On Wednesday, mega pop star Britany Spears asked a judge in Los Angeles to release her from a 13-year legal stricture she said has plunged her into a deep depression, saying, “I cry every day.”

Spears’ father, James, was granted a conservatorship in 2008, citing concerns about her mental health and alleged substance abuse after a series of public incidents in 2007. It granted him legal authority over his daughter, then 26, and her massive estate.

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While unemployment ballooned and the global economy collapsed in the months following the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, an odd thing happened: Wall Street surged. The stock market rose to record levels, relatively new asset classes such as cryptocurrencies headed to the moon, and individual investors had hedge fund managers reeling.

There’s been a lot going on in the world of investing, and some of the change likely is here to stay, according to investing and asset management experts at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business.

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Many University of Virginia students had internships abruptly canceled last summer as the COVID-19 pandemic hit the United States. This summer, opportunities remain more scarce than usual.

Undaunted, the staff at the UVA Career Center got creative to generate opportunities for students. In March, the Career Center announced the Hoos Internship Accelerator, an internship program designed to reconnect students to employers through virtual internships.

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Little has come easily for the University of Virginia baseball team this postseason, and so it is again at the College World Series.

After suffering a gut-wrenching 6-5 loss Tuesday night to No. 7 national seed Mississippi State University, UVA will play an elimination game for the seventh time in this NCAA tournament.

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As the school year moves into the summer months and teens continue to emerge from the restrictive nature of the pandemic, experts are focusing on the specific needs adolescents have as they navigate this unique time.

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In 2011, Nest launched its smart thermostat, an early instance of an internet-connected device that collected and shared data to help homeowners make decisions about their energy use.

Thermostats were quickly followed by wireless video cameras like Dropcam and voice-assisted technologies like Amazon’s Echo, an in-home device that increased demand for other conveniences with embedded sensors.

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From memoir to mystery, from work advice to analysis of the 2020 elections, University of Virginia faculty members and alumni have published, or soon will publish, books that appeal to a wide range of tastes and topics. 

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Over the past few weeks, a new word has entered the shorthand we’ve used to make sense of the COVID-19 pandemic: “Delta.”

It’s an unwelcome addition. The Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus, formally known as B.1.617.2, was first detected in India and since has spread to more than 80 countries, gaining particular strength in the United Kingdom, where it is now the predominant strain of COVID-19.

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In the halls of Congress, representatives and senators are beginning to talk about forming a bipartisan national commission analyzing the coronavirus pandemic, similar to the inquiry that took place after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Just a few hours south at the University of Virginia, Philip Zelikow, the executive director of that 9/11 Commission, has been efficiently assembling a group of experts who are ready to help with the national investigation into COVID whenever the call comes.

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It all started with a video of a small child with a runny nose trying – and failing – to blow out the candles on his birthday cake. He had not quite mastered the blowing part and, well, you get the idea. Appetites were lost watching the spectacle.

The video struck a chord with Mark Apelt, a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia. He and his friends “were laughing and joking about that,” he said recently from his home in Richmond. The conversation led to comments about the “weird” tradition of blowing out candles on birthday cakes.

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For their first College World Series game since 2015, the University of Virginia Cavaliers could hardly have scripted a more dominating performance than the one they delivered Sunday afternoon in Omaha, Nebraska.

UVA used only two pitchers – Andrew Abbott and Matt Wyatt – in a 6-0 victory over the No. 3 national seed University of Tennessee at TD Ameritrade Park. At the plate, the Wahoos banged out 13 hits, including a solo home run by catcher Logan Michaels that put them ahead to stay in the third inning. In the field, they committed no errors.

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Two rising second-year engineering students at the University of Virginia want to remake the face of online lobbying.

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“It was something not from the Earth,” U.S. Navy Cmdr. David Fravor, commanding officer of a squadron of F/A-18 Hornet fighter planes, said in an interview with the Washington Post about the fast-moving, Tic Tac-shaped UFO he sighted during a 2004 training mission over the California coast. The object moved unlike any aircraft he was aware of and seemed to defy nearby radar operators’ efforts to track it.

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Back in John Paul Jones Arena for the first time in nearly two years, Isaiah Wilkins saw several members of the University of Virginia men’s basketball staff on Saturday, including strength and conditioning coach Mike Curtis.

“He told me I can’t call him Coach Curtis anymore,” Wilkins said Monday night. “I have to call him M.C.”

Wilkins laughed. “It’s going to be a weird adjustment.”

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The University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business announced today the launch of the Part-Time MBA, a new, flexible format of the Darden MBA. Based at UVA Darden D.C. Metro in the Rosslyn district of Arlington, the Part-Time MBA is designed for working professionals. When the first entering class begins in late summer 2022, courses will be offered primarily on weekday evenings, and learners will have flexibility to complete the program on the timetable that works best for them.

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UVA Children’s, part of UVA Health, is ranked as the No. 1 children’s hospital in Virginia by U.S. News & World Report in the publication’s 2021-22 “Best Children’s Hospitals” guide. This is the first year U.S. News has reported a state-by-state ranking of the nation’s best children’s hospitals.

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Jacob Bushey is researching the effects of ozone on transpiration, carbon assimilation and photosynthesis in plants, and now he will be able to brainstorm with his fellow Astronaut Scholars.

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On Tuesday, the University of Virginia provided updated COVID-19 vaccination guidance for faculty and staff, stating that faculty or staff in the Academic Division will either need to provide proof of vaccination or agree to weekly prevalence testing requirements in the fall semester.

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Just put them in pressure situations and great things seem to happen.

For the sixth time this postseason, the University of Virginia’s baseball team found itself in an NCAA Tournament elimination game, in which a loss would spell the end of the Cavaliers’ season. And for the sixth time, they came out on top.

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The University of Virginia School of Law recently announced the addition of 17 high-profile academics to the faculty roster, and Twitter took notice in its own colorful way.

Just in the past six months, UVA Law reported the hires of tenured or tenure-track professors Payvand Ahdout, Rachel Bayefsky, Jay Butler, Danielle Citron, Mitu Gulati, Craig Konnoth, Kimberly Krawiec, David Law, Joy Milligan and Bertrall Ross – with two joining the faculty on the tenure track and the rest making lateral moves.

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