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Child molester seeks clemency based on victim’s recantation (access required)

ROANOKE—A convicted child molester whose accuser has recanted her testimony is asking Governor Tim Kaine for clemency. Aleck Carpitcher filed a clemency petition Tuesday. In 1999, a Roanoke County jury convicted Carpitcher of five sex crimes after his girlfriend’s 11-year-old ...

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Va. senators ask for temporary waiver of ethanol mandate (access required)

Virginia’s two U.S. senators are asking the government to ease off the federal ethanol mandate to help the state’s poultry, dairy and cattle industries. The farming community has complained that too much of the nation’s corn crop is being diverted ...

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Guatemalan sentenced for transporting illegal aliens (access required)

ROANOKE—A Guatemalan native who admitted transporting illegal immigrants up Interstate 81 has been sentenced to 21 months in federal prison. Pedro Antonio Mateo was sentenced last week in U.S. District Court in Roanoke. He pleaded guilty in May. In April, ...

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Federal inmate charged in alleged Holocaust scam (access required)

The government says an inmate at the Federal Correctional Institute in Petersburg has been charged with running an elaborate scheme to cash in bank accounts intended for the families of Holocaust victims. The accused, 49-year-old John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., was ...

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Law Foundation receives largest bequest ever (access required)

The Virginia Law Foundation this month received its largest bequest ever: a $25,000 gift from the estate of attorney Ken McFarlane Smith. Mr. Smith, a longtime Arlington lawyer, was a member of the Fellows Class of 1998 and served on ...

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UR, Criminal Justice Services launch victim assistance academy (access required)

The University of Richmond and the state’s Department of Criminal Justice Services is conducting Virginia’s first victim assistance academy this week. The academy will train service providers and advocates to more effectively help crime victims regain control of their lives. ...

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Civil rights champions are honored on Capitol grounds (access required)

Half a century after black schoolchildren and civil rights champions struggled to desegregate Virginia’s schools, statues honoring them desegregated the state Capitol grounds. Thousands of people crowded Capitol Square in 95-degree heat last week for the dedication of the civil ...

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VCU administrators quit after degree investigation (access required)

Several Virginia Commonwealth University administrators are stepping down following an investigation into the improper awarding of a bachelor’s degree to Richmond’s former police chief. University officials aren’t linking the resignations to the investigation. Robert Holsworth is resigning as interim dean ...

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Richmond hospitals to ban use of tobacco products (access required)

Starting in November, the use of all tobacco products will be banned on CJW Medical Center’s campuses in Richmond. The ban applies both to inside buildings and outside on campus grounds. CJW’s Johnston-Willis and Chippenham campuses have banned smoking inside ...

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