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2008-06-24 00:01:19

By Linda McNatt, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 21--PAINTER -- Mike Mahovic, a research associate at Virginia Tech's Eastern Shore Agricultural Research and Educational Center in the tiny town off of U.S. 13, is busy now -- testing water and patting the nervous hands of tomato producers. Virginia is fourth in tomato production nationwide. About 90 percent of the state's tomatoes come from 5,000 fertile acres on a peninsula that dips into the Chesapeake Bay. After a...

2008-06-22 12:00:16

By Meghan Hoyer, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 22--PORTSMOUTH -- Upset citizens pointed to pictures of their neighbors' sagging porch roofs, shattered windows and yards filled with debris. Portsmouth needed to beef up its code enforcement, they demanded. The City Council agreed. Four more code inspectors were hired after that meeting in 2005 to catch problems ranging from peeling paint to tall grass. Later, a vacant housing registry was started. Residents crowed that the...

2008-06-22 12:00:16

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 22--ST. PAUL By any standard, it is the biggest environmental controversy in Virginia today -- a $1.8 billion power plant, proposed by the state's largest electric company, in the heart of coal country here in mountainous southwest Virginia. The debate, while centered far from Hampton Roads, touches many core issues affecting all Virginians, including global warming, fossil fuels, air quality, mercury contamination, economic...

2008-06-21 15:00:15

By Jen McCaffery, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 21--PORTSMOUTH -- Some homeowners in the city's largest new residential community weren't happy to learn that the neighborhood's developer now wants to build apartments instead of condos on the site. "They're making decisions and we're oblivious to all of them," said Denise Key, president of the New Port Civic League. A representative for Virginia Beach developers L.M. Sandler & Sons wrote in an e-mail that the developers...

2008-06-20 12:00:32

By Gregory Richards, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 20--Norfolk Southern Corp. expects its coal exports to increase more than 50 percent this year over 2007, said Wick Moorman, the Norfolk-based railroad's chairman and chief executive, on Thursday. The bulk of those exports, 20 million tons, is projected to move via its Lamberts Point Coal Terminal in Norfolk's West Ghent neighborhood. Another five million tons probably will ship through the port of Baltimore, said Moorman,...

2008-06-20 12:00:26

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 20--AUSTIN POWERS fans may well march on the theaters showing "The Love Guru." The hope that was fostered by Mike Myers' first original character since the raunchy spy is dashed a few moments into this slapdash, infantile and oh-so-baaad outing. Myers has the gift of unbridled, childish exuberance that makes you like him even when he's pummeling you with genital references. The problem here is even the most energetic delivery can't...

2008-06-19 15:00:33

By Dale Eisman and Warren Fiske, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 19--RICHMOND -- Democrat Mark Warner said Wednesday that potential oil and natural gas deposits off the Virginia coast should be open for exploration, but not necessarily for production. Republican Jim Gilmore argued that offshore energy must be exploited to reduce U.S. dependence on foreign producers. "Drill here. Drill now. Pay less," he declared. The arms-length exchange between the two former governors and...

2008-06-19 12:00:33

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 19--A Duke University law clinic will conduct an environmental study at no charge of the Gates County, N.C., site where the Navy is looking at the possibility of building a jet practice airfield. The Navy is conducting its own environmental impact study over the next year that will include the Gates County Sandbanks site, but local opponents want to make sure its conclusions are in the best interest of Gates County, said Laura...

2008-06-19 09:00:28

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 19--A Duke University law clinic will conduct an environmental study at no charge of the Gates County site where the Navy is looking at the possibility of building a jet practice airfield. The Navy is conducting its own environmental impact study over the next year that will include the Gates County Sandbanks site, but local opponents want to make sure its conclusions are in the best interest of Gates County, said Laura Dickerson,...

2008-06-17 09:00:31

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 17--GLEN ALLEN -- Eighty-five percent of Virginia's waterways are polluted, according to a report released Monday by the state Department of Environmental Quality. Described as the most comprehensive assessment of state waters to date, the report found that 10,600 miles of rivers and streams, 94,000 acres of lakes and reservoirs and 2,200 square miles of estuaries, including much of the Chesapeake Bay, are tainted by at least one...


Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.