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‘Spiritual counselor’ means business, court says

A self-described “spiritual counselor” has lost her federal-court bid to avoid regulation as a business by Chesterfield County. Patricia Moore-King uses the trade name “Psychic Sophie,” and offers Tarot card readings and psychic and clairvoyant readings, in person, live online, ...

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The make-up man

In honor of National Newspaper Week, I want to share a story from the backrooms of the newspaper business. There are reporters with byline fever. There are editors who crusade. There are photographers who freeze moments of history. And then ...

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Immunity for Fellow, Not for Nurse (access required)

Medical interns and residents do not automatically have sovereign immunity from med-mal claims, but in this suit alleging a pediatric cardiology patient died from improper medication, a board-certified pediatrician, who took the infant’s medical history and who was six weeks ...

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It’s actually a good time to buy commercial property (access required)

“Act now before it is too late” is a recognized marketing tactic used by sellers of consumer and business goods as a way to create a sense of urgency in the minds of potential buyers. This fear of the negative ...

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Polsby stays out of speech debate

Resisting calls to bar an anti-Muslim speaker on campus at George Mason University’s law school, Dean Daniel Polsby scored points with free speech advocates with his published comments last week. His statement concluded thus: The law school will not exercise ...

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Court Clarifies Criminal ‘Discovery’ Rules (access required)

In a criminal case with a 17-defendant, two-count indictment charging conspiracy to distribute a controlled substance, the Alexandria U.S. District Court denies four defendants’ motions asking the government to disclose its trial exhibit and witness list to each defendant. The ...

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Justice Breyer to speak at UR law school ceremony

(AP) U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the guest speaker this afternoon when the University of Richmond law school dedicates its moot courtroom in memory of the late U.S. District Judge Robert Merhige Jr. Breyer is expected to ...

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Substitute judge accused of pot farming

Shenandoah County lawyer and substitute judge James H. Allamong Jr. has been arrested after authorities found marijuana plants growing on his property. The plants were discovered while firefighters were responding to a nearby shed fire, according to the Northern Virginia ...

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