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  • Richmond clinic evaluating whether patient is at risk of Ebola

    10/13/2014 5:26:48 PM PDT · by iceskater · 36 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Monday, Oct. 13, 2014 | Tammie Smith
    A local clinic and state officials are evaluating whether a patient who had recently traveled to West Africa and appeared at clinic offices in South Richmond Monday is at risk of Ebola infection. “We immediately put the person in isolation and immediately called the health department,” said Julie Bilodeau of CrossOver Ministry, a faith-based free clinic whose patient population includes many immigrants. A sign posted on the clinic's front door Monday afternoon read: "Clinic closed for emergency.” It was not immediately clear what precautions clinic workers took in handling the patient.
  • Jury reaches verdict in case against Bob and Maureen McDonnell

    09/04/2014 11:34:17 AM PDT · by iceskater · 72 replies
    WTVR CBS 6 ^ | 02:30pm, September 4, 2014 | Scott Wise, Joe St. George, Alix Bryan, Nick Dutton and Web Staff
    A verdict has been reached in the federal corruption trial against former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell and his wife Maureen.
  • BREAKING Officials: Military aircraft crashed in Augusta County

    08/27/2014 7:26:28 AM PDT · by iceskater · 25 replies
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Aug 27, 2014 10:18 AM EST | Shawn Maclauchlan
    A military aircraft has crashed in a rural area of Augusta County, according to the Augusta County Sheriff's Office. The crash happened around 9 a.m. near Deerfield Valley Road. It is believed to be an F-115, but officials have not confirmed this yet.
  • Knockout Attackers Freed, You Won’t Believe What Happened to the Victims

    01/13/2014 5:28:37 PM PST · by iceskater · 41 replies
    The Independent Sentinel ^ | January 10, 2014 | Sara Noble
    Two African-American knockout-style attackers in Charlottesville were immediately released on their own recognizance and only charged with a misdemeanor after an assault on a man and woman in a downtown shopping mall on December 20. Police Chief Longo, who arrested the assailants, said there is evidence of the male victim losing a tooth and suffering soft tissue damage but he would need evidence of more serious injuries to raise the charges. The injuries were far more serious than that according to the victims. In the meantime, these two assailants didn’t even have to post bail. The police department never used...
  • Did Tim Kaine just lose the election?

    09/20/2012 10:26:15 AM PDT · by iceskater · 26 replies
    Bearing Drift ^ | Thursday, September 20th, 2012 | Norman Leahy
    The Governor who couldn’t stop himself from proposing tax hikes on Virginians says during the Fairfax debate with George Allen that he’s open to a minimum federal income tax on everyone.
  • World on Fire Thread

    09/14/2012 9:00:50 AM PDT · by iceskater · 172 replies
    9/14/2012 | Me
    I was thinking we should combine all the various threats going on today. -Egypt -Libya -Tunisia -Sudan -UT Austin -NDSU -whatever else catches on fire
  • Judge orders release of detained Marine veteran

    08/23/2012 9:59:10 AM PDT · by iceskater · 37 replies
    WTVR Channel 6 ^ | 12:43 pm, August 23, 2012 | Nick Dutton and Catie Beck
    A Hopewell circuit court judge has ordered that a Marine veteran detained over anti-government Facebook posts be released from a state psychiatric hospital.
  • Chesterfield man held in hospital on concerns over Internet posts

    A Chesterfield County man and Marine veteran is in a local hospital after being picked up by federal and local law enforcement officials concerned about threatening Internet postings. Brandon J. Raub, 26, was in Hopewell's John Randolph Medical Center on Saturday. "I'm currently in John Randolph in the psychiatric ward being held against my will," Raub said in a telephone interview. Reports of his detention Thursday have gone viral on the Internet. Raub said Secret Service, FBI and Chesterfield police officers came to his home Thursday. "They were concerned about me calling for the arrest of government officials," he said....
  • Within Two Worlds

    07/20/2012 7:48:29 PM PDT · by iceskater · 4 replies
    Vimeo ^ | 7/20/12 | Goldpaint photography
    Take a few minutes and enjoy. A reminder of how beautiful the world can be is order after today's horror.
  • Lileks: The Bleat

    06/05/2012 6:40:10 AM PDT · by iceskater · 3 replies
    Lileks: The Bleat ^ | 6/5/12 | James Lileks
    I am not fat and I don't drink sugared soda. If the Mayor of New York decided to regulate portion sizes for sugared drinks tomorrow it wouldn't affect my life in the least -the idea is typical of the Mandatory Betterment class, and I expect nothing less. It's all the people who are so gosh-darned impressed with the Bold Initiative who rankle up the humours. Let's get one thing clear: when the TV talk-show people lavish praise on the idea, it has nothing to do with some abstract notion of the costs of obesity. They just don’t like fat people....
  • BREAKING NEWS: TLF Endorses Ken Vaughn in the 11th District Primary

    06/04/2012 8:38:58 AM PDT · by iceskater · 10 replies
    The Last Federalist ^ | May 30, 2012 | TheLastFederalist
    As many of you know, The Last Federalist had previously endorsed Chris Perkins for Congress. However, after much consideration, the Editorial Board is rescinding that endorsement..... .... What is even more disconcerting is the lack of a ground game by the Perkins campaign. Whether it is their voter identification program or the lack of signs in the median, the Perkins campaign has been unable to prove that they have the organization and campaign strategy necessary to win in November. The fact that there is a growing concern that Ken Vaughn might actually win on June 12th, shows how weak and...
  • Conservative candidate in VA-11, Ken Vaughn, needs your support

    05/08/2012 6:01:48 PM PDT · by iceskater · 5 replies
    me ^ | 5-8-12 | iceskater
    NoVa freepers in Virginia's 11th congressional district - you have a choice to restore VA-11 to common sense conservative leadership. Ken Vaughn is a small business owner who is working to unseat Gerry Connelly. Ken's number one priority is the debt and spending. He is pro-life and pro-second amendment. We need your help. We need folks to help knock on doors, make phone calls - you name it and we can use your help. We can use financial support as well since we all know that money is essential to running any campaign. We need your vote on June 12th....
  • Political newcomers face high costs and difficult odds

    01/22/2012 12:29:37 PM PST · by iceskater · 4 replies
    CNN ^ | updated 12:02 PM EST, Sun January 22, 2012 | Athena Jones
    Political newcomer Ken Vaughn is betting big on his own run for Congress. The first-time candidate believes so strongly in the need for a new brand of leaders in Washington that, after careful consideration with his wife, he's cashed in a large chunk of his 401(k) in order to invest $100,000 in his campaign. "It's not nearly enough to win, but it's enough to get started," he said. "It takes a lot of money to run for office, but that's what it takes and like any businessman or whatever, you have to do what the job takes." A traffic engineer...
  • This poll needs some serious freeping

    10/10/2011 6:10:12 AM PDT · by iceskater · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/7/2011 | Fox News
    Fox New poll about the useful idiots 'occupying' Wall Street.
  • John Warner urges keeping new light bulb standards

    07/11/2011 11:18:29 AM PDT · by iceskater · 60 replies
    The Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | July 09, 2011 | Andrew Cain
    Former Sen. John W. Warner, R-Va., briefly stepped back into politics Friday, joining U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu to urge the preservation of light bulb standards that were included in the 2007 energy bill. The U.S. House could vote as early as Monday on the BULB Act (Better Use of Light Bulbs) introduced by Rep. Joe Barton, a Texas Republican. It would strip from the law, signed by then-President George W. Bush, standards that traditional incandescent bulbs be 30 percent more efficient starting next year. Barton says consumers, not the government, should determine what type of light bulbs to...
  • Hilliary - asleep at the switch?

    01/28/2011 4:37:21 PM PST · by iceskater · 43 replies
    My flu- addled brain | 01/28/2011 | Me
    Forgive me since I've been sick all week and haven't kept up very closely with all the turmoil in the ME. But my question is why didn't the smartest woman in the world see this one coming and take action to prevent it? That was her campaign rhetoric - she has her finger on the pulse of the world, blah blah blah blah. She really ought to lose her job over this mess. JMHO
  • I bought my first gun today

    12/05/2010 3:15:54 PM PST · by iceskater · 79 replies · 1+ views
    nobody but me | 12-05-2010 | me
    I finally did it! I bought my first gun. I think of it as the start of a collection. :D It's a S&W .38. I think it's a good beginning. Next up, my CCP.
  • Virginia Tea Party Patriot Convention Presidential Straw Poll

    10/09/2010 3:51:42 PM PDT · by iceskater · 8 replies
    I was there | 10-9-10 | me
    Chris Cristie wins! 14% Sarah Palin 13.5% Ron Paul 12%
  • When You're Holding a Hammer (Everything Looks Like a Nail)

    09/08/2010 10:56:22 AM PDT · by iceskater · 6 replies
    YouTube ^ | August 20, 2010 | boazn8
    Got this link in an email today. I kinda like it.
  • Has Beck posted a list of the "Black Robed Brigade" yet?

    08/30/2010 11:41:59 AM PDT · by iceskater · 37 replies
    My own thoughts | 08-30-2010 | Me
    Does anyone know if Beck has published a list of the "Black Robed Brigade"? He mentioned them this morning on his show but I didn't get to hear the whole discussion. I would like to support these folks - if only I knew who they are. I checked his web site earlier today and couldn't find anything about them. Thanks!
  • Letter from Senator M. Warner re: financial reform legislation

    07/22/2010 9:49:21 AM PDT · by iceskater · 16 replies · 1+ views
    email | 07/22/2010 | Senator Mark Warner
    Iceskater -- Our nation will take an important step forward today to bring greater accountability to Wall Street and provide greater security to folks on Main Street. Every Virginian has a stake in the comprehensive financial reform legislation that becomes law today. Eighteen months ago, our nation was on the verge of an economic catastrophe. Many families became over-extended and a lot of businesses got overleveraged, triggering a financial storm that also hurt many Virginians who were playing by the rules: retirement savings and college saving funds were devastated, home values plummeted, and many of our small businesses had to...
  • First trip the the range

    05/30/2010 7:56:18 PM PDT · by iceskater · 183 replies · 2,120+ views
    my own thoughts | today | me
    So yesterday, I went to the shooting range for the very first time in my life. If you had asked me 10 years ago would I go to the range and decide to buy a guy, I would have laughed. But times change and so have I. I have to say, it was pretty interesting. I'm not sure what I expected. But it was loud - even with the hearing protection. I tried 3 different guns - I liked the revolver better than the 9mm's. I did keep my target. I can see that this is going to become a...
  • Pelosi hails church agency on health reform

    03/22/2010 6:33:24 PM PDT · by iceskater · 69 replies · 949+ views
    The United Methodist Church ^ | UPDATED 6:00 P.M. EST March 22, 2010 | United Methodist News Service
    The landmark vote on health care by the House of Representatives March 21 affirms The United Methodist Church’s Social Principles that declares health care is a “basic human right,” the top executive of the denomination’s social action agency said. "For decades, the General Board of Church and Society has worked alongside thousands of United Methodists to achieve health care for all in the U.S.," said Jim Winkler, chief executive of the United Methodist Board of Church and Society. "This vote brings us closer to that reality." The majority of United Methodist lawmakers in the House voted against the plan. However,...
  • I weep for our Country.

    03/21/2010 1:17:11 PM PDT · by iceskater · 64 replies · 1,201+ views
    My breaking heart. | today | Me
    There is nothing more to say. I weep for our Country. The light of Freedom in the world has just gone out.
  • AAR Washington DC Tea Party

    07/05/2009 7:59:30 AM PDT · by iceskater · 25 replies · 1,213+ views
    me | July 5, 2009 | iceskater
    I've never done an AAR so forgive me if it isn't quite up to snuff. I attended the Washington DC Tea Party with about 2000 of my closest friends. Things got rolling around 9:30am with some music by some band I never heard of - "Pokerface". Sorry I'm not so much up on pop culture. The location was the Upper Senate park. We were right in the shadow of the capitol building. Awesome location. Anyway, there were lots of speakers. One of the first was one of the organizers, Lisa. Single mom, small business owner. Great perspective on how government...
  • Thoughts about the Tea Parties

    04/14/2009 9:22:23 PM PDT · by iceskater · 26 replies · 829+ views
    my own thoughts | me
    OK I can't sleep until I get this down. I have never felt that our country was at such a crossroads as it is now. Even 9/11, as horrible as it was, was an external threat. I think that the more imminent threats to our country are internal. And, frankly, they scare me more than Al Quaida. If you can go to a Tea Party tomorrow, I hopw you will go. I'm going to the one in my city. I never thought I would ever do such a thing but here I am. If you can't go to a Tea...
  • Richmond, VA Tea Party

    04/13/2009 7:20:30 PM PDT · by iceskater · 10 replies · 1,657+ views
    Richmond's Tea Party is Wednesday, April 15th at Kanawha Plaza, South 8th St near the Richmond Federal Reserve Bank. Masters of Ceremonies: WRVA's Doc Thompson & Jimmy Barrett with Pope Andre, Mid-Atlantic Christian Artists John Taylor, Virginia Institute of Public Policy The Lee Brothers (listen: What is a Patriot?) Todd Vanderpol, Matthews Well Matt Whitworth, VCU Student Virginia Patriots American Family Radio's JimmyG, Chris Kinsel & Kimberly Braine-Tillem Jim Trautz, Independence Caucus Todd Rojcewicz, Powhatan Taxpayers Alliance Patriot Pipes & Drums Jim Smyers (Introducing the Petition) Coby Dillard, Virginia Tea Party Laura Glover, We Surround Them Ned Ryun, American Majority...
  • Stimulus Rally in Richmond, VA

    02/10/2009 6:49:05 AM PST · by iceskater · 8 replies · 398+ views
    my email | 2/9/09 | Tim Phillips
    Dear iceskater, We’re coming down to the wire on this Pelosi/Reid/Obama trillion dollar spending bill and I'm asking you to join me at a rally in Richmond tomorrow to put pressure on our two Virginia senators -- Mark Warner and Jim Webb. And beyond just putting pressure on these two senators to vote NO, by attending the rally you'll send a message to the media in attendance that there is a strong, energized grassroots movement rallying against the big government, pork barrel politics in Washington, DC. Here are the details on the NoStimulus event: When: Tomorrow, Tuesday February 10, 2:00pm...
  • Judge Denies NAACP lawsuit

    11/03/2008 1:08:33 PM PST · by iceskater · 12 replies · 485+ views
    WRVA | 11.3.08 | WRVA Radio
    Judge has denied NAACP lawsuit asking that Virginia polls be kept open later than 7pm. GOP is also suing Virginia regarding military absentee ballots. Suit claims that ballots mailed out too late for military voters to return ballots by deadline.
  • The Hard Part

    02/20/2008 12:41:54 PM PST · by iceskater · 8 replies · 40+ views
    email | today | McCain
    My Friends, Last night, I was able to thank the people of Wisconsin and Washington for bringing me one step closer to securing our party's nomination for president. Today, I want to specially thank my online supporters for your hard work that has brought me to this point. As we move toward officially securing the nomination, I am actively working to unite our party for the great contest that we face in November. If I am to succeed in this endeavor, I will need your help as a valued and active member of my team. We have traveled a great...
  • Senate Republicans oust Stosch In leadership shuffle, Norment is new head of chamber's caucus

    11/28/2007 8:04:47 AM PST · by iceskater · 9 replies · 212+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Nov 27, 2007 | Tyler Whitley
    In what appeared to be a peaceful coup, Republican senators shoved aside their leader, Sen. Walter A. Stosch of Henrico County, yesterday and elected two conservative senators to new leadership positions. Stosch was made Republican leader emeritus, a new position. Sen. Thomas K. Norment Jr. of James City County, who had been floor leader, will now be the leader. Conservative Republican senators had been pushing for a leadership change after the loss of the party's majority in the state Senate in the Nov. 6 election. Sen. Stephen D. Newman of Lynchburg, who had been a leader of conservatives seeking a...
  • Virginia Facing $1.2 Billion Deficit Fiscal Think Tank Looks At Upcoming Budget; Blames Tax Cuts

    07/31/2007 1:11:11 PM PDT · by iceskater · 44 replies · 1,388+ views
    WRVA ^ | Tuesday, July 31, 2007 |
    The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis says Virginia is facing a $1.2 billion deficit over the next two-year budget cycle. The current budget, by official estimates, is $200 million short. Institute Executive Director Michael Cassidy says the tax hike in 2004 did help Virginia's long-term outlook. However, since then, Cassidy says lawmakers have cut various taxes, taking away revenue. Cassidy is not publicly advocating another tax increase to fix the situation. He claims he is just trying to get the debate started. The size of the deficit could be a big problem for Governor Tim Kaine, who wants to spend...
  • News from Chris Saxman for Delegate - Abuser Fee Facts

    07/03/2007 10:51:14 AM PDT · by iceskater · 14 replies · 576+ views
    email | 07/03/2007 12:29 PM | Chris Saxman
    Friends, Many of you have contacted me recently about abuser fees. I hope the following information will answer your questions and address your concerns. House Republicans championed the adoption of a comprehensive approach to improving Virginia's transportation network. Components of the Comprehensive Transportation Funding and Reform Act of 2007 (HB 3202) include addressing accountability and efficiency at VDOT, incorporating land use changes to prevent sprawl, injecting $3 billion in additional funding for important projects, and increasing highway safety by more appropriately assessing those drivers who repeatedly abuse the rules of the road. Because the need to increase safety through monetary...
  • Webb To Speak at VCU’s Commencement

    04/11/2007 11:08:29 AM PDT · by iceskater · 27 replies · 461+ views
    Virginia Commonwealth University ^ | 4/11/2007 | Tom Gresham
    Webb To Speak at VCU’s Commencement Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will be the featured speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2007 spring commencement ceremony. Sen. Jim Webb Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., will be the featured speaker at Virginia Commonwealth University's 2007 spring commencement ceremony. Webb, sworn in as Virginia's 56TH United States Senator in January, is a highly decorated Marine combat veteran who served in the Vietnam War. His victory in the November election attracted national attention as it tilted the balance of power in the U.S. Senate. He received his law degree from Georgetown University in 1975 and subsequently served...
  • Virginia House Overrides Governor on Smoking Ban

    04/04/2007 1:05:39 PM PDT · by iceskater · 38 replies · 933+ views
    WRVA | 4/4/2007 | Matt Demline
    Just heard on local radio (WRVA) that the House has overridden the governor's proposed smoking ban in restaurants. No link on WRVA web site yet. The nanny state loses one!
  • Cat from Iraq is top Dawg

    03/12/2007 6:50:36 AM PDT · by iceskater · 36 replies · 1,531+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Saturday, March 10, 2007 | JANET CAGGIANO
    Dawg the cat scoured trash bins for food while struggling to survive in Iraq. Then she had the good fortune of meeting the 45 members of Alpha Company. The unit from Sandston, part of the Virginia Army National Guard's 2nd Battalion, 224th Aviation Regiment, found the kitten in November. The hungry feline had wandered onto their base in Al Taqaddum, about 60 miles west of Baghdad. The men had been stationed there since February 2006. "She would move around the buildings and go from soldier to soldier," said Shane Leipertz, a chief warrant officer. "She'd hang around and play. She...
  • TV host asks Webb if he has higher aspirations

    03/12/2007 6:45:02 AM PDT · by iceskater · 20 replies · 510+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Monday, March 12, 2007 | PETER HARDIN
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was asked on national TV yesterday if he's interested in being the Democrats' candidate for vice president in 2008. Webb, who's held elective office for little more than two months, sidestepped the question from host George Stephanopoulos on ABC's "This Week." "I'm still finding my way around the Senate," he said. ....snip... Webb so far is better known for his longtime opposition to President Bush's handling of the Iraq war and for his populist spotlighting of economic fairness issues. ...snip... According to a Webb spokesman, he supports a new resolution by Senate Majority Leader...
  • Men videotaping airplanes questioned

    01/15/2007 7:15:44 AM PST · by iceskater · 38 replies · 1,736+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Monday, January 15, 2007 | none given
    A person who saw three men on Richmond International Airport property videotaping airplanes taking off and landing notified Henrico County police, leading to the arrest of one of the men on a charge of possessing a sawed-off shotgun, police said. ......... Police found the shotgun in the vehicle, along with the video camera and tape of the takeoffs and landings, Crook said. The driver of the car was arrested on the shotgun charge. The other two men were questioned but not arrested, Crook said. The airport police and the Joint Terrorism Task Force were notified, he said. It was unclear...
  • Drive Times: State Can't Do More of the Same & Expect a Different Result

    01/06/2007 6:55:23 AM PST · by iceskater · 19 replies · 413+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | January 4, 2006 | A. BARTON HINKLE
    Your humble servant was asked to give a talk on transportation yesterday.... For instance, one might question the received wisdom that the Commonwealth faces a transportation crisis. Six years ago, according to AAA, the average daily commute to work in America was 25.5 minutes.... The average commute in 2006 actually has shrunk -- to 25.1 minutes. It's now 24 seconds shorter than it was six years ago. (Thanks to Jim Bacon of for unearthing this datum.) And contrary to the agonizing screams of frustration that you hear from Northern Virginia, commuting times around Washington aren't that much longer --...
  • Governor Wants Higher Sales Tax On Cars To Pay For Roads

    01/04/2007 12:35:02 PM PST · by iceskater · 67 replies · 1,411+ views
    WRVA ^ | Thursday, January 4, 2007 | Matt Demlein
    Governor Timothy Kaine (D) wants to increase the sales tax on car to five percent, making it equal to the sales tax on most other goods. Overall, the Governor says his funding proposals would raise $800 million annually for transportation. Kaine also wants a $15 increase in the vehicle registration fee. The proposals are very similar to what Kaine prosposed last year. The General Assembly did not pass a transportation plan during the 2006 session. House Republicans are already shooting down the idea. Del. Leo Wardrup (R-Virginia Beach) says a two percent increase in the sales tax would be "a...
  • Webb, Bush off to shaky beginning White House denies Sen.-elect's claim of leaks after icy greeting

    11/30/2006 7:57:18 AM PST · by iceskater · 92 replies · 2,616+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Thursday, November 30, 2006 | PETER HARDIN
    WASHINGTON -- Sen.-elect Jim Webb contends the Bush administration wants to paint him as a "hothead." The former Navy secretary, whose election in Virginia put Democrats over the top in capturing the U.S. Senate, voiced that view yesterday. A White House spokeswoman flatly denied Webb's charge. "That is not true. At all," said spokeswoman Dana Perino in an e-mail. Webb confirmed published reports of an exchange at a private White House reception when he declined an invitation to be photographed with President Bush, and next declined to answer Bush's question about his son stationed in Iraq. He was told, Webb...
  • Top 5 States With the Worst Roads Are...

    02/20/2006 6:48:27 AM PST · by iceskater · 266 replies · 5,032+ views
    Netscape news ^ | 02/20/06 | not known
    When it comes to roads that beat and bang you up, Pennsylvania leads the nation. That's the word from the annual Highway Report Card survey of over-the road truckers conducted by Overdrive magazine. What is so wrong with the highways and byways of Pennsylvania? The top complaints are the conditions of the Pennsylvania Turnpike, I-78 and I-80, as well as poor signage. The states with the worst roads are: 1. Pennsylvania 2. Missouri 3. Louisiana 4. Michigan 5. California The states with the best roads are: 1. Texas 2. Florida 3. Tennessee 4. Georgia and Ohio (tie) 5. Nevada and...
  • Senate leaders unveil transportation plan

    01/20/2006 10:21:02 AM PST · by iceskater · 19 replies · 314+ views
    WWBT Channel 12 ^ | Thursday, January 19, 2006
    Virginia Senate leaders unveiled a plan Friday to raise an additional $4 billion to transportation. The plan proposes phasing-in a raise of the sales tax on automobiles from three percent to five percent. That's the same sales tax for other purchases. And, it would phase out the sales tax exemption on gasoline over four years. Governor Tim Kaine announces his transportation plan this afternoon.
  • Ban on Public Smoking Advances (Va. Gen. Assembly going bonkers)

    02/04/2005 1:35:08 PM PST · by iceskater · 43 replies · 874+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 2/4/05 | John Reid Blackwell
    A Senate committee advanced legislation yesterday that would prohibit smoking in most public, indoor places in Virginia. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Bill Mims, R-Loudoun, was approved by the Senate Education and Health Committee on an 8-7 vote, reversing an earlier Senate subcommittee vote that narrowly rejected the bill. The legislation would prohibit smoking in most indoor public places, including offices, restaurants, and common areas of apartments and condominiums, with few exceptions. Hotels could permit smoking in some rooms, as long they do not exceed 25 percent of the total rooms. Smoking would be permitted in "private, separately enclosed areas"...
  • Va. could see $1 billion surplus

    11/12/2004 8:04:59 AM PST · by iceskater · 89 replies · 2,927+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | Friday, November 12, 2004 | Michael Hardy
    Under the new budget, tax collections have soared over the same period a year ago His administration marked by fiscal boom or bust, Gov. Mark R. Warner will have a huge surplus, perhaps $1 billion, during his last year in office. Yesterday, the governor's budget experts said that during the first four months of the fiscal year, which began July 1, tax collections soared 11.5 percent above the same period a year earlier. In effect, the growth is 7 percentage points above the administration's estimate of 4.5 percent, which was used to finance programs in the $60 billion two-year state...
  • Scott: Mayoral Plan Illegal (representative democracy is a bad thing)

    06/04/2004 6:49:14 AM PDT · by iceskater · 15 replies · 181+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | 6/4/04 | Peter Hardin
    <p>WASHINGTON - Rep. Robert C. Scott, whose 3rd District includes part of Richmond, has renewed his opposition to a plan gaining steam for an at-large mayoral election in the Virginia capital.</p> <p>Scott, a Democrat from Newport News, told Justice Department officials of his concerns in a meeting yesterday and stated in a letter dated May 19 his opinion that the plan "will dilute the current minority voting strength." Scott is African-American.</p>
  • Surplus expected for state With fiscal year to end next month, revenue is up

    05/19/2004 8:57:48 AM PDT · by iceskater · 25 replies · 205+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | May 19, 2004 | Michael Hardy
    <p>Before the start of the one of the biggest tax increases in state history, Virginia's economic engine seems to be in overdrive.</p> <p>It also appears likely that the state will close the fiscal year on June 30 with a healthy surplus.</p>
  • Single-Object Rule: If Unconstitutional, 'Budget Poses Problems" (Va budget illegal?)

    04/09/2004 9:01:23 AM PDT · by iceskater · 26 replies · 139+ views
    Richmond Times Dispatch ^ | April 8, 2004 | Dick Black
    <p>What if the budget is ruled unconstitutional once the budget impasse ends? The Governor's deliberate mixing of taxes and appropriations in the same bill makes this a distinct possibility - one that we must avoid.</p> <p>The constitutionality of the budget bill is a pressing issue because, unlike any other legislation, there are substantial consequences if the budget is not enacted. Time in which to resolve the legal uncertainty is short: Local school divisions must know by May 1 the amount of funding the Commonwealth will provide for fiscal year 2005 in order to finalize contracts with teachers and other employees.</p>
  • Need some help in finding a new church

    02/16/2004 8:33:00 AM PST · by iceskater · 45 replies · 284+ views
    I've pretty much reached the end of my rope with my current church and am considering finding a new church home. I've been a United Methodist all my life so I don't know much about other denominations. Are there any denominations still left that are more traditional in nature? I don't think I want much - just at church that follows scripture, that supports the US and that uses a more traditional service. I really don't care for the "happy clappy" contemporary style services. I know those types of services mean a lot to many, but they do nothing for...
  • John Mohammed Sentenced to Death

    11/24/2003 7:54:34 AM PST · by iceskater · 4 replies · 89+ views
    WRVA | 11/24/03 | WRVA
    Just announced on the radio, John Mohammed, one of the sniper killers has been sentenced to death.