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Solar lawsuit clears hurdle, to be heard

Summertime marks return of Prizery musical theatre

Departing coach rips oversight of athletics

Former Bluestone football coach alleges interference by trustees committee; Studifen brushes off criticism, lauds coaching hires


Baseball, softball begin regional play today





New directions

Okay, I have something to say about the proposed design of Mecklenburg County’s consolidated school complex: there’s one element of the plan that people gave up for dead as soon as the cost estimate hit light of day, but this is regrettable: I am referring, of course, to the idea of building a $10.5 million aquatics center. Fuggetaboutit, right? Before the idea disappears entirely into the ether, hear me out in its defense.

Call waiting

From the Department of Truth Is Stranger Than Fiction: Yesterday was just a normal press day; sliding towards the fire, as usual. Then, the phone rings! My mother, a dear, sweet woman whose sole failing in life is being responsible for me, picks up. The caller identifies himself as Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli. “This is Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli,” he said. “Are you writing something about me in tomorrow’s paper?”

Cool spell

It’s warm enough outside without the usual dose of overheated commentary to make things worse. So for a change, a few low-key takes on the news:

Oops can happen, and then …

One of the supreme ironies of the uranium mining debate in Pittsylvania County is that supporters make the argument that it’s regulated by the government. They say an alphabet soup of state and federal agencies will oversee uranium mining and milling in the county. Virginia Uranium Inc. will use the latest technology, and the state and federal government will be watching VUI the whole time.

Class action

Dear friends, citizens and graduates: Congratulations! It truly is an honor to be standing on this stage as you, the members of the Class of 2010, bid farewell to your innocent high school years (laughter ensues) and embark on that portion of life’s long journey known as adulthood. You should be proud of your accomplishments up to this point and open to the wondrous possibilities that lie ahead. As your commencement speaker today I hope to play a useful role in helping you to navigate the shoals of these unsettling times and discover a true path to success.

Down in front

Until a week ago, I had no strong feelings about the June 8 GOP congressional primary because, well, the choice of a nominee doesn’t rest with people like me. It belongs to Republicans — a.k.a. nice enough folks as long as you don’t make the mistake of talking politics in their presence.

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