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The Commonwealth defaults

The Commonwealth of Virginia has defaulted on a lawsuit. You read that right. The commonwealth, along with James Madison University, has defaulted on a tortious interference case in New York. We’ll know next week how much it’s going to cost ...

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Legal Destination: Carroll County

In a story last year, I flagged the Carroll County Courthouse as one of the “Legal Destinations” you might visit if you wanted to combine legal history with some R&R. In 1912, the courthouse was the site in the courtroom ...

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Expunge-worthy?

News item: Two judges in State College, Pa., have had to retract expungement orders submitted by a lawyer trying to clean up his clients’ records. The initial papers ordered all pertinent agencies to remove traces of charges against two people; ...

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Too darn hot

Cole Porter, by way of Ella Fitzgerald, had it right: It’s too darn hot. This morning the Danville paper has the news you need, a story with advice from an air conditioning expert on how not to blow your system ...

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Shine, tweet freedom

[UPDATED JULY 6] In honor of Independence Day, Slate ran a contest asking Twitter users to tweet the Declaration of Independence. Imagine trying to reduce Thomas Jefferson’s 1,300-word magnum opus to 140 characters. Actually, it was using 124 characters; contestants had to ...

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That’s the ticket…

Here’s an item for the upcoming holiday weekend. It’s the 4th of July, and you’re traveling to visit family and friends. Or maybe you’re just trying to get away. You run a little behind, so you need to make time. ...

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The long arm of Ohio

A Virginia man who posted allegedly defamatory comments on Internet message boards about an Ohio-based company has to defend himself in Ohio, according to the Buckeye State’s highest court. The plaintiff company, which makes racing equipment, is based in Glenmont, ...

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Quite a lesson

What are they teaching in school these days? Up at Albemarle High School in Charlottesville, you can learn about the nine amendments to the Constitution in the Bill of Rights. Nine amendments? Yep, at Albemarle High, they apparently don’t have ...

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