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August 24, 2013
In Williamsburg, Va., we had very good food and drink at the Fireside Chophouse Bar & Grill. It's been family-owned for 40 years. They paid attention to detail, and the personal service was great. Fireside Chophouse, 1995 Richmond Road, Williamsburg, Va.; (757) 229-3310, http://www.firesidechophouse.com . Steaks from $19.99; children's menu. Ruth Mullen Thousand Oaks
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SPORTS
March 27, 2014 | By Shannon Ryan
MIDWEST REGIONAL MATCHUPS At Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis NO. 2 MICHIGAN (27-8) VS. NO. 11 TENNESSEE (24-12) WHAT: NCAA regional semifinal, Friday, 4:15 p.m. TV: Channel 2. Led by forward Jarnell Stokes, who is averaging 20.3 points in the tournament, Tennessee defeated Iowa by 13, Massachusetts by 19 and Mercer by 20. But will the Volunteers have fresh enough legs for their fourth game? Michigan guard Nik Stauskas is shooting a hot 42.9% from three-point range in the Wolverines' two games, and he's below average.
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TRAVEL
April 10, 2011 | By Katherine Calos, Special to the Los Angeles Times
On a blustery late-winter afternoon at Manassas, where a muscular statue of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson marks the spot where the Confederate general earned his nickname, the Civil War lives, not separate from life in Virginia, but intricately entwined with it. A father and son inspect cannons in formation for the first major battle in the war that determined what freedom would mean in America. A jogger passes by on her daily route through the suburban sprawl of Washington, D.C., oblivious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 25, 2014 | Corina Knoll
She spent three decades in prison as the outside world moved on. Her children aged. Grandchildren were born. Friends passed away. Mary Virginia Jones, who was serving life without parole for murder, did not despair. She told visitors not to cry. An ordained minister, she preached to dozens every week at the interfaith chapel. She directed Bible services, led hymns and was sought out by those who asked for spiritual guidance. They called her "Mother Mary. " On Monday, she walked into a Los Angeles courtroom in a blue jumpsuit, her hands shackled behind her, her gray hair pulled into a taut bun. The 74-year-old calmly sat down and smiled at her attorneys.
NEWS
May 7, 2012 | By Michael A. Memoli
It is of course no coincidence that President Obama's first two campaign rallies were in Ohio and Virginia this past weekend. In Ohio, you have the quadrennial bellwether, one of the most fiercely contested states in recent presidential history, and one that has voted for the winning candidate in every election since 1964. And in Virginia, you have what could be the decisive state in 2012, one that had been a traditional Republican stronghold until Obama turned it blue in 2008.
NATIONAL
October 24, 2012 | By Joseph Tanfani
WASHINGTON - The son of a Virginia congressman resigned from his father's campaign Wednesday after an undercover video captured him discussing possible voter fraud. Patrick Moran, whose father is Democratic Rep. James P. Moran, was secretly recorded in a video posted by conservative activist James O'Keefe. In the video, Moran, who was working as his father's campaign field director, talks about using utility bills and other documents to evade Virginia's new voter ID laws.
SPORTS
June 10, 2011 | By Chris Foster
Where: At Charlottesville, Va. Schedule: 10 a.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. Sunday, 4 p.m. Monday (if necessary). Television: ESPNU Saturday and Sunday, ESPNU or ESPN2 Monday. Records: Irvine 42-16, Virginia 52-9. Top players: Irvine — Brian Hernandez, 3B (.351, 31 RBI); Drew Hillman, OF (.336, 5 HR, 50 RBI); Jordan Fox, 1B (.335, 25 RBI); Matt Summers, P (11-2, 1.72); Matt Whitehouse, P (4-0, 2.14). Virginia — Danny Hultzen, P (11-3, 1.57, 148 SO); Will Roberts, P (11-1, 1.61)
NEWS
November 2, 2010 | By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau
Freshman Democrat Tom Perriello, who campaigned with President Obama in the final weekend of the campaign, has lost his bid for a second term representing Virginia's 5 t h Congressional District. Republican state Sen. Robert Hurt carried the Charlottesville-based seat. The district leans Republican ? John McCain carried it in 2008 ? but Perriello supported the Democratic majority on key legislation, including the healthcare overhaul and the economic stimulus. Obama singled Perriello out often for doing what was right, even though it wasn't politically popular.
SPORTS
June 16, 2009 | Associated Press
Virginia trumped another ace. The Cavaliers beat All-American Daniel Renken and Cal State Fullerton, 7-5, on Monday, extending their first appearance in the College World Series and eliminating the Titans. Two weeks ago, Virginia defeated San Diego State star and No. 1 draft pick Stephen Strasburg in the regionals. Virginia scored four times against Renken in the second inning, and he was finished in the sixth after giving up a season-high six runs.
NATIONAL
June 9, 2009 | Faye Fiore
Terry McAuliffe, Democratic candidate for Virginia governor, had a rare morning off from campaigning before he was to be at the Viva Vienna Memorial Day street festival, so he spent it throwing out old bottles of salad dressing. It started when a jar of Kansas City barbecue sauce caught his eye, and it occurred to him that he might have picked that up when he was chairman of the Democratic National Committee, which was a lot longer ago than the shelf life of barbecue sauce.
NATIONAL
February 14, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
When the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act, it left unresolved whether couples of the same sex had a constitutional right to marry. Other courts, especially in Virginia and Utah, are filling that vacuum, setting the stage for the top court to go a second round on the issue. Virginia is the latest state in the fray after a federal judge struck down the state's ban on same-sex marriage as unconstitutional Thursday, arguing that the country has “arrived upon another moment in history when 'We the People' becomes more inclusive, and our freedom more perfect.” In a 41-page ruling released late Thursday, District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen used language similar to that in legal decisions in a series of other states.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Alana Semuels and Richard Simon
NEW YORK - The sixth storm of a long, exhausting winter paralyzed residents up and down the Eastern Seaboard on Thursday as millions struggled with nasty commutes, widespread power outages, government closures, canceled flights and icy messes. More than a foot of snow fell in areas of Connecticut, Virginia, Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey one day after the storm battered much of the South. In a winter that has crushed many snowfall records, the latest storm heaved more grief onto shoulders weary of the relentless cycle of digging out and preparing anew.
NATIONAL
February 13, 2014 | By Connie Stewart
A federal judge in Virginia invalidated the state's ban on same-sex marriage late Thursday but stayed her ruling pending appeal. It was the latest victory for advocates of gay marriage: A day earlier, a federal judge struck down part of Kentucky's same-sex marriage ban , joining a string of similar rulings in conservative states that have put the future of the country's remaining bans in doubt. U.S. District Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen in Norfolk ruled that same-sex marriage was a matter of fundamental fairness.
NATIONAL
February 4, 2014 | By Michael Muskal
Utah has filed its opening salvo defending its ban on gay marriage, while in Virginia, a federal judge will hear arguments about that state's similar law in the latest legal maneuvering over the right for same-sex couples to marry. The separate legal actions are part of the growing number of court battles over what remains a sensitive issue since the U.S. Supreme Court struck down parts of the federal Defense of Marriage Act in June. That ruling, hailed as a major step by gay-marriage advocates, gave federal recognition to legally married gay couples and extended to them the same federal health, tax, Social Security and other benefits that heterosexual couples receive.
NATIONAL
January 31, 2014 | By David Zucchino
The top public health official in Charleston, W. Va., has added to widespread criticism of the decision to declare drinking water safe despite a critical lack of scientific data about the coal-washing chemical that spilled into the Elk River on Jan. 9. Dr. Rahul Gupta, director of the Kanawha-Charleston Health Department, the largest in West Virginia, said in an interview Friday that the water can't be considered completely safe because scientists don't...
NATIONAL
January 29, 2014 | By David Zucchino, This post has been updated and corrected, as indicated below.
First, federal regulators couldn't explain the possible health dangers posed by the mysterious coal-cleansing chemical that spilled into West Virginia's drinking water -- except that pregnant woman shouldn't drink it even after the water had been declared safe for everyone else. Then the chemical company responsible for the spill belatedly admitted a second, equally unpronounceable chemical containing ether also had been dumped into the water. Now comes this warning for hundreds of thousands of West Virginians: They may be inhaling formaldehyde while showering in the tainted water, which was declared safe for human consumption a week after the Jan. 9 spill into the Elk River just north of downtown Charleston.
NATIONAL
February 8, 2010 | By Richard Simon
Virginia could become the first state on the Eastern Seaboard to open its coast to energy exploration since a decades-old federal drilling ban expired more than a year ago. The new Republican governor, Robert McDonnell, pledged to make Virginia the "energy capital of the East Coast" at his swearing-in last month. The state's Democratic senators, Jim Webb and Mark R. Warner, are also urging the Obama administration to begin selling leases next year for drilling 50 miles offshore.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 13, 2012 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
It was September 2010 and anticipation for Dustin Lance Black's directorial debut at the Toronto International Film Festival was running high. A year earlier, the "Milk" screenwriter had made a splash at the Oscars with his moving acceptance speech touching on the difficulty of growing up gay, transforming him into a hero for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Now, his Southern-set film, "What's Wrong With Virginia" - starring Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris - was unspooling in Toronto's special presentation section alongside the works of Danny Boyle, John Sayles and Clint Eastwood.
NATIONAL
January 23, 2014 | By Daniel Rothberg
Newly elected Virginia Atty. Gen. Mark R. Herring abruptly reversed the state's position on gay marriage Thursday, declaring a voter-approved ban unconstitutional and announcing that his office would no longer defend it. Though the state will continue to enforce the existing law pending court challenges, Herring - a Democrat who narrowly won election in November - said his office would join sides with two gay couples have sued to overturn the...
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