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Va. Assembly agrees to Regulate Abortion Clinics as Hospitals
The Virginia General Assembly has agreed that abortion clinics should be regulated as hospitals instead of physician's offices, a move that antiabortion activists have sought for almost two decades, insisting that it would improve clinic safety. Abortion rights advocates say it will make the state one of the most restrictive for abortions in the country and could force as many as 17 of the state's 21 abortion clinics to close. (Washington Post)
Soldier's Widow Prepares for new Life with Couple's Child
Nobody knows what they can do until they have to do it. That’s how Ashley Cutsforth replies when asked how she’s dealing with the death of her husband, Army Spc. Sean Cutsforth. Cutsforth, a 22-year-old Manassas native and infantryman in the Army’s 101st Airborne, was killed Dec. 15 in the Ghazni province of Afghanistan. “When you go into deployment, you don’t think he might not come back,” said Ashley Cutsforth, 21. “It’s not something you can think about every day, or you’ll go crazy.“ (InsideNoVa.com)
BYOB Bill Passes in Va.
Yesterday, by a vote of 78-18, the Virginia House of Delegates approved SB 1292, a bill that will allow restaurant patrons to bring their own bottles of wines to restaurants. If the bill is signed by Gov. Bob McDonnell, as expected, any Virginia restaurant with a liquor license will be able to charge customers a “corkage” fee to open their home-brought wine and pour it at the table. The measure had the backing of the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington. (Arlnow.com)
John Legend Doesn't Want His Tax Cut