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Bay Foundation finds link between pollution, crab decline (access required)

ANNAPOLIS, Md.—A report from the Chesapeake Bay Foundation confirms the link between pollution and the decline of the bay’s blue crab population. According to the report, algal blooms caused by nitrogen and phosphorous pollution have damaged underwater grass beds that ...

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Muslim group sues Henrico over mosque construction (access required)

A Muslim group is suing the Henrico County Board of Supervisors for refusing to rezone 3.6 acres to allow construction of a mosque. The lawsuit in Henrico Circuit Court alleges the board’s action was “arbitrary, capricious and unreasonable.” The group’s ...

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Obituaries (access required)

N. Prentis Smiley Jr. N. Prentis Smiley Jr., the recently retired circuit judge for York-Poquoson, died Christmas Day after a lengthy battle with cancer. He was 70. A native of Bristol, Judge Smiley graduated from Lynchburg College and the College ...

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VSB Disciplinary Actions (access required)

On Nov. 21, 2008, the Virginia State Bar Disciplinary Board revoked the law license of Brian M. Miller of Fairfax. According to the VSB, Miller admitted that in four cases he had violated professional rules that govern diligence, communication, safekeeping ...

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Kaine to head national Democratic party

Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has been named to chair the Democratic National Committee, a job he will hold on a part time basis until he completes his term as governor in 2010.  The position puts Kaine in the national ...

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Virginia Court of Appeals decides domestic relations cases

The Virginia Court of Appeals issued two published domestic relations opinions Tuesday, one involving attorneys’ fees and the other analyzing the classification of a personal injury recovery as separate or marital property. The trial judge awarded attorneys’ fees to the ...

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U.S. Chief Justice asks for judicial pay raises

Another year-end report on the federal judiciary from U.S. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., another request for more money for judges. Roberts notes that Congress came close last year to restoring cost-of-living salary adjustments that judges have not received ...

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Tort – Defamation – University Internet Use (access required)

A Richmond Circuit Court rejects plaintiff’s claim of defamation, based on the truth of the asserted statement “referring to plaintiff’s use of VCU internet and its server as violative of VCU Computer and Network Resources Use Policy,” which is a ...

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