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.”
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.
A three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals heard oral arguments today (Tuesday) during former Governor Bob McDonnell’s appeal of federal corruption convictions… and vigorously questioned both defense and prosecution attorneys. They focused on two critical issues: what constitutes “official acts” under federal law…and whether McDonnell was denied due process because potential jurors were never asked whether they had formed opinions after the extensive pre-trial news coverage.
In 1968, the University of Virginia decided to partner with Mt. Vernon to publish the papers of George Washington. Copies of about 140,000 letters and documents are now in storage at UVA’s main library.
After he died, Washington’s wife burned the letters he had written to her, but a large collection of letters written by Martha remain, and those will also be published.