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It’s National Punctuation Day.

Today is National Punctuation Day. It’s not one of those made-up holidays that Hallmark concocted to sell greeting cards. It’s a made-up holiday created by a former reporter, Jeff Rubin, who was fed up with commas, and apostrophe’s being put ...

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Like horseshoes and hand grenades

Here’s one for the civil procedure junkies. A veterinary supplies company says that a vet named Rasnic owes it $74,139.24 and wants to sue to collect. Can the company, Merial Ltd., sue in federal court? It’s a contract action and ...

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Two of a kind?

When The Washington Post writes about Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, one wants to take the story with a grain of salt. Maybe even a shaker. You get the idea that Cuccinelli’s brand of in-your-face activist conservatism doesn’t play very well ...

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Lawyer Could-Have-Been: Cris Collinsworth

The NFL season opened this past weekend, and hope is everywhere. From Miami to Seattle to Houston to … Washington? In honor of Week 1, here’s a Lawyer Could-Have-Been – Cris Collinsworth, the one-time Cincinnati Bengal who took over John ...

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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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“Take this claim and shove it.”

If you and your law firm ever have had to deal with a “difficult” employee, here’s one for you. A medical clinic in Salem hired a guy named Jones to serve primarily as their receptionist. As in the guy who ...

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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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