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  • Va. man gored by deer he and his wife had raised

    03/25/2017 1:29:53 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 56 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | March 25, 2017 11:57 am | AP
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Virginia wildlife officials say a member of the Giles County Board of Supervisors was hospitalized after being attacked by a deer. Department of Game and Inland Fisheries spokesman Lee Walker say Paul “Chappy” Baker was attacked by a nine-point buck outside his home earlier this week. The buck gored Baker’s lower legs and arms and caused bruises, cuts and lacerations.
  • [R-VA] Goodlatte: Obama's 'lax' immigration policies led to girl's rape by Central American boys

    03/22/2017 5:31:01 PM PDT · by markomalley · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 3/22/17 | Anna Giaritelli
    House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte is blaming the Obama administration's "lax immigration policies" for the rape of a 14-year-old girl at a high school outside Washington last week. The Virginia Republican made the accusation in a letter to Homeland Security Sec. John Kelly on Wednesday. "Once again, we have an example of how the Obama administration's lax immigration enforcement policies resulted in a life being seriously harmed – in this case, the life of an innocent 14 year-old-girl who was simply attending school," Goodlatte wrote. "There is no doubt that such heinous crimes by illegal immigrants who were encountered by...
  • Trump to Be Liberty University's Graduation Commencement Speaker

    03/22/2017 9:02:24 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/22/2017 | Michael Gryboski
    President Donald Trump will be the commencement speaker for the May graduation ceremony at the prominent Virginia evangelical Christian school Liberty University. The Christian Broadcasting Network broke the news Wednesday morning that President Trump will return to Liberty, having spoken there last year during the Republican primary season. "I look forward to speaking to this amazing group of students on such a momentous occasion," said Trump to CBN News. "Our children truly are the future and I look forward to celebrating the success of this graduating class as well as sharing lessons as they embark on their next chapter full...
  • McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Share Data About Voters Registered in Multiple States

    Virginia governor has vetoed several bills intended to fight voter fraud Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D.) vetoed a bill that would require the state Department of Elections to turn over information to local registrars about individuals who are registered to vote in multiple states simultaneously. McAuliffe has vetoed a handful of bills in recent weeks intended to prevent voter fraud. The bill, HB 2343, was introduced by Republican delegate Robert B. Bell and would have required the Department of Elections "to provide to the general registrars a list of registered voters who have been found through list comparisons and data-matching...
  • John Hinckley Left the Mental Hospital Seven Months Ago

    03/21/2017 8:26:36 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 38 replies
    New York Magazine ^ | March 21, 2017 | Lisa Miller
    Can a man who tried to murder a president be rehabilitated?At 2:30 on Saturday afternoon, September 10, a hired SUV pulled up to the curb of a low-slung brick-and-wood house in suburban Virginia and let a passenger out. The man, who wore a tan baseball cap and a black T-shirt, did not glance at the paparazzi lenses trained on him but walked straight inside. He is far older now than in the notorious photos, but in many ways John Hinckley looks the same: blond, pudgy, nondescript. On June 21, 1982, a jury found Hinckley not guilty by reason of insanity...
  • Fairfax Co. [VA] officials worry immigration fears have chilling effect

    03/21/2017 4:22:53 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 28 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | March 21, 2017 4:52 pm | Kristi King | @KingWTOP
    WASHINGTON — Leaders in Fairfax County, Virginia, worry that concern in the immigrant community about being deported could threaten public trust in local police. People not being afraid to report crime, ask for help or provide police information help make Fairfax County the safest county for its size in the nation, according to Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova. “We have a very low crime rate,” Bulova said. “If we don’t have that trust, then we jeopardize the safety of our community.” Officials discussed the issue at Tuesday’s Public Safety Committee meeting.
  • Trump Winery in Virginia seeks more foreign workers

    03/20/2017 3:53:23 PM PDT · by artichokegrower · 102 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | March 20, 2017
    As President Donald Trump touts job creation for Americans as a top priority, his son's Virginia winery is seeking permission to hire foreign workers to cultivate its grapes.
  • Former NC police chief detained at JFK for 90 minutes

    03/20/2017 6:52:05 AM PDT · by VanShuyten · 35 replies
    WTOP ^ | 3/19/2017 | unknown (AP)
    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — A former North Carolina police chief whose mother is Italian and father is Somali said Sunday that he’s disappointed with his country of 42 years after he was detained at John F. Kennedy International Airport. Former Greenville Police Chief Hassan Aden of Alexandria, Virginia, who now works as a law enforcement consultant, said he was detained March 13 on his return trip from Paris for his mother’s 80th birthday. He supports the officers of the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, but he believes his 90-minute detention was unreasonable, he said in a telephone interview.
  • The Truth About Mass Immigration

    03/19/2017 7:56:25 AM PDT · by ResistanceMedia · 7 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | March 18, 2017
    Liberal politicians and media figures will tell you that "diversity is strength" and "America is a nation of immigrants" in defense of their policies. They will tell you that immigration will make communities more "vibrant" and "diverse." But are these platitudes really true? Just look at one area of the country, which took waves of unassimilated immigrants from nations across the world. When you are finished reading, decide for yourself if massive immigration without meaningful checks or assimilation is really a policy that benefits our nation and its citizens. The recent wave of unassimilated immigration from the Third World is...
  • Virginia Attorney General Partnering With Terrorism Linked CAIR to Oppose Trump Travel Ban

    03/17/2017 11:22:50 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 21 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | March 17, 2017 | Katie Pavlich
    The Council on Islamic Relations, better known as CAIR, has announced the terrorism linked group will host a town hall meeting Friday night with Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring. The town hall will center around opposing President Trump's executive order temporarily barring refugees and visitors from Somalia, Yemen, Syria, Libya, Iran and Sudan to the United States. "Join representatives of CAIR, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Center and MAS-PACE at a town hall meeting in Falls Church, Va., on the Trump administration’s Muslim Ban 2.0. Learn how the ban impacts your civil rights. The event will also include a free 'Citizenship...
  • The Road to the Future (Autonomous Vehicles)

    03/16/2017 1:12:53 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 116 replies
    For Construction Pros ^ | March 6, 2017 | Jessica Stoikes
    New research suggests that children born today will never drive a car. The auto industry's embrace of self-driving technology has been accelerating fast and those technological advances mean that by the time today's toddlers come of age, they'll likely never even have to get behind the wheel of a car, according to Henrik Christensen, the director of the University of San Diego’s Contextual Robotics Institute. “My own prediction is that kids born today will never get to drive a car,” Christensen told the San Diego Union-Tribune in mid-December. “Autonomous, driverless cars are not 10, 15 years out. All the automotive...
  • There’s no solution to the D.C. region’s traffic congestion

    03/16/2017 11:07:31 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2017 | Robert Thomson
    Every once in a while — and perhaps especially now, if we’re really going to talk about a trillion-dollar infrastructure program — we need to revisit the basics: “This is probably a column-length question, but what are the solutions to traffic congestion in the D.C. region?” That reasonable question came in during the midst of last Monday’s online discussion about whether traffic conditions would be improved if everyone just went faster. (In fact, we would not all be better off if you’d just go as fast as the driver behind you wants.) What are we really hoping to achieve when...
  • Former Democratic Mayor Pleads Guilty To Felony Drug Distribution [Fairfax, Va.]

    03/14/2017 4:35:26 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 11 replies
    freebeacon ^ | March 13, 2017 | Nick Bolger
    Former Democratic Mayor of Fairfax, Va. Richard "Scott" Silverthorne pleaded guilty to a felony drug distribution charge on Monday. The former elected official was arrested in August on the charge according to USA Today. Silverthorne was arrested on August 4 after selling $200 worth of methamphetamine to undercover officers in exchange for a group sexual encounter. "We entered a plea of guilty today, because that's what the evidence would have shown," Silverthorne's attorney says The ex-mayor will be held in custody until his sentencing hearing. The charge against him carries a maximum of a $500,000 fine and 40 years in...
  • White male professors under fire, cited as obstacle to diversity and inclusion

    03/14/2017 6:29:52 AM PDT · by C19fan · 57 replies
    College Fix ^ | March 14, 2017 | William Nardi
    White professors — especially “senior white males” — are under fire at Virginia Commonwealth University as an impediment to diversity and inclusion. An extensive campus climate survey of faculty and staff at the large, Richmond-based public institution has found that the majority of employees are upset that not enough white male professors attend campus diversity trainings, not enough professors infuse social justice into their curricula, and not enough professors of color, especially female ones, teach at the school.
  • Dem: Congress Should ‘Educate’ The Rest Of America On Importance Of ‘Sacred’ DC

    03/13/2017 8:58:06 AM PDT · by kevcol · 58 replies
    Daily Caller News Foundation ^ | March 8, 2017 | Kathryn Watson
    Americans who live outside of the nation’s capital should understand the District of Columbia is “sacred ground,” according to a Virginia congressman who represents a district that is among the wealthiest in the country thanks largely to its heavy concentration of highly paid federal workers. Rep. Gerry Connolly told the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform (HOGR) Wednesday that Congress may need to “educate” people on why federal departments and agencies should be centralized on the “sacred ground” of D.C. Connolly, a Virginia Democrat, made the comments as the committee debated a House resolution encouraging federal agencies to relocate...
  • Pence's son vs Tim Kaines son.

    03/12/2017 7:08:04 AM PDT · by ISTHISONETAKEN · 30 replies
  • Smart Move – Trump Takes Key Cabinet Team To Secure Location….

    03/11/2017 3:49:06 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 62 replies
    The Conservative Treehouse ^ | March 11, 2017 | Sundance
    Last night President Trump had a lengthy dinner and conversation with Secretary of State Rex Tillerson in advance of several upcoming foreign emissary visits to the White House, and T-Rex’s strategic trip to Asia. Today President Trump took Secretary Kelly (DHS), Secretary Ross (Commerce), Secretary Mnuchin (Treasury), Secretary Shulkin (VA), together with their spouses to Trump National Golf Club in Virginia. Accompanying the cabinet group was key staff: Press Secretary Sean Spicer, Senior Adviser Steve Bannon, and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. However, word of President Trump going to his National Golf Club in Virginia immediately sent The Hill into...
  • McAuliffe vetoes bill on photo ID for absentee ballots (Virginia)

    03/11/2017 4:58:36 PM PST · by Perseverando · 33 replies
    The Daily Progress ^ | March 9, 2017 | By Andrew Cain | Richmond Times-Dispatch
    RICHMOND — Gov. Terry McAuliffe has vetoed a bill that would require voters to submit photo ID when requesting a physical absentee ballot, calling it an “unnecessary and impractical barrier” to absentee voting. House Bill 1428, sponsored by Del. Hyland F. “Buddy” Fowler Jr., R-Hanover, would require any voter submitting an application for an absentee ballot by mail or by fax to submit with the application a copy of one of the forms of ID acceptable under current law. The bill would exempt from the requirement military and overseas voters and people with disabilities. “The requirement would not in any...
  • A day without women? Teacher protest shuts US city schools

    03/08/2017 1:37:57 PM PST · by ColdOne · 25 replies
    yahoo.com ^ | 3/8/17 | Marc Antoine BAUDOUX/ afp
    Alexandria (United States) (AFP) - What does a day without women look like? The city of Alexandria, Virginia, just outside the US capital, found out on Wednesday as an avalanche of teacher requests for time off to mark International Women's Day forced it to close down its entire public school district. Alexandria's unprecedented decision -- announced two days ahead of time to give parents time to plan for the disruption -- appeared to be broadly well received in the progressive northern Virginia city.
  • Son of Sen. Tim Kaine one of six arrested after protesters disrupt Trump rally at state Capitol

    03/08/2017 2:59:47 AM PST · by iowamark · 45 replies
    TwinCities.com ^ | 3/8/2017
    The youngest son of U.S. Sen. Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton’s 2016 running mate, was one of six people arrested Saturday after counter-protesters disrupted a rally in support of President Donald Trump at the Minnesota State Capitol. Linwood Michael Kaine, 24, and four others were arrested on suspicion of second-degree riot after the “March 4 Trump” rally in St. Paul; a sixth person was cited for disorderly conduct. Counter-protesters clashed with Trump supporters in the Capitol rotunda after they disrupted the proceedings with air horns, whistles and chants. At one point, someone set off a smoke bomb. Linwood Kaine, a Minneapolis...
  • VA: Governor McAuliffe Vetoes Knife Law Reform

    03/07/2017 6:01:31 AM PST · by marktwain · 18 replies
    ammoland ^ | 26 February, 2017 | Dean Weingarten
    On 20 February, 2017, Governor McAuliffe (D) Virginia vetoed HB 1432.  The bill would have reformed Virginia law to remove the blanket prohibition on carrying, possessing, trading or selling  of switchblade knives.The law was a holdover from the 1950's when bans on the ownership of switchblade knives swept the nation. The bans were based on groundless hysteria about their supposed use by street gangs. The play “West Side Story” was said to have a role in the passage of these laws.  A federal statute banning the interstate sale of switchblade knives was passed.  From the excellent article by Bernard...
  • Alexandria schools to close Wednesday during ‘Day Without a Woman’

    03/06/2017 8:28:12 PM PST · by UB355 · 41 replies
    Wtop ^ | 3/6/2017 | Jack moore
    WASHINGTON — Alexandria City Public Schools will be closed Wednesday after more than 300 staff members requested the day off. The “unusually high number” of call-outs may be connected with the “Day Without a Woman” nationwide protest and social media campaign, school superintendent Alvin Crawley said in a statement. Wednesday also marks International Women’s Day. March 8 will be a teacher workday, Crawley said. March 10 was already a regularly scheduled workday. “This is not a decision that was made lightly,” Crawley said, adding it was “based solely on our ability to provide sufficient staff to cover all our classrooms.”
  • Thousands of illegal immigrants lurking on Virginia’s voter rolls

    03/06/2017 10:39:14 PM PST · by blueplum · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 01 March 2017 | Rowan Scarborough
    When Virginia Delegate Robert Marshall asked the state’s 133 local governments to provide numbers on noncitizens and jury pools, Loudoun County produced some hefty figures. Between 2009 and 2014, the Washington, D.C., exurb of more than 350,000 residents had disqualified more than 9,000 of them for jury duty because they were not U.S. citizens. [snip] Citing data from six counties and two cities, the report found that 1,000 noncitizens were registered to vote in those jurisdictions between 2011 and 2016, and that 200 of them actually voted. An example: In 2011 Fairfax County discovered 278 registered voters who had told...
  • Va. man hired as baby sitter charged with kissing child

    03/06/2017 12:59:00 PM PST · by COBOL2Java · 14 replies
    WTOP News (Washington DC) ^ | March 6, 2017 3:21 pm | William Vitka | @vitkaWTOP
    Police are working to determine if there are any additional victims of Salomon Sanchez-Bernuy, 66. (Courtesy Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office) WASHINGTON — An Ashburn, Virginia, man who was hired by a local family to baby-sit their daughter has been arrested and charged after having inappropriate contact with her. Salomon Sanchez-Bernuy, 66, was charged with kissing a child under the age of 13 with lascivious intent and simple assault.
  • "Millie the Trump Girl will Blow Your Mind"

    03/05/2017 8:59:31 PM PST · by Kalamata · 4 replies
    Youtube ^ | February 28, 2017 | Truth Warriors
    Apologies if this has already been posted and I missed it the first time around. It's from CPAC. This 11 year old girl is amazingly articulate, more than 99 out of 100 adults I'd meet on the street.
  • Ed Gillespie takes Prince William GOP straw poll; Corey Stewart reacts

    03/05/2017 9:06:08 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 12 replies
    Potomac Local ^ | March 5, 2017 | Potomac Local
    Submitted by Gillespie campaign: “Longtime conservative leader, 2014 U.S. Senate nominee and 2017 Republican candidate for governor Ed Gillespie won the straw poll at the Prince William County GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner Saturday night with over 60 percent of the vote. Gillespie won with 62 percent of the vote, followed by Corey Stewart at 24 percent, Denver Riggleman at eight percent, and Frank Wagner at three percent. The Prince William County straw poll is the largest straw poll conducted in the primary to date.
  • Democrats Flip Zero Seats in Four Blue State Special Elections

    03/04/2017 4:09:45 AM PST · by kevcol · 24 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | March 3, 2017 | Andrew Kugle
    Democrats have failed since Election Day in November to take any Republican-controlled seats in four special elections in blue states, despite hefty investment from the Democratic Party. . . . There were four elections that Democrats hoped to win to show their resistance to Trump could be translated into electoral victories. The elections were in Virginia, Minnesota, and, most recently, Connecticut–all states Hillary Clinton won in the 2016 presidential election.
  • Huckabee goes off on DOJ ‘slush fund scheme’: Worse than a mafia shakedown

    03/02/2017 8:42:27 PM PST · by george76 · 35 replies
    BizPac Review ^ | March 2, 2017 | Frieda Powers
    A Justice Department slush fund scheme under former resident Obama reportedly funneled billions of dollars to leftist activist groups in what Mike Huckabee said was “worse than a mafia shakedown.” ... The practice was widely abused under the Obama administration, with liberal groups like La Raza and the National Urban League receiving some of the slush fund money ... Virginia Congressman Robert Goodlatte and Sen. James Lankford, both Republicans, have sponsored legislation to end the practice, which investigators have found accounted for $3 billion paid to “non-victim entities
  • Coal mining begins seeing revival as Trump gives industry hope

    03/01/2017 11:09:17 AM PST · by GonzoII · 64 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2017 | Johnny Giles
    Wise County, Virginia –  A long-awaited revival is under way in this beleaguered Central Appalachia community where residents see coal as the once and future king. Trucks are running again. Miners working seven days a week cannot keep up with current demand. Coal mines, long dormant after the industry’s collapse, are now buzzing again with antlike activity. “We load coal every day for the power plant in Virginia City,” explained Rick, a long-time supervisor for a major local operation who did not want to give his last name. “There's one shipment a week for Georgia Power, and one for Tennessee...
  • Supreme Court renders split decision on Va. redistricting case

    03/01/2017 8:14:23 AM PST · by COBOL2Java · 7 replies
    WTOP News ^ | March 1, 2017 10:52 am | Max Smith | @amaxsmith
    WASHINGTON — The U.S. Supreme Court sent parts of a race-based challenge to Virginia’s state House districts back to a lower court for further review Wednesday, while upholding the lower court panel’s findings that one majority black district was legally drawn. In an 8-0 decision written by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Supreme Court found a three-judge District Court panel followed an incorrect legal standard in its analysis of 11 of the 12 districts challenged in the case. The lower court had required those challenging the districts to show an actual conflict between the plan that was adopted following the 2010...
  • McAuliffe Vetoes Bill to Investigate Virginia Voter Rolls With More Registered Than Eligible Voters

    02/28/2017 10:08:57 PM PST · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | February 28, 2017 | Joe Schoffstall
    More than 1,000 people in eight Virginia counties illegally registered to vote, report finds Democratic Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe vetoed a bill that would require investigations of jurisdictions in the state whose voter rolls contain more registered voters than citizens who are eligible to vote. The bill, first introduced by Republican state Sen. Mark D. Obenshain, was prompted by a report that shed light on eight Virginia counties that had more registered voters on their voter rolls than eligible voters. Obenshain's bill would require "the local electoral boards to direct the general registrars to investigate the list of persons voting...
  • US transportation secretaries have left a lasting legacy in D.C. region

    02/27/2017 5:51:05 AM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies
    The Dayton Daily News ^ | February 23, 2017 | Lori Aratani - The Washington Post
    U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao had been on the job only a few weeks when she took action on one of the region's most intractable problems and directed millions in federal transit dollars be withheld from the District, Maryland and Virginia until they create a safety agency to oversee D.C.'s subway, Metro. Chao was making good on a threat by her predecessor, Anthony Foxx, a move that surprised some local officials who had hoped that the jurisdictions had shown enough progress to stave off the action. It's too soon to say whether Chao's action is a sign she will continue...
  • Sunday Morning Talk Show Thread 26 February 2017

    02/26/2017 4:36:08 AM PST · by Alas Babylon! · 229 replies
    Various driveby media television networks ^ | 26 February 2017 | Various Self-Serving Politicians and Big Media Screaming Faces
    The Talk Shows Feb 26th, 2017 Guests to be interviewed today on major television talk shows: FOX NEWS SUNDAY (Fox Network): Govs. Scott Walker, R-Wis., and Terry McAuliffe, D-Va. MEET THE PRESS (NBC): Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark.; Gov. John Hickenlooper, D-Colo.FACE THE NATION (CBS): Gov. John Kasich, R-Ohio; former CIA Director John Brennan.THIS WEEK (ABC): House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi of California; Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio; White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders.STATE OF THE UNION (CNN): Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; Gov. Chris Christie, R-N.J.; Reps. Mark Sanford, R-S.C., and Ruben Gallego, D-Ariz. (Note: No Trump Admin types. CNN=VERY...
  • Lawyer: Racist Note Given To Black Waitress In Virginia Is A Fake

    02/25/2017 11:20:03 PM PST · by Mr.Unique · 37 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 02/25/2017 | Chuck Ross
    A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a patron last month fabricated the incident, the customer claims. Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man stiffed her on his $30.52 restaurant bill and wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt. But the note was forged, says Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the customer.
  • Lawyer: Racist Note Given To Black Waitress In Virginia Is A Fake

    02/25/2017 2:32:15 PM PST · by Brad from Tennessee · 38 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | Feburary 25, 2017 | By Chuck Ross
    A black waitress who received thousands of dollars in donations after she claimed she received a racist note and no tip from a patron last month, fabricated the incident, the customer claims. Kelly Carter, a waitress at Anita’s New Mexico Cafe in Ashburn, Va., claimed that a white man stiffed her on his $30.52 restaurant bill and wrote “Great service, don’t tip black people” at the bottom of his receipt. But the receipt was fabricated, says Daniel Hebda, a lawyer for the patron. Hebda said in a statement Friday that his client did leave Carter a small tip — one...
  • Nikki Giovanni: Trump Should Crash And Burn

    02/24/2017 11:01:54 AM PST · by GuavaCheesePuff · 45 replies
    The Huffington Post ^ | January 25, 2017 | J.D. Myall
    “The best thing that could happen to America would be if Trump and Pence were on a plane that crashed and burned.” - Nikki Giovanni. My mouth hangs wide, it takes me a minute to think of my next question. Nikki Giovanni, the famous poet and distinguished university professor makes me speechless. I want to talk about her nomination for the Maya Angelou Lifetime Achievement Award. We could chat about her friendship with Maya Angelou, or her NAACP Image Awards. I would even be eager to talk about her Grammy nomination or her love of literature, poetry, and cooking. I...
  • What now? Court asks parties to weigh in on next steps in transgender bathroom case

    02/23/2017 7:16:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 19 replies
    SCOTUSBlog ^ | 2/23/17 | Amy Howe
    This evening the Supreme Court asked both sides in Gloucester County School Board v. G.G., a challenge to a Virginia school board’s bathroom policy, to submit letters to the court discussing “how the case should proceed in light of” yesterday’s revocation of the Obama administration’s prior guidance. In that guidance, the federal government had interpreted a 1975 regulation to require schools to “treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity.” The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit had relied heavily on the now-revoked guidance in striking down the school board’s policy, which instead required students to use the...
  • Northern Virginia High School Plans "Trayvon Martin Day"

    02/23/2017 6:45:40 PM PST · by ResistanceMedia · 37 replies
    ResistanceMedia.org ^ | February 23, 2017
    The Black Student Union (BSU) at Oakton High School in Oakton, Virginia, part of the Fairfax County Public School district has organized a "black history spirit week," to run from February 21-24, 2017. In a Twitter post made February 18, the BSU announced the event, to include days such as "Afrocentric day," "Black-out day," and of course, "Trayvon Martin Day." It is not immediately clear whether this event is school-sponsored, but spirit weeks usually are. According to several BSU members, the school administration tried to walk back their support of Trayvon Day due to criticism from "white boys," but the...
  • Trump wine boycott against Wegmans backfires spectacularly (LOL!)

    02/23/2017 3:24:26 PM PST · by Red in Blue PA · 32 replies
    They tried to stop Donald Trump in the primaries. Old story. They tried to stop him on Election Day. Everyone knows how that turned out. With Trump in the White House and their options dwindling, the president's opponents finally tried to #StopTrumpWine. Want to guess how that's going?
  • Pulaski Deputy Concerned for Safety of Girl Who Took His Bike (#helpsavethenextgirl)

    02/22/2017 5:15:58 AM PST · by sevinufnine · 39 replies
    WSLS ^ | 2/20/17 | Irisha Jones
    A Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputy has a message for the community after his bike was taken from his home earlier this month by a stranded 19-year-old. The deputy took to his Facebook page to express his concerns for her safety. “A young lady found my bicycle and she was out here alone in the dark and decided she needed it for a ride home. So she took my bike,” said Bowden. Bowden said he didn’t know it was missing until it was returned to his grandmother’s house next door with this note, apologizing for taking it without permission. The 19-year-old...
  • Virginia governor vetoes bill defunding Planned Parenthood

    02/21/2017 7:16:27 PM PST · by Beowulf9 · 25 replies
    http://www.reuters.com ^ | Feb 21, 2017 | Ian Simpson
    Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe on Tuesday vetoed a bill that would have blocked funding for Planned Parenthood, which provides abortions and other health services. The bill passed by the Republican-controlled legislature would have barred the state from providing funds to clinics that perform abortions not covered by Medicaid, the federal healthcare program for the poor.
  • Laura Ingraham, Carly Fiorina Poll Dead Even In Virgina Senate Race (GOPe vs Populist Primary)

    02/20/2017 12:11:03 PM PST · by drewh · 44 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 2.19.17 ast
    Former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and national radio host Laura Ingraham are polling dead even in the Virginia Senate race, according to a Quinnipiac poll released Friday. The two would face off in a Republican Primary before challenging Democratic Sen. Tim Kaine, who recently concluded his bid for vice president under Hillary Clinton. Both Fiorina and Ingraham are polling at 36 percent in a head-to-head against Kaine. Kaine fared better over Fiorina, earning 57 percent compared to her 36 percent, one percent better than he fared against Ingraham. Kaine earned 56 percent against the conservative radio host. Neither woman was...
  • Regional killings soar past 100, reach highest level in decade (Richmond, Virginia area)

    02/19/2017 12:50:49 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 32 replies
    The Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Mark Bowes
    Killings across the Richmond region soared in 2016 to the highest level in more than a decade, with African-Americans suffering the greatest loss of life at 81 percent of all victims. Homicides in the region’s four cities, three towns and 16 counties with a collective population of 1.26 million jumped 24 percent, from 98 in 2015 to 124 last year — the highest tally since 2005, when 132 killings occurred, according to a Richmond Times-Dispatch analysis of regional homicide data. The distressing loss of black lives continued at a disproportionately high pace in 2016, with 101 of the 124 victims,...
  • Legal loophole: Virginia AG uses forfeiture funds to cover staff salaries

    02/18/2017 8:22:41 AM PST · by Makana · 30 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | February 18, 2017 | Jason Snead
    So, you’re sitting on millions of dollars’ worth of confiscated property. You want to give your workers a raise, but federal rules bar you from using seized assets to fund salaries. What’s an attorney general to do? Well, if you’re Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, you turn to a strange source for the solution: the very U.S. Justice Department officials who are responsible for enforcing the rules you want to skirt. They told Herring he could use the funds to cover routine costs “so long as your overall budget does not decrease.” Herring promptly started using seized funds to cover...
  • Wegmans stores sold out of Trump wines: Did boycott threats backfire?

    02/17/2017 7:03:43 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 27 replies
    Post Standard, Syracuse NY ^ | 02.17.17 | Geoff Herbert
    Did a threat to boycott Wegmans over products with President Donald Trump's name backfire? The Rochester-based grocery store chain came under fire this week for carrying Trump wines at its 10 Virginia locations. The bottles come from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va., bought by Trump in 2011 and given to his son, Eric Trump. The National Organization for Women and other critics encouraged shoppers to take their business elsewhere, despite Wegmans' cult following and positive reputation. "Let's demonstrate through economic action that the residents and businesses of Charlottesville will not stand for the hatred espoused by Eric Trump and...
  • Trump Wine Flying Off the Shelves at Wegmans Despite Boycott

    02/17/2017 6:04:44 AM PST · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Fortune ^ | 2/17/17 | Tessa Berenson
    A group that called for Wegmans shoppers to boycott Trump-branded wine probably won't be happy to hear that instead, bottles from Trump Winery are flying off the shelves in Virginia stores.According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, the wine has sold out at two Richmond-area Wegmans stores, and the eight other locations in Virginia have also sold out of all or some varieties of the Trump Winery wines they carry.Jo Natale, vice president of media relations for Wegmans, told the Times-Dispatch that the ten Virginia Wegmans had plenty of Trump wine in stock before the calls to boycott, and sales have soared...
  • Feminists Boost Sales of Trump Wine in Virginia at Wegmans

    02/17/2017 10:59:14 AM PST · by Mozilla · 21 replies
    Daily Headlines ^ | 2/17/17 | By Steven H Ahle
    The popular grocery chain, Wegmans has ten stores in Virginia, where feminists are pushing a boycott of Trump wines and Wegmans for selling it. But don’t expect Wegmans to fold anytime soon. Since the boycott began the sale of Trump Wines has skyrocketed. Two stores are totally out and the other eight are almost totally out and Wegmans warehouse does not have a single case left.
  • Wegmans facing boycotts for carrying Trump products

    02/17/2017 5:55:22 AM PST · by markomalley · 33 replies
    Syracuse Post Standard ^ | 2/17/17 | Geoff Herbert
    Wegmans is consistently named one of the best companies to work for, recently scored the second-best corporate reputation in America, and has had a cult following among fans for years.So why are customers suddenly threatening to boycott the Rochester-based grocery store chain?The Democrat & Chronicle reports Wegmans is facing boycotts for carrying products with President Donald Trump's name on them. The company has 10 locations in Virginia that sell bottles from the Trump Winery in Charlottesville, Va., drawing the ire of the National Organization for Women and other groups."Certainly if Wegmans is carrying Trump wines, I personally will not shop there," Terry O'Neill,...
  • March 4 Trump

    02/16/2017 7:27:46 PM PST · by Da Bilge Troll · 14 replies
    March for Trump ^ | Feb. 16, 2017 | Peter Boykin
    over." On January 20th, 2017, President Trump outlined a clear vision for the nation: America first. When was the last time you heard anyone in Washington, D.C., say that, let alone a President? It's inspiring, and after countless years of lies, wars, scandals, soaring debt, and declining esteem, it couldn't come at a better time. That's not to say that it will be easy, unfortunately. In fact, it's going to be difficult and time-consuming to recorrect such a fundamentally altered course. A seditious fringe has resolved to sabotage this restored purpose. An insidious propaganda apparatus intends on further shredding the...
  • [Springfield VA] 5 suspects facing murder charges in death of 15-year-old girl [Illegals]

    02/16/2017 5:30:59 PM PST · by markomalley · 11 replies
    WTTG ^ | 2/16/17
    Police have charged two adults and three 17-year-olds with murder in connection with the death of a 15-year-old Maryland girl found dead in Virginia. Damaris Reyes Rivas was reported missing in December, and her body was found near Lake Accotink Park in Springfield on Saturday. (snip) Police would not identify the gang involved, but Damaris’s mother, who now fears for her own life, says the brutal Salvadorian gang MS-13 is responsible. Her mother also says that she has been getting threats from members of the gang blaming her for the arrests that police have made. (snip) ICE has lodged detainers...