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Virginia's Attorney General Race Could Be Closest In Commonwealth History

As of Tuesday morning, Mark Herring, the Democratic contender for Virginia attorney general, leads Republican state Senator Mark Obenshain by only 117 votes. That's a slight change from Monday, when Obenshain was ahead — by a mere 17 votes.

By Tuesday afternoon election boards across Virginia have to turn in their final tallies, ahead of a possible recount of the votes. But regardless of who emerges victorious, the race for the commonwealth's top law enforcement official could well end up being the closest in modern history.

The last race to be this tight wasn't long ago — and it was for the same office. In 2005 now-governor Bob McDonnell defeated Democratic hopeful Creigh Deeds in the attorney general contest by a mere 323 votes of the 1.94 million cast, a difference of .01 percent. It took state officials six weeks to recount the votes and certify the hotly contested election.

The McDonnell/Deeds election could remain at the top of the list, though, depending on how the counting of provisional ballots in Fairfax County proceeds today.

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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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