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Prisoner accused of Holocaust scam

Federal authorities have accused an inmate in a Virginia federal prison of identity theft, possibly for the purpose of filing false claims for benefits intended for Holocaust victims and their descendants. According to an indictment, John Kenneth Leighnor Jr., 49, ...

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Vick on Animal Planet

Michael Vick’s dogfighting activities have been a godsend to animal rights organizations. Animal Planet is the latest group to use his federal conviction as a vehicle to promote its activities. This press release describes its documentary on the case as ...

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AG sues furniture company

A lawsuit filed by Virginia’s attorney general demands injunctive relief, consumer refunds and civil penalties from HomeSpun Home Fashions of Petersburg.  Attorney General Bob McDonnell claims the company failed to timely ship more than 100 orders.  McDonnell said that HomeSpun ...

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Cranwell ponders lt. governor bid

Former Del. C. Richard Cranwell is considering a run for Virginia lieutenant governor, he confirmed today. Cranwell (left), chairman of the Democratic Party of Virginia, said he is only “mulling around the possiblity” and preferred to avoid any public mention ...

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Grisham campaigns for Perriello

Author John Grisham, best known for his legal dramas, will be campaigning with fifth district Democratic Congressional candidate Tom Perriello today in Martinsville. The Danville Register-Bee has details. By Peter Vieth

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