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We're Number 9! (access required)

A couple of years ago, some people in Tidewater were upset about living on “Red Rum Road.” Why? Spell “red rum” backwards. That”s right, “murder.” Call it proof that some people take street names seriously. And street names can be ...

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Woman wins $3.5M for ?defamatory' evaluation (access required)

A woman who claims she was defamed in a performance evaluation and fired as a result has won a $3.5 million verdict from a Fairfax County jury. Companies enjoy a number of immunities when it comes to evaluating and critiquing ...

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Flood policy won't cover some hurricane repair costs (access required)

Hurricane Isabel blew through Virginia two and a half years ago, but the impact of that storm continues to resonate through the courts in the commonwealth. In a new case from Norfolk federal court, a judge has ruled that a ...

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4th Circuit adopts test for ?undue hardship' (access required)

A single mom in her 40s who drives an old Volvo, runs a decorative painting business and makes about $10,000 a year cannot discharge her student loans, the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Despite showing that her ...

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And Jimmy Hoffa was a Giants fan? (access required)

The Philadelphia Eagles haven’t had the best year. They got beat in the Super Bowl and key players, including quarterback Donovan McNabb, have gone down with injuries. And of course, there were the distracting antics of receiver Terrell Owens. Now ...

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Presenting ?The Best of 2005' (access required)

2005 soon will be in the history books. But before turning the corner into a brave new year, we’ll going to give you one last look at Oh-Five. This week’s B-section presents “The Best of 2005.” Top News You’ll find ...

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The Best of 2005 (access required)

JANUARY January 3 Spotsylvania to tighten public nudity ordinance Even though Spotsylvania County does not have any strip clubs, the county attorney wants to tighten the language of the county’s public nudity ordinance. Spotsylvania’s present ordinance is identical in some ...

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Dental surgeon gets full fee for anesthesia services (access required)

Disputes between insurance companies and the people they insure are common. Plaintiffs often will complain and even file a breach-of-contract suit to force a carrier to cover this or that medical procedure. From Rockingham County comes a case with a ...

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A salute to the new crop (access required)

The waiting, as Tom Petty famously once said, is the hardest part. Well, the waiting is over for the 1,367 candidates who took the July 2005 Virginia Bar Examination. And 963 people were pleased, relieved, shocked, excited, amazed (each can ...

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?Footloose' in the mountains? (access required)

Dirty dancing isn’t protected by the First Amendment. So a North Carolina woman kicked out of a town dance hall for “lewd dancing” can’t sue for a free-speech violation. But she can pursue an equal protection claim that she was ...

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