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10:49 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Former Journalist Brings Political Reality to New Fictional Novel

When it comes to writing about controversial current events, sometimes fiction can go where journalism cannot.  A novel by a former journalist examines political corruption and the misdeeds of the powerful.  And while it may be a work of fiction, its author says it’s based on real events, people and places. 

“I had to change a lot of names, so I had that liberty to flesh things out, to make them larger than life and, of course, to make them dramatic.”

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Health & Medicine
10:30 am
Fri May 15, 2015

For a Healthy Brain, Don't Sit Out

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Publicity surrounding head injury and sports has alarmed some parents, prompting them to pull kids out of contact sports.  At the University of Virginia, some doctors say that’s not necessary.  They say the lack of exercise is a bigger problem than the risk of injury. 

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Arts & Culture
9:37 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

The Stories We Hold: Roanoke Exhibit Sheds Light on Those Seeking Care in Times of Crisis

Credit Laura Weeks

Speaking with people who spend their days in shelters throughout cities can yield powerful, heartbreaking, and sometimes surprising narratives. One Roanoke photojournalist did just that for a project aimed at depicting those going through a difficult time in a different light. 

"I was never the type to judge a book by its cover. I was always the book that got judged. Everyone is fighting their own battles."

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Arts & Culture
9:21 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Ancient Race Relations Explained through Art

A Greek Head Vase recently acquired by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts
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There’s big excitement in Richmond over a surprising find - a work of art that carries an important message from the cradle of Western civilization.  Here’s what the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts bought from a dealer in London. 

In modern times, it’s common to hear conversations about race relations, but less is known about how people who looked different got along in ancient times. 

Now comes a work of art that offers an important clue. Peter Schertz is a curator at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

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Health & Medicine
9:16 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Lawmakers Hope Future Medical School Graduates Stay in Commonwealth

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Virginia has some of the best medical schools in the country, but state leaders are realizing that many medical students will live and get their education here--and, upon graduation, will look for better opportunities elsewhere. A state panel has been tasked with not only helping to produce more medical school graduates, but also keeping them in the Commonwealth.

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