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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

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DeSteph wants attorney general to review nonprofit advocacy in light rail referendum that revealed conflict in election law, state guidance

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE VIRGINIA BEACH – State Sen. Bill DeSteph, R-8th District, wants the state attorney general to determine whether it is appropriate for a nonprofit to advocate a position in the Nov. 8 light rail referendum without forming a… Continue Reading

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From the Editor: A mural in Virginia Beach’s Back Bay has its critic(s)

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE PUNGO — I am writing about a mural in Back Bay that I decided not to write about some months ago. It’s the one that says “NEVER HILLARY!!” In part, it shows the sort of wall some folks think… Continue Reading

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A new book offers its readers a unique Virginia Beach bucket list

BY JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTE OCEANFRONT — A new bucket list for the Beach is coming in book form – 100 Things to Do in Virginia Beach Before You Die. The new book was penned by Toni Guagenti, a writer who also serves as… Continue Reading

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[Updated] Virginian-Pilot journalism workshop applications due soon for local high school students

THE INDEPENDENT NEWS NORFOLK – The Virginian-Pilot, the leading newsroom in Hampton Roads, has an opportunity for tomorrow’s journalists to learn about newsgathering this summer. The Pilot is accepting applications to its High School Journalism Workshop, which is scheduled to… Continue Reading