Archive for April 2011

Movies Bring Boffo Benefits to Virginia

For Clint Eastwood fans in Virginia, it was a thrill to hear that his latest film, “J. Edgar,” is set in parts of Fauquier and Fairfax counties. But for those communities, there’s a tangible benefit to playing such a supporting role: They’ll enjoy a financial boost from tourism and other economic spinoffs.

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The Rowdiest Ram and VCU’s No. 1 Fan

He’s known as “Pav” – short for Pavarotti. He’s a presence at VCU men’s basketball games, home and away. He’s recognizable to fans, players, coaches, media and event staff – well, at least when he has his horns on. Chris Crowley has fulfilled the role as leader of Ram Nation four years after his graduation from the university he loves.

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Virginia Debates Adoptions by Gay Couples

Religious and social conservatives are squaring off with gay rights advocates over a proposed state-agency rule that would prohibit adoption agencies in Virginia from discriminating against prospective parents on the basis of sexual orientation.

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Fasten Your Bewits for New Falconry Rules

Virginia has overhauled its laws on falconry, once called the sport of kings. Under a bill signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, Virginians who hunt with falcons and hawks will gain legal protections for their birds that previously applied only to hunting dogs.

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VCU Festival Brings Cultures Together

Monroe Park became a cultural melting pot as dancers, ethnic food vendors and musicians shared aspects of their culture with thousands of people attending Virginia Commonwealth University’s 2011 Intercultural Festival.

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CNS’s Radcliffe Wins 1st Place in Contest

For a CNS story that received national attention, Kelsey Radcliffe won first place in breaking news reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2010 Mark of Excellence competition for Region 2. Radcliffe was honored Saturday during the Region 2 SPJ Spring Conference in Norfolk.

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