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When the records come marching home, hurrah

Civil war aficionados here in Virginia have been angry at the state of Minnesota for years, because officials at the Minnesota Historical Society have refused to return a Virginia battle flag that was taken at the Battle of Gettysburg. This ...

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Waste not

Here’s the scoop on the poop. The dog poop case in Fairfax, that is. In Fairfax yesterday, a woman charged with violating a county pooper-scooper ordinance was found not guilty by a jury after a day-long trial. Why did this ...

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Waste not

Here’s the scoop on the poop. The dog poop case in Fairfax, that is. In Fairfax yesterday, a woman charged with violating a county pooper-scooper ordinance was found not guilty by a jury after a day-long trial. Why did this ...

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That was then, this is now

You might read this item, recall your own misspent undergraduate days and be glad you applied to law school in the pre-Facebook era. A whole lot of law school admissions officials have been going online to review their applicants’ digital ...

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All the news that’s fit to tweet

Random tweets from Twitter, collected during the past week: Notes on domestic relations, from @qwertying: I just read last year 4,153,237 ppl got married. I don’t want to start any trouble, but shouldn’t that be an even number? Deep thoughts, ...

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Editorial: A teaching moment at CNU (access required)

The faculty and administrators at Christopher Newport University have an opportunity that educators live for: They have a true teaching moment. They can instruct their students on the value of free speech. They can underscore the importance of freedom of ...

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Take this job and …

If you think the idea being a lawyer sounded better before you went to law school, took the bar exam and started practice, you are not alone. “Attorney” made the list of the “Most Overrated Jobs of 2011,” just released ...

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What would Arnie Becker do?

Corbin Bernsen, the actor best known as high-rent divorce lawyer Arnold Becker in the 1980s show “L.A. Law,” has filed a $600,000 lawsuit in Norfolk federal court. Bernsen claims that in 2009 he signed a $1 million deal with a ...

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Do your (jury) duty

Practically every high school civics class covers the court system and jury duty. It’s one of those important civic responsibilities. If you get a jury duty notice, you go and serve. Not always. About 40 people in Franklin and Southampton ...

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The make-up man

In honor of National Newspaper Week, I want to share a story from the backrooms of the newspaper business. There are reporters with byline fever. There are editors who crusade. There are photographers who freeze moments of history. And then ...

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