University of Virginia School of Law Professor A.E. Dick Howard, the principal architect of Virginia’s current constitution, joined Professor Daniel Ortiz and two other Virginia-based law professors to file an amicus brief in Howell v. McAuliffe, a case that challenges Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s restoration of voting rights to convicted felons in the state.

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It will come as no surprise to anyone struggling to fit a carry-on bag in the overhead bin that more people than ever are traveling by plane, but even the weary traveler might find the actual numbers staggering.

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, 895.5 million passengers boarded airplanes in the United States in 2015, a 5 percent increase over the previous year.

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Two groups of excited and forward-looking ninth-graders spent part of their summer at the University of Virginia to hone skills that will better prepare them to make the transition from high school to higher education.

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Roughly 250 years ago, Madame Anna Colas Pépin presided over what has become one of the most notorious links in the French slave trade in Senegal. Now, University of Virginia architectural history professor Louis Nelson is part of an international team working to restore Pépin’s home and share its lessons with generations of Senegalese schoolchildren and tens of thousands of international visitors.

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Researchers at the University of Virginia School of Medicine have identified immune cells vital for protecting us from potentially fatal C. difficile bacterial infections. Surprisingly, those cells are often vilified for their role in causing asthma and allergies. But when it comes to C. difficile, they could be the difference between life and death.

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The Heritage Theatre Festival opens Thursday at the University of Virginia, ready to delight audiences with swashbuckling pirates, classic characters like Charlie Brown, the incisive wit of “Seinfeld” writer Pat Hazell and more.  

In its 42nd year, the festival continues to attract renowned actors and directors to collaborate with UVA drama students and faculty. Below, UVA Today got a sneak peek of dress rehearsals for the opening show, “The Pirates of Penzance,” directed by associate professor of drama Colleen Kelly, the festival’s interim artistic director.

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The opening bars of Led Zeppelin’s “Stairway to Heaven” – some of the most iconic in rock ’n’ roll history – provided a soundtrack for Wahoos who graduated from the University of Virginia during the 1970s. Last week, fans around the world got a rare glimpse into the song’s origin story as rock royals Jimmy Page and Robert Plant testified about it in federal court.

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University of Virginia rising fourth-year Leah Smith finished second in the women’s 400-meter freestyle at the U.S. Olympic Team Trials at CenturyLink Center Monday night in Omaha, Nebraska, qualifying for Team USA at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

She is fully expected to be selected when USA Swimming announces the full team following the meet’s conclusion Sunday.

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Editor’s note: Adapted from UVA Lawyer.

His name is well-known to every graduate of the University of Virginia’s School of Law, and his penchant for bow ties is almost as famous. Over the course of a career in law, education and government service, Mortimer Caplin has seemingly lived several lifetimes, each distinguished by remarkable and influential achievements, from his time as an actor and boxer when he was a UVA undergraduate, to his service in the U.S. Navy on D-Day, to his work as IRS commissioner during the administration of President John F. Kennedy, and beyond.

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Can more guns lead to less crime, or is increased gun control the best way to promote a more peaceful society?

Debate is again raging around this heated question in the wake of yet another mass shooting, which claimed 49 lives at an Orlando nightclub on June 12. Amid such turmoil, policymakers and scholars are revisiting gun violence research, hoping for prescriptive solutions.

However, according to University of Virginia economics professor John Pepper, simple solutions, either for or against gun control, are not supported by the data that we currently have.

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On Monday, Financial Times ranked the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business the No. 3 MBA program in the world for entrepreneurship.

The ranking recognizes the success of entrepreneurs from within the Darden community and the support that Darden and its global alumni network provide them. 

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Members of the state House Appropriations Committee recently visited with University of Virginia students and faculty during an Eastern Shore tour that included a stop to learn about the Virginia Coast Reserve Long Term Ecological Research program.

The program, part of UVA’s Anheuser-Busch Coastal Research Center, provides opportunities for research on the marshes, coastal bays and barrier islands of the Virginia coast, and supports K-12 education activities throughout the state.

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On Wednesday, University of Virginia alumnus Dominic Inglot will step onto Wimbledon’s famous grass courts hoping to build on what has already been a milestone year for the London-born tennis pro.

As part of Great Britain’s 2015 Davis Cup team – which also included current world No. 2 player Andy Murray – Inglot helped Great Britain win the world championship for the first time since 1936. This summer, he hopes to represent his country in the Olympics, pending final team selections on June 30.

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Editor’s Note: President Juan Manuel Santos appeared at the University of Virginia in 2013 and offered details of his government’s negotiations with Colombia’s largest rebel group, the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.

Colombia and the country’s main rebel group have now reached a historic peace agreement, ending more than 50 years of hostilities that killed approximately 220,000 people.

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Colleges and universities can help drive social change in the fight against gender-based violence, according to Nancy Deutsch, an associate professor in the University of Virginia Curry School of Education.

That’s why last week on Grounds, Deutsch led the first National Leadership Institute on the issue, drawing representatives from schools around the country. The action-oriented program was designed to help universities identify strategies for preventing and responding to gender-based violence on their campuses.

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In the 40 years between the Roaring ‘20s and the Swinging ‘60s, Charlottesville and the University of Virginia hosted many seminal moments during a transformative period for the nation.

As part of its wide-ranging preservation mission, the UVA Library serves as a guardian of local history and culture. To that end, the library recently completed the second phase of a four-year joint project with the Jefferson-Madison Regional Library to digitize past editions of The Daily Progress.

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On a recent, unseasonably cool day in Charlottesville, a group of students huddled over square, shallow dig sites on the floor of a section of sun-dappled forest at Monticello, searching for clues to previous lives.

Under the tutelage of Fraser Neiman, Monticello’s director of archaeology, 11 students are spending six weeks in the University of Virginia’s Summer Archaeological Field School at Thomas Jefferson’s home.

Neiman said two-thousand acres of Monticello provide “our archaeological sand box.”

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First came at-home pregnancy tests. Today, there are mail-in tests for HIV, genetics and paternity – even sexually transmitted diseases, diabetes and thyroid dysfunction can be screened from the privacy of one’s home.

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The 2016-17 “Best Children’s Hospital” guide from U.S. News & World Report highlights four nationally ranked specialties at the University of Virginia Children’s Hospital.

The four ranked specialties are:

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