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November 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
The Mariners' Museum in Newport News, Va., opened a new exhibit this month in an unusual place: inside its eight restrooms. " A Head of Its Time " explores the history of toilets on ships. According to the museum, the idea for the exhibition started about eight years ago and began as a joke. But museum collections and programs chief Anna Holloway submitted a proposal that began: "There is a certain experience that cuts across time, space, age and ethnicity, though not necessarily across genders.
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NEWS
November 6, 2013 | By Cathleen Decker
The two biggest elections Tuesday provided an imperfect template for predicting the future. In New Jersey, Republican Gov. Chris Christie so thoroughly blew away his Democratic opponent that conclusions are skewed. It would be a miracle, for instance, if Christie duplicated his showing and won close to a quarter of black voters in a 2016 run for president. In Virginia, the main candidates were so flawed you could almost hear voters begging for a “none of the above” option before they grudgingly gave the governor's office to Democrat Terry McAuliffe.
NATIONAL
November 6, 2013 | By David Lauter
WASHINGTON - The most closely fought major election of the fall, the race for governor of Virginia, has a lesson for both parties: Your magic bullets are duds. For weeks, partisans on each side have claimed an issue that they argued would sweep their side to victory this year and next. Republicans predicted public anger over Obamacare would power their candidates. On the Democratic side, many said a backlash against the government shutdown would propel their candidates to success.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | Mark Z. Barabak
A set of off-year elections Tuesday in three states could offer the first clues of a way forward for Republicans still staggering from consecutive presidential defeats and divided by a growing rift between the establishment and tea party wings of the GOP. The two biggest races are expected to render a split verdict. Barring huge upsets, Republican Gov. Chris Christie is expected to romp to reelection in New Jersey, positioning him for an anticipated 2016 White House run, while former national Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe is expected to win the open governor's seat in Virginia.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Evan Halper
Virginia Democrats spent much of Tuesday night biting their nails with the governor's race too close to call -- despite recent polls showing their nominee with a commanding lead. It was nearly 11 p.m. when Terry McAuliffe took the podium to deliver his victory speech. With 99% of precincts reporting, McAuliffe had captured 47.4% of the vote. His challenger, Republican Atty. Gen. Ken Cuccinelli, a tea party favorite, won 45.5% of the vote. A week ago, a Washington Post poll showed McAuliffe with a 12-point lead.
NATIONAL
November 5, 2013 | By Mark Z. Barabak
Republican Gov. Chris Christie rolled to easy reelection Tuesday in New Jersey, setting up an expected 2016 presidential bid, while former national Democratic Party Chairman Terry McAuliffe squeezed past his tea party Republican opponent to seize the Virginia governor's mansion. Elsewhere, New York City chose Bill de Blasio as its first Democratic mayor in two decades; Boston elected the favorite of organized labor, Democratic state Rep. Marty Walsh, to replace long-serving Mayor Thomas M. Menino; and Detroit selected former hospital executive Mike Duggan as the city's first white mayor since the 1970s.
NEWS
November 5, 2013 | By Evan Halper
HERNDON, Va. -- Some of the old-timers who came out to vote Tuesday in this suburb near Dulles International Airport can remember a time when a social conservative like the state GOP's gubernatorial nominee would have dominated election returns here. Herndon was a sleepy burg full of dairy farms then. Its main link with Washington, D.C., was a train stopping to pick up a milk shipment on its way to Union Station. The area has since boomed into an appendage of Washington with a population exceeding 24,000, and the massive demographic changes it has gone through in the process reflect one of the biggest headaches for Republicans nationwide.
NEWS
November 3, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - President Obama joined the parade of personalities campaigning for onetime Democratic Party chief Terry McAuliffe in the Virginia governor's race, a closely watched swing-state contest that could test both parties' strategy for next year's midterm election. At a Sunday afternoon rally in a Virginia suburb just across the Potomac River from Washington, Obama cast the Republican Party as hijacked by the far right wing and its ideological aims. Northern Virginia, home to tens of thousands of federal workers and civilian contractors, was hit especially hard by the 16-day shutdown of the federal government in a fight over the budget and the healthcare law. "You've seen an extreme faction of the Republican Party that has shown again and again and again that they're willing to hijack their party, the country and the economy … if they don't get 100% of what they want," Obama told the estimated 1,600 people gathered at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington.
NEWS
October 31, 2013 | By David G. Savage
WASHINGTON -- Virginia Tech cannot be held liable for failing to warn the campus and its student body that a crazed gunman was on the loose, the Virginia Supreme Court ruled Thursday, throwing out a jury's wrongful-death verdict in the deadliest mass shooting in U.S. history. The state justices said university officials have a legal duty to alert the student body only when they have reason to suspect a campus-wide danger. And the mass shooting that occurred on April 16, 2007, in which a gunman killed 32 and then himself, could not have been “reasonably foreseen” in time to warn the campus, the justices said.
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