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2008-08-04 09:00:31

By Jeff Branscome, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Aug. 4--Kelsey Walsh volunteered at a South African lion park for two weeks this summer and has the scars to prove it. "One of my pairs of jeans was slightly eaten by a lion," said Walsh, 18, of Spotsylvania County. Actually, the lion cub clawed at a small hole in her pants and ripped it open even more. It wasn't cause for alarm, just another play day at the Seaview Game and Lion Park near Port Elizabeth. "They're not trying...

2008-08-03 09:00:00

By Carden Hedelt, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Aug. 3--Former Stafford County resident Garrett Ebling was driving home from work nearly a year ago when the world as he knew it was pulled out from under his feet. On Aug. 1, 2007, Ebling was driving in rush-hour traffic across the Interstate 35 bridge in Minneapolis when it collapsed, sending hundreds of commuters into the Mississippi. Ebling suffered several broken bones, a ruptured diaphragm and a ruptured colon in the...

2008-08-01 09:00:26

By Ellen Biltz, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Aug. 1--A Marine stationed at Quantico was arrested Wednesday after a detective said he found hundreds of photos and videos of child pornography on the man's computer. Joshua Gougeon, 24, of Spotsylvania County, was charged with 29 counts of possession of child pornography with the intent to distribute and one count of possession of child pornography, said 1st Sgt. Liz Scott of the Spotsylvania Sheriff's Office in a release....

2008-07-29 12:00:00

By Donnie Johnston, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 29--It was supposed to be a simple, 10-minute meeting where representatives from the town of Culpeper and Culpeper County signed a historic memorandum of understanding that would pave the way to a regional water/sewer authority and a town boundary adjustment. Two hours, five votes, a few shouting matches, several curse words and one "caucus" later, the two government bodies were right back where they started....

2008-07-27 12:00:20

By Megan Williams, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 27--When Anita Kaissi found herself feeling constantly sluggish, she thought it was because she had just had a baby. It took doctors three months to determine that her fatigue, hair loss and dry skin weren't postpartum depression, but postpartum thyroiditis, an inflammation of the thyroid that makes it overactive. "They told me it was all in my head," Kaissi said. As it turns out, it was all in her neck. The thyroid,...

2008-07-21 06:00:29

By Jonas Beals, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 21--"9 Star Hotel," a 60-minute documentary, airs tomorrow on PBS as part of the acclaimed POV series. Like many of the independent non-fiction films the series has showcased since 1988, "9 Star Hotel" provides a glimpse of a place and culture foreign to most United States citizens. Tension between Palestinians and Israelis is common news fodder, familiar to anyone with a passing knowledge of world affairs. Decades of...

2008-07-17 09:01:19

By Jim Hall, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 17--Carriage Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, the region's second largest nursing home, has been sold. Officials of MediCorp Health System said yesterday that two Roanoke companies have agreed to pay $13.35 million for the Spotsylvania County home. The transfer is expected within 90 days. Commonwealth Care and Smith/Packett Med-Com will share equally in the ownership of the real estate. Commonwealth Care will operate...

2008-07-17 09:00:36

By Rusty Dennen, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 17--The final phase of the Embrey Dam removal project -- the biggest and most expensive environmental initiative ever in Fredericksburg -- should be completed by early next year. Though the concrete dam is long gone, the issue of the canal into which the dam once diverted water remains. Workers at the old Vepco power plant off Caroline Street on the Rappahannock River, will soon begin installing a pump station that will...

2008-07-16 09:01:11

By Cathy Dyson, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 16--French fries and hush puppies keep Erik Whittington going on his daily commute from Locust Grove to Stafford County. The 38-year-old doesn't eat them by the pound. He uses the oil they're cooked in to fuel his 2002 Volkswagen Jetta, which has a diesel engine. He gets used cooking oil from Virginia Barbeque in Spotsylvania County, then filters it several times to remove goo left behind after deep-frying. Then, he...


Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.