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    As the University of Virginia and Charlottesville community mourn the loss of three student-athletes who were gunned down Sunday night after a charter bus trip to Washington, D.C., another round of the relentlessly unproductive debate over gun control is upon us. Why didn’t the university more aggressively investigate a report that the suspect, UVa student Christopher Darnell Jones Jr., had a firearm on campus earlier this fall? How is it that UVa leaves it up to students to self-report weapons charges that occur off campus, as university police Chief Timothy Longo Sr. told reporters on Monday?

      Whatever one may think of the issue of abortion, few would argue that federal and state governments are asserting more control over women’s bodies in the United States, a development that might seem foreign to an older generation.

        The Washington Post reported on election deniers running for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general, Senate or the House. Virginia GOP candidates Yesli Vega and Jen Kiggans and Reps. Rob Wittman (1st), Bob Good (5th), Ben Cline (6th) and H. Morgan Griffith (9th) are among them.

        Insider trading by members of Congress has long been a big problem. So House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s recent decision to block a vote on a bill that restricted politicians' stock transactions throws a gut punch into badly needed ethics reform.

        From local foundations and political leaders, to everyday people who often go to extraordinary ends to help their neighbors and friends, it’s local news that connects readers and citizens of all backgrounds together in powerful ways.

        Mike Pence and Elizabeth Chew reflect democracy at its best. Two individuals who respect the work and roles of the other, even if they represent movements that disagree with one another. We would hope that the two could develop a deep conversation about James Madison at Montpelier, and help stem the distrust of democracy.

        GOP office holders, candidates and party propagandists continue to sow doubt about American elections, using baseless claims about the 2020 presidential vote to advance a false narrative about its trustworthiness.


        Need gift ideas to help with the ladies in your life? This list will surely help you make the grade.

        MONTPELIER has been the subject of much news coverage since March, when a long-simmering debate over who controls the board of trustees that oversees James Madison’s home and plantation burst into public view.

        The claim that even negative publicity is still worthwhile publicity bounces hard off the wall in the case of former Rocky Mount Police Officer Jacob Fracker and his one-time mentor, former Rocky Mount Police Sgt. Thomas “T.J.” Robertson.

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