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In the region: Virginia Tech to host Radford in men's basketball

One Radford High School graduate will coach against another when the Virginia Tech men’s basketball team hosts Radford University on Nov. 15. The game has yet to be announced, but the contract for the game was obtained from Tech by The Roanoke Times. Tech will pay Radford $60,000 for the game.
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State briefs for Sunday, July 25

NORFOLK — A newspaper’s analysis of state data shows that across Virginia, Black drivers are the only racial or ethnic group stopped by police at a higher rate than their share of the population. Black drivers in Hampton Roads and across Virginia were also more likely to be stopped and...
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Editorial Week's end wrap up

We pay tribute to our dear friend and fellow journalist from Roanoke, Forrest “Frosty” Landon, who died Monday at age 87. Mr. Landon’s impressive 40-year career spanned radio, television and newspapers. He was the highly respected executive editor of The Roanoke Times, then known as the Roanoke Times & World-News when he assumed the position in 1982. Even after he retired in 1995, he remained active in journalism. He co-founded the Virginia Coalition for Open Government and served as its first director. The group, founded in 1996, works to make citizens aware of government transparency and laws on open records, as well as strengthen the Freedom of Information Act. Along with the late Chip Woodrum, a longtime member of the House of Delegates from Roanoke, Mr. Landon pushed the General Assembly to create the Freedom of Information Advisory Council in 2000 to oversee the application of the state’s laws on open records and meetings. Gracious, kind and bestowed with a keen intellect, Mr. Landon left an indelible imprint on Virginia journalism. As his daughter, Tracy, told The Roanoke Times, “He was a significant mentor and father to others, and not just his family.” We extend our deepest sympathies to his family.
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Editorial: Advocate for transparency

Transparency should be a hallmark of American government, from the halls of the largest federal agencies to the cramped board rooms of town meeting halls. It is obvious, however, that government will not open itself to scrutiny without pressure to do so. The need to mandate openness is why there are Freedom of Information acts on the federal and state levels. It’s why Virginia has a Freedom of ...
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MVP: The whole story

I have read with interest the various community opinions about the Mountain Valley Pipeline. As a former electric and gas utility executive, I am very familiar with the challenges involved in creating the energy facilities we need at a reasonable cost and with the least possible disruption to our environment.
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Virginia plaza that once honored Robert E. Lee to be renamed

ROANOKE, Va. — A city council in Virginia has decided to rename a plaza where a marker recognizing Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee was toppled last summer. The Roanoke Times reports the west end of Lee Plaza in Roanoke will honor Henrietta Lacks. The Roanoke native died in 1951 and is the source of the first immortal human cell line.
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Cop Rioter Drags Son Into Attempt to Justify Huge Weapons Stash

Thomas Robertson, the former Rocky Mount, Virginia, cop accused of taking part in the Capitol riot, was back in court Wednesday, arguing that he shouldn’t lose his bond after police found a huge stash of guns and explosives at his home in June. Prosecutors found multiple guns, a pipe bomb, a grenade, and gun silencers despite a judge banning Robertson from owning weapons while out on bond. Robertson’s son, Hunter, said he owned one of the guns, but prosecutors said that was inconsistent with his FBI testimony.
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Forrest Landon, Described as ‘Born Newsman,’ Dies at Age 87

Forrest “Frosty” Landon, longtime editor of The Roanoke Times & World-News who was described as a “born newsman” in a career that spanned 40 years, died Monday. He was 87. Word of Landon’s death came from Beth Macy, Landon’s niece-in-law and former Roanoke Times reporter, The Roanoke Times reported. No...
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Hokies coach Justin Fuente on former Cox High star’s arrest on murder charge: ‘Worst day of over 20 years of coaching.’

Virginia Tech football coach Justin Fuente called the news of Isi Etute’s arrest on a second-degree murder charge his “worst day of over 20 years of coaching” in an interview this week with the Roanoke Times. The comments were Fuente’s first in public about Etute, a former star player for Cox High in Virginia Beach. Etute was preparing for his first season with Virginia Tech when he was ...