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2008-06-16 18:00:16

By Dave Forster and Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 16--SUFFOLK -- Smoke from wildfires in the Great Dismal Swamp and from North Carolina again are spreading smoke throughout Hampton Roads and northeastern North Carolina today. By 11 a.m., smoke had started to drift into Norfolk. Police dispatchers in Portsmouth reported a heavy smell of smoke in their building. A haze also was in the air outside Police Headquarters in Virginia Beach, dispatchers there said. The...

2008-06-16 09:00:34

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 16--The North Carolina wildfire, confined largely to Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, did not grow Sunday, but smoke was expected to cause problems throughout the northeastern part of North Carolina on this morning. Another fire, in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, could send smoke across South Hampton Roads on Monday morning, said Mike Montefusco, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Wakefield....

2008-06-16 09:00:28

By Dale Eisman, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 16--WASHINGTON -- The end of the long struggle for the Democratic presidential nomination has left activists, provocateurs, talking heads, gossipmongers, and even the much-maligned mainstream media with time and space to fill until the fall campaign. And a good chunk of them are filling it with Jim Webb. From the Drudge Report to the Huffington Post, Newsmax to The New Republic, there is speculation about Virginia's junior senator...

2008-06-14 09:00:25

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 14--With a mischievous nod toward the slyer nature of Alfred Hitchcock, "Married Life" is, on one level, about two men obsessed with one woman. On another, it's about killing someone with kindness. And on still another, it's about the mysteries of marital bonds -- and how they are sometimes phony. While touching all these bases, it is a near-miss that is somewhat sunk by its ultra-slow pace and weak payoff. In the meantime, it...

2007-10-26 09:00:25

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Oct. 26--RICHMOND Lake Anna is the hottest lake in Virginia, and no wonder: More than 2 billion gallons of warm wastewater are pumped into its depths each day from the North Anna nuclear power plant. On most summer days, temperatures in this central Virginia landmark routinely eclipse 90 degrees. And in areas closest to the nuclear plant's discharge canal, water reaching 100 degrees is not unusual. Scientists recently confirmed...

2007-06-11 09:00:13

By Catherine Kozak, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jun. 11--A DNA testing company and a genealogy enthusiast say they're trying to achieve what archaeologists have so far failed to do: find out what happened to the Lost Colony, the 1587 settlement on Roanoke Island that disappeared without a wisp of evidence. "The Lost Colony story is the biggest unsolved mystery in the history of America," said Roberta Estes, owner of DNA Explain, a private DNA analysis company based in Brighton,...

2007-05-07 21:00:17

By Jen Mccaffery, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. May 7--NORFOLK -- A Portsmouth sheriff's deputy who sued former sheriff Gary W. Waters for sexual harassment reached a confidential agreement with him today. "I'm just so glad it's over," said Kerrie Briggs, who still works as a deputy. "It's been a long two years." Waters, who is also facing misdemeanor charges in Portsmouth Circuit Court, said he was relieved the parties reached an agreement. "It feels good, and I'm ready to get...

2007-01-12 12:00:54

By Michelle Washington, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jan. 12--NORFOLK -- Lamont Wilkins did not actually fire the bullet that killed Anita Stevenson. But he provided guns to two young women who said they looked to him as a savior. He wrapped the guns in plastic bags so any shell casings ejected wouldn't hit the ground, and taught the women how to grip the guns through the bags so they could still shoot. And he gave a signal, a simple "Go," that prompted both women to start shooting,...

2007-01-05 09:00:41

By Debbie Messina, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jan. 5--NORFOLK -- The Confederate Monument was naked for almost a century. Originally installed in Berkley in 1912, the 13-foot-tall granite pedestal, flanked by four stone cannonballs, was supposed to be topped with a statue of a soldier. But the now-defunct chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy that commissioned it ran out of money. That's always bothered Alma Lewis, who counts 10 Confederate veterans among her...

2006-11-22 12:01:09

By Linda Mcnatt, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Nov. 22--SUFFOLK -- The Obici Healthcare Foundation has hired its first executive director, officials announced Tuesday. Michael Beachler, formerly director of the Rural Health Policy Center at Pennsylvania State University's College of Medicine, will begin his work with Obici on Jan. 1, said Douglas Naismith, a foundation trustee and chairman of the board's search committee. The Obici Healthcare Foundation, with assets of $100...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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