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Further Criminal Acts by Northampton County Officials
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Supervisor Hogg:

Interesting night  last night,  One point of clarification, as Mr. Smith, who accompanied me to the meeting last night, asked me to help him make  (Mr. Smith, my friend and neighbor,  does not use the internet sufficiently to respond himself!).

Leo, Charles, myself and others attending the meeting last night  were absolutely dumbstruck when you asked staff and the Board if the Smith's had objected to having their property rezoned from the current ag to R-3 and staff and other county employees indicated through silence and head nods that was the case, Therefore the impression was left that it was only Leo who opposed having his farmland (with no house on it and in current agricultural use) rezoned in the targeted area, seemingly isolating Leo as only one disgruntled landowner.

 In reality ( a commodity that has been in scant supply in this entire rezoning fiasco),  the Smith's have indicated to this Board that they actually purchased their property up the road from us BECAUSE it was agriculture and protected from encroaching development, and this FACT  was testified to, and entered into the record during the November 2, 2015 joint public hearing.


Mr. Smith wants you all to have his phone number and invites you all to call......757-442-2156. Indeed, staff HAD to know that the Smith's had orally testified and entered into record their stern objection (testimony attached hereto), as well as Nunez, and their silence speaks volumes and only adds to the impression that there is a discriminatory tilt and overall bias to this arbitrary and capricious rezoning of the lands known as Northampton County.

The Smith's will file an official objection today to the misinformation that was perpetrated by staff and the County Administrator last night, and we sincerely hope that these attempts to twist the record in and around itself will cease, as well as the forward processing of this unsupported, arbitrary, and seemingly discriminatory zoning charade.   

Personally, I have repeatedly testified on the record that staff and your County Administrator are not advising your Board on the facts and evidence that is being submitted for the record in this proceeding,  

Last night was an incredible display by staff and the County Administrator (whose job it is to review and advise on the official record) that this Board is not being advised fully and honestly on the underlying facts and circumstances registered and recorded in this process. In closing, let me add one thing, which was residual from watching the deliberations last night. Time and again the question was asked of staff


WHY certain properties were proposed to be rezoned into a designation that they are not now, and seemingly were not meant to be. Except for one occasion, if I recall correctly, staff seemed to have NO explanation, leaving at least me to believe that perhaps staff is not the sole controlling factor in this arbitrary rezoning fiasco. If staff had information and reasonable cause to arbitrarily rezone hundreds, if not thousands of parcels throughout this county in a manner that runs counter, in the vast majority of cases, to the landowner's wishes, why in the world would they not defend their decisions with explanations, evidence and justification. Lack of cogent defense and probabitive evidence supporting these zoning proposals by staff only further adds to the belief that these haphazard zoning decisions put new meaning into the term "arbitrary and capricious".


We only hope that the Planning Commission, at tonight's work session, will press staff further as to their reasoning that serves as the basis for many of these rezoning proposals.

Ken Dufty (as relayed by Charles Smith).


Posted by david on Tuesday, November 24 @ 10:31:31 MST (20 reads)
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Beach fails to protect its Folks, while giving millions to special interests
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Last night on 60 Minutes and today on our local CBS news affiliate, local police are showing that they are slowly changing tactics to confront the new realities of an enemy who wants to strike at the most vulnerable segments of a civilian population.  The "new" thinking in law enforcement circles seems to be that seconds count and the way to save lives in an "active shooter situation" is to try to reach the shooter ASAP and stop the "homicide-in-progress."
But, they're still not at home plate, far from it.
When will our city leaders accept that there is a new set of the "The Facts of Life?" 
Unlike the Israelis who all perform mandatory military service, only 1% of our general population is exposed to military service.  What's that mean in today's reality of ISIS targeting our military personnel and their dependents here at home?  It means that you can't put M-16's in the hands of school teachers and expect them to deal with an active shooter threatening their class.
Our politicians must extract their craniums from their posteriors and recognize that we MUST PLACE COMBAT EXPERIENCED, HEAVILY ARMED GUARDS IN OUR SCHOOLS.
How many more armed attacks on athletic contests, restaurants, concert halls and hotels have to happen before our politicians come to grips with the new facts of life?  I wrote a registered letter to our embattled Mayor of Virginia Beach attempting to explain my concerns and this was before he was served five summons by the Virginia State Police for conflict of interest. 
There are rumors of a round of federal indictments due out just in time for Christmas.  Maybe even our most "bought-and-paid-for" politicians will see the light when the feds turn on their high beams?


21 July 15                                                                               Registered
Mayor Will Sessoms
City of Virginia Beach
Municipal Center
City Hall, Building #1
2401 Courthouse Drive
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
Ref: Priorities of You and the VB City Council
Dear Mr. Mayor:
I spoke on two different occasions this past Spring as you and the VB City Council sat and heard arguments for and against funding for light rail cars in your budget in the amount of $21 million.
I stressed the fact that we are in an undeclared state of war against radical Islam and they have struck too many times to mention; but, the attack last week in Chattanooga helps drive home the point that I have been stressing: Do we need light rail when all our schools are wide open to anyone with a weapon who cares to walk through the front doors?  How about our beaches, malls, churches and synagogues?  Have the attacks on Tunisian beaches not driven the point home for you and the city council?  I have copied my latest remarks to city council below in an effort to help show you the utter folly of your stance.
Yesterday morning, I was warmly welcomed at two elementary schools near my home in VB.  I am puzzled how sniper teams can be positioned atop tall buildings on military bases located all over our city due to Force Protection Condition “Bravo,” yet, it was possible for me and anyone else to walk right in to our schools.  
At the budget hearing, I spoke to you about the need for an elite unit comprised of teams of combat veterans to patrol all the soft targets: schools, churches, synagogues, hospitals, malls and popular beaches.  I called the concept an Israeli-type home defense unit complete with automatic weapons and the very best of gear.  My declaration drew brought blank stares of indifference from the city council and a few audible gasps from the fine citizens in the audience.
Since that meeting two weeks ago, two jihadists emerged in body armor and AK 47’s blasting away in Garland, Texas.  I am amazed that the mayor and city council do not seem to sense the peril that our city is facing.  In the last month the Department of Defense, the FBI, ISIS itself and DHS have all warned that more attacks are eminent.  The Obama administration drew a target on the back of VB when they named SEAL Team Six as the unit that took down Bin Laden.  But, that’s done, deal with it!
The mayor and city council now “own” the security issues facing this city.  You have budgeted $20 million necessitating a tax increase; but, you’re choosing to ignore the threat from ISIS to our community in your apparent lust to buy rail cars.  Instead of spending money to put armed guards at all city schools, you want rail cars.  Ladies and gentlemen, the voters didn’t elect you to be wizard-like real estate developers and certainly not to be social engineers. We elect you to maintain the streets, pick-up the garbage and manage the myriad of tasks demanded of city government. 
But, first and foremost, we demand that you take the steps necessary to protect the most vulnerable among us: our children. 
If you choose to disregard a warning from the animals that we’re at war with, do you think that the voters of VB will ever forgive and forget that you chose poorly?
A tax for armed guards at schools, YES!  A tax to buy rail cars, NO!
The choice is yours and that of the city council.  I hope that you reconsider your decision to buy light rail cars instead of protecting our citizens.
John P. Kuchta, Jr.
Posted by david on Monday, November 23 @ 08:20:23 MST (27 reads)
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Meeting being held to plot aganist the People of the Commonwealth
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The following regulatory stages have been submitted for publication in the Virginia Register
Air Pollution Control Board
 Agency Department of Environmental Quality
 Chapter Existing Stationary Sources (9 VAC 5-40)
 Action VOC Emission Standards - Miscellaneous (REV. D09)
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 Chapter Licensure Regulations for School Personnel (8 VAC 20-22)
 Action Update to Reflect 2012 & 2013 Legislative Changes including a new Online Teacher License
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 Guidance Document 2015 School Crisis, Emergency Management and Medical Response Plan
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Guidance Document Updated
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Virginia Government set to fail again under it Governor
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New Guidance Document Posted
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Criminal Meeting In Virginia
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Changes have been made to the following meetings:
Virginia Waste Management Board
Title: Virginia Waste Management Board Meeting
Time: 12/4/15  10:00 AM
Location: Department of Environmental Quality, 2nd Floor Training Room, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Contact: Cindy M. Berndt / / (804)698-4378
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Air Pollution Control Board
Title: State Air Pollution Control Board Regular Meeting
Time: 12/9/15  10:00 AM
Location: General Assembly Building, House Room C, 9th & Broad Streets, Richmond, VA
Contact: Cindy M. Berndt / / (804)698-4378
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Minutes have been posted for the following meetings:
Board of Corrections
Title: Liaison Committee
Time: 10/21/15  09:30 AM
Location: 3rd Floor Board Room, 6900 Atmore Drive, Richmond, VA 23225
Minutes: Final minutes have been posted
Contact: Donna Lawrence / / (804)674-3000
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Board of Corrections
Title: Liaison Committee
Time: 10/21/15  09:30 AM
Location: 3rd Floor Board Room, 6900 Atmore Drive, Richmond, VA 23225
Minutes: Final minutes have been posted
Contact: Donna Lawrence / / (804)674-3000
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Board of Corrections
Title: Board Meeting
Time: 10/21/15  12:00 PM
Location: 6900 Atmore Drive, 3rd Floor Board Room, Richmond, VA 23225
Minutes: Final minutes have been posted
Contact: Donna Lawrence / / (804)674-3000
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Board of Corrections
Title: Board Meeting
Time: 10/21/15  12:00 PM
Location: 6900 Atmore Drive, 3rd Floor Board Room, Richmond, VA 23225
Minutes: Final minutes have been posted
Contact: Donna Lawrence / / (804)674-3000
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New meetings have been posted:
Criminal Justice Services Board
Title: DMC Subcommittee of the Virginia Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice and Prevention
Time: 1/6/16  09:00 AM
Location: Virginia Indigent Defense Commission 1604 Santa Rosa Road, Suite 200 Richmond, VA 23229
Contact: Tracey Jenkins / / (804)692-0977
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Hillary is silent, wonder why?
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Angie Summers of West Virginia Against Common Core with the help of the Thomas More Law Center is suing the state of West Virginia to challenge the constitutionality of the Common Core State Standards and the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium.

ANN ARBOR, Mich., Nov. 9, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Thomas More Law Center, a national public interest law firm based in Ann Arbor, MI, late last week, filed a lawsuit against West Virginia Governor Earl Tomblin and several state officials to stop the state's implementation of Common Core and its participation in the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium ("SBAC"). The lawsuit claims that West Virginia's funding and participation in Common Core violates the U.S. Constitution, as well as federal and state laws that prohibit the federal government from usurping control over public school education. The lawsuit was filed in the Kanawha Circuit Court in West Virginia on behalf of two West Virginia taxpayers.The Thomas More Law Center (TMLC) is co-counsel in the case with D. John Sauer of the James Otis Law Group based in St. Louis, MO. Two prominent West Virginia attorneys, Jeffrey Kimble and Ryan Kennedy of Robinson & McElwee, PLLC, are assisting as local counsel.TMLC's lawsuit seeks to stop West Virginia's payment of membership fees totaling over $1.5 million per year on the grounds that SBAC, to which West Virginia is a member, is an unconstitutional compact because it was never approved by Congress. The Compact Clause of the United States Constitution provides that "[n]o state shall, without the consent of Congress . . . enter into any agreement or compact with another state."West Virginia's SBAC membership agreement forces West Virginia schools to align their curriculum with Common Core.  The two Plaintiffs named in the lawsuit, Angela Summers and Fred Dailey are prominent members of West Virginia Against Common Core and over the last two years have voiced deep concerns about their state's participation in Common Core.Summers has five grandchildren.  She began her battle against Common Core in 2013 over the new Common Core aligned math being taught to her grandchildren. Her concerns grew as she became aware of the federal government's intrusion into local classrooms, federalized collection of student data, and the requirement of excessive testing.  Summers says that the battle against Common Core is a battle "we cannot lose. If we lose, we will lose our children. If we lose our children, we will lose this nation."Dailey, who also has grandchildren, is an Environmental Engineer with a Master's degree. He worked as a Plant Manager for a major Chemical Manufacturing facility for 10 years prior to retiring. He explains one of his reasons for getting involved in the lawsuit, "I strongly believe that the education of our children is best done locally with choices made by parents, teachers, and locally elected Boards of Education."The Thomas More Law Center and Sauer filed a similar lawsuit on behalf of state taxpayers against North Dakota officials five months ago.  A decision in that case is still pending.Both the North Dakota and West Virginia lawsuits follow the success of a previous lawsuit filed by Mr. Sauer, that stopped Missouri's implementation of Common Core. That case is currently on appeal. The Thomas More Law Center filed a friend of the court brief in support of upholding the Missouri district court decision.Forty-three states initially joined either SBAC or the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers ("PARCC"), to implement Common Core under federal government oversight. However, several states have since canceled their membership due to growing opposition from parents and teachers.Click here to read the full complaint

Richard Thompson, President and Chief Counsel of the Thomas More Law Center commented on behalf of the Law Center, "The unspoken agenda of Common Core is to undermine the fundamental right of parents to control the education of their children. It's an insidious bureaucratic system in which the Federal Government takes control of what and how American students learn. Teachers who complain about the Common Core are muzzled by threats of discipline or dismissal."In school districts across the country, administrators subject children, who obey their parents' wishes and decline to participate in Common Core standardized testing, to unbelievable punishments. Students have been suspended, refused entrance into their classrooms, refused bathroom privileges, stripped of their academic and extracurricular honors and awards, removed  from athletic participation, and punished with "sit-and-stare" policies. "Sit-and-stare" is a practice that forces students to sit at their assigned desk with no materials, books, or paper in silence for multiple hours during testing.As a part of its efforts to help parents combat Common Core, the Thomas More Law Center developed a Test Refusal and Student Privacy Protection Form and a Common Core Resource Page as a general reference and guide.

The Thomas More Law Center defends and promotes America's Judeo-Christian heritage and moral values, including the religious freedom of Christians, time-honored family values, and the sanctity of human life. It supports a strong national defense and an independent and sovereign United States of America. The Law Center accomplishes its mission through litigation, education, and related activities. It does not charge for its services. The Law Center is supported by contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations, and is recognized by the IRS as a section 501(c)(3) organization. You may reach the Thomas More Law Center at (734) 827-2001 or visit our website at -

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VMRF anounces enviromental Win In Virginia
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Announcement by VMRF while VMRC is silent!!!!!

VMRC not involved in kickbacks???


VMRC failed to keep stakeholders  - you and me up to date

Did they even know????

Bull, VMRC's Chairman, Terry McAuliffe's man, failed us again !!!!!

VMRF Announces :  Atlantic Coast Pipeline Submits Route Changes To Avoid Environmental Impacts, Address Stakeholder Concerns
- Supplemental Information filing to the FERC offers minor route changes in several areas

- Variation proposed to reduce impacts to wetland mitigation site, historic district

- Proposed adjustments would avoid Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

RICHMOND, Va., Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, (Atlantic) today submitted additional information to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for the 564-mile interstate natural gas transmission pipeline designed to meet the need for cleaner electricity generation, satisfy the growing demand for natural gas to heat homes and businesses, and promote consumer savings and economic growth.

The Supplemental Filing provides route alternatives, variations and adjustments developed since Atlantic submitted its formal application on Sept. 18, to minimize impacts of the proposed route on several environmental, historic and public land issues.

"We believe these route adjustments meet the project's critical need of supplying clean, inexpensive energy to public utility customers while protecting the environmental and cultural resources of communities along the route," said Diane Leopold, president of Dominion Energy, which is responsible for routing, building and operating the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, pending FERC approval. "While the route adjustments themselves are minor, they reflect Atlantic's strong and sincere commitment to listening to project stakeholders at every stage and addressing their concerns to improve the proposed route."

The adjustments include:
•The Cheat Mountain Route Variation: This would reduce potential impacts on Cheat Mountain salamander occupied habitat in the Monongahela National Forest in Randolph County, West Virginia;
•The Cow Knob Route Variation: Proposed at the request of the U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Atlantic would use horizontal directional drill (HDD) construction to avoid potential impacts on Cow Knob salamanders and their habitat in the George Washington National Forest on and in the vicinity of Shenandoah Mountain in Highland and Augusta counties, Virginia;
•The Warminster/Swift Island Route Variation: Atlantic would avoid impacts within a wetland mitigation site and potential impacts on the newly identified, proposed Warminster Rural Historic District, both along the James River in Nelson and Buckingham counties, Virginia;
•The Great Dismal Swamp Major Route Alternative: Proposed at the request of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Atlantic has further developed and is proposing an alternative route identified in the September filing to avoid crossing the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Atlantic would use HDD construction to cross under the Western Branch Reservoir as part of this alternative. The route would also avoid the Sunray Historic District.

Additionally, today's filing provides an update on the status of the environmental field surveys Atlantic has conducted along the proposed route, as well as the anticipated filing dates for survey reports. These include updates on archaeological field surveys and surveys for rare, threatened and endangered species.

The FERC is being asked to certify the public benefit and necessity of the project. The FERC and a number of cooperating agencies will examine fully a broad number of issues, including public safety, air quality, water resources, geology, soils, wildlife and vegetation, threatened and endangered species, land and visual resources, cultural and historic resources, noise, *****ulative impacts and reasonable alternatives. The FERC staff is preparing a draft Environmental Impact Statement on the project.

About the Atlantic Coast Pipeline
Dominion (NYSE: D), Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), Piedmont Natural Gas (NYSE: PNY) and AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) formed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, LLC, to build and own the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline. The pipeline would transport abundant natural gas supplies from Harrison County, W.Va., southeast through Virginia with an extension to Chesapeake, Va., and south through central North Carolina to Robeson County. Pending regulatory approval, construction is expected to begin in the second half of 2016 and the pipeline is expected to be in service in the fourth quarter of 2018.

About Dominion
Dominion is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 24,400 megawatts of generation, 12,200 miles of natural gas transmission, gathering and storage pipeline, and 6,490 miles of electric transmission lines. Dominion operates one of the nation's largest natural gas storage systems with 928 billion cubic feet of storage capacity and serves utility and retail energy customers in 14 states. For more information about Dominion, visit the company's website at

About Duke Energy
Duke Energy is the largest electric power holding company in the United States. Its regulated utility operations serve approximately 7.3 million electric customers located in six states in the Southeast and Midwest. Its commercial power and international energy business segments own and operate diverse power generation assets in North America and Latin America, including a growing portfolio of renewable energy assets in the United States.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Duke Energy is a Fortune 250 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

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About Piedmont Natural Gas
Piedmont Natural Gas is an energy services company primarily engaged in the distribution of natural gas to more than one million residential, commercial, industrial and power generation utility customers in portions of North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee, including customers served by municipalities who are wholesale customers. Our subsidiaries are invested in joint venture, energy-related businesses, including unregulated retail natural gas marketing, and regulated interstate natural gas transportation and storage, and regulated intrastate natural gas transportation businesses. More information about Piedmont Natural Gas is available on the Internet at

About AGL Resources
AGL Resources (NYSE: GAS) is an Atlanta-based energy services holding company with operations in natural gas distribution, retail operations, wholesale services and midstream operations. AGL Resources serves approximately 4.5 million utility customers through its regulated distribution subsidiaries in seven states. The company also serves more than one million retail customers through its SouthStar Energy Services joint venture and Pivotal Home Solutions, which market natural gas and related home services. Other non-utility businesses include asset management for natural gas wholesale customers through Sequent Energy Management and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. AGL Resources is a Fortune 500 company and a member of the S&P 500 Index. For more information, visit

SOURCE Dominion Resources

CONTACT: Dominion: Media contact: Jim Norvelle, (804) 771-3176;; Investor contact: Kristy Bab*****, (804) 819-2492; kristy.r.bab*****; Duke Energy: Media contact - Tammie McGee, (800) 559-3853; Investor contact - Bill Currens, (704) 382-1603; Piedmont Natural Gas: Media contact - David Trusty, (704) 731-4391,; Investor contact - Nick Giaimo, (704) 731-4952,; AGL Resources: Media contact - Tami Gerke, (404) 584-3873,; Investor contact - Sarah Stashak, (404) 584-4577,

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60 American Deaths Are Associated With Volkswagen Deception
The Junk Yard Dog Anonymous writes "Seeger Weiss LLP Reports That New Study Finds That 60 American Deaths Are Associated With Volkswagen Deception.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Seeger Weiss LLP reports that a new study by researchers at MIT and Harvard published in Environmental Research Letters found that the Volkswagen emissions malfeasance can be linked to 60 American deaths. A widespread recall was prompted after the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was alerted that Volkswagen executives had lied to regulators by rigging an emissions test, violating the Clean Air Act. There are 11 million Volkswagen vehicles worldwide that will be included in the recall.

In the United States, the vehicles that violated the Clean Air Act are currently emitting between 5,800 to 14,200 additional tons of nitrogen oxide pollution each year. The report estimates that there will be additional medical costs associated with this level of pollution. The excessive emissions by the Volkswagen vehicles is linked to Americans suffering from 30 cases of chronic bronchitis, 120,000 restricted activity days, and 210,000 days of lower respiratory-system functioning.

In a statement, Cynthia Giles, assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, said, "Using a defeat device in cars to evade clean-air standards is illegal and a threat to public health." If the vehicles affected by the recall are not adequately fixed, it is predicted that 140 people will eventually die in the United States as a result.

The cars that were affected by the recall include:
•Jetta (model year 2009-2015)
•Beetle (model year 2009-2015)
•Golf (model years 2009-2015)
•Passat (model years 2014-2015)
•Audi (model years 2009-2015) ◦A1, A3, A4, A5, & A6

If you purchased or leased a 2009-2015 model year Volkswagen or Audi from the recall list, it is important to speak to an experienced class action lawyer immediately.

Seeger Weiss is a leader in consumer class action lawsuits. Contact Seeger Weiss LLP for a free initial consultation. Our firm has the knowledge and the resources needed to take large auto manufacturers to trial. We fight aggressively for wronged consumers and their families. Contact us today by calling 1-877-709-5531 or fill out our confidential contact form at!OpenDo*****ent

Christopher A. Seeger, (877) 709-5531 or
Jeffrey S. Grand (877) 709-5531 or

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Virginia Agencies's Meetings Anouncements
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Department of Environmental Quality

Stakeholder Group Meeting - Clean Power Plan for Greenhouse Gases

Time: 11/12/15  01:30 PM
Location: Department of Environmental Quality, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, VA 23219
Contact: Karen Sabasteanski / / (804)698-4426
Note: A web site address has been added for additional information on the Clean Power Plan.
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Real Estate Board

Real Estate Board Advisory Council Meeting

Time: 11/4/15  10:00 AM
Location: 9960 Mayland Drive, Second Floor, Board Room 4 Richmond, Virginia 23233
Contact: Kevin Hoeft / / (804)367-2426
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New meetings have been posted:
State Water Control Board

TMDL Public Meeting - Various Streams in Bland and Giles Counties

Time: 11/19/15  06:00 PM
Location: Bland County Public Library 697 Main Street Bland, VA 24315
Contact: Martha Chapman / / (276)676-4800
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Department of Historic Resources

State Review Board and Board of Historic Resources December Board Meeting

Time: 12/10/15  10:00 AM

Virginia Historical Society 428 N. Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220

Contact: Jennifer Pullen / / (804)482-6085
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NASA Seeks Student Experiments for Edge-of-Space Balloon Flight 

NASA Seeks Student Experiments for Edge-of-Space Balloon Flight 

WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- NASA is accepting applications from graduate and undergraduate university students to fly their science and technology experiments to the edge of space on a scientific balloon mission.  

NASA is planning for a fall 2016 launch for the next High Altitude Student Platform (HASP) mission, a joint project between NASA and the Louisiana Space Consortium (LaSPACE) in Baton Rouge.

"It's incredibly rewarding to support the students flying these experiments, many of whom are getting their first real taste of hands-on engineering and science," said Debbie Fairbrother, chief of NASA's Balloon Program Office. "Programs like HASP are key to educating, training, and inspiring the next generation."

A panel of experts from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia, Columbia Scientific Balloon Facility inPalestine, Texas, and LaSPACE will review the applications and select the finalists for the 2016 flight opportunity. The deadline for applications is Dec. 18. A question-and-answer teleconference for interested applicants is scheduled for Nov. 13. Interested school teams should contact Greg Guzik for more information.

HASP can support up to 12 student-built payloads. It houses and provides power, mechanical support, interfacing, data downlink and command uplink communications for the instruments. Launched from NASA's balloon launch facility in Fort Sumner, New Mexico, flights typically last 12 to 15 hours, flying at an altitude of approximately 23 miles. 

NASA's scientific balloons offer low-cost, near-space access for payloads weighing up to 8,000 pounds to conduct technology demonstration tests as well as scientific investigations in fields such as astrophysics, heliophysics and atmospheric research. Depending on the goals and objectives of a specific mission, balloon flight durations can run hours to multiple days or weeks for longer-term tests and data collection. 

Since 2006, the HASP program has selected more than 110 payloads for flights, involving more than 800 students from across the United States. Past student groups have flown instruments to flight test compact satellites and prototype long-range communication devices, perform space science experiments, sample particles at the edge of space, perform remote sensing experimentation, test rocket nozzles, and measure infrasound to correlate with geophysical events.   

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

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CONTACT: Sarah Ramsay, Headquarters, Washington, 202-358-1694, | Jeremy Eggers, Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia, 757-824-2958,

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New App Addresses Campus Sexual Misconduct With Gamification 

New mobile app engages students with training and education on sexual misconduct on campus about sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, alcohol abuse, and stalking. 

PHILADELPHIA, Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators (, in collaboration with leading education quiz-based training app company, Trivie (, has announced a new app-based solution- U of Nine. U of Nine helps colleges and universities to educate students and employees about sexual violence, sexual harassment, intimate partner violence, alcohol abuse, and stalking. 

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U of Nine is approaching the problem of campus sexual misconduct from a fresh, potent and technologically savvy perspective – engaging students on these important topics via their mobile devices. ATIXA has assembled two dozen subject matter experts from across higher education to review and develop the gamified, quiz-based content for U of Nine. Each quiz was subjected to intense focus-group analysis, along with feedback from students on pilot-site campuses around the country. Pilot sites ranged from community colleges to four-year residential universities and online institutions. 

Title IX provides protection from sex discrimination on college campuses and in schools, including sexual harassment and sexual violence. U of Nine takes its name from Title IX, and is designed specifically to meet the training and education requirements the law mandates. Legal protections are in place, but we need more. A user-friendly social game is a perfect platform to educate, train and empower. The objective of U of Nine is not to replace prevention programs, great lectures, presentations or speakers that are already in place on many college campuses, but to reinforce the content of those programs and to help students and employees better engage with that content effectively. 

ATIXA Executive Director Brett A. Sokolow, Esq stated, "There are a lot of solid online products helping colleges to prevent sexual violence, so we designed U of Nine to fill a gap that other products do not. Every year, colleges are required to provide ongoing awareness and education campaigns, and our app-based approach takes those campaigns to students and employees, wherever they are, on demand. There is no magic prevention pill, but we're adding our expertise to the concerted effort to make campuses safer for students and employees." 

U of Nine includes easy-to-understand analytics on student and employee usage, engagement with content, and compliance with programs like Title IX and VAWA Section 304, all of which can be exported to a variety of formats.

U of Nine is especially beneficial for campuses looking for a cost-effective way to offer awareness and education content for hard-to-reach audiences such as:

  • Dual enrolled students
  • Non-residential students
  • Community college students
  • Students enrolled in online courses
  • Students enrolled in study abroad sites
  • Non-degree seeking and part-time students
  • Transfer students
  • Adjunct faculty
  • Employees at remote and extension sites
  • Employees at multiple campus locations or study abroad sites
  • Students at extension sites or multiple campus locations
  • Upper class students who don't attend lectures, speakers or plays

Lawrence Schwartz, CEO of Trivie, commented, "In an environment of short attention spans and rapid technological change, the micro learning method is an effective way for colleges and universities to train their students and faculty on important information in real time. This granular, short-burst approach to training enables U of Nine campuses to better engage their students, reinforce Title IX and VAWA Section 304 compliance, and promote campus safety."

Each U of Nine quiz is no more than five questions long, and the hints and explanations that come within each question help students better understand and consequently remember the content. These easy to play quizzes can be sent to students at any time via push notifications to reinforce Title IX content during the school year for continual learning and compliance. 

About U of Nine

In partnership with ATIXA, the Association of Title IX Administrators, and Trivie, Inc., U of Nine is a world-class, app-based solution to help colleges and universities reach and educate students and employees about sexual violence, sexual harassment, alcohol abuse, intimate partner violence and stalking. For more information,

Michelle Issadore, ATIXA
Lawrence Schwartz, Trivie

SOURCE Association of Title IX Administrators

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Cyber Security Training Continues in Washington To What End
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SANS Institute Heads to Washington, D.C. for Final Training Event of the Year, SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2015

Offering New Advanced Courses in Active Defense & Offensive Countermeasures, IT Security Strategic Planning, ICS Active Defense, and Cyber Threat Intelligence


BETHESDA, Md., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- SANS Institute, the global leader in information security training, today announced its final security training event of the year, SANS Cyber Defense Initiative (CDI) 2015. Taking place in Washington, D.C. December 12 – 19, this hands-on immersion style training will provide attendees access to SANS' newest courses.

"One of my favorite aspects of CDI is that it's a great way to close out the year, building new skills that can be applied throughout the New Year to make an organization more secure," said Ed Skoudis, SANS Fellow.  "With the hands-on skills security professionals learn at CDI, they'll be ready to really make a difference in the security of their organization immediately after returning from the training."

SANS Cyber Defense Initiative 2015 will feature an impressive list of more than 30 information security training courses for InfoSec professionals at every level. Attendees will learn how the newest cyber attacks work and what can be done to prevent them or mitigate the damage. They will also learn about the latest tools, and how to use them for finding, blocking and deciphering hacking attacks.

New courses that will be offered at CDI 2015 include:

  • SEC550: Active Defense, Offensive Countermeasures and Cyber Deception is built from the ground up for defenders to quickly implement Active Defenses in their environments. 
  • MGT514: IT Security Strategic Planning, Policy and Leadership addresses the growing need for next generation IT security leaders and offers actionable steps for how to become one.
  • ICS515: ICS Active Defense and Incident Response will empower students with the ability to understand their networked industrial control system (ICS) environment, monitor it for threats, perform incident response against identified threats, and learn from interactions with the adversary to enhance network security.
  • FOR578: Cyber Threat Intelligence will train security professionals and teams to detect, scope, and select resilient courses of action in response to such intrusions and data breaches. (Sold out – waitlisted)

For additional information on SANS CDI 2015, including a full list of courses, or to register, please visit:

About SANS Institute
The SANS Institute was established in 1989 as a cooperative research and education organization. SANS is the most trusted and, by far, the largest provider of cyber security training and certification to professionals at governments and commercial institutions world-wide. Renowned SANS instructors teach over 50 different courses at more than 200 live cyber security training events as well as online. GIAC, an affiliate of the SANS Institute, validates employee qualifications via 27 hands-on, technical certifications in information security. The SANS Technology Institute, a regionally accredited independent subsidiary, offers master's degrees in cyber security. SANS offers a myriad of free resources to the InfoSec community including consensus projects, research reports, and newsletters; it also operates the Internet's early warning system--the Internet Storm Center. At the heart of SANS are the many security practitioners, representing varied global organizations from corporations to universities, working together to help the entire information security community. (



CONTACT: Julie Akstin-Dearing, JABB Communications for SANS,, 713-201-9000

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Application for $25,000 Teacher Award Now Open
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Application for $25,000 Teacher Award Now Open

TNTP Fishman Prize Honors Outstanding Teachers in High-Need Schools

BROOKLYN, N.Y., Oct. 27, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TNTP, a national nonprofit focused on improving educational quality, opened applications for its fifth annual Fishman Prize for Superlative Classroom Practice today. The prestigious award is given to four public school teachers a year who demonstrate exceptionally effective teaching with students from low-income communities. 

Winners each receive $25,000 and a six-week virtual summer residency experience with TNTP. Finalists receive $1,000 and national recognition. It is one of the largest monetary awards in the nation for practicing teachers, and the only one exclusively for teachers making a difference with low-income students.

In 2015, four winners were selected from nearly 800 applicants in 46 states. During the summer, they traveled to Boston, Memphis, and Washington, DC, to reflect critically on their classroom practices, converse with education leaders (including senior White House education officials), and write a collection of personal essays on their teaching strategies.

The early application deadline is Tuesday, November 24, 2015.  Early applicants will learn whether they have been selected to advance a month before other applicants. The final deadline is Tuesday, January 5, 2016.

To learn more, nominate a teacher, or apply, visit

About TNTP:

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CONTACT: Tiffany Chen, 718.233.2800,

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Corruption in the Newsroom at the Pilot?

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Virginian-Pilot journalists: Corporate management pressure is stifling coverage

In the wake of an investigation, "we're walking around with duct tape over our keyboards"

Things are not as they should be these days at The Virginian-Pilot, the largest newspaper in Virginia. In the fall, the paper produced an important investigation of municipal government, one that has sparked an official inquiry, led to policy changes at a local bank, and prompted the mayor of Virginia Beach to resign his lucrative private-sector job. By any expectation, the paper would have kept dogging the story, probing whether there was more to discover about the overlap between government and business elites in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia.

Instead, the newsroom has been consumed with warding off pressure from an unexpected source: upper management at its own paper. In the view of several Pilot journalists, that pressure has stifled further enterprise reporting. It has also led to concerns that the paper might even publicly backtrack from its published coverage.

As one veteran journalist at the paper put it: “We’re walking around with duct tape over our keyboards.”

Here’s the background: Last fall, I wrote for CJR about how, amid steep layoffs, the Pilot had published a significant report about Mayor Will Sessoms. The story revealed that Sessoms had repeatedly cast votes that benefited developers who borrowed from TowneBank, a local bank where the mayor was a president and also a trustee on many loans. Written by reporter John Holland, the story had a clear impact, chronicled in a series of follow-ups. The mayor resigned from the bank, the bank established a new policy to prevent its executives from holding public office, and the mayor is under investigation by a special prosecutor who is looking into whether any votes may have violated state conflict of interest laws. (Sessoms has denied wrongdoing.) Other public officials in the area have also stepped down from bank boards to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.

This was heady stuff for a newsroom in the immediate aftermath of the job cuts, a reason to celebrate amidst the tears of departing colleagues. But the high didn’t last.

The Virginian-Pilot, whose history dates back 150 years, is owned by a private company called Landmark Media Enterprises. A few weeks after the big story, Landmark’s executive vice president and general counsel, Rusty Friddell, began meeting with Holland and the editors who were involved in producing the story, along with the paper’s new publisher, Patricia Richardson.

The meetings weren’t to give kudos on the coverage. Instead, according to newsroom sources, Friddell questioned the journalists about their initial story and asked them to justify why it was solid, important work. Widespread knowledge in the newsroom of the sometimes contentious, hours-long meetings, and concern that an unheard-of level of corporate pressure could be influencing the Pilot’s coverage, have created a fraught environment for reporters and editors. Meanwhile, the paper has continued to cover news developments clearly tied to its initial report, like the appointment of a special prosecutor and the mayor’s resignation from the bank. But what was once on track to be a full-fledged investigative series on the local business and political elite is stalled, and perhaps dead in the water.

I spoke with about 10 current Pilot journalists and a handful of additional sources familiar with the situation, none of whom would comment on the record because they worried that doing so would affect their jobs. Their stories were consistent: Management influence on the newsroom has undermined coverage, distracted journalists from their work, and created a chilling effect on future reporting.

Several journalists specifically mentioned Friddell, an executive who travels in some of the same social and professional circles as the officials the paper has scrutinized. Friddell, the son of one of Virginia’s most renowned columnists—he says the journalism gene skipped a generation—sits on the board of a local charity with four TowneBank directors.

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F.B.I. Chief Links Scrutiny of Police With Rise in Violent Crime*

CHICAGO — The F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, said on Friday that the additional scrutiny and criticism of police officers in the wake of highly publicized episodes of police brutality may have led to an increase in violent crime in some cities as officers have become less aggressive.

With his remarks, Mr. Comey lent the prestige of the F.B.I., the nation’s most prominent law enforcement agency, to a theory that is far from settled: that the increased attention on the police has made officers less aggressive and emboldened criminals. But he acknowledged that there is so far no data to back up his assertion and that it may be just one of many factors that are contributing to the rise in crime, like cheaper drugs and an increase in criminals who are being released from prison.

“I don’t know whether that explains it entirely, but I do have a strong sense that some part of the explanation is a chill wind that has blown through American law enforcement over the last year,” Mr. Comey said in a speech at the University of Chicago Law School.

Mr. Comey’s remarks caught officials by surprise at the Justice Department, where his views are not shared at the top levels. Holding the police accountable for civil rights violations has been a top priority at the department in recent years, and some senior officials do not believe that scrutiny of police officers has led to an increase in crime. While the department had no immediate comment on Friday, several officials privately fumed at Mr. Comey’s suggestion.

Among the nation’s law enforcement officials, there is sharp disagreement over whether there is any credence to the so-called Ferguson effect, which refers to the protests that erupted in the summer of 2014 in Ferguson, Mo., over a police shooting.

In Oakland, Calif., for example, homicides are on the rise after two years of decline. But shootings are down, and the overall crime rate is about the same, said Oakland’s police chief, Sean Whent. “Our officers are very, very sensitive to the climate right now, but I haven’t seen any evidence to say our officers aren’t doing their jobs,” Chief Whent said.

In Washington, homicides are also up, but violent crime and crime over all are down, said Lt. Sean Conboy, a police spokesman. “Trying to correlate it to a Ferguson effect, I don’t believe is appropriate,” Lieutenant Conboy said.

After civil rights leaders and the Justice Department accused the Seattle Police Department of discriminatory policing and excessive force, the number of officer-instigated stops declined and crime ticked upward, said Kathleen O’Toole, the police chief.

Chief O’Toole said it was up to police leaders to insist on reversing that trend. The critiques made the department better, she said. Crime is down this year, and her city has hosted police officials from places such as Baltimore wanting to understand why.

“There’s never been as much scrutiny on police officers as there is now,” Chief O’Toole said. “We should embrace it.”

But Mr. Comey said that he had been told by many police leaders that officers who would normally stop to question suspicious people are opting to stay in their patrol cars for fear of having their encounters become worldwide video sensations. That hesitancy has led to missed opportunities to apprehend suspects, he said, and has decreased the police presence on the streets of the country’s most violent cities.

“I’ve been told by a senior police leader who urged his force to remember that their political leadership has no tolerance for a viral video,” Mr. Comey said, adding that many leaders and officers whom he had spoken to said they were afraid to address the issue publicly.

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“Lives are saved when those potential killers are confronted by a police officer, a strong police presence and actual, honest-to-goodness, up-close ‘What are you guys doing on this corner at 1 o’clock in the morning’ policing,” Mr. Comey said. “We need to be careful it doesn’t drift away from us in the age of viral videos, or there will be profound consequences.”

But investigations by the Justice Department have given weight to the loudest criticisms of police behavior in Ferguson and elsewhere. Those inquiries have found that many officers unfairly singled out African-Americans for stops and arrests, and too often used force that was unjustified. Videos of deadly encounters with the police in cities such as Cleveland, New York and North Charleston, S.C., have fueled that criticism.

More than his predecessors, Mr. Comey has used his position as one of the nation’s top law enforcement officials to bring attention to issues that state and local police departments are confronting. It is not clear what impact he will be able to have on the issue. He said that the remedies to the problem were not clear, and that law enforcement authorities needed to have better data about crime and shootings involving police officers.

Mr. Comey, who was in Chicago for the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police, plans to address the issue with law enforcement leaders.

In February, Mr. Comey delivered an unusually candid speech at Georgetown University about the difficult relationship between the police and African-Americans. Some officers, he said, scrutinize minorities more closely using a mental shortcut that “becomes almost irresistible and maybe even rational by some lights” because black men are arrested at much higher rates than white men.

Mr. Comey said that without more reliable data, the task of identifying trends and remedies to fix them is far more challenging. He said state and local law enforcement officials were increasingly open to providing the F.B.I. with better data so it can more accurately chart trends.

“ ‘Data’ is a dry word, but we need better data,” Mr. Comey said. “And people tend to tune out when you start to talk about it, but it’s important, because it gives us the full picture of what’s happening.”

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The Constitution of the United States of America

1st Amendment

Freedom of Religion, of Speech, and of the Press. -- Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances .U.S. Constitution U.S. Con. 1st Amd. (1791);

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Rights of Accused in Criminal Proceedings. -- No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a grand jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the militia, when in actual service in time of war or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb, nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty [Noun (plural liberties) the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views: . . .; a right or privilege, especially a statutory one: the Bill of Rights was intended to secure basic civil liberties . . . via Oxford dictionary: Added by HCN] , or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation. U.S. Constitution U.S. Con. 5th Amd. (1791)

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14th Amendment

Section 1. Citizenship Rights Not to Be Abridged by States. -- All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws. U.S. Constitution U.S. Con. 14th Amd., § 1 (1868);

[2] Sections One [1], Two [2], Three [3], Seven [7], Eleven [11], Twelve [12] Fourteen [14], Fifteen [15] and Seventeen [17] Rights in the Virginia Constitution

[Under accepted principles of statutory construction, . . . , statutes dealing with the same subject matter should, to the extent possible, be read together, the object being to give effect to the legislative intent. [ Vollin v. Arlington Co. Electoral Bd., 216 Va. 674, 222 S.E.2d 793 [The Unalienable Rights Foundation (HCN) has found that there are over 570 cases that state the same principles of statutory construction] (1976)Opinion of the Attorney General 1991 Va. AG 24, 25 (1991)];

Art. 1 § 1 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That all men are by nature equally free and independent and have certain inherent rights, of which, when they enter into a state of society, they cannot, by any compact, deprive or divest their posterity; namely, the enjoyment of life and liberty, with the means of acquiring and possessing property, and pursuing and obtaining happiness and safety . . . , [Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 2 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That all power is vested in, and consequently derived from, the people, that magistrates (a civil officer who administers the law ~added by UARF) are their trustees and servants, and at all times amenable to them, [Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 3 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That government is, or ought to be, instituted for the common benefit, protection, and security of the people, nation, or community; of all the various modes and forms of government, that is best which is capable of producing the greatest degree of happiness and safety, and is most effectually secured against the danger of maladministration; and, whenever any government shall be found inadequate or contrary to these purposes, a majority of the community hath an indubitable, inalienable, and indefeasible right to reform, alter, or abolish it, in such manner as shall be judged most conducive to the public weal [a sound, healthy, or prosperous state: well-being; : body politic, commonweal; Middle English wele, from Old English wela; akin to Old English wel well. First Known Use: before 12th century via ~ added by UARF] [Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 7 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That all power of suspending laws, or the execution of laws, by any authority, without consent of the representatives of the people, is injurious to their rights, and ought not to be exercised.[Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 11 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution]; That no person shall be deprived of his life, liberty [Noun (plural liberties) the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views: . . .; a right or privilege, especially a statutory one: the Bill of Rights was intended to secure basic civil liberties . . . via Oxford dictionary: Added by UARF], or property without due process of law . . . .[Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 12 (1971)Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That the freedoms of speech and of the press are among the great bulwarks of liberty, and can never be restrained except by despotic governments; that any citizen may freely speak, write, and publish his sentiments on all subjects, being responsible for the abuse of that right; that the General Assembly shall not pass any law abridging the freedom of speech or of the press, nor the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for the redress of grievances. [Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 14 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That the people have a right to uniform government . . .[Emphasis added];

Art 1 § 15 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; That no free government, nor the blessings of liberty [Noun (plural liberties) the state of being free within society from oppressive restrictions imposed by authority on one’s way of life, behavior, or political views: . . .; a right or privilege, especially a statutory one: the Bill of Rights was intended to secure basic civil liberties . . . via Oxford dictionary: liberty Added by UARF], can be preserved to any people, but by a firm adherence to justice, moderation, temperance, frugality, and virtue; by frequent recurrence to fundamental principles; and by the recognition by all citizens that they have duties as well as rights, and that such rights cannot be enjoyed save in a society where law is respected and due process is observed. . . .[Emphasis added];

Art. 1 § 17 (1971) Bill of Rights ~ Va. Constitution; The rights enumerated in this Bill of Rights shall not be construed to limit other rights of the people not therein expressed [Emphasis added].

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