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High school student sued for activating hotel sprinkler

DUMFRIES (AP) A hotel’s insurance company has sued a Virginia Beach high school student it claims caused more than $690,000 in damage by activating a sprinkler inside one of its rooms. Landstown High School senior Cade Anderson stayed at the ...

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Six bar groups earn 2019 Awards of Merit (access required)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The Virginia State Bar’s Conference of Local and Specialty Bar Associations recognized six bars across the commonwealth for special projects that have assisted Virginians with access to justice or enhanced the profession and quality of legal services ...

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Sentencing looms in Charlottesville attack; driver seeks mercy

(AP) The avowed white supremacist who plowed his car into counterdemonstrators opposing a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville two years ago, killing one person and injuring dozens, has asked a judge for mercy and a sentence shorter than life in prison. ...

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Party bus did not have permit when woman fell to death

NORFOLK (AP) Virginia officials say a party bus was operating without proper permits when a woman fell out of it last year and died. The Department of Motor Vehicles said the bus that Kisha Marrow-Lott fell from during a bachelorette ...

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Prominent businessman gets 6.5 years for $20 million fraud

ALEXANDRIA (AP) A prominent Northern Virginia businessman has been sentenced to more than six years in prison for multiple fraud schemes that cheated investors out of roughly $20 million. Todd Hitt, 54, of Arlington pleaded guilty earlier this year in ...

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Anne Holton to serve as interim president at George Mason

FAIRFAX (AP) Virginia’s former secretary of education has agreed to serve as interim president of George Mason University. The school announced June 20 that Anne Holton has been named to lead the school beginning Aug. 1. She will be the ...

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Judge tosses Miller-Jenkins lawsuit for claim splitting (access required)

A Lynchburg federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit against Liberty University and its former law school dean saying the suit is essentially a duplicate of one filed in Vermont. The suit arises out of the prolonged child-custody tug-of-war between Janet ...

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Judge steps aside at boat death plea hearing (access required)

Surprising a courtroom full of spectators, a Lancaster County circuit judge announced he would recuse himself from the criminal case of a man accused of causing the death of a friend in a 2017 boating accident. John “Rand” Hooper was ...

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Norfolk’s Eaton honored with award at W&M law graduation

Norfolk attorney Jennifer L. Eaton received the Taylor Reveley Award from the William & Mary law school at this year’s graduation ceremony, held May 23. The award is given to a William & Mary law alum who has graduated in ...

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Lynch takes office as Richmond Bar president

Daniel E. Lynch became president of the Richmond Bar Association June 1. Lynch, a principal of the firm of Lynch Seli PC, practices workers’ compensation defense; he also defends motor vehicle liability claims, premises liability and professional liability claims. He ...

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