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Commodore Real Estate LLC to Mid-Atlantic Pizza Restaurants LLC, 1718 Seminole Trail, $558,660
Christopher B. Hawkins & Melissa A. Deane to Rodney E. Dean, Jr., Trustee of the Rodney E. Deane Jr. Trust, 5426 Hill Top Street, $212,000
Craig Enterprises Inc. to Thomas & Carol Sutton, 5345 Raven Stone Road, $475,000
Harry M. & Margaret H. Ward to David H. & Stacey B. Bruns, 123 Montvue Drive, $335,000
Belvedere Station Land Trust to SH & B LLC, 864 Belvedere Boulevard, $282,000
Wilberger Properties Inc. to Harry M. & Margaret H. Ward, 1574 Pantops Mountain Place, $370,000
Phillip S. & Randy Giaramita to James B. Cloonan & Theresa M. McNamara, 3120 Sandown Park Road, $762,000
Gladys I. Baxter to Bank of New York Mellon, 4470 Mt Alto Road, $139,950 (foreclosure)
Archie & Elaine Miller to Adam T. Gapinski, 2101 Lonicera Way, $319,900
Lenny Hugh & Wendy Sue Bernstein to Christopher R. & Kelly J. Greene, 1974 Heather Glen Road, $285,000...
When I heard the news of the American soldier charged with the slaughter of 16 people in Afghanistan, I instantly flashed back to a ferry trip in the early 1970s from Liverpool to Belfast.
What could the tragedy in Afghanistan have in common with that trip so long ago in a different part of the world? Plenty.
On that ferry was a company of British soldiers headed for duty in Northern Ireland during the three-decade period of violence now called "The Troubles." I have never seen such a depressed group of people, before or since.
Those young soldiers were dreading our arrival in Belfast because they perceived everyone in Northern Ireland to be “hostiles.” It didn’t matter whether the civilians were Nationalists or Loyalists (what the American media portray as “Catholics” vs. “Protestants”). As far as these troops thought, they were all “the enemy.” And indeed, at that time, the soldiers were under guerrilla-style attack from both sides, subject to sniper attacks, and worse. While on the ground in Ireland, they were confined to gated and fortified compounds, except when they were on patrol—and on patrol they were in units of at least 10 or 15 soldiers, dressed in uniform with body armor, and all intensely observing every house, building, vehicle, and person in the area.
On an earlier visit to Belfast, I had learned proper deportment in the presence of British troops. When a...
The General Assembly adjourned March 10— without a budget, which some might consider the most important reason communities send legislators to Richmond.
Nonetheless, legislators got a lot of bills passed and signed into law, thanks to an overwhelmingly Republican majority in the House of Delegates and the evenly matched state Senate with Republican Lieutenant Bill Bolling as 20-20 tie breaker.
And several of them grabbed national attention. Here's a rundown of some of the more controversial bills, and how local legislators voted.
Abortion: Informed consent with a transvaginal probe ultrasound (HB462, SB484)
This is one of the two bills that subjected Virginia to national derision on Saturday Night Live— and elsewhere. The original bill required women seeking abortions to pay for an expensive, invasive procedure called a transvaginal ultrasound, wait 24 hours, and have it go on their permanent record. The bill was revised to require an abdominal ultrasound, and signed into law March 7 by Governor Bob McDonnell.
Yeas: Delegates Rob Bell, Matt Fariss, Steve Landes, Senator Bryce Reeves
Nay: Delegate David Toscano, Senator Creigh Deeds
It's okay to discriminate against gays wanting to adopt (HB189, SB3...
Literary phenom Chad Harbach credits the Hook for his runaway success with The Art of Fielding, the book that was on everyone's top 10 list for 2011.
Okay, that's not remotely true. What is true is that Harbach was a runner-up in the Hook's 2003 fiction contest with a story called "Kayley's Constellations."
"It was the first thing I ever had published," says Harbach, a UVA creative writing MFA. "One of the judges loved it. One thought it should be disqualified because it was so profane. Second place was a compromise. I got $50."
Since then, Harbach went on to co-found n+1, a well-regarded New York-based literary magazine that's now on a sound enough footing to have three employees, he says. But his major claim to fame these days is as a literary rarity: a first-time author who inspires a major bidding war.
All for a book ostensibly about baseball. The story of the making of The Art of Fielding was documented in Vanity Fair last fall by Harbach's friend and n+1 co-founder, Keith Gessen. It details the nine years it took for Harbach to write the book, the state of publishing, the rejections, and the ultimate race for the rights of a first-time novelist that didn't end until the price hit an u...