Three local animal shelters are thrilled to be debuting a new joint venture this month to assist Hampton Roads pets and pet owners. And we think you will be just as excited as we are.
Remembering our past is an integral part of advancing our future; we need to see the good we’ve done and use it to inspire us to make unrelenting progress. How much has the LGBT community progressed since Harvey Milk was ardently advising all young people to come out for themselves, and in turn, each other?
Slow news day, you say? Au contraire! Laura Watkins and Chris O’Brien are here to get a little nuts with the headlines, including HRT losing its keys, Colombian cocaine caterpillars, there’s something about [a Great White shark named] Mary, Elian Gonzalez, sexting the Prez, and so much more!
The Norfolk City School Board will begin the superintendent search process by seeking public input on qualifications for a new superintendent.
Norfolk GAINS means well, they really do, but like most young organizations, they’ve yet to figure out exactly how political leverage is achieved. Let me break it down for everyone in the simplest of terms.
I think this must have been what they meant when someone coined the phrase: “Rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic.”
According to Jesse Scaccia, light rail is our last best chance to live like a region. It's a cute thought, but that’s all it is, cute. If you think building light rail is a path to regionalism, then you must place regionalism above having a public transit system that actually moves people to work and play without the use of cars. As I’ve said over and over and over again, light rail is bad for public transit.
Yummy delicious! This week, Chris and Laura bring you hate groups galore, the True Confessions of Big Bird, what definitely didn’t happen in Selden Arcade, ladypart art, the 2016 Presidential Circus Spectacular, our take on Manny Pacquiao, and the return of the Swiftbeat! Excelsior, dear readers!
I want to start today’s column with an expression of my deepest heartfelt congratulations to Tim Bostic and Tony London on the occasion of their wedding. After all the years together in a committed relationship, all the while having to deal with the hatred inflicted upon them by those with small minds and callous hearts, their marriage represents a triumph for humanity.
There goes the last bit of faith I had in anyone on Norfolk’s city council. By a unanimous decision with Councilman Protogyrou, council voted to give Mayor Fraim nearly unlimited power to censor and have forcibly removed speakers who he disagrees with or who he feels are being disrespectful. Read the new rules here. They don’t apply to council. That means Riddick can threaten you with bodily harm, but you can’t tell him he is a corrupt tax-scofflaw who once hit a woman in the face with a ham. If you did say something like that, Fraim could cut you off and have you accosted by police officers and dragged from the podium.
City Council unanimously approved the City of Norfolk FY 2016 Budget during yesterday's formal session. The budget includes money for neighborhoods, support for the first housing trust fund in the region, new capital venture programs, new schools and a pay raise for city employees.
Environmental groups are planning a demonstration this coming weekend at Neptune Park to highlight opposition to offshore drilling in Hampton Roads.
Sorry gang, it’s just me this week, Laura is on assignment. Our IYRTP this week looks at the Pretlow, Jeb Bush’s plan to deal with Saddam Hussein, India from space, and finally a remembrance of one of Ghent’s most interesting people, with a tribute song from Skye Zentz. Read on…
Recently, I was discussing the issue of trap-neuter-return (TNR) of unowned outdoor cats with Jennifer, a fellow Norfolk resident. She told me her story about how her local community came together to help the feral felines they were seeing every day.
It started innocently enough. Kevin Erskine, founder of Coelacanth Brewing Company, sent an email to Susan Pollock, his contact for the Norfolk Planning Department, to inquire about doing work on the brewery prior to the May 28th hearing on whether or not Coelacanth will be granted the special exemption to operate a microbrewery in the city.
When Oludare Ogunde was released after serving 18 years in prison, he found that ex-convicts encounter barriers as daunting as prison walls when they try to re-enter society.
“Society makes it impossible for you to make it right when they block every possible opportunity you can get,” said Ogunde, who started an organization to help former inmates.
In 2012, a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Reserve shot himself in the head at a shooting range in Colonial Heights after renting a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson. The sound of gunshots at shooting ranges is pervasive. But the sound of suicide is becoming more common than anyone would hope for. And it is happening all over the country.
This week, Laura and Chris cover cops killing people and their subsequent questionable FB posts, bike-friendly NASCAR races, how we learned to stop worrying and love GMOs, warp speed, farts, magicians, and physics-defying vomit-inducing “fun” rides at the Oceanfront!
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