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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! 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 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 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.


Virginia’s Tim Kaine confirmed as Hillary Clinton’s VP choice

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.


#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.


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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‘Chewbacca’ makes Facebook history

If you haven’t seen the “Happy Chewbacca Mom” video yet, you’re missing out. Candace Payne, a mom from Texas, posted a live video on Facebook of her opening up, trying out and laughing hysterically at her new Chewbacca mask. She not only entertained millions with her laughter, but she also made Facebook history with more than 100 million views! You can watch the video here.

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