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2008-07-13 09:00:19

By LEE TOLLIVER By Lee Tolliver The Virginian-Pilot Bryan Whitehorne's first offshore fishing adventure provided a lot of experiences. Whitehorne, 18, of Virginia Beach , caught his first billfish on a recent trip out of Oregon Inlet. "It was awesome," the Tidewater Community College sophomore said of catching a white marlin. "A once-in-a-lifetime experience." But it wasn't all sunshine and happiness. Whitehorne's second time in the fighting chair provided a harsh lesson about...

2008-07-13 03:00:23

By Carolyn Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--At the grocery store, you're paying more. At the gas pump, you're paying more. For utilities, same thing. Hampton Roads residents are likely seeing the balances in their bank accounts shrinking much faster these days. For the nation, these are the factors that are driving inflation. // You probably have wondered how much more these household necessities are costing you. We wanted to know, too. We looked at current expenses --...

2008-07-13 03:00:22

By Lauren Roth, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--Thousands of our schoolchildren are being left behind. Only you wouldn't know it by looking at the test results that will be released next month. Last year, all but 31 of the 214 public schools in South Hampton Roads passed federally mandated standards, making what is called "adequate yearly progress." But in every school that passed AYP, as it's often called, at least one group of scores -- such as those belonging to students...

2008-07-13 03:00:20

By Kate Wiltrout, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--NORFOLK -- Helicopter crews would search the Chesapeake Bay for simulated mines and fighter jet squadrons would reduce the number of explosives they drop off the coasts of Virginia and North Carolina under a revised training plan the Navy is considering. Both changes are part of the Navy's comprehensive review of its training tactics in the Virginia Capes area, which covers a swath of the Atlantic Ocean between Delaware and...

2008-07-13 03:00:15

By Lee Tolliver, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 13--While many Mid-Atlantic residents are thankful Hurricane Bertha veered away from the U.S. coast, surfers are doubly so. Surfers have been swarming the Outer Banks, hoping to ride the hurricane season's first big swells. Bertha's passing east of Bermuda diminished the chances of huge surf, but it has and will for the next few days continue to push in a better-than-average ground swell. "For early July, we'll take it," said...

2008-07-11 18:00:18

By Jim Washington, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 11--NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTY -- Two people were in good condition Friday after the helicopter they were was forced to make a hard landing in a marsh near Chesapeake Beach. According to the Coast Guard and the Federal Aviation Administration the helicopter's two-man crew was doing an environmental survey along the Rappahanock River when it lost power, landed in a field and rolled over on its side. A Coast Guard helicopter picked...

2008-07-11 09:01:07

By Nancy Young, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 11--NORFOLK -- A Bold Vision Of Caring For The Community, touts a promotional flyer from Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System of its plan to reorganize. Act now -- the life you save could be your own, warns a full-page ad in The Virginian-Pilot paid for by the city of Norfolk. In it, its sponsors warn of the dire effect they believe Bon Secours' vision will have on its DePaul Medical Center. In advance of a public hearing next...

2008-07-11 09:01:06

By Elizabeth Simpson, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 11--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Like any competitive 5-year-old, Sabrina Waide wants to win. She jogs in her Virginia Beach yard every day to prepare for running and swimming races she'll join in this weekend. When she wakes up, she asks, "How many more days?" In the eyes of her adoptive parents, Melissa and Bill Waide, she's already a winner for having endured years of life-and-death moments and a transplant operation that's been done...

2008-07-11 09:01:06

By Jeff Hampton, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 11--ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. -- Albemarle Hospital could soon work closely with Pitt County Memorial Hospital if their health care systems work out a deal. Albemarle Health is considering a management agreement with University Health Systems of Eastern Carolina that would include access to advanced treatments and financing for an annual fee that typically reaches six figures. The group could take on some daily operations from...

2008-07-11 09:00:31

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 11--NORFOLK -- Expect to see and hear Kent E. Carpenter a lot the next few days. The biology professor at Old Dominion University was scheduled to be on NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday and on National Public Radio's "Science Friday" this afternoon. He also has been interviewed for pieces by the BBC, the British newspapers The Guardian and The Independent, National Geographic, Scientific American and the journal Science. Why...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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