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Harvey Weinstein didn’t act alone: Several men in Weinstein’s orbit admit they’d heard about Weinstein’s actions from women he allegedly victimized.

Animal instinct: Why do we protect sexual predators?

‘‘You’re expecting too much from people,” my friend Lisa explained to me. “We’re mere animals.” I had been pacing the sidewalk rehearsing the details of the Harvey Weinstein story—at press time, following investigative reports in the New York Times and the New Yorker, more than 50 women have alleged he sexually harassed, abused and in […]

photo Eze Amos

Some assembly required: UN warns of state efforts to limit protest

How did Richard Stuart, trustee of the Westmoreland County Volunteer Fire Department since 1999, father of three, and 2014 Virginia chapter winner of the American Academy of Pediatrics Child Advocate Award earn the attention of two United Nations Special Rapporteurs concerned with the rights to freedom of expression and freedom of peaceful assembly? As Virginia […]

John Adams and Mark Herring. Courtesy photos

Germ of an idea: How to disinfect dirty politics

False equivalence makes me sick. Likely it does the same to you, too, even if you don’t recognize the symptoms. It’s rhetorical MRSA, an indestructible super-bug that infects the mind and body politic. And as has been widely reported, a new strain of contagion took hold on August 15 when the 2016 Electoral College Winner […]

If Desiree Fairooz’s arrest for laughing during Jeff Sessions’ attorney general confirmation hearing demonstrates anything, it’s that law enforcement is irritated by humor. File photo

Extra time and your kiss: New tunes for the resistance

It’s one thing to seek refuge on Twitter if you’re the sort of the sour-toothed administration official who can’t take a joke. It’s another to drag someone through the courts for the offense of laughing at you. And yet, that is exactly what happened to Loudoun County resident Desiree Fairooz after she chortled during Jeff […]

André Hakes and Catherine Gillespie, pictured with their son, received their marriage license from Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger at about 1:05pm Monday, October 6, making them the first same-sex couple in the city—and most likely the state—to be authorized to wed. They were married minutes later on the courthouse steps. Photo: Brianna LaRocca

Yes, Virginia, gay marriage is legal

Reporting from this previous article contributed to the following story.  Charlottesville Circuit Court Clerk Llezelle Dugger is used to hectic mornings, but this Monday delivered something out of the ordinary. Dozens of cheering locals toting flowers, rainbow flags, and, in a few cases, birth certificates descended on her office around noon, ready to be part of history in […]