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  • Former Rep. Sonny Montgomery dead at 85

    05/21/2006 4:41:12 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 3 replies · 676+ views
    msnbc ^ | May 12, 2006 | ap
    JACKSON, Miss. - Former Rep. Gillespie V. “Sonny” Montgomery, who during his 30 years in Congress pushed through a modernized GI Bill that boosted recruiting for the all-volunteer force, died Friday. He was 85. SNIP On Thursday, the House voted to name a national defense authorization bill in his honor. A conservative Democrat, Montgomery represented an east-central Mississippi district in Congress from 1967 to 1997, and for 13 years chaired the House Veterans Affairs Committee. He himself was a 35-year military veteran, serving in the Army in Europe during World War II, then returned to active duty during the Korean...
  • WHAT GOD IS DOING IN IRAQ: Born-again Iraqi General [Sada, Virginia book-signing]

    05/02/2006 6:06:50 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 949+ views
    Iraqi General Georges Sada has an incredible story to tell. A passionate evangelical Christian, he once served as a top advisor to Saddam Hussein. Today, he serves as a senior advisor to Iraq’s President and is the author of Saddam’s Secrets: How One Iraqi Defied and Survived Saddam Hussein. Come hear him take you inside his world – where Jesus is drawing Iraqis to Himself in the most amazing way. Monday, May 22, 2006 7:30pm Smith Center McLean Bible Church McLean, Virginia General Sada be interviewed by Joel C. Rosenberg, the New York Times best-selling author of The Last Jihad,...
  • At Liberty U, Liberal Jewish Leader Urges Bridge Building

    04/26/2006 7:32:31 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 172+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Apr 26, 2006 | SUE LINDSEY
    ROANOKE, Va. - The leader of the largest branch of American Judaism urged evangelical Christians on Wednesday not to compromise church-state separation as a quick fix to the "disturbing collapse of public morality." Prayer in the schools is not the answer to moral decline in America, Rabbi Eric Yoffie told a chapel service at the Rev. Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in Lynchburg. Yoffie, president of the liberal Union for Reform Judaism, has publicly criticized the Christian right in the past, drawing the distinction on issues such as abortion and gay marriage, both of which evangelical Christians oppose. "But as significant...
  • Harvard study tells parties to court 'religious centrists'

    04/13/2006 10:36:45 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 5 replies · 324+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 13, 2006 | Jennifer Harper
    College students are becoming more religious, and it's affecting their political views.... < snip > The Harvard study advises political parties to woo the spiritually inclined, a demographic that the popular press mostly deemed the exclusive territory of the "religious right" in the past two presidential elections. "This analysis foreshadows the 2008 general election campaign for president where religious centrists, nearly a quarter of the student vote, will be the critical swing vote ... and likely the most influential group in American politics for years," according to the survey. Attracting the elusive youth vote with hip text messages and celebrities...
  • Mark Warner pays a visit to America's heartland: GOP area of MO and WI

    04/09/2006 5:44:31 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 16 replies · 490+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Apr 9, 2006 | TYLER WHITLEY
    SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner showed off his presidential credentials in the Show Me State on Friday. Warner told an overflow crowd of 700 Missouri Democrats that the Democratic Party should stand for opportunity rather than an extreme ideology. "I think we've got to change the whole debate in this country from liberal versus conservative, left versus right, to the future versus the past," he said at the Jackson Day dinner. He brought his message of "the sensible center" to one of the most conservative areas of Missouri, a bellwether state that has correctly chosen the...
  • [Sandra Day] O'Connor Dons New Robe as William & Mary Chancellor

    04/08/2006 12:06:01 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 14 replies · 500+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | April 8, 2006 | AP
    WILLIAMSBURG (AP) -- Retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor traded judge's robes for an academic gown yesterday as she was installed in the honorary post of chancellor of the College of William & Mary. < snip > Mrs. O'Connor succeeds former Secretary of State Henry A. Kissinger, who was appointed in 2000 to replace former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. William & Mary was chartered in 1693 by King William III and Queen Mary II. The chancellor serves as an adviser to the president and an advocate for the school and meets occasionally with students and faculty. Until...
  • Iowa, N.H. surveys show [Mark] Warner's appeal to party

    03/31/2006 6:36:00 PM PST · by Ligeia · 28 replies · 463+ views
    Richmond-Times Dispatch ^ | Mar 31, 2006 | PETER HARDIN
    WASHINGTON -- Surveys in Iowa and New Hampshire found that former Virginia Gov. Mark R. Warner appealed strongly to stalwart Democrats as a potential presidential candidate, a GOP pollster says. "Mark Warner was the big star" in the surveys this month of likely Democratic caucus and primary voters in the two states, pollster Frank Luntz told reporters yesterday. The two states are first in the nation to hold nominating contests. Warner "ought to frighten Republicans if he were ever to get the nomination -- because he could win" in 2008, Luntz said.
  • GMU NCAA Run Greatest Ever: All They Did Was Knock Off Three of the Last Six National Champs

    03/27/2006 4:42:12 PM PST · by Ligeia · 36 replies · 342+ views
    WMAL News ^ | March 27, 2006 | ANDY KATZ
    George Mason's Sammy Hernandez (50) and Tony Skinn celebrate their overtime victory over Connecticut during the fourth round of the NCAA basketball tournament in Washington, Sunday, March 26, 2006. George Mason defeated Connecticut, 86-84 to advance to the Final Four. (Gerald Herbert/AP Photo) Virginia athletic director Craig Littlepage, the much-maligned NCAA Tournament selection committee chair, stood up to observe George Mason's on-court celebration Sunday afternoon and said, "Maybe we seeded them too low." He was kidding. But even if George Mason was a single-digit seed instead of a No. 11, that probably wouldn't matter for historical purposes. This was...
  • DC Tidal Basin: Cherry Blossoms Expected to Peak this Week

    03/26/2006 4:06:05 PM PST · by Ligeia · 33 replies · 687+ views
    WTOP ^ | Mar 26th 2006
    WASHINGTON - The cherry blossoms around the Tidal Basin will be getting plenty of attention this week, especially if the weather gets warmer. The blossoms are supposed to hit peak bloom Monday, and the National Park Service's chief horticulturist said it should last for about 10 to 14 days. The National Cherry Blossom Festival started Saturday, and is expected to bring about one million people to the city. The festival runs through April 9. This marks the 94th anniversary of Japan's gift of the trees to Washington
  • Grab the popcorn: Velocity Church offers video preaching and music at movie house

    03/19/2006 7:10:15 PM PST · by Ligeia · 13 replies · 500+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Mar 18, 2006 | ALBERTA LINDSEY
    Pick up popcorn and a soda at the concession, settle back in a comfy seat and look up at the big screen. What's coming up is not the latest release from Hollywood, it's a video sermon. Welcome to Velocity Church. No ticket needed and there's even a choice of music: rock'n' roll or pop country. Velocity is the area's newest congregation, and it meets at the Short Pump Regal Cinemas, 11650 W. Broad St. The nondenominational church will hold its first worship services tomorrow at 8:30 and 10 a.m. "It's a fun church done just outside the box," said Tim...
  • Black churches urged to battle abortion

    03/16/2006 8:52:13 AM PST · by Ligeia · 4 replies · 231+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Mar 11, 2006 | TAMMIE SMITH
    Black churches are not doing enough to stop abortion, speakers at a conference said yesterday, some comparing the number of black babies aborted annually to genocide. "We are no longer the largest minority in this country. That is due, in fact, to abortion," said Day Gardner, national director of Black Americans for Life, an arm of the National Right to Life Committee. "We have allowed abortion to become a kind of birth control for many of us. . . . Many pastors are afraid they will offend women if they talk about it." Gardner was among more than two dozen...
  • Newseum: An exhibit so big they're building the museum around it

    03/16/2006 8:45:13 AM PST · by Ligeia · 6 replies · 365+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Mar 15, 2006 | BRETT ZONGKER
    WASHINGTON - The building is far from finished, but Newseum curators installed their first artifact Wednesday _ an item so big they'll put up the rest of the museum around it. The world's first news satellite truck was gingerly lowered by a crane into what will be the new home of the museum dedicated to journalism and the First Amendment. The CONUS 1 satellite truck transformed local television news in 1984 by allowing stations to cover national stories without depending on the major networks, said Newseum curator Carrie Christoffersen. Hubbard Broadcasting and CONUS Communications used the first satellite truck. Four...
  • [Winston] Churchill: Proposal Names the British Statesman an Honorary [Virginia] Citizen

    03/04/2006 6:56:25 PM PST · by Ligeia · 30 replies · 423+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Mar 4, 2006 | PAMELA STALLSMITH
    Sixty years ago this Wednesday, Winston Churchill addressed the General Assembly and urged the citizens of the United States and Great Britain to stand together. * snip * .... posthumously make Britain's prime minister during World War II an honorary citizen of Virginia. * snip * Only three other notables hold honorary state citizenship - the Marquis de Lafayette, the Revolutionary War hero; John D. Rockefeller, the oil baron who underwrote the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg; and Margaret Thatcher, another former British prime minister who also once served as chancellor of the College of William and Mary. She joined the...
  • Size Matters: The Many Small Groups Within Make Megachurches Flourish

    02/12/2006 6:23:25 PM PST · by Ligeia · 15 replies · 244+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Feb 10, 2006 | A. BARTON HINKLE
    * snip A house of worship such as FLM creates not merely a megachurch, but potentially a mega-experience well beyond the Sunday-morning services. It addresses the needs for nearly every stage of life between womb and tomb. Why, though, do members seek out services such as career advice or soccer games from a church, when secular society provides them in abundance? Clearly, FLM supplies something people want -- a fact that holds true for most of the nation's megachurches, which make up only 10 percent of the country's congregations but claim roughly half of all parishioners. PARADOXICALLY, perhaps, the small...
  • Staton, Herring vie to succeed Mims in [Virginia] Senate [Jan 31 2006]

    01/31/2006 4:34:41 PM PST · by Ligeia · 9 replies · 328+ views
    RICHMOND, Va. - Voters in Virginia's fastest-growing region cast ballots in a special election Tuesday as Republicans struggled to hang on to a state Senate seat in a district where GOP dominance was once unchallenged. Democrat Mark Herring and Republican Mick Staton focused on issues of unchecked suburban sprawl and traffic congestion that costs commuters in the Washington, D.C., exurb hours of time weekly. Both are members of the board of supervisors in Loudoun County, the nation's fastest-growing county. While Staton battled to retain the GOP's 24th seat in the 40-member senate, Herring and the Democrats hoped to pick up...
  • Arlington, Alexandria to Test Sirens in Terrorism-Alert Test Program [Virginia/DC Suburb]

    01/25/2006 6:44:24 PM PST · by Ligeia · 30 replies · 1,206+ views
    WTOP News Radio ^ | January 25, 2006 | AP
    The Washington region's emergency managers are looking to experiment with sirens to alert them to terrorist attacks. Under a federally funded pilot program, Arlington County and Alexandria will each buy as many as 15 sirens to mount on telephone poles, buildings and other structures in several neighborhoods. The locations will provide a test to see whether sirens can alert people that cell phones, radio stations and other devices can't. An engineer and siren expert for the Department of Homeland Security John Fuoto says people who are outdoors during an attack are most at risk because they're least able to find...
  • Aerospace Defense Training Planned Over Potomac [DC]

    01/22/2006 4:44:45 PM PST · by Ligeia · 10 replies · 360+ views
    WTOP News Radio ^ | January 22, 2006
    WASHINGTON - Low-flying fighter jets and other military aircraft are scheduled to run a series of training exercises around Washington Sunday tonight and early Monday morning. The North American Aerospace Defense Command is conducting the training exercises over the Potomac River and around the city. The exercise is designed to test NORAD's ability to intercept and identify aircraft that could pose a threat to the nation's capital. It involves several small Cessna aircraft and Learjets as well as an F-16 fighter jet and a Blackhawk helicopter. NORAD has conducted such exercises throughout the U-S and Canada since the September Eleventh...
  • Movie Review: GLORY ROAD [Spoilers]

    01/14/2006 5:25:25 PM PST · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 384+ views
    MovieGuide ^ | Jan 13th, 2006 | Ted Baehr
    GLORY ROAD tells the true-life story of the 1966 Texas Western basketball team’s arduous and inspiring season that culminated with an NCAA championship. With convincing acting and a redemptive message, GLORY ROAD is a winner, full of teamwork, drama, heart and soul. If you liked REMEMBER THE TITANS, you will love this movie. I (Ted) wept and cheered GLORY ROAD. Josh Lucas plays Coach Don Haskins, a Southern-drawled flame-thrower determined to find success on college basketball’s grandest stage. After spending several years working with high school teams, Haskins finds his big break when offered the head coaching position at...
  • Murdered Sailor's Family Calls for Justice [Robert Stethem]

    12/28/2005 6:03:02 PM PST · by Ligeia · 35 replies · 1,794+ views
    Loudoun Times Mirror ^ | 12/27/2005 | Shannon Sollinger
    Patrick and Katherine Stethem have forsaken their quiet life in a Loudoun [Virginia] suburb to call for justice. They don't relish the spotlight. But they'll go there if it will get the job done. The job is to get the U.S. government to use its influence to get Mohammed Ali Hamadi into a U.S. courtroom. To get the Lebanese government to turn Hamadi over. To get Hezbollah to assume the mantle of a legitimate political party. It's been 20 years since Hezbollah terrorists – two on a hijacked plane and two on the ground -- murdered Patrick Stethem's older brother,...
  • For Kilgore: RTD Endorses the GOP Candidate for Virginia Governor

    11/06/2005 5:07:42 AM PST · by Ligeia · 29 replies · 661+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Sunday, October 30, 2005 | Editorial
    In the race for governor, the Times-Dispatch today endorses Jerry Kilgore. Contrary to the too-usual sentiment on the part of voters contemplating an election, this is not a lesser-of-two-evils decision but a positive endorsement of Kilgore.Why? Two principal reasons. Issues Because Kilgore's views are in the mainstream of Virginia's voters, he holds the advantage on key issues.For instance:< SNIP > Finally, Kilgore is right on these issues: (1) As a law-and-order guy, former prosecutor, and former Virginia public safety secretary (under Governor George Allen), he is tough on crime. (2) He supports genuine merit pay for teachers. (3) He...
  • "Left Behind": Movie bypasses theaters; Area churches show 3rd film based on book series

    10/23/2005 8:46:36 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 12 replies · 390+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Oct 22, 2005 | ALBERTA LINDSEY
    "Left Behind: World at War," a full-length film about the Second Coming of Christ, hits the big screen this weekend -- but in churches, not cinemas. About 115 Virginia churches, including 15 in the Richmond area, are among the 3,200 in the U.S. and Canada showing the film. It is the third movie based on the Left Behind series of best-selling novels by Tim LaHaye and Jerry Jenkins. Some churches have scheduled five or six showings, which began last night and will continue through tomorrow. Many churches are offering the movie free. Others are asking for a small donation. Some...
  • Evangelicals to live their faith with festival

    10/03/2005 6:23:32 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 9 replies · 257+ views
    THE WASHINGTON TIMES ^ | October 3, 2005 | By Amy Doolittle
    Tens of thousands of evangelical Christian youths, families and leaders from more than 800 area churches will converge on the District Saturday and Sunday for the D.C. Festival, with music, activities and faith. The free festival is open to Christians and non-Christians alike, said organizer Luis Palau, an Argentina-born evangelical minister whom some call the "new Billy Graham." "We want people to realize that following Jesus is a normal part of everyday life," Mr. Palau told The Washington Times. "Symbols become passe and people would instantly turn it off. We want to draw in people who would be turned away...
  • Quake Affected Water in Virginia Well:Water Recorded Rising by 3 Feet

    01/09/2005 5:10:50 PM PST · by Ligeia · 11 replies · 1,053+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Jan 8, 2005 | A.J. HOSTETLER
    Spawned by the South Asian earthquake, seismic waves rolling deep within the Earth made Virginia well water rise and fall by 3 feet, the U.S. Geological Survey reported. Strong oscillations at a 450-foot-deep well near the Round Meadow Country Club in Christiansburg in western Virginia started about an hour after the magnitude 9 quake struck some 9,600 miles away. Seismic waves travel through the Earth at about 7,400 mph. "It took another five hours for that sloshing to settle out," USGS groundwater specialist David Nelms said yesterday. "That water's going up and down, up and down, up and down in...
  • Virginia: Kilgore Rallies Republicans

    12/23/2004 8:53:22 AM PST · by Ligeia · 17 replies · 1,527+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | December 5, 2004 | TYLER WHITLEY
    HOT SPRINGS - Attorney General Jerry W. Kilgore attacked his presumed rival for the 2005 governor's race today and took a stand against tax increases. The Republican spoke to a packed luncheon meeting at the Virginia GOP's 21st annual "Advance" at The Homestead resort. Kilgore, who is expected to receive his party's nomination to face Democratic Lt. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine, assailed Kaine as "John Kerry with a Richmond address." Kilgore pledged to resist tax hikes and said the recent projected state budget surplus showed he was right when he spoke out against increases enacted in the last General Assembly...
  • Embedded Report: Suicide Bombing Likely (Mosul)

    12/23/2004 7:22:54 AM PST · by Ligeia · 5 replies · 647+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatach ^ | Dec 23, 2004 | JEREMY REDMON
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE MAREZ, Iraq - Hunched and haggard, Sgt. Evan Byler hobbled around his camp in Northern Iraq yesterday, wondering how a suicide bomber could have infiltrated the chow hall. "It's kind of a shock that something like that was allowed" on the base, said Byler, a Fauquier County resident and member of the Richmond-based 276th Engineer Battalion. "It is something we have been trying to prevent." "Basically, everyone is going to have to step up their alertness and have an eye out for anything suspicious. Home is coming up, but we still have a long way off." Byler...
  • Va. Electors Cast Ballots for Bush [the 270th]

    12/14/2004 7:23:43 PM PST · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 432+ views
    Richmond TIMES-DISPATCH ^ | December 14, 2004 | TYLER WHITLEY
    Virginia helped put President Bush over the top yesterday. Not that it mattered. By the luck of the draw, Keith C. Drake of Albemarle County, an information technology manager, cast what will be the 270th Electoral College vote for Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney when Congress tallies the votes on Jan. 6. The elector from Virginia's 5th congressional district said the state-by-state count, done alphabetically, came down to his name to cast the 270th ballot for Bush and Cheney - the amount needed to win. < snip > Gov. Mark R. Warner, welcoming the electors to the state Capitol,...
  • Virginia's Mark Warner for President in 2008?

    11/14/2004 6:53:47 PM PST · by Ligeia · 66 replies · 3,020+ views
    WMAL ^ | November 14 | AP
    Virginia's Mark Warner for President in 2008? UNDATED (AP) - Some Democrats think their best choice to return to the White House doesn't live too far away from it. The Washington Post reports, a growing underground and Internet movement is promoting Virginia Governor Mark Warner as a candidate for president in 2008. His name has been tossed around by major media outlets in their coverage of the just-completed election and the question of where the Democrats go from here. Observers say Warner has succeeded in the South by supporting fiscal conservativism, gun rights, and some limits on abortion. At the...
  • Endorsement...George W. Bush

    10/24/2004 8:07:53 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 9 replies · 610+ views
    Bluefield Daily Telegraph ^ | Oct 23, 2004 | Editorial Board
    Unless you're blindly guided to a partisan decision on Nov. 2, you face a difficult choice for the next president of the United States. Thinking voters, who genuinely weigh a myriad of issues on the table for the upcoming four years, face an extraordinarily tough set of compromises unthinkable in recent memory. It's no wonder the race is so close. Reaching our conclusion, we have itemized several critical points, and here is our scorecard: l Would we now support the pre-eminent strike against Iraq, now knowing there were no weapons of mass destruction, and now knowing the administration did so...
  • For President: George W. Bush

    10/24/2004 7:50:27 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 3 replies · 327+ views
    Danville [Va] Register and Bee ^ | October 24, 2004 | Editorial Board
    SNIP It is said that presidential elections turn on the state of the economy, but few Americans realize just how badly the economy was hurt by the terrorist attacks. Flying airplanes into the World Trade Center was more than a symbolic act, it had ripple effects on both the airline and financial industries at a time when the high-tech stock bubble burst. No reasonable person can blame all of that on President Bush. Four years ago, when Bush was an untested governor running for president, we wrote: “We don’t know what challenges our next president will face, so we have...
  • President Bush Deserves a new Term

    10/24/2004 6:42:12 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 5 replies · 330+ views
    Lynchburg [Va] News and Advance ^ | October 24, 2004 | Editorial Board
    President Bush deserves a new term The terrorist attacks on the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, continue to change life in America in ways that were never considered in the first eight months of the presidency of George W. Bush. Those attacks led to the war on terror in Afghanistan, then Iraq and ultimately throughout the world wherever the terrorists, with their bloody handiwork, exposed themselves. President Bush has led the world’s fight against terrorism. He has stood firm and resolute in the face of terrorists, pledging to root them out wherever they try to hide. In the process,...
  • Decision 2004 (Northern Virginia Weekly Endorses GWB!)

    10/24/2004 5:52:43 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 2 replies · 435+ views
    Times Community ^ | 10/21/2004 | Editorial Board
    10/21/2004 Tough choices await voters Nov. 2 in local, national races This week, The Times editorial board lays out the case for whom it is supporting in the local congressional and presidential races. We will not presume to change your mind or make it up for you. We offer our thoughts as another in the assault of opinions launched in this high-stakes election. Regardless of what is said here or what you think or write us about it, we feel passionate that everyone should get out and vote on Election Day. In the 11th Congressional District, we continue to...
  • George W. Bush ‘Right Man, Right Place, Right Time’

    10/23/2004 10:08:02 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 11 replies · 651+ views
    Winchester Star ^ | October 16, 2004 | Editorial Board
    George W. Bush ‘Right Man, Right Place, Right Time’ On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, George W. Bush was in Florida, reading to a class of elementary schoolchildren. Mere minutes into his presentation, he was informed that hijacked aircraft had plunged into the “twin towers” of the World Trade Center in New York City. In that instant, America changed, and the world with it. So did the presidency of George W. Bush. If it is accurate to say that the true measure of a man is best ascertained through trial and adversity, through storm and strife — and we...
  • For President (Four More Years!)

    10/23/2004 9:46:57 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 10 replies · 297+ views
    Free Lance-Star ^ | 10/17/2004 | Editorial Board
    The Free Lance-Star endorsement WHEN CONSIDERING the political endorsement of an incumbent, a practical way to proceed is to ask whether past performance justifies retention: Does he deserve to be "rehired"? This is the crucial question most Americans are asking--actually, most long ago answered it--about George W. Bush. You have probably not met a person who says, "I love John F. Kerry and I always have!" The Nov. 2 election is fundamentally a referendum on the policies of the president. The arguments against renewing Mr. Bush's contract to lead this nation are weighty. At a time when federal entitlements consume...
  • For Bush, Again

    10/23/2004 9:21:51 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 9 replies · 571+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Oct 17, 2004 | Editorial Board
    On September 11, 2001, Americans awoke to a lovely dawn. Reality soon roused them from a long slumber. The airliners slamming into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and the Pennsylvania countryside supposedly shattered American innocence. Ignorance more accurately describes the pre-attack attitude. The incidents did not represent something unprecedented, but were instead the latest battle in a war only one side had been waging for a decade and more. The days following the enormities found a wounded nation ready for decisive action. Flags displayed everywhere reflected love and resolve. If the image of firefighters raising the Stars and Stripes resembled...
  • [VA] ACLU warns about signs: Localities reminded of new law concerning political messages

    08/21/2004 11:00:50 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 15 replies · 492+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 8.21.04 | STEPHANIE STOUGHTON
    They dot lawns across Virginia - sometimes unsightly and often annoying to residents who'd prefer that neighbors keep their opinions to themselves. But with the presidential race and some local campaigns under way, the state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is warning localities against enforcing time restrictions on privately posted political campaign signs. On Thursday, the state ACLU said it sent letters to all 323 local governments in Virginia, reminding them that the General Assembly had passed a law protecting the right of individuals to post campaign signs on their land. The law took effect July 1. CONTINUE...
  • PCUSA: Issue of gay clergy called divisive (Largest split since the Civil War possible?)

    07/02/2004 1:11:43 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 29 replies · 202+ views
    Richmond TImes-Dispatch ^ | July 2, 2004 | ALBERTA LINDSEY
    TOMORROW FAITH & VALUES Reaching out:The Church of the Holy Comforter rallies to help a Liberian mother and her two daughters after their arrival in Richmond. Ordination of practicing homosexuals in the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) could "very possibly" split the denomination, said the co-leader of a key task force at the church's 216th General Assembly meeting this week at the Greater Richmond Convention Center."We have a long history of significant disagreements. Presbyterians have been fighting since we first started in this country [in the 1600s], but we always get back together," said the Rev. Gary W. Demarest, a retired...
  • A Pastor With a Drive to Convert: McLean Sanctuary Opens With Grander Plans

    06/27/2004 2:43:51 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 10 replies · 225+ views
    Washington Post ^ | June 27, 2004 | David Cho
    When the Rev. Lon Solomon says he aims to persuade every soul in Washington to believe that "Jesus is the only ticket to heaven," it is a vow not to be taken lightly. From the wealthy of McLean to the poor of Southeast Washington -- all are in his sights, especially the area's Jews, whose conversion Solomon considers his God-given calling. While other Christian leaders might have similar goals, none has the advantage of Solomon's perch as pastor of McLean Bible Church, a glitzy megachurch with an evangelical mission that might seem an unlikely fit for Washington's most affluent suburb....
  • AP: Virginians Warmly Remember Reagan

    06/05/2004 5:10:49 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 23 replies · 174+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | June 5, 2004 | AP
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. - Former President Ronald Reagan was remembered fondly by politicians in both parties Saturday in a state where he enjoyed wide support during his political career.</p> <p>Former Republican National Committee chairman and former Gov. Jim Gilmore called Reagan one of the five greatest presidents of the U.S., and said he was an inspiration for him to enter politics.</p>
  • Legal challenge threatened if baptism blocked (ACLU Shocker)

    06/04/2004 6:44:42 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 67 replies · 304+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Jun 3, 2004 | JUSTIN BERGMAN
    <p>RICHMOND, Va. - Free-speech advocates warned Thursday they will file a federal lawsuit if officials at a public park block a baptism planned for this weekend in the Rappahannock River.</p> <p>Kent Willis, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Virginia, said he has prepared a temporary restraining order against the park if officials try to interfere with an Episcopal pastor's plans to hold a baptism there on Sunday.</p>
  • Ambushed in Baghdad

    06/04/2004 6:12:10 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 6 replies · 209+ views
    RIchmond Times-Dispatch ^ | June 4, 2004 | GORDON HICKEY
    <p>Scott Erwin came from his job in Iraq to walk across the stage with his University of Richmond graduating class on May 9.</p> <p>Last year Scott Erwin put his college education on hold to go to Iraq and teach democracy.</p> <p>He risked his life because he wanted to help.</p>
  • Fairfax [VA] Board of Supervisors chairman [DEMOCRAT]charged with misdemeanor

    05/19/2004 6:04:02 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 8 replies · 104+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | May 19, 2004 | MICHAEL W. KAHN
    <p>FAIRFAX, Va. - Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Gerald E. Connolly was charged with a misdemeanor count of hit and run, police said Wednesday.</p> <p>But Connolly said he "absolutely felt no impact" from what he called a "very minor fender bender," and was shocked to learn later that he had been in an accident.</p>
  • Pat Tillman

    04/24/2004 7:53:32 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 35 replies · 295+ views
    <p>Pat Tillman lived every boy's dream. He starred on the collegiate gridiron (while earning academic honors) and in the National Football League. His ranking among the best defensive backs brought him the big bucks. And at the height of his game - and after being offered a multi-million-dollar, long-term contract - he proudly walked away.</p>
  • Appeal weighed for Moussaoui: Lawyer sees good and bad in ruling on al-Qaida testimony

    04/24/2004 7:28:34 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 3 replies · 63+ views
    Richmond-Times Dispatch ^ | Apr 24, 2004 | ALAN COOPER
    <p>The attorney for accused terrorist Zacarias Moussaoui said yesterday he won't decide for at least a week whether to ask the full 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider Thursday's ruling by a three-judge panel.</p> <p>"It's a tough call for us because there's so much in the opinion that we like, that we might be hesitant to risk some victories that we've already gotten to try to squeeze a little more juice out of the lemon," said Frank W. Dunham Jr., the federal public defender for the Eastern District of Virginia.</p>
  • WMAL Reports Chief Moose RESIGNS

    06/18/2003 10:49:29 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 94 replies · 353+ views
    Officers' safety during sniper attacks investigated Montgomery County Police Chief Charles Moose is facing new criticism -- but this time, it's not about his book deal. W-U-S-A T-V reports that the county's Fraternal Order of Police is investigating questions about officers' safety during last fall's sniper shootings. The report is said to be exploring the possibility that important information was withheld from officers patrolling the streets during the attacks. The Fraternal Order of Police isn't releasing any details about the investigation. Moose has also been under fire from the county's ethics commission for a yet-to-be published book about the sniper...
  • Republican mayor to lead U.S. conference

    06/01/2003 6:31:03 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 11 replies · 201+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6.01.03 | Steve Miller
    <p>An unlikely exterminator will take the helm of the U.S. Conference of Mayors — a black Republican mayor from the eastward outskirts of New York City.</p> <p>Mayor James Garner of Hempstead, N.Y., whose business savvy in pest control earned him a delegate appointment in 1986 to the White House Conference on Small Business, officially will lead the 1,200-member group for a year starting June 10.</p>
  • Alexandria spotlights dim Civil War memories

    06/01/2003 6:24:48 AM PDT · by Ligeia · 7 replies · 195+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 6.01.03 | Matthew Barakat
    <p>The intriguing story of Alexandria's years under Union occupation has long been neglected, an anomaly in a state that celebrates its Civil War history.</p> <p>Instead, the city would highlight its days as a hometown of sorts for George Washington, or let its history speak for itself through the architecture and ambiance of its popular Old Town district.</p>
  • Road trip to Babylon boosts troops' morale

    04/23/2003 3:04:01 PM PDT · by Ligeia · 12 replies · 1,059+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | April 23, 2003 | DENNIS O'BRIEN
    Road trip to Babylon boosts troops' morale By DENNIS O'BRIEN, The Virginian-Pilot © April 23, 2003 Last updated: 3:30 AM Near the reconstructed arch of Ishtar, Navy chaplains and their escorts begin exploring ancient Babylon to gain perspective for their sermons. Photo by Dennis O'Brien / The Virginian-Pilot. More dispatches from Dennis O'Brien in Iraq BABYLON -- It wasn't the order Charlie Company had hoped for -- which would be ``You're going home'' -- but it beat spending another day camped outside Kut. The Marines were sent on a one-day road trip Tuesday, and what better place to visit...
  • Who is the FReeper on G. Gordon's Show Talking about the Patriots' Rally? Thank you!!!!

    02/19/2003 8:54:26 AM PST · by Ligeia · 68 replies · 675+ views
    OK, fess up. Thanks for spreading the word!
  • Bush Announces Details of New FBI-CIA Counterterrorism Center

    02/14/2003 2:24:28 PM PST · by Ligeia · 2 replies · 200+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | Feb 14, 2003 | Curt Anderson
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) _ FBI and CIA counterterrorism analysts will work together under a single roof in a new intelligence hub for the government's effort to detect and prevent terrorist attacks, the Bush administration said Friday.</p> <p>The new Terrorist Threat Integration Center, which will begin work May 1 at the CIA's headquarters in northern Virginia, will eventually relocate to a yet-to-be chosen, separate facility and will grow from 60 to 300 government employees, according to a White House fact sheet that provides new details of a plan Bush announced last month in his State of the Union address.</p>
  • New Agency [Homeland Security] Appears Headed to Northern Virginia

    12/11/2002 5:59:53 PM PST · by Ligeia · 19 replies · 330+ views
    Richmond Times-Dispatch ^ | 12.11.02 | MARTY NILAND
    <p>WASHINGTON (AP) _ The Bush administration is leaning toward northern Virginia as the home of the new Department of Homeland Security, Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton, D-D.C., and a congressional source said Wednesday.</p> <p>"The administration has decided to lease space and is focusing on underutilized space in Virginia," said Norton, who sits on two committees that worked to create the department.</p>