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After buyouts and the coming move of The Virginian-Pilot, concerns grow about the biggest newsroom in South Hampton Roads — and local news itself

Ed. — This originally ran in the Friday, Feb. 28, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — One of the journalists covering Virginia Beach for The Virginian-Pilot, the leading media organization in the region, is Peter Coutu, 24. He started… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Regarding our journalism and The Virginian-Pilot

Ed. — This originally appeared in the Friday, Jan. 31, print edition. Since it first ran, Tribune announced it is moving The Pilot’s operations to Newport News. This is a significant development, though the newspaper will maintain some presence in Virginia… Continue Reading

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Elections: Education group that made endorsements in Virginia Beach fined for failing to file as PAC, late campaign finance report

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  State elections officials have fined a nonprofit organization based in Virginia Beach that made a series of surprise endorsements on Election Day for failing to file as a political action committee last year. State… Continue Reading

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Stolle letter: Virginia Beach nonprofit group that endorsed pols on Election Day may have violated state election law

Ed. — This story first appeared in the Friday, Jan. 17, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — A letter by Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle says a group formed by a member of the School Board may have violated… 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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Rye selected to lead Virginia Beach School Board, calling it an ‘honor beyond words’

Ed. — This story appeared in print on Friday, Jan. 17. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Carolyn Rye is the new chairperson of the Virginia Beach School Board, taking over after the three-year tenure of Beverly Anderson, who supported Rye’s nomination on… Continue Reading

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In Virginia Beach, Chicho’s seeks volunteers to deliver Christmas trees to Outer Banks beaches

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — On New Year’s Eve, some Christmas decorations came down at Chicho’s Pizza at the Oceanfront to make ready for 2020, and giant bags of colorful balloons were on hand. Just outside, a chunk of the lot near… Continue Reading

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Group claiming to represent educators makes surprise endorsements, raising questions about its political advocacy; commonwealth’s attorney reviewing complaint

Ed. — This story originally appeared in the Friday, Nov. 15, print edition. The VBTA has not responded to requests for information detailed below. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH –  Early on Election Day, state Del. Barry Knight, R-81st District, drove… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: As school days near, savoring the last day of a summer together

Ed. — This column originally ran in the Friday, Sept. 20, print edition. BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — On Labor Day, the end of our summer, we are together in the madhouse, making coffee, figuring out chores, awaiting the start of the… Continue Reading

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Elections: Beach District council candidates address rural issues

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY –  Two current members of the Virginia Beach City Council addressed the concerns of rural voters – including farmland preservation, flooding and district representation – during a forum at the Creeds Ruritan Community Complex on… Continue Reading