicans for a primary fight. Or at least a clean, family friendly, backstabbing battle to the death.

-6 Officials with the State Fair of Virginia announce that they must file for bankruptcy protection. Then they take their filing, ram a stick through it, batter it, deep-fry it, sprinkle on some powdered sugar and hope their creditors fall into diabetic comas.

+2 Cross-town basketball rivals University of Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University — which both made inroads at the NCAA championships — prepare for their big match-up on Friday. R-I-O-T, that’s the way we spell PARTY!

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