Tag: Virginia

Searching for Hints About 2020, All Eyes Turn to a Reshaped Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. — On a sweltering afternoon, Kirk Cox, the powerful Republican speaker of the Virginia House of Delegates, was chatting to voters and handing out free hot dogs at a campaign event when he was approached by a woman. The two made small talk before the woman, Vanessa Wilkerson, 62, cautioned the conservative lawmaker […]

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In Southern Appalachia, Searching for the ‘Big Bang’ of Country Music

ImageA scene outside Bristol, Tenn., where the famous Bristol recording sessions showcased future stars of the country music scene.CreditMike Belleme for The New York Times While the rest of America was roaring to jazz during the ’20s, in a small corner of the South, where back roads snake through early-morning mist and porches are used […]

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A Nun, a Doctor and a Lawyer — and Deep Regret Over the Nation’s Handling of Opioids

PENNINGTON GAP, Va. — Years before there was an opioid epidemic in America, Sister Beth Davies knew it was coming. In the late 1990s, patient after patient addicted to a new prescription painkiller called OxyContin began walking into the substance abuse clinic she ran in this worn Appalachian town. A local physician, Dr. Art Van […]

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This Carnivorous Plant Invaded New York. That May Be Its Only Hope.

BIG POND, N.Y. — Across their kayaks, the three men passed the green shoot back and forth. Occasionally, one of them would cradle it in one palm and bring a hand lens to it with the other, inspecting the carnivorous plant that was their bounty. By day’s end, the group — Seth Cunningham and Michael […]

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Ads for CBD as Cure-All Are Everywhere, but Regulation Is Scant

Scientists at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va., were concerned when a young man contacted their department last year complaining of a heart-pounding, hallucinogenic high he had neither expected nor wanted to have. The team, led by the forensic toxicologist Michelle R. Peace, had published a study about mysterious ingredients in vaping liquids. That’s how […]

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Virginia Schools’ Bathroom Rule Violates Transgender Rights, U.S. Judge Says

A federal judge ruled Friday that a Virginia school district’s policy barring a male transgender student from using the boys’ bathrooms violates the United States Constitution, an important victory for transgender rights advocates in a closely watched case. In a 28-page ruling, Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen of the United States District Court in Norfolk, […]

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Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Key Jamestown Anniversary’s No Present; Many Boycott, Protest

Virginia state Del. Ibraheem Samirah holds up a sign as Donald Trump delivers remarks during the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative legislative assembly at Jamestown on July 30, 2019 in Jamestown, Va. Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) An event to mark the 400th anniversary of the legislative start of Jamestown, Va.—the English colonial settlement […]

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Trump’s Presence at Virginia Event Marking Jamestown Anniversary Brings Boycott, Protest

Virginia state Del. Ibraheem Samirah holds up a sign as Donald Trump delivers remarks during the 400th anniversary celebration of the first representative legislative assembly at Jamestown on July 30, 2019, in Jamestown, Va. Photo: Zach Gibson (Getty) An event to mark the 400th anniversary of the legislative start of Jamestown, Va.,—the English colonial settlement […]

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I’m a Republican and I Oppose Restarting Federal Executions

A long-held stereotype is that conservatives in this country favor capital punishment, while liberals oppose it. But that doesn’t accord with reality: In recent years, more conservatives have come to realize that capital punishment conflicts irreconcilably with their principles of valuing life, fiscal responsibility and limited government. Many conservatives also recognize that the death penalty […]

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Back-to-School Sales Tax ‘Holidays’ Lure Shoppers Despite Slim Savings

If you missed out on the blitz of deals offered early this week by many online retailers, don’t despair: There may be additional savings on the horizon, as more than a dozen states gear up for their annual summer sales tax “holidays.” This year, 16 states are offering back-to-school promotions, exempting many items, including clothing, […]

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Why Justice Stevens Turned Against the Death Penalty

Justice John Paul Stevens struck an important blow against the modern death penalty 17 years ago in a Supreme Court decision barring capital punishment for intellectually disabled people. In his majority opinion in Atkins v. Virginia, Justice Stevens said the “cognitive and behavioral impairments” of the intellectually disabled made them “less morally culpable” and put […]

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Beyond the Grave, the N.R.A.’s $56 Million Donor Lives On

FAIRFAX, Va. — The National Rifle Association’s largest donor is a magazine magnate, avid hunter and gun collector who died a dozen years ago. The gun group has long kept the identities of most donors shrouded in secrecy. It is not required to make them public, and has even resisted turning over records of its […]

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Put Under the Jail: Charlottesville Murderer James Alex Fields Jr. Gets Life Plus 419 Years

The car used by James Alex Fields Jr. to plow through a crowd of people protesting the white nationalist “Unite the Right” rally, killing Heather Heyer and injuring dozens more, is seen after the vehicle was stopped by police several blocks away on Aug. 12, 2017, in Charlottesville, Va. Photo: Win McNamee (Getty) So, Charlottesville […]

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De Blasio Is on the Wrong Side of Gun Prosecution Reforms

Mayor Bill de Blasio of New York took a break from his long-shot presidential campaign this week to attack a program in Brooklyn that keeps young people who’ve been convicted of having an unlicensed gun out of prison. It was a strange move. Brooklyn’s diversion program is doing good, not harm, the evidence shows. It’s […]

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A Gun-Focused Special Session in Virginia Ends Abruptly

In the grim aftermath of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach in May, Gov. Ralph Northam insisted it was time for action. Thoughts and prayers were not enough, he said, as he called for a special session of the Virginia General Assembly to consider a raft of gun control proposals. That special session began on […]

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Washington Area Hit by Heavy Rains and Floods

Torrential morning rains unleashed chaos in the nation’s capital on Monday, turning Metro stations into indoor showers and sending flash floods through suburban neighborhoods, where the authorities said they had mounted dozens of water rescues. The National Weather Service said on Monday that a flash flood warning was in effect for the District of Columbia, […]

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James Monroe Enslaved Hundreds. Their Descendants Still Live Next Door.

[For more coverage of race, sign up here to have our Race/Related newsletter delivered weekly to your inbox.] CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. — So many Monroes in rural Albemarle County remember the moment they asked a parent or grandparent if they were somehow connected to the nation’s fifth president, James Monroe. The telltale entrance sign to Monroe’s […]

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Man Is Charged in Twitter Threat to Lynch Muslim Lawyer

When a Muslim lawyer in Virginia was threatened by a stranger on Twitter last year, he reported it to the social media company and to the federal authorities. The lawyer, Qasim Rashid, had no idea who had written the tweet in March 2018, which included an image of a man who had been lynched, along […]

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Tennis Great Arthur Ashe Honored with Street Naming Ceremony in Virginia

Photo: Tony Duffy (Getty Images) In 1968, a year fraught with violent civil rights protests and the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., tennis legend Arthur Ashe became the first black male athlete to win the U.S. Open. But beyond his groundbreaking accomplishments on the tennis court, his tireless activism off of it is equally […]

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