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Justice Leroy Hassell dies (access required)

Virginia Supreme Court Justice Leroy Rountree Hassell Sr. died Feb. 8 after a long illness. He was 55. He was the first African-American to lead the court when he was elected chief in 2002; it was the first time the ...

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Practice tip: How to write like the big dogs

Ted Olson and David Boies are probably most famous for squaring off against each other in Bush v. Gore, the U.S. Supreme Court case that decided the 2000 election. Last year, they were on the same team in a lawsuit ...

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Wasted days

What is the worst city in America for commuters? Where do people sit in traffic the longest? If you’re from Northern Virginia, you already know the answer, based on sad, sad experience. According to the latest Urban Mobility Report, compiled ...

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…does whatever a Spider can

A new year, a new college mascot search in the commonwealth, it seems. Last spring, the College of William & Mary undertook a mascot search that gave Tribe fans “the Griffin.” Now the University of Richmond is planning to replace ...

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Read all about it

At this newspaper, we’re always looking for more information to present to you, and for better ways to present it. The opinion digests that we publish each week give you a heads-up on the latest cases decided by Virginia’s state ...

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Packer backer sacked

A guy in suburban Chicago was fired from his job yesterday…for wearing a Green Bay Packers tie to work. The Chicago Tribune reports that John Stone (right), a car salesman in Oak Lawn, Ill., showed up to work Monday wearing ...

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Jolly good Fellows (Class of 2011)

The Virginia Law Foundation held its annual induction dinner in Williamsburg last night. Induction as a Fellow is a special honor conferred by the VLF Board on selected Virginia attorneys, law professors, and retired members of the judiciary who are ...

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First prenups…now background checks?

The question was pretty stark and pretty direct, but there it was on the Daily Press website: Was Your Wife a Criminal? Gee, I didn’t run a background check before we got married. The provocative query sounds like the title ...

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Calling all angels

The 2011 General Assembly, which convenes Wednesday, will be seeking to elect a new justice to take the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Lawrence Koontz. Eight statewide bars have handed down endorsements, with the results a veritable crazy quilt ...

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