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Maybe there should be more training for attacks

The Virginian-Pilot
PART OF OUR ever-evolving, ever-developing brain helps us appreciate art, literature and music or comprehend complex math and science formulas.This is what students at Virginia Tech have been doing for generations.Then there's another part of the brain. The most primitive part, used for survival. When faced with the hunter, the instinct tells the hunted to fight, flee or freeze.This is what we saw at Virginia Tech on Monday when a man killed 32 people and then himself. A complicated task - learning . . .

Police seek clues in death of man found in wrecked car

The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - Police are investigating the death of a man found at the wheel of a car after a wreck Thursday evening. Officer Chris Amos, a police spokesman, said the single-vehicle wreck was reported about 6:30 p.m. at the intersection of Redgate and Orapax avenues.One victim was found in the car. He was taken to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time after arrival.The name of the man was being withheld until relatives could be notified."We do not know if the accident . . .

What do we say?

The Virginian-Pilot
That this isn't the time for metal detectors or more scanners for ID badges? That this isn't the time to point fingers and wonder how in 150 minutes, almost three class periods, a dispute between students escalated into the deadliest shooting ever at a university?That if Oprah's talking about Virginia, that if Brian Williams is on campus, then you'll know exactly how truly sorry, how heartbroken, aghast and - to use the president's word - "horrified" everyone really feels?That if the governor declares . . .

Library begins a new chapter: Food, drinks are allowed inside

The Virginian-Pilot
LIBRARIANS HAVE BEEN wrong all these years.They've lived strictly by the book: no food or drink in the library - as if the smallest juice box would create an atmosphere found only at an Insane Clown Posse concert or a post-game locker room celebration."The idea was, with food comes bugs. With drinks comes spills," said Marcy Sims, the director of Virginia Beach's public library. "And we do have regulations." Oh yes, the libraries have regulations. The signs are there to enforce them. No cell phones. . . .

At times, the role of a president can be tough

The Virginian-Pilot
SOMETHING'S eating at Thomas Jefferson, and it's not the vile Alexander Hamilton.TJ is chapped.Well, not the real Thomas Jefferson, but Clay Jenkinson, the guy who plays the third president on public radio for "The Thomas Jefferson Hour." He's kind of miffed."I get a little pissy," he said, "because I'm annoyed with the righteousness."Jefferson's popularity, it turns out, is in decline nationally."He's still strong in Richmond, Norfolk, Chesapeake...," Jenkinson told me.Just three months ago, he . . .

Meyers inaugurated president of Norfolk State University

By NANCY YOUNGThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - With its inauguration of Carolyn Winstead Meyers on Thursday, Norfolk State University could lay claim to the title of "most enlightened" school in the world, said a fellow college president. "They had the wisdom to select - twice - a woman," Patricia Cormier, president of Longwood University, said to the hundreds assembled on campus for inauguration. "They get it."Although she has been working as president since July, Meyers took the formal oath of office Thursday from U.S. Rep. Bobby . . .

Friendships sustained over plates of chips and salsa

The Virginian-Pilot
MOST THURSDAYS, I'm only at work for an hour before my phone rings."Hola, senor!" Ryan greets me.It's a reminder, in case I need one, that it's Thursday. And on that day we celebrate what we like to call Mexican Thursday.Mexican Thursday is simple. We eat Mexican food for lunch. On Thursdays. Every week. That's it. People come and go based on their schedules and their proximity to that week's appointed restaurant, but that's the whole enchilada or, in my case, quesadilla.For the better part of six . . .

Michelob Open now has all 20 of LPGA's top-20 money-winners

The Virginian-Pilot
Paula Creamer and Ai Miyazato, the LPGA's sixth and 19th leading money-winners this season, have committed to play in next month's Michelob Ultra Open at Kingsmill. That gives the $2.2 million tournament all 20 of the top-20 money-winners. Creamer won the SBS Open at Turtle Bay in February, worth $165,000, and has finished in the top 15 in three other events in compiling more than $243,000 this season.Miyazato has one top-10 finish in the four events in which she has played, and has earned almost . . .

Here at the newspaper, we can’t just go in peace

The Virginian-Pilot
AS I WRITE THIS, I’m sitting on the toilet in the men’s room.Something big happened recently at the newspaper, something everybody here is talking about, but nobody’s written about it. As your intrepid Daily Break columnist, I couldn’t let it pass without comment.So, here it is: There’s now music in our restrooms.Yes, whether it’s Duke Ellington or Dave Koz, here at Pilot headquarters you can wash your hands, perform bodily functions or privately stew over which staff members didn’t sign your birthday . . .

Hurricane evacuation times getting longer on Outer Banks

By Catherine KozakThe Virginian-Pilot
Imagine that it is July Four th weekend with a Category 3 hurricane heading up the coast, projected to land somewhere near the Outer Banks. Imagine that a mandatory evacuation is ordered. That's not a pretty picture. From the minute the first vehicle starts leaving until the last one is cleared off the road, it will take about 30 hours on U.S. 158 at Barco and 21 hours at U.S. 64 west through Columbia, according to the recently released North Carolina Department of Transportation State Hurricane . . .

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