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Updated: Wagner, Kowalewitch will challenge incumbent Dyer in Virginia Beach mayoral race

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Two people will challenge Mayor Bobby Dyer in this year’s mayoral election. Following City Councilmember Aaron Rouse’s recent announcement that he is ending his campaign for mayor, two candidates – businesspeople Jody Wagner and Richard “R.K.” Kowalewitch… Continue Reading

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Breaking: Rouse ends campaign to be Virginia Beach mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — City Councilmember Aaron Rouse is ending his campaign for mayor of Virginia Beach. Rouse today made the announcement in a social media statement that initially caused some confusion about whether he was dropping out. The… Continue Reading

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In a devastating time for restaurants, dining rooms are empty while some turn to takeout, if they can

Ed. — This story originally appeared in print on Sunday, March 29. The City Council has scheduled a special meeting via distance communication technology at 3 p.m., on Tuesday, April 7, to discuss tax deferrals, suspending the meals tax and other… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Dem prez primary absentee voting; fines for late reports by VB pols; School Board candidate bows out

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Absentee voting for Virginia’s Tuesday, March 3, Democratic Party presidential primary is underway in Virginia Beach — and voting opportunities will expand in the coming month. More on that in a moment. First, a word about a… Continue Reading

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Divided Virginia Beach City Council backs symbolic Second Amendment resolution

Ed. — This initially ran in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — A divided City Council — following in the footsteps of more than 100 other local governments around the commonwealth — this month passed a resolution voicing… Continue Reading

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Virginia Beach City Council approves independent investigation of shooting

Ed. — This archived story originally appeared in the July 5 print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – The City Council on Tuesday, July 2, authorized an independent investigation into circumstances surrounding the recent mass shooting in which an employee killed… Continue Reading

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The elegy and the promise

A horrific act leaves 12 people dead and four wounded, as well as a community in mourning. Ed. — This originally ran in print on Friday, June 7. A gallery of photos that ran with the original story appears at the… Continue Reading

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Political Notebook: Rouse offers running commentary on the chase for the Iron Throne, best tweet ever

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS Virginia Beach City Councilmember Aaron Rouse, serving his first term in an at-large seat, has been an enthusiastic Game of Thrones live tweeter. Sample tweet: I WANT MORE DRAGONS! And I WANT THEM NOW! Rouse crafted that… Continue Reading

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Gunman kills 12 people, wounds four in mass shooting at Virginia Beach Municipal Center

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – A city worker killed a dozen people and wounded four more at the Municipal Center in the late afternoon of Friday, May 31, before the gunman was killed after a sustained battle with police inside… Continue Reading

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New members join Virginia Beach City Council in the New Year; Wood picked to return in his role as vice mayor

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – New and returning members of the Virginia Beach Council took oaths to serve the city on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at City Hall. “You are welcome additions to our team,” Mayor Bobby Dyer said at the… Continue Reading