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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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A good argument

Every year for the past few years, some delegate or senator has introduced a bill in the General Assembly to outlaw texting while driving. In 2010, one of the measures was House Bill 212, which, once the Assembly convened, was ...

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Today’s most ironic headline

Scanning the news sites this a.m. for stories for the Daily Alert… There it was in the Charlottesville paper – a story way out of step with the current stretch of 90-degree heat and 150-percent humidity: Federal snow aid arriving It’s ...

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O Happy Day

The people who passed the February 2010 Virginia bar exam are now lawyers. The Virginia State Bar held its Admission and Orientation ceremony yesterday at the Richmond Convention Center. The seven justices of the Supreme Court of Virginia were there; ...

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Missing in action?

Forty-eight states have joined an amicus brief in the appeal of a $5 million verdict in favor of a man who sued protesters who showed up at his son’s funeral. Virginia is one of the two states (Maine is the ...

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Walking the walk

WILLIAMSBURG–Walmart sometimes takes a beating. How many items have you read where a local preservationist group has banded together to keep a Walmart from being built on some site? The company, on the other hand, has become a national leader ...

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The Infield Fly Rule is not a rule of law

I was watching a baseball game the other day on TV when a batter popped up a pitch. “Infield fly rule,” one of the announcers was quick to say, as if that explained it all. You can look it up: ...

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