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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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Lawyers, drugs and Super Bowl rings

Dexter Manley, the one-time star defensive end for the Washington Redskins, won two Super Bowl rings with the team in the 1980s. The ring Manley got for the ‘Skins’ beat-down of the Miami Dolphins in 1983 ended up in a ...

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Trouble ‘Down Under’

After the Kenny Rogers reference the other day, plus this next item, it must be oldie moldie week around here… If you listened to popular music back in the early to mid-1980s, you couldn’t avoid the band Men at Work. ...

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Hold the phone

Say you’re a domestic relations lawyer in Fairfax and you have a client who needs a divorce. She lives in Herndon and her husband has moved out, finding a place across the Potomac in Rockville, Md. You need certain information ...

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Who dat backing down over “Who Dat?”

It was all a misunderstanding over “Who Dat?” Really it was. That’s what I’d say too if I’d stepped in it and aggravated as many people as the justifiably excited fan base of the Super Bowl-bound New Orleans Saints. And ...

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Legal trends to watch in 2010: The Marketplace (access required)

Every year we dust off the crystal ball and swirl the tea leaves, seeking to predict what a new year will hold for lawyers and legal profession in Virginia. And this year is no different, except we’re doing something a ...

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Who dat claiming “Who Dat?”

Super Bowl note: The long-downtrodden New Orleans Saints make it to the Super Bowl for the first time in their 43-year history, and the National Football League issues heavy-handed ceast-and-desist letters to local vendors pushing T-shirts with the words of ...

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RIP, J.D. Salinger

J.D. Salinger, the notoriously reclusive author of “The Catcher in the Rye,” died Wednesday at the age of 91. “Catcher” shows up on many lists of great books of the 20th century. I remember reading it one summer when I ...

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