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‘Go Trump’ and swastika etching found in dorm bathroom at William and Mary

An official from the College of William and Mary has had to come out and say what should never, ever have to be said: Intimidation and other such terrible behavior is never, ever tolerated on the Williamsburg campus. This comes after the words ‘Go Trump,’ with the ‘T’ as a swastika, were scratched into a paper-towel dispenser in a W&M residence hall bathroom, the Daily Press reports. A photo bearing evidence of this had percolated on social media.

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FRESH: A look at upcoming #PokemonGo meetups in Hampton Roads

If you’re looking to mingle and meander with fellow #PokemonGo trainers, you’re in such luck. A handful of places in Hampton Roads are hosting meetups — often with lures to sweeten the deal. Here’s a look at what’s slated for the weekend and beyond.

Did we miss something? Please let us know on Facebook and Twitter, and we’ll be sure to add it to our list!

  • To have a little Pokemon Go-themed fun there’ll be a  Pokemon cosplay contest at the Rainbow Cactus in Virginia Beach during Labor Day weekend. Deets.
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Enter your funniest #PokemonGo screen capture for a chance to win movie tickets!

Snag a Snorlax at a local pizza joint? Catch a Pikachu at a pet store? If you’re playing #PokemonGo, we know you’ve had some of these funny augmented-reality-meets-real-world moments, we know you took screen grabs — and we want to see ’em. A pair of Paragon movie tickets are at stake!

Here’s the deal: Beginning at 9 a.m. Monday, Aug. 15, Head to Blend757’s Facebook page, like us and post your funny screen capture as a comment on the page. You’ll have until noon Wednesday, Aug. 17, to post your screen capture on our Facebook page.

Once the submission window closes Wednesday, we’ll create a Facebook album of all the images we received as quickly as we can. A voting period will be open Wednesday afternoon through Friday at noon. Your “like” counts as a vote. Feel free to vote for as many images as you want.

Once the voting period ends at noon Friday, we’ll tally up all the likes. We’ll award a pair of Paragon movie tickets to the two trainers whose images garnered the most votes! They’ll be notified by private message on Facebook.

And that’s a wrap! If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to email me at bbuchanan@dailypress.com! Happy hunting!

Now here are the rules and stuff:

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Starts August 15, 2016 at 9AM and ends August 19, 2016 at 12:00 p.m. Open only to residents of Hampton, Newport News, York, Poquoson, Williamsburg, James City, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, Mathews, Surry, Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Suffolk, Chesapeake and Portsmouth counties, 18+ as of 8/15/16. Excludes Sponsor’s employees & their hshld/immed fam mbrs. To enter, complete form at facebook.com/blend757. Prizes (2): Two (2) tix to Paragon Theaters. Approx. Retail Value (“ARV”): $22 per pair. Odds of winning depend on number of entries and number of votes (Facebook “Likes”.) Further restrictions apply. Click here for full version of Official Rules. Email bbuchanan@dailypress.com for Winners’ List after 8/19/16. Void where prohibited. Sponsored by The Daily Press, LLC.

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Smithfield police posts pic of Ditto, catches person with active warrant

The Smithfield Police Department definitely wants to catch ’em all — all the lawbreakers, anyway — and devised a most ingenious plan to do so. On its Facebook page, the authorities posted a photo of Ditto, which all #PokemonGo  trainers know is elusive and hasn’t been spotted in the smartphone game thus far. The post teased that only eight *special* people (aka people with outstanding warrants) would be invited to the station to try to catch the rare ‘mon. The department announced its first successful capture Tuesday, the Daily Press reports.

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#PokemonGo interactive map charts catches across #HRVA

If you’re a trainer trying to catch ’em all across Hampton Roads, here’s a tool that could help you in the hunt: an interactive map that drops a pin where a Pokemon was found so that hopefully you can find it there, too. But, of course, with it being interactive and all, it’s only as good as what users put in. So, if you find a sweet one — such as a Ninetails or Onyx or so on — all you have to do is fill out this form and your catch will be marked.

If you need some inspiration on some new #PokemonGo haunts, check out — and add to — our roundup of our readers’ favorite places to catch Pokemon.

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Readers’ favorite spots to catch Pokemon in Hampton Roads

Our readers answered our call and shared their top spots to catch those delightful pocket monsters. If your fave isn’t listed, let us know on Facebook or Twitter and we’ll add them here!

  • Fort Monroe in Hampton
  • Buckroe in Hampton
  • Grand View in Hampton
  • City Center in Newport News
  • Yorktown Beach
  • Gloucester Point Beach Park
  • Colonial Williamsburg
  • Busch Gardens in Williamsburg
  • Virginia Beach boardwalk
  • Town Center in Virginia Beach
  • Mount Trashmore in Virginia Beach
  • Lynnhaven Mall in Virginia Beach
  • Norfolk waterfront near Nauticus
  • Colley Avenue in Norfolk
  • Botanical Gardens in Norfolk

 

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Meet the Blenders: Mary Ramsey

About Mary: I’m a journalism and poli sci student at the University of South Carolina. In addition to writing for Blend757, I also work as a news editor and sports writer for The Daily Gamecock. I live and die by the AP Stylebook, except when it comes to the Oxford Comma, which I firmly believe is the linchpin that keeps the world together. When not writing I’m probably just rewatching The West Wing or listening to podcasts about The West Wing.

Fun Fact: I’m an aunt to a wonderful nephew, adorable niece, and the world’s best dog. Follow me on Twitter: @mcolleen1996

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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • In a moving tribute, families endured the elements to pay their respects on Memorial Day. From the Daily Press.
  • This is the toughest thing you’ll read all week: the story of someone whose job it is to tell families their loved ones died in battle. From the Daily Press. (The video is especially gripping.)
  • Hampton Roads is grappling with its Confederate history. From the Daily Press.
  • An animal shelter in Virginia Beach needs foster parents for 27 baby bunnies. Yes, weeks-old baby bunnies. From Southside Daily.
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Thursday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • If you recently bought a house, you’ve contributed to the double-digit increase in home sales across Hampton Roads. From the Daily Press.
  • A team of Hampton high school students won an out-of-this-world compeition: their recipe was chosen, sent and enjoyed by three astronauts aboard the International Space Center. From the Daily Press.
  • Luxury apartments could be coming to Waterside if the project’s developer has his way — but questions of affordability loom. From the Pilot.
  • A judge establishes that Chic’s Beach is public, allowing Virginia Beach to begin work replenishing the beach. From the Pilot.
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Wednesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Mark Warner and Tim Kaine are among a group of senators pushing the VA to pick up on projects that never made it off the ground. From the Daily Press. 
  • Gov. Terry McAuliffe, when asked about a federal investigation concerning his 2013 campaign contributions, explained his reaction with one word: “Shock.” From the Daily Press.
  • An otherwise empty lot is being repurposed as part of the Virginia Beach art district, ViBe. From the Pilot.
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Monday’s #HRVA news you need to know

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Wednesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Isle of Wight is getting ready for its solar farm, and it’s prepared to hire about 200 people. Via the Daily Press.
  • Students the most at risk of falling into achievement gaps are succeeding at these schools in South Hampton Roads. Via the Pilot.
  • A slice of California is coming to the Virginia Beach Oceanfront in the form of a workout park. Yes, a workout park. Via Southside Daily.
  • Probably the saddest thing you’ll read in a long time (sorry): A baby died in the fiery crash that blocked I-264 at Rosemont Monday. Via the Daily Press.
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Monday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Firefighters from around the world came to #HRVA to train — and they got to fight pretend fires on a boat. (Check out the video and photos, too.) Via the Daily Press.
  • #HRVA must have redeemed its four-leaf clover because an Irish pub that’s “as authentic as it gets” is opening up in Downtown Norfolk. Via the Pilot.
  • The plight of transgender soldiers is being considered … and inching toward resolution. Via the Post.
  • Referendum for light rail is going to be on Virginia Beach’s November ballot. Via Southside Daily.
  • Tomorrow’s going to be sunny … but bring a jacket. Via the Daily Press.
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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Pair of shootings in Hampton kills one, injuries three. Story, video and photos via the Daily Press.
  • Scientists may finally have an answer to the earthquake in 2011 that rumbled the East Coast and shocked Hampton Roads. Via the Daily Press.
  • In a time of tight budgets and struggling schools, Norfolk school board representatives want to spend almost $100,000 more in travel than other divisions. Via the Pilot.
  • There’s a new coffee shop in Virginia Beach where you can get more than just a shot of espresso — you can get a shot of whiskey. (We approve of this development.) Via the Pilot.
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Thursday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Joining the ultimate-role-model ranks of the notorious R.B.D, NASA Langley’s “human computer” and recent recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, Katherine G. Johnson, will have a new Langley building named after her. Via the DP.
  • Norfolk’s newly elected mayor, Kenny Alexander, is not only the Mermaid City’s first mayor in two decades, but he’s its first African-American mayor — and that comes with a delicate balancing act. Via the Pilot.
  • And speaking of historic elections, Williamsburg City Council will welcome its first Asian-American representative, William and Mary senior Benming Zhang. Via WVEC.
  • Thursday is Cinco de Mayo, and a ramped-up Virginia Beach police force is on the lookout for anyone who may be driving drunk. Via Southside Daily.
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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Hiring a lawyer is the state Republicans’ first step in fighting the governor’s order to let ex-felons vote. Via the Daily Press.
  • A tourist came to Virginia Beach to party during College Beach Weekend, but she ended up comforting a shooting victim in his final moments. Via the Pilot.
  • The City Council of Virginia Beach has been paying toward an oyster program to the tune of $500,000-plus that doesn’t exist, an audit finds. Via Southside Daily.
  • This isn’t news if you’ve filled up your tank recently — and of course you have — but AAA says if you think you’re paying too much at the pump right now, you’ve definitely been spoiled. Via the Pilot.
  • All week you’re going to need that umbrella … ella … ella … eh … eh … Via the Daily Press.
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Thursday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • A 24-year-old man died after being shot late Wednesday night  outside of a KFC in Hampton, police say, via the DP.
  • Climate change is basically creating a crisis scenario on Tangier Island, via the DP.
  • Coast Guard crew reunited with family and friends in Portsmouth after a tour, via WAVY.
  • Here’s a look at what you missed during #VAfashionweek, via the Pilot.
  • Cue the sad trombone: #hrweather will only see a high of 65 degrees tomorrow and a potential shower, via the DP.
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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • A #HRVA group is drawing the blueprint for the region’s transportation priorities — with major cash at play,  via the Daily Press.
  • In the wake of another police shooting in Norfolk, a pastor is calling for people to get involved to help better the community, via the Pilot.
  • Fairfax firefighter and former York County resident, who, officials say, killed herself, may have been bullied online, via The Washington Post.
  • Tuesday’s #hrweather is going to be on the crispy side, via the Daily Press.
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Thursday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • Death penalty via lethal injection will continue in Virginia, as the General Assembly agrees to keep those drug providers’ names secret, via the Daily Press. (Pictured above: House Speaker William Howell, left, talks with Marcus Simon and David Tuscano, right, during a debate over the bill. Photo via AP.)
  • Court documents: Two Chesapeake police officers face misdemeanor assault charges after a Deep Creek man says they hurt him as they arrested him in October, a claim the department says is “substantiated,” via the Pilot.
  • Virginia Beach police chief told City Council “vertical compression” has led to lower-level officers making thousands more than those with a higher rank — and the same “demoralizing” issue is affecting VB’s fire department, via Southside Daily.
  • The LPGA tournament is coming to Kingsmill in Williamsburg. Watch this video of its media day from the Daily Press.
  • Warm and breezy weather is in store for #HRVA Thursday, via the Daily Press.
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Tuesday’s #HRVA news you need to know

  • The family and friends of a 14-year-old Woodside High School freshman who killed herself Saturday are rallying together to bring attention to bullying prevention, via the Daily Press. (Pictured above is the girl’s mother being consoled as she speaks about her daughter.)
  • Another round of BRAC could be around the corner, via WVEC.
  • You know it’s getting close to summer when competitions are fighting for premium surf turf with the locals who just want to hang 10, via Southside Daily.
  • A Lynchburg resident who used to live in Virginia Beach scored big on Wheel of Fortune Monday, claiming almost 14,000 smackaroos and a Hawaiian vacay, via The Virginian-Pilot.
  • The #hrweather couldn’t be better today, with an 80-degree high and an abundance of sunshine, via the Daily Press.
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Devils Backbone is joining forces with Anheuser-Busch

If there’s one good thing about this deal, it’s that soon you’ll be able to order a Vienna Lager no matter where you go. @GovernorVA says, with Tuesday’s agreement, the craft brewery based in Roseland would be able to use Anheuser-Busch’s cross-country connections to sell its brews across the country.

The announcement notes that DB staff will largely remain independent and its own management is slated to stay on for some time. The deal will become official in the spring.

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UPDATE: Teen has been found safe, @NewportNewsPD says

Update: @NewportNewsPD says 14-year-old Paryss Amari Nichols is safe and sound and will soon be reunited with her family in Newport News. She contacted her family after watching a broadcast appealing for the public’s help in finding her, the Daily Press reports.

Previously: @NewportNewsPD want you to call 757-247-2500 if you’ve seen 14-year-old Paryss Amari Nichols, whose mother reported her missing on Saturday. Police say Nichols is a runaway and has threatened to hurt herself in the past, the Daily Press reports.

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This 18-year-old accomplished something only a few have

Among her other scholastic accolades, Long Island high-schooler Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has eight huge things to be proud of: She was accepted to ALL eight Ivy-League institutions. The 18-year-old daughter of Nigerian emigrants, who told the NYT she wants to pursue a career in science, now has to choose from Harvard, Dartmouth, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Yale, Columbia and Brown. (Whew.)

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