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Discover the art of Tibet

By Phyllis SpeidellThe Virginian-Pilot
Venerable Thupten Chosang's dream is to see his homeland of Tibet, but for now, he's happy to be back in Hampton. He's one of nine Buddhist monks who are members of The Mystical Arts of Tibet Tour, which is spending the week at The American Theatre in Phoebus. The vintage theater is Chosang's favorite venue, the site of his first performance in America last August."It's really beautiful, near the ocean and a very special place," he said.During the week, the monks will construct a mandala (a Tibetan . . .

Blog: Slow Movie Summer -- Been to Busch Gardens Lately?

Boy, the big movie studios have been consolidating their monies into a few big flicks this year. I miss the 3 new movies per week I've been used to. This year, it's been 1 or 2 per week if we're lucky. I did have 3 this week about which I will write later this week. I'm trying to make a concerted effort to speak to you guys more often so you might visit my site more often.

At any rate, in lieu of a movie last week, my husband and I took a day out to see Busch Gardens. We have the platinum pass but don't always take the time to use it as we would like. This pass allows us preferred par

Suffolk couple feels need for slower speed

The Virginian-Pilot
The front yard to Paul and Jeanie Vestal's sprawling waterfront home is a testimony to concrete. Make no mistake. Their home on U.S. 17 in Suffolk - called Bridge Road along that stretch - is lovely. But there's a lot of driveway, in the shape of a horseshoe.The Vestals have nothing against grass: It's all about safety.Heading south in the vicinity of the Mills Godwin Bridge, in a mile-long stretch before their house, the speed limit is 55 mph. Backing out of their driveway, the Vestals say, they . . .

Waterspout seen as Alberto's remains sweep across Outer Banks

The Virginian-Pilot
Minutes after the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning around 2:30 p.m., at least one waterspout was sighted near Hatteras Village as pieces of Alberto swept across the North Carolina Outer Banks.At about 2:45 p.m. the sky over Hatteras and Frisco darkened as black clouds from the northeast and the southwest collided and hung menacingly overhead, rotating visibly.Staff at The Island Breeze newspaper in Hatteras Village went outside to get a better look. That’s when they spotted the . . .

Voter Guide: Registrars, State Board of Elections, polling places

The Virginian-Pilot
CHESAPEAKERegistrar Virginia W. GarrettAddress 411 Cedar Road, Chesapeake, VA 23322Phone (757) 277-9797E-mail vgarrett@mail.city.chesapeake.va.usWeb page www.chesapeake.va.us/services/depart/vot-reg/vot-reg.html NORFOLKRegistrar Elisa J. LongAddress 808 City Hall Building, Norfolk, VA 23510Phone (757) 664-4353E-mail vote@norfolk.govWeb page www.norfolk.gov/elections PORTSMOUTHRegistrar Deloris M. OvertonAddress City Hall, 801 Crawford St., First Floor, Portsmouth, VA 23704Phone . . .

State money will help Smithfield raze houses

By LINDA McNATTThe Virginian-Pilot
SMITHFIELD - A blighted community of tiny homes originally built decades ago for employees of Smithfield's meatpacking plants finally will be razed. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine announced Friday that Smithfield is one of a number of localities across Virginia that will share $7 million in community development block grants.The small town in northern Isle of Wight County will receive $1.4 million to remove the homes from about 20 acres behind the packing plants and to relocate residents in 31 occupied . . .

Dare employee dies after wreck on motorcycle

By catherine kozakThe Virginian-Pilot
NAGS HEAD - A long time Dare County employee died Thursday night in a Norfolk hospital after he lost control of his motorcycle while trying to avoid another vehicle, police said.Foye C. Minton, 53, of Wanchese was riding his 2004 Harley-Davidson Classic Cruiser north on U.S. 158 about 3 p.m. when a 1999 Lincoln sport utility vehicle driven by Bruce Burnette, 60, of Halifax, Va., cut across two lanes in front of him, Nags Head Public Safety Director Charles Cameron said. Burnette had been facing . . .

You're fired! But I jest

By Caryn RousseauHamptonRoads.com
Why did the corporate executive cross the road? Because he was chicken. Executives scared silly by mergers, big presentations and power lunches are finding help from unlikely coaches -- improvers at Chicago's Second City, the renowned comedy training ground for Saturday Night Live and The Daily Show. Here humor takes a back seat to the skills of improv, something corporate America hopes will improve communication and make client presentations shine. Their theory: the skills can help in the most . . .

Signing is big (league) deal for ECSU player

By jeff zeiglerCorrespondent
Carlos Gutierrez, a native of the Bronx, N.Y., recently became only the second player in the history of the Elizabeth City State University baseball program to sign a professional contract.Gutierrez, an outfielder, inked a deal with the Oakland Athletics franchise last week. Because of his fifth-year senior status, he does not have to enter the Major League Baseball draft in June.Instead, Gutierrez will report to Scottsdale, Ariz., for extended spring training and will open the season with Oakland's . . .

Correction from The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginian-Pilot
Marvin Leon Lake, our public editor, works with readers on questions of fairness, balance and accuracy. Call (757) 446-2475.CLARIFICATIONA story in Sunday's Business & Finance section reported that Chris Kimmons, president of the United Auto Workers Local 919, planned to persuade Ford workers at the Norfolk Assembly Plant to refuse buyout packages from the company. Kimmons said that the UAW's national leadership, rather than local union leaders, would be responsible for implementing such a strategy. . . .

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