+1 State senators and delegates start trickling into town, revving up for the start of the General Assembly session. Or as Steinbeck might call it, the season when Republican Grapes of Wrath become the Winter of Our Discontent.
-2 After losing his campaign to become Henrico commonwealth's attorney, Bill Janis gets appointed by Gov. Bob McDonnell to be deputy commissioner in the Department of Veterans Services, which pays a $100,000 salary. Well, McDonnell said he wanted to be the jobs governor. You just need good connections.
0 The T-D reports on stats from the state police showing that gun sales in Virginia hit a record high in 2011, reaching a peak in December. Who needs a white Christmas when you can get a nice dusting of gunpowder?
+5 Wine Enthusiast Magazine puts Virginia on its 2012 list of the "10 Best Wine Travel Destinations." In related news, Box Wine Connoisseur names "That Rock Next to Belle Isle, You Know the One," to its list of Premium Spout-Chugging Hideaways.
-3 A man driving a '94 Olds is arrested after allegedly leading police on a high-speed car chase that reaches speeds of 100 mph — from Powhite Parkway into the Museum District and west on Broad Street. But in his defense, Krispy Kreme's "Hot Donuts" sign was on.