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2020: The year in photos by The Princess Anne Independent News

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — This is a look back at some of the images from our newspaper in 2020, a tough year for many of us. Better things are ahead. Thank you to David B. Hollingsworth for his exceptional work… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Rural residents should speak because a commercial venue is proposed for agricultural land

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS BACK BAY — A pending conditional use permit request deserves attention before the Virginia Beach City Council makes a decision that could have consequences for rural communities. The City Council on Tuesday, Aug. 25, is scheduled to consider a… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Journapocalypse now

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE BACK BAY — Earlier this year, I published an editorial about the terrible situation at The Virginian-Pilot, which is being moved to the Peninsula, and I urged folks with cash laying around to buy our local daily back from Tribune.… Continue Reading

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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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Editorial: Restore local ownership to save The Virginian-Pilot

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS VIRGINIA BEACH — The coming move of The Virginian-Pilot’s newsroom from South Hampton Roads to the Peninsula is a culmination of events that reflect not only technological change but how journalism is devalued in our divisive digital culture.… 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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From the Editor: Our local newspaper of record, and the political ads to come

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — This past month, there was some discussion by Virginia Beach officials about The Virginian-Pilot changing its arrangement with the city in regards to publishing City Council agendas prior to meetings. For years, The Pilot has done… Continue Reading

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Editorial: Hansen’s departure is more complicated than some outlets say

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS PUNGO — Some news outlets falsely reported that the recent resignation of Virginia Beach City Manager Dave Hansen resulted from how the city has faced the mass shooting at the municipal center. “Virginia Beach official resigns over mass… Continue Reading

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Chesley: Virginia’s largest city joins an ever-expanding, grisly list

BY ROGER CHESLEY Virginia Beach, with its 450,000 people, typically boasts of its stellar public schools, miles-long sandy Oceanfront, high median household income and the Navy’s East Coast master jet base. Native son and entertainer Pharrell Williams put the place… Continue Reading