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Attucks Theatre timeline

The Virginian-Pilot
1919: Attucks Theatre, “Show Palace of the South,” opened by the Twin Cities Amusement Corp. after being financed, designed and built by African Americans. 1919-1922: Attracts wide range of entertainers. Oct. 18, 1922: Sold at auction after not being able to meet operating expenses. June 27, 1924: Returns to African-American control when acquired by the North Carolina Mutual Life Insurance Co. Jan. 1, 1934: Reopens as the “Booker T” theater after being closed several weeks for renovations, at . . .

Attucks helps set stage for Church Street development

By DEBBIE MESSINAThe Virginian-Pilot
NORFOLK — Community leaders hope that hundreds of people filling the streets on their way to a show at the newly renovated Attucks Theatre will create a buzz that will spur development along Church Street. Redevelopment efforts along the once-vibrant corridor are moving along, but they need an infusion of people to be really successful, said Vice Mayor Daun S. Hester , who chairs a committee overseeing the revitalization efforts. “With the Attucks as a focal point, it will create additional synergy . . .

Shattered Soul: Brother's murder haunts little girl

By AMY JETERThe Virginian-Pilot
PORTSMOUTH — Everyone got up late that summer Sunday. It was past 11:30 when the 4-year-old wandered out of her bedroom for Cheerios. The mother, Samantha Kapp, peered in at her 2-year-old son to get him up for breakfast. He was in bed , covered by a flowered sheet, his face to the wall. Hey, Buddy, she said. You know it’s time to get up. She noticed a big scab on his forehead and touched it. It was cold. She rolled him over, and his whole side looked bruised. She screamed . . .

Training is touch-and-go around Oceana

By Jack DorseyThe Virginian-Pilot
VIRGINIA BEACH — The Navy has long stressed training the way it fights. But at Oceana Naval Air Station, that is no longer the case. It has been years since the base’s Navy pilots have been able to practice like they fight, and the gulf between the two is growing. The reason: jet noise. The chief purpose of Oceana, the Navy’s East Coast master jet base, is to train pilots to take off and land on aircraft carriers. In recent years, however, Oceana officials have modified training to mitigate . . .

Navy has been tuned out, crowded out at Oceana

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In this Navy town, where many embrace the roar of fighter jets as the “sound of freedom,” city leaders never miss a chance to tout their partnership with the military.
Even so, they repeatedly have turned a deaf ear when asked to rein in development that the Navy has said threatens the mission and future of Oceana Naval Air Station.

Each year in Galax, fiddlers gather to grab 2½ minutes of glory

By Lon WagnerThe Virginian-Pilot
Last in a seriesGALAX — Three women sit at the judges’ table, picking through plates of barbecue chicken, baked beans and slaw. They share a bird’s-eye view from the top corner of a concrete pavilion: the stage below, marked with a banner reading “Galax Moose Lodge #733, 69th Annual Old Fiddler’s Convention,” people settling into lawn chairs for the night, campers nearly touching other campers jammed into a field.The women are not judges.“No,” says the first, “because we would have disqualified . . .

Audio slide show: Virginia's bluegrass legacy

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With jobs scarce, Dickenson County is looking to a bluegrass legend to lift its fortunes

By Lon WagnerThe Virginian-Pilot
Third of four partsCLINTWOOD — It’s quiet here.A crow caws and birds sing, but there’s no urban undertone. No sirens, car horns, airplanes, even barking dogs.So peaceful that a car can be heard winding up the narrow road, the slight swoosh of its tires moving closer as it climbs the mountainside toward Peuther Chapel Freewill Baptist Church.It’s Sunday morning, at what seems like the edge of the Earth, but is only the edge of Virginia. A few miles outside of Clintwood, an hour and a half north . . .

Fame came quickly, but riches did not for the Carters

By Lon WagnerThe Virginian-Pilot
Audio slide show: The mountains sing -- Virginia's bluegrass legacy Joe Carter Click on the button above to hear Joe Carter entertain the crowd at the Carter Family Fold with his barnyard sounds. (Free Macromedia Flash player required.)Second of four partsHILTONS -– Joe Carter walks stiff-legged out the back door of the Carter Fold, then braces himself with a cane to ease down the stairs.Hey, Joe, a woman calls over, mind if I get a picture with you?“Not at all.”Joe, good to see you, another . . .

Banjo and fiddle fans flock to Floyd for a taste of the real thing

By Lon WagnerThe Virginian-Pilot
First of four partsFLOYD -– It is Friday evening, and music fills the air.Catty-corner from the courthouse, a few steps down from the county’s only traffic light, people converge on an old country store.A woman lugs an upright bass from across the street. The pling-pling of banjo notes floats down the sidewalk, a cool Blue Ridge breeze carries the whine of a fiddle, the voice of an old-time gospel singer escapes through the store’s open front door.Though many Virginians may not know of it, bluegrass, . . .

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