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How hot is it this week?

Last week’s triple-digit heat finally broke about Monday. It says something when you get excited that the day’s high is only 95. The seasonal hot temps will be pushed out by more 100-plus weather tomorrow. You may have seen this ...

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How hot is it this week?

Last week’s triple-digit heat finally broke about Monday. It says something when you get excited that the day’s high is only 95. The seasonal hot temps will be pushed out by more 100-plus weather tomorrow. You may have seen this ...

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The New Golf? (access required)

Take me out to the ball game. That’s not only the anthem for a seventh-inning stretch, that’s the conclusion from the latest Virginia Lawyers Weekly Web poll. Last month, we asked, “What is the new golf?” In other words, what ...

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Just how hot is it?

Triple digits. A heat index around 115. High ozone levels. Humidity somewhere north of 90 percent. It’s brutal out there. You step outside on the deck at quarter to 10 (like I did last night) and it’s 90.4 degrees. Or, ...

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Headline of the Day

The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors voted this week to demolish the Goose Creek Bridge, erected in 1932. The board voted 8-1 to tear down the metal span after determining it lacked enough historical value to preserve. Vehicular traffic over ...

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25 top verdicts from the past 25 years (access required)

The largest jury verdict in Virginia in the past 25 years was handed down just this past April – a Vietnam veteran claiming he suffered brain damage after a Botox injection won $212 million from a federal jury in Richmond. ...

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The Judge Has No Robe

  As potential crimes go, what’s one step dumber than driving off in a police car? Stealing a judge’s robe. This past week, a Philadelphia municipal judge, Joseph C. Waters Jr., took a break from the bench to go to ...

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Tell us who made news in the past 25 years

Virginia Lawyers Weekly is compiling the list of the 25 “Top Newsmakers” of the past 25 years. It’s part of our 25th Anniversary celebration – we’re putting together the names that made the news from 1986 to today. And we’d ...

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Petro Poop? Creativity from the bench

Trend Alert: Judges increasingly are resorting to humor, pop culture references and rhymes in their opinions. The Wall Street Journal reports this morning that judges across the country are more frequently using these devices to spice up otherwise drab legal ...

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