Norfolk Virginian-Pilot

The value of a public education in Virginia is tremendous, and our colleges remain respected the world over. But getting more of the commonwealth’s young people through the doors – and getting them out without asking them to shoulder an unbearable cost burden – should be a priority come budget time.

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Bloomberg

(Audio) UVA law professor Douglas Laycock discusses Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who has been suspended from his role and is being investigated by a judicial oversight panel, which is weighing an ethics complaint against Moore.

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Nashville Business Journal

The content of M.B.A. curricula has become more global. Top schools mandate that a minimum percentage of cases taught in their courses pertain to business situations outside the United States. There is also a much broader selection of internships, consulting projects or study abroad at partner schools or their very own campuses (like University of Virginia’s learning residences in Brazil, India, China, and beyond). While these were an attractive academic option a few years ago, they are now a required part of many programs’ core curriculum.

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Truth-Out

Researchers at the University of Virginia reported that widespread adoption of GMO crops has decreased the use of insecticides, but increased the use of weed-killing herbicides as weeds become more resistant, leading to "serious environmental damage."

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USA TODAY

Scalia's 2008 decision in District of Columbia v. Heller gave citizens the right to keep guns at home for self-defense but acknowledged that the right is not without limits, so little change is likely. "The court seems to have fashioned the kind of compromise that most people are not severely unhappy with," says Daniel Ortiz, who directs the Supreme Court litigation clinic at the UVA School of Law.

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The Sydney Morning Herald

UVA political scientist Larry Sabato revealed the enormity of Trump's task in an August tweet – "Trump polls 1-2 percent among blacks. In '64 Goldwater got 6 percent after voting no on the Civil Rights Act. In '68 segregationist George Wallace won 3 percent." Rated as a genuine appeal for black votes, Trump is making a hash of it – some polls actually measure his support among blacks at zero.

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Bloomberg

By overriding President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill clearing the way for lawsuits against the Saudi government in connection with the 2001 attacks, lawmakers this week potentially put the key U.S. ally on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in liability. “I am concerned that this will do very little for the victims,” said Paul Stephan, a UVA international law professor.

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Cleveland.com

By overriding President Barack Obama’s veto of a bill clearing the way for lawsuits against the Saudi government in connection with the 2001 attacks, lawmakers this week potentially put the key U.S. ally on the hook for tens of billions of dollars in liability. “I am concerned that this will do very little for the victims,” said Paul Stephan, a UVA international law professor.

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Health Imaging

Breast density reporting laws exist in 28 states, but do women in those states know what, exactly, it means if an exam reveals they have dense breasts? According to a recent UVA study published in the Journal of the American College of Radiology, a majority of women in states with such laws do not know specific details about breast density and what it can mean for a woman’s health.

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WVTF Public Radio/Radio IQ

Virginia Beach Congressman Bobby Scott is stepping up his fundraising efforts and forming a new political action committee. It’s the clearest sign yet that he’s angling for the Senate seat that might be vacated by Tim Kaine if he becomes vice president.  Scott is going to need that money, says Geoff Skelley at UVA’s Center for Politics. “To some degree, he’s playing catchup a little bit if he’s going to be appointed because if he’s appointed to that seat, he’s got to run in a special election in 2017," Skelley said.

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Center for Responsive Politics

Trump’s overall numbers are low in part because he didn’t really start a concerted fundraising push until this summer; before that he said he was “self-funding” his campaign. Kyle Kondik, managing editor at Sabato’s Crystal Ball, a UVA election forecasting outlet, noted that Trump’s efforts have generally skewed toward small-dollar donors.

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Kotatv

They're the best of the best. U.S. Olympians and Paralympians did our country proud during the 2016 Rio Games. Now, they’re getting big props from the commander-in-chief. “This year’s summer Olympians gave us enough milestones and moments to last the next four years," said President Obama at a ceremony at the White House Thursday. Gold medal swimmer Leah Smith – a student at the University of Virginia -- has never been to the White House. “When I meet a celebrity, it’s just crazy to me because I realize they’re a real person.

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Washington Post

The UVA men’s basketball team posed for a photo as a sign of unity against social injustice Thursday night. The teammates, dressed in black with arms interlocked, knelt at midcourt of the John Paul Jones Arena practice floor. Several players posted photos of the moment, tweeting “Kneel for Injustice. Kneel for Equality.”

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Charlottesville Daily Progre

Although the competition between Democrat Jane Dittmar and state Sen. Tom Garrett Jr., R-Buckingham, has flared up recently with accusations of dishonesty, the candidates were relatively restrained at Wednesday’s debate at the University of Virginia. Hosted by the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, Dittmar and Garrett answered questions prepared by three Batten professors.

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Charlottesville Daily Progress

The rise of social media has been a boon – as well as a bane – to political commentators of all stripes. Washington Post reporter Dave Weigel and three other journalists discussed the impact of social media on the election at a forum held by UVA’s Center for Politics. Geoffrey Skelley, the center’s media relations coordinator, joined in as well.

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cleveland.com

UVA media studies professor Jack Hamilton describes how rock ’n’ roll went from an art form pioneered by black musicians and rooted in rhythm and blues to being overly simplified as "rock," a genre symbolized by a white man with a guitar.

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WVIR-NBC-29 (Charlottesville)

The UVA Medical Center is discussing ways to help provide care for undocumented immigrants. “Patients Without Passports” was the topic during UVA Medical Center Hour on Wednesday. A doctor and an advocate spoke about the challenges hospitals face when trying to provide medical care for undocumented immigrants, who do not qualify for benefits from Medicaid nor Medicare.

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Orlando Sentinel

The medicines needed to treat opioid addiction require complex in-person procedures and regular follow-up, limiting what can be done via telemedicine, noted Richard Merkel, a UVA associate professor of psychiatry and neurobehavioral science. The university, as part of the USDA initiative, will be providing remote mental health and addiction treatment to 11 rural community health centers. Both the prescribing and monitoring of those medications have "to be done face to face, by a physician who has been licensed [by the Drug Enforcement Administration].”

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Charlottesville Newsplex

UVA students met at the Newcomb Hall Theater to watch the first presidential debate. Organizers say that the watch party was nonpartisan, and that representatives from both political party college clubs were present.

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Inside Higher Ed

A 2013 report by Caroline Hoxby of Stanford University and UVA’s Sarah Turner examined an experiment they conducted with high-achieving, low-income students. A number of interventions – including offering them fee waivers to 171 selective colleges – were conducted to make these students more aware of their options. The students in the program were more likely than similar students outside the program to apply to more colleges, and to more competitive colleges.

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