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2008-10-03 09:00:21

By ELIZABETH SIMPSON By Elizabeth Simpson The Virginian-Pilot Seven minutes and 44 seconds of the life of Dwight Core Jr. - a Norfolk man with Down syndrome - will be preserved forever in the Library of Congress. It's a thought that comforts his four sisters as they plan the funeral of their 48-year-old brother, who died Wednesday. Core was the subject of a documentary called "Think of Me First as a Person," which chronicled the love of his family and the heartache of being sent to...

2008-10-03 09:00:17

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot oyster There is little visible evidence that two neighboring landfills near this Eastern Shore harbor town are leaking toxic materials into a local creek. On any given day, workers can be seen dumping garbage into the Northampton County landfill and then covering the trash with dirt as seagulls squawk overhead. Unseen, though, are groundwater monitors that in recent years have detected excessive amounts of benzene and naphthalene...

2008-10-02 09:00:09

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot Elizabeth City A combination of new babies, new college students, new retirees and more inmates padded Pasquotank County's population this decade. Meanwhile, the local student population has fallen, easing the urgency for a new elementary school, according to the latest numbers, released by the county last week. When the general population climbs and student numbers decline, that typically means more retirees are moving to the...

2008-10-01 09:00:32

By KATHY ADAMS By Kathy Adams The Virginian-Pilot With less than a month remaining to negotiate, Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding and the union that represents about 40 percent of its workers are just starting to discuss issues at the core of their new labor contract: wages, health care and pensions. Negotiations between the Newport News shipyard and United Steelworkers of America Local 8888 began Sept. 3 and have centered so far around noneconomic proposals, including contract language...

2008-10-01 09:00:20

By CHRISTOPHER DINSMORE By Christopher Dinsmore The Virginian-Pilot The parent of Gateway Bank & Trust Co., which agreed last week to be acquired by the smaller Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc., rebuilt the bank's capital with a $37.55 million infusion of cash from the sale of preferred stock, it announced Tuesday. The acquisition by the Norfolk-based parent of Bank of Hampton Roads is contingent on Gateway Financial Holdings Inc. raising at least $30 million in fresh capital....

2008-09-30 09:00:36

By MALCOLM VENABLE By Malcolm Venable The Virginian-Pilot MATT GROENING, the creator of "The Simpsons," has often said that his TV show rewards people for paying attention. You could say the same for the Capitol Steps. The comedic troupe, like the animated show, stuffs its remakes of familiar tunes from the American songbook with references to politics and pop culture; you won't get them if you're not keeping up with the news. Capitol Steps is like "The Simpsons" for the theater...

2008-09-29 09:00:28

By VICTORIA HECHT By Victoria Hecht The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH Island hoppers Kevin and Mary Simmons don't have to go far these days when craving a taste of paradise. They simply visit their backyard for a homemade slice of heaven. With a relaxing patio, infinity pool, hot tub, homemade beach and tiki bar overlooking a lake, the couple's South Shore Estates home is their vacation getaway minus plane fare. Winners of Home's 2008 Do-It-Yourself Contest for Best Outdoor Deck...

2008-09-28 15:00:21

By LAUREN KING By Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK When Seaman Daniel Miles first flew into Galveston, Texas, from his ship a week ago, he didn't see the damage from Hurricane Ike that was depicted in news reports. "Up top, everything looked OK," he said Saturday, upon returning to Norfolk Naval Station. "Once we got down on the ground, we saw the water damage." Miles, and more than 1,000 sailors and Marines aboard the Norfolk- based amphibious assault ship Nassau, soon...

2008-09-28 12:00:31

By MIKE SAEWITZ By Mike Saewitz The Virginian-Pilot chesapeake A project to replace the Gilmerton Bridge could receive as much as $13 million in Federal Highway Administration "bonus" dollars, state transportation officials said. The project, which could cost up to $180 million, was facing a funding shortfall of as much as $25 million. The money is part of $32 million in federal money reallocated to Virginia from other states. The rest of the cash will be used for the Dulles...

2008-09-28 12:00:30

By LAUREN ROTH By Lauren Roth The Virginian-Pilot After an outcry from parents, educators and advocates distressed about planned changes to special education, the state Board of Education approved a compromise set of regulations Thursday in Richmond. The regulations restore parental control over ending special- education services for a child. They keep oversight of the due process system with the Supreme Court of Virginia, rather than with the Department of Education, as had been...


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