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Helping Ex-Prisoners Stay Ex-Prisoners in Virginia

Written by Ali Mislowsky, Noura Bayoumi, Kevin Lata.

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.

AltDaily @ The Naro Presents: TOP GUN

Written by Jesse Scaccia.

On March 3, 1969 the United States Navy established an elite school for the top one percent of its pilots. Its purpose was to teach the lost art of aerial combat and to insure that the handful of men who graduated were the best fighter pilots in the world.

IYRTP: Love Will Find a Way

Written by Mike Rau.

Love will find a way

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.

Dear Gracie Brown: The Slow Fade

Written by Gracie Brown.

I am guilty of the slow fade. I slow faded the last guy I went on a date with before I started dating the guy I've been with for a few months now. So, to that last guy and to all the men I've slow faded, I'd like to apologize. 

Letter: GhostBikes, Bike Month and Local Politics

Written by Beau Turner.

Today, May 1, 2015 begins National Bike Month. You can expect to see more bicyclists on the road (and hopefully you will be one of them) as a means of transportation and recreation. I want to draw a bit of attention to visibility, bicycle laws, and just watching out for each other while using the streets to get from one area to another, regardless of your mode of transportation.

Friday Featured Artist: Gayle Forman

Written by Christine Marie Rucker.

I first saw Gayle Forman’s work at a pop up exhibit, T/here. Bathroom Vacations and DIY Norfolk were being exhibited on a postcard rack. You could purchase one for $0.25. It peaked my interest because I grew up in Virginia Beach, where tourism dominates the city’s economy. I wanted to get to know their take on the economics of art.

Guns are Used in Most Suicides in Virginia

Written by Kelsey Callahan & Lyndsey Raynor.

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.

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