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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

Photo Essay: Wintry weather mix reaches Fairfax County, Virginia Special

Fairfax - During the time frame between Halloween and Christmas, Northern Virginia had been experiencing unseasonably warm weather with a few dips in temperature. This morning it looks as if winter has arrived.
Digital Journal Report by Leigh Goessl - 5 comments
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A corner of a play area for the kids
A corner of a play area for the kids
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Foods prepared for a Victorian Christmas at Sully Historic Site  Chantilly  Va.
Foods prepared for a Victorian Christmas at Sully Historic Site, Chantilly, Va.
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Strasburg is full of pretty views
Strasburg is full of pretty views
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Families enjoying the breathtaking mountain views at one of the overlook stops along Skyline Drive.
Families enjoying the breathtaking mountain views at one of the overlook stops along Skyline Drive.
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Flooding on the streets of Norfolk  VA as a result of Hurricane Sandy
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Flooding on the streets of Norfolk, VA as a result of Hurricane Sandy
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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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Master of his Domain  acrylic by Virginia Houston.
Master of his Domain, acrylic by Virginia Houston.
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Strasburg is full of pretty views
Strasburg is full of pretty views
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Ash Lawn-Highland. Fifth U.S. President James Monroe once owned this property and called it  Highlan...
Ash Lawn-Highland. Fifth U.S. President James Monroe once owned this property and called it "Highland". It was renamed "Ash Lawn" long after the Monroes had vacated the property. Later owners built upon the original property.
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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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A deer grazing in winter 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College  located in Manassas  Va.
A deer grazing in winter 2013 at Northern Virginia Community College, located in Manassas, Va.
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It is not clear to this writer if this is an original possession of the Monroes or a period piece. I...
It is not clear to this writer if this is an original possession of the Monroes or a period piece. It was located in one of the basement rooms.
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Members of the First Virginia Regiment speak to visitors at Mount Vernon at the annual Colonial Mark...
Members of the First Virginia Regiment speak to visitors at Mount Vernon at the annual Colonial Market and Fair
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A father and son go check out this Huey helicopter formerly flown by the U.S. Marines
A father and son go check out this Huey helicopter formerly flown by the U.S. Marines
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A reenactor showing the M1 Garand to the audience
A reenactor showing the M1 Garand to the audience
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Kids and adults might be fascinated by this sight in the caverns. What they are looking at is actual...
Kids and adults might be fascinated by this sight in the caverns. What they are looking at is actually a reflection. The water is extremely shallow, a few inches at most.
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Virginia Beach ocean front courtesy Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau.  All photography ...
Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau
Virginia Beach ocean front courtesy Virginia Beach Convention and Visitors Bureau. "All photography is available free of charge for editorial usage, viewing and presentations. "
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Strasburg has a rich history in the pottery industry. If memory serves  this book is a ledger from o...
Strasburg has a rich history in the pottery industry. If memory serves, this book is a ledger from one of the potters that operated in town.
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Visitors waiting for house tour of Oatlands
Visitors waiting for house tour of Oatlands
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