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Virginia doctor charged with writing internet prescriptions

Federal authorities say a Mechanicsville doctor wrote thousands of prescriptions for people he never examined. Torino Jennings, a staff physician at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital in Richmond, is accused of issuing 50,000 to 100,000 prescriptions for the relaxant Soma and other ...

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Gloucester supervisors want county to pay legal bills

Supervisors who were acquitted of criminal charges plan to ask for an attorney general’s opinion on whether they can vote to have the county pay their lawyer. The Northumberland County commonwealth’s attorney (who has since left the position for a ...

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Turtle advocates to sue government agencies

In 2007, conservationists asked the federal government to declare the loggerhead sea turtle, a species that spends its summers in Virginia coastal waters, an endangered species. The government never responed, reports The Virginian-Pilot, so lawyers from three national advocacy groups ...

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“Uncle Pete” Decker hosts day off for kids

Norfolk lawyer Pete Decker and Judge Tom Shadrick of Virginia Beach are rewarding students for good grades. For the past 10 years, “Uncle Pete” has treated elementary school students who have improved their grades to a day off and lunch, ...

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‘I Won’t Back Down,’ club owner said

A Suffolk club owner’s luck ran out in Norfolk federal court last Friday.   The club owner had told music-licensing giant ASCAP that he would take his chances on operating without an ASCAP license, according to a lawsuit filed by ...

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