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TEN COMMANDMENTS TOPPLED
RICHNOND — In most political campaigns, there's a moment that clarifies a race and sometimes sets its direction all the way to election day. And in more elections than not over the past eight years, that moment has come in the Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Debate, a crucible that has provided memorable turning points. By Bob Lewis. UPCOMING: 500 words by 4:30 p.m.
PHILADELPHIA — House Majority Leader Eric Cantor demanded that Attorney General Eric Holder drop a lawsuit over school vouchers being used for private schools, or face the wrath of Congress. Cantor, speaking Monday at a Philadelphia charter school, also predicted that all U.S. students will be entitled to school choice within 10 years. By Maryclaire Dale. SENT: 500 words, photos.
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — A new commercial spaceship will wait all week before aiming again for the International Space Station. Orbital Sciences Corp.'s Cygnus capsule was supposed to arrive Sunday, four days after its launch. But the rendezvous was aborted because of a discrepancy in navigation data between the two vessels. By Marcia Dunn. SENT: 310 words, photos.
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TEN COMMANDMENTS TOPPLED
WASHINGTON — A stone monument of the Ten Commandments that sits on a street behind the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington and was the subject of controversy in the past has been toppled by vandals. The 3-foot-by-3-foot granite monument weighs 850 pounds and sits out front of the headquarters of Faith and Action, a Christian outreach ministry. The group installed the tablets in a garden outside its offices in 2006, and the group's president said the tablets were angled so that justices arriving at the high court would see them. By Jessica Gresko. SENT: 600 words.
SPY MUSEUM-HISTORIC LIBRARY
WASHINGTON — The International Spy Museum, one of the most popular attractions in the nation's capital over the past decade, is considering a move to a historic library that would give it more space for exhibits and a link to the city's convention center. Museum officials told The Associated Press on Monday they will propose a redevelopment of Washington's historic Carnegie Library with the city's convention center authority, Events DC. The project would include new 40,000-square-foot underground space for exhibits and a new glass pavilion to house a District of Columbia visitors center, cafe and museum store. By Brett Zongker. SENT: 630 words, photos.
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BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech researchers are working with the state on a project aimed at reducing accidents on a fog-prone stretch of Interstate 77 in Carroll County. The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to install a variable speed limit system along the interstate between Fancy Gap and the North Carolina border. The system's signs can be quickly changed to drop the speed limit when visibility is reduced, The Roanoke Times reports. SENT: 470 words.
RICHMOND — Attendees of this year's State Fair of Virginia will see a greater emphasis on livestock and crops as organizers increase the event's focus on agriculture. New events include an educational display that teaches children how to raise crops and a guided tour of livestock competitions. Future Farmers of America and 4-H youth livestock competitions will return after a one-year absence. SENT: 320 words.
ASHBURN — With their defense giving up one big play after another, the Washington Redskins need Robert Griffin III and the offense to be extraordinary just to keep up. So far, RG3 has been average at best, and the Redskins are 0-3. By Joseph White. UPCOMING: 750 words by 6 p.m. EST, photos.
CHARLOTTESVILLE — As Virginia prepares to enter ACC play with its first road game at Pittsburgh, quarterback David Watford assesses his play so far and where he most wants to improve. By Hank Kurz Jr. UPCOMING: 500 words by 5 p.m. EST.