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Old courthouse clock to chime again

Lynchburg leaders announced they’ve raised enough money to restore the clock and bell at the city’s old courthouse, which is now a museum. As the VLW Blog previously noted, the museum that now occupies the old courthouse building was trying ...

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Cho records taken inadvertently, lawyer says

The lawyer for the former head of the counseling center where Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho was referred for treatment says Cho’s records were accidentally removed from the unit.  The records surfaced this week, as announced by Gov. Kaine yesterday, ...

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Panel of 19 to search for U.Va.’s next chief

A committee has been appointed to find a successor to U.Va. president John Casteen, who will retire in August 2010. The 19-person committee is made up of nine members of the Board of Visitors, six faculty members, two former rectors ...

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Posting juror’s address was free speech, judge rules

A Chicago federal judge today dismissed charges of threatening a juror, ruling that Web posts by a Roanoke neo-Nazi were protected by the First Amendment. U.S. District Judge Lynn Adelman held that merely publishing the address and other particulars about ...

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Database helps identify the dead

The U.S. Department of Justice has created a national database that aims to match names and histories with countless unidentified bodies. The National Missing and Unidentifed Persons System (NamUs), gives police, medical examiners, coroners and family members of missing people ...

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Judge rejects Lexington drowning case after jury hangs

Rockbridge County Circuit Judge Michael Irvine has granted a defense motion to strike a wrongful death lawsuit after a jury deadlocked over liability for a teen’s 2006 drowning at a Lexington city park. Charles Volpe, 16, drowned while swimming at ...

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