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Report: Va. Beach waters among nation's cleanest

Four stretches of Virginia Beach's coastline ranked near the top of the country's beaches for water quality, according to a report released Wednesday.

Va. man dies in hole dug in sand on Outer Banks beach

SALVO, N.C. By the time the people near David Frasier knew he was in trouble, it was too late to save him. Frasier, a 49-year-old from Fredericksburg, had been digging on the beach near this Hatteras Island town Monday afternoon. Authorities say he was tunneling between two holes about 6 feet deep when the sand above him collapsed.

Photos | New orangutans introduced at Virginia Zoo

NORFOLK The two new orangutans at the Virginia Zoo were introduced to their outdoor habitat for the first time today. Solaris, a 10-year-old male, and Dara, a 14-year-old female, will be allowed to access the habitat each morning. Their time outside will grow longer as they become more comfortable with their surroundings, the zoo said in a news release.

Fifes and drums of Colonial Williamsburg play his song

As a kid, I loved patriotic spectacle: Fourth of July fireworks with Sousa marches blaring in the background, old battlefields with cannons and muskets and re-enactors, traipsing through the houses of the Founding Fathers with tour guides who got misty-eyed at the farsighted wisdom of the Grand Old Men. Today, these things make my skin crawl.

School drops lawsuit against Pungo businessman

VIRGINIA BEACH The for-profit college that was suing Jerry Yagen, the owner of Centura College and the Military Aviation Museum's collection of warplanes, is dropping its lawsuit.

Fecal contamination keeps swamp restrooms closed

A $3.6 million project to make the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail more inviting to visitors has expanded hiking, biking and horse trails and added a new canoe launch, docks and plenty of parking.
There's just one problem.
The two new bathrooms added as part of the upgrades are unusable.

Cape Hatteras is named a top 10 U.S. beach

BUXTON, N.C. Chad Thomas and Guy Carroll loaded surfing gear in the back of the SUV and strapped surfboards on top. Water still dripped down their tanned faces after a long morning of surfing on the Buxton beach within sight of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse. Waves 2 to 3 feet high pounded the shoreline. “We love Hatteras,” Thomas said.

Adventure Park offers way to rope in fear of heights

VIRGINIA BEACH A little pep talk goes a long way on a ropes course. "Just step off the platform," encouraged Adam Short. He's one of the dozens of monitors at the new Adventure Park at the Virginia Aquarium & Marine Science Center helping people overcome fears and move through the aerial trails in the trees.

Elevated risk of rip currents north of Hatteras Inlet

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. Swimmers north of Hatteras Inlet should be extra careful today because of an elevated risk of rip currents. The National Weather Service has issued a special hazard statement warning swimmers about the risk, which will continue through this evening.

Not your typical tacky souvenirs in Virginia Beach

Oddly, shopping like a rock star requires restraint.
One must resist the allure of sale racks, shun mere gold-plated baubles and pooh-pooh that which might set lesser-heeled shoppers' hearts aflutter.

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