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2008-06-28 00:02:33

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--The first significant jump in the region's electricity bills in more than a decade will kick in Tuesday, now that state regulators have approved Dominion Virginia Power's fuel rate increase. The State Corporation Commission gave Dominion the go-ahead Friday to raise its fuel rate to 3.893 cents per kilowatt-hour, up from 2.232 cents. For residential customers using 1,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month, bills will...

2008-06-27 15:02:33

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--CHINCOTEAGUE -- They carried commuters across New York City for 40 years, but in less than two hours Thursday, 44 subway cars from the Big Apple were sunk off the Virginia coast, becoming part of a large artificial fishing reef. About six miles off Chincoteague on the Eastern Shore, a specially rigged crane dropped the 16-ton cars, one by one, off a barge and into about 65 feet of water. The impact each time created a loud smack...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--HOLLYWOOD -- Even if Romeo turns into Rambo, he still gets kissed by Angelina Jolie. Ask the Scottish lad James McAvoy. He's been that route -- both kisses and bruises. Even though he still lives in a tiny flat in London and drives the same Nissan he's had for 10 years, Hollywood is heralding him as its new promising star on not one, but two fronts. Already entrenched with the "serious" movie fans for his roles in the...

2008-06-27 12:02:44

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 27--THE FIRST THING we see is a panorama of stars -- tiny pinpoints of light that suggest infinity, points of wonder even in a world in which so much has been explained. A bigger surprise is what we hear: Broadway star Michael Crawford ("The Phantom of the Opera") singing about how there is hope "out there." The song is "Put on Your Sunday Clothes" from the 1969 movie version of the Broadway musical "Hello, Dolly!" Who would have...

2008-06-26 12:03:13

By Dale Eisman, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 26--WASHINGTON -- With gasoline prices pushing toward $4.25 a gallon throughout much of the country, an uneasy Congress prepared for a summer holiday on Wednesday with no sign that Democrats and Republicans are anywhere near a consensus on what they can do about the problem. In hastily convened hearings and a string of news conferences on Capitol Hill, the two parties traded barbs over what or who is responsible for energy price...

2008-06-26 12:02:54

By Debbie Messina, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 26--NORFOLK -- Difficult financial times in the airline industry, due in large part to skyrocketing fuel costs, appear to be trickling down to Norfolk International Airport. Starting July 9, US Airways, the airport's second-largest carrier, will no longer offer skycap services at curbside check-in or at baggage claim, as a cost-cutting measure. In addition, the airport was named Wednesday to the Business Travel Coalition's list...

2008-06-25 18:02:37

A Virginia Beach, Va., recording studio, where songs for Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson and Heavy D were produced, has burned down, fire officials said. The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot reported producer Teddy Riley's abandoned Future Records Recording Studios burned down Tuesday morning. Riley has had financial and legal problems in recent years, owing about $1 million earlier this year. He also had defaulted on a loan against the studio. Lawyers agreed in February to seek a buyer for the...

2008-06-25 12:03:06

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 25--RICHMOND -- For a range of Dominion Virginia Power customers, an 18 percent boost in electricity bills would be a heavy burden amid today's other economic pressures. But the company's requested rate increase covers only a fraction of the total amount it says it has spent and expects to spend on the fuel needed to run power plants. Even paying an additional 18 percent, consumers could face more pain down the road if energy...

2008-06-24 09:02:54

By Malcolm Venable, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 24--BY MALCOLM VENABLE -- The Virginian-Pilot THE BOYS IN THE BAND Wava do not want it to be known as a cute boy band, but there are many factors working against them. Good looks worthy of tween magazine posters? Yes. Precocious charm? Check. Distinct personalities as marketable as the heroes of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Check, check check check and check. Jackson Breit, 17-year-old lead singer/guitarist, is...

2008-06-24 02:29:22

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 23--Want to see a fitness instructor cry? Say these two phrases next to each other: Hours of summer freedom. New computer video game! But all is not lost over at the Paull household in Virginia Beach. It's the first Monday of summer vacation, and 5-year-old Tiernan Paull is running after a yellow dog in the living room. Lush green trees flash by, waterfalls flow in the background, and bouncy music makes this...