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Court flips U.S. state's ban on same-sex marriage

Washington - A federal appeals court has struck down Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage, in a landmark victory for the gay rights movement in the United States.
In the Media by Robert MacPherson (AFP)

Commercial rocket launches space station supply capsule

Accomac - Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Antares rocket took off Sunday from a NASA facility on the Virginia coast, carrying more than 3,500 pounds of supplies and equipment to the International Space Station.
In the Media by Nathan Salant

A Gwar-themed restaurant may be coming to Richmond, VA

The legendary metal band, Gwar, is in the process of raising money because they aim to open a Gwar-themed restaurant in Virginia.
In the Media by Owen Weldon

VMI cadets retrace steps of those killed at Battle of New Market

One hundred and fifty years ago today, on May 11, 1864, a contingent of cadets from Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, left their barracks and started walking north. It rained all the five days it took them to reach New Market, 80 miles away.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Two die and one missing in hot air balloon accident in Virginia

At least two people are dead after a hot-air balloon hit a power line and burst into flames at the Mid-Atlantic Balloon Festival Friday evening in Doswell, Virginia. Horrified onlookers stood watching helplessly as the balloon came down in flames.
In the Media by Karen Graham

Op-Ed: Congressman has the gall to request a pay increase

Washington - In one of the most laughably sad statements made by a politician so far this year, Congressman Jim Moran (D-Va.) said that he and his cohorts on Capitol Hill deserve a pay increase.
In the Media by Justin King - 5 comments

Couple in Virginia wins the lottery 3 times in 1 month

Calvin and Zatera Spencer of Virginia are now millionaires after they played, and won, the lottery three times in just one month.
In the Media by Owen Weldon - 3 comments

Plan for ballpark near historic Virginia slave market site advances

A controversial plan to build a minor league baseball stadium near the historic site of a slave marketplace and burial ground in Virginia's capital cleared another hurdle on Monday night as ...
In the Media by Gary Robertson (Reuters) - 1 comment

Virginia bill to force use of electrocution returned to committee

In the U.S., lethal injection is the primary method of execution, although some states give the condemned a choice of a firing squad, hanging, the gas chamber or electrocution. But the drugs used in lethal injections have become difficult to obtain.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 4 comments

Libertarian Xavian Draper challenges Republican Rep. Wittman (VA)

Following Sarvis's record breaking number of votes for a third party gubernatorial candidate in Virginia, fellow Libertarian Xavian Draper hopes for an even better result as he challenges Republican Wittman for the 1st congressional district of Virginia.
In the Media by Emma Burge

Op-Ed: Is the call for an Article V Convention wise?

For over two hundred years, the American people have relied on a document written by our founding fathers that established a strong, but limited government, specifically designed to protect an individual's rights and freedoms.
In the Media by Karen Graham - 7 comments

Virginia Beach hotels add to amenities of top tourist destination

Virginia Beach - To millions of families in America and around the world, a trip to Virginia Beach is the next best thing to being in paradise.
In the Media by Gene Kosowan

Virginia aims to cull wild pigs

Richmond - The state of Virginia has assembled a task force to slow the growth of wild pig populations. The state regards the pigs as an "ecologically destructive and invasive species."
In the Media by Tim Sandle - 10 comments

Ron Paul stumps for Cuccinelli, draws on Libertarian themes

Richmond - Headlining at the closing rally of Ken Cuccinelli's gubernatorial bid in Virginia on Monday night, former long-term congressman and presidential contender Ron Paul (R-TX) talked up nullification and Libertarian themes.
In the Media by Michael Krebs - 1 comment

Op-Ed: Why Virginia libertarians should abstain in this year's election

Richmond - Next week, Virginia voters will head to the ballot box to vote in this year’s gubernatorial election. It features Republican Ken Cuccinelli, Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Libertarian Robert Sarvis. However, libertarians should just abstain Nov. 5.
In the Media by Andrew Moran

All-beef burgers taken off Fairfax County schools' menus

Fairfax - All-beef burgers are now off the menu for school cafeterias in Fairfax County, VA, following student complaints they were pink in the middle. The patties have been replaced by hamburgers with additives, containing up to 26 ingredients.
In the Media by Dawn Denmar

Photo Essay: Summer excavations of Mount Vernon's kitchen ongoing Special

Mount Vernon - An archaeology dig at Mount Vernon has been taking place throughout the summer outside the property's kitchen. The team's objective is to try to learn more about the earlier layout of the property and also see what other artifacts can be found.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 14 comments

15-million-year-old whale excavated on Virginia river shoreline

Stratford - A prehistoric whale skull was found in June along the Potomac River shoreline. As excavators worked to recover the remains throughout the summer, the rest of the skeleton was also found.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 6 comments

'Frankenfish' caught in Virginia confirmed as new world record

A Virginia man has broken the world's record for catching the largest snakehead fish ever. His whopper of a catch weighed in at 17 pounds, six ounces. The Spotsylvania County resident caught the giant fish on June 1.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

Researchers may have solved 17th century murder in Virginia

Jamestown - A group of researchers in Virginia believe they may have found the answer to an unsolved mystery. The murder occurred in the 1600s at Jamestown.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 8 comments

Cicadas arrive in Northern Virginia, but where are they hiding? Special

Manassas - Last month several media reports noted the Brood II cicada population is expected to explode along the U.S. East Coast. While some areas saw cicadas aplenty, other areas which anticipated a large showing have seen few.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 6 comments

Two FBI agents killed during counter-terrorist training exercise

Virginia Beach - Two FBI special agents who were members of the prestigious Hostage Rescue Team were killed during a maritime-based counter-terrorism training exercise gone awry aboard a military freighter off the coast of Virginia Beach.
In the Media by Shawn Kay - 32 comments

Stone House lives to tell the tale of two U.S. Civil War battles Special

Manassas - The Stone House in Manassas, Virginia stands on the fields where two major Civil War battles took place. Today the property is open to the public.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 17 comments

Whale fossils millions of years old unearthed at U.S. Navy base

Yorktown - Whale fossils estimated to be millions of years old have been unearthed at a U.S. Navy base. A passerby at the Virginia military installment found the remains while walking along the York River.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 1 comment

Newborn's body found floating in Virginia pond Special

Sterling - Shortly before noon on Sunday, the lifeless body of a newborn girl was found floating in a pond in Sterling, Virginia. Authorities are searching for the mother and clues concerning the infant's death.
Digital Journal Report by Kay Mathews - 2 comments

Teens allegedly tried to poison teacher with sanitizer

Newport News - Two teens in Virginia are currently under investigation after it was alleged they tried to poison their teacher. The students have been arrested and reportedly admitted to the crime.
In the Media by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

Virginia considering issuing its own currency

Virginia has passed a bill in a two-to-one vote for the proposal of issuing its own currency. The bill allows for a group to study the possibility of creating a metal-based state currency.
In the Media by Angela Harris - 6 comments

Review: A step back in time at the Old Jail Museum, Warrenton, Va. Special

Warrenton - The Old Jail Museum in Fauquier County, Virginia is an interesting place to tour. While one would expect to be touring an old jail building, upon arrival, visitors will be delighted to find there is that and so much more.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 7 comments

Op-Ed: Old Jail Museum — An inside view of 19th century jail in Virginia Special

Warrenton - The Old Jail Museum is located in Northern Virginia's Fauquier County. The museum is what the name implies, an old jail, one of the best preserved jails from an earlier era in the state of Virginia.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 8 comments

Lion roaming the streets of Virginia town prompts 911 calls

Norfolk - Residents of one Virginia town called 911 in a panic when they discovered a "lion" running through the streets of their neighborhood.
In the Media by Greta McClain - 2 comments
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James Rose  who performed  Punch & Judy  brought out his marionette to show the children after the s...
James Rose, who performed "Punch & Judy" brought out his marionette to show the children after the show. The children all sat in a large circle; here he waves to a couple of them.
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Established in 1883 by James Solomon Russell as an Episcopal Mission School for the black community ...
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Established in 1883 by James Solomon Russell as an Episcopal Mission School for the black community of Southside Virginia. Russell, a former slave, was trained at Hampton Institute and Bishop Payne Divinity School in Petersburg. The school closed in 2013 because of financial difficulties
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World War II ration books on exhibit at the Virginia Air Show 2012
World War II ration books on exhibit at the Virginia Air Show 2012
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison  completed in 2010.
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The lethal injection room at San Quentin State Prison, completed in 2010.
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A wet snowy rain comes down on Route 286 (formerly named 7100  Fairfax County Parkway) during the da...
A wet snowy rain comes down on Route 286 (formerly named 7100, Fairfax County Parkway) during the day on Christmas Eve.
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Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
Hotel Strasburg was originally built as a hospital in 1902. Today the building operates as a hotel.
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WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
WWII U.S. Army field kitchen in use
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Strasburg  Va.  is full of many picturesque sites  such as this building.
Strasburg, Va., is full of many picturesque sites, such as this building.
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Living history experience of WWII held at Sully Historic Site
Living history experience of WWII held at Sully Historic Site
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Toys for the children in 1885
Toys for the children in 1885
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A house located in the historic district in Strasburg. This house was mentioned as being a historica...
A house located in the historic district in Strasburg. This house was mentioned as being a historical landmark.
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The P-51D  Mustang  gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year s ...
The P-51D "Mustang" gets ready to take off. This was one of the anticipated segments of this year's show, but would also be one of the last due to inclement weather, the show ended shortly after this performance.
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An image taken inside Shenandoah National Park.
An image taken inside Shenandoah National Park.
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Images taken at special event at Sully Historic Site
Images taken at special event at Sully Historic Site
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The Red  White and Blue hayride was a popular activity throughout the day.
The Red, White and Blue hayride was a popular activity throughout the day.
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View of Oatlands seen when approaching the main house from the side
View of Oatlands seen when approaching the main house from the side
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Marco Rubio on his East Coast book tour
Marco Rubio on his East Coast book tour
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The rare anthodites that can be seen in very few caverns around the world. Skyline Caverns  in Front...
The rare anthodites that can be seen in very few caverns around the world. Skyline Caverns, in Front Royal, Va. is one of the places where these can be seen.
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Skyline Drive  located in Shenandoah National Park
Skyline Drive, located in Shenandoah National Park
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