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Ever heard a comedian tell a joke you heard somewhere else? Turns out, there’s a whole series of unwritten rules that, more or less, govern the otherwise-lawless world of stand up comedy material. Now, two University of Virginia law professors ...

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Perriello wins, again

The recount court has proclaimed Democratic challenger Tom Perriello the victor over Republican incumbent Virgil Goode in the recount of the vote in Virginia’s 5th Congressional District. “Having determined that Tom S. Perriello has received the highest number of votes, ...

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1,100 state workers to get the ax?

The Washington Post is reporting that Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine will propose layoffs for 1,100 state employees and a 30-cent increase in the cigarette tax to balance the state budget.  Another 700 vacant state jobs would not be filled ...

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GOP to end subcommittee secrecy

Virginia Republican legislators yesterday emerged from a closed door meeting to announce a little extra sunlight for the upcoming General Assembly session.  According to this Washington Post blog, GOP lawmakers have agreed to end the practice of killing bills in ...

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Woman arrested for McCain T-shirt

After three free expression advocacy groups filed a civil suit to overturn Virginia’s campaign button ban on behalf of two Obama supporters, now comes word that a voter in Madison County actually was arrested and charged after refusing to cover ...

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Bank can’t be tagged for handling escrow (access required)

In a sign of tough times for the real estate development market, investors in a multi-story lakefront condo project are battling with the bank that paid out their investment money to now-bankrupt developers. The disappointed investors who thought they had ...

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