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2008-09-15 09:00:43

CHESAPEAKE SCHOOL officials are wisely reconsidering how soon an eighth high school should be built. Though many of the secondary schools are overcrowded, enrollment trends indicate the situation should ease in coming years. A high school population bubble is contracting. The school division already owns the land on Elbow Road for the school. When the site is needed, the division should proceed with construction. Officials and the School Board, however, should be in no hurry because of...

2008-09-14 18:00:12

A scientist says reports of so-called whale poop along Chesapeake Bay in Virginia were actually potato sponges washing ashore. Ken Moore, a professor at Virginia Institute of Marine Science, said the specimens of the little-known aquatic species may have been dislodged from their watery homes when Tropical Storm Hanna swept through the area Sept. 6, the Newport News (Va.) Daily Press said Saturday. The water-filtering species, which look like emphysematic lungs, are typically are attached...

2008-09-10 09:00:24

By MIKE SAEWITZ By Mike Saewitz The Virginian-Pilot CHESAPEAKE The YMCA of South Hampton Roads wants to invest $3 million to build a summer camp in Northwest River Park. The camp is one of three that the YMCA would like to open by 2010. The other sites are on the Virginia Wesleyan College campus and Camp E.W. Young, which is in Chesapeake but owned by the city of Norfolk. The Chesapeake City Council was briefed about the Northwest River Park plans Tuesday. "Everybody's going to...

2008-09-07 21:00:11

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES By Deirdre Fernandes The Virginian-Pilot Virginia beach What will Virginia Beach look like as it enters middle age? The city's planners, elected officials and residents will try to answer that question in the coming months as they revisit and revise Virginia Beach's plan for growth and development. The comprehensive plan they develop will determine which land should be preserved, where single family homes and businesses should go, and whether roads and...

2008-09-04 09:00:22

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot gloucester point Scientists, watermen and environmentalists urged passage Wednesday of a bill from U.S. Rep. Rob Wittman, a Virginia Republican, intended to more closely monitor the spending and priorities of the Chesapeake Bay cleanup. The bill, expected to be considered when Congress reconvenes later this month, would require the Office of Management and Budget to determine how much federal money is being spent on the cleanup...

2008-09-01 09:00:15

By MIKE SAEWITZ Chesapeake Emil Viola used to think wetlands were nothing but trouble . Swamps, bogs and wet fields spread over the region have cost him money and given him headaches. They also have proven lucrative for Viola, the developer who has emerged as the region's leader in a little-known industry that sprang out of environmental protection laws: wetlands restoration. Viola and his partners have invested millions to buy more than 5,000 acres of farmland and forest in South...

2008-08-30 09:00:36

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES By Deirdre Fernandes The Virginian-Pilot Virginia beach The City Council and the state are at a standoff over whether swimming pools need to be treated like driveways, patios and sheds in order to protect the Chesapeake Bay. The City Council this week unanimously stood behind its policy and will not consider pools a hard surface. The action puts the city at odds with the Chesapeake Bay Preservation Act and could leave it open to a state lawsuit. The issue...

2008-08-25 09:01:57

tuesday Business Hurricane Preparedness Workshop, for area food service industry. 9:30 a.m. Virginia Beach Central Library, 4100 Virginia Beach Blvd., Virginia Beach. (757) 518-2646. Nonprofit Boot Camp Webinar, two- hour course on starting a nonprofit. Noon. $89. (757) 481-8009. Register at www.nonprofitboot.com. wednesday Hampton Roads Chamber of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center present "Five Minute Networking." 3 p.m. At the chamber's Norfolk Division office, 420...

2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--CHESAPEAKE -- Police accused a Portsmouth man Tuesday of running an illegal scrap metal business out of two side-by-side storage units big enough to hold a couple of cars. Copper, aluminum siding, steel and other metal packed the space, where people received cash in exchange for the commodities since mid-July, police said. The business employed six people, police said. Authorities said they shut it down and charged 31-year-old...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By John Hopkins, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--Leo Lestino took a closer look at the ground Monday as he sat at a picnic table at City View Park in Virginia Beach. There are posted signs warning about fire ants, but Lestino hadn't noticed them until Monday. Then the 25-year-old Regent University student thought about the teeming playgrounds nearby. "There are a lot of kids out here playing around," he said. "Everybody brings their kids here. I think they're oblivious to the...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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