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Ad Campaign Latest Effort to take Smithfield Foods to Tasknew

Faith leaders, elected officials and Smithfield workers will gather in D.C. to unveil a series of advertisements decrying working conditions at the company's sprawling hog processing plant in North Carolina. The ads will soon begin appearing on the sides of buses and metro station walls across the D.C. metropolitan area.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  06-18-2008  |  Business & Labor

The Untold Story of the Michael Vick Scandalnew

Vick's journey to federal prison began on March 2, 1999, when he was 18 years old, when cops stopped a Ford Econoline van with Virginia plates and a dangling pinetree air freshener and found two kilos of cocaine and a half kilo of heroin. Michael Vick had no connection with this bust, nor with the three men in the van. Yet the stop would have everything to do with the fate of the young star.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Joe Jackson  |  06-18-2008  |  Animal Issues

Rep. Thelma Drake Sides with Big Oilnew

When the Renewable Energy and Energy Conservation Act, which would take away $18 billion in tax subsidies from the five biggest oil companies, recently passed in the House, the Virginia congresswoman sided with big oil and voted against it.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Ben Giles  |  03-05-2008  |  Politics

The Power Trio is Backnew

North Mississippi Allstars’ fifth studio album, Hernando refines their guitar-bass-drums combo to immediately remind you of Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Paul Shugrue  |  02-07-2008  |  Reviews

Arlo All Alonenew

With the presidential primary season in overdrive, I had to ask this icon of the flower power era for his take on the current campaign.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Jim Newsom  |  02-07-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Virginia's Pro-Choice Lobby Daynew

Members of the National Organization for Women, Planned Parenthood and the National Abortion Rights Action League gathered at the capital on Thursday to rally in support of legislation that would add FDA-approved methods of contraception to the state code governing sex education.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  02-07-2008  |  Sex

The Sunshine Boynew

Waldo David Landers Jaquith doesn’t consider himself a rabble-rouser, but he created a stir in political circles last year after he launched The website allows users to easily find and track legislation being proposed by Virginia's lawmakers.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  02-07-2008  |  Politics

The Romantic History of Doris Gwaltneynew

The Smithfield author hears voices from the grave. Literally. Or, more precisely, literarily.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Bill Ruehlmann  |  02-07-2008  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Toast with a Tripelnew

Tripels often appeal to people who "don’t like beer" as well as die-hard beer fans, because the style is complex and flavorful, and it doesn’t have the hops bitterness or bite that some people find off-putting.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Chris Jones and Diane Catanzaro  |  01-31-2008  |  Food+Drink

Perception is Everything in 'How to Look Good Naked'new

Patterned after a popular British program of the same name, the American version features blond and boyish Carson Kressley from Queer Eye for a Straight Guy, this time directing his gaze to women’s bodies.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Kathy Merlock Jackson  |  01-31-2008  |  TV

Playing off the Pagenew

On their most recent CD, A Love Supreme, the Turtle Island Quartet dropped the word "String" from the middle of their name.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Jim Newsom  |  01-31-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Better than William Shatnernew

"I was always writing songs," Jeff Daniels said when he called a couple of weeks ago, "god-awful bad songs. I kept them in a notebook."
Port Folio Weekly  |  Jim Newsom  |  01-31-2008  |  Profiles & Interviews

Blackwater Trial, Reduxnew

Steve Baggarly and the six other protestors arrested at Blackwater USA’s Moyock headquarters finally got what they had been denied after a judge abruptly closed the courtroom during their hearing in October: a public forum.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Vernal Coleman  |  01-31-2008  |  Civil Liberties

What a Difference a Year Has Made for Ethanolnew

Touted as the solution to global warming and dependency on foreign oil, ethanol was offered up as the fuel of the future by its own industry and numerous politicians. Now skeptics of the biofuel are more vocal now than ever. Their concerns: the corn-based fuel's impact on the economy, the environment, consumer issues and, of course, politics.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Jennifer O'Donnell  |  11-16-2007  |  Environment

Doug MacLeod: Call Him a Blues Mannew

MacLeod has a great blues voice, filled with the hardscrabble grit of the Mississippi delta.
Port Folio Weekly  |  Jim Newsom  |  10-31-2007  |  Profiles & Interviews

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