Here are a few Virginia news headlines, meteorological and political and otherwise, for Monday, August 29.
*Power slowly being restored to 569,000 in Va.
*Gov. McDonnell advises post-storm caution, patience
*Did Irene’s 10-15 inches of rain put out Dismal Swamp fire? Nope
*Virginia reopens some transport links shut for storm
*Most in Hampton Roads exhale in relief after storm
*Cleanup begins after destructive weekend
*Pro-choice advocates say Va. rules politically motivated (which they obviously are; does anyone seriously think this is about health and safety? – yeah right!)
*Loudoun County schools’ early start highlights debate over Virginia law
*Gay at U.Va.: Part 1
*Beach can do better for its homeless than ‘tent city’
*Uranium company refutes Virginia Beach study
*Storm closings, cancellations in Hampton Roads
UPDATE: Also check out Republicans Against Science by Paul Krugman, as this applies to Virginia as well as any other state (Ken Kookinelli is one of America’s top Republicans Against Science). According to Krugman (and he is absolutely correct about this), “the odds are that one of these years the world’s greatest nation will find itself ruled by a party that is aggressively anti-science, indeed anti-knowledge. And, in a time of severe challenges – environmental, economic, and more – that’s a terrifying prospect.”
UPDATE #2: In all the hurricane news, I forgot to mention this item, that the Obama Administration-led CIA scored another major coup against Al Qaeda, taking out its second in command, Atiyah Abd al-Rahman. Not that you’ll see this on Faux “News” or hear it on Rush or whatever, but it’s still a big victory, yet ANOTHER for the Obama Administration on the national security front (Osama bin Laden: dead; Mu’ammar Qaddafi: out of power; Al Qaeda: decimated).