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2008-08-30 09:00:36

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot Portsmouth Ferry riders this week saw firsthand the unpleasant summer phenomenon known as a "crab jubilee." At the two ferry landings on the Portsmouth waterfront, blue crabs were fleeing from an oxygen-starved Elizabeth River, clinging to pilings and below docks in search of life-sustaining oxygen. Floating next to them were the not-so-lucky - dead fish, dozens of them, including adult striped bass, baby flounders, croakers and...

2008-08-22 09:00:30

By ERIC FEBER By Eric Feber The Virginian-Pilot indian river On Saturday area tweens and teens will rock their faith while helping feed Chesapeake's hungry. Led by church teen Alicia Ahlgrim, the Grace Lutheran Church's youth group is organizing its inaugural "Concert on the Lawn" Saturday evening to offer area youth an opportunity to sing praise in a contemporary manner along with Norfolk based Christian rock band GC Squared (Greatest Commandment, Greatest Commission). The...

2008-08-14 09:00:39

Good deal for Norfolk The news article reporting that Harvey Lindsay and Vince Mastracco had requested that the city of Norfolk purchase our building on Brooke Avenue (Hampton Roads, Aug. 7) was informative, but it left the real question unanswered: Why should the city purchase the Union Mission? The city will ultimately control what a buyer is allowed to do with our site. For example, if we had a buyer willing to pay us $10 million and the plan was to tear down the building, the city...

2008-08-13 21:00:25

By NANCY YOUNG By Nancy Young The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Bon Secours Hampton Roads may be willing to build a larger replacement for its DePaul Medical Center than the 64-bed hospital it has proposed. The Roman Catholic health system requested and received a 60-day postponement of a public hearing scheduled for next week on its proposals. The reason: It wants to "resize" DePaul and continue discussions with the city of Norfolk, which has advocated for a larger replacement hospital,...

2008-08-10 09:00:08

By HARRY MINIUM By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK A few years ago, the typical public recreation center in Norfolk was a cramped gym with a few meeting rooms that served only the immediate neighborhood. If you wanted to swim or use workout facilities or racquetball courts, you had to go to Virginia Beach. Now, thanks largely to a course set by City Manager Regina V.K. Williams and tens of millions of taxpayer dollars, recreation services in Norfolk are beginning to...

2008-08-07 12:00:18

By ELIZABETH SIMPSON By Elizabeth Simpson The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Chubby cheeks and dimpled arms may be dismissed as baby fat in a toddler, but a study of local children suggests pediatricians need to raise concern about weight for tots as young as 2. That's the age the new study tags as a "tipping point" when children who become overweight start putting on more pounds than others . Some begin outpacing peers even earlier. Doctors affiliated with Children's Hospital of The...

2008-08-07 03:00:32

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 7--A week before a key deadline expires, a New Jersey company is the sole bidder so far for purchasing two big trash plants in Portsmouth that have been run for two decades by SPSA, the regional waste authority. The Southeastern Public Service Authority has talked about selling off some of its public assets for more than a year, as a way of reforming itself into a leaner operation, but now that prospect is becoming increasingly...

2008-08-06 03:00:50

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--VIRGINIA BEACH -- To save money, the School Board on Tuesday approved the installation of low-flow urinals, a geothermal heating system and energy-efficient lights in a few pilot schools around the city. The projects, totaling about $4 million, are part of two energy performance contracts with companies that install the equipment and offer a money-back guarantee. If savings targets aren't met annually, the companies, AMERESCO and...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--VIRGINIA BEACH -- One Beach school will fail to make full accreditation this year, Superintendent Jim Merrill told the School Board on Tuesday evening. It is the first time in four years that any Virginia Beach public school won't be fully accredited, the state Department of Education's measure of school performance. Bettie F. Williams Elementary in Bayside missed the mark by falling below the required 70 percent pass rate on...

2008-08-06 03:00:47

By Bill Sizemore, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--Brittany Dixon starts classes this month at Tidewater Community College with a clear goal in mind: In two years, she'll earn an associate degree that will launch her on the way to a career as a nurse anesthetist. Statistically, she has about a 1-in-10 chance of reaching that goal. It's startling but true: Only 10.8 percent of full-time TCC students graduate from the two-year institution within three years. It's the...


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virgule
  • A punctuation mark (/) used to separate related items of information.
  • A little rod; a twig.
This word comes from the Late Latin 'virgula,' accentual mark, a diminutive of 'virga,' rod.
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