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The Supreme Court’s decision to overturn former Governor Bob McDonnell’s conviction for corruption may have had consequences far beyond the fate of the former governor and his wife. 

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This summer, thousands of tourists will visit the Civil War battlefields of Virginia, its premiere national park, the ornate capital in Richmond and a quirky little spot nearby, the Edgar Allan Poe Museum.  Most expect to learn more about a guy reputed to be depressed, disheveled and often drunk.  In fact, Poe was also known in his time for comedy, and the ladies found him charming.

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The new disruptive economy is shaking up everything from the newspapers to the music business, and the latest target is the hotel industry. But local governments aren’t getting their cut of the action, at least not yet. 

It’s common in college towns to find tensions between students and long-time residents. In Charlottesville, home to the University of Virginia, two students have set out to improve so-called town-gown relations with a program that cultivates friendships through gardening. 

Westhaven is a small neighborhood between the University of Virginia and downtown Charlottesville - a collection of small homes, many built in the early 20th century, and to newer, subsidized town homes for low income families.

“It’s public housing, so you only have so much space.”

Robbie Harris

The hemp plant is one of the oldest, cultivated crops on the planet, dating back at least 8 centuries. But it’s illegal to grow hemp in the United States, where it is classified as a schedule one drug, because it’s a relative of the marijuana plant. Now for the first time in more than a century, it is being grown here, but only by scientists, testing it under a government program. 

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