Families of the victims of the 2007 Virginia Tech massacre provided their input about issues of gun control and gun violence on a recent Hillary Clinton-backed telephone press conference. Interviewees lauded Clinton’s commitment to tighter regulations and derided Trump’s looser stance on these issues; DP collects some of their comments here.
More drama arose Thursday over attempts to strike down some of Virginia’s voter ID laws as the case made it to the U.S. 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. While Republicans argue that Democrats cannot prove that the laws disenfranchise minority voters, Democrats claim that Republicans had little data to encourage tightening restrictions. Get the rundown here.
Despite heavy Republican opposition, Governor Terry McAuliffe will now move forward with his efforts to restore voting rights to felons in Virginia. A motion by GOP state legislators to hold McAuliffe in contempt of the court for recent restorations was shot down by the state supreme court. Read more here.
The Daily Press must be happy to report that Virginia’s colleges and universities, particularly those in Hampton Roads, once again stood out in national listings. Williamsburg’s W&M, Newport News’ CNU and Hampton’s HU all scored high rankings in various categories; further away from home, Charlottesville’s U.Va. was among the best in the national class.
Norfolk police have asked Pokemon Go publisher Niantic to remove the Pokestop at the city’s Pagoda after taking complaints from nearby residents, according to Alt Daily. Some complained about traffic and late-night noise, while shopkeepers appreciated the increased patronage. The police have not heard from Niantic, so the Pokestop is safe for now.
VDOT is seeking input from Hampton Roads dwellers on upcoming traffic projects, including the possible construction of a third crossing between Southside and the Peninsula. The overall objective is to ease excessive traffic burdens. Got a strong opinion on the matter? Offer your input here before the Sept. 19 deadline.
ITT Technical Institute shut down all facilities across the nation, including a Norfolk site, leaving thousands of students and faculty stranded at the school year’s start. Good news for local students, though: TCC, TNCC, and ECPI are all developing emergency plans to help potential transfer students.
Members of Newport News first response crews and local military personnel partnered for a special September 11 memorial service at the Victory Arch on Friday. Speakers, including a fire department chaplain and the city’s mayor, offered words of encouragement and unity, and an ensemble from the Army TRADOC Band provided music.
Environmental officials across Virginia agree that if bayside dwellers ate less meat and thereby reduced the demand, this could significantly reduce nitrogen emissions that harm the Chesapeake Bay’s ecosystem. You don’t have to go full vegetarian, but you could read up on numerous ways to calculate and reduce your own bay footprint.
Christopher Newport student James Dennehy was born without arms, but he hasn’t let that hamper him in the least. A third-year political science major, Dennehy scored an internship at the White House over the summer, hobnobbing with D.C. bigwigs and researching disability awareness in America. Read his inspiring story here.
Late-night travelers on I-64 should expect lane closures and slowdowns between exits 247 and 255 from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Tuesday through Thursday. Construction crews will continue work on the I-64 widening project, which will hopefully ease congestion in the future. For now, drive safely and be aware of your surroundings.
If you’ve followed stories about a solar-powered peninsula, check out this new opportunity for residents to take action. VA SUN is sponsoring a solar co-op for Middle Peninsula homeowners looking to go green (and save green in the process). Interested? Register here, or attend an info. meeting on Sept. 12 in Saluda.
Astronomers have discovered a new planet orbiting our nearest neighboring star, Proxima Centauri; the informally named Proxima b is a bright candidate for exploration in the future. It would take unmanned probes until the end of the century to reach the planet, but its size, location, and makeup are all promising.
It’s never too early to start dreaming about Girl Scout cookies, and the Girl Scouts know this all too well, having just added the divine gift of centennial s’mores cookies to their normal lineup. Come January, you can purchase two kinds of s’mores, now free of several unhealthy artificial supplements.
The second annual Filmily Fest, a short film festival created to highlight local talent and creativity, is now accepting registrations through Aug. 24. The festival’s competition aspect involves film-making teams submitting inspirational photos and drawing from the pool of photos to get ideas for their film. Visit this website for all the details.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s plan to restore voting rights to 200,000 felons hit another snag Wednesday, as the Republican General Assembly’s recent lawsuit blocked the motion and forced the disclosure of the names of everyone, including almost 800 Peninsula residents, who attempted to re-register. McAuliffe, however, says he aims to reinstate rights with individual orders.
The SS United States won’t take to open water again, but locals will be proud to hear that the Newport News-built leviathan was found in “remarkably strong structural condition” during its inspection for possible recovery options. The ship’s conservancy society is currently looking into preserving it as a waterside attraction. Donate here.
Diana Dinescu, a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at U.Va., is leading a prominent psychological study that examines the links between marital status and drinking habits in twins, and it yields surprising results. The Washington Post reports here on Dinescu’s study and other related research projects regarding marriage, relationships and alcohol.
Running through Aug. 20, Newport News’ Peninsula Community Theater will show its production of “The Music Man,” which will provide a family-friendly outing on weekends and unite families onstage, as several cast members are blood relatives. Tickets are $18, but student, senior, and military discounts are available.
In the wake of the defeat of North Carolina voter ID laws, the Democratic Party of VA is appealing its lawsuit against the Virginia State Board of Elections to overturn certain voter ID regulations. Significant differences between the two states’s laws may complicate the outcome, however — North Carolinia’s law was much more strict. Talks begin in September.
Right on the heels of Donald Trump’s nomination as the official Republican presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton announced her choice for her running mate on Friday via Twitter, which has since exploded with praise for vice presidential candidate and former Virginia governor and U.S. senator Tim Kaine. DP provides updates here.
NASA’s next Mars mission, scheduled for 2020, will deploy an as-yet unnamed rover to our red neighbor’s surface to collect rock, mineral and water samples and search for potential signs of past life. NASA reps hesitate to make any promises, though; read their comments here or follow the mission here.
If you’re visiting Virginia Beach this summer, watch your step. Local surfers stumbled upon this hidden beauty (seen above) skulking in the sands today; while the Chesapeake Bay Program claims that the fish, a deep sea-dwelling northern stargazer, is relatively harmless to humans, its teeth and electric spines say otherwise.
About Andrew: I’m a senior at Christopher Newport University with a love for words, animals, the outdoors and music. While my life dream is to live quietly as a bearded bear-trainer in the frontier, I am thrilled to have the chance to write about all of the fun quirks and day-to-day surprises of living in Hampton Roads.
Fun Fact: I’m a trumpet player by trade, and I relish any opportunity to play jazz, marching field shows and anything else that needs to be extraordinarily loud.
Yorktown skylines might get crowded in the coming months. DP reports that once the FAA’s UAV regulation changes take effect on Aug. 29, local drone manufacturer Avid will kick production into high gear, hiring a couple dozen pilots and selling their aircraft to the military, search-and-rescue workers and even commercial distributors.
You’ll have to act fast, but if you’re looking for a cute canine companion to cuddle, Patty the beagle needs a loving home and she’s up for adoption. The once-abandoned dog who just had a crazy-huge tumor removed is currently making a speedy recovery at a Virginia Beach shelter; read her story here (and then go for the adoption information here.)