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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...

2008-08-06 03:00:41

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 6--CHESAPEAKE -- Police accused a Portsmouth man Tuesday of running an illegal scrap metal business out of two side-by-side storage units big enough to hold a couple of cars. Copper, aluminum siding, steel and other metal packed the space, where people received cash in exchange for the commodities since mid-July, police said. The business employed six people, police said. Authorities said they shut it down and charged 31-year-old...

2008-08-05 03:00:46

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--Rashida Wilkins was undergoing chemo-therapy for a brain tumor in 2005 when she was asked to participate in an experimental treatment. Not radiation, or a drug that would make the teen feel nauseated, thank goodness. Rather, a video game. Wilkins, now 18, was only too happy to comply. For weeks, she played the game in which a microscopic "nanobot" named Roxxi travels through the bodies of characters with cancer,...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By John Hopkins, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--Leo Lestino took a closer look at the ground Monday as he sat at a picnic table at City View Park in Virginia Beach. There are posted signs warning about fire ants, but Lestino hadn't noticed them until Monday. Then the 25-year-old Regent University student thought about the teeming playgrounds nearby. "There are a lot of kids out here playing around," he said. "Everybody brings their kids here. I think they're oblivious to the...

2008-08-05 03:00:24

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 5--NORFOLK -- Norfolk Southern Corp. has given up its development rights on 12,488 acres of ecologically important forest and wilderness in South Carolina, a donation described as the largest of its kind in that state's history. The property, located about 35 miles northwest of Charleston and called Brosnan Forest, includes more than 6,000 acres of increasingly rare longleaf pine trees and is prime habitat for the red-cockaded...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Harry Minium, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 4--NORFOLK -- It's the kind of amenity most neighborhoods would welcome. A private group will partner with an apartment building owner and the city to build a playground in a single day later this month in Denby Park. It will include swings and slides for children in a community where they now play in parking lots. Yet the park has been a neighborhood controversy with some residents, including many members of the Oakdale...

2008-08-04 03:00:15

By Deirdre Fernandes, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 4--VIRGINIA BEACH -- The pot of money that helped save nearly 1,800 acres from development -- including woods and marshes around Stumpy Lake and Lake Lawson -- is drying up, and Virginia Beach officials are turning their attention to maintaining those properties rather than buying more land. A draft of the city's new Outdoors Plan calls for Virginia Beach to spend $500,000 a year for the next 18 years to acquire open space. By...

2008-08-03 09:00:16

By TIM MCGLONE By Tim McGlone The Virginian-Pilot Brenda Smith and her husband became curious last winter about the workers who showed up in their neighborhood around Old Providence Road in Virginia Beach. Without any notice to her, the largely Hispanic crew began digging trenches in her front yard and shoving orange tubing into the ground. She tried to ask them questions, but they didn't speak English. Concerned about the growing number of illegal immigrants in Virginia, Smith...

2008-08-03 03:00:24

By Aaron Applegate, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 3--VIRGINIA BEACH -- U.S. c ongressional candidate Glenn Nye, who's challenging Rep. Thelma Drake in the 2nd District, has outlined an energy plan he said would help lower gas prices. The Democrat's announcement Saturday at a Beach gas station that sells bio diesel fuel came three days after Drake, a Republican, unveiled an energy proposal in Washington with a group of bi partisan lawmakers. Nye's plan includes more drilling...

2008-08-02 00:00:23

By Joanne Kimberlin, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 2--WACHAPREAGUE -- Out here on the Eastern Shore, where voracious greenhead flies rule the marsh and waves of grass roll to the sunrise, scientists are fishing for sharks so they can learn how not to catch them. More than 11 million sharks die every year on fishing hooks that aren't intended for them. Up until recently, few people really cared -- at least no one who remembers "Jaws." Now, it's becoming clear that these wolves...


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  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
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