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From the Editor: With ‘fake news,’ Salem High journalists teach a lesson about critical thinking

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I read with interest when Eric Hodies of The Virginian-Pilot reported that student journalists at Salem High School made up a story and published it this month to teach a lesson about what some call “fake news.” … Continue Reading

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After recent last run, the annual Colt races at Christopher Farms will not return

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS CHRISTOPHER FARMS – A year after it had returned, said the Colt 5K and One Mile Fun Run at Christopher Farms Elementary School made its final lap in May, but a number of families and young runners sent… Continue Reading

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Naval Air Station Oceana commanding officer talks about partnership with city; air show will again welcome all Virginia Beach fifth graders

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE – The commanding officer of Naval Air Station Oceana said fifth graders from Virginia Beach schools will again be invited to attend the air show this year, which is scheduled from Sept. 15 to 17. More… Continue Reading

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Media: Virginian-Pilot workshop an opportunity for local high school students interested in journalism

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginian-Pilot is accepting applications for its 31st summer journalism workshop, an opportunity for local high school students to work with professionals in the region’s leading newsroom — and develop skills and stories. The free workshop is… Continue Reading

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Budget: Virginia Beach proposal would raise taxes for all day kindergarten, restore agricultural reserve money

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen on Tuesday, March 28, unveiled a spending plan that would raise real estate taxes to help establish full-day kindergarten throughout the city while redirecting money from a previous property… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Virginia Beach’s Kenneth Chandler discusses building net worth by building a network

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Dr. Kenneth Chandler, deputy city manager in Virginia Beach, spoke with students from eighth through 12th grades last month during the annual African American Male Summit at Princess Anne High School. The event had been… Continue Reading

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After postponement, student-led Gay-Straight Alliance event at Cox High School brings hundreds together

BY COURTNEY HERRICK  GREAT NECK – People packed the auditorium at Frank W. Cox High School on Monday, Jan. 30, for the school’s first ever Gay-Straight Alliance assembly – a forum called “Love Is Love” that was organized by the… Continue Reading

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Event organized by Cox High School Gay-Straight Alliance will be held Monday after being postponed by Virginia Beach schools

[Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, Dec. 9. It has been updated to reflect the rescheduled event and a comment made in a column published after this story went to press.] BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – In December,… Continue Reading

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2016: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Here are some of images that, with few exceptions, we 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… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach student and their paper airplanes rise to occasion in challenge at Military Aviation Museum

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Fifth-grade students from several Virginia Beach schools competed in a STEM Airplane Challenge at the Military Aviation Museum on Friday, Nov. 18, an event that built upon a partnership between Creeds Elementary School and the nearby… Continue Reading