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2008-07-10 09:01:28

By Nancy Young, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 10--NORFOLK -- Citing financial troubles and a low number of patients, Bon Secours DePaul Medical Center took 30 beds out of service Wednesday. "We consolidated a nursing unit because of our financial situation and a low bed census," said Lynne Zultanky, a spokeswoman for Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System. She said the hospital was on track to lose $7 million this fiscal year. "We're trying to find appropriate ways to be good...

2008-07-10 09:00:42

By Cindy Clayton and John Warren, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 10--Thunderstorms could continue through today, but the National Weather Service is predicting clear skies for the weekend. The first break in rain likely will come Friday, when there is only a 20 percent chance of precipitation, said Tony Siebers, a meteorologist with the weather service office in Wakefield. Today, there is a 50 percent chance of rain. Looking ahead to the weekend, Siebers says both Saturday and...

2008-07-08 12:00:00

By John Warren, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 8--A STORM is brewing on Virginia Beach's North End, but don't batten down the shutters. It's raining citations. Last week, The Warrior is told, police issued more than 50 notices to residents for illegal "no parking" signs and other attempts to block parking nearby their homes. The North End can be a beachgoers' nightmare. It's a hodge podge of unofficial "no parking" signs, extra-wide driveways, car-crowding shrubs and orange...

2008-07-08 12:00:39

By Dave Forster, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 8--SUFFOLK -- The state is trying to figure out what all but wiped out the fish population of a 50-acre lake over the weekend. Residents around Sleepy Lake, a private lake in the northwestern part of the city, awoke Saturday to a blanket of dead fish on the water, said Dennis McBride, chairman of the lake and dam committee of the homeowner s association. "We don't know if we got a hundred percent fish kill -- but pretty damn...

2008-07-07 09:00:32

By Matthew Bowers, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 7--VIRGINIA BEACH -- Sgt. Frank Few, swimming away from the ambush, looked back in horror. He saw Japanese swords flashing in the dawn sun over the bodies of his Marine buddies lying on a Guadalcanal beach. The attack on Aug. 12, 1942, was the end of the ill-fated Goettge Patrol and the beginning of a largely forgotten mystery of World War II. Three men, including Few, escaped, but rescue parties in the next days found little...

2008-07-07 09:00:11

By Philip Walzer, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 7--NORFOLK -- Landmark Communications Inc. of Norfolk has agreed to sell The Weather Channel Cos. to a consortium of NBC Universal and two private equity firms, the companies announced Sunday. Neither Landmark nor NBC disclosed the price. But people close to the negotiations said NBC and its partners, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group, offered about $3.5 billion. Decker Anstrom, Landmark's president and chief operating...

2008-07-06 18:00:03

By Philip Walzer, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 6--NORFOLK -- Landmark Communications Inc. of Norfolk has agreed to sell The Weather Channel Cos. to a consortium of NBC Universal and two private equity firms, the companies announced Sunday. Neither Landmark nor NBC disclosed the price. But people close to the negotiations said NBC and its partners, Bain Capital and The Blackstone Group, offered about $3.5 billion. Decker Anstrom, Landmark's president and chief operating...

2008-07-04 12:00:19

By Mal Vincent, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 4--While we are in need of "serious" films about "real" life, there is no charm, or value, in getting quite as melodramatic about it as all the characters do in "Then She Found Me," a movie that has enough over-the-top turns to fuel a month of "Search for Tomorrow" episodes. If it isn't one thing, it's another as April Epner's biological clock ticks, but none too rapidly. Helen Hunt, who plays the lead, joins the list of Academy...

2008-07-04 09:00:39

By Scott Harper, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 4--ST. CHARLES For decades, companies drilling for natural gas here in the remote mountains of southwest Virginia have known that the wells yield another coveted resource: crude oil. Until recently, though, the quantities were considered too small to matter -- a nuisance byproduct of gas production that sometimes was released back into the ground. But that was before market prices for crude soared above $130 a barrel. Now,...

2008-07-04 09:00:35

By Dave Forster, The Virginian-Pilot, Norfolk, Va. Jul. 4--SUFFOLK -- About 10 months after the first of them moved in, the people of Remington Park still are waiting for a technological wonder that has done so much to bring people closer. Not the Internet. A phone line. The people in the northern Suffolk development -- where the condominiums have names such as The Venetian, The Bellagio and The Riviera -- are stuck in a telecommunications limbo that a state regulator said he's never...


Word of the Day
out-herod
  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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