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Obituaries (access required)

William E. Fears ONANCOCK—William E. Fears, a retired attorney who represented the Eastern Shore in the Virginia Senate for 24 years, died Aug. 25. He was 87. A native of Jonesboro, Ark., Mr. Fears received a degree in metallurgical engineering ...

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Ex-candidate pleads to two misdemeanors in deal (access required)

LEESBURG—A former state Senate candidate has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges as part of a plea bargain in which the most serious charges of election fraud were dismissed. Mark D. Tate, 43, agreed to pay a $1,000 fine and ...

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Stafford minister gets five years for molesting boy (access required)

STAFFORD—A clergyman who was the spiritual leader of a Stafford church for more than 40 years has been sentenced to five years in prison for molesting a teenage boy in the 1980s. The Rev. George O. Lowe was sentenced Tuesday ...

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Judge sets third trial for man accused in 1980 slaying (access required)

A Hanover County judge has set the third trial in the case of a 6-year-old boy slain in 1980 in suburban Richmond. Last week, the judge denied motions from attorneys representing John Bradley Crawford and set a Dec. 1 trial ...

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Shipyard’s bargaining pact expires at end of October (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—With about a month and a half left on their current contract, some 8,000 shipbuilders at the Newport News shipyard are looking for a new contract. United Steelworkers Local 8888 said it began contract negotiations last week with the ...

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Plan to moor barges on the James sparks outcry (access required)

CHARLES CITY—In Charles City County, historic plantations, recreational boating and a wildlife refuge coexist along the James River as it meanders past Hopewell. Now a company is asking to moor barges near the plantations and the refuge, sparking widespread opposition ...

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Government releases man held for five years (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—Former professor Sami Al-Arian, who was once charged by the U.S. government with being a top Palestinian terrorist, has been released from custody for the first time in more than five years. Immigration authorities released Al-Arian to the custody of ...

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Kaine to agency heads: Get ready to slash (access required)

The Kaine administration ordered heads of state agencies last week to prepare contingencies for slashing their budgets by as much as 15 percent. The order from Gov. Timothy M. Kaine’s office went to directors of state departments as government copes ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Aug. 20, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Tenth District Committee, Section II, imposed a public admonition with terms on Bristol lawyer Robert B. Dickert for violating professional rules that govern diligence, communication, and safekeeping property. According to the VSB, ...

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Tort – Defamation – Political Campaign Literature (access required)

In this defamation action by a candidate for the Virginia Senate in 2003 against his opponent, the incumbent, based on statements in campaign literature, a Richmond Circuit Court sustains defendant’s demurrer to the claims based on failure to pay debt ...

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