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After Florida, frayed nerves at Bluestone

Friday incident raises question: What more can or should be done?

Student likely to face Class 6 felony charges

Schools stand to gain with new accreditation


Harris making contributions at Lynchburg





Taking a swing

Winter is on the wane and spring training is officially underway. Let’s take a moment to get in a few hacks ...

The coziest watchdogs

Late last month The New York Times came out with an article, “Ash Spill Shows How Watchdog Was Defanged,” (, Feb. 28 edition) that opened with this arresting passage:

Where there’s smoke

Does mere chance drive events in this world? Or do things happen for a reason? This week, Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe briefly turned from his No. 1 priority since taking office — pushing Medicaid expansion through the General Assembly — to put in a request for records from the Virginia Tobacco Commission. It seems the new governor is on a fact-finding mission to determine if the leaf commission has been successful at revitalizing Virginia’s traditional tobacco-growing regions. Hmm.

The rest of the story

Four weeks into the Duke Energy coal ash spill in Eden, N.C., new information continues to emerge about the likely damage to the Dan River, which of course flows into Buggs Island Lake and Lake Gaston here in Mecklenburg County.

Making a list

Everyone nowadays is so into making lists, I feel like I should contribute to the genre.

Muddying the waters

In the aftermath of a massive coal ash spill this week on the Dan River, it’s not too hard to see why government officials would be keen to avoid words and deeds that might stoke undue fear among the public.

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