The Virginia State Senate passed a bill yesterday that would ban smoking in bars, restaurants, theaters, and other indoor public places. Unfortunately the bill's prospects look bleak in the House, which recently passed a bill that would actually allow more smoking in bars and restaurants by eliminating the requirement for a nonsmoking section. You can read more in the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Ordinarily I would point you to the Washington Post, but the Post felt the smoking ban's passage only warranted two sentences on page B08. The shocking story that Marion Barry apparently enjoys drugs and is frequently in trouble with the law got 20 paragraphs on the front page of the Metro section. Should they just end the charade and call themselves the DC Post?