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Benzinger to seek top VSB position (access required)

The Virginia State Bar apparently will have a contested election for president-elect for the first time in 11 years. Raymond B. Benzinger of Arlington said he plans to file a petition to run against Kevin E. Martingayle of Virginia Beach, ...

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4th Circuit provides new definition of piracy (access required)

It’s been nearly 200 years since an American court convicted anyone of piracy – that’s the seagoing, ship-raiding piracy, not the music-downloading kind. Last year, a Norfolk federal court convicted a group of Somali nationals of piracy, and on May ...

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Making it as a mediator: Tips from those in the know (access required)

Litigators weary of the wear and tear on their professional lives often want to know how to make the transition to becoming a mediator. Some lawyers may see mediation as being more congruent with their personalities. Others simply may want ...

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McDonald’s restaurant forced to close after taking of land – $614,534 Settlement (access required)

In 2003, the transportation commissioner filed certificates of take for nine parcels held by the landowners, Hiden Associates and Hussey Associates, as part of the Warwick Boulevard widening project in Newport News. McDonald’s intervened as a tenant as to one ...

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Bankruptcy case reveals mansion is deteriorating (access required)

NORFOLK — The historic Carter’s Grove mansion near Williamsburg is in serious disrepair. A grim picture of the 257-year-old landmark has emerged in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Norfolk. A judge heard some of the details earlier this month and may ...

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New York Jets’ Ellis pleads guilty to assault (access required)

HAMPTON — New York Jets defensive lineman Kenrick Ellis has pleaded guilty to assault and battery stemming from a 2010 fight while attending college in Virginia. In a brief hearing in Hampton May 21, Ellis entered an Alford plea, meaning ...

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Tech kicker pleads guilty, future is up to school’s AD (access required)

BLACKSBURG — Suspended Virginia Tech placekicker Cody Journell’s future with the Hokies is in the hands of athletic director Jim Weaver. Journell pleaded guilty to misdemeanor trespassing charges May 21 in Montgomery County General District Court. He was sentenced to ...

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Court rejects dog day care appeal in mural dispute (access required)

The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled that Arlington County did not violate a business owner’s free-speech rights by requiring her to cover up a 960-square-foot mural. Kim Houghton owns a dog day care center called Wag More ...

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Pace to receive award from Hampden-Sydney (access required)

Roanoke lawyer G. Michael Pace Jr. has been selected to receive the Patrick Henry Award, given by the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest at Hampden-Sydney College. Pace, a 1979 graduate of Hampden-Sydney, is being recognized for his ...

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