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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

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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