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A simple high school lesson at Riverheads High School in Augusta County, Virginia became the source of shrieking uproar for all of the schools in its district. Angry parents sending calls and emails including some threats, caused security in all Augusta County schools to shutter its doors for the safety of its students.

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What better place to mouth off your bigoted position than to thousands of students in an institution of higher learning?

President Jerry Falwell Jr., is the head of the Christian university, Liberty University in Virginia.

In a student address on Friday, he strongly encouraged his students to get concealed firearm permits… READ MORE »


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School administrators Glen Allen High School are making apologies after an obscenely racist parody of the “Ducktales” theme was blasted over the loudspeakers during warm-ups for the homecoming football game. The school, located in a suburb of Richmond, Virginia, was playing the team from Richmond’s John Marshall High School, a predominantly black school, whose players were… READ MORE »


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On Tuesday, Fairfax County, Virginia chief prosecutor, Raymond F. Morrogh, announced that no charges would be brought against the six male sheriff’s deputies who repeatedly tased a mentally ill woman to death in February. Today, the full video of the incident that led to Natasha McKenna’s death was released. It is horrifying and heartbreaking, making… READ MORE »


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He also allegedly faxed a 23-page “manifesto” to ABC News, claiming he was motivated by anger over the shooting at a church in Charleston last month. READ MORE »


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WHSV reports that the shooter has been identified as Vester Lee Flanagan, also known as Bryce Williams, a “former disgruntled employee,” according to Governor Terry McAuliffe. READ MORE »


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A 57-year-old former Virginia Delegate had an affair with his 17-year-old secretary, and now they have a baby. READ MORE »


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You can count on me to never get in the way of you “preventing an unintentional pregnancy.” I’m not actually sure what that means, because if it’s “unintentional” you must have been trying to prevent it. And, I don’t expect to be in the room or will I do anything to prevent you from obtaining… READ MORE »


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Happy Valentine’s Day, sinners and sodomites! Yesterday, a federal judge in Virginia ruled that the state’s 2006 constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage is unconstitutional. The ban is in violation of the equal protection and due process clauses in the United States Constitution’s 14th amendment. Judge Arenda L. Wright Allen’s wrote in the ruling, “Our Constitution… READ MORE »


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Welcome to the 21st century, Virginia! Despite the Supreme Court ruling in 2003 that state law can not deem sexual relations between consenting adults a “crime,” VA has continued to do so for 10 years — until this week.  An appeals court finally nixed the state’s anti-sodomy law regulating “crimes against nature,” which criminalized anal and… READ MORE »


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People often joke that politics is going to the dogs, but how wrong they are. It’s actually going to the cats — one cat in particular, a Maine Coon named Hank. Hank came in third in a battle for a Virginia senate seat,  behind Democrat Tim Kaine (who won!) and Republican George Allen, running on… READ MORE »


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The campaign headquarters of Wayne Powell, the Democratic challenger to Republican Rep. Eric Cantor, was vandalized with the words “baby killer” and “n***er lover.” Ugh, what is wrong with people?! [Think Progress]
Wisconsin Democratic candidate Tammy Baldwin is really, really close to becoming the first-ever openly gay senator. [Jezebel]
A five-year-old girl… READ MORE »


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Virginia’s Board of Health has voted to pass building regulations pushed by anti-abortion advocates on things like hallway sizes and ventilation systems that will force many abortion clinics in the state to close. Just awful. [Huffington Post]
More on the accused Central Park rapist’s history of attacking elderly women. [ABC News]
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I’ll admit to holding some not-very-positive stereotypes about the South’s feelings on homosexuality. But the guys of Quality Auto Paint and Body in Roanoke, Virginia, have turned that around. After they heard that local gay college student Jordan Addison’s car had been vandalized four times and covered with gay slurs, they decided to do something… READ MORE »


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Twenty of 22 abortion clinics in Virginia could close today if the state’s Board of Health votes to impose medically unnecessary restrictions on them. Specifically, the clinics would be required to adopt rules that hospitals do, such as providing as many beds as there are parking spaces in the lot. Real important, right? Clever… READ MORE »


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We have nothing personally against the states of Arizona and Virginia, two fine locations in the lower 48. Arizona is home to the Grand Canyon, and our own Ami Angelowicz was born and raised there. Virginia is the proud state that brought us Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello and the Smithfield ham. However, when it comes to… READ MORE »


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Virginia Governor Bill McDonnell has signed into law the bill that requires a woman seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary ultrasound. Technically this bill is a step up from a previous iteration of the bill, which would have required an invasive transvaginal ultrasound (also medically unnecessary) before an abortion. [New YorkREAD MORE »


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Virginia’s state Senate killed a “fetal personhood bill” which would have criminalized all abortions by declaring a fetus to be a human being at the moment of conception. Yesterday, Virginia’s Governor Bob McDonnell rescinded his intent to sign a “transvaginal ultrasound” bill, which would have required a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally… READ MORE »


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UPDATE, 3:40: Governor McDonnell has released a statement regarding the bill, posted after the jump.

Virginia’s Republican Governor Robert McDonnell has come to his senses: he is dropping his support for a scary-ass bill requiring women seeking an abortion to first have a medically unnecessary “transvaginal ultrasound,” aka to be vaginally penetrated with… READ MORE »


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One of the scariest anti-abortion bills in the U.S. right now is Virgina’s “mandatory ultrasound” bill, which requires a woman seeking an abortion to be vaginally penetrated with a speculum and ultrasound probe. The doctor operating the transvaginal ultrasound will then reflect that image onscreen; women will be forced to undergo this procedure to have… READ MORE »


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