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2008-09-24 09:00:48

By ELIZABETH SIMPSON By Elizabeth Simpson The Virginian-Pilot Bon Secours Hampton Roads Health System laid off between 35 and 45 employees during the past week. The layoffs are mostly in clerical and support positions, said Bon Secours spokeswoman Lynne Zultanky. The hospital system still is actively recruiting and hiring nurses and primary care physicians, she said. The Bon Secours system employs about 4,000 people in Hampton Roads . Zultanky said Bon Secours has fallen short of...

2008-09-24 09:00:34

By DALE EISMAN By Dale Eisman and Julian Walker The Virginian-Pilot WOODBRIDGE As worries about the faltering economy continued to mushroom on Tuesday, Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden and state Republicans each sought to persuade Virginia voters that their party has the right approach to fixing the economy. Biden, Delaware's senior senator, ventured into a suburb hit hard by the nation's depressed housing market and offered renewed promises of a coming bailout. He...

2008-09-24 09:00:26

By JEFF HAMPTON By Jeff Hampton The Virginian-Pilot A coastal storm is expected today to produce high winds and water , which could cause some flooding in northeastern North Carolina and Hampton Roads. The storm could send ocean overwash onto parts of N.C. 12 on Hatteras Island, especially between 2 and 6 p.m. during high tide, said Sandy Sanderson, who heads Dare County Emergency Management. The National Weather Service reported that high pressure over New England will combine...

2008-09-24 09:00:24

By TOM SHEAN By Tom Shean The Virginian-Pilot Virginia Beach The parent of Gateway Bank & Trust Co., one of several financial institutions bloodied by the government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac earlier this month, said it hopes to bolster its balance sheet by raising additional capital. Gateway Financial Holdings Inc. said in a Sept. 11 filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission that it hired an investment banker and plans to raise enough capital to be...

2008-09-23 12:00:33

By STEVEN G VEGH By Steven G. Vegh The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Gospel music and spirituals were pretty much all Courtney Bailey heard growing up in her African American, Baptist church in Prince Georges County. But Sundays now find Bailey, a Norfolk State University student, singing everything from cantatas to Renaissance music with the choir of Freemason Street Baptist Church in Norfolk. Bailey is one of five local college music students who are singing as interns at Freemason...

2008-09-23 12:00:33

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot IN "MY FAIR LADY," arguably the greatest musical in our theatrical tradition, there is always what should be that triumphant moment when Eliza Doolittle, the Cockney flower girl who is so "deliciously low," finally learns to rise above her class and speak correctly. Tentatively, she twists her formerly common tongue around the phrasing of "the rain in Spain stays mainly in the plain." "She's got it. By George, she's got it!" exclaims...

2008-09-23 12:00:28

By MATTHEW BOWERS By Matthew Bowers The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK A decommissioned research ship spilled 1,400 to 1,700 gallons of diesel fuel into the Elizabeth River early Monday, sending the smell of fuel wafting through downtown and drawing cleanup crews from several agencies. Officials were still investigating the cause of the spill from the ship Rude, pronounced "Rudy," Petty Officer Andrew Kendrick, a Coast Guard spokesman, said Monday. The Environmental Protection Agency...

2008-09-22 09:00:35

By MAL VINCENT By Mal Vincent The Virginian-Pilot ONE EXASPERATED character in "The Women" yells: "What do you think this is, some 1930s movie?" If only. "The Women," the original directed by George Cukor and co- scripted by Anita Loos, was the comedy highlight of 1939 - the greatest year in movie history. (It also saw "Gone With the Wind,""Wuthering Heights,""The Wizard of Oz" and a half dozen other top films.) With its all-female cast, it dealt affectionately with women, who, as...

2008-09-21 09:00:28

The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Police have an adult male in custody who they say will be charged in the death of a 12-year-old girl whose body was found in a home on the 3000 block of Pleasant Ave. early Saturday morning. Shortly after midnight, police were called to the house for a reported disturbance, said Karen Parker-Chesson, a spokeswoman for Norfolk police. Once on the scene, they found a deceased girl. Police would not release the name of the girl, Parker-Chesson said, because...

2008-09-21 09:00:20

By MALCOLM VENABLE By Malcolm Venable The Virginian-Pilot The spirits of soul music legends were summoned Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater as relative newcomer Robin Thicke and headliner Mary J. Blige moaned and testified to an enthusiastic crowd. Acts opening for A-list stars don't often travel with their own full band, but Thicke is not your ordinary opening act. His second album, "The Evolution of Robin Thicke," from 2006, has earned him a seat in...


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