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2008-09-25 09:00:30

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot richmond Standing near crop fields at a Henrico County farm operated by the same family for 97 years, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday proclaimed Virginia's agricultural economy strong. In the Old Dominion, agrarian by nature from its earliest days, forestry and farming industries remain a significant segment of the financial foundation. Together they contributed almost $79 billion to the state economy in 2006, according to a...

2008-09-24 09:00:34

By DALE EISMAN By Dale Eisman and Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot WOODBRIDGE As worries about the faltering economy continued to mushroom on Tuesday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and state Republicans each sought to persuade Virginia voters that their party has the right approach to fixing the economy. Biden, Delaware's senior senator, ventured into a suburb hit hard by the nation's depressed housing market and offered renewed promises of a coming bailout. He...

2008-09-01 09:00:10

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot ST. PAUL, Minn. On the fly, Republicans are improvising their national convention script in response to Hurricane Gustav, storming its way toward the Gulf Coast. At the direction of GOP presidential candidate John McCain, the first day of a detailed four-day calendar of speeches was set aside. Much of today's convention program will be stripped down to only those elements that are required to convene the gathering, GOP...

2008-08-24 09:00:23

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot RICHMOND Gov. Timothy M. Kaine called the process surrounding his potential vice presidential candidacy "surreal" Saturday morning. Illinois Sen. Barack Obama, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, announced Delaware's Sen. Joe Biden as his running mate in an e-mail sent in the wee hours of Saturday morning. Kaine had been on a short list for the spot. Hours later in a conference call from Denver, Kaine offered...

2008-07-29 09:00:46

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker and Richard Quinn The Virginian-Pilot You might call it "the little bill that could." A proposal to study an extension of Norfolk's light rail line to near the Oceanfront somewhat unexpectedly passed the General Assembly during a largely fruitless transportation special session that ended earlier this month. And it gained more steam in recent days when Gov. Timothy M. Kaine signed it into law. "Miracle of miracles," the bill's sponsor, Del. Bob...

2008-07-08 09:01:01

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot richmond Recently killed legislation by a Virginia Beach lawmaker to allow offshore drilling along the state's coastline and use some profits for road needs may be revived. Republican leaders expect to bring an offshore drilling bill up for a vote Wednesday in the House of Delegates when the General Assembly's special session on transportation resumes. The bill, HB6006, by Del. Chris Saxman, R-Staunton, would dedicate any...

Word of the Day
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'