News in Brief: Feb. 6

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February 5, 2009

11:58 PM

*Mims ’79 to be state’s top lawyer*

Bill Mims ’79 has been recommended by Attorney General Bob McDonnell to be McDonnell’s replacement in Richmond. McDonnell announced Feb. 3 that he was resigning from his position in order to run for governor. Mims has served as McDonnell’s chief deputy for the past three years.

Mims majored in history at the College of William and Mary, where he also served as president of the student body.

*University Relations launches Twitter*

The College of William and Mary’s Office of University Relations recently launched a Twitter feed, available at www.twitter.com/WMNews.

Twitter is a social-networking site on which members can post short entries of 140 characters or less, known as “tweets.” University Relations will publish stories written by its staff, along with headlines from selected external news stories that feature the College. The feed will also give followers the occasional news scoop on upcoming events or announcements and provide tweets on items such as expected television media coverage or upcoming national exposure.

*CW tourism down in 2008*

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation says paid admission to the historic area decreased 9 percent last year, according to the Daily Press. It sold 707,000 tickets in 2008, down from 780,000 tickets the year before. Entrance to the area is free, but admission tickets are needed for access to certain buildings.

The Foundation says it estimates nearly 1.3 million visited the area last year, compared to 1.5 million the year before. However, donations exceeded $42 million in 2008, a 2 percent increase from 2007 and the highest in years. Donations include both cash and artifacts.

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