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Inside this week’s News (Jan. 22)

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This week's headlines: Single-stream recycling starts soon • The county in court • CCLC hires Catlin as new director • Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz Saturday and more in The Rapp • Editorial: Where there’s smoke • For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show • Wild Ideas: Deer are down, but the sky is not falling • and more
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The Rapp for Jan. 22

Learn to make out-of-the-ordinary chocolate from Joy Bliss Raw’s Thu Hoang Feb. 14 at Narmada Winery.

Fourth (Estate) Friday, jazz on Saturday, chocolate on Valentine's Day, a Benevolent Fund dinner on Jan. 31 and more in The Rapp.
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Editorial: Where there’s smoke …

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Jan. 22
Fireplace by Francisco Belard via Wikimedia Commons

Where there’s smoke, there’s not only fire but also concern: Visible smoke from your chimney means your fire isn’t burning as efficiently or cleanly as it could, and air quality — and thus your health — are at stake.
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Your Next Best Friend: Beezie

Beezie the Beagle

Beezie the Beagle here. I’m just 10 months old and have long legs for a beagle, which contribute to my overall good looks. I’m ready for my walk, but not without my human.
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School board declines cell tower lease

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Jan. 15
Detail from an AT&T mockup, based on a balloon test, of what the planned Boston tower would look like from 400 feet away.

By a vote of 3-2, the Rappahannock County School Board Tuesday night (Jan. 13) voted against entering a controversial lease agreement with Community Wireless Structures (CWS), the Arlington company which had offered to construct a monopole for prospective mobile carriers on high school property.
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The Rapp for Jan. 15

Members of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis in education workshops in Havana, Cuba, 2010.

Distinguished diplomat speaks on Gay Street Sunday, good press for The Inn, jazz luminaries at Castleton (in a season that also brings Alec Baldwin to town), pianist Bill Harris plays the Theatre, the Relay for Life campaign kicks off and a working woods walk in this week's The Rapp.
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Town attends to planning, plant

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Jan. 15

The Washington Town Council filled a planning commission seat and decided to monitor what's going into the wastewater plant from a dozen non-residential buildings around town.
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The road leads to indictments for four

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Jan. 15

Four people were indicted by a Rappahannock County Circuit Court grand jury Monday (Jan. 12), all for driving-related offenses.
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Editorial: Consume or invest?

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Jan. 15
gas pump photo illustration

Should you spend the money you're saving at the pump on, say, fine dining — or would you be willing to pay a higher gasoline tax to invest in the long-term economic health of the nation?
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Abd el-Kader’s jihad of compassion and courage

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Jan. 15
an-Baptist Huysmans’ painting of Abd el-Kader saving Christians during the Druze/Christian strife of 1860.

With radical Islam once again dominating the news, this time in France, it is important more than ever to know about the Islam of Emir Abd el-Kader al Jazairy, a great human being who was a Muslim and an Arab.
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The News Feed

Senator calls for marijuana decriminalization

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Jan. 24
Sen. Adam Ebbin, D-Alexandria, would make simple marijuana possession a civil offense punishable by a $100 fine.

A senator from Northern Virginia is urging the General Assembly to decriminalize marijuana possession, as about 20 other states have done.
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For Weinberg, a standing-room-only show

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Jan. 22
Among the more than 100 guests (from left): Phil Irwin, Gary Schwartz,  Wendy Weinberg, Nancy Raines, Bob Weinberg and Rev. Jennings Hobson.

Lawmakers seek to curb heroin overdose epidemic

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Jan. 21
Carolyn Weems, who lost a daughter to heroin, speaks at a heroin overdose legislation conference in Richmond Tuesday.

Attorney General Mark Herring and a bipartisan coalition of lawmakers are seeking passage of four bills addressing the heroin and prescription painkiller abuse epidemic in Virginia, including one that...
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Bill denying in-state tuition to immigrants fails

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Jan. 20
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The Virginia Senate on Tuesday narrowly defeated a bill to deny in-state tuition to so-called “DREAM-ers” – young adults who immigrated illegally to the U.S. as children.
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Ethics is a key issue for 2015 assembly

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Jan. 19
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With a former governor heading to prison for corruption and his successor calling for a cap on gifts to politicians, ethics reform is high on the agenda for the...
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Lawmakers seek to restrict drones

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Jan. 18
Richmond lawmakers consider regulation of drones this session.

Five bills before the General Assembly would restrict the use of drones in Virginia, including one that would let localities prohibit even hobbyists from flying small unmanned aircraft.
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Coalition seeks more open state government

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Jan. 18
Ben Greenberg, legislative coordinator of Virginia Organizing, an advocacy group for low-income people and a member of Transparency Virginia.

Seventeen organizations that support open government in Virginia have formed a coalition to increase transparency in the General Assembly and foster greater citizen participation.
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Bill would require AG to defend Va. Constitution

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Jan. 16
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A Republican legislator from Williamsburg is pushing for a law to require the state attorney general to defend the Virginia Constitution — which the current officeholder, Democrat Mark Herring,...
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Poll: Colleges should report assaults to police

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Jan. 15
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More than nine out of 10 Virginians think colleges and universities should be required to report campus sexual assaults to police, according to a statewide poll released Thursday.
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Evening view

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Jan. 15
Photo by Molly M. Peterson

Wild Ideas nature column

Acorns collected on Aaron Mountain, Castleton.

Wild Ideas: Deer down, but the sky is not falling

When fewer deer were spotted this fall, fingers pointed to coyotes, disease and more...

Fewer gray and fox squirrels were spotted in 2014, but are they disappearing?

Wild Ideas: Where are the squirrels?

Fewer squirrels were sighted this year, so are they disappearing? At the heart of...

The tiny and properly named wintergreen plant.

Wild Ideas: Scatological ramblings

While wildlife watching is more limited during the winter, you can discover who has...

TC is among the cats available for adoption at RappCats.

Wild Ideas: Gaeaf followup

After Pam Owen’s Wild Ideas column about helping a stray cat engendered a few...

 
 

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