ICYMI: Sold hotels, opioid lawsuit, charity scam, money for schools, BB gun and more

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

Hotels sold

The sale closed on Aug. 31. and generated more than a dozen separate deeds, detailing the sales of the hotels, park, retail, bridge, and parking garages. READ MORE.

The 31st Street Hilton Hotel complex opened in 2003 and anchored the city's "Laskin Gateway" project (Southside Daily photo)
The 31st Street Hilton Hotel complex opened in 2003 and anchored the city’s “Laskin Gateway” project (Southside Daily photo)

Lawsuit

The suit seeks to recover the city’s costs and financial impacts resulting from the opioid epidemic. READ MORE.

City, sheriff sue opioid distributors and manufacturers

Before you give

While there are many legitimate organizations that provide relief to disaster victims, there are also many con artists that will use the phone, e-mail, U.S. Postal Service, the internet, or personal contact to try to get your money. READ MORE.

Here are a few tips you should consider before giving money to disaster relief

Money for schools

In fiscal year 2018 — from July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2018 — the Virginia Lottery reported ticket sales of $2.1 billion. READ MORE.

From 7-Eleven to a child’s classroom, here’s how the Virginia Lottery boosts local education

BB gun

Police said “a three-tiered investigation is being conducted by the Department’s Investigative Division/Homicide Unit, the Internal Affairs Division and the Office of the Commonwealth Attorney.” READ MORE.

Man shot and killed by Virginia Beach Police had BB gun

Other stories people were talking about:

Local engineers develop virtual reality tool to help treat chest wall deformities in children

A team of students and faculty at Old Dominion University has developed a 3D scanning tool to track improvement of chest deformities that’s so extraordinary it has attracted the attention of hospitals in Korea, China and France. READ MORE.

Here’s what you need to know about diet scams and how to avoid them

Kathlin Gordon, a registered dietitian and nutritionist at Sentara Careplex Hospital, said most people want easy, fast results when it comes to weight loss. 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.