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Letter: Trumpcare is a hazard to our health and our pocketbooks

Dear Editor: Some members of Congress claim the American Health Care Act (AHCA) reduces healthcare costs relative to the Affordable Care Act (ACA). We are physicians and scholars from Hampton Roads who have examined healthcare policy, and we believe the… Continue Reading

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Podcast with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope available from The Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO – The first edition of PAINCast, a podcast produced by The Independent News, is available for free download at the newspaper’s website. The podcast features a conversation with Chris Gilchrist of the Hampton Roads Morning of… Continue Reading

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Youth hoops rebound with new Creeds Athletic Association league

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CREEDS — Organized basketball for youth from age 4 through fifth grade is back in the southernmost reaches of Virginia Beach. The season opened in January.  The league was organized by the Creeds Athletic Association. In addition to… Continue Reading

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PAINCast: A conversation with Chris Gilchrist of The Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing

  BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I’ve posted our first podcast, a conversation from earlier this year with Chris Gilchrist about the coming Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing. Gilchrist, a licensed clinical social worker, is the longtime leader… Continue Reading

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Column: The price of cigarettes for a Virginia Beach family

BY LINDA RUSSELL CARDINAL ESTATES — I met Robert in Columbia, S.C., in 1960. He had just joined the Navy after serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard. His mom noticed how thin he looked in most of the pictures he… Continue Reading

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Gathering for Thanksgiving trot in Sandbridge a tradition for many

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE SANDBRIDGE — It has become a Thanksgiving tradition for local families and people from around the country who have Sandbridge connections to run one or more races during Charlie Normile’s Turkey Trot Race for the Fallen. The annual… Continue Reading

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At a critical moment, a turn from suicide toward life, toward help

Ed. Note – The following is adapted from remarks delivered during the Out of the Darkness Community Walk on Saturday, Sept. 10. It has been lightly edited for style and clarity. BY JOHN JENKINS MOUNT TRASHMORE — Chris Gilchrist of the… Continue Reading

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Out of the Darkness walk in Virginia Beach makes strides for awareness of depression, suicide

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Before the walk began, Tasha Frederick of Sandbridge tied a ribbon into the hair of 9-year-old Laney Frederick. They were there to raise awareness and remember someone lost to suicide during Out of the Darkness… Continue Reading

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Column: A walk in Virginia Beach to survive, help others, remember Mom

BY RITA ANN BELL NORFOLK — I truly believe everything happens for a reason.   On the morning of May 27, 2004, I came out of the bathroom expecting another normal workday. To my surprise, my grief-stricken dad, husband and one of… Continue Reading

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Column: Taking charge of wellbeing with post-traumatic stress disorder

BY VENI FIELDS VIRGINIA BEACH — A row of inch-long needles glinted in my hairline, their exposed ends wrapped in a gleaming strand of copper. My acupuncturist and I giggled together before I left her office. She instructed me to leave the… Continue Reading