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2012 a retrospective (access required)

If you wanted to pick a theme song for 2012, “The Waiting” by Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers might be at the top of the list. It seems like every time you turned around this year, we all found ourselves ...

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The top news you found in your morning email (access required)

Our Daily Alert email service provides links to the news we report on our website and in our three blogs, as well as items from other news operations throughout Virginia. You clicked on the stories and we listened. Here are ...

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Death by document?

A Missouri lawyer is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of her father. She allegedly used an unusual weapon: a forged document. The Kansas City Star reports that Susan Van Note is accused of attacking her father and his ...

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Forms over substance: Agency can’t retract payments by claiming paperwork errors (access required)

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has been rebuffed in two different cases in its efforts to get back money it paid for services rendered through Medicaid. In cases from Fairfax and Norfolk, DMAS sought to retract payments of ...

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Errors of biblical proportions

A big six-foot monument to the Ten Commandments was placed on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol on Thursday, three years after it was authorized by the state legislature. Two problems with that. Three if you’re the Oklahoma ACLU, ...

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And the word of the year is…

The word of the year for 2012, according to Oxford University Press, is “GIF.” Go figure. A 20-some-year-old word from technology, it stands for “graphics interchange format,” and most designers will tell you that GIF pictures have long since been ...

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Headline of the Day

In honor of Election Day yesterday: “It won’t mean a thing if they don’t win that swing” In which newspaper did this one appear? Actually, none — it was the winning entry in a headline-writing contest run by the Newseum, ...

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Driving a Desaccord

Who knew that appellate law would be one of the fastest-developing areas of practice across the country this fall? In August, a judge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion “dubitante.” Translation: He was dubious. He ...

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