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Opponents Of Virginia Abortion Clinic Regulations Deliver Comments

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Abortion-rights supporters have delivered more than 3,600 public comments opposing Virginia's new abortion clinic regulations to the Virginia Board of Health.

The General Assembly mandated the regulations, which would require all Virginia abortion clinics to meet the same strict building standards as newly constructed hospitals. Those standards cover things like doorway widths and room sizes.They had previously been regulated as outpatient clinics, such as oral or cosmetic surgery centers.

Opponents say the regulations would require expensive renovations that would put most of the state's 20 existing abortion clinics out of business.

Activists carried the comments to the state health department's headquarters in Richmond. The board is scheduled to take a final vote on the regulations April 12.

The Board of Health has already given preliminary approval to the regulations, which took effect on an emergency basis on Jan. 1, 2012.

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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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