By carolyn shapiroThe Virginian-Pilot
The Kroger Co. and United Food & Commercial Workers union have agreed on a four-year contract for supermarket employees in the Richmond and Hampton Roads region. The UFCW Local 400, based in Landover, Md., ratified the contract Monday with about 8 percent of members voting in opposition, said George Anderson, director of human resources and labor relations for Kroger's mid-Atlantic division. "That is a pretty high acceptance rate," Anderson said.The pivotal issue in negotiations was health . . .
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NEW YORK (AP) -- Scarlett Johansson tops a lovely list of the "100 Sexiest Women in the World," in a poll of readers by FHM magazine."One of the best things for a woman to hear is that she is sexy," the 21-year-old actress, star of "Match Point" and "Lost in Translation," said in a statement. "I'd like to thank FHM's readers for the huge compliment."Angelina Jolie is No. 2 on the list, followed by Jessica Alba, Jessica Simpson, Keira Knightley, Halle Berry, Jenny McCarthy, Maria Sharapova, Carmen . . .
By Earl Swift The Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — He’s in a Santa suit in one snapshot, grinning at the camera, the center of attention. Swathed in Independence Day bunting in another, lounging on a pool float, hamming it up with a cold compress on his head. Wearing barrettes in his long hair. Connie and Ray Bryant have hundreds of pictures of “B.B.” They are spread over the couple’s breakfast table, piled on a kitchen counter, a detailed record of the Shetland sheepdog’s 13 years. B.B. with the grandchildren. B.B. at Halloween. . . .
By JOHN-HENRY DOUCETTEThe Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH - A man strangled his girlfriend and hanged himself in their home on Magnolia Drive over the weekend, law enforcement officials said Thursday . Police found Ricky L. Morrison , 38 , and Helen Mary Lee Ransone , 29 , dead Saturday. Police initially refused to confirm the cause of death. On Thursday , law enforcement officials said Morrison strangled Ransone and then hanged himself.Ransone was found in the attic, and Morrison was nearby, Commonwealth's Attorney Earle Mobley said . . .
When we think of freedom, we take for granted unalienable rights, such as the right to worship freely whichever god we choose. Sadly, that's not the freedom that's been liberated by our invasion of Afghanistan, a country where American blood continues to be shed in the name of democracy.It's a place that President Bush, during his recent visit, celebrated as an "inspiration that will cause others to demand their freedom." Not if they hear about Abdul Rahman.Rahman was on trial for his life last . . .
ISLE OF WIGHT — A 36-year-old Windsor woman was killed Sunday night when she lost control of her car on U.S. 258 near Windsor Elementary School, police said.Donna Wade Dignard was headed north, about seven miles from Windsor, around 8:30 p.m., when the 2001 PT Cruiser she was driving flipped over, said Sgt. D.S. Carr, spokesman for the Virginia State Police.Dignard, who was not wearing a seat belt, was thrown from the car, which then landed on her, Carr said. Christopher Doughty , 27, of Suffolk, . . .
TOP 10 ATHLETES1. Mike Morrison , Great Bridge - This University of Florida-bound senior is one of the nation's best all-round track athletes. 2. Charles Clark , Bayside - A senior coming off an incredible indoor season that includes national and state titles.3. Marlon Woods , Booker T. Washington - A senior who this year has become one of the nation's best jumpers. 4. Quentin Moore , Deep Creek - A senior who will try to defend his 400-meter state title.5. Courtland Marriner , Western Branch - . . .
By Dale EismanThe Virginian-Pilot
WASHINGTON — The Bush administration outlined plans Monday to spend more than $500 billion on the military next year but proposed only a 2.2 percent pay increase for troops, the smallest raise since 1994, and called on military retirees to pay a larger share of their health care costs. The Pentagon will need $439 billion for “peacetime” operations in 2007, according to the proposal. The administration plans to ask Congress for an additional $50 billion to cover the cost of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan . . .
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