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Puerto Rico: Virginia Beach restaurant gathers supplies, aids recovery from devastating impact of Hurricane Maria

BY JANE BLOODWORTH ROWE VIRGINIA BEACH – Raquel Rivera, who came stateside in 2003, still has family in Puerto Rico, and she was devastated when Hurricane Maria struck the island this past month. “The whole island is destroyed, and we… Continue Reading

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Letter: A chance encounter in Virginia Beach leads to a one-sided conversation about Harvey Weinstein

Dear Editor: I patiently stood in line on a rainy recent day at Virginia Beach City Hall. After a couple minutes, a hunched, thin guy ahead of me wearing a straw Fedora turned around and said: “I was thinking about… Continue Reading

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With help, folding paper cranes at the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE MOUNT TRASHMORE — Katie and Justin Copeland were together during the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing at Mount Trashmore. With the help of a volunteer, they learned to fold paper cranes, a symbol of hope.… Continue Reading

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A young survivor’s message of strength from the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope

BY ISABELLE KESSLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Sharing a story of hope is something I never thought I would be able to do. That is exactly the reason why I write – to share with you the uphill battle it took for… Continue Reading

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Editorial: There is room for more history at the site of the Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS There are generalizations in the discussion about whether a monument to those from Princess Anne County who served the Confederacy should stay put in a public courtyard, but a promising idea has emerged to build more while… Continue Reading

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A simple way of enabling speech helped keep the peace at Confederate monument in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – On the day of a rally at the Confederate monument at the municipal center, Master Police Officer Bradley Detrich and Capt. David Squires, commanding officer of the First Precinct, had a talk. The heart of… Continue Reading

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Column: With curtain of paper cranes – and more – event Saturday at Mount Trashmore Park in Virginia Beach seeks to end stigma of suicide

BY POLLY SIEMANN VIRGINIA BEACH — On Saturday, Sept. 9, I will  again be one of thousands coming together as a community to walk at Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach. This walk, the Hampton Roads Morning of Hope, Help and Healing,… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Rhetoric is a tool that is only as good as the person using it

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — The words we use matter, and there is a word I care about that is unfairly maligned in our increasingly partisan discourse. That word is rhetoric, misused by opponents of certain ideas as shorthand for what… Continue Reading

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Column: Why I started a petition to remove the Confederate monument at the Virginia Beach municipal center

BY TESSA FOWLER VIRGINIA BEACH — Did you know there is a statue in Virginia Beach that has a Confederate soldier on top? Confederate soldiers fought for slavery. The statue is in the same spot where people used to sell slaves… Continue Reading

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Sister Cities: People from around the world unite in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT –  Virginia Beach hosted the 61st annual conference of Sister Cities International this past month, bringing people from around the world to the city in support of the organization’s vision to encourage peace through interactions between… Continue Reading