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Vikings Through the Decades

October 21, 2012 by Contributor Schools Comments Off on Vikings Through the Decades
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To celebrate Loudoun Valley High School’s 50th Anniversary, “Vikings Through the Decades” has been published and is currently available to students, parents, faculty and staff, the community and alumni.

The 28-page color booklet covers major school events throughout the school’s history and includes remarks by coaches on the school’s state championship teams, a listing of the school’s principals and their tenures, community and school ties and so much more.

An outcome of The Senior Project, an initiative in the 2011-2012 school year, the booklet was produced primarily by 2012 graduates Kristina Anderson and Chloe Spillane, who were also the 2012 yearbook editors. In the winter they planned the publication and its design, while sorting through materials saved over the years.
After the completion of Advanced Placement exams in May, they worked full-time the two and half weeks prior to graduation interviewing, writing and placing content. They continued their work on the project into the summer until leaving for college. In August, 2013 Saga Editor Katie Pownall picked up the project, polishing it and working on the proofs this fall. Both Anderson and Spillane are studying communications at Virginia Tech. … Continue Reading

Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

September 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Virginia Students Continue to Outperform Peers Nationwide on SAT

Participation and Performance of Commonwealth’s Ethnic Groups Also Increase

Virginia’s 2012 public school graduates outperformed their peers nationwide on the SAT college-admissions test, according to results released today by the College Board. The commonwealth’s graduating seniors achieved at higher levels than public school students nationwide on all three SAT subsections:

  • The average reading score of 508 for Virginia public school students is 17 points higher than the national average.
  • The average mathematics score of 510 for Virginia public school students is five points higher.
  • The average writing score of 492 for Virginia public school students is 11 points higher.

In addition, Virginia public school students in all ethnic groups that the College Board reports, — American Indian, Asian, African American, Hispanic and White — outperformed their peers nationwide on all three SAT subsections.

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“Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club

September 20, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on “Fore the Wolverines” Hits the Links at Stoneleigh Golf & Country Club
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Eighty-eight Wolverine fans and golfers teed off bright and early Monday morning, September 17 at Woodgrove’s home course, Stoneleigh Golf and Country Club in Round Hill, to compete in the Second Annual “Fore the Wolverines” Golf Tournament. All proceeds from the tournament fund Senior student-athlete scholarships and other activities that further the mission of the WWABC. The weather was great, the course was gorgeous, and a good time was had by all! Aside from the tournament itself, the event featured a silent auction, raffle items, door prizes, breakfast, snacks and a delicious lunch catered by Stoneleigh.

Western Loudoun boasts amazing golfers proven by the tournament’s 3-way tie for the team with the lowest score – 59. The tie was broken by comparing back nine scores, and the winners were: … Continue Reading

Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

August 30, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Board of Education to Revisit ESEA Objectives

Board of Education President David M. Foster said today that he will ask the board at its September 27 meeting to revisit annual measurable objectives (AMOs) for mathematics achievement that were set in July using a methodology approved by the US Department of Education (USED). The methodology was included in Virginia’s Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Flexibility Request, which waived certain No Child Left Behind-era mandates, that was approved by USED on June 29.

“The timeline for reviewing Virginia’s request necessitated both the Board of Education and USED approving a methodology for setting annual objectives for student subgroups before results from the rigorous new mathematics Standards of Learning (SOL) tests were available,” Foster said. “Now that we know the impact of the 2011-2012 tests on the mathematics AMOs, USED, Superintendent of Public Instruction Patricia I. Wright, Secretary of Education Laura Fornash and I agree that the board should revisit the methodology in order to set more aggressive annual goals for raising subgroup achievement and closing achievement gaps.” … Continue Reading

Yearly Tuition Increases at Virginia Colleges Fall to Decade-Low

August 15, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Yearly Tuition Increases at Virginia Colleges Fall to Decade-Low

Average increase of 4.1 percent in 2012 is less than half of 10-year average; Down from 7.9 percent Last Year; Tuition at Virginia Schools had Increased by 91 percent over Last Decade

Drop in Tuition Increases Made Possible by $230 Million Additional Investment in the 2012-14 Biennial Budget

As students prepare to return to campus for another year, Governor McDonnell and other higher education leaders today announced that Virginia undergraduates at public colleges and universities in the Commonwealth this fall will experience the lowest tuition and mandatory fee increase in a decade. The announcement comes as the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia (SCHEV) releases its annual report on tuition and fees at public higher education institutions. Joined by members of the General Assembly, students, representatives from the State SCHEV, college presidents and Chairman of the Governor’s Commission on Higher Education Reform, Innovation, and Investment Tom Farrell, Governor McDonnell announced that the average tuition increase of 4.1 percent represents a 3.8 percent drop from last year’s increase of 7.9 percent. This year’s low tuition and fee increases were possible due in large part to the continued commitment of reinvestment by Governor Bob McDonnell and the 2012 General Assembly’s allocation of $230 million in additional general fund support to Virginia’s public higher education institutions in the 2012-14 biennium. The Governor and General Assembly’s reinvestment in higher education will help public institutions meet the goals of the ‘Top Jobs’ Virginia Education Opportunity Act of 2011, landmark legislation that calls for an additional 100,000 college graduates by the year 2025. … Continue Reading

Back to School Transition

August 3, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Cynthia Hayes, Ph.D

The beginning of a new school year is a challenging time for the whole family. However, a little preparation and forethought can make a word of difference in helping the shift to go smoothly and can also help children feel secure and look forward to their school year.

?Sleep schedule-The easiest way to support your child’s transition to an earlier bedtime is to make it gradual. For example, if a child’s summer bedtime is 9:30, but she needs to turn in by 8:00 on school nights, parents can help her to make the change over several weeks. The first week she could shift to 9:00, then the second week, to 8:30, and finally to 8:00. … Continue Reading

It’s Back to School Time

July 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Feature, Schools Comments Off on It’s Back to School Time
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Putting a Little Nutrition in Back-to-School

Butterfly Gourmet – a cool little culinary spot that opened in Old Town Purcellville recently – is here to rescue departing college students from what owner Debra Randazzo sees as “artificial mac & cheese and overly salty ramen noodles.”

Butterfly Gourmet is offering a cooking class geared toward college students – or any beginning cook – entitled, “Beyond Ramen Noodles!”.

The class, planned for Thursday, August 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. will be held at Butterfly Gourmet shop at 148 North 21st Street in Purcellville.

It will be led by chef Victoria Cortes and cover basic food preparation skills – giving students three or four easy, affordable, healthful meals they can add to their repertoire as they hit their college dorms. … Continue Reading

Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School

July 5, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools Comments Off on Writing Excellence at Blue Ridge Middle School
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Blue Ridge Middle School principal Brion Bell announced that several times this past year students have been recognized by local and national competitions and organizations for their excellence in writing.

Under the guidance of Mrs. White and Mr. Kursman, three eighth graders, Mary Callihan, Alexandra Van Zandt and Emily Baer were honored by Scholastic Writing Awards for the South Region-at-Large. Callihan won a Certificate of Merit recognizing the top 20 percent in each category, and Van Zandt received the Silver Key (top 15 percent). The highest award in regional competition is the Gold Key (top ten percent). This year, Blue Ridge has one Gold Key winner, Baer. … Continue Reading

Speaker for Local HS Seniors Awards Ceremony a Secret ‘Til the Last Moment

June 6, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Schools 1 comment
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By Andrea Gaines

Former United States Secretary of State Madeline Albright made a surprise appearance at the Woodgrove High School Senior Awards Ceremony on June 1, 2012.

Secretary Albright was exceptionally well-received at the gathering. But, the “back story” of how she came to speak at Woodgrove that day was the most interesting part of her visit. … Continue Reading

Teacher of the Year Named

May 6, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Teacher of the Year Named
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Shenandoah University will present its Teacher of the Year Award to Shannon Allen, a keyboarding teacher at Blue Ridge Middle School, at the meeting of the Loudoun County School Board on May 8, at 6:30 p.m., at the Loudoun County Public Schools Administration Building, 21000 Education Court, in Ashburn, Va. Allen will be honored for her commitment to her students and to the community. … Continue Reading

Loudoun School Bus Running?

April 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety, Schools 3 comments
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One of our readers submitted this video to the BRL after stumbling across it on YouTube.

We invite your comments.

Five Loudoun Country Day School Eighth Graders Shine at State Competition

April 25, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Five Loudoun Country Day School Eighth Graders Shine at State Competition
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On Saturday, April 21, members of the eighth grade class joined hundreds of students across the state of Virginia in Williamsburg for the state finals of the 2012 National History Day Competition. Five students from Loudoun Country Day School, in Leesburg, won prizes. Lindsey Rust and Olivia Lattanzi won a third place medal for their group documentary on child labor laws. Tyler Nightingale won first prize in the category of individual documentary on how Jackie Robinson revolutionized sports for African Americans and was a true leader and hero in the Civil Rights Movement. Omar Ahmed and Chris Miller won first place for their group live performance that addressed how Brown v. Board of Education ignited the Civil Rights Movement. … Continue Reading

Admissions Open Houses in April at LCDS

April 9, 2012 by Contributor News, Schools Comments Off on Admissions Open Houses in April at LCDS
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On Thursday, April 12, and Thursday, April 19, Loudoun Country Day School Headmaster Dr. Randy Hollister will present an overview of the LCDS mission and educational program in the school library at 9:00 a.m. while school is in session. A question and answer session will follow. Dr. Hollister will lead a tour afterwards. Please join us April 12 and April 19 to learn more about our prekindergarten through eighth grade coed program. We offer a robust curriculum, full-day kindergarten, small classes, field trips and hands-on activities in a nurturing environment. … 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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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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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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