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UVa business school receives $68M donation

CHARLOTTESVILLE (AP) The University of Virginia’s business school has received a $68 million donation from a former student. The gift from investor and alumnus Frank M. Sands Sr. is the largest donation in the history of the university’s Darden School ...

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WikiLeaks founder charged with publishing classified info

WASHINGTON (AP) In a case with significant First Amendment implications, the U.S. filed new charges Thursday against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, accusing him of violating the Espionage Act by publishing secret documents containing the names of confidential military and diplomatic ...

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Minds uneasy after pet is euthanized to be buried with owner

Veterinarians and funeral homes in Virginia are rejecting the idea that pets should be buried with their owners after a recent case in which a dog was euthanized so it could lie next to her owner. WWBT-TV in Richmond reports ...

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Findings of Gov. Northam blackface investigation offer no closure

NORFOLK (AP) The mystery of whether Gov. Ralph Northam was in the racist yearbook photo that nearly destroyed his career remains unsolved. A monthslong investigation ordered up by Eastern Virginia Medical School failed to determine whether Northam is in the ...

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John Walker Lindh set to be released from prison

ARLINGTON (AP) John Walker Lindh, the young Californian who became known as the American Taliban after he was captured by U.S. forces in the invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, is set to go free after nearly two decades in prison. ...

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Court approves sale of Montana mansion

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) A Wyoming company has been cleared to sell a nearly $11 million Montana mansion once owned by a Virginia businessman now convicted of fraud. A judge ruled May 9 that the title to the 26,000-square foot castle ...

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SEAL sentenced in hazing death of Green Beret

NORFOLK (AP) A U.S. Navy SEAL was sentenced to one year in military prison May 16 for his role in the 2017 hazing-related death of a U.S. Army Green Beret in Africa. Adam Matthews is the first of four U.S. ...

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Chelsea Manning sent back to jail for refusing to testify

ALEXANDRIA (AP) Former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning was ordered back to jail May 16 for refusing to testify to a grand jury, even after telling a judge she’d rather “starve to death” than cooperate with prosecutors. U.S. District Judge ...

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Medical practice pays $3.3M for alleged unnecessary tests (access required)

A Virginia-based pain management practice will pay $3.29 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal government and billed it for medically unnecessary tests. The case was brought by former Physical Medicine Associates LTD employee Michelle O’Connor, a physician ...

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VSB’s Young Lawyers Conference awarded for diversity program (access required)

A Virginia State Bar program dedicated to introducing young minorities to the legal profession has received a national award for its work. The Oliver Hill/Samuel Tucker Pre-Law Institute won first place in the 2019 Embracing Diversity Challenge hosted by the ...

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