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TRICK, NO TREAT:  KIDS’ PARTIES AS SUPERSPREADER EVENTS According to Loudoun’s Health Department director, COVID cases in the county continue to climb, and the department is now tracking at least three outbreaks resulting from kids’ Halloween parties. He said these… Read More ›

Briefly Noted . . .

SCHOOL SEGREGATION LONG GONE, RIGHT? RIGHT? According to a new report from VCU and Penn State, school segregation is getting worse in Virginia, not better. And one driving factor is segregation within school districts. The report calls on state leaders… Read More ›

Where Are They Today?

SARAH LOUISE PALIN “I can see Russia from my house!” This statement should resonate with you as synonymous with the shooting star candidacy of Sarah Palin, the Republican vice-presidential candidate in 2008, running with John McCain. While the ticket lost… Read More ›

A Civil War Medal of Honor

Editors’ Note: Anderson, pictured above, was a Union Navy sailor during the Civil War and the first African-American to receive America’s highest military decoration, the Medal of Honor. His citation read, Served on board the U.S.S. Wyandank during a boat expedition up… Read More ›

Listen to the Opposition

By Frank Blechman I am going to begin this column with a confession. I had a really hard time deciding how to frame this conversation. In this blog, I have tried to present myself as a grumpy old guy who… Read More ›

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FAIRFAX POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS Fairfax County Police Chief Edwin C. Roessler Jr. will step down in February, capping a nearly 8-year run that brought major reforms to Virginia’s largest police department during an era of change in policing. It was… Read More ›

Brief Cases

  VMI FORCED TO FACE RACISM AS EVENTS CASCADE Virginia Military Institute (VMI), founded in 1839 in Lexington, is facing perhaps the most seismic crisis of its existence. In 1996, former Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote for the… Read More ›

Perspective Through Perplexive

By Frank Blechman Feeling a little giddy? Poised on the eve of an election commentators (with a straight face) are calling “the most momentous in history,” with events and polls ricocheting from hopeful to terrible in seconds, with emails screaming… Read More ›