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Missionary slain in Chesapeake is laid to rest

BOUNTIFUL, Utah — Between their tears, Brennan Young invited mourners to laugh. He told stories of his older brother that only a sibling could know. Like how Morgan Young grew out his hair so girls in school would play with it. How he answered the telephone with the words “Batman” or “Batcave,” preferred shoes two sizes too big and named his turtle Killer.Hundreds came out Tuesday to honor Morgan W. Young. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints missionary was shot to death last week in . . .

Coast Guard searches for tugboat crewman who fell overboard

The Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH – A tugboat crewman who fell overboard in the Chesapeake Bay early today remains missing despite Coast Guard ships and aircraft conducting an all day search.Richard Kuczera, 38, of Staten Island, N.Y., fell overboard from the 112-foot tug Emma M. Roehrig about 5 a.m. while the vessel was transiting the lower bay northwest of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge-Tunnel’s Fourth Island, the Coast Guard said.Searchers recovered his cap, according to Petty Officer Larry Chambers, a spokesman for the . . .

Israel ends business with Robertson over Sharon comments

By Steven G. VeghThe Virginian-Pilot
Angered by Pat Robertson’s suggestion that God punished Prime Minister Ariel Sharon with a stroke, Israel has booted the religious broadcaster from a group of American evangelicals it is working with to establish a Christian tourism center in Galilee. “The minister of tourism has decided that the center will go ahead, the project will go ahead, but it will go ahead with other parties and not Mr. Robertson,” Jonathan Pulik , a tourism ministry spokesman, said Wednesday from Jerusalem in a telephone . . .

An appeal for blanket voting rights to freed cons

By JOHN HOPKINSThe Virginian-Pilot
Gov. Mark Warner has restored civil rights to 3,500 freed felons, a mark unmatched in Virginia’s history and more than the past five governors combined.Now, in a last-ditch effort before he leaves office Saturday, Warner is being asked to grant across-the-board restorations of voting rights to about 243,000 felons who have completed their sentences. “We’re putting our total focus on Gov. Warner before he leaves office,” said Eddie Hailes, senior attorney for Advancement Project, a civil . . .

Norfolk is tsunami-ready and has a sign to prove it

By TONY GERMANOTTAThe Virginian-Pilot
Norfolk is the first major city on the East Coast to be certified as ready to react should an asteroid, earthquake or landslide send a deadly wall of water racing at its shore. The city was recently declared tsunami ready by the National Weather Service, joining tiny Indian Harbour Beach in Florida as the only localities on the Atlantic Coast to meet the government’s seismic sea wave standards.Jim Talbot, Norfolk’s assistant director of emergency preparedness and response, decided to pursue the . . .

State ranks 46th in emergency medical care

By Elizabeth SimpsonThe Virginian-Pilot
Virginia ranked 46th in the nation in its emergency medical care network – earning a grade of D+ – in a report released by the American College of Emergency Physicians. No state earned an A, and the country overall received a C- in the first-ever report, which was released Tuesday. The survey used 50 criteria to judge states. The measures focused on systemwide aspects such as preventive health laws and doctor-patient ratios, rather than community-specific measures such as emergency response . . .

Elizabeth City council considers its options for electric rates

By Lauren King The Virginian-Pilot
ELIZABETH CITY — The new City Council has yet to decide how to pay for a 10 percent increase in the cost of the electricity supplied to city residents, but it was clear some council members were going to push hard for no increase in customers’ bills. On Monday night, the council held its first regular meeting since the board was sworn into office last month, with four new members, including the mayor.Their first major issue was to discuss a 10 percent increase in wholesale electricity from ElectriCities, . . .

Norfolk's merry-go-round over recreation

By matthew Jones and harry miniumThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — City leaders want answers to what they’re calling an unacceptable employee shortage in the city’s parks and recreation department. Mayor Paul D. Fraim and other City Council members say the vacancies are hampering programs, and some sports leaders and advisers agree.The department has been without a permanent director since January 2004 , and no one has been interviewed for the position. About a dozen other positions also remain unfilled.Speaking at an Ocean View Task Force meeting . . .

General Assembly 2006: Mr. Smith goes to Rich.

The Virginian-Pilot
Calls and letters are great, but there’s still nothing like being there. Be forewarned, though: Going to the General Assembly requires careful planning, and things change quickly. The hearing where you want to testify could be postponed or canceled.When to go You can testify in committee and subcommittee meetings. To find out when a bill is expected to come up in that committee, call the patron’s office.Getting there Take Interstate 64 west to Richmond. In Richmond, take I-95 south and immediately . . .

A Virginia Beach soldier’s life remembered

By MICHELLE E. SHAWThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — Saturday’s playoff game between the Washington Redskins and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers provided more than entertainment for the family of Army Cpl. George A. “Tony” Lutz II . The event also provided the family a bit of comfort.Lutz, an avid Redskins fan, was struck and killed by a sniper’s bullet on Dec. 29 while on a mission in Iraq. His death came 17 days after his 25th birthday and six weeks into his deployment.Lutz, who was based at Fort Bragg, N.C., is the 27th local . . .

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