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2008-09-28 12:00:30

By CHERYL ROSS By Cheryl Ross The Virginian-Pilot More schools in South Hampton Roads earned full accreditation this year, according to ratings released Thursday by the Virginia Department of Education. Eight schools missed full accreditation, down from 13 last year. The achievement is part of a statewide trend, with more schools than ever - 95 percent - fully accredited and math achievement at the middle school level improved. This year, 87 percent of Virginia's middle schools...

2008-09-28 12:00:26

By CATHERINE KOZAK By Catherine Kozak The Virginian-Pilot kill devil hills At the same time the opening scenes from "Nights in Rodanthe" filled the big screen Wednesday, water was racing into the road from the sea at the place where parts of the movie were shot. Ticket-holders traveling from Hatteras Island who wanted to attend the private screening at the R/C Kill Devil Hills Movies 10 had to leave the island early, before the high tide came over the highway at Mirlo Beach. And...

2008-09-28 12:00:26

By DAN DUKE By Dan Duke The Virginian-Pilot 'JOHN ADAMS," the seven-part miniseries that aired this spring on HBO, cleaned up at the Emmys. But, has it brought any new riches to the Hampton Roads or state film industry? Jeff Frizzell, head of the Hampton Roads Film Office, said the Emmy hype has not provided much of a bounce. Even so, the miniseries could give a long-term boost to efforts to grow the film industry in the region and state. "John Adams," the miniseries about our...

2008-09-28 12:00:25

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot A GROUCHY DENTIST who sees dead people does not, upon first thought, inspire gales of laughter. Yet, when the part is played by plump, deadpan British comic Ricky Gervais, there are possibilities. Most of them are amply realized in "Ghost Town," a likable Capraesque comedy. There is that word again: Capraesque. It, of course, refers to the legendary director Frank Capra, who regularly turned out comedies about everyday people who...

2008-09-28 12:00:25

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot "Frozen River" speaks to the desperation of those American citizens who probably couldn't afford the ticket to go see it. They may be down, but they're not out. Like the Joad family in "Grapes of Wrath," they will not be defeated because they're the "people" and they "just keep coming." It is a movie about money, but not wealth. More specifically, it is about desperation. When filming "Frozen River" in subzero cold in upstate New...

2008-09-28 12:00:25

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot In brilliant color and widescreen grandeur, Rodanthe is clearly ready for its close-up. The Outer Banks vacation spot and one particular house perched there at ocean's edge dominate the very first scene of "Nights in Rodanthe," the ultra-romantic new movie that arrives in theaters today. That first shot is a panoramic view, not a close-up, but that's what's most appropriate for the Outer Banks, the dunes and seashore just south of...

2008-09-28 12:00:22

By DEIRDRE FERNANDES By Deirdre Fernandes The Virginian-Pilot Virginia beach Buddhist monks and their followers have filed a federal lawsuit in the hopes of forcing the city to let them resume worshipping at their home in rural Pungo. The suit, filed Thursday, complains that the city of Virginia Beach violated the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act, as well as the First Amendment's protections on religious freedom, when it denied a use permit to the Buddhist...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By STEVEN G VEGH By Steven G. Vegh The Virginian-Pilot BARHAMSVILLE On a finger of lakeside forest at Makemie Woods, a Presbyterian camp, stout birch and oak trees stretch heavenward, trunks tied with blue ribbon. At their base, decaying leaves and twigs return to the Earth. Soon, so will human ashes. On Oct. 5, the grove will be consecrated as an Eco-Eternity memorial forest, an environmentally friendly burial ground for cremated remains. Over the coming years, up to 15...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By JIM WASHINGTON By Jim Washington The Virginian-Pilot They were swimming with their kids or with friends, on vacation or out for a day at the beach. From a 5-year-old Portsmouth girl playing in the Ocean View surf to a 71-year-old Richmond man who went out for a dip at the Oceanfront and was found dead days later, 33 people have drowned accidentally off Norfolk and Virginia Beach in the past 10 years. That's according to reports compiled by The Virginian-Pilot, based on data from...

2008-09-28 12:00:21

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot norfolk A wetlands dispute between federal regulators and the developers of Edinburgh, a community in southern Chesapeake, has resurfaced and appears headed back to U.S. District Court in Norfolk. Edinburgh was the subject of contention in 2002 that resulted in a $500,000 state fine for destruction of nontidal wetlands and a legal compromise that allowed some homes and shops to be built. Several of those homes were featured in...