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City manager ‘caught on tape,’ lawsuit claims

A Lynchburg police officer says he got a tongue lashing from the city manager after he spoke out as a citizen at a public hearing on budget issues. Now, the officer is suing for $500,000, saying the manager’s tirade – ...

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One little joke and the whole jury’s out

A West Virginia criminal jury was sent home today – and a trial postponed – after an impatient juror was heard to say, “The longer we sit here, the guiltier he gets.” The defendent is a man accused of crashing ...

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Brownlee goes to Holland and Knight

Former U.S. Attorney John Brownlee has joined the Northern Virginia and Washington offices of Holland & Knight as a partner in the firm’s enforcement defense and government contracts practices. Brownlee was the U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia ...

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Pantele to ABC Commission

Gov. Timothy M. Kaine has appointed William J. Pantele, a three-term member of Richmond City Council, to the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission. Pantele served as president of council from 2006-2008 but lost last year in a three-way race for mayor ...

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Journalists’ group helps with Collegiate Times lawsuit

The Society of Professional Journalists is helping the Virginia Tech student newspaper with its legal fight to get information from the West Virginia State Police. The Collegiate Times will receive $1,000 from the society’s legal defense fund to help obtain ...

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Wild goose chase sends man into court

A traffic judge was lenient in the jaywalking case of a man who tried to help geese cross the Fairfax County Parkway. According to The Washington Post, Jozsef Vamosi pulled his car to the side of the busy road during ...

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No old farmhouse for Souter

Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice David Souter has opted for a $500,000 suburban New Hampshire home instead of his aging family farmhouse. According to The New York Times, Justice Souter has concerns that the farmhouse wasn’t structurally sound enough to ...

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