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And the word of the year is…

The word of the year for 2012, according to Oxford University Press, is “GIF.” Go figure. A 20-some-year-old word from technology, it stands for “graphics interchange format,” and most designers will tell you that GIF pictures have long since been ...

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Headline of the Day

In honor of Election Day yesterday: “It won’t mean a thing if they don’t win that swing” In which newspaper did this one appear? Actually, none — it was the winning entry in a headline-writing contest run by the Newseum, ...

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Driving a Desaccord

Who knew that appellate law would be one of the fastest-developing areas of practice across the country this fall? In August, a judge of the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals filed an opinion “dubitante.” Translation: He was dubious. He ...

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Good guy: Sharon Tatum

Sharon Tatum spent nearly 27 years working at the Virginia Law Foundation, much of that time as its executive director. Her last day with the VLF was Aug. 31 – she is making a career move. This fall, she is ...

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Irish eyes smile on McDonnell

Gov. Bob McDonnell received one of the highest awards given by the University of Notre Dame last week. The Notre Dame Alumni Association presented the governor with the 2012 Rev. John J. Cavanaugh, C.S.C., Award. McDonnell graduated from the school ...

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Off to the dubitante ball

Federal law prohibits making threats to injure someone else. The statute, 18 U.S.C. § 875(c), has been on the books since the 1930s, and it has been used to prosecute everything from extortion to stalking to basic promises to commit ...

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Redskins’ arguments out of bounds

Tom Tupa, one-time punter for the Washington Redskins, suffered a back injury in 2005 warming up before a preseason game at FedEx Field in Maryland. Tupa’s career was over. He filed for workers’ compensation, a claim that the Redskins and ...

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Apple Kool-Aid, made sweeter

If you’ve got an iPad or an iPhone, or both, you’ll want to check out the Wall Street Journal’s list of tips and tricks every iOwner should know. For example, you can take a screenshot by pressing two buttons together ...

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