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Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Finance director raising political money for state delegate facing reelection has the same name as the opponent; cue the confusion

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — There are two Shannon Kanes in the fair city of Virginia Beach who are involved in the same political contest this year. One Shannon Kane is a candidate challenging an incumbent state delegate. The other… Continue Reading

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VB Strong: Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum offers pins in support of Virginia Beach mass shooting victims

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT – The Atlantic Wildfowl Heritage Museum at historic de Witt Cottage on Atlantic Avenue is giving pins to its visitors as a reminder that the victims of the May 31 mass shooting still need support. The… 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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At mounted patrol, a happy birthday party for Virginia Beach’s Lady Justice

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The Virginia Beach Mounted Patrol invited the public to the barn in Pungo on Saturday, June 29, to celebrate the first birthday of Lady Justice, born last summer to a new police horse named Dutchess. Lady… Continue Reading

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A renewed look at historic structures in the rural reaches of Virginia Beach

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE COURTHOUSE – A city-backed architectural survey of southern Virginia Beach will focus upon identifying structures that are at least 50 years old, including beach houses in the residential resort of Sandbridge and traditional agricultural buildings such… Continue Reading

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Notebook: Two candidates drop out, one comes in amid shuffle in Virginia Beach City Council special elections

Ed. — This originally ran in the Aug. 9 print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — Within a day of each other, two people ended their runs in the special election to represent the Beach District seat on the… Continue Reading

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Standup Strong: At Funny Bone, comedy marathon aids Virginia Beach mass shooting victims

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE TOWN CENTER —  A massive roster of standup, improv and sketch comedy talent took the stage over the course of a dozen hours at the Virginia Beach Funny Bone last month. It was all jokes and heart,… Continue Reading

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Courts: Back Bay Restoration Foundation challenges permit for Ashville Park

Ed. — This archived story originally ran in print on Friday, July 5. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – Back Bay Restoration Foundation, a non-profit organization that advocates for the health of the bay and its watershed, has launched a court… Continue Reading

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Farmer John: Benefits of managing livestock in a regional food system

BY J.D. WILSON VIRGINIA BEACH — There are a couple of lines of thought about livestock practices that are at odds. I understand central points of each. Some people with plant-based diets suggest eliminating meat altogether will help save the planet.… Continue Reading