Charles the lion dog is almost definitely the most famous nuisance animal in all of Hampton Roads. He appeared on “Good Morning America” in Jan. 2013 after being mistaken by Norfolk residents for a baby lion. Now he’s up for adoption after his owner was caught letting him off his leash in public … again.
Just four months into 2016 and it’s already a(nother) record-setting year. According to the New York Times, January, February and March were all hotter than in 2015, which was the warmest year ever recorded. The records are partially attributed to an especially strong El Niño, which shake up global weather conditions.
Andrew Jackson will have to learn to share a piece of real estate (something he was really bad at). The LA Times reports that Harriet Tubman will grace the face side of the $20 in 2030 while Jackson, whom Vox calls “a disaster of a human being on every possible level,” will keep the back.
Part of North Carolina’s HB2, which many say allows for discrimination against LGBT people, may have been invalidated by a court in Virginia. The Daily Press reports that the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals, which covers both states, ruled that the Gloucester school board can’t require students to use bathrooms that don’t correspond with their gender identity. Check out a DP photo gallery following the case here.
Virginia can obtain lethal-injection drugs through a secret process, according to a ruling by Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring (@AGMarkHerring) released Tuesday night. Many states have faced a shortage of the drugs in recent years. The ruling allows the state to purchase drugs from compounding pharmacies, which are like boutique drug manufacturers.
Hours before performing at the Hampton Coliseum Monday evening, Pearl Jam announced they’ll join the North Carolina boycott and cancel their Raleigh date. Frontman Eddie Vedder addressed their reasoning behind the decision at the concert (full speech at Rollingstone.com). Alt Daily has photos and a review from the show, and the Daily Press has video and more pix.
After a series of wins for @ and speculation that @realDonaldTrump’s popularity was slipping, New York’s primary was anything but an upset. According to the New York Times, Trump took 60.5% of the GOP vote while Hillary Clinton took 57.9% of Democrats. Check out where each candidate stands with the AP delegate tracker.
It’s Thursday — almost the weekend but still definitely not Friday — and if you need a little boost to get you through it, then you’re in luck. Wawa is offering any size coffee for free all day. So for at least one once, you won’t have to reuse that gross, never-really-clean coffee pot.
Amidst boycotts and pressure from big-name performers, companies and movie studios, North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory made amendments to the infamous “bathroom bill.” The Atlantic notes that the changes were minimal, however. Entertainment Weekly reports that singer Bryan Adams cancelled a show in Mississippi, which passed a similar law to similar reactions.
Norfolk residents have a chance to meet their mayoral candidates at the Ted Wednesday night. ODU’s Student Government Association is hosting a forum that includes a student panel and audience-submitted questions. The event will start at 7 p.m. and is open to the public, according to 13 News Now.
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. @ 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.
If you’re a voter living in Norfolk or Chesapeake, Monday is the last day to register for the general election on May 3.
A number of positions in local government will be voted on in Norfolk, Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News and Suffolk this spring. Check out who’s on your ballot by searching your zip code on Ballotpedia.org. You can register online here.
Bruce Springsteen has become the latest entertainment figure to cancel a gig in North Carolina following passage of a law that strips LGBT protections. A number of production companies, including Lionsgate and A&E, have said they won’t film in the state, and the NBA may be reconsidering Charlotte as the host of the 2017 All-Star game.
What’s better than seeing your face on the board at school? How about seeing it on the Internet? The Virginian-Pilot reports Virginia Beach Public Schools launched a blog to showcase their students and faculty. It functions a bit like “Humans of New York,” except it doesn’t make you want to cry as much.
Update: @ 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: @ 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.
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.)
Charles, the “lion dog” was caught running loose last week. Now The Virginian-Pilot reports that his owner won’t be able to get him back until he appears in court. The executive director of Norfolk SPCA penned an op-ed in ODU’s student newspaper arguing that the university should cut ties with the dog.
Virginia Beach’s light-rail debate is far from over, but it took a step forward Tuesday night. The city council voted 9-2 to keep the light-rail extension plan on track, according to The Virginian-Pilot. Residents spoke before the council for more than two hours (live-tweeted by Pilot writers Alissa Skelton and Jordan Pascalle).
Last week Tesla unveiled its newest vehicle, the Model 3. Unlike the three previous Tesla cars, the 3 is affordable while maintaining the quality and 200+ mile range that make these electric vehicles attractive. According to The Washington Post, Tesla is working to open a store in Richmond, its second store in Virginia.
Charles, the weirdly lion-like dog known for occasionally running around Ghent without a human, is behind bars. According to The Virginian-Pilot, he escaped his fenced backyard Wednesday evening and was picked up by Animal Control. He’ll stay at the city shelter until his owner appears at a hearing next week.
A gunman opened fire at a Greyhound station in Richmond Thursday, killing a state trooper and injuring two bystanders. The Virginian-Pilot reports that the trooper, 37-year-old Chad Dermyer, had previously worked as an officer in the Newport News Police Department and lived in Gloucester. He also served in the Marine Corps.
Starbucks coffee may be fair trade, but it’s definitely not Fair Grounds. Alt Daily Editor Jesse Scaccia penned an article urging Ghent residents to oppose a proposed drive-thru Starbucks just a “Frisbee” throw away from Stella’s on Colonial. He argues the drive-thru is not necessary and would hurt community engagement.
Looking for a way to dispose of your collection without ingesting all that sugar, or maybe a reason to justify stocking up on cheap surplus the day after Easter? This Daily Press article has more than enough ideas to get the most out of your Easter candy, including where to donate it.
Thirty people were killed and more than 200 wounded Tuesday morning when a series of bombs exploded in Brussels, Belgium. The New York Times reports that the Islamic State claimed responsibility. The Daily Press reports that a pair of students from William and Mary are studying abroad in Brussels but were not affected.
It’s rare to find nuanced criticism of the media these days. Righteous anger is often undone by a lack of understanding of journalism’s importance to democracy. Rob Shapiro’s op-ed in Alt Daily juggles both. He argues local news stations should focus more on what community members are doing to make #HRVA a better place.
This weekend’s forecast is probably reason enough to skip a trip to the Oceanfront. But, if you need another reason, the Shamrock Marathon and related races will bring about 100,000 runners and spectators to the area. The Virginian-Pilot’s guide to all things shamrock has a list of roads that will be closed and where to park.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testified in a House Panel Thursday about his role in the Flint water crisis. The Chicago Tribune reports that he blamed the EPA and other government agency officials. Leaders including Rep. Matt Cartwright told the governor to resign (above). The contamination was exposed by Virginia Tech professor Mark Edwards.