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Death by document?

A Missouri lawyer is facing first-degree murder charges in the death of her father. She allegedly used an unusual weapon: a forged document. The Kansas City Star reports that Susan Van Note is accused of attacking her father and his ...

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Forms over substance: Agency can’t retract payments by claiming paperwork errors (access required)

The Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services has been rebuffed in two different cases in its efforts to get back money it paid for services rendered through Medicaid. In cases from Fairfax and Norfolk, DMAS sought to retract payments of ...

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Errors of biblical proportions

A big six-foot monument to the Ten Commandments was placed on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capitol on Thursday, three years after it was authorized by the state legislature. Two problems with that. Three if you’re the Oklahoma ACLU, ...

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And the word of the year is…

The word of the year for 2012, according to Oxford University Press, is “GIF.” Go figure. A 20-some-year-old word from technology, it stands for “graphics interchange format,” and most designers will tell you that GIF pictures have long since been ...

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Headline of the Day

In honor of Election Day yesterday: “It won’t mean a thing if they don’t win that swing” In which newspaper did this one appear? Actually, none — it was the winning entry in a headline-writing contest run by the Newseum, ...

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Driving a Desaccord

Who knew that appellate law would be one of the fastest-developing areas of practice across the country this fall? In August, a judge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion “dubitante.” Translation: He was dubious. He ...

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Good guy: Sharon Tatum

Sharon Tatum spent nearly 27 years working at the Virginia Law Foundation, much of that time as its executive director. Her last day with the VLF was Aug. 31 – she is making a career move. This fall, she is ...

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Irish eyes smile on McDonnell

Gov. Bob McDonnell received one of the highest awards given by the University of Notre Dame last week. The Notre Dame Alumni Association presented the governor with the 2012 Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Award. McDonnell graduated from the school ...

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