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2008-09-28 12:00:19

By TOM SHEAN By Tom Shean The Virginian-Pilot virginia beach The parent of Gateway Bank & Trust Co., which agreed this week to be acquired by Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc., filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission Thursday to raise as much as $40 million from the sale of preferred stock. Gateway Financial Holdings Inc. and the Norfolk-based parent of Bank of Hampton Roads said Wednesday that their planned merger is contingent on Gateway raising $30 million of fresh...

2008-09-25 09:00:34

By MALCOLM VENABLE By Malcolm Venable The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Picture it: You're sitting on a manicured lawn. Sunrise. You look up, drink in the amber glow from the rising of the sun, which has turned the Elizabeth River into a moving mirror. You take another sip of an exquisite blend of coffee. Get back into your book. An acoustic guitar helps mellow you out even further. Man, you think to yourself, this is how you start a Sunday morning. The folks at Festevents think so,...

2008-09-25 09:00:34

By MALCOLM VENABLE By Malcolm Venable The Virginian-Pilot AIRLINE STAFF is paging Sen. Larry Craig. His flight is boarding . But Craig doesn't hear them, or doesn't care, because he's in the men's room, finishing up his business. Craig's business, though, isn't what most of us do in there, or even what the senator was accused of in 2007. No. Craig is singing a passionate ditty, "Tap Three Times," sung to the music of "Knock Three Times," by Tony Orlando & Dawn: Hey guys,...

2008-09-25 09:00:34

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot GONZO: The Life and Work of Dr. Hunter S. Thompson" was bound to show up on the Naro Expanded Cinema calendar sooner or later. Offering more tribute to than analysis of a writer who has been hailed as the most famous inebriate of his generation and as the co- founder of a "new journalism," it gets one screening tonight. The Naro, of late, has positioned itself as the savior of our times with frequent bookings of documentaries and...

2008-09-25 09:00:34

By MALCOLM VENABLE By Malcolm Venable The Virginian-Pilot HOW DO YOU build a scene? A group of artists, musicians and clothing designers in Tidewater is trying to figure it out. Tonight, three groups join forces to host a dance party that they intend to be a building block. One of the groups, Rebel E, consists of emerging hip-hop artists who have begun to gain buzz out of town for their eclectic, offbeat styles. One such is Max Mega, recent subject of profiles in indie magazines...

2008-09-25 09:00:30

By JULIAN WALKER By Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot richmond Standing near crop fields at a Henrico County farm operated by the same family for 97 years, Gov. Timothy M. Kaine on Wednesday proclaimed Virginia's agricultural economy strong. In the Old Dominion, agrarian by nature from its earliest days, forestry and farming industries remain a significant segment of the financial foundation. Together they contributed almost $79 billion to the state economy in 2006, according to a...

2008-09-25 09:00:30

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot swan beach Plans have resurfaced for a commercial development, including a 50-room inn, on the northern Currituck Outer Banks where wild horses roam. Residents in Currituck's four-wheel drive area have begun mustering opposition, as they did four years ago, when the project was withdrawn. Developer Gerald Friedman of Norfolk wants the Currituck County Board of Commissioners to amend the development ordinance to allow "off road...

2008-09-25 09:00:27

By TOM SHEAN By Tom Shean The Virginian-Pilot Hobbled financially by losses on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac securities, Gateway Financial Holdings Inc. has agreed to be acquired by a much smaller financial institution, Hampton Roads Bankshares Inc. The Virginia Beach-based parent of Gateway Bank & Trust Co. and Hampton Roads Bankshares announced Wednesday that they planned to merge in an all-stock transaction valued at $104 million. Hampton Roads Bankshares, the Norfolk-based...

2008-09-24 09:00:48

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK The sagging economy has many human service groups struggling with higher costs, shrinking donations and a growing client list. To help, The Norfolk Foundation announced a $1 million grant program to help nonprofit organizations that provide food, shelter, clothing or medical care with operating costs over the next two years. Until now, the foundation's support to nonprofit agencies went mostly for capital projects....

2008-09-24 09:00:48

By ELIZABETH SIMPSON By Elizabeth Simpson The Virginian-Pilot Officials of Shore Memorial Hospital in Nassawadox, the only hospital on Virginia's Eastern Shore, announced Tuesday they are exploring affiliating with a larger health care partner. Shore Health Services' board of trustees has hired a consultant to solicit proposals. "We want to throw out the net to see what our options are," Joseph Zager, the hospital's president and chief executive officer, said Tuesday. He said...


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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