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A very close call

Newspapers base their success on hustling news and selling ads. (And on selling subscriptions, but this item is about the other two). News and advertising in a paper don’t always jibe. Take this morning’s Richmond Times-Dispatch as an example. The ...

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(Speed) Traps for the unwary

It’s another holiday weekend. That means another press release from the National Motorists Association warning drivers about where you are likely to get caught speeding. The NMA bills itself as a “motorists’ rights group.” Back around the 4th of July, ...

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One way to go

The obituaries column in any newspaper, including ours, tends to be pretty sober and sobering. But from the obits in the Richmond Times-Dispatch yesterday, here’s one that will make you read it twice. A guy who was 67 passed away. ...

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Headline of the day

From the Headlines I Wish I’d Written Department: Some headlines are so bad, they’re great. The award today goes to the Wall Street Journal. The Journal likes to feature an offbeat human interest story at the bottom of its front ...

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Your future clients

It’s late August, so here’s a back-to-school item. Every year since 1998, Beloit College in Wisconsin has released the “Beloit College Mindset List.” This list provides a rundown of the cultural touchstones that have shaped the year’s entering freshmen. It ...

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What would Sharon Stone do?

There’s a famous scene in the 1992 thriller “Basic Instinct,” starring Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas. No, not that scene. This exchange takes place a bit before the part where Stone crosses and uncrosses her legs. Stone, a wealthy socialite, ...

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That’s NOT Italian…

Anyone who went to Their Majesties’ Royall College or who otherwise spent much time in Williamsburg knows about Sal’s by Victor, the landmark Italian restaurant at the Williamsburg Shopping Center on Richmond Road. An electrical fire destroyed Sal’s a year ...

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