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7:08 am
Mon September 9, 2013

VaNews for 09.09.13

A mystery drone is seen above Alexandria and Virginia’s race for governor takes another weird turn.

Those stories were among the most frequently clicked this past week at Virginia Public Access Project’s VaNews link on vpap.org.

VaNews is a free public service of the Virginia Public Access Project and can be found at  vpap.org.

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The New Drug of Choice
6:19 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Virginia Not Immune to "Molly"

Police are waiting for results of an autopsy before closing the case of a 19-year-old University of Virginia student who died over the Labor Day weekend after taking a dose of the street drug known as Molly.  Police are warning the public against it.

Shelley Goldsmith was an honor student at UVA, and her father says she wasn’t one to use drugs, but shortly after midnight, at a rave in Washington, D.C., she may have ingested a powder known as Molly.

“It’s Ecstasy is what it is – MDMA.”

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Virginia Tech's Stadium Woods
12:07 pm
Fri September 6, 2013

Safe For Now

Friends of Stadium Woods

A plan for a new indoor football practice space at Virginia Tech will be recommended to the Board of Visitors at its meeting on Monday.  The controversial building proposal has environmentalists concerned that the adjacent old growth forest could be at risk.

Under the plan that will be recommended by the University, a new football practice building will be go in where an outdoor practice field now sits -- between Lane Stadium and an old growth stand of trees known as Stadium Woods.  The much loved, eleven acre forest  was once on the list of potential sites for the new facility.

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Law & Crime
4:41 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Fairness Urged for Death Penalty Cases

Virginia’s laws and processes in administering the death penalty can and should be improved.  That’s according to a report unveiled through a project sponsored by the American Bar Association.

The goal of the Death Penalty Assessment Team’s findings is to reduce the risk of wrongful conviction or execution.

The purpose of the report was not to oppose or support capital punishment, according to Team member and former Attorney General Mark Earley.

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Government & Politics
11:11 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Immigration Reform Rally Calls on Rep. Cantor

Virginia Organizing Members Meet with Congressman Eric Cantor's legislative director to talk about immigration.
Credit Virginia Organizing

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is being heavily lobbied by two sets of constituents who are at opposite ends of a polarizing debate.

One wants him to push for a vote next month on comprehensive immigration reform, while the other wants him to be steadfast, refuse to capitulate, and push to reinforce U.S. borders.

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