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LCSO Investigating Bank Robbery at BB&T Bank in Lovettsville

July 25, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the July 24 bank robbery of the BB&T bank on East Broad Way in Lovettsville.

Around 5:15 p.m. two unknown subjects entered the bank. One of the suspects handed the teller a note demanding money while the second suspect displayed a firearm. The suspects fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of cash toward the Lovettsville Community Center. The suspects are believed to have fled the area in a blue SUV.

The first suspect was described as a Black male, 6’ tall and weighing approximately 175 pounds. The second suspect was also described as a Black male, 5’8” tall with a thin build. The area was searched but no suspects were located. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter – Week of July 10, 2015

July 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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07/10/2015 – 05:15 p.m. 300 Blk. G St. Domestic Dispute
Police were called to the scene of a domestic argument between a married couple by a neighbor. The situation had calmed down on police arrival and the situation was mediated prior to police clearing the scene.

07/11/2015 – 3:00 p.m. 100 Blk. 14th St. Narcotics Violation
Police responded to the scene of a suspicious vehicle and noticed that several young adults in the vehicle were involved in narcotics activity. The matter is under investigation is to whether charges will be placed. … Continue Reading

LCSO Continues Investigating 2009 Murder of Jose Daniel Soto

July 18, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is continuing the investigation of a homicide that occurred six years ago. Saturday, July 18, 2015 will mark the six-year anniversary of the murder of Jose Daniel Soto. This incident took place on July 18, 2009 at the Middleburg Training Center located in Middleburg.

Soto was employed at the training center as a jockey at the time of his death. The homicide was the result of an altercation that had occurred between Jose “Danny” Soto and two suspects who have been identified. The suspects were identified as Alberto Garcia Perez and Timoteo Hernandez Cruz. Both suspects had also been employed at the training center at that time. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Report – Week of July 2, 2015

July 11, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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07/02/2015 – 12:29 p.m. 600 Blk. Dominion Terrace Emotionally Disturbed Person
Police and EMS responded for a report of an intentional overdose of drugs. The patient was transported to a medical facility in stable condition and police contacted Loudoun County Mental Health and the patient was placed in a mental health facility for treatment. … Continue Reading

LCSO Deputies Recognized for Life-Saving Actions during Suicide Attempt

July 8, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Two Loudoun deputies are being lauded for their efforts in helping save the life of a man who attempted to take his own life last month.

On May 23, Deputy First Class Dustin Moon and Deputy First Class James Maguire, Jr., responded to a residence in the Cascades area after dispatchers received information from a third party caller that a man was attempting to take his own life. The man was reportedly in a running vehicle in his garage.

DFC Maguire, an 11-year-veteran of law enforcement, arrived on scene and found the home and the garage door locked. DFC Moon, a 10-year veteran, used his car jack while DFC Maguire used his collapsible baton to partially open the garage door to allow the fumes being emitted from the vehicle to escape. Seeing that they were not going to be able to open the garage door further to gain entry, Deputy Maguire forced open the front door of the home. … Continue Reading

Townhouse Fire Caused by Improperly Disposed Fireworks

July 6, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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Improperly disposed fireworks were determined to be the cause of a two alarm fire, resulting in $700,000 in damages and displacing several residents.

Saturday, July 4 at 10:26 p.m., fire and rescue units from Dulles South, Brambleton, Aldie, Moorefield, Fairfax County, and the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority responded to 25147 Sodalite Square for a townhouse fire. When emergency crews arrived on scene, they found significant fire coming from multiple floors in the front and rear of a middle unit townhome. A second alarm was promptly requested bringing additional units from Ashburn, Sterling, and Leesburg. … Continue Reading

Thanks For Keeping Us Safe!

July 2, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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A big shout out to all the county lifeguards that keep us safe as we swim and splash our way through the season.

During the summer, they provide continuing support, education and training including Vigilance Awareness Testing (VATS) at Franklin Park. Supervisors manage staff rotations to avoid guards monitoring only one area. And, strict policies and procedures help ensure that lifeguards are knowledgeable and comfortable in emergency situations.

Featured here are lifeguards from Franklin Park: Bottom, Jake Smith, left, Evan Goodman, right top, Michael Ciafre and top, Rebecca Ciafre.
Photo by Sarah Huntington

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Lightning Strike Damages Waterford Home

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s Office has confirmed that a lightning strike is responsible for a fire that damaged a Waterford home. 

At 5:45 p.m., Tuesday, June 23, fire and rescue units from Hamilton, Lucketts, Leesburg, Purcellville, Round Hill, and Lansdowne were dispatched for a house fire at 15555 Second Street in Waterford.  The first fire and rescue crews to arrive on the scene found smoke showing from the eaves of a large, two-story home.  Firefighters made entry and located a fire in the attic of the home.  Faced with zero visibility and high heat in the attic, firefighters worked quickly to extinguish the fire.

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New Police Chief To Raise The Bar On Police Professionalism, Community Engagement

July 1, 2015 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Be the first to comment
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– By Andrea Gaines

Cynthia A. McAlister – accompanied by an enthusiastic crowd of family and supporters – was sworn in as Purcellville’s new chief of police in June, taking the oath of office before Loudoun Clerk of the Circuit Court Gary Clemens. Her first official day at work in Purcellville was June 15.

The Purcellville Police Department is among five departments serving the people of Purcellville – including Administration, Community Development, Finance and Public Works – and currently employs 16 sworn officers and one civilian. A group of local citizen volunteers known as the Purcellville Citizen Support Team, Inc. has been working with the police department since early 2000 to “aid and support … in the prevention of crime and the promotion of safety.”

McAlister is now the top public official in charge of it all.

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Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Additional Victim Identified in Investigation of Former Volunteer Paramedic
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The investigation into a former volunteer paramedic for inappropriate contact with a minor has identified a second victim in the case.

Timothy M. Ward, 31, of Sterling turned himself over to authorities June 22 and was charged with rape, attempted forcible sodomy, and indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial or supervisory relationship. … Continue Reading

Preventing Heat Emergencies

June 22, 2015 by Contributor Public Safety Comments Off on Preventing Heat Emergencies
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As the sweltering summer heat blankets our area, Loudoun County Fire and Rescue teams with the American Red Cross to remind everyone to take precautions against heat related incidents.

Follow these simple safety measures from the American Red Cross to help avoid heat related emergencies:

  • Dress for the heat. Wear lightweight, light-colored clothing. Light colors will reflect away some of the sun’s energy. It is also a good idea to wear hats or to use an umbrella.
  • Drink water. Carry water or juice with you and drink continuously even if you do not feel thirsty. Avoid alcohol and caffeine, which dehydrate the body. Avoid using salt tablets unless directed to do so by a physician.
  • Eat small meals and eat more often. Avoid high-protein foods, which increase metabolic heat.
  • … Continue Reading

Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015

June 22, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter: Week of June 13, 2015
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06/13/2015 – 3:16 a.m. 700 Blk. E. Main St. Aggravated Assault
Police were called to the scene of an assault. The victim had suffered injuries that were not deemed to be too serious. Investigation determined that two groups of individuals had been involved in a verbal argument at a bar outside of town and had met up in a parking lot of a business in town. At that time, the victim was assaulted by a subject. The offender has been identified but the victim is reluctant to pursue charges at this time. The investigation is continuing. … Continue Reading

Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud

June 20, 2015 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Jury Finds Man Guilty of Prescription Drug Fraud
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A Loudoun County jury deliberated until nearly 10:00 p.m., on Wednesday, June 10 before concluding the case of Jether M. Jones III. Jones was being tried on charges stemming from of a series of transactions in a prescription fraud scheme. Jones faced three counts: uttering a forged prescription, prescription fraud, and possession of heroin. The jury fixed the punishment at fifteen years in prison. … Continue Reading

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Sustainable Planet

The Noisy Economist

25 Jul 2015

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“[W]hereas classisists [economists] turned the spotlight on change, flow, process and dynamics, the neoclassicists [economists] spend their time analyzing states of rest, balance, equilibrium.” – Yanis Varoufakis [1] Updating the evolving global surface temperature anomaly monthly for the Loudoun County …

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Ask Dr. Mike

Help for Shark Phobia

8 Jul 2015

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Dr. Mike, We go to the Outer Banks every summer as a family, but our seven-year-old daughter is now freaked out by the reported shark attacks at the Outer Banks. Thanks to her older siblings teasing her about sharks, she …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth

Mount Zion Church

1 Jul 2015

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– By Tim Jon So: You’ve never given the American Civil War a great deal of thought, much less walked the grounds of Gettysburg or some of the other, major battleground sites located in our region; you may not be …

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Brandon Park

3 Jun 2015

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Considering its location – amidst the swirl of transportation axes, commercial and industrial scenery, residential neighborhoods, and the shadow of the busy downtown section of Leesburg, I was surprised to have this quiet little oasis of (mostly) green to myself …

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Sushi's Corner

March Sushi

4 Mar 2015

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Hello everyone, this is Hokie Cat from Fields of Athenry Farm. Sushi is in big trouble as we speak and is residing in doggy dungeon. I am here to fill you in on what took place. My brother Mountie loves …

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Virginia Gardening

Planting an Allergy-Free Garden

5 May 2015

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By Donna Williamson Tom Ogren has a long-time interest in allergy-inducing plants. He has written several books on the topic and in February released his latest The Allergy Fighting Garden. He explains why plants can stir up allergies and has …

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Samuel Moore-Sobel

Saving The Art Of Letter Writing

1 Jul 2015

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– By Samuel Moore-Sobel This year a woman in France received a letter in the mail. What made her experience unique was that the letter had been written on January 27, 1877, and was intended for her great-grandfather. Steve Insekeep, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

The Marital Agreement

2 Jul 2015

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– By Amy & Dan Smith In Virginia, as in most states, a marital agreement can be entered into before or after marriage. It can cover a variety of topics but commonly addresses issues pertaining to the disposition of property …

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Student News

8th Grade Writers Honored At Blue Ridge Middle School

2 Jul 2015

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Sixty-seven Blue Ridge Middle School eighth graders have been honored for their writing during the 2014-2015 school year. Many students had their writing selected for publication by Creative Communication, a program for student writers, while others won county-wide writing contests. …

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Ben Kellogg Achieves Eagle Scout

1 Jul 2015

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Benjamin Robert Kellogg achieved the rank of Eagle Scout at a Court of Honor conducted at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church in Purcellville on March 29. Friends, family and troop leaders attended the celebration, including his parents, Robert and Deirdre Kellogg. …

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Blue Ridge Middle Places 11th In National Science League

1 Jul 2015

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Blue Ridge National Science Day Declared Tuesday, June 10 has been officially been declared Blue Ridge National Science Day. At a recent Purcellville Town Council Meeting, Mayor Kwasi Fraser and members of the town council signed a proclamation designating this …

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Summer Expressions: an exhibit of abstract paintings by artist Rebeca Roman and ceramics by potter Steven Shiraishi

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Moonlight Zip Tours in Middleburg Virginia

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Notaviva Vineyards - Bluegrass Jam - FREE event

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Barns of Rose Hill Presents Lúnasa

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Friday Night Jazz with Maddy Curtis and Caleb Nei

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Two Pound Sterling Live at North Gate Vineyard

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Disney’s The Little Mermaid Jr.

Culinary Garden Summer Music Series

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Annual Summer Sidewalk Sale Returns with Bargains for Everyone

Friday Night Live with Emma Rowley & Saffron Gourmet Food Truck

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View From the Ridge

An Open Letter to the Citizens of Purcellville

5 May 2015

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Mark Your Calendar, They’ve Asked for Our Input So Let’s Give It To Them By Steady and Nobull The Purcellville Planning Commission has tentatively scheduled a series of public input sessions June 4, 11 and 18 at 7:00 p.m. at town hall for the proposed sweeping zoning changes. These major …

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Editorial

How Did We Get Here And How Do We Get Out?? A Summary Of Purcellville’s Sewer Debt And Strategic Solutions

1 Jul 2015

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– By Kwasi Fraser, Mayor of Purcellville Many of our fellow citizens are baffled by the proposed increase in our already high water and sewer rates, and not just about the increase that was proposed for the Fiscal Year 2016 but also about the proposed increases over the next nine years. This quote from one of our citizens to a …

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Lifestyle

Artist’s Profile: Michele Sommers, Mural Artist – The Beauty Of Life, Evolving Over Time

2 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Two things defy reason when it comes to mural artist and painter Michele Sommers. The first is her irrepressibly humble attitude towards her talent. The second is the absolute divinity of her work. I knew that in writing about her in this way she would be thinking, Oh … come on … I’m not THAT good! …

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Kicking Off Farm To Fork With Music

1 Jul 2015

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Kicking off this year’s Farm-to-Fork Loudoun project is the second annual Farm, Fork & Art, with music added: a special concert from home grown, award winning folk and Americana singer-songwriter Andrew McKnight. Farm, Fork, Art & Music begins at 6 p.m. sharp at the unique Trinity House Cafe located at 101 E. Market St. in Leesburg on Wednesday, July 22, …

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Hillsboro Celebrates Independence Day July 3

1 Jul 2015

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Bring your friends and family to Hillsboro’s Old Stone School on Friday, July 3 for the annual Independence Day Celebration. The celebration will be preceded by the second of four seasonal outdoor markets which will open on July 3 at 4 p.m., and the Independence Day festivities begin at 6 p.m. at the Old Stone School located at 37098 Charles …

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Wild Loudoun

Ancient Oaks – The Great Providers

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines She feeds the birds. She shelters the mammal. She cools the air, provides us with shade and conserves the water and soil. She is the mighty old oak, an ecosystem unto herself. All except the smallest living things function as an ecosystem of sorts – whether harboring the bacteria and microscopic plants that break down organic …

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Around Virginia

Governor Signs Senator Black’s Campus Sexual Assault Bill

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On Thursday, May 28, Sen. Richard Black traveled to Richmond for the bill signing ceremony of his bill, Senate Bill 712, the Campus Sexual Assault Bill. Black’s law will change the way that Virginia’s colleges and universities handle sexual assault cases.  “When I heard about the Hannah Graham case, I …

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McAuliffe Announces Movie To Film in Virginia

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Gov. Terry McAuliffe announced that Virginia has been selected as the filming location for “Loving,” a motion picture based on the true story of Richard and Mildred Loving, a Virginia married couple who, in 1958, were arrested for violating a state law at the time prohibiting interracial marriage. The couple …

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Bipartisan Legislation Hopes To Reduce Wasteful Spending

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U.S. Sens. Mark R. Warner (D-VA) and Rand Paul (R-KY) have teamed up on a bipartisan proposal to empower federal workers to identify and cut down on unnecessary federal spending. The Bonuses for Cost-Cutters Act of 2015 would build on existing law by expanding a program that allows U.S. government …

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Sports

Upper Loudoun Little League Pre-Game Ceremony

1 Jul 2015

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– By Carri Michon The Majors championship game for Upper Loudoun Little League dawned with prospects of stormy weather. Nonetheless, a nice crowd assembled for the pre-game ceremonies in the light rain. Following the announcment of the AL Royals and the NL Pirates teams, the ULLL Hometown Heroes scholarship given …

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WLVBC Ignite Takes 2nd at Tournament

13 May 2015

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Western Loudoun Volleyball Club U15 Team Ignite placed second at the NVVA 15’s Spring Fling Volleyball Tournament on Sunday, May 10 at Belmont Ridge Middle School in Leesburg. Ignite met the host team, NVVA 15 Fairfax Black, in the finals. “I’m proud of each player for pushing hard through 10 …

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This Month in History

July, 1776: Loudoun’s Revolution Within A Revolution

1 Jul 2015

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– By Andrea Gaines Loudoun County was heavily invested in the fight for independence from Great Britain. Loudouner Francis Lightfoot Lee was one of 56 delegates to sign the Declaration of Independence. More Loudouners served in General George Washington’s army than any other county in Virginia, and the county’s enormous …

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Mary Rose Lunde

Locks Of Hope Easy, Helpful

1 Jul 2015

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– By Mary Rose Lunde I’m not the first one who has written about and done what I am about to describe, and I hope I’m not the last. It’s not an action that seems heroic, but it does make a difference. The best part is that no one is …

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Sarah's Closet

Go Pink … As Pink As You Like

1 Jul 2015

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– By Sarah Nearis Look at these sweet and summery pink blouses and tops. Don’t you want to try one on? Some women are afraid to wear pink, thinking it’s a bit too feminine. But, pink comes in such a wide variety of shades – from soft mauves to fuchsias …

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Letters

Independence Won – Much Left To Be Done

1 Jul 2015

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With graduations behind us and summer vacations ahead, we have much to look forward to. My summer will be full of events and opportunities to …

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Reflections for Father’s Day, a Child’s Constitutional Rights

15 Jun 2015

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I’ve been a licensed attorney and a father since the late 80’s. Yet, I wonder about how many of our country’s legal theories – theories …

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Minimum Wage: A Wrench in the Gears

3 Jun 2015

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By Delegate Dave LaRock You may have read in the news recently that the second-largest city in the United States, Los Angeles, voted to raise …

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