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Halifax man convicted of five felony charges

Elizabeth Leggett makes adjustment to field research work in African country

Pedestrian suffers minor injuries after being struck on US 58


Bluestone, Park View meet as hoops play begins

Varsity boys, girls teams convene in South Hill as cross-county rivals square off





What now?

Let’s be honest, the thought probably ran through your mind, too: Why didn’t the guy just shut up and do as he was told by the officers outside the hospital ER? If he had, wouldn’t he be alive today?

Right out of the box

Of all the arguments raised against uranium mining, the most persuasive (to me) is the impossible challenge of regulating an industry whose environmental effects will linger over an extended window of time: say, the next 100,000 years. The track record of compliance in the here-and-now is already spotty enough. And that’s just with the rules on the books. The National Academy of Sciences, in its much-cited feasibility study on uranium mining, made a point that’s been oddly overlooked: Yes, it may be possible to impose strict controls and insist on “best practices” from mining companies, yet for some reason such a thing rarely ever seems to happen.

Slow-mo fiasco

It’s hardly an original observation, but as daily newspapers struggle with the collapse of their business model, our grasp of the news suffers, too. For all their flaws, the big-city metros are just about the only game in town when it comes to tracking mischief at the nation’s statehouses. With editorial staffs dwindling and reporters forced to find new and creative things to do with their time, the odds that the public’s business will go awry — without warning of trouble ahead — have risen tremendously.

Unhealthy system

Our report two weeks ago on Community Memorial Healthcenter’s decision to cut ties with Clarksville physician Susan Hundley has clearly struck a nerve in the community. And for good reason: People appreciate quality doctors. Unfortunately, CMH has not said much about its reasons for letting Dr. Hundley go, in keeping with standard procedure in such situations. It would be unwise, and practically unprecedented, for the hospital to open up on what is first and foremost a personnel matter.

A contest like no other

Well, that sure was exciting, wasn’t it? Virginia’s Stupor Tuesday vote presented us with an epic showdown between Thurston Howell III and Ichabod Crane, with the rest of the Republican presidential field either lost on a three-hour tour or resting quietly at Sleepy Hollow. I voted for Ichabod. The feeling was positively blah.

Job creator

Just over the county line to our east, folks in Brunswick are celebrating the announcement last week that Dominion Virginia Power will build a $1 billion, 1,300 megawatt natural gas-fired plant just outside of Lawrenceville, pending approval by the SCC. The project will create an estimated 600 short-term construction jobs and 30 permanent jobs. Plainly this is welcome news for a community that two years ago lost its biggest employer — Brunswick Correctional Center — and which along with the rest of Southside has been struggling mightily. Hooray for Brunswick!

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