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    A report issued in May by the U.S. Department of Interior examining the Federal Indian boarding school system and its legacy makes for difficult if necessary reading. It marks the first effort to chronicle the operations of these institutions and honestly confront their long-term effects on the Native American people. That will have particular resonance in Virginia, home to seven federally ...

      It’s always refreshing to report a positive development in the news and the transfer of 4,000 beagles from a Virginia breeding facility to rescue organizations — including one in Williamsburg — and, ultimately, to forever homes is certainly something to cheer. Credit is due to many organizations, individuals and officials who pressed for these dogs to be available for adoption. And the hope is ...

        A little-heralded Virginia legislative reform has yielded insights into which of the commonwealth’s communities endure the most far-reaching effects of mass incarceration — a term that serves as shorthand for the United States’ propensity to put people in prison rather than address underlying social issues that set people on the path to a life behind bars. The U.S. imprisons more people than any other nation in the world, eclipsing even China, and when comparing national incarceration rates — the number of incarcerated residents per 100,000 population — the U.S.A. is also No. 1.

          Given the latest surge in COVID-19 cases — thanks to omicron subvariant BA.5, deemed the most transmissible yet — and the relatively new threat posed by monkeypox, which has been spreading globally since May, one might expect the public health establishment to be asking for heightened precautions or at least vigilance. One would be wrong. Has it been judged too early for warnings? Is there a ...

          The popularity of every Star Wars and Star Trek spin-off imaginable on TV streaming services shows how much Americans remain intrigued by the possibility "to boldly go where no man has gone before." But 53 years after Neil Armstrong first set foot on the moon, our excitement waxes and wanes with the ups and downs of real-world space exploration orchestrated by NASA. Consider a spate of recent ...

          A new national poll suggests the midterm elections could end up being a lot tighter than Republicans are hoping for, and not the blowout that Democrats are fearing. Of course, the devil is in the details, and there’s nothing predictable regarding voter sentiments in a midterm election that pits urban against rural, abortion-rights versus forced birth, and pro-Trump versus pro-democracy, along ...

          It’s been a busy couple of weeks for the U.S. Border Patrol. Then again, it usually is. Last week, agents from San Clemente Station in California seized more than 65 pounds of methamphetamine and 41 pounds of cocaine in two separate incidents. On June 12, agents stopped a vehicle on Interstate 5, and a search yielded 30 total packages containing 31 pounds of methamphetamine with an estimated ...

          Those of us who live outside the Beltway that encircles Washington D.C. often forget how the partisan gridlock in Congress impacts our lives. It takes something like the presentation U.S. Sen. Mark Warner made at the University of Virginia last week to drive home the importance of bipartisan cooperation in the lives of average Americans.

          No Kid Hungry has a goal as simple as it is difficult. The national nonprofit group wants every child to have access to three meals a day, 365 days a year. In Virginia, No Kid Hungry state director Sarah Steely regularly finds herself at the mercy of federal and state politicians to make that happen. Recently, they have been very merciful.

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          Virginia Republicans can’t wait to force women to carry unwanted pregnancies to birth. So they’re proposing an end run around democracy. The GOP only controls the House of Delegates. Democrats control the State Senate. No total abortion ban is likely to pass the senate.

          Jill Biden is supposed to be the responsible one. When she’s not waving on the way to Air Force One with Joe Biden, the first lady is known for volunteering at a food bank, visiting the families of victims mowed down by a madman in Waukesha, Wisconsin, and heading to Ukraine on Mother’s Day to meet with first lady Olena Zelenska. She referred to herself as having taken on a “healing role” for ...

          Few things are as mesmerizing as a full view of the stars on a crystal clear night, when the wilds and wonders of the cosmos reveal themselves to observers here on Earth. Gazing at the heavens ignites the imagination, stirs curiosity and prods us to ponder the origins of the universe. This week, NASA released the first images captured by the Webb Space Telescope and “mesmerizing” somehow seems ...

          Mark Cuban's latest business venture may be even more watchable than his appearances on the "Shark Tank" reality show. Even if you're not a fan of that program, there's good reason to keep an eye on what he's doing. It could save you money — potentially a lot of money — on generic medications, though as always there are important consumer caveats. The brash billionaire and owner of the Dallas ...

          In one of the final decisions in its recently completed term, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a crippling blow to the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate the greenhouse gases that drive global warming. Virginia is fortunate that state statutes continue to advance the cause of a cleaner, more sustainable environment, but that progress is under threat. While Congress must act in ...

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