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Editorial: Juneteenth should be a federal holiday

On Thursday, Juneteenth became a federal holiday. It is a fitting honor. This is the second year that the annual celebration of a pivotal moment in the eradication of slavery will be officially marked in Virginia. Gov. Ralph Northam last year signed a bill to make Juneteenth a state holiday, which represents welcome progress. But the emancipation of enslaved persons and the end to a brutal ...
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After stumbling early in season, Tides take another step forward

Even after his team lost 14 of its first 17 games, Norfolk Tides manager Gary Kendall remained confident that things would turn around. The Tides aren’t exactly riding high, but they’ve at least moved squarely in the direction of respectability. Ryan McKenna, Tyler Nevin and Domingo Leyba homered, and Norfolk scored five runs in the seventh inning Thursday in a 10-6 matinee win over Durham at ...
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Norfolk man charged in shopping center shooting won’t get bond

Norfolk General District Court Chief Judge Tasha D. Scott denied bond Thursday to a Norfolk man accused of second-degree murder and felony use of a firearm in a shooting near Norfolk State University early this month. Fareed I. Nelson-Luckett, 42, appeared in court Thursday via video call from the Norfolk City Jail. He is being held at the jail after being treated at Sentara Norfolk General ...
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Virginia Beach man is charged with fatally shooting a friend. He agrees suspect in video “looks like” him, police say.

Within hours of Keyon Turner being fatally shot outside his Virginia Beach apartment earlier this year, police had obtained video of a potential suspect fleeing the scene. Soon after, Turner’s roommate told police the man in the footage “looked like” Treshaun Snipes, a longtime friend of Turner’s. The footage came from a neighbor’s surveillance camera. Police then drove to a hotel near Naval ...
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Jelani Fair named the new head football coach at Manor High

On July 1, Wilson High will become Manor High. And with that will come many changes, including new uniforms and a new mascot. The Manor Mustangs will also welcome a new football coach in Jelani Fair. “It’s a new beginning for everybody,” Fair said. “For me, the kids. We get to start fresh. I’m up for the task.” Fair replaced Anton Cannady, who stepped down in April. He was 1-12 in two seasons, ...
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Waterside developer sues Norfolk over Pamunkey casino, says city broke agreement

The developer behind the revamped Waterside has sued the city of Norfolk, alleging it has broken an agreement to help build a casino at the entertainment center and carried out a conspiracy to ensure the company could never get one there. Cordish, the Baltimore-based developer, agreed in 2013 to overhaul the ailing Waterside through an LLC named Norfolk District Associates. The company argues ...
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Former Virginia Tech player, U.Va. assistant Terry Smith is Jamestown’s new football coach as Thad Wheeler resigns

The revolving door that is the Jamestown High football head coaching job continues to spin. Will Terry Smith be the man to slow it? Smith, a former Virginia Tech player and University of Virginia assistant coach with head coaching experience at three state high schools, was announced this week as the seventh head coach at Jamestown in the past 10 years. He replaces Thad Wheeler, who resigned ...
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After 1-year hiatus, Hampton Roads track athletes aim for state titles in VHSL championships

This will be the first state outdoor track and field championships since 2019. The meet wasn’t held last spring because of COVID-19. Here’s a look at each meet and the local teams and athletes to watch. Class 6 When: 8 a.m. Saturday at Todd Stadium in Newport News Outlook: Western Branch has dominated this meet. The girls have won 10 state titles - including the past six - one shy of tying ...
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Norfolk man posed as 11-year-old to solicit sexual images of minors on Instagram, officials say

A man from Norfolk is facing several felony charges for possession of child pornography. Jermaine Durham Jr. was arrested in May. Officials say he posed as an 11-year-old girl on Instagram to obtain explicit images from minors. Court documents show Durham solicited over 800 images from an estimated 21 victims, including an 8-year-old girl last summer. He’s set to appear in court Friday. Lyndon ...
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Oscar Smith defensive back Sherrod Covil commits to Clemson

Oscar Smith’s Sherrod Covil, a junior defensive back, committed to play football at Clemson on Thursday. Covil, who helped the Tigers win the Class 6 state championship last month, made his announcement on rivals.com. The 6-foot, 190-pounder is rated a four-star recruit by most recruiting services and was named an Under Armour All-American and first-team All-Tidewater. Covil picked Clemson ...