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A Scary Tale of New York

The news on Twitter March 26 was stark: “Gas explosion, fire in East Village of NYC.” I had just been there. Diving into Twitter for pictures and tweets from New York: There was a raging fire on Second Avenue, in ...

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Spring cleaning

This week’s column has a couple of quick hits. Call it cleaning out March’s closet. Like the dentist named Dr. Payne This isn’t really an update to the “Not Weed” story a few weeks back, although there are thematic similarities… ...

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A crock the size of Texas

It would be a crime to take a picture of a police officer, under a bill introduced in the Texas legislature earlier this month. You read right – someone with a cell phone could go to jail for snapping a ...

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Not truth in packaging

Out in Nebraska, the Lincoln Journal Star has the story of a routine traffic stop that yielded a surprise. The cops stopped a car about 9 p.m. last Saturday night. The driver and three passengers piled out while the cops ...

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Hail Fellows

WILLIAMSBURG—The Virginia Law Foundation held its annual Fellows Dinner and Induction Ceremony Jan. 22 in conjunction with the Virginia Bar Association annual meeting. The members of the Class of 2015 who were inducted that evening are: • Thomas R. Bagby, ...

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Failure of consideration (access required)

Nothing prepares a kid for life like the rituals associated with birthday parties. There’s cutthroat competition. Forget pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey or duck-duck-goose. Who’s going to get to sit next to the birthday boy or girl? There’s disappointment. Parent to kid: “What? Winsome ...

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Just say “Oops”

The Poynter Institute is a journalism think tank based in Florida. During the year, it compiles a list of media errors and corrections, announcing the best and worst at the end of the year. The “Correction of the Year” for ...

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Held at the desk

The FOIA reform bill of 2014 was one of the casualties of the last-minute rush of congressional action, or inaction, before adjournment last week. Considering the Senate will change hands from the Democrats to the Republicans in January, one might ...

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New look for My Old School

The College of William & Mary is getting a marketing makeover. The College of Knowledge has adopted a new logo to use in its publications, brochures and general materials, and it’s a keeper. Take a look at the artwork, at ...

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The Inn crowd

Virginia just got its 10th American Inn of Court, with the establishment of the Virginia Workers’ Compensation American Inn of Court. The American Inns of Court are a relatively new concept in this country; they are modeled after the old ...

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