Last Saturday, ODU’s football team and coaches held a “circle of unity” before the game. The one before this Saturday’s game will be twice as big. That’s because the opposing team, the Charlotte 49ers, will join them. The circle is meant to acknowledge police violence while maintaining a sense of unity.
Support for light rail expansion is up from where it was in 2014. Expansion to the Peninsula is favorable to only slightly more than 1/3 of residents, however, so it’s still not a majority, the Daily Press reports. The news comes after ODU released the findings of its Life In Hampton Roads survey.
What a time to be alive! Coloring isn’t just socially acceptable for kids. In fact, adult coloring books have topped the Amazon best sellers lists. Portsmouth has four separate adult coloring groups that meet, according to the Virginian-Pilot. Both the Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton campaigns have books available.
The Norfolk Admirals are under new ownership, but don’t worry they’re not going anywhere. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the team’s new owners, New York-based Mango Media Group, made the announcement Thursday. The team will also remain in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL) and continue its affiliation with the Edmonton Oilers.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s fight to allow convicted felons who’ve finished their sentences to vote has been a contentious issue for several months. Left up to Hampton Roads residents, it would be a very different story. An ODU survey found that a full two-thirds of respondents side with the governor, the Daily Press reports.
TSA agents at Norfolk International Airport discovered yet another handgun in someone’s carry-on luggage. An agent caught the firearm and 48 rounds of ammo when it went through the X-ray machine, the Daily Press reports. Guns are only allowed on flights if they’re checked. Check out the TSA’s Instagram account for more banned items.
Backers of both sides disagree about who won the first presidential debate, but no one denies the candidates’ abrasiveness towards each other. That may have pleased their hardcore supporters, but it earned them few points among the more independent or undecided observers, the Daily Press found. Check out the Washington Post’s massive fact-checking of the event.
There’s been a lot of noise about the effects of ride-share services like Uber and Lyft. To be sure, they are causing a lot of pain for traditional taxi services basically everywhere … but not so much in Hampton Roads. One local taxi company told The Virginian-Pilot that they still handle 20,000-plus rides a week.
Virginia is one of 32 states that have voter ID laws. North Carolina was, too, until a federal appeals court struck it down just weeks ago. Both states are under the jurisdiction of the 4th Circuit Court, which puts the commonwealth in an awkward spot as its (very similar) law is being considered by the same court.
Protests and a few instances of rioting erupted this week in Tulsa, Okla., and Charlotte, N.C., after yet another spate of police killings captured on video. High school football players in Hampton Roads are expected to continue their protest by taking a knee during the national anthem, according to the Virginian-Pilot.
This week #HRVA saw flooding in a lot of places where it usually doesn’t. That’s due to a combination of water/sewage systems that became overwhelmed and a storm that seemed to settle in once it hit Hampton Roads, according to the Virginian-Pilot. The storm broke records, including the most rain to fall on Sept. 20.
Gov. Terry McAuliffe was photographed with Willie Nelson over the weekend. Also in the picture: An apparent can of the country music legend’s brand of pot, according to the Daily Press. The Richmond Times-Dispatch notes that while the state saw more than 200,000 marijuana-related arrests last year, the governor (as well as the General Assembly) opposes legalization.
As McAuliffe’s spokesman told the RTD, “He was not and still is not aware of whatever was on the table or anywhere around him and wouldn’t know marijuana or related paraphernalia if it walked up and shook his hand. He’s cool, but he’s not that cool.”
How do you get millennials’ votes? Ya gotta get on their level. The Democratic Party of Virginia is launching a Snapchat filter available on some college campuses this week. The overlay reads “Love trumps hate” and will be available locally at Norfolk State University, as well as VCU in Richmond, according to The Virginian-Pilot.
It’s never been a better time to visit the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. That’s because it’s offering free entry from now until Oct. 9, according to the Daily Press. Its current exhibition, “Game On: Sports in Ancient and Modern Art,” celebrates sports and those who push the limits of physical achievement now and throughout history.
Does it seem like your friends are more interested in fur babies than real babies? According to a recent survey, millennials are putting off parenthood but buying and adopting pets at a much higher rate than their parents. (And if you’re still catching more baby pics on Facebook than you’d like, here’s a browser extension that replaces them…)
Six years after the birth of Norfolk’s arts district, the city will celebrate the Second Annual Neon Festival Sept. 15 through 18 with a slew of a new public art. The events kick off that Thursday with an extra-special Third Thursday at the Chrysler featuring a new installation, live music and food trucks.
If you have any remaining doubt that kids today have it way better than we did, consider that middle schoolers in Isle of Wight County don’t have to do homework or final exams anymore. Daily Press reports that the decisions is part of a larger transition to more creative education.
Just months ago, political observers were speculating who Hillary Clinton’s VP pick would be. Now they’re wondering who will take Sen. Tim Kaine’s Senate seat if they’re elected. The frontrunner appears to be Rep. Bobby Scott, whose district includes parts of #HRVA. The Newport News native has the backing of the Congressional Black Caucus.
Colin Kaepernick’s controversial protest against racism and police killings has spread far beyond the NFL. The Virginian-Pilot reports that many of the Maury High School Commodores took a knee during the national anthem at their game against Grassfield High School on Friday.
The Hampton Roads Regional Jail is under new management, kind of. Norfolk Sheriff Bob McCabe is taking over as interim superintendent after outgoing superintendent David Simons resigned. Attorney General Mark Herring recently called for a federal investigation into the facility after two men were found dead in their cells in a year.
A controversial labor law in Virginia could become a bit more permanent. Twenty-six states have right-to-work laws that prohibit businesses from requiring union membership, and Virginia’s is up for a referendum vote for that to become a constitutional amendment. Conservatives argue that move will reassure businesses, while Democrats argue that it undermines workers.
ITT Tech (yes, the one whose commercials seared its name into your mind) announced Tuesday that it will be closing all of its schools, laying off 8,000 faculty members and leaving 35,000 students in a totally awkward spot. According to The Virginian-Pilot, the school in Norfolk had 559 students who’d just started classes.
Voters will have five choices for president on the ballot in November. The Daily Press reports that, in addition to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, the following candidates will be on the ballot in Virginia: Jill Stein (Green Party), Gary Johnson (Libertarian) and Evan McMullin (Independent). The Richmond Times-Dispatch (in a city noted for its Bernie Sanders murals) endorsed Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson recently.
With just over two months until the general election (yes, it does actually come to an end), Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are neck and neck. A new CNN poll has Trump ahead by 2 points. FiveThirtyEight notes that other polls have Clinton barely ahead and attributes her earlier lead to a solid showing at the Democratic convention. She’s performing well in Virginia, though.
Divisive political statements are par for the course on Facebook walls, but not so much IRL. A mural in Virginia Beach has angered some residents who say the wall’s message is anti-immigrant, the Pilot reports. The mural shows the United States with a wooden fence on the Mexican border and reads “Save America Never Hillary!!”
Hillary Clinton meeting with donors to her foundation, Bob McDonnell accepting gifts from a friendly businessman — what’s the difference? Politicians on both sides of the aisle are arguing that now as the DOJ considers sending McDonnell back to court. For a more in-depth look, check out the article in the Virginian-Pilot.
A Virginia Beach woman was charged this week after the death of a 4-month-old girl who stopped breathing at the woman’s unlicensed daycare operation, the Virginian-Pilot reports. An estimated 40 percent of children in Virginia are watched by unlicensed childcare providers, which accounted for 50 deaths between 2004 and 2014, according to an investigation by the Washington Post.
This could be your big break. Alt Daily reports that filmmakers are looking for 13 actors for a movie filming on the USS Wisconsin. Auditions for “Haunted Ship: Alien Terror” will be held at Nauticus on Sept. 12. Training, rehearsals and filming run from Oct. 11 to 29.
Not even a year after Jamycheal Mitchell died in a Hampton Roads Regional Jail cell, another inmate, Henry Clay Stewart, has been found dead. Stewart’s family says they were told an ulcer in his stomach ruptured, but there has been no official determination. Inmates claim that Stewart repeatedly sought treatment after becoming unable to eat food and vomiting blood, The Virginian-Pilot reports.