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Nygaard announces he will not run in special election for Beach District seat, must leave district to care for family

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — David Nygaard announced on Sunday, April 7, he will not seek to regain the Beach District Seat he won in November but left in March after a panel of judges found he had been ineligible… Continue Reading

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Prosecutors do not pursue two charges against former human rights chair, third charge may be dropped after two years of good behavior 

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE COURTHOUSE — Raj Islam resigned as chairperson of the Virginia Beach Human Rights Commission on Friday, March 1, though he said he will continue to serve as a member. The criminal charges that led to his resignation as chairperson… Continue Reading

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Nonprofit continues to build toward opening its wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH — Wildlife Response Inc., a nonprofit organization that for years has been developing an animal rehabilitation complex, is still chipping away improving land it leases from the city along Indian River Road. Bill Haynie, the group’s… Continue Reading

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After tronc purchase of The Virginian-Pilot, local journalists seek – and gain – recognition of Tidewater Media Guild

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – This month journalists at The Virginian-Pilot and The Daily Press, among the leading newsrooms in Virginia, formed a guild and sought voluntary recognition as a union from tronc, a Chicago-based company that purchased The… Continue Reading

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Essay: Confederate monument remembering local dead is a piece of Virginia Beach and Princess Anne County history we should preserve

BY KENNETH R. HARRIS VIRGINIA BEACH — With all the controversy surrounding our Confederate monuments as of late, I would like to enlighten you with a little history about the Confederate monument right here in Virginia Beach and the former Princess Anne… Continue Reading

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Petition, protest seek removal of Confederate statue at Virginia Beach municipal center; city commission will discuss its future on Wednesday

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – Amid calls for its removal, officials in Virginia Beach will begin to consider the future of the Confederate monument near the intersection of Princess Anne and North Landing roads at the municipal center. The Virginia… Continue Reading

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Dyer calls for ‘moratorium,’ panel to look at public-private partnerships following concerns in Virginia Beach

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE  COURTHOUSE – City Councilmember Bobby Dyer on Tuesday, Aug. 22, announced he has drafted a resolution calling for a moratorium on public-private partnerships following the council’s approval earlier this month of a development project near Town Center… 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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Media: Virginian-Pilot workshop an opportunity for local high school students interested in journalism

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS The Virginian-Pilot is accepting applications for its 31st summer journalism workshop, an opportunity for local high school students to work with professionals in the region’s leading newsroom — and develop skills and stories. The free workshop is… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: Use of anonymous sources sometimes a moral choice for journalists, seldom an easy one

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — There is discussion of anonymous sources on the national scene, which is timely because I made a decision to use an unidentified source in a story published earlier this month in an edition of The Independent… Continue Reading