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Beach City Council enacts a new noise ordinance (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH—The City Council responded last week to the invalidation of its noise ordinance by enacting a much more detailed ordinance. The Supreme Court of Virginia ruled unanimously last month that the old ordinance was unconstitutionally vague. It did not ...

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Brileys’ accomplice is up for parole (access required)

The men who prosecuted the notorious Briley brothers for a murder rampage in Richmond in 1979 acknowledge that they made a deal with the devil. The devil in this case was the Brileys’ 16-year-old neighbor and accomplice Duncan Eric Meekins. ...

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FBI investigating hacking, ransom of state records (access required)

The FBI is investigating a report that hackers have accessed millions of patient and prescription records in Virginia. The hackers reportedly are seeking a $10 million ransom for return of the records. The alleged security breach was reported on WikiLeaks, ...

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‘Red Flags Rule’ for identity theft delayed again (access required)

The so-called “Red Flags Rule” that would require law offices and other “creditors” to work up plans to prevent identity theft is again being delayed. The Federal Trade Commission, at the behest of the American Bar Association, has delayed enforcement ...

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Hager tapped to head leadership institute (access required)

CHARLOTTESVILLE—Former Lt. Gov. John H. Hager has been elected chairman of the Sorensen Institute for Political Leadership at the University of Virginia. The 16-year-old institute was founded to identify and train emerging political and community leaders in Virginia. To date, ...

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Judge dismisses charges in secret-disclosure case (access required)

ALEXANDRIA—As expected, a federal judge has formally dismissed all charges against two former officials from a pro-Israel lobbying group who had been accused of disclosing U.S. defense secrets. Judge T.S. Ellis III dismissed the charges last week against Steven Rosen ...

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Newport News rejects FOIA request over rape settlement (access required)

NEWPORT NEWS—The city of Newport News has refused a newspaper’s request to release the settlement terms of a lawsuit stemming from the rapes of two boys at the city’s juvenile detention center. The Daily Press reported last week that its ...

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Carters to be given award by JMU peace center (access required)

HARRISONBURG—Former President Jimmy Carter and former first lady Rosalynn Carter are the winners of a peace award given by James Madison University. The university says the Carters plan to accept the Mahatma Gandhi Global Nonviolence Award in person at a ...

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Actor Robert Duvall leads effort against Wal-Mart construction (access required)

LOCUST GROVE—Actor Robert Duvall, who is a descendant of Robert E. Lee and portrayed the Confederate general in the movie “Gods and Generals,’’ has some credentials when it comes to the Civil War. Duvall, 78, drew upon those connections last ...

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Albemarle cites orchard owner for dump, looks into more (access required)

BATESVILLE – Albemarle County officials say an illegal dump where trash is piled up to 8 feet high is located on a Batesville orchard owner’s property, and they want him to clean it up. County spokeswoman Lee Catlin said April ...

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