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Urbanski gets nod from Roanoke bar

The Roanoke Bar Association today voted to recommend U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski for the vacancy created when U.S. District Judge Norman Moon took senior status in February. Virginia’s two U.S. senators have requested recommendations from bar groups for the ...

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Chancery court records now online

The Library of Virginia offers easy access to hundreds of records of historic equity disputes, large and small. Bedford County’s chancery records from 1755 to 1912 are among the latest local records to be processed, indexed and digitally reformatted, reports ...

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Mims goes on high court

(AP Photo/Richmond Times Dispatch, Bob Brown) William C. Mims was formally invested today as the 100th person to serve as a justice of the Supreme Court of Virginia. “Just as they have all the other times I’ve appeared before the ...

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Hidden dangers lurk on trusted Web sites

Could your Web browsing habits be putting your firm at risk? Clicking on an unfamiliar link, opening a questionable attachment or downloading a corrupt application could potentially install malicious software onto your computer, expose confidential data and cost you or ...

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Justice Stevens to retire

Justice John Paul Stevens made official today what he had given strong indications that he planned to do for almost a year: retire from the U.S. Supreme Court. Here’s the text of his letter to President Obama: My dear Mr. ...

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Intellectual Property?

Last week while I was out in my yard, I found a magnolia leaf with a curious marking. So, now Mother Nature is copyrighting her leaves? Would this fall under artistic works? Maybe discovery or invention? Most definitely an innovation ...

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Virginia homeowners awarded $2.6 million for drywall claims

Seven Virginia families who claimed their homes were damaged by tainted Chinese drywall have won a $2.6-million award against a Chinese manufacturer. The 108-page decision by New Orleans federal Judge Eldon Fallon is expected to serve as a guide for ...

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Governor pix open for clicks

The life of a Virginia governor is one of unending public appearances, with a little excitement thrown in from time to time. That’s the impression, anyway, from the hundreds of photographs of Gov. Bob McDonnell, now available on his own ...

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