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Notebook: Virginia Beach GOP backs candidates in nonpartisan local races; Wagner has fundraising edge in mayor’s race

Ed. — From the Sunday, Sept. 20, print edition. THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The Republican Party of Virginia Beach recently endorsed a number of candidates in nonpartisan local races on the general election ballot this year.  The endorsed candidates… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Trump’s Twitter beef with the press isn’t about partisanship but power

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I recently wrote about what some call “fake news,” a term that is inexact to the point of uselessness. It generally means stories presented to mislead by including fabricated material, whether in whole or in part.… Continue Reading

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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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From the Editor: Real, local journalism means as much as ever

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — Pope Francis did not endorse President-elect Trump. The story about the FBI agent “suspected” in the Clinton email leaks being found dead in a murder-suicide is bunk, and The Denver Guardian, which “broke” that story, is not… Continue Reading