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2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 30--RICHMOND -- The intense environmental debate over a proposed power plant in Wise County in southwest Virginia turned on Tuesday from air pollution to fly ash. This round ended shortly after it began, with the State Water Control Board approving one of three permits that Dominion Virginia Power needs to construct a 330-acre landfill that would hold tons of the ash produced next door at a coal-fired power station. Unlike...

2008-07-30 03:00:28

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 30--RICHMOND It took nearly a year to draft, but state officials presented a plan Tuesday to better protect water quality on Virginia's Eastern Shore -- as well as the many clam and oyster farms that demand clean water to survive. Clam farming, especially, has become a major economic force on the Eastern Shore and now ranks as the wealthiest such industry in the nation, generating more than $50 million per year in sales. But farmers...

2008-07-29 15:00:14

By Warren Fiske, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 29--RICHMOND -- Gov. Timothy M. Kaine this morning refused to discuss growing reports that Barack Obama may be on the verge of asking him to run for vice president this fall. "I don't talk about my conversations with the campaign," Kaine said during a interview on his monthly appearance on WTOP radio in Washington. Kaine repeatedly declined to promise he would serve out his term as governor, which expires in January 2010. He...

2008-07-29 12:01:08

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 29--VIRGINIA BEACH -- In six years as head of Virginia Beach Friends School, Jon Alden has helped implement a more rigorous curriculum, improved billing and budgeting and gathered community concensus the Quaker way. This fall will be his last at the school, which is based on Quaker tenets. He said it's time for a leader who can oversee a capital campaign and the construction of an eco-friendly campus on a new site. "I feel like I...

2008-07-28 03:00:38

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--Gone are the unsightly scabs. Left behind are small pink circles, bright and obvious against tanned skin -- signs of a new beginning. The scars are the result of weeks spent prodding my wife to have a couple of spots on her back looked at by a doctor. Ellen finally caved and scheduled an appointment. I'm glad she did. Were it not for the results of her test, the red, scaly circles that had lived on my skin for Lord knows how...

2008-07-28 03:00:38

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--Trick Standing is rummaging through the drawers on his Rudee Inlet charter boat, looking for pliers. He eventually finds a pair, but not before sifting through countless bottles, jars and tubes of sunscreen sprays and lotions. The sunscreen stuff is everywhere on the Git-R-Done. "Tools of the trade," Standing says. "If you're smart." Standing is a prime target for the sun's ultraviolet rays -- the ones that cause several...

2008-07-28 03:00:33

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 28--VIRGINIA BEACH -- After two years of quiet planning, the superintendent of schools has unveiled his vision. Jim Merrill wants to overhaul teaching and focus on critical thinking instead of test preparation. For the past decade, the state's public schools have adjusted teaching to fit Standards of Learning tests, the yardstick used to measure school performance. "You could pass SOLs and still fail a kid," Merrill said. His...

2008-07-27 03:00:35

By Malcolm Venable, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 27--One Saturday evening in spring, female impersonators strutted, sashayed and lip-synched to R&B and gospel songs at a Norfolk banquet hall while guests showered them with dollar bills. People feasted on a down-home spread of green beans, fried chicken and macaroni, on tables sprinkled with confetti. Presiding over it all in a crimson evening gown was Vega Perry, who played the part of the regal, occasionally bawdy hostess....

2008-07-27 03:00:33

By Lauren King, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 27--ELIZABETH CITY -- Public hearings that will include a proposed electric rate increase have been rescheduled for Wednesday. The City Council was scheduled to meet Monday to discuss a proposed 14 percent electric rate increase and several ongoing community development block grant projects. Scheduling conflicts pushed the special meeting to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall. The proposed electric rate increase comes after the...

2008-07-27 03:00:23

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 27--For Laura Wood Habr, it started with smoke. The owner of Croc's 19th Street Bistro made the restaurant smoke-free last year after proposals for a statewide ban failed to pass in the General Assembly. Since then, Habr has looked for more ways to make Croc's environment healthier. The restaurant installed low-flow toilets to conserve water, uses linen tablecloths instead of disposables, and sends take-out food home in...


Word of the Day
toccata
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.
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