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2008-08-01 09:00:42

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--Every vote counts. We've been told that, both before and after Florida in 2000. In fact, we've been told that all the way back to fifth-grade civics class. "Swing Vote" is about one of those Everyman guys who comes from behind to prove his worth to society. We need to be inspired by this guy, Bud Johnson. It's not easy. That's one of the problems with the movie. This laid-off egg-inspector is so uninformed that he...

2008-08-01 03:00:22

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--Show me the Mummy! It seems a reasonable request. Yet, amid the outrageous excess that characterizes the modern sequel, we get more mumbo jumbo than mummy here. Visually, this third edition has all that computers and huge Chinese sets can produce. Lots to see, but none of it is even remotely involving or dangerous. We need danger. And, while you're at it, give us back Rachel Weisz, the fetching, feisty British rose who...

2008-08-01 03:00:21

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--Kevin Costner has turned out three of the best-loved classics of all time ("Field of Dreams,""Bull Durham" and "Dances With Wolves"). He also has turned out three of the most notorious financial flops ("Waterworld,""The Post Man,""Wyatt Earp"). It's time for a swing vote. "I see myself as a storyteller," Costner said as he sat in the Four Seasons Hotel in Washington, D.C., the other day. "I have no regrets. I regret some of the...

2008-08-01 03:00:17

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Aug. 1--SUFFOLK -- The Great Dismal Swamp wildfire that once blazed out of control has been reduced to a 4,664-acre simmer, with firefighting efforts slashed to a fraction of what they once were. An information center that provided regular fire updates to the media closed last Friday, turning the task back over to refuge officials, said spokesman John Calabrese. The blaze is now 95 percent contained, he said. "The fire's not moving,"...

2008-07-31 21:00:29

By Jim Washington, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--HAMPTON -- According to police Bryan Latre Carolina, wanted in connection with a shooting Tuesday on Doolittle Road, turned himself in Thursday. The shooting happened just before 5:30 a.m. in the 100 block of Doolittle Road. A 29-year-old woman was shot in the upper torso and was seriously injured. Another man, Antwaine Tyrone Leroy Pittman, 24, was charged in the shooting. Police had been seeking Carolina, 28, on charges...

2008-07-31 21:00:22

By Kristin Davis, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--SUFFOLK -- The Great Dismal Swamp wildfire that once blazed out of control has been reduced to a 4,664-acre simmer, with firefighting efforts slashed to a fraction of what they once were. An information center that provided regular fire updates to the media closed Friday, turning the task back over to refuge officials, said spokesman John Calabrese. The blaze is now 95 percent contained, he said. "The fire's not moving,"...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--VIRGINIA BEACH -- An ecological project involving Back Bay and Lake Tecumseh is in jeopardy after its government sponsor pulled out, citing numerous concerns and questions from neighbors, sportsmen and boaters. The $200,000 project was intended to permanently separate the two bodies of water in southern Virginia Beach by building two weirs, or small dikes, which experts at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believe would help...

2008-07-31 12:00:38

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 31--COROLLA -- Currituck County may pump water to a soundside pond to help relieve chronic flooding in Corolla's Whalehead Beach community. County and state officials have repeatedly debated how best to remedy environmental messes created by flooding. Located near the Currituck Sound, the county owns property along parts of the pond, said county manager Dan Scanlon. Other sections are owned by Food Lion or fall within the Corolla...

2008-07-30 03:00:40

By Warren Fiske, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 30--RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine was mum Tuesday as word spread across the nation that Democrat Barack Obama may be on the verge of asking him to run for vice president. "I'm just not going to talk about my conversations with the campaign," he said in an interview during his monthly appearance on WTOP radio in Washington. On his way out, he was swarmed by reporters on the sidewalk. "I have not sought it. I'm not running for...

2008-07-30 03:00:35

By Bob Molinaro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 30--At the Beijing Olympics, Michael Phelps could become the next Mark Spitz. Heaven forbid. When Spitz emerged from the 1972 Olympic pool dripping with seven gold medals, he immediately entered a life of awkward celebrity and endless motivational speeches. Almost four decades later, he remains a pitchman whose primary product is Mark Spitz. Root for Phelps to win eight gold medals but, for his sake and ours, may all...


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  • A beast of burden; also, a beast in general.
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