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Del. Sally Hudson to challenge Sen. Creigh Deeds for 11th District in 2023

Hudson's decision to run for the state Senate will force her into a primary with Creigh Deeds.

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University of Virginia's police department to hire 30% more women by 2030

CHARLOTTESVILLE — The University of Virginia Police Department is making good on its promise to increase the presence of female officers on…

UVa Law vice dean tackling misinformation with new nonprofit

“Misinformation isn’t new, but something about the current moment and the power of social media makes it especially salient.”

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Public defender tapped for defense in Charlottesville author's slaying

CHARLOTTESVILLE — Nicholas J. Reppucci, of the Office of the Public Defender has been appointed to represent the 38-year-old woman charged …

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Charlottesville domestic slaying victim was author, arts provocateur

Matthew Sean Farrell, 53, was the only child of a social worker and an Army commando turned French professor. He grew up near Farmville, spent several years after college in the U.S. Marines Corps and settled into a life of provoking the arts in Charlottesville.

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Albemarle County man arrested for putting noose on Homer statue at UVa

BREAKING: Shane Dennis appeared for a bond hearing Tuesday morning in Albemarle County District Court on charges of displaying a noose for intimidation.

Sports

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Bills steamroll Patriots again 24-10 in third straight series win

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — One by one, the old Patriots axioms fell Thursday, a crumbling facade for a suddenly average franchise. Bill Belichick’s defense neutralizes an opponent’s strength? Bills receiver Stefon Diggs caught seven passes for 92 yards and a touchdown, running through the ashes Justin Jefferson left after torching the Pats secondary last week. That same defense confuses quarterbacks? ...

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Bears QB Justin Fields takes a step toward starting Sunday vs. Packers

CHICAGO — It’s looking more likely that Justin Fields will be ready to play with a separated left shoulder Sunday against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers at Soldier Field. The Chicago Bears quarterback was a full participant in practice Thursday afternoon at Halas Hall, moving him a step closer to returning after missing the Week 12 loss against the New York Jets. Fields suffered a ...

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Iowa lands Michigan transfer QB Cade McNamara

Iowa lands Michigan transfer QB Cade McNamara

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NFL announces new format for Pro Bowl Games in Las Vegas

A re-imagined NFL Pro Bowl is set to occur in February at Allegiant Stadium. The NFL Pro Bowl Games will be highlighted by several skills competitions, culminating in three flag football games. Tickets are available now and start as low as $35. The week kicks off Feb. 2 with the Pro Bowl Skills events pitting NFL stars against one another in competitions that will include previous fan-favorite ...

Business

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China fines former NBA star Lin over quarantine comments

China's professional basketball league has fined former NBA star Jeremy Lin for making ‘inappropriate remarks’ about quarantine facilities for his Chinese team. That comes as the government tries to suppress protests against anti-virus controls that are among the world's most stringent. More cities eased restrictions following protests last weekend in Shanghai and other areas in which some crowds called for President Xi Jinping to resign. The China Basketball Association said Lin was fined $1,400 for “inappropriate remarks” on social media about a hotel where his team stayed before a game. The news outlet The Paper said he complained about workout facilities. Phone calls to his team, the Loong Lions, weren't answered.

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Ye no longer buying Parler app, Twitter account suspended

The rapper Ye is no longer buying conservative social media site Parler. That's according to a statement Thursday from the company Thursday. It said was a decision made in the interest of both parties in mid-November. Parler is a small platform in the emerging space of right-leaning, far-right and libertarian social apps that promise little content moderation. Ye found himself moderated on Twitter early Friday when his account was suspended over a post of an image that included a swastika. New Twitter CEO Elon Musk said the suspension was due to the rapper violating a rule about “incitement to violence” and not because Ye posted an unflattering picture of the billionaire as his “final tweet.”

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Asian shares sink on revived worries over recession, China

Shares have retreated in Asia after a mixed day on Wall Street. Optimism over moves by China to ease strict pandemic controls faded, replaced by worries over data suggesting recession may be looming. A U.S. measure of inflation that’s closely watched by the Federal Reserve eased in October, raising questions over the central bank's determination to keep raising interest rates to tame price increases. The S&P 500 ended 0.1% lower Thursday, a day after markets rallied as Fed Chair Jerome Powell indicated the central bank could dial back the pace of its interest rate increases.

A&E

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Live music and more in valleys' venues: November-December

Our compilation of live music listings provided by SWVA venues ...

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What to stream: A stocking full of fresh Christmas shows and movies

Now that it's December, we can confidently say that the Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) season is here. Which means a slew of new holiday content to stream, if you haven’t been mainlining Hallmark holiday movies already.

This week's bestsellers from Publishers Weekly

Here are the bestsellers for the week that ended Saturday, Nov. 26, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by NPD BookScan © 2022 NPD Group. (Reprinted from Publishers Weekly, published by PWxyz LLC. © 2022, PWxyz LLC.) HARDCOVER FICTION 1. The Choice. Nora Roberts. St. Martin’s 2. The Boys from Biloxi. John ...

Life

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Bidens entertain more than 330 guests at 1st state dinner

President Joe Biden's first White House state dinner has drawn big names from the worlds of entertainment, politics, business and fashion to celebrate French President Emmanuel Macron. The official guest list included late-night TV talk-show host Stephen Colbert, “Good Morning America” anchor Robin Roberts, actors Jennifer Garner, Ariana DeBose and Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and singer John Legend and his wife, Chrissy Teigen. Outgoing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was there, as was House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy, who hopes to succeed Pelosi. The 338 guests passed through a White House decorated for the holidays. Trolleys took them to a heated party tent on the South Lawn.

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Prosecutor drops Australian Parliament House rape charge

An Australian prosecutor on Friday dropped the rape charge of a woman who was allegedly assaulted in a parliamentary office after he determined that the stress of the trial would put her life at risk. Former government staffer Brittany Higgins alleges a more senior colleague, Bruce Lehrmann, raped her in a minister’s office after a night of heavy drinking in March 2019. The Associated Press does not usually identify alleged victims of sexual assault, but Higgins has chosen to identify herself in the media. Higgins' friend said she was in a hospital receiving mental health treatment. Director of Public Prosecutions Shane Drumgold said he dropped the case based on medical evidence that a trial could cost Higgins’ life.

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Ask the Builder: The secrets to squaring anything

Are you trying to save money in these harsh financial times? Have you given up trying to find a contractor, and are you starting to do more projects on your own? If so, you’ re in fine company, as my email inbox has exploded over the past months with requests for help.

Opinion

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Letter: Schools' treatment of bus drivers needs overhaul

Schools’ treatment of bus drivers needs overhaul

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Mendoza: Hospitals should not get rich on the backs of the poor

If a drug-discount program Congress created 30 years ago to help disadvantaged patients were working as intended, Norman Otey might still b…

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Editorial: Whatever the motive, state mental health reform much needed

Upsetting as it is that mental health system reforms only seem to be spoken of with urgency by those in power during the aftermath of horri…

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Minneapolis Star Tribune: End the kingmaking in Iowa and New Hampshire

Thank you for your service, Iowa and New Hampshire. But it's time to end the prominent, influential perch you two small rural states have long enjoyed in winnowing the list of presidential contenders.

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Schapiro: On housing,Youngkin's chance to be business guy-in-chief

Glenn Youngkin knows better than most that you can make a lot of money with other people’s money.

Sponsored Content

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Virginia’s Most Vulnerable Seniors Can’t Access Critical Dental Care

For many working Americans, access to dental care is made possible because of their employers’ benefit package, which can include medical, dental and vision. However, dental care continues to be a top unmet health care need for many adults who are low-income seniors, medically fragile, or living with a disability. Read more

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