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Palmieri: The coming transportation revolution

Virginia Beach has been debating the benefits and disadvantages of extending The Tide, Norfolk's light rail line, to Town Center. What no one seems to realize, especially our political leaders and transportation planners, is that we are about to experience a disruptive revolution in automotive technology. By 2022 we will see on the market fully autonomous vehicles.

Jones: When public records aren't really public

As North Carolina's General Assembly concludes its business for the year, it is time to take stock of changes made to the state's sunshine laws. So far lawmakers have approved, and Gov. Pat McCrory has signed, seven new exemptions to the Public Records Law. Three more lurk in the recently finalized budget bill.

Rothrock: Celebrate - and hire for - abilities, not disabilities

As the nation celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, people with disabilities continue to be identified by their disability, not their talents. The goal for October, Disability Employment Awareness Month, is to change that.

Bloomberg: As a matter of health, U.N. should push for higher taxes on tobacco

For the first time, the global sustainable-development goals being negotiated at the United Nations treat tobacco use - and the chronic diseases it causes - as a development issue. It's long overdue.

Sebastian: Civil rights movements and violence

Black Lives Matter protests have produced one spectacle after another. Peaceful demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., were followed by riots in which police and activists clashed.

Sebastian: Civil rights movements and violence

Black Lives Matter protests have produced one spectacle after another. Peaceful demonstrations in Baltimore and Ferguson, Mo., were followed by riots in which police and activists clashed.

Will: Are aircraft carriers worth the cost?

THE NAVY'S operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation's nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. Although the next president may be elected without addressing the Navy's proper size and configuration, for four years he or she will be acutely aware of where the carriers are.

Rubin: Will Ed Gillespie rescue the Virginia GOP?

The past few years have been dismal for Virginia Republicans. Both of Virginia’s U.S. senators are Democrats. Its governor is a Democrat. The last GOP governor, Bob McDonnell, went from rising star and potential presidential aspirant to disgraced felon.

Carlson: After Trump vs. Fiorina, get ready for Trump vs. Rubio

Apparently, Americans like duopolies in politics, and we may have a new one this week. Gone is Scott Walker vs. Donald Trump. The real estate mogul pounded away at the Wisconsin governor’s record on jobs and revenue and away he went.

Champion: Why Putin wants the West to ignore Ukraine

Mikheil Saakashvili tends to be easily dismissed. The former Georgian president’s impulsiveness and habit of exaggeration have always made him controversial, and when he let himself be lured into firing the first shot in a war with Russia in 2008, his reputation seemed unlikely to recover.

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