Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies

October 31, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News Comments Off on Loudoun Author Barbara Curtis Dies
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Loudoun blogger, author and activist Barbara Curtis of Round Hill, author of the blog Mommylife.net and nine books on parenting, faith and politics, died October 30. She suffered a hemoral stroke on Sunday.

Curtis was known locally and nationally for her Montessori training and advocacy for homeschooling. An outspoken advocate for people with Down’s Syndrome, she had four children – three of them adopted – born with the disorder. Curtis often wrote about her own experiences raising children and shared parenting expertise. At the same time, she did not shy away from campaigning on controversial national and local issues, most recently circulating a petition demanding that the county allow only Judeo-Christian displays on the grounds of the Leesburg courthouse.

In biographical information on her blog, Curtis shared her troubled California youth and her journey to overcome addiction and find meaning in religious and family life; she and her family moved to Loudoun County in 2003. The announcement of her passing on her blog was answered by dozens of comments by shocked and saddened readers.

“She was a testimony to God’s grace and transforming power. She had a wise, compassionate heart, and had such an amazing impact on so many people she didn’t even know. I have no doubt that she is now hearing the words that all of us long to one day hear: ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant.’ Rest in peace, Barbara. You will be greatly missed, and we won’t let all your work be in vain. We will keep up the fight,” reads the tribute by fellow blogger Rachel Bjorklund.

In addition to her twelve children, Curtis is survived by her husband Tripp.

Purcellville Recovers from Sandy

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Recovers from Sandy
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With the remnants of Hurricane Sandy moving out of the area today, Purcellville is recovering from the slow-moving storm’s significant rain and wind. Most people were spared heavy damage and are now dealing with debris cleanup and some flooded basements as a result of the estimated eight inches of rain received in the last twenty-four hour period.

The Town of Purcellville wishes to give special thanks to Fire, Rescue, Police, Maintenance and Utilities staff who worked throughout the incident to ensure public safety and uninterrupted services. With the recovery process underway, the Town will transition from its emergency operations starting at 5:00 p.m. today to having staff available on call to address any issues that may materialize overnight. You can reach this emergency contact at 540-338-7700. … Continue Reading

Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

October 31, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Patrick Henry College Offers Showers

To Residents of Purcellville and surrounding area:

For those who have lost power during the current storm, Patrick Henry College is opening its on-campus shower facilities. The use of these showers is offered at no charge between the hours of 7am and 9pm daily. Interested persons must check-in at the information desk located in the main lobby of The Barbara Hodel Center. Please call Campus Safety at 540-441-8888 with any questions. Please bring your own towel and toiletries. Facilities will remain open to area residents during through the period that power is out.

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Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Police Blotter – 10/22 – 10/28
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10/22/12 – 8:00 a.m. – 37200 Block of Richardson Ln. – Burglary – Victim reported that sometime overnight someone broke into the business and stole several items. Case under investigation.

10/23/2012 – 2:35 a.m. – 300 Block of Locust Grove Dr. – Family Dispute – Complainant advised of options.

10/25/2012 – 6:47 p.m. – 400 Block of W. K St. – Disorderly / Family Dispute – Complaint worked out by police.

10/26/2012 – 10:18 a.m.– 100 Block of Hirst Rd. – Identity Theft – Victim reported that someone had tried to open a credit account in his name. Incident being investigated by financial institution. … Continue Reading

Purcellville Storm Update

October 29, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Purcellville Storm Update
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As Hurricane Sandy continues its move toward our area, please make sure you are prepared for this extended weather event. We are expecting the worst wind and rain tonight from 5:00 p.m. until tomorrow morning. Since last night, the Maintenance staff has been monitoring roadways and ramping up equipment and resources.

Be sure to have flashlights and extra batteries, a battery-powered and/or hand-crank radio and extra batteries in case power goes out. Have food that does not need refrigeration and one gallon of water per person per day. Other important items are a first aid kit and medications, car phone charger, blankets and other supplies. … Continue Reading

LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather

October 28, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on LCSO Prepares Essential Personnel for Potential Severe Weather
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With the possibility that Hurricane Sandy may bring severe weather to our area, Loudoun County Sheriff Michael L. Chapman has notified all essential personnel within the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office of the county’s severe weather procedures. Loudoun County officials are also urging residents to prepare now for the possibility of high winds and heavy rains next week.

These precautions include simple steps, such as:

  • Stock or re-stock emergency supply kits, including extra batteries, etc.
  • Clean out gutters and storm drains. Keep drains clear of trash, leaves and branches, so that rainwaters can easily flow, reducing possible flooding and ponding situations. … Continue Reading

Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

October 27, 2012 by Contributor News, Public Safety Comments Off on Local Officials May Order Evacuations in Low-Lying Areas

In advance of Hurricane Sandy, Governor Bob McDonnell issued a limited mandatory evacuation order for low-lying areas along the Virginia coast and Chesapeake Bay. The order grants local government officials authority to determine locations for evacuation and start times, based on local conditions. Any specific evacuation orders will be issued by local governments.

Those in eastern Virginia who live in low-lying areas (areas that typically flood) should be ready to evacuate if told to do so by local officials. Stay tuned to local TV and radio stations for instructions and additional information. The best source for information is local media and local government websites. … Continue Reading

The Psychology of Your Vote

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader Ask Dr. Mike, Columns Comments Off on The Psychology of Your Vote
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By Michael Oberschneider, Psy.D.
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Polls show President Barak Obama and Governor Mitt Romney neck and neck in their race for the presidency. And with the election just days away, both gentlemen are working hard to secure your vote and a victory. The economy. Obamacare. Foreign policy. Medicare. Education. Social Security. But what if these political issues, or at least how you feel about them, are actually not entirely in your control? What if the vote you cast on November 6 turns out to be influenced more by your gray matter than by campaign ads, debates, career records or bus tours? Scientific research over the past several years has revealed some fascinating findings regarding the intersection between our biology and neurology and the way we vote. … Continue Reading

Prepare for Hurricane Sandy

October 26, 2012 by Blue Ridge Leader News, Public Safety Comments Off on Prepare for Hurricane Sandy
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Governor Bob McDonnell has declared a State of Emergency in Virginia in preparation for Hurricane Sandy which is anticipated to affect the Commonwealth over the weekend and early next week. As the potential severe weather from Hurricane Sandy and the expected nor’easter – like system moves into the region this weekend, the residents in the Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County can expect the possibility of high winds, heavy rain, flooding and the potential of street closures and property damage resulting from fallen trees. The Town of Purcellville and Loudoun County are asking you to take the following precautions to help you better prepare for this potential natural emergency:

  • Visit the Town’s website at www.purcellvilleva.gov and view the emergency preparedness guides that have been developed by the Town, County, other regional organizations and Dominion Virginia Power. … Continue Reading

AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Elections, News Comments Off on AG Cuccinelli’s Response to Voter Registration Tampering Investigation Request
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Below is a letter Attorney General Cuccinelli sent to Sen. Donald McEachin regarding his public request for this office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg.

Dear Senator McEachin:

Over the past few days, I have read reports in the news media regarding your request for my office to investigate the alleged dumping of voter registration forms in Harrisonburg. An investigation into this matter is absolutely warranted, and the local authorities are currently conducting one. Tampering with voter forms is a serious crime, and I believe that this allegation should be thoroughly investigated. … Continue Reading

Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Business, News Comments Off on Oatlands and Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership Kick Off Living Legacy Project to Commemorate American History
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Oatlands Historic House and Gardens and the Journey Through Hallowed Ground Partnership have announced a joint initiative that will begin the JTHG Partnership’s Living Legacy Project. Oatlands will serve as the pilot site for this extensive commemorative tree planting program. Oatlands Board Chair Michael J. O’Connor also announced today that Leesburg, Va. landscaping firm Greenscapes by Design has been retained to source and plant the trees. As previously announced, Rhodeside & Harwell, a landscape architecture firm based in Alexandria, Va., has been commissioned to undertake the landscape design for the Living Legacy Project, including the pilot project at Oatlands. … Continue Reading

Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Sports Comments Off on Registration for Winter Lacrosse Opens
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NoVa West in partnership with the Winchester SportsPlex are now accepting team and individual registrations for the two winter 2012/2013 indoor lacrosse league sessions. For more information visit http://www.novawestlax.com/NWILL/index.asp. All players registered will be entered into a drawing for a new pro7 helmet.

Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center

October 25, 2012 by Contributor Events, Lifestyle Comments Off on Franklin Park Big Band to Perform at Franklin Park Arts Center
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Western Loudoun’s community based musical ensemble, The Franklin Park Big Band, will provide two performances at Franklin Park Arts Center on Saturday, November 3 at 8:00 pm, and Sunday, November 4 at 3:00 pm. Tickets are $5 per person or $10 per family and will be available at the door. Tickets can be reserved by calling the box office at 540-338-7973, or purchased online at www.franklinparkartscenter.org

The Franklin Park Big Band was founded with support provided by the Franklin Park Arts Center. The group plays Big Band music for dances, weddings, charities, and other occasions. Our members are community instrumentalists from all walks of life who have a passion for their instrument and audience-pleasing music. … Continue Reading

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Not Your Father’s El Nino

15 Aug 2015

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NASA and other agencies now forecast the incipient El Nino conditions to continue at least into the winter and the early part of 2016. Figure 1 compares Pacific sea surface temperature anomaly for the El Nino of 1997- 1998 with …

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Ask Dr. Mike

At Wits End

7 Aug 2015

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Dr. Mike, My sister’s son is autistic, but she is in complete denial. I’ve done my research and he fits a diagnosis of autism. He is three years old and doesn’t talk or socialize. He has meltdowns that are out …

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Just Like Nothing (Else) on Earth: Morven Park

7 Aug 2015

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I think what strikes me most about this place – as over the top as it is in many ways – is how understated it really is; I know that’ll take some explaining. I’ve been to Morven Park hundreds of …

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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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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

What It Means To Be a Man

7 Aug 2015

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By Samuel Moore-Sobel As I have gotten older I have noticed that there are more and more young men who ask me for advice. To me it seems silly – I am often not much older than the person asking, …

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Amy V. Smith's Money Talks

A Social Security Strategy Could Enhance Your Retirement Income Plan

7 Aug 2015

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By Amy & Dan Smith What do you think of when someone mentions Social Security? Many people consider Social Security and retirement as one and the same. More than 90 percent of working Americans plan for Social Security to replace …

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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

Getting Purcellville Out of the Conflicts of Interest Trap

7 Aug 2015

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Three Virginia laws address openness in government: the Virginia Freedom of Information Act (VFOIA), The Virginia Public Records Act (VPRA) and The Virginia State & Local Government Conflict of Interests Act (VCOIA). VFOIA guides how public bodies conduct their meetings and regulates access to government records. VPRA establishes basic rules about what constitutes a public record and what the government’s …

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Loudoun Health Officials Remind Septic System Owners of Need to Pump Out

28 Aug 2015

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The Loudoun County Health Department reminds owners of septic systems that routine pumping out of their systems can extend the system’s life and reduce the risk of untreated sewage surfacing or backing up into a house. Loudoun County requires owners of conventional onsite septic systems to have their tanks pumped out at least every five years. Tanks must be pumped …

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Historic Village Prepares for 46th Annual Bluemont Fair

25 Aug 2015

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The sleepy Blue Ridge village of Bluemont in western-most Loudoun County, Virginia, is bustling with activity as it prepares for the 46th ANNUAL BLUEMONT FAIR, September 19 & 20, 2015 from 10AM to 5PM both days, rain or shine. Admission is still only $5/adults, under 10 free, with free parking available. One-way traffic and crosswalks will be enforced in the …

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Register for Rally for the Cure™

24 Aug 2015

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Want to participate in a fun tournament for a great cause? Then sign up to participate in the Stoneleigh Women’s Golf Association’s annual Rally for the Cure ™ golf tournament in Support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month! This is a great opportunity to play at the golf course recently cited as being the Prettiest Golf Course in Northern Virginia by …

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Wild Loudoun

Dragonflies – To See Is To Believe

7 Aug 2015

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Shadow Darner. Unicorn Clubtail. Black Shouldered Spinyleg. Blue Dasher. Ebony Jewelwing. Calico Pennant. Sanddragon. Their names conger up some magical place inhabited by devils and demons, elegant queens, daring lovers – creatures you would need to see with your own eyes to believe really existed. But, each of these, including the Calico Pennant, is actually one of the most common …

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Around Virginia

Governor McAuliffe Launches Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship

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Governor Terry McAuliffe today signed Executive Order 47 establishing the Governor’s Council on Youth Entrepreneurship, which shall be responsible for coordinating and implementing youth entrepreneurship initiatives and fostering the growth of the entrepreneurial ecosystem for young people in Virginia. “The foundation of the new Virginia economy rests on the strength …

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Congress and MWAA VS Loudoun Taxpayers

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By Delegate Dave LaRock It’s no secret that population growth and business development have left Loudoun County, especially busy areas to the east, with some pretty challenging traffic. The process of expanding the local network of roads and transit always seems to be playing catch-up, usually tied to availability of …

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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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Sports

Drew Hunter Heading To Pan American Games

7 Aug 2015

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Loudoun Valley’s Drew Hunter placed second in the United States Track and Field 1500-meter run Junior National Championship. That earned him a spot on the United States Junior Team going to the Pan American Games in Edmonton, Canada in late July. Drew lost to college freshman Blake Haney of the …

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American Legion Post 34 Hosting Mid-Atlantic Regional Baseball Tournament

5 Aug 2015

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Batter up! Chartered in 1919 by an act of Congress, the American Legion is one of our country’s oldest, largest and most prestigious veteran’s organizations – dedicated to mentoring youth, sponsoring community programs, promoting national security and supporting veterans and members of the armed forces. Specific programs include scholarships, scouting, …

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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

More Than a GPA

7 Aug 2015

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By Mary Rose Lunde In school we are measured in every way based on a number system from a point scale resulting in grades then translated into a GPA that can’t be easily fixed in just one semester. Students are forced to think that all they have to achieve 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

Thank You Purcellville

7 Aug 2015

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I want to express my sincere appreciation for the outpouring of support by the local business owners and residents in relationship to my challenge to …

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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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