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Dozens of high school football teams start drills today

By Jami Frankenberry and Larry RubamaThe Virginian-Pilot
CHESAPEAKEThe trucks - FedEx, UPS, U-Haul, you name it - have worn a path on the new blacktop in recent weeks.They brought footballs, helmets, shoulder pads and all the other makings of a new program - and Martin Asprey gladly accepted, happy as a Harry Potter fan at midnight on book release day.Asprey, hired in February as Grassfield High's first football coach, has been frantically gearing up for the new Chesapeake school's inaugural practice. Along with the Grizzlies, dozens of other teams in . . .

Property values soar as Suffolk’s downtown is rediscovered

By Dave ForsterThe Virginian-Pilot
SUFFOLK - After so many months, Kaitlyn Holmes is still the new kid on her block. Her parents, lured from Virginia Beach by the promise of urban living in historic downtown Suffolk, bought a renovated house on Clay Street last February and moved in July.Kaitlyn, 5, is still waiting for friends to move in next door. Or across the street. Or into any of the empty homes on her block.Such is the uncertainty of a street in flux, especially one like Clay, which in the past century has veered from stately . . .

Amerigroup says appeal will be long and costly

By TOM SHEANThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH - Amerigroup Corp., which promised to appeal a jury's fraud verdict and civil penalties against the company, cautioned Wednesday that it may take a year or more to resolve the potentially costly case. Amerigroup is prepared to post a $334 million bond to stay the verdict, along with the penalties that a federal judge imposed Tuesday, executives of the Virginia Beach-based managed-care company said in a conference call with securities analysts.After a three-week trial in October, . . .

Is your business ready for disaster?

By TOM SHEANThe Virginian-Pilot
Public health agencies had predicted that a global outbreak of a new, highly contagious strain of flu virus eventually would hit the United States. In addition to inflicting widespread illness and death, the pandemic, they warned, would disrupt business activity.As much as 40 percent of the nation's work force might be absent during a pandemic because employees would be sick, frightened or caring for family members, the Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration has cautioned.Kelly, . . .

Blog: Novak, Hall Part 2

Spoke to Ethan Albright, the Redskins' long-snapper and one of John Hall's best friends, about the team playing Hall on injured reserve, officially ending his season.

Albright said he spoke briefly to Hall this morning, and that the kicker was extremely frustrated by the latest injury, his third in as many years. After undergoing surgery to correct the quad and groin problem last offseason, Hall is worried that he's run out of treatment options and that this injury could spell the end of his career.

Albright said that Hall conceded that the Redskins had done everything they could to keep

Neal Boortz to broadcast from Talkfest 2006 today

By larry bonkoThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK - Neal Boortz, the radio talk show host who describes himself as a confirmed Libertarian and "the high priest of the painful truth," is scheduled to do his nationally syndicated broadcast from the WNIS/WTAR "Talkfest 2006" today at the Ted Constant Convocation Center at Old Dominion University."Talkfest 2006" runs from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Boortz will sign on locally on WNIS (790 AM) at 8:30 and, from 10 a.m. until noon, will beam his show to a national audience.On WTAR (850 AM), Tony . . .

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