Earl Washington is Free!

24 February 2001 (published at http://www.justicedenied.org)
For the first time, someone has moved from Virginia’s death row to exoneration, pardon, and freedom. The case of Earl Washington Jr. has generated a great deal of press and some limited legislative efforts to find other innocents in Virginia prisons and to prevent future false convictions. But action appears unlikely on three fronts: halting read more


13 April 2000

As discussed in the March 16 Culpeper News, the tenants in four houses owned by Wayne Lenn and his brothers in Culpeper County have been without safe water at least since December. The Lenns have now returned from wintering in Florida and plan to have Leazer Drilling Co. Inc. drill a new well on the property in Stevensburg. As soon as they do so, Wayne Lenn said, they will pour cement down the old well and also down an even older one on the site has not been used for years.

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Union Activists Fight Sprawl to Preserve Union Jobs, Wages

Suburban sprawl has caught the critical eye of several labor leaders who see the decline of cities and inner suburbs as a threat to the future of unions.

Employees in new outer suburbs earn less than their city counterparts, while most cannot use public transportation or find affordable rental housing and child care near their jobs, according to Mike Fitzgerald, president of International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 134 in Chicago.

The move to the outskirts does not necessarily create read more

Have Doubts About Hiring Ex-Criminals? Job Fair Experience Turns Cons Into Pros

”I was amazed by the quality of individuals applying” at a Sept. 13 job fair at the Cleveland Convention Center, said Bill Mazur, director of warehouse operations for Mazel Co. in Solon, Ohio. Although his company needed employees and regularly used job fairs, Mazur said he had to ”have his arm twisted” to go to this one, because the fair was aimed at applicants with criminal records.

The first annual Community Corrections Job Fair was sponsored by Cuyahoga County, the read more

Catholic Labor Standards

Few groups in recent history have spoken out for labor rights as clearly as the Catholic church. Pope John Paul II said: “It is a fundamental right of workers to freely establish organizations to defend and promote their interests and to contribute in a responsible manner to the common task.”

When workers believe their rights are violated by Catholic organizations, their cry is “Practice what you preach!” They are often joined in this protest by prominent Catholics who read more

Town Planning Commission Approves Sprawl

On Tuesday the Town Planning Commission
approved a 30-lot subdivision on property called
Redwood Lakes, the first phase of what is
expected to be a 250-house subdivision on the
south side of Route 522 on the western edge of

This potential density of 250 houses had been
limited to about 140 houses prior to May when
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Town Council Breaks The Law

The Culpeper Town Council violated state
law, specifically the Freedom of Information
Act, in voting by written ballot to elect a new
vice mayor at last week

How to Recycle

There are several sites in Culpeper County
where various materials can be dropped off to be
recycled. But some commonly recycled items,
such as plastic bottles, cannot be recycled
anywhere in the county. And there is no curbside
recycling pick-up in the town or county of

Materials including glass, aluminum, paper,
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Camp for Dogs

In some areas of Virginia, if you haven’t
scheduled it weeks ahead you’ll have a hard time
finding a kennel to do you the favor of cramming
your dog or cat into a little cage for the
weekend. In Culpeper, you can make
arrangements for your pet at the last moment to
stay at a resort with indoor-outdoor runs,
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