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2017: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that ran in print or online during this past year. Click on any image below to begin the slideshow, and then navigate using controls or your arrow keys. Here’s to a safe,… Continue Reading

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Us: William D. Sessoms Jr., the mayor of the City of Virginia Beach

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? BY WILLIAM D. SESSOMS JR. I detest extremes. Although there are people who engage in extreme thinking in Virginia Beach, they comprise… Continue Reading

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Us: Raj Islam, chair of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission

What can we do in the coming New Year to help build inclusive communities amid a time of polarization? “Courage is what it takes to stand up and speak; courage is also what it takes to sit down and listen.” —… Continue Reading

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Us: Building inclusive communities in 2018 amid a time of division

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Because we see deep division and language that has fueled a rise in hateful harassment — even violence — The Independent News posed a question to community leaders, writers and artists.  What can we do in the… Continue Reading

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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