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Attorney: Shop owner innocent

Carson Thomas Boita's attorney declared Thursday her client is an innocent man as police continued to investigate a complaint that someone placed a hidden camera in the unisex restroom of Boita's Happy Creek Coffee and Tea shop.
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Halloween will be wet and chilly

The National Weather Service is recommending that trick-or-treaters take their umbrellas with them on Friday.
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Digging up the past

STRASBURG -- Archaeologists and volunteers on Tuesday began digging into Strasburg's pottery past.
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Music with a message

WINCHESTER -- Music therapy class with Hakeem Leonard inspires billows of energy and sound from even small groups. But these lessons don't stop with song.
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Lucky dogs

Shaun Calver, of Front Royal, walks his dogs Austin, Bailey and Jasper along this stretch of the Eastham Park Trail on a beautiful fall afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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A frightful sight

Rick Dutrow of Stephens City leads a group of several dozen zombies across Commerce Avenue in Front Royal Friday evening during the 2nd Annual Zombie Parade sponsored by the Lucky Star Lounge in Front Royal. Participants paraded from Bing Crosby Stadium to the gazebo on East Main Street. Participants were asked to make a donation to either The Humane Society of Warren County, C-CAP, or Music and Memory. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Surviving the Holocaust

FRONT ROYAL-- When Maurertown resident Mark Strauss was 11 years old, German soldiers rolled into his town of Lvov, Poland, on tanks, motorcycles, bicycles and trucks, commencing a reign of terror and mass slaughter on the town's 100,000 Jews.
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Park project to make big steps

FRONT ROYAL - A massive, long-term park project in Warren County should reach some milestones in the next few months.
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Prime time to spruce up

Donnie Coffman of Woodstock puts a primer coat on the wooden columns of this home along Main Street in Woodstock after scraping off the old paint on a recent fall morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Warning signs

WINCHESTER -- Signs posted at entrances to area hospitals over the weekend direct visitors presenting with symptoms of Ebola not to enter the facilities.
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Surgeons treat wounds, amputate limbs at Cedar Creek

MIDDLETOWN -- Jagged bones jut out from a pile of amputated arms and legs. Stubs of flesh poke through a mound of rags. Bloody body parts sit, stuffed into wooden crates.
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A colorful day

Jim Stevenson, of Mount Jackson and an employee of the Virginia Museum of the Civil War, strolls along the Bushong Farm at New Market Battlefield Park on a fall morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Rain turns area roads treacherous

Heavy rains Wednesday morning contributed to several crashes that clogged traffic on area interstates and secondary roads.
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A happy ending for town family

STRASBURG -- On a recent afternoon, a smiling 8-month-old Christian Ammons gave no clue that only last week he was sedated on a breathing tube at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C., where doctors initially could not treat him.
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Crowds gather in Front Royal for Festival of Leaves

FRONT ROYAL - The 44th Annual Festival of Leaves drew thousands of people to downtown Front Royal on Saturday for music, food and crafts.
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Autumn's colors drawing tourists

Over the next month, visitors will flock to the valley to get a taste of what residents enjoy every year: the vibrant fall colors.
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Firefighter friends

Bryan Hepner of Mount Jackson carries his sons James, 3, left, and Lincoln, 9 months, as the group takes a tour of Edinburg's fire apparatus parked outside of the Edinburg Library on Tuesday morning. The program is part of the "Firefighter Friends" Preschool Story Times and Fire Prevention week at the library. The program will be held again this morning at 10:30 a.m. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Grape crop: low quantity, high quality

EDINBURG -- Two rows of grape vines stand next to each other at Wolf Gap Vineyard and Winery. One is overflowing with large bunches of grapes. The other looks like it is barely surviving.
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Autumn splendor

The mountains are dappled with specks of brilliant red and crisp yellows, and leaves are starting to blanket the ground. Fall has arrived, and tree experts say it is going to be a colorful year.
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Fall fishing expedition

Phil Harr, of Front Royal, paddles his canoe along the South Fork of the Shenandoah River in Front Royal on a recent autumn afternoon. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Lawmakers hear ideas for curbing heroin

Local law enforcement officials, prosecutors and others turned to state lawmakers Wednesday in urging legislative action to help stem the tide of heroin flowing into the area.
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Senate hopefuls stump at Hob Nob

MIDDLETOWN -- Barbecue dinners, political speeches and a straw poll formed the main attractions for slightly more than 400 people who attended the 15th annual Hob Nob in the Valley Friday at Lord Fairfax Community College.
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The Grand Feature Parade

Top: Members of the U.S. Army Old Guard Fife & Drum Corps march down Braddock Street in Winchester during the Apple Blossom Festival Grand Feature Parade on Saturday.
Above: Robert Griffin and Jackie Griffin II , parents of Redskins Quarterback Robert Griffin III, wave to the crowd during the parade. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
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Queen's Dinner

Top: David Gum, CEO of Henkel Harris Furniture in Winchester, unveils a jewelry box that he presented to Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival queen designate Alexandra "Ali" Astin, 17, during the Queen's Dinner held Thursday night at the Lee Jackson Best Western Banquet Room in Winchester. Above: Alexandra "Ali" Astin and her escort Hunter Thompson, 17, of Middletown, make their entrance at the Queen's Dinner under the sabers of Randolph Macon Academy cadets. Photos by Rich Cooley/Daily
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Va's biggest, costliest election in voters' hands

RICHMOND -- Virginia's biggest, most expensive political season with unprecedented attention from presidential candidates is drawing long lines of voters to polling places across the state, but concerns about the state's new voter ID law appeared overblown.
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Sandy leaves death, damp and darkness in wake

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -- Superstorm Sandy slammed into the New Jersey coastline with 80 mph winds Monday night and hurled an unprecedented 13-foot surge of seawater at New York City, threatening its subways and the electrical system that powers Wall Street. At least 10 U.S. deaths were blamed on the storm, which brought the presidential campaign to a halt a week before Election Day.
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*Two hurt in three-vehicle crash on John Marshall Highway

STRASBURG -- Two people were taken to hospitals -- one by helicopter -- following a three-vehicle crash on Va. 55 (John Marshall Highway) just north of Va. 633 (Red Bud Road) Thursday afternoon.
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* Photo: Wreck temporarily closes eastbound I-66 near Front Royal

The victim of the single-vehicle accident on eastbound Interstate-66, east of Front Royal, is loaded into a medical helicopter after the interstate was shut down Wednesday morning. Rich Cooley/Daily
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Crunch time for Christmas gifts

WINCHESTER -- That last-ditch effort to find the perfect gift at the perfect price is a holiday tradition with a few days left to celebrate.
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Two sides to snow

FRONT ROYAL -- Snow blanketed the Northern Shenandoah Valley Thursday, canceling school and causing several traffic crashes, including a pileup on Interstate 81 near Edinburg.
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The doctor is in: Devine brings diverse background to role with Lord Fairfax Health District

WINCHESTER -- A man of many interests has taken the helm of the Lord Fairfax Health District.

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