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Dump Dominion

Last year, Governor Mark Warner proposed a $5 a ton tipping fee for all trash deposited in Virginia landfills. Lawmakers rejected the measure, but the proposal highlighted once again Virginia’s …

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Replay: Standards of Learning 2002

S.O.L. These three letters are burned into the mind of every Virginia high school student and his/her parents. They represent a high-stakes test. Come 2004, the Standards of Learning exams …

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Children of the Self-Absorbed

Too many grownups are still nursing wounds their own parents unwittingly inflicted in childhood. British poet Philip Larkin used verse to voice the sentiment of many: “They [mess] you up, …

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The Dump Dominion

Earlier this spring, Governor Mark Warner proposed a 5 dollar a ton tipping fee for all trash deposited in Virginia landfills. Legislators rejected the measure, but the proposal highlighted once …

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Standards of Learning 2002

S.O.L. These three letters are burned into the mind of every Virginia high school student and her parents. They represent a high-stakes test. Come 2004, the Standards of Learning exams …

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Your Parents Can Mess You Up

Too many grownups are still nursing wounds their own parents unwittingly inflicted in childhood. British poet Philip Larkin used verse to voice the sentiment of many: “They [mess] you up, …

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Replay: 100 Years of Separate and Unequal

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the …

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The History of Screen Violence

Violence on the big screen is as old as film itself. In 1903 The Great Train Robbery featured the on-screen massacre of train robbers, and D.W. Griffiths’ 1916 film Intolerance …

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100 Years of Separate and Unequal

With Reconstruction Virginia’s leaders committed themselves to publicly fund education for blacks and whites. But they made it clear that the two races wouldn’t be educated together. In 1896, the …

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Standards of Learning: A Hot-Button Issue

Parents, teachers and students around the state are trying to make sense of the SOL’s. And it’s a safe bet, there are few who don’t have some opinion as to …

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Family Dispositions: Implications of Genetic Testing

Blame it on your parents and their parents before them. Science tells us that the predisposition for certain illnesses, including breast cancer, Alzheimer’s disease and sickle cell anemia, can be …

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School for Scandal? Literary Censorship in K-12 Curriculum

Each year, venerated literature, from Huckleberry Finn to Catcher in the Rye, is banned from school libraries around the country by parents and religious groups who find the content of these classics unfit …