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McDonnell Vetoes Physical Education Legislation

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The legislation was an effort to curb childhood obesity and related health problems. But school boards and superintendent groups said the measure would require additional staff and facilities -- and would be too burdensome on many districts already facing budget pressure.

In a statement Thursday, McDonnell calls the measure an unfunded mandate that could cut into time for instruction in math, science, history and reading.

He says he agrees that exercise and physical activity are important. His wife -- first lady Maureen McDonnell -- has made exercise and preventive health care priorities. But the governor also argues that the problem of childhood obesity cannot be solved through legislation.

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Readers' Review: "The Good Lord Bird" By James McBride

For our next Readers' Review: National Book Award winner "The Good Lord Bird" by James McBride. The 2013 novel follows an enslaved boy who gets caught up in John Brown's abolitionist mission...and must disguise himself as a girl to survive.

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Busboys And Poets In Anacostia: Development Or Gentrification?

Local restaurant chain Busboys and Poets will soon open in Anacostia, which suffers from a dearth of dining and shopping options-- but some within the community are decrying the opening as gentrification.

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A Primary Challenge For A Top Arlington County Democrat

Could bipartisanship be the ouster of Arlington County's board chair?

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In Omaha, A Library With No Books Brings Technology To All

The privately funded, $7 million Do Space provides free access to computers, high-end software, 3-D printers, and laser cutters. It's a learning and play space, as well as an office for entrepreneurs.

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