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2008-10-06 09:00:24

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Gatesville, N.C. State wildlife biologist Tommy Hughes stopped suddenly on the old logging road and pointed to a three-toed impression in the sand. "There's a wild turkey track right there," Hughes told the small group around him. Close by were deer tracks. He's seen bobcat, bear, bald eagles and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker here in this 6,500-acre tract added to the Chowan Swamp Game Land. The Nature Conservancy's...

2008-10-05 09:00:13

By BARRETT R RICHARDSON By Barrett R. Richardson Special to The Virginian-Pilot THE REPUTATION of that iconic Virginia patriot, U.S. president and founder of the University of Virginia has taken another hit by historians. In "Friends of Liberty," Gary Nash and Graham Hodges have linked the lives of Thomas Jefferson, Polish military engineer Tadeusz Kosciuszko and Agrippa Hull, a free African American man who was Kosciuszko's orderly during the American Revolution. Jefferson comes...

2008-10-05 09:00:10

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Gatesville State wildlife biologist Tommy Hughes stopped suddenly on the old logging road and pointed to a three-toed impression in the sand. "There's a wild turkey track right there," Hughes told the small group around him. Close by were deer tracks. He's seen bobcat, bear, bald eagles and the endangered red-cockaded woodpecker here in this 6,500-acre tract added to the Chowan Swamp Game Land. "It's wildlife rich here," he...

2008-10-05 09:00:10

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH On the southernmost edge of the aptly named Marshview property is Virginia Beach as nature intended. A tributary to Lake Rudee is filled with salt marsh grass. An egret stands on station, a kingfisher and a blue heron fly overhead. The 82 acres is owned by the Navy, but - after 17 years of stop- and-start negotiations - it's being conveyed to Virginia Beach to become a park. Its offerings will be comparable to First...

2008-10-04 09:00:14

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot Coming after a six-month publicity campaign that is a good deal more clever than anything in the movie, "Beverly Hills Chihuahua" is a can't-miss attraction. It seeks, and probably will succeed, in becoming another surprise hit in the vein of last year's chipmunk movie that made more money than the 2007 Oscar winner. Never underestimate dog power when it comes to selling tickets, but even the most fervent dog lover can be turned off...

2008-10-04 09:00:14

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot IT'S NOT a great Western, but "Appaloosa" is the only Western in town. It's also one of the rarest of modern movies: a "routine" Western. Fans of the genre should give thanks that, for once, the moviemakers haven't turned cowboys into psychotic nut cases to "update" the genre. With a script co-written by director Ed Harris and based on the no-nonsense novel by Robert B. Parker, "Appaloosa" does, however, sneak in wry, deadpan humor...

2008-10-04 09:00:12

By RICH RADFORD By Rich Radford The Virginian-Pilot The John Castleberry Show, a local sports talk radio show that had been on the air since January of 2007, was abruptly canceled Friday. Castleberry, a veteran of local television and radio for more than two decades, received the news shortly after reporting to work on Friday. "I was told that we could no longer operate the show at a loss," Castleberry said. "It was an extremely difficult last show with non- stop callers . Most of...

2008-10-04 09:00:03

By ANICK JESDANUN By Anick Jesdanun The Associated Press NEW YORK Newspapers that carried an advertising supplement in recent weeks containing a DVD critical of radical Muslims have faced complaints from readers and questions about whether newspapers should offer a platform to everyone willing to pay for distribution. Although a few papers refused to carry the DVD, about 70, including The New York Times, distributed it on the ground that rejecting it would violate the sponsor's...

2008-10-03 09:00:29

By AMY JETER By Amy Jeter The Virginian-Pilot When a Portsmouth student was charged last week with attempted murder and gang participation after allegedly holding a student in a chokehold until the victim was unconscious, school officials told parents nothing, even though the attack took place in a Wilson High School bathroom. On the same day, two Norfolk high school games were rescheduled because of fears of gang-related violence, but administrators failed to give details about the...

2008-10-03 09:00:29

By DENISE WATSON BATTS By Denise Watson Batts The Virginian-Pilot Three weeks later than originally scheduled, Norfolk schools were finally ready to open. Well, most of them. On Sept. 29, 1958, 48 of Norfolk's schools welcomed students - but the doors of six were padlocked and under police guard. Maury, Norview and Granby high schools and Northside, Norview and Blair junior highs remained closed under a state order designed to fight integration. The 17 Negro students assigned to...


Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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