Petula Dvorak

10/16/2014 - 3:58pm

    They are a small society, bound by tragedy.

    When a child goes missing, few people can fathom the awful wait, the filling in of blanks, the nightmares. There aren't many who can relate to the horror that Hannah Graham's family is living...

07/21/2014 - 1:36am

    Something extraordinary happened last week at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. The president of the private college, where Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee served as president after the Civil War and whose body now lies beneath the Lee Chapel, apologized for the school's past ownership of...

07/21/2014 - 1:36am

    A gravel parking lot deep in the green hills of Virginia coal country was packed to capacity by 4 a.m. Friday. More than 1,500 people with canes, wheelchairs, oxygen tanks, bleeding gums, black lungs and other ills had come to the Wise County Fairgrounds, camping in tents, sleeping in pickup truck beds or...

07/14/2014 - 3:01am

    Don't you see what they're doing?

    The shopping binges, the bizarro legislation and now the alleged sex and sexting with a teen? It makes perfect sense when you contemplate what must be the real reason Virginia legislators are acting like wackos. They're...

06/19/2014 - 1:02am

    For more than half a century, kids in Virginia with bad teeth and poor families have had somewhere to go.

    Their parents - immigrants, minimum-wage laborers, the unemployed - usually found Gerald Frank through the grapevine. And they spread the word about his modest...

06/19/2014 - 12:53am

    This summer, hundreds of sick, desperate people will gather daily in the pre-dawn darkness of a Southwestern Virginia parking lot, part of a late July pilgrimage as predictable as the state's tobacco crop.

    They come with festering cancers, rotting teeth, wheezing...

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