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Tractor-trailer accident on Peninsula backs up traffic

The Virginian-Pilot
All lanes of westbound Interstate 64 have been restored after being closed this afternoon near Mercury Boulevard following a tractor-trailer accident.The accident happened just before 3 p.m. Traffic was able to get by on the shoulder, but the accident caused long backups.

Tourism from Asia. Is it a long shot?

By RICHARD QUINNThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH - Si-Jun Lee bought the Hells Point golf course four months ago, even though he knows making money off the links can be as hard as playing well on them. Still, the self-made property manager who emigrated from South Korea 30 years ago said he sold strip malls he owned to help pay for the course.Maybe, Lee thought, he could surround the course near Sandbridge with golf villas. Maybe he could restore the allure of Hells Point, which earned rave reviews when it opened 25 years ago. . . .

Portsmouth police believe escapee may be with his mother

By Jen McCafferyThe Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH - Sheriff's officials said Wednesday that they believe the inmate who escaped from the work-release center early Tuesday morning may be with his mother. The sheriff's office is continuing to search for Michael Andre Bailey, 20.Deputies noticed about 1:30 a.m. that he had escaped from the work center in the 2000 block of Frederick Blvd. Sgt. Amber Whittaker, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, declined to specify why they think Bailey may be with his mother, Tamie Bailey Williams.Williams, . . .

High School Report: It's official - Ocean Lakes to host state gymnastics meet

The Virginian-Pilot
The Virginia High School League has made official acceptance of an offer by Ocean Lakes High School to host the Group AAA state gymnastics meet.The meet is set for Feb. 16 and 17.The VHSL's executive committee has approved Ocean Lakes' offer to host the meet. The VHSL had threatened this week to cancel the meet if a school did not step up to host the event.Lisa Corprew, Bayside's student activities coordinator, will serve as the meet director.The VHSL is still looking for a meet director for the . . .

Music & Grammar: Writing well, singing good

By HILLARY RHODES Associated Press (ASAP)
Imagine a world where you aren't anything but a hound dog and where you cannot get any satisfaction. Sound boring? That's because it's too proper. It ain't good grammar you're looking for, babe. Great music often thrives on breaking the rules: unexpected chords, shifting keys, lyrical surprises. Once in awhile, that includes a line that an English teacher might despise. "What if God was one of us?" What if Joan Osborne were to have used the subjunctive? Here are some grammatically challenged lines . . .

A plea to keep Chesapeake at bay

The Virginian-Pilot
Baltimore and Washington are each their own cities with their own traditions, their own suburbs, even their own dialects. But for years now, they've been one giant metropolis, connected by commerce and commuters. For the purposes of the Census Bureau, if enough people - 15 percent - in one jurisdiction of a metropolitan area commute to another, then the two regions might as well be one.Which leads to some provocative possibilities. Baltimore and Washington merging in any sense for any reason is . . .

Pentagon report says attacks in Iraq hit new high

The Virginian-Pilot

Weekend hit-and-runs leave 1 dead, another hurt

By Steve StoneThe Virginian-Pilot
Hit-and-run drivers are being sought in two separate collisions over the weekend that left a 20-year-old man dead in Norfolk and another man critically injured at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront.The first incident occurred about 9:40 p.m. Saturday when a motorcyclist was killed on Interstate 64, said Sgt. D.S. Carr, a State Police spokesman.The man, identified as James Daniel Richards, was driving a 2004 Suzuki motorcycle when he lost control while getting onto I-64 westbound from Tidewater Drive, . . .

Submarine Rickover to be retired after 22 years of service

By Jack DorseyThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - The submarine named for the nuclear Navy's father, Hyman G. Rickover, is to be retired today after 22 years of service.The ship's sponsor and widow of Adm. Rickover, retired Navy Cmdr. Eleonore Rickover, will attend the 1 p.m. ceremony at Pier 3 of Norfolk Naval Station, the Navy said in a news release.Hyman Rickover retired from the Navy in 1982 after 63 years of naval service under 13 presidents. The submarine Rickover recently returned from its final six-month deployment to the North . . .

Name a spot, Marcus Vick will play there: He wants to make the team

By STEVEN WINEAssociated Press
MIAMI - Daunte Culpepper and the rest of the Miami Dolphins' starters may be long gone from Saturday's exhibition opener against Jacksonville before Marcus Vick even takes the field.A fourth-string punt returner, fifth-string receiver and fifth-string quarterback, Vick is the ultimate utilityman. If asked, he would likely retrieve the tee following kickoffs.Anything to earn a job.While Culpepper will make his Dolphins debut - the latest milestone in a remarkable recovery from reconstructive knee . . .

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