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Headline of the Day

The people who make online stories and online journalism their thing will tell you: Don’t write a clever headline for the web version of a story. Search engine optimization (the system that allows Google and other search programs to index ...

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‘Crisis’ in bankruptcy judgeships looms (access required)

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The Judicial Conference of the United States is asking Congress to create four new bankruptcy judgeships across the country and to make 14 temporary seats permanent. Failure to do so will result in a “debilitating workload crisis,” warns James C. ...

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Play ball!

It’s Opening Day next weekend for Major League Baseball, and after a sports offseason that saw the worst Super Bowl ending in NFL history and a whole bunch of busted brackets for the NCAA basketball tourney, it can’t come too ...

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Pants on fire

Yesterday in Miami, a criminal defense lawyer was starting his closing argument when his trousers began smoking, then burst into flames. He was defending an arson case. Stephen Gutierrez ran out of the courtroom, then returned to finish his argument, ...

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A late-night cookie fight (access required)

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The toughest competition on Virginia’s college campuses may not be the fight for grades and class rank. Or who has the best college basketball team. And forget the jostling for blue-chip pledges to fraternities and sororities. At Virginia Commonwealth University, ...

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24 New Fellows

WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Law Foundation inducted its Class of 2017 on Jan. 19, as 24 new Fellows joined the ranks of nearly 500 current members of the foundation. Lucia Anna “Pia” Trigiani, the new VLF president, and Judge Manuel ...

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Pretty squirrelly

Guy named Daniel Felice was doing some work in Chesapeake last summer when, he says, a squirrel bit and scratched him. The squirrel ran off into a house in the Great Bridge area owned by a couple named Paul and ...

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