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Remembering Norton Girault, veteran, author, lifelong student of writing

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE NORFOLK — The writer Norton Girault, author of a short story collection, Out Among the Roster Men, and a historical novel, Andre Boulanger, died on Sunday, Dec. 2. Girault was a longtime friend of the Old Dominion University… Continue Reading

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Us: Poetry by Dr. Luisa A. Igloria

  Letter, Fumbling Around in the Dark Again “They can be like the sun, words. They can do for the heart what light can for a field.” — St. John of the Cross Dear fellow pilgrim, today the road seems… Continue Reading

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Officer in First Precinct recognized for lifesaving in overdose case, narcotics investigation that followed

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE – Officer M.E. Shawkat, a Landstown High School and Old Dominion University graduate who has served the police department for three years, was recognized during the First Precinct Citizens Advisory Committee meeting this past month as… Continue Reading

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More work ahead on digital markets for rentals in Virginia Beach

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS COURTHOUSE — Commissioner of the Revenue Phil Kellam recommended further study of the scope of short-term rentals in Virginia Beach, a hot topic over the past year due to aspects such as “event home” rentals in Sandbridge… Continue Reading

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Cox grad Hill’s dramatic roots grow into comedic roles

BY WILL HARRIS Tymberlee Hill, formerly of Virginia Beach, stars in the Hulu reality series satire The Hotwives of Las Vegas. She’s appeared on Grey’s Anatomy, Castle and Curb Your Enthusiasm, and she’s co-starred on a recent NBC comedy, Marry… Continue Reading

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For a time, free tickets to Keillor literary festival talk at ODU Norfolk campus; poet Theodore Deppe scheduled for Beach Higher Education Center

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NORFOLK –  Among the highlights of the 38th annual Old Dominion University Festival this coming month is an appearance by Garrison Keillor at the Ted Constant Convocation Center. Festival organizers said this event, while free and open… Continue Reading

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Biologist studies betterment of local berry crops through mason bee pollination

BY JIM WASHINGTON NORFOLK — When it comes to strawberries, why not bee fresh bee local? That’s what occurred to Lisa Horth, a research biologist at Old Dominion University, two years ago regarding the strawberry crop in Virginia Beach.  Strawberry farmers… Continue Reading