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Virginia Beach City Council candidate wants courts to kick two others in race for Beach District seat off the ballot

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE –  Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch, a businessperson who has run for local office unsuccesfully in the past, recently said he liked his odds this year in a three-person race to represent the Beach District on the Virginia… Continue Reading

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Chief addresses violent crime drop, rise in larcenies, update on Virginia Beach mass shooting investigation

Ed. — This ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Violent crime fell overall in the first half of this year compared to last year’s statistics for the city, even as the homicide rate rose… Continue Reading

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Column: On an early morning run, an encounter with two entangled birds

BY CORTNEY MORSE DOUCETTE PUNGO — Sometimes my 11-year-old daughter and I get up early to go run. Actually, she runs. I walk.  It’s barely light when we’re out, so we drive to the middle school she will soon attend and… Continue Reading

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Dyer seeks state support for plan to turn Building 2 into police offices, bring displaced city workers into other offices following mass shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in the July 5 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Virginia Beach is appealing to the state for money to help restore the municipal center in the wake of the Friday, May 31, mass… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council approves independent investigation of shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the July 5 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, July 2, authorized an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding the recent mass shooting in which an employee killed… Continue Reading

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At church near municipal center, finding solace after the Virginia Beach mass shooting

BY SHELLY SLOCUM COURTHOUSE — At lunchtime on Monday, June 3, dozens of people dressed in blue gathered at Courthouse Community United Methodist Church to remember the 12 people who died in the mass shooting at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center.… Continue Reading

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Owens reps Rose Hall District seat on Virginia Beach School Board

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The School Board on Tuesday, May 28, chose Jessica Owens, a state social service curriculum writer, to fill the vacant Rose Hall seat until a special election is decided – and the board’s chairperson vowed… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Hoeft: In the wake of the mass shooting in Virginia Beach, seeking answers to evil

BY J.R. HOEFT Tragic. Senseless. Inexplicable. Terror. Hatred. Violent. Shocking. All words to describe what happened at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, Building 2, the afternoon of Friday, May 31. “Life doesn’t have to be this way, and it shouldn’t… Continue Reading

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How to help the people affected by the Virginia Beach mass shooting

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — An outpouring of support followed the mass shooting on Friday, May 31, at the Virginia Beach Municipal Center, and officials are trying to guide well-wishers toward ways of helping as authorities continue to investigate while supporting… Continue Reading