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Government & Politics
12:35 pm
Wed November 27, 2013

Virginia Considers On-Line Voting for Military

Voting among the armed forces continues to be a logistical challenge—especially for those who are deployed. 

Now a state commission that advises the General Assembly on technology issues has recommended enabling military personnel who are stationed overseas to cast their votes on-line if needed. 

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War as a Metaphor for Change
4:30 am
Wed November 27, 2013

The Fallen Snow

A debut novel by a Virginia Tech alum is getting praise for its take on the complexities of love and change in the wake of war. 

“The Fallen Snow” is an early 20th century story set --both in a close knit, Appalachian Town-- and war time France.  John Kelley began thinking about the idea for the book when he was in college in Blacksburg, thirty years ago.
 

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Economics & Economy
12:10 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

VT Students Help Consumers Fight Forced Labor with Informed Purchases

University Honors students, from left, Kwamina Orleans-Pobee, Nicholas Montgomery, and Wes Williams want to make their tool, AboliShop, available for public use for Black Friday shoppers.
Credit Virginia Tech

It’s estimated some thirty million people around the world are forced into slave labor. And while there’s been an international outcry, it was hard to know what labor conditions are behind the products you buy.

Now a team of students at Virginia Tech has come up with an easy way for online shoppers to see how their purchases stack up on the human rights scale, before they buy.  

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First Thanksgiving
9:33 am
Tue November 26, 2013

The REAL Feast

Executive Chef J. Young prepares a historically accurate Thanksgiving meal.
Credit Washington & Lee University

As you plan this year’s Thanksgiving dinner, you might want to consider what the Pilgrims really ate. 

At Washington & Lee University, students got a taste of the original feast and found eel and beer were likely part of the meal, but turkey? Maybe not.

Before heading home for the holidays, anthropologist  Allison Bell invited her students to dine on what research shows the pilgrims actually ate.  

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Government & Politics
4:19 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

State Board of Elections Certifies Dem Win for AG

With little fanfare, the State Board of Elections painstakingly waded through the November 5th vote tallies sent in by localities … and certified Democrats Terry McAuliffe, Ralph Northam, and Mark Herring as the winners of their statewide electoral contests.

Herring’s certification as Attorney General-elect by the closest statewide margin in the Commonwealth’s modern history is prompting speculation that Republican Mark Obenshain will challenge those results.

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