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Beach man charged in wife’s death by crossbow

By STEVE STONEThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — A 44-year-old woman, injured accidentally in October by a crossbow she and her husband owned, was killed Sunday when an arrow hit her in the back. Police said that this time it was no accident, however. They have charged the victim’s husband with murder.Brian Ricardo, a police spokesman, said the incident occurred at a home in the 3000 block of Polk Drive in Courthouse Estates, near the city’s municipal complex. The victim was identified as Anna Creamer. Her husband, Kenneth . . .

A fond farewell to MacArthur's frozen pond

By steven g. veghThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — On a Sunday warm enough to melt frozen yogurt, Greg Martin laced up his battered hockey skates and slid across the ice on the last day of the open-air rink outside MacArthur Center mall on Monticello Avenue.“With the backdrop of the Norfolk skyline, it’s nice, very nice,” said Martin, a Newport News city employee who wore a hockey jersey with the snarling logo of the Medicine Hat Tigers , a pro team he likes in western Canada.Joining him on the ice were scores of children and adults . . .

Whatever happened to the push for a warning about rabies vaccines?

By JANETTE RODRIGUESThe Virginian-Pilot
CHESAPEAKE — Sharon Green keeps a photograph of a bright-eyed, long haired brown tabby kitten with white boots on her kitchen refrigerator. It’s the last photo taken of the feline that the woman from the Hickory section of Chesapeake nursed back to health after her daughter rescued it from a marsh near Old Dominion University in Norfolk.“Little Martha,” as she was called, is gone. The 6-month-old kitten was euthanized more than a year ago after she was bitten by an unknown animal before . . .

Don’t be a wallflower. Get into the swing of things.

By Nicole MorganThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — At first glance, Swinging at Selden is simply an afternoon of free dance lessons downtown. After a few minutes, it’s clear that it’s also about making connections.Husbands and wives, boyfriends and girlfriends, and singles searching for something more interactive than dinner and a movie, dance like they took a time machine back to The Cotton Club.The event is put on by Swing Virginia , a group of instructors who say dance is their hobby.Since August, people have jumped and jived on . . .

Perquimans SPCA plans to trap wild cats

By frank robertsThe Virginian-Pilot
HERTFORD — “The Price is Right” concludes with Bob Barker’s admonishment to “have your pets spayed or neutered,” an important piece of advice that is being taken a step further by the local Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.The group is planning to concentrate on reducing the population of feral cats in Perquimans County by trapping them and operating on them before returning them to their colonies.“We’ve got to do that to reduce the numbers of homeless, unwanted cats,” said Keith . . .

Like the road, customers taking a detour

By AARON APPLEGATEThe Virginian-Pilot
SUFFOLK — The excavator roared, swiveling on its pivot point to dump a load of wet earth next to a trench where workers were laying gray pipes this week. A few feet away, Curtis Rouse stood on a makeshift gravel sidewalk outside Weaver’s Beauty and Barber Unisex where he works downtown on East Washington Street.“We’re still surviving,” he said above the grinding noise. “I’ll just be glad when they’re finished.”Since early August, the 300 block of East Washington St. has been completely closed . . .

Local book donations provide mental break from storm

By MICHELLE WASHINGTOThe Virginian-Pilot
GULFPORT, MISS. — The windows of the public library yield one of the nicest views in the city: sun glittering off the Gulf of Mexico, broad expanses of pale sand, handsomely twisted branches of venerable live oaks.The building itself had been a jewel. At its opening in 1966, the Gulfport Public Library was the pride of the state. Elegant columns topped by an overhanging roof, green quartz panels and tinted glass mixed modernism with Southern style. It has been abandoned since Hurricane Katrina. . . .

General Assembly 2006: Your Delegation at Work

The Virginian-Pilot
Delegates and state senators who represent districts that include South Hampton Roads were asked by The Virginian-Pilot to cite key legislation they’ll be sponsoring in the 2006 session of the General Assembly. Here are their responses:GENERAL ASSEMBLY 2006Online chat: Do you have a question about issues facing the General Assembly? Ask our legislative reporters now and look for their answers online Tuesday. Post your questions nowGETTING INVOLVED A Citizen's Guide - The Internet has made it . . .

Denied entry to meeting, Burfoot critics cry foul

By HARRY MINIUM and meredith kruseThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Two of three people barred from attending a public meeting Thursday at Norview Middle School are accusing a city councilman of not allowing them entry because of their political beliefs. Councilman Anthony L. Burfoot denied the charge and said the school’s principal had a security guard ask the three to leave because of fears they would disrupt the meeting. The principal, however, said through a spokesman that he wasn’t involved.Vice Mayor Daun S. Hester said she played a role . . .

Statement from the parents of shooting victim Joshua Heidbrink

The Virginian-Pilot
The following statement was released Friday by Richard and Pam Heidbrink, the parents of Joshua Heidbrink, who was wounded by a gunman while doing Mormon missionary work in Chesapeake:The Heidbrink family would like to express their gratitude to the many people who have expressed their love and concern for Joshua. We are very aware of the prayers being offered by people throughout the world on his behalf.We would like to thank the EMT’s, doctors and nurses that took care of Joshua and saved his . . .

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