The recent discovery of a prehistoric whale skeleton along the shore of the Potomac River may help scientists understand life and climate change millions of years ago during the Miocene Epoch. The dig lies 150 feet below ancient cliffs at Virginia's Stratford Hall, the birthplace of General Robert E. Lee.
Wading along this pristine shoreline, over fallen trees and under ancient cliffs Jon Bachman, who works at Stratford Hall was with a group of scientists in June when he found the 15 million-year-old whale skull.
A novel set in southwestern Virginia was enormously popular when it came out – in 1908. “Trail of the Lonesome Pine” is the story of a young engineer who goes to that mountain region to develop its underground resources. He finds himself in the middle of a blood feud between two powerful local clans ---and falls deeply in love with one of their daughters.
The novel, based on true events, has been made into a move three times. The 1936 version starred Henry Fonda and Fred McMurray.
State Republicans are responding to a call by one of their own for a special session on ethics reform in light of the scandals now plaguing both the Governor's office and the gubernatorial campaign.
Governor McDonnell had already declined the request by Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli to call a special session. Now House GOP leaders say they also prefer to wait until January’s regular session to take up ethics reform.