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Lawyers, guns and…coffee

Couple of notes from our gun laws desk, involving weapons both concealed and unconcealed: Proponents of gun rights have a reason to cheer today. The House of Delegates on Tuesday overwhelmingly (72-27) passed a bill to allow concealed handguns in ...

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New York is (Fake) Marlboro Country?

Philip Morris USA, the tobacco giant owned by Richmond-based Altria Group Inc., is on the warpath against counterfeiters, according to the Associated Press. Marlboro cigarette counterfeiters, that is. Kind of gives a whole new meaning to the old phrase, “Smokin’ ...

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Drunk bus drivers are on notice

Notes from the General Assembly… And here’s one that makes you think, surely this would already be covered by some other law in the Virginia Code. Yesterday the Senate passed House Bill 1353, which provides that anyone who “possesses or ...

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Good Guy: Prof. Paul Marcus

Gov. Bob McDonnell yesterday announced the winners of the annual Outstanding Faculty Awards, given by the State Council for Higher Education in Virginia. One of the 12 recipients for 2010 is William & Mary law professor Paul Marcus (right). Marcus ...

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Hit the spot

Thanks to the lingering February snow dump, here’s a tradition that is apparently old hat in cities up north such as Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia, but somewhat new to our region: Marking your dug-out parking spot after a snowstorm. In ...

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Durrette takes on…the Assembly

Richmond lawyer Wyatt Durrette knows his way around the Capitol. He served three terms in the House of Delegates during the 1970s. During the 1980s, he ran for statewide office twice, for attorney general in 1981 and for governor in ...

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Look Ma, no hands

…on the cell phone anyway, if the Virginia Senate gets its way. If you’ve ever been out on the road and seen a car come at you driven by (1) a distracted teenager or (2) a distracted mom in a ...

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