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South Boston Police sued for $25 million in Richmond man’s death

The South Boston Police Department is facing a $25 million federal lawsuit with the death two years ago of a 46-year-old African-American man whose family alleges he died of cardiac…

Martin: ‘Second set of eyes’ to review facts in Lambert probe

The Halifax County Commonwealth's Attorney office has brought in a special assistant, Richmond prosecutor Michael Herring, to weigh evidence in the death of Linwood Lambert, whose family has sued the…

Wilborn gears up to run for Board of Supervisors

A third candidate is looking to run for the Board of Supervisors in ED-5, joining a field that already includes incumbent Barry Bank and challenger Joseph “Joey” Rogers.

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Left behind

I guess the time was never too far distant to talk about Jim Thornton’s legacy as Superintendent of Mecklenburg County Schools.

Dawdle grounds

After a slight turn for the better, the Halifax County jobs scene has drawn once again into zombie territory, dark and grim and riveting in a brain-eating sort of way. At last check the local jobless rate had risen back above 11 percent, putting Halifax just behind woeful Henry atop the list of Virginia counties that qualify as employment dead zones.

Doctors of divinity

Well, chalk this one up to “it was only a matter of time”: private, evangelical Liberty University has applied for $18 million from the Virginia Tobacco Commission to build a new medical school and center for health sciences in Lynchburg. A Tobacco Commission committee has come back with a recommendation to award $12 million, which means the final number is likely to come in somewhere between $12 million and $18 million. In the gravity-free world of the Tobacco Commission, final spending approvals go up, they don’t come down.

Paying the piper

More than a month after Superintendent of Schools Dr. James Thornton first laid out the dismal facts on low teacher pay in Mecklenburg County, the silence among those who can usually be relied upon for a quick rebuttal — that Thornton has his figures wrong, he’s blowing smoke when there’s no fire, etc. — has been deafening. It’s no wonder: Mecklenburg superintendents have come and gone over the past two decades but to a man (and woman) they’ve run up against this same problem. And it’s not getting any better as time wears on.

The medicine man

Fifth District Rep. Robert Hurt hit the road this month, traveling U.S. 58 from Martinsville to Lawrenceville to promote conservative orthodoxy on how to fix the economy: less regulation; tax cuts for corporations and high income taxpayers; small government and a speedy end to all things Obama. Many of his constituents no doubt lapped it up.

The sunshine boys

Normally the notebook ranks among the most important tools of the journalistic trade. But there are times when a shovel would be more useful.

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