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Rolling Stone to pay $1.65M in second settlement

(AP)  Rolling Stone agreed to pay $1.65 million to settle a defamation lawsuit filed by a University of Virginia fraternity over a debunked story about a rape on campus, the fraternity said Tuesday. The settlement closes the final chapter of ...

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Harvey is new president of Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association

James R. Harvey became the new president of the Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association at the group’s recent annual dinner. Harvey is a partner with the Norfolk office of Vandeventer Black. The NPBA is one of the largest bar associations ...

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Felony conviction survives court challenge (access required)

Even though a prosecutor and a judge agreed on a plan to render a misdemeanor conviction for a marijuana defendant, the man is stuck with a felony conviction after an appeal to the Supreme Court of Virginia. The case from ...

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State appeals new sentencing hearings for sniper Malvo

(AP) Virginia’s attorney general is appealing new sentencing hearings for convicted sniper Lee Boyd Malvo. Last month, U.S. District Judge Raymond Jackson ruled Malvo is entitled to new sentencing hearings in Fairfax and Spotsylvania counties because of a U.S. Supreme ...

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Judge dismisses politician’s request to depose rival

STAFFORD COUNTY (AP) A judge has rejected a Virginia Republican candidate for lieutenant governor’s request to have a rival deposed in a bitter fight over an anonymous email alleging an adulterous relationship. Retired Judge Charles E. Poston of Norfolk dismissed ...

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Police shooting case settles for $425K

NORFOLK (AP) A Virginia man who sued police after an officer shot him will get a settlement of $425,000. The Virginian-Pilot confirmed the settlement Thursday with Norfolk city attorney Bernard Pishko. The 34-year-old man who got shot is black. The ...

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Jury convicts Virginia man who traveled to Islamic State

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A Virginia man who joined the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq for three months, all the while evading the scrutiny of U.S. intelligence officials, was convicted Wednesday on terrorism charges despite his protestations that he was ...

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First black state Supreme Court justice to speak at school

WILLIAMSBURG (AP) The first black justice on Virginia’s Supreme Court will welcome new students to William & Mary this fall. The university says in a press release that John Charles Thomas will speak at the school’s Aug. 30 convocation in ...

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Proposal would encourage pro bono by retired lawyers

A Virginia State Bar panel is hoping to boost the number of retired lawyers who qualify for special status to provide pro bono services for needy clients. Bar rules allow for so-called “emeritus members” to provide no-cost legal service under ...

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Environmental groups sue over pipeline permitting decision

(AP) Several environmental groups are suing the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality over part of the permitting process for two proposed natural gas pipelines. The Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition, Bold Alliance and Preserve Craig Inc. filed suit this week in ...

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