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2009-07-25 15:36:36

Busch Gardens Williamsburg said Saturday the Virginia theme park's beloved Big Bad Wolf rollercoaster will close this year. Park general manager John Reilly said in a statement that after 25 years of operation, the Big Bad Wolf will scare and entertain riders of all ages for the last time on Sept. 7, The Virginian-Pilot reported. We realize the Big Bad Wolf is a guest favorite, Reilly said. We're making the announcement now so coaster fans can ride one last time before it closes after Labor...

2009-04-28 20:18:40

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick, serving time for dogfighting, has settled his disputes with his creditors, his attorneys said in Virginia Tuesday. However, an attorney for the Atlanta Falcons said at the federal bankruptcy hearing that while the NFL club will retain its contract with Vick, it has no plans to play him if he is reinstated by the league, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported. NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell suspended Vick, 28, indefinitely during the quarterback's state and...

2009-03-29 16:19:27

Former NFL quarterback Michael Vick might have his luxurious Virginia home when he is released from federal custody, a Virginia newspaper reports. It will depend on how Vick, who is nearing the end of his prison sentence, fares in bankruptcy court, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot reported Sunday. Vick was an all-ACC quarterback at Virginia Tech and a star with the Atlanta Falcons before a 23-month federal prison term for his role in a dogfighting case. Vick has been incarcerated at the federal...

2009-02-04 13:41:33

Volunteers with a charitable project in Norfolk, Va., say they are tirelessly working to match up 100,000 unsorted shoes donated by a national manufacturer. Volunteer John Wright said he and his wife, Kimberly, are coordinating a Hope Charitable Services project focused on sorting out 50,000 pairs of shoes from a mismatched donation from the Timberland company, The (Norfolk) Virginian-Pilot said Wednesday. The couple began working on the shoe project in June and to date a total of 7,000 shoes...

2008-11-13 15:00:11

A reverend in Norfolk, Va., says U.S. President George W. Bush's faith-based initiative has been less than successful. The Rev. Geoffrey V. Guns said since the president introduced the initiative seven years ago, a large number of those groups benefiting from the federal program are not related to church congregations, The Norfolk Virginian-Pilot said Thursday. "Out of 100 churches, you'd be hard-pressed to find 10 local churches that have benefited directly from the faith-based...

2008-10-12 09:00:13

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES By Deirdre Fernandes The Virginian-Pilot Virginia beach L.M. Sandler & Sons Inc., the residential developer, has asked state officials to hold off reviewing one of the company's more controversial projects. The Water Control Board was scheduled to vote Oct. 16 whether to grant a permit allowing Sandler to build a 1,063-home development near the Chesapeake Bay, which has sparked environmental concerns. The state's Department of Environmental Quality...

2008-10-12 09:00:13

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot A data collection system, youth fishing programs and text messaging king mackerel fishing reports are among the projects that have been recommended for funding by revenue from saltwater fishing licenses. O f 19 proposals, the North Carolina Coastal Recreational Fishing License Advisory Committee agreed last week that 12 qualified for a grant. "This is the first time that we actually had projects that came through the public...

2008-10-12 09:00:11

By ERIC FEBER By Eric Feber The Virginian-Pilot Ring out the bells! Tex R. Minter wants to give area teens the opportunity to...ring out the bells. These are not those colored plastic bells once used in elementary schools. The handbells Tex R. Minter has are brass miniatures of church steeple bells that can range from the highest C to the deepest G on the scale. In the right hands with the right music, those individual bells can create music that Minter calls "heavenly." The...

2008-10-11 09:00:22

The average price per gallon of regular gas fell to $3.29 Friday, according to auto club AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. That's down more than 60 cents from June's peak of nearly $4 per gallon. By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot The bad news: the economy, home prices, stocks and employment rates are falling. The good news: gas prices are, too. In Hampton Roads, the average price per gallon of regular gas fell to $3.29 Friday, according to auto club AAA's Fuel Gauge Report. That's down more...

2008-10-11 09:00:21

By CHERYL ROSS By Cheryl Ross The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH School leaders plan to give information to the state to prove that more students are graduating on time than a report by the Virginia Department of Education revealed earlier this week , Superintendent David Stuckwisch said. Portsmouth employees will spend the next three weeks cleaning up data, he said. When they're done, Stuckwisch said, he believes the division's rate should be about 70 percent. This week, a report by...


Word of the Day
monteith
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'
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