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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) A Senate committee has killed a bill to track school spending by category. The Senate Education and Health Committee voted to kill Delegate Manoli Loupassi's bill even after he removed a provision to require that 65 percent of all public money be dedicated to classroom instruction.

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Legislators have amended a bill that some said was unconstitutional and threatened a program to hold sexual predators for treatment after they are released from prison. The Senate had passed a bill pushed by the Attorney General's office to allow sexual predators awaiting annual civil commitment reviews to be held with jail inmates.

MADISON, Va. (AP) Attorneys for a man charged with killing three family members in Madison County are seeking a gag order in the case. Twenty-three-year-old Rashad Matthew Riddick's lawyers requested a gag order today during a hearing .

GAINESVILLE, Va. (AP) A Virginia trekker's dream has become a reality in Nepal. The mountainous nation has made it possible to hike from one end of the country to the other on the 1,000 or so miles of the enticing but intimidating-sounding Great Himalaya Trail. Sean Burch finished the whole thing in 49 days.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

This post was updated at 5:20 p.m., Feb. 17, 2011.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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