The Peninsula Regional Animal Shelter has a new solution for those who want to take in a shelter dog but can’t handle a full-time commitment. They’ve introduced the “Weekend Warriors” program to allow volunteers to house a furry friend for one to three days of out-of-shelter fun. You can learn more about the program here.
The Virginia Beach arena deal is far from certain, but it’s not dead yet either. City Council voted down the developer’s most recent proposal. However, the city’s mayor and vice mayor are still lobbying to get the developer an extension to come up with a new plan.
It’s beginning to look a little bit more like Christmas in the 757, even though Halloween hasn’t even happened yet. Busch Gardens has announced this year’s Christmas Town will open November 25. This year’s celebration will feature Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and a whole Sesame Street “Forest of Fun.”
The HRBT’s expansion could mean solo travelers could use HOV lanes, but there’s a catch. The lane would be high-occupancy-toll roads, meaning you’d have to pay to use the lane if you don’t have any passengers. It’s a trend that’s already popular in NOVA.
The mayor of one of HRVA’s biggest cities says advocates for marijuana legalization in Virginia shouldn’t get their hopes up for a while. Norfolk Mayor Kenny Alexander said after a public forum on the topic that state government action on the issue isn’t in the cards till at least 2018, according to the Pilot.
Roughly 50 cats were found Monday in a deceased woman’s Newport News home and are now being cared for at a local shelter, the Daily Press reports. Emergency crews had to remove some of them from hiding places in walls, ceilings and floors, but most of the animals are in good health and may be up for adoption soon. Head here to see a photo gallery of the kitties who were rescued.
Tragically, for many of us, summer is on its way out. But there’s still time to slip in that last epic trip before the leaves begin to fall. If you’re looking for ideas to squeeze the most out of your last seconds of summer, check out this final bucket list.
The Williamsburg Indoor Sports Complex has finally taken a long awaited step forward. The Virginia Gazette reports the group has broken ground on a new aquatic facility. The $3.5 million feature will be adjacent to the current WISC center.
Virginia’s own former governor/current senator Tim Kaine may be up for a new position. Politico reports that Kaine currently tops Hillary Clinton’s list of possible VP candidats. HUD Secretary Julian Castro and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) are also said to be high on the list.
- Localities across the Peninsula are starting to spend money on projects that they fiercely held onto during the Great Recession — is the region on the brink of a recovery? From the Daily Press (and the first of a series.)
- The Daily Press also has amazing coverage — in words and visuals — of the LPGA tournament stop at Kingsmill in James City County, which concluded on Sunday.
- Today in #firstworldproblems: The farm is coming to a store near you so you don’t have drive aaaalllll the way there just to buy your local fruits and veggies. From the Pilot.
- Portsmouth is hoping to tap into the craft-brewing boom with brewery of its own — and it’s willing to invest some serious dough to attract one. From the Pilot.
- 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.
- 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.
- Isle of Wight is running low on officials, the sheriff argues, the DP reports.
- Fight on for delegates should GOP have no nominee, the Pilot reports.
- Williamsburg City Council candidates are BFFs on the issues, WY Daily reports.
- Home-brewing software coming to Peninsula conference, Southside Daily reports.
- Expired drugs? Police collect Saturday, the DP reports.
- Virginia Natural Gas presents $30,000 to environmental groups, the Pilot reports.
- Officials call off the search for a missing Fairfax firefighter, who used to live in York County, after a body was found in Shenandoah National Park, according to WVEC.
- Former Ferguson president joins local residents in opposition to Wegmans at contentious Newport News site, the DP reports.
- Virginia Beach schools pull the plug on grading changes, Southside Daily reports.
- Highs in 70s, rain and clouds rejected for region Friday, the DP reports.
- Almost 95 percent of defeated bills killed by secret votes, the DP reports.
- Dominion’s Yorktown plant will power through next year, the Gazette reports.
- King William beefs up emergency services, the Review reports.
- York budget meeting Thursday, WY Daily reports.
- Old Beach Farmers Market decision deferred in Virginia Beach, the Pilot reports.
Ever posted a #workout selfie? Chances are you’ve at least seen them in your feed before. Business Insider details the effect that all of these images of #healthy #foodporn are having on us: We’re more obsessed with fitness than ever before, which is good news for gyms and workout programs.
Last week Republican National Committee members seemed poised to rewrite some of the rules for their convention in July, that is until Donald Trump accused them of rigging the nomination process. Time reports that top leaders, including Chairman Reince Priebus, have pushed to have any rule changes voted on at the convention.
It’s rare that two sides compromise on something as divisive as the death penalty. The Daily Press reports that Governor Terry McAuliffe made amendments to a death penalty bill to make it easier to acquire lethal injection drugs. The Republican-controlled state legislature had intended on making electrocution the default method when drugs weren’t available.
The Bay’s in dire straits because the oyster population is a shell of what it used to be, Millennial Magazine reports. Overfishing threatens these guys, which do the most filtering of Bay water and provide habitats for other creatures. Luckily, activists have made some gains in keeping oysters in the game.
Marijuana has been a Schedule 1 drug since before your parents (may or may not have) experimented with it. That could soon change, though. The Washington Post reports that the DEA aims to decide whether or not to reclassify it by July. Currently it’s regarded as more dangerous than cocaine and meth.
They’re not just cat listicles. BuzzFeed dropped a bombshell story detailing how the FBI and DHS fly hundreds of domestic surveillance flights every month, largely without public knowledge. According to ots flight tracker map (you can check any city), there are very few flights above Hampton Roads, unlike our neighbors in NoVa.
Ever passed on engaging in a heated political discussion? Navy personnel have to adhere to a whole ‘nother level of political restraint. The Virginian-Pilot explains they’re subject to a whole host of rules that are intended to uphold the military’s impartial appearance.
@ is known for bragging about his poll numbers. A recent national poll found, however, that seven in 10 Americans have an unfavorable view of the Donald. Almost 50 percent of Republicans do as well. The Daily Press reports that a CNU poll found that almost one third of Virginia Republicans wouldn’t vote for him.
Revelations of financial wrongdoing from the #PanamaPapers have brought down a world leader. The Times reports that the prime minister of Iceland resigned after mass protests, and now at least seven Chinese officials have been associated with secret accounts.
The leak is the largest ever and an extraordinary look into the world of global finance, which is brilliantly explained in this video about piggy banks from Vox.
Last month, the General Assembly approved the production of marijuana-based treatments for epilepsy and other diseases. The lobbying effort behind that victory included 13-year-old Caleb Thomas and his mother Tracie. According to The Virginian-Pilot, Thomas suffered multiple seizures every week before participating in a clinical trial of marijuana oil therapy.
Stem cells have absurd potential to change the field of human health, and this goes double for your eyes. CNET reports that new research uncovered by two separate research teams shows stem cells have great potential to restore sight to the blind.