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Disgraceful neglect of mentally ill in jail

THE HAMPTON Roads Regional Jail originally was formed to help reduce crowding in the region's municipal jails. But in the years after its opening in 1998, the facility "evolved into managing inmates with medical and mental health issues or disciplinary problems," according to the jail's website.

Easy math on beach light rail

THE EQUATION doesn't even require algebra. 4 light rail cars + $3.2 million in savings + no risk = a no-brainer. Under a proposal presented Tuesday to the Virginia Beach City Council, the Beach would benefit from a generous offer from the state - and piggyback on a rail-car order in Minneapolis - to get $20.4 million worth of light rail cars for $17.2 million.

System's deadly failure

His name was Jamycheal Mitchell, and he was 24 years old. Since he was a teenager, Mitchell had grappled with mental health problems that, according to one forensic psychologist, left him “manic and hyperactive.” He needed medication. Treatment. Help.

Another no vote on uranium

The Virginia Beach City Council is set tonight to vote — again — on a resolution opposing uranium mining in Virginia.

Research warns of fast-rising waters

Scientists know a few things about sea levels: They're rising across the globe, though not uniformly. And they're rising faster than they had been. In Hampton Roads, seas are rising even faster because the Gulf Stream has slowed down and because land here is sinking, a result of the region's geology and groundwater withdrawals.

Preserve more of Fort Monroe

With Gov. Terry McAuliffe's signature on the deed last week, 120 acres of state land at Fort Monroe officially transferred to the National Park Service. The signature, a formality long in the making, is as significant for what it represents as for what it doesn't.

Public's business should be public

The report this week that Portsmouth Commonwealth’s Attorney Stephanie Morales plans to seek an indictment of the police officer who shot and killed a teen outside a Walmart offers the public hope that it might actually learn what happened that April morning.

Navigating The Tide's future

Engineering studies on the proposed expansion of light rail to Town Center are still nearly 18 months away. Reliable cost estimates will come after that.

Virginia killings become world's

The horror that unfolded Wednesday near Smith Mountain Lake rippled across the globe within a matter of minutes. Two television journalists, reporter Alison Parker and cameraman Adam Ward, were ambushed while interviewing a local chamber of commerce official on live television.

Police must stop hiding behind laws on FOIA

Rarely is a chapter of laws used in a way that is more antithetical to its purpose than Virginia’s Freedom of Information Act. The act, among the greatest tools available to the people to keep tabs on government, is frequently exercised by government agencies to withhold records, shield themselves from public scrutiny and escape accountability.

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