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2008-07-10 09:01:14

By Erin Roll, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jul. 10--WILLIAMSBURG -- The Williamsburg-James City County School Board is exploring another proposed change to the alternative education program. The change would establish a remedial program for eighth-graders who are having academic problems, and would accommodate 30 to 40 students. Anthony Mungin, director of the Academy of Life and Learning, the division's current alternative program, said at the School Board's meeting Tuesday night...

2008-07-10 09:00:55

By Jasmine Mckeiver, The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg, Va. Jul. 10--Back for its third season at Busch Gardens Europe in Williamsburg, Kinetix is a Cirque de Soleil-style show that is unique to the theme park. According to Bonnie Gililand, Busch Gardens' entertainment director, Kinetix is a "high-energy, athletic nighttime show set to contemporary music -- where acrobats, dramatic lighting and driving rock 'n' roll music come together to create a great night of entertainment."...

2008-05-23 09:00:56

By Zak Minor and Kathy Van Mullekom, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. May 23--WOMEN WITH A CAUSE -- an annual celebration of women who champion a cause to improve the Williamsburg area -- will announce May 30 its six honorees from a group of 22 finalists. This year's finalists are Kitty Beatty, Jeanne Black, Reba Bolden, Jan Michelle Brown, Ingrid Brown, Jane Medlin Burton, Carolyn Cloninger, Sally S. Craig, Margaret Cullivan, Ginny Dittman, Lindy Dunn, Mary Beth Gibson, Sarah Kadec,...

2008-02-23 03:00:13

By Carson, Cary Bowen, Joanne; Graham, Willie; McCartney, Martha; Walsh, Lorena CULTURE IS INDIVISIBLE FROM PLACE. SOME BELIEFS, CUSTOMS, AND practices can be transplanted from one location to another and come through more or less intact. Others are significantly altered by the alien conditions they encounter in their new surroundings. The fourhundredth anniversary of the founding of Jamestown has renewed scholars' interest in the transfer of cultures from the Old World and their reception...

2007-07-20 12:07:25

By Danielle Zielinski, Daily Press, Newport News, Va. Jul. 20--JAMES CITY -- A 5-year-old girl drowned in the James River near College Creek late Thursday morning while on a beach outing with her family. Hanna Davis, of Williamsburg, was found floating about 30 feet off shore by James City County police officers shortly after noon, James City Police Lt. Jeremy Barnett said. Police spokesman Mike Spearman said the girl's mother called police shortly after 11:30 a.m. to report her child...

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2005-11-11 07:20:00

JAMESTOWN, Va. -- Scientists' hopes that DNA testing would identify a nearly 400-year-old skeleton found at Jamestown have been dashed, but they remain confident that the remains are those of an unsung founder of North America's first English settlement. American and British scientists had hoped DNA they believe to be of Bartholomew Gosnold would match with that of a woman buried in England who they had thought was his sister. Tests, however, found the woman wasn't a blood relative of...

2005-06-17 06:21:07

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Archaeologists have successfully extracted DNA from skeleton remains under an English church that could prove a skeleton found near Jamestown belongs to one of its founders, the Church of England announced Thursday. British and American researchers began work Monday to remove a small part of Elizabeth Gosnold Tilney's skeleton from beneath the floor of All Saints Church in the English village of Shelley, 60 miles northeast of London. She is the sister of Capt....

2005-06-07 07:10:50

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- Virginia preservationists are nearing the end of a two-year quest to determine whether a skeleton discovered at the site of the Jamestown settlement is that of one its founders. William Kelso, who directed an archaeological dig early in 2003 in which the skeleton was found, leads a group leaving for England on Tuesday to assist in removal of DNA samples from the remains of a sister and niece of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold. "It's a chance to refocus the history of...

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2004-12-02 08:38:11

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- A skull fragment found in a 400-year-old trash pit at Jamestown contains evidence of the earliest known surgery - and autopsy - in the English colonies in America, researchers say. Circular cut marks indicate someone attempted to drill two holes in the skull to relieve pressure on the brain, the researchers said. The patient, a European man, died and was apparently autopsied. Archaeologists found the 4-inch-by-4 3/4-inch fragment this summer while digging in a bulwark...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'