NBC News

(By Kirt von Daacke, assistant dean, professor of history and co-chair of the President's Commission on Slavery and the University) After First Lady Michelle Obama acknowledged that she, an African-American woman, "wake[s] up every morning in a house that was built by slaves," pundits responded by attempting to diminish the horrors of slavery. They remind us that we have so much work yet to do.

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Voice of America

Gender and experience are not the key determining factors in an election – it’s party identification, said Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics. “People always misinterpret election statistics, including the gender gap,” he said. “Republican women are not going to defect to Hillary Clinton. Democratic men are not going to defect in large measure to Donald Trump.”

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The Sydney Morning Herald

Larry Sabato, a UVA political scientist, does try to look over the horizon, and by his current reckoning, Clinton has it in the bag – with 347 college votes that are safe, likely or leaning to her; by contrast, Trump has only 191 votes that are safe, likely or leaning to him. But Sabato hedges, "If the election were held today, it would almost certainly be closer than that – and Trump could very well win. But the election is still about 100 days away [and] we still see Clinton with an edge."

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Voice of America

One source of distrust is Clinton’s use of a private email system during her time as secretary of state, which was the subject of a congressional investigation and a probe by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Kyle Kondik of the UVA Center for Politics said the issue is a lingering question for voters and one she might have been wise to mention in her speech Thursday. "I did not hear any kind of contrition or acknowledgment of the questions about her email server," Kondik said. 

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Washington Post

Bans on same-sex marriage and civil unions can hamper efforts by same-sex couples to adopt, divorce, make medical decisions for spouses or inherit property, added A.E. Dick Howard, a UVA law professor. While it is not unusual for vestiges of overturned laws to linger in state and local codes, this can cause unnecessary litigation and conflict, he said.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S.M. Khan, a graduate of the University of Virginia, was one of 14 American Muslims who died serving their country in the 10 years after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

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NPR

Khan is the father of Capt. Humayun Khan, a 27-year-old killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. The elder Khan moved to the United States nearly 40 years ago. His son attended the University of Virginia, participating in ROTC before he joined the Army after graduation.

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New York Daily News

Trump’s comments do not appear to be treason, one legal expert said. “Treason consists only in levying war on the U.S. and its enemies,” UVA law professor John Harrison said.

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Charlottesville Newsplex

UVA's Apprenticeship Program honored its newest graduates and inductees on grounds Thursday morning. The 2016 Apprentice and Education Recognition Ceremony honored four new graduates and welcomed 14 new inductees.

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Toronto Star

Dr. Robert Emery, a UVA psychologist and internationally recognized expert on divorce, wants to see divorced parents bring a co-operative spirit to raising their kids after a relationship ends. “Parents who arrive at an agreement in traditional ways – through lawyers, through courts – once you finally get to a schedule, people can just be locked into it because they don’t want to go through it all again,” he said.

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Healthcare IT News

As governor, Kaine assisted in the creation of UVA’s Center for Telehealth, widely considered a model for the telemedicine industry. Founded in 1994, according to University officials, the center has since facilitated over 50,000 patient encounters, in more than 40 specialties at about 150 sites throughout the state.

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WVIR-NBC-29 ( Charlottesville)

A smartphone application is helping patients prepare and recover from extensive surgery. Enhanced Recovery After Surgery is educating patients treated at the UVA Medical Center, and improving their outcomes after surgery.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Just like he did at BYU, new Virginia football coach Bronco Mendenhall is pushing for his team to wear throwback style uniforms, though Mendenhall said the concept hasn’t been approved by the university yet.

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Fox News

Dr. JoAnn Pinkerton of the University of Virginia, the executive director of The North American Menopause Society, agrees that lifestyle factors and genetics are likely behind the link between later reproductive milestones and longevity.

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Richmond Times-Dispatch

Larry Sabato, head of UVA’s Center for Politics, was in Philadelphia for the convention. “Tim Kaine is a natural at extemporaneous speaking,” he said. “He’s less effective with a prepared text.”

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NJ.com

UVA political scientist Larry J. Sabato: "It's obvious this was the best speech she's ever given. This is bound to help her. She laid out a positive agenda while going after Donald Trump effectively. But it's mid-July and this has to be sustained for 100 days. It will be an extraordinarily difficult campaign, one of the nastiest ever."

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

Filming is taking place in Richmond for “Permanent,” a new feature film starring Patricia Arquette and Rainn Wilson. The writer and director is UVA alumna Colette Burson, co-creator and executive producer of the HBO series “Hung.”

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Huntington (W.Va.) Herald Dispatch

Early findings from an initiative involving higher education institutions in West Virginia suggest that texting may be useful in helping keep prospective college students and those already in college on track and perhaps help them graduate earlier. Researchers from UVA’s Center on Education Policy and Workforce Competitiveness studied the program, and their preliminary findings suggest that students who signed up for the texting initiative were likely to attempt and complete more college credits than students not enrolled in the program.

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Los Angeles Times

Even if Clinton does top Trump’s number, convention ratings have no predictive value for the presidential election. A 2012 analysis by Larry Sabato, director of UVA’s Center for Politics, showed the political party with a higher-rated convention lost the White House in seven out of the last 14 presidential elections.

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East Bay Times

The Obamas have set a high bar for speechcraft this week, and Clinton's address will inevitably be compared to Barack Obama's soaring oration on Wednesday. But that doesn't mean she should pump up the volume. "Clinton usually comes off best when she is calm and measured," said Geoffrey Skelley, a political analyst with UVA’s Center for Politics. "What she doesn't want to do is pull a Rudy Giuliani."

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