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2009-07-25 15:36:36

Busch Gardens Williamsburg said Saturday the Virginia theme park's beloved Big Bad Wolf rollercoaster will close this year. Park general manager John Reilly said in a statement that after 25 years of operation, the Big Bad Wolf will scare and entertain riders of all ages for the last time on Sept. 7, The Virginian-Pilot reported. We realize the Big Bad Wolf is a guest favorite, Reilly said. We're making the announcement now so coaster fans can ride one last time before it closes after Labor...

2009-02-19 19:27:57

The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot plans to lay off 30 employees and suspend the print version of its free art and entertainment weekly, the newspaper said Thursday. In addition to terminating the printed version of Port Folio Weekly, effective following next week's edition, the newspaper said it will close Mix, described as a free multicultural monthly that began publication in 2007 and will cease with the March issue. Pilot President and Publisher Maurice Jones said the newspaper will continue...

2008-12-03 15:18:16

Landmark Media Enterprises LLC said it was taking its Norfolk, Va., newspaper The Virginian-Pilot off the market due to the weak economy. Landmark's Vice Chairman Richard Barry III, however, said the newspaper will be offered for sale when the economy improves, The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday. Most of the prospective buyers for the newspaper couldn't arrange credit to complete a deal, Barry said. One buyer came close. The party was very enthusiastic about buying The Virginian-Pilot...

2008-11-24 14:44:16

Norfolk, Va., daily newspaper the Virginia-Pilot said it was cutting its workforce by 10 percent following a decline in advertising revenues. In an effort to reduce costs, the newspaper's publisher, Maurice Jones, said it wouldshut down its free online newspaper, Link, which aims at 18 to 34-year-olds, jettison the paper's business section, except for Sundays, and reduce the size of its flagship newspaper by 8 percent, dropping around 40 pages a week, the newspaper reported. In an effort to...

2008-09-16 09:00:45

By KATHY ADAMS By Kathy Adams | The Virginian-Pilot If you didn't buy that gas for $3.69 Monday, you might be kicking yourself when you pass the pump this morning. Gas prices spiked 20 cents from Friday to Monday and might continue to rise throughout the week as Gulf Coast oil refineries assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ike and work to resume operations, local oil executives said Monday. Supply is at the root of the rising prices. "Supplies are tight," said Jeff Miller,...

2008-09-07 21:00:11

By CATHERINE KOZAK, JEFF HAMPTON, KRISTIN DAVIS AND LAUREN KING By Catherine Kozak, Jeff Hampton, Kristin Davis and Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot Tropical Storm Hanna paid a quick visit to the Outer Banks and checked out before noon Saturday, leaving a stiff breeze and rough surf behind. With the storm's center carving through inland counties, the worst weather delivered to the coast was a blast of heavy rain during the morning. It cleared out within about 30 minutes. Later in...

2008-08-14 09:01:03

By AARON APPLEGATE By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot Virginia Beach A trio of Republican leaders touted Sen. John McCain's energy plan Wednesday , the latest local effort to gain political traction by talking about high energy prices. George Allen, a former governor and U.S. senator, U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake and state Sen. Frank Wagner praised the likely Republican presidential nominee's support for offshore drilling, increased nuclear and coal power, and incentives to develop...

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...