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2008-09-14 09:00:17

By LIA RUSSELL By Lia Russell The Virginian-Pilot Whether you're a mom with an infant spitting up in your hair, a 12-year-old with ADHD or a teen who suddenly thinks you're Satan incarnate, now there's an Internet networking community just for mothers like you. CafeMom, launched nearly two years ago, fills a void left by other popular social Web sites like MySpace and Facebook, that cater to a different demographic. CafeMom is exclusively for women - moms and mom-to-be - to interact...

2008-09-13 09:00:20

By DALE EISMAN By Dale Eisman The Virginian-Pilot WASHINGTON Even as House Democratic leaders handed Republicans a symbolic victory this week in their long fight for new offshore oil development, critics charged that the fine print in the plan probably will continue to keep drillers out of the Atlantic. While lifting a 25-year federal ban on most offshore oil and natural gas drilling, the legislation would block Virginia and other coastal states from sharing in a $2.6 trillion...

2008-09-13 09:00:16

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Mildly amusing. That's the review for "Burn After Reading." 'Nuff said. If you want to read on, feel free. Amusing is good. In the case of the Coen brothers, however, mild is not so good . The brothers are known for quirky, mischievous and, when in top form, outright devilish comedy-dramas about selfish, foolish people who get into hot water with never a clue. They sometimes kill each other, as in "Blood Simple" (1984). They...

2008-09-12 09:00:31

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot TORONTO OUTSIDE the Royal York Hotel, crowds of Canadians, as well as tourists, waited for a glimpse of Brad Pitt - the blond movie star who has played a hero from ancient Greece and other noble characters. Inside, Pitt, with a spiky hair-cut, searched for his inner knucklehead. "I play a fool. There's no getting around it," he said proudly when contemplating the role of a frantic personal trainer from Hardbodies Fitness Center in...

2008-09-12 09:00:24

By HARRY MINIUM By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK For more than a decade, Wards Corner residents say, their area has been the city's stepchild: While tens of millions of dollars were spent redeveloping downtown, Ocean View and Broad Creek, neighborhoods near Wards Corner continued to deteriorate. On Thursday, city officials took a huge step toward ending that perception, and, they say, the deterioration. The Denby Park, Monticello Village and Oakdale Farms neighborhoods...

2008-09-11 09:00:41

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot Dominion North Carolina Power is seeking approval from the state Utilities Commission to increase customer rates by an average of 17.7 percent to cover the sharp spike in energy costs. The proposed increase is a fuel-rate adjustment that would result in no profit to Dominion, spokesman Chuck Penn said. "The lion's share of the rate is your base rate," he said. "The fuel rate is a smaller share." For a typical residential...

2008-09-11 09:00:41

By RITA FRANKENBERRY By Rita Frankenberry The Virginian-Pilot Last year's Homearama in Chesapeake featured 17 mammoth homes, ranging in size from 3,500 square feet to 9,500 square feet. The dimensions of the homes astounded Richard Good, president of Solar Services in Lynnhaven. He stopped in at each of the showcase homes and asked what prospective owner s could expect to pay for electricity each month. "The lowest figure was going to be about $700 and the highest was about...

2008-09-11 09:00:37

By AMY JETER By Amy Jeter The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Democrat Barack Obama's appearance at Granby High School on Wednesday was one of two Virginia events this week that prompted questions about whether campaigning politicians should be allowed to speak at public schools during classroom hours. Obama's Republican rivals, John McCain and running mate Sarah Palin, moved a Wednesday rally planned for Fairfax High School after the school division received complaints. The rally violated...

2008-09-11 09:00:25

By DAN DUKE By Dan Duke The Virginian-Pilot Bernstein. Tchaikovsky. Falletta. With the three of them, this is a special weekend for classical music lovers in Hampton Roads. Leonard Bernstein is the subject of a PBS program that airs tonight, and Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No. 1 is the featured piece as the Virginia Symphony Orchestra opens its season Friday. JoAnn Falletta, music director of the orchestra, has a central role in both events. Falletta hosts the "Berlin Celebration...

2008-09-11 09:00:15

By AARON APPLEGATE By Aaron Applegate The Virginian-Pilot U.S. Rep. Thelma Drake, in her role as part of a Republican group created to counter criticisms of vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin, has lashed out at Sen. Barack Obama for a comment he made Tuesday about putting "lipstick on a pig." Drake, R-2nd District, is one of the 19 national members of the "Palin Truth Squad," a group made up of Republican women, the majority of whom are members of Congress. "Rather than...


Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.