Monument Men at VA Museum

Editors’ Note: Excerpted from The New York Times, February 25, 2022. By Graham Bowley For months before the bombs started falling, Hayden Bassett watched over the cultural riches of Ukraine — the cathedrals of Kyiv, the historic buildings of Lviv,… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

LOUDOUN SHERIFF STOKES REFUGEE  FEARS The Loudoun County sheriff issued a press release last Friday criticizing the potential “relocation of Afghan refugees” by DHS to the National Conference Center in Lansdowne. DHS has advised that about 2,000 Afghans per month were… Read More ›

Most Important Product

Over eight years, 1954-1962, Ronald Reagan, as spokes master for the popular TV series General Electric Theatre, opened each episode with an introduction that “Progress is our most important product.” While economists and other corporate pundits might agree on measures… Read More ›

An Era for ERA?

Editors’ Note: Excerpted and reprinted from The Washington Post, February 9, 2022. By Casey Park A few years ago, Kati Hornung made her family a promise: As soon as Virginia ratified the Equal Rights Amendment, she’d be done. She’d stay… Read More ›

Towns Without Pity

We need an understanding heart..Why don’t they help us, try to help usBefore this clay and granite planet falls apart. ~Town Without Pity by Gene Pitney, 1961. When does a town just wither away—officially? Since 1997, three Virginia municipalities have… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

POLICE ACTION HAS EXPENSIVE BACKFIRE State Sen. A Louise Lucas (D) has won a $300,000 settlement from the city of Portsmouth in her suit against its former police chief. Lucas plans to donate the money, which will likely come out… Read More ›

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FAKED DOCS FAIL TO SPRING INMATE A scheme designed to spring a Loudoun County inmate from jail failed. A man who was being held on shoplifting charges in Loudoun and two other Virginia counties, as well as two probation violations,… Read More ›

Redistricting Postmortem

The Virginia Supreme Court announced the conclusion of its consideration of redistricting maps for the Commonwealth, terminating an unsuccessful episode of political cartography by the Virginia Redistricting Commission. Thus, the state may now enjoy (or curse) the judiciary’s result for… Read More ›

Outside the Novahood

CAN’T FLOAT THIS BOAT IN YORKTOWN In the wake of a controversial entry into this year’s Yorktown Lighted Boat Parade (see photo), the Yorktown Foundation issued a statement saying that the polarizing messaging of one entry was overtly political and… Read More ›