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Fred LangAs a boy, Dr. Fred Lang grew up in Vallejo, Calif., next to the Mare Island Naval Shipyard where they built submarines. The submarines fascinated him as did the many wartime stories their commanders told. The stories he heard and his interest in politics were shaped by his early experiences and influenced his career choices later in life; from getting his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of California at Santa Barbara to a master’s degree in public administration to his Ph.D. from the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco.

Lang became a professor for the University of Phoenix in its online doctorate program in the ‘90s. He had difficulty transitioning from the brick and mortar classroom to a virtual one, he said. His doctoral dissertation focused upon distance learning and how to teach in a virtual classroom. Today he teaches leadership seminars online for Bellevue University.

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The special election set for Jan. 10 could determine the balance of power in the Virginia Senate.

Competing for the 22nd District seat are Democrat Ryant Washington, Independent Joe Hines and Republican Mark Peake.

If Washington wins, the Senate will be evenly divided among Democrats and Republicans. The tiebreaking vote falls to the lieutenant governor, an office currently held by Democrat Ralph Northam.

A vacancy in the state Senate was created when former Senator Tom Garrett (R-Buckingham) won the race for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Nov. 8.

Garrett was elected to the seat in 2012, continuing a long list of Republicans who have held the seat since 1992. The last Democrat to hold the seat was Dudley J. “Buzz” Emick from 1976 to 1992.

The district covers a wide swath of Central Virginia, including Amherst, Appomattox, Buckingham, Cumberland, Fluvanna, Goochland and Prince Edward Counties, parts of Louisa County, and the City of Lynchburg.

The Fluvanna Review sent questions to all three candidates. Their responses have been lightly edited for spelling and newspaper style, such as capitalization, but otherwise left alone.

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About 50 people drove through a dark, rainy Tuesday morning (Jan. 3) to hear the three Virginia Senate candidates address the issues facing the 22nd District.
Independent Joe Hines, Republican Mark Peake and Democrat Ryant Washington took turns explaining their platforms in a breakfast forum put on by the Fluvanna Chamber of Commerce at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church.
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Rhon Williams, Frost BitesIn two weeks, local business owner Rhon Williams will either pack up the contents of Frost Bites, Fluvanna’s frozen yogurt shop, or sport a pair of swim trunks and sit in a pool of frozen yogurt so hometown heroes can turn him into a human sundae.

Williams says he will wear his “sundae best” if he can raise $50,000 through an independent fundraiser set up to spare Frost Bites from having to close. “I see this as the opportunity to say, ‘Yes, we appreciate businesses that are in our community and we are going to step in and do what it takes to keep them,’” he said.

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Henna body art. For hundreds of years, face painting has been used across cultures, from the Picts of Scotland to the Lakota Tribes of North America, the Zulu in Africa, the Maori in New Zealand, and the Aborigines in Australia, India and other areas of Asia and South America. Wherever early peoples formed tribal groups, they would adorn themselves with symbols or color, communicating to others their religious and spiritual beliefs.

Face painting has evolved over the centuries from being largely symbolic with special meanings to being used as camouflage by the military or as theatrical makeup. The opera was the first theatrical venue for face painting to enhance the character. Later clowns became a specialty in the circus. Nowadays women will not leave the house without putting on “their face.”

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