IYRTP: Virginia Wesleyan College's Gross Treatment of a Rape Victim

Written by Laura Watkins on .

We missed you guys! We hope you missed us. Well, even if you didn't we're back with another set of delicious local news, including Virginia Wesleyan's... odd... demands in its current sexual assault case, fancy people eating fancy food in a less-than-fancy place, and of course, the Swiftybeat!

Old School Block Party on 35th St.

Written by City of Norfolk on .

The Scholar, Arts & Youth (S.A.Y) Festival joins together Scholarfest with a Youth Explosion and the Park Place Child Life Center’s (PPCLC) Children’s Art Festival to promote education, youth and family. This free festival will take place Saturday, September 12, 2015 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the 500 and 600 block of 35th Street in Norfolk, VA.

Because Every Child Deserves Basic School Supplies: Please Help Stuff the Bus

Written by Jesse Scaccia on .

A couple of winters ago, school officials noticed a striking dip in school attendance at PB Young Elementary in the Young Terrace neighborhood of Norfolk. What was wrong? What was keeping the children away from education, the clearest path out of the poverty they were born into?
"We realized that the children didn't have winter coats and that was stopping them from coming to school," I remember Sarah Bishop from the United Way telling me. "It's that basic. The kids needed coats, so we got them coats, and they came back to school."

Ten Things You Didn't Know about Cape Henry Lighthouse

Written by Lauren Gwaley on .

In the midst of a very active Virginia Beach military base stands two lighthouses, 350 feet from each other. It is common when a lighthouse is no longer active it is torn down and replaced, but the stone lighthouse atop the dune is one of the oldest remaining lighthouses in the country.

United States Coast Guard: Risking Their Lives to Save Lives

Written by William Hazel on .

It is a maritime tragedy of such proportion that you might mistake it for something straight out of the 19th Century. A massive ship breaking into pieces, almost an entire crew lost within plain sight of rescuers, and all unfolding only about 30 miles off shore. It didn’t happen in the 1800s, though. It happened in 1983.