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Morrissey vows to keep campaigning amid sex allegations

(AP) A Richmond mayoral candidate and ex-Virginia lawmaker who was jailed last year in a sex scandal involving a 17-year-old girl vowed Saturday to continue campaigning after being accused of making sexual advances and sending explicit text messages to a ...

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Publisher disagreed with rape story retraction

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) Rolling Stone magazine publisher and co-founder Jann Wenner said in a video deposition that he disagreed with a top editor’s decision to retract an entire article about a gang rape at a University of Virginia fraternity after the ...

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Supreme Court to rule in Gloucester transgender case

WASHINGTON (AP) The U.S. Supreme Court will take up transgender rights for the first time in the case of a Virginia school board that wants to prevent a transgender teenager from using the boys’ bathroom at his high school. The ...

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Lawyer disciplined for drinking incidents gets 3-year suspension (access required)

A Virginia lawyer who failed to follow through with a rehabilitation program after twice being disciplined for appearing in public after drinking now has to give up his law license for three years. The Reston attorney was reprimanded in 2011 ...

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Some face fewer choices, or none, under Affordable Care Act

NORFOLK (AP) Virginians will face fewer choices — or none at all — when buying health insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Starting next year, only one insurer will sell the coverage in 28 of Virginia’s independent cities or counties, ...

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UVa dean says rape article led to ‘perception issue’

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) A University of Virginia dean says a perception issue stemming from a magazine article about an alleged gang rape on campus affected an administrator’s ability to work with students. Dean of Students Allen Groves testified Wednesday in a ...

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Judge: John Hinckley freedom less contentious than expected

WASHINGTON (AP) A judge who ruled that would-be Ronald Reagan assassin John Hinckley Jr. should be allowed to leave the psychiatric hospital where he had lived for decades said Wednesday he got less “blowback” on the decision earlier this year ...

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State won’t oppose overturning convictions in ’97 slaying

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The Virginia attorney general’s office said Wednesday that it will no longer oppose overturning the rape and murder convictions of two former sailors after a federal judge declared last month that “no sane human being” could find the men ...

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Lawyer accepts disbarment after lying in bankruptcy case (access required)

A Midlothian lawyer has consented to loss of his law license after being convicted of a felony charge that he made a false statement under oath in his bankruptcy case. James F. Sumpter, 69, admitted that he failed to disclose ...

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Lawyer in timeshare scheme agrees to disbarment (access required)

A Williamsburg lawyer who pleaded guilty to helping a scheme that used straw buyers to purchase unwanted timeshares has agreed to give up her law license. Deborah M. Wagner consented to revocation of her license before the Virginia State Bar ...

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