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A hot market in a cool place

Here’s a Realtor’s or a real estate attorney’s dream or nightmare. Maybe both. What if you had so many sales and deals working that you couldn’t get them all closed because your county didn’t have enough real estate appraisers? True ...

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Dude, where’s my truck?

When was the last time you saw a case in which it mattered where a truck was parked overnight? In a new decision from Alexandria fed­eral court, the place where a truck was garaged on the day of an accident ...

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Your future clients

Beloit College in Wisconsin has made a name for itself with its “Mindset List.” That is an annual compendium re­marking on the way incoming freshman think and view themselves and their world. It’s a catalog of the cultural touch­points familiar ...

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Fixing FOIA

Americans had a little something extra to celebrate this 4th of July. Right before the holiday weekend, President Obama signed the FOIA Im­provement Act of 2016. The timing was just about perfect: The original Freedom of Information Act was signed ...

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See you later …

As someone who grew up in South Florida, I can attest first-hand to the essential strangeness of the Sunshine State and some of the people there. Pick up any newspaper in the nation, and if there’s a wrap-up of headlines ...

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The education of Tim Kaine

Before he was a U.S. Senator, before he was governor or lieutenant gover­nor, and while he was mayor of Rich­mond, Tim Kaine was a lawyer. He has seen and done a lot since en­tering the Senate; he has built a ...

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Ready to rock

The 2016 General Assembly was contentious and a bit rocky. It had Senate Majority Leader Tommy Norment’s stunt that briefly sent the Assembly press corps to the gallery above the floor, making binoculars a necessary piece of equipment to cover ...

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Headline of the Day

The news last week that the government will kick Andrew Jackson off the 20-dollar bill and replace him with Harriet Tubman was big. Changing personnel on the nation’s currency doesn’t happen often, but it’s not unprecedented. Jackson has been on ...

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Fakin’ it (access required)

A Pennsylvania woman spent near­ly 10 years posing as a lawyer in a rural Pennsylvania county, handling estates work, despite the fact she never went to law school. She was a partner at a law firm, making a $100,000 buy-in ...

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