ODU president decries racist music video that sparked controversy on campus

A screenshot from the controversial music video taken Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

NORFOLK – A controversial music video made the rounds in the Old Dominion University Twitter community on Tuesday after a student tweeted the video – called “White Power” – just before midnight Monday.  The video, originally uploaded to YouTube on Feb. 4, shows a young woman wearing an ODU sweatshirt with a white towel draped over […]


Norfolk company 2 Pink Peas takes on sustainable, affordable fashion

2 Pinks Peas creates sustainable, ethically-made purses using recycled fabrics. (Photo courtesy of 2 Pink Peas)

NORFOLK — Sophia O’Neal, 19, is a self-proclaimed fashionista, but according to the college student, the fashion industry falls short in one crucial area: sustainability. “Fashion is the second-most polluting industry in the world, second to oil. There are oil rigs and then there are mini skirts,” she said. “Over 10 percent of landfill waste is disposable, […]


Bringing home the bacon: Old Dominion student’s startup puts twist on pops, truffles

Brown stuffs, rolls, and decorates her bacon treats by hand each week with the help of friends an family. (Mariah Pohl)

NORFOLK — Each year, the typical American consumes more than 18 pounds of bacon, according to Old Dominion University student Janay Brown, who said she hopes to take bacon consumption to the next level through her bacon-focused business Full Belly Delights. Full Belly Delights provides gourmet, handcrafted bacon truffles, bacon pops, and flavored bacon. Much like a traditional […]


Two Virginia House Bills address state human trafficking needs

Attorney General Mark Herring

VIRGINIA BEACH — Human trafficking is on the minds of Virginia lawmakers, as evidenced by two bills that have been unanimously passed by the House of Delegates and are on their way to the Senate. Virginia was awarded a $1.45 million federal grant to combat and prosecute human trafficking in November 2016. According to Attorney General […]


Virginia Beach’s rise in lift assist calls prompts service charge ordinance proposal

A Virginia Beach Fire Department engine door. (Justin Belichis)

VIRGINIA BEACH — The amount of lift assist calls the fire department receives has increased by 80 percent over the past two years, and now the city could charge a service fee for the non-emergency service if it becomes excessive. Interim Fire Chief David Hutcheson presented the ordinance proposal to city council at its meeting Tuesday. […]


Virginia Beach superintendent’s $742 million budget includes 2 percent raise for employees

Virginia Beach School Board

VIRGINIA BEACH — Virginia Beach City Public Schools superintendent Aaron Spence presented the 2017-18 budget proposal at Tuesday’s School Board meeting. The $742.1 million budget included a 2 percent pay raise for all full-time VBCPS employees, as well as funds for ongoing equity adjustments for the unified pay-scale, Spence said. For the first time in five years, this would […]


Dancing seniors move their hips and make new friends at the Sandler Center in Virginia Beach

Dancing with the Seniors

VIRGINIA BEACH — Local seniors who say they have a hard time finding spots to do the “Cha-Cha Slide” or the “Wobble” are learning new steps through the “Dancing with the Seniors” program at the Sandler Center. The free program kicked off its fifth season Monday with 60 seniors under the leadership of BailaFuzion Dance Company owner and instructor Marquita Bianca. […]


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