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2008-09-18 09:00:24

By JOHN WARREN By John Warren The Virginian-Pilot VIRGINIA BEACH The city has a recent record of successes with second-go-rounds on unpopular projects. When traffic engineers first pitched red-light-running cameras in the 1990s, the initiative was a failure with residents . Several years later, the City Council approved the measure, with little reaction. Nine years ago, 55 percent of voters turned down a referendum for light rail in the Beach. Now the light-rail proposal is back....

2008-09-17 09:00:38

By DEBBIE MESSINA By Debbie Messina The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK Airlines have cut 12.5 percent of flights at Norfolk International Airport since last September, to control costs associated with higher fuel prices. That represents a 10.7 percent reduction in the number of available seats. Compared with other medium-size airports studied by the Air Transport Association, Norfolk has not taken as big a hit as most others. The airline industry trade group sampled service...

2008-09-17 09:00:31

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot Citing high levels of mercury, state health officials advised people not to eat too much fish from sections of the Nottoway and Meherrin rivers that run through the rural, western reaches of Hampton Roads. At the same time, the Virginia Health Department announced new and expanded fish-consumption advisories for several other rivers in the western part of the state, also because of high mercury counts found in tissue samples....

2008-09-17 09:00:27

By JEN MCCAFFERY By Jen McCaffery The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH A Cradock church has become the second site in South Hampton Roads to offer local residents the option of buying less-expensive groceries each month. Cradock Baptist Church has been designated a host site for Angel Food Ministries. The Georgia-based nonprofit distributes about 500,000 boxes of food each month to more than 4,500 host sites around the United States, said the Rev. Rob Edwards, the church's pastor ....

2008-09-16 09:00:45

By KATHY ADAMS By Kathy Adams | The Virginian-Pilot If you didn't buy that gas for $3.69 Monday, you might be kicking yourself when you pass the pump this morning. Gas prices spiked 20 cents from Friday to Monday and might continue to rise throughout the week as Gulf Coast oil refineries assess the damage caused by Hurricane Ike and work to resume operations, local oil executives said Monday. Supply is at the root of the rising prices. "Supplies are tight," said Jeff Miller,...

2008-09-16 09:00:42

By AMY JETER By Amy Jeter The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK A citizen advisory committee will discuss attendance zones, proposed school closures and other topics during Wednesday's School Board meeting. The 20-member panel was appointed in April to review a 2007 preliminary long-range plan for 55 school buildings. The 10-year plan suggests $579.7 million in new construction and remodeling. Counting inflation, the costs could reach $840 million. The $730,000 study, conducted by...

2008-09-16 09:00:33

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot The Savannah has captivated imaginations since its launch in 1959 as the world's first nuclear-powered cargo and passenger ship. When former first lady Mamie Eisenhower christened the sle ek giant that summer with the whack of a champagne bottle, the ship became a symbol of her husband's "Atoms for Peace" program promising a new and cleaner maritime industry. But the behemoth also came to represent lost idealism, as it sat empty...

2008-09-16 09:00:28

By SCOTT HARPER By Scott Harper The Virginian-Pilot portsmouth Backed by four local mayors and dozens of state and federal officials, an environmental group rolled out plans Monday to make the Elizabeth River clean enough for swimming, fishing and harvesting shellfish by 2020. Given the immense problems facing the Elizabeth - industrial pollution, toxic sediments, cancerous fish, to name a few - the plan was called historic, ambitious, and one of the biggest ecological goals ever...

2008-09-14 09:00:33

By LIA RUSSELL By Lia Russell The Virginian-Pilot Sickle cell disease, an inherited disorder that causes disfigured and dysfunctional red blood cells, affects about 70,000 Americans. Count 4 -year-old Jessica Lynn Garcia among them. She and her parents Gamalier and Arlyn Garcia know the challenges of living with the disease but also have come to appreciate the efforts of the Norfolk-based Sickle Cell Association Inc. Each year, the nonprofit association counts on public help for...

2008-09-14 09:00:27

By JEN MCCAFFERY By Jen McCaffery The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH Just before retired City Manager Luke McCoy turned 65, the city sent him a letter. His pension would be reduced as soon as his Social Security benefits kicked in, it said. Retired public utilities dispatcher Peggy Preddy's letter didn't arrive until she turned 68. She watched her monthly net pension payment shrink from about $1,100 to $366. Because of the change, her annual income is now nearly $8,500 less than it...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'