ICYMI: Increasing depth, lightning strikes, Beach Breach, school safety, not the first choice, and more

Check out the stories people were talking about in this week’s ‘In Case You Missed It.’

Deeper, wider

The Norfolk Harbor and its channels are currently 50 feet deep, according to the Corps of Engineers. However, the dredging project will take the channels to 55 feet deep and widen the channels to allow for two-way traffic of ultra-large container vessels. READ MORE.

Hampton Roads is one step closer to a deeper, wider port. Here’s what that means for you

Flash danger

While fatalities because of lightning strikes are minimal – there have been only three in the state during the past 10 years – it doesn’t negate the danger lightning poses. READ MORE.

July is the most dangerous month for lightning strikes. Here’s why

Beach Breach Weekly

Authorities are asking anyone with information about any of these people to contact Virginia Beach Crime Solvers. Here’s last week’s list.

Beach Breach Weekly: Four schemers and a wildcard

School safety

After a thorough review of data from two community meetings, an online town hall, school tours and staff interviews, the panel presented its 11 recommendations to the School Board. READ MORE.

Remember that Blue Ribbon panel in April to address school safety? Here are their recommendations

Not the first choice

One reason the aquarium went nearly a year without an official director is because a different candidate — from Canada — was originally offered the job as aquarium director nearly six months ago. READ MORE.

The city manager’s appointee for aquarium director was not the first pick. It was a Canadian. Here’s what happened

Other stories people were talking about:

Cold beer and warm welcome: This is The Taphouse Grill in Ghent

After 23 years, new owners, professional photographer Adelaide Rooney and ODU engineering graduate, Parker Harrington, have taken over. Along with them come a bounty of new ideas soldered steadfast to the pub’s sociable past. READ MORE.

‘Uptown Funk’ Norfolk Police style (Video)

Norfolk Police is now challenging other departments. READ MORE.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.