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Fairfax cops earn dubious distinction

The Fairfax County Police Department has earned a dubious honor: the department was a runner-up for the “Black Hole Award,” a distinction started this year by the Society of Professional Journalists for the “most heinous violations of the public’s right ...

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‘Battle over Immigration’ is topic of UR program

‘“The Battle over Immigration” is the topic of the Annual Emanuel Emroch Lecture at the University of Richmond law school next week. The lecture, presented as a panel discussion by the Richmond Journal of Global Law and Business, will cover ...

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A welcome development

Today is National FOI Day. March 16 is James Madison’s birthday, and that’s the reason this date was chosen, in a nod to the Father of the Constitution, as the day to observe the importance of freedom of information. The ...

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Walking on Sunshine

This week (March 13-19) is Sunshine Week, an initiative to promote open government and freedom of information. March 16, this Wednesday, is National FOI Day – and that day was chosen because it is James Madison’s birthday. The week is ...

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Headline of the day

No matter what your view on the controversy surrounding federal funding of National Public Radio, you’ve got to tip your hat to the headline-writers at the Wall Street Journal. The latest news in the continuing story — NPR President and ...

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Who’s got the power?

Mediators will tell you one of the key questions to ask before a mediation session is, “Who’s going to be there?” It’s vitally important to have someone at the session who has the authority to settle the case, if the ...

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A Dog Law trifecta

Maybe we need to update last August’s feature on “Dog Law: A Legal Salute to Man’s Best Friend.” That piece examined what happens when Bowser shows up in case law, statutes and lawsuits. This past week, we hit a Dog ...

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