The Great Virginia Grape Heist

Tuesday, September 11, 2018, was supposed to be harvest day for David Dunkenberger, a co-owner of Firefly Hill Vineyards, in Elliston, Virginia. He got to the fields early, eager to get this year’s grapes picked before the backwash of Hurricane Florence rolled in. As he scanned the vines, though, he began to feel queasy. His […]

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The Brexit crisis, explained

Britain and the European Union have a Brexit deal. Sort of. As you surely know, back in June 2016, the British populace shocked the world by narrowly voting to leave the European Union. This was seen as potentially catastrophic for England’s economy, as leaving the EU would drastically curtail the free movement of people, goods, […]

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Vancouver-based PacNet fights legal action to confiscate $15.5 million in properties, bank accounts

A Vancouver-based company accused of being a payment processor for hundreds of millions in worldwide direct mailing scams is fighting to have a B.C. civil forfeiture lawsuit sealed from public view. The application by PacNet Services Ltd. is among several applications, including on document disclosure, that will be decided by B.C. Supreme Court Justice Shelley […]

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Trump’s Trade Warrior

“No one’s more careful about what they buy,” Peter Navarro told me recently. The director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy was explaining that he reads labels closely and avoids products made in China. “People need to be mindful of the high cost of low prices,” he said. In Navarro’s telling, those cheap […]

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