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  • Judge overturns life without parole sentence for DC sniper Lee Boyd Malvo

    05/26/2017 3:26:05 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 81 replies ^ | 5/26/17 | Paul Wagner
    WASHINGTON - A federal district court judge has overturned the sentence of Lee Boyd Malvo, one of the two people convicted in D.C.-area Beltway sniper attacks nearly 15 years ago, according to a ruling released Friday. Malvo was sentenced to life in prison without parole for the sniper-style attacks committed around the region in October 2002 along with John Allen Muhammad. Ten people were killed and three others were shot during a three-week period. Malvo appealed to the court saying he should not have been sentenced to life without parole because he was 17 years old at the time of...
  • Weekly Cooking (and related issues) Thread

    05/25/2017 3:33:48 PM PDT · by Jamestown1630 · 97 replies
    While roaming on Youtube last week, I found a video from the Southern Foodways Alliance about ‘Sally Bell’s’, a little Richmond, Virginia bakery which is famous for it’s boxed lunches. This is a very interesting short video about a family business that has become beloved for its made-from-scratch-everyday menu: searched to see if some of their recipes might be available, with no luck; but I did find a recipe for Cheese Wafers with Pecans, which looks similar to those that are always included in Sally Bell’s lunch boxes: the Chicken Salad is the favorite sandwich at Sally Bell’s;...

    05/25/2017 7:29:39 AM PDT · by Fighting Irish · 7 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | May 23, 2017 | Staff
    Poll to remove civil war monuments from Richmond's Monument Avenue ( see url for poll)
  • Roanoke (VA) man sentenced on child porn convictiond

    05/25/2017 7:19:47 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 4 replies
    Roanoke Times ^ | May 23, 2017 | Jeff Sturgeeon
    William Raywood Rhodes, 26, of Roanoke will spend 10 years in prison followed by 15 years on federal supervision for trading child pornography, a judge ruled Tuesday. The judge declined to fine Rhodes, saying she wanted to conserve what money he has for victim relief. U.S. District Court Judge Elizabeth Dillon said children depicted in child pornography fear that the people they meet in everyday life have seen the images. Anxiety, depression and emotional pain result, according to Dillon, who read confidential statements from children seen in the images Rhodes had. Child porn offenders owe compensation to the children if...
  • POLL: Should Richmond remove its Confederate monuments?

    05/23/2017 1:13:29 PM PDT · by Captain Jack Aubrey · 26 replies
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 5/23/2017 | None
    Cities with Confederate history are debating whether or not to remove Civil War monuments in places like picturesque Monument Avenue that is lined with statues for Robert E. Lee, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. Citizens are asking the question in Richmond - do you think Richmond should remove its Confederate monuments?
  • Granules India Expansion Will Create More Than 100 Jobs In Virginia

    05/23/2017 3:08:11 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Business Facilities ^ | May 23, 2017
    Granules India Ltd. will invest $35 million into its subsidiary, Granules Pharmaceuticals Inc., to expand its pharmaceutical R&D and manufacturing capabilities in Fairfax County, VA. Before choosing Virginia, the company also considered New Jersey for the project, which will create 102 new jobs. In 2014, the company invested $15 million to establish its wholly-owned subsidiary operation, creating 75 jobs in Fairfax. India-based Granules India Ltd. manufactures Active Pharmaceutical Ingredients (APIs), Pharmaceutical Formulation Intermediates (PFIs), and Finished Dosages (FDs), distributed to customers in both regulated and semi-regulated markets. “Setting up a development and manufacturing presence in the United States was the...
  • Public-Private Partnerships Will Not Save U.S. Infrastructure

    05/23/2017 1:09:11 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies
    StreetsBlog USA ^ | May 17, 2017 | Stephen Miller
    This week, while Donald Trump ensnares himself in the most serious threat to his presidency to date, Congress is, to some extent, continuing with the typical business of government. A series of hearings during “Infrastructure Week” are focusing on the administration’s rumored infrastructure plan.Although the White House has been talking up private infrastructure investment as a replacement for public funding, a panel of experts told Congress that, even with perfectly executed public-private partnerships, the federal government still needs to provide its own support — especially for projects, like transit lines, that aren’t guaranteed to generate toll revenue for profit-seeking investors.This...
  • Gubernatorial hopeful Frank Wagner pushes infrastructure investments

    05/20/2017 10:56:52 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    The Roanoke Times ^ | May 5, 2017 | Carmen Forman
    Republican gubernatorial candidate Frank Wagner visited Roanoke Friday to pitch his campaign message of improving transportation infrastructure in order to create more jobs across Virginia.At a Roanoke County Republican Committee luncheon, Wagner, a GOP state senator from Virginia Beach, discussed his proposal to raise the gas tax for projects like widening Interstate 81 and building Interstate 73 and the Coalfields Expressway.Yes, he’s a rare Republican calling for a tax increase. He understands the irony. Building up major pathways in and out of Southwest Virginia will improve the business climate, he said.In the economically depressed Southside region , adding broadband and...
  • Cicadas are awakening 4 years early. It’s not a sign of the apocalypse but a scientific mystery

    05/19/2017 7:41:12 AM PDT · by EdnaMode · 51 replies
    Vox ^ | May 18, 2017 | Brian Resnick
    n 2004, billions upon billions of shrimp-size insects took to the skies in the mid-Atlantic United States, covering entire houses, blaring extremely loud noises, and littering forests with their exoskeletons. When the swarm was finally over, the insects — cicadas — laid their eggs in the ground. Residents were told these creatures wouldn’t emerge again for another 17 years. The cicadas had other plans. Reports in Baltimore and the Washington, DC, metro area indicate that a small group of the cicadas — a group called Brood X — are emerging from the ground to molt, mate, and make noise. They...
  • Trump to Liberty grads: Be an outsider — there's nothing 'more pathetic' than 'being a critic'

    05/13/2017 3:50:39 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 15 replies
    The Washington Compost ^ | 2017-05-13 | Jenna Johnson
    LYNCHBURG, Va. — After one of the most tumultuous weeks of his presidency, President Trump traveled to Liberty University on Saturday morning to deliver a subdued pep talk. For once, it was not a campaign speech — although he did marvel the large crowd and bragged about his success with evangelical voters. Instead, the president explained to graduates of the Evangelical Christian School how to stay tough when no one agrees with you, when everyone is criticizing you, when you feel like running home to your mother. “Nothing worth doing ever, ever, ever came easy,” the president said. “Following your...
  • Watch Donald Trump's First Commencement Speech as President

    05/13/2017 4:04:33 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 10 replies
    Rolling Stoned ^ | 2017-05-13 | Daniel Kreps
    "In America, we don't worship government, we worship God," president tells Liberty University's Class of 2017 Speaking at the Jerry Falwell-founded Christian university in Lynchburg, Virginia, Trump promised the Class of 2017 that, "As long as I am your president, no one is ever going to stop you from practicing your faith." "America has always been the land of dreams because America is a nation of true believers," Trump said. "When the pilgrims landed at Plymouth, they prayed. When the founders wrote the Declaration of Independence, they invoked our creator four times. Because in America, we don't worship...
  • Trump's Liberty commencement speech gets high marks from those in attendance

    05/13/2017 2:21:42 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    WSLS-TV ^ | May 13, 2017 | Colter Anstaett - Southside Bureau Reporter
    LYNCHBURG - For students and non-students alike, President Donald Trump's commencement speech at Liberty University Saturday was important and impactful. "I loved it. I love Trump. I think he spoke very well and clear; very strong message," said Liberty University student Luke Martin. Agape Adams and her mother came to the commencement from Richmond just to hear President Trump speak. "I loved it. I thought it was genuine," said Agape Adams. "I thought it was very caring for us American citizens and thoughtful. Very thoughtful." Adams' mother really enjoyed Trump's encouragement of entrepreneurship. "It gives hope. If you're down here...
  • Blue on Blue in Virginia: An unexpected Democratic race

    05/12/2017 8:09:04 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 28 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | MAY 22, 2017 | By ANDREW FERGUSON Ralph Northam, left, and Tom Perriello shake hands after a debate in Richmond
    It wasn't supposed to be this hard. The party elders had got all their Democratic ducks in a row, merrily quacking, to escort Ralph Northam, Virginia's lieutenant governor, to victory in this year's gubernatorial primary on June 13. Both of the commonwealth's United States senators endorsed him. His boss the governor endorsed him, and so did nearly every Democrat in the state legislature. Even the state's hard-charging and ambitious attorney general, his only plausible rival for the Democratic nomination, had been persuaded not to run. The field cleared. Everybody loved old Ralph. And then Tom Perriello showed up. Perriello spent...
  • FBI raids Annapolis political firm with connections to Trump advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone

    05/11/2017 3:18:47 PM PDT · by blueyon · 40 replies
    Bill Palmer - Palmer Reports ^ | 5/11/17 | Bill Palmer
    The FBI just carried out a raid on the Annapolis office of a Republican party fundraising firm called Strategic Campaign Group, leading to widespread questions about what connection the raid might have to the FBI’s ongoing investigation of the Donald Trump campaign. Palmer Report’s research team determined that the firm in question is in fact connected to Trump campaign advisers Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.
  • Today in U.S. military history: J.E.B. Stuart and the 7th Infantry Division invades Alaska

    05/11/2017 7:48:30 AM PDT · by fugazi · 31 replies
    Unto the Breach ^ | May 11, 2017 | Chris Carter
    1846: Three days after Gen. Zachary Taylor’s forces defeat the Mexican Army in the Battle of Palo Alto, Pres. James K. Polk tells Congress: “Mexico has passed the boundary of the United States, has invaded our territory and shed American blood upon American soil.” The Mexican-American War – already underway – is formally declared within two days. 1863: During the Battle of Yellow Tavern, Condederate Maj. Gen. J.E.B. Stuart is shot by a dismounted Union cavalry trooper north of Richmond, Va. “The greatest cavalry officer ever foaled in America” is mortally wounded and will die the next day. 1943: 3,000...
  • Raucous, angry crowd grills Virginia Rep. Brat at town hall

    05/10/2017 12:14:02 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 29 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 9, 2017 11:00 PM EDT | Sarah Rankin
    Critics of Republican U.S. Rep. Dave Brat and the House health care bill he voted for packed a raucous town hall meeting in his Virginia district Tuesday night, booing and shouting down the congressman from start to finish. Brat is the latest in a series of lawmakers across the country who have gotten an earful from constituents at town hall meetings since last week’s passage of the House health care bill that would repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. […] A former economics professor who defeated then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a historic 2014 upset, Brat briefly discussed...
  • Wells Fargo Bank robbed in McLean [VA]; suspect captured within 10 minutes

    05/09/2017 12:35:08 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 39 replies
    WJLA [Washington DC] ^ | Tuesday, May 9th 2017 | ABC7
    Richard Chit Nyi Nyi Chitty (Fairfax County Police) McLEAN, Va. (ABC7) — A man robbed a Wells Fargo Bank in McLean Tuesday morning and a suspect was captured about 10 minutes later, police say. A man handed a teller a note at the bank in the 6800 block of Old Dominion Drive at about 9:35 a.m. and left with an undisclosed amount of cash, according to a news release from the Fairfax County Police. The man drove away in a silver Honda Civic going north on Route 123, police say. Within about 10 minutes, officers found a Honda fitting the...
  • Islamist Incident at Sacred Heart Catholic Church

    05/08/2017 8:26:06 AM PDT · by Chainmail · 29 replies
    Witnesses | May 8, 2017 | Self
    I spoke to an eyewitness to an incident that occurred at Sacred Heart Catholic Church yesterday at 12:30 during First Holy Communion ceremonies. According to this witness, a man entered the church during the middle of the Mass and shouted "Allahu Akbar" several times and ran down the center aisle and then threw a Bible on the floor. Ushers tackled the man and took him away from church.I have not been able to find any news items about this but at least two very credible ladies told me about this incident this morning.
  • Confederate Veteran John Mosby Knew the Lost Cause Was Bull

    05/01/2017 7:54:06 AM PDT · by C19fan · 775 replies
    War is Boring ^ | May 1, 2017 | Kevin Knodell
    John S. Mosby, known as the “Gray Ghost,” was a Virginian who became legendary for his leadership of Mosby’s Rangers—a band of Confederate guerrilla fighters that harassed the Union Army and went toe-to-toe with George Armstrong Custer in the Shenandoah Valley. Mosby is still highly regarded as a strategist and tactician and is studied to this day by practitioners of unconventional warfare. He lived a long life, dying early in the 20th century, and was also a lawyer, a diplomat and author who wrote about his experiences during the war.
  • Transportation secretary lays out plan to toll I-64 HOV lanes

    05/07/2017 7:57:58 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 13 replies
    WAVY 10 On Your Side ^ | April 11-12, 2017 | WAVY Web Staff and Andy Fox
    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne on Wednesday discussed a plan to ease congestion in Hampton Roads — but it comes with a cost to some. In October, the Commonwealth Transportation Board voted to allow VDOT to convert eight miles of HOV lanes on I-64 into toll lanes. The conversion to high occupancy toll (HOT) lanes or express lanes will impact the stretch of I-64 from the I-264 interchange up to Interstate 564. Solo drivers will be able to use the lanes for the first time during peak hours, but they will have to pay a...