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Interview with a Defense Attorney
4:24 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Charges Against Jesse Matthew: The Strongest Case Goes First

Charlottesville Attorney Dave Heilberg
Credit Hawes Spencer

With charges starting to pile up against the man blamed for one woman's rape and another's disappearance, who decides where to prosecute first?

Charged in Charlottesville with the abduction of Hannah Graham, forensically linked to the Albemarle County death of Morgan Harrington, Jesse Matthew has now been indicted for three felonies in Fairfax. What happens when different prosecutors want the same man?

"They usually cooperate to decide who goes first,” says veteran Charlottesville defense attorney David Heilberg.

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Appalachian Stereotypes
3:30 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

What's Most Scary About Horror Films?

Halloween reminds us that it can sometimes be fun to explore the dark side. And the rise in popularity of horror movies of the last couple of decades seems to confirm that.

A Virginia Tech Professor of pop culture is taking a closer look at scary movies to see what they tell us about the stereotypes that drive them.

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Open Mic
12:09 pm
Tue October 21, 2014

Wedding Busywork: Restless Hand Syndrome

June is the traditional month for weddings, but it turns out fall ceremonies are increasingly popular. 

Charlottesville author Janis Jaquith is looking forward to her daughter's wedding, and wondering why some people make the whole process much more complicated than necessary. 

I am not a crafty person. I don’t use “scrapbook” as a verb, and I don’t own a glue gun.

But now that my daughter is about to get married, some latent, ancient itch has overtaken me, and suddenly, I need to keep my hands moving, making wedding preparations.         

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Coral Reefs off the Coast of Virginia
10:59 am
Tue October 21, 2014

Mapping the Ocean

Captain Monty Hawkins
Credit Nature Conservancy

There's been lots of reporting on the decline of coral reefs in tropical seas.  Now comes word that we have coral right off the coast of Virginia -- an important piece of news for fishermen and for environmentalists who are mapping the oceans.

On a sunny weekday  last summer, Captain Monty Hawkins prepared to take fishermen cruising off the coast of Virginia and Maryland.

“Hey, Jay.  Tell those boys to throw the lines off.”

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Virginia Commission on Youth
4:27 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Investigating Unlawful Adoptions

Virginia Commission on Youth

The Virginia Commission on Youth is scrutinizing the practice of finding new homes and transferring custody of adopted children—while bypassing state oversight and safeguards. 

The practice—known as “re-homing”—was uncovered through last year’s Reuters and NBC News investigation, which found an underground market for adoptive parents who no longer wish to care for their adopted child. 

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