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2008-10-11 09:00:14

By HARRY MINIUM By Harry Minium The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Fifty-four East Ocean View residents have sued Councilman W. Randy Wright, claiming he has not done enough to improve their neighborhood. In an Oct. 3 filing, the group asks a judge to order Wright to implement a plan to improve the neighborhood that they say the city has ignored. The plaintiffs are led by Sean Regan, who said he moved to East Ocean View in 2003 because of city marketing that promised to clean up...

2008-10-11 09:00:14

The number of acres destroyed by the fire - the largest area burned in several decades. Officials estimate the expense of fighting the months-long fire could exceed $11 million. By Kristin Davis The Virginian-Pilot SUFFOLK It wasn't the Great Conflagration, b ut the fire that ignited in the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge this spring was the costliest and one of the longest-burning in state history. Now it's out. The fire scorched thousands of acres, occupied hundreds...

2008-10-11 09:00:12

By LON WAGNER By Lon Wagner The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Scott Taylor wants to be mayor, and he's an underdog. He's up against Meyera Oberndorf, the 20-year incumbent who's got name recognition spilling out of her high-top red Converses. And John Moss with his anti-tax legionnaires. And as if that weren't enough, he's also trying to beat back Will Sessoms, a former City Council member who's got campaign funds bulging from his vest pockets. But on his MySpace page,...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot A national voter protection organization said Thursday that Virginia is among several states that are unprepared to handle the anticipated surge of voters in the Nov. 4 election, with the potential for long lines to discourage voting. The Washington, D.C.-based Advancement Project charged that the six cities it examined in Virginia do not have enough voting equipment or poll workers. The project said similar problems exist in...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Out here in the middle of the Chesapeake Bay, the wind can pound any landlubber into submission. And that fact, scientists say, is what makes Tangier Island such an attractive place for a wind- energy project. State researchers want to erect one or two wind turbines at the gusty southern edge of the island as a pilot project for this new, alternative energy source in Virginia. But scientists do not want to stop...

2008-10-10 09:00:30

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot tangier island Dan Dise steered his skiff past empty crab shacks that line Tangier Harbor, the gateway to this historic fishing outpost in the Chesapeake Bay. "For Rent" and "For Sale" signs were taped to many of the dusty windows. "That guy's on the tug," said Dise, president of the Tangier Island Watermen's Association, pointing to a lifeless shanty. "And that guy, too." He paused, then noticed another vacant business along the...

2008-10-09 09:00:41

The 82.6 percent rate was about a percentage point higher than the state average. Among 11 high schools, Bayside had the lowest rate, 73.2 percent, while Cox was highest, with 91.4 percent. Five of seven high schools had rates above the state average. The city's numbers ranged from 77.8 percent at Oscar Smith to 91.8 percent at Hickory. On-time graduation rates ranged from 67 percent at King's Fork to 80.6 percent at Nansemond River. Suffolk's numbers for low- income students (59.4) and...

2008-10-09 09:00:26

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth The Coast Guard must pay a $9,280 fine and spend another $89,000 on new equipment to settle long-standing environmental violations, most involving lax handling of hazardous wastes, at a Portsmouth command center. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced the settlement Wednesday. T he case dates to 2005, when inspectors first found problems at the Coast Guard's Integrated Support Command in Portsmouth. The...

2008-10-08 09:00:23

By TOM SHEAN By Tom Shean The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach Gateway Financial Holdings Inc., which suffered heavy losses last month on its holdings in mortgage-finance companies Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, said it expects to recoup $12.7 million of federal tax benefits from the losses. The benefits became available to Gateway and other financial institutions through the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act, the bailout and bank-rescue bill that President Bush signed into law...

2008-10-06 09:00:30

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot TORONTO Clad in a yellow T-shirt and carrying a bright red backpack, Michael Cera, age 20, looked like the proverbial deer caught in headlights. "Uh, hey," he said to a reporter as he pulled the backpack off and dropped it on the floor. This is the guy whom they were calling, at the Toronto Film Festival, "comedy's current wunderkind." He's the one Entertainment Weekly recently named No. 1 among under-30 actors in America. His comic...


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