NEWPORT NEWS The ruddy brown of centuries-old iron serves as a constant source of excitement at the Mariners' Museum: a peek into history for casual visitors, an endless resource for Civil War buffs, and a revolution in naval warfare that sits not half an hour away from the Norfolk Naval Station.
A jellyfish glides just beneath the surface of the Elizabeth River as the water reflects the morning clouds on Tuesday, July 28, 2015. Summer's heat warms the water of the creeks and rivers, bringing in the jellyfish each July. The jellyfish, also called sea nettles, should be around until the end of August. (Steve Earley | The Virginian-Pilot)
NORFOLK Three people safely evacuated a home because of a kitchen fire this afternoon in the 2400 block of Lafayette Blvd. The fire was reported shortly before 12:50 p.m., according to Norfolk Fire-Rescue Battalion Chief Julian Williamson. Firefighters who arrived at the scene extinguished blaze quickly. It did not spread beyond the kitchen. No injuries were reported.
NORFOLK The Lafayette River in Norfolk is suffering from algal blooms this summer that have turned much of the ordinarily green river to reddish-brown. An algal bloom can take oxygen out of the water, which has the potential to create dead zones that can kill fish and crabs. The bloom is caused by a combination of warm water and excess nitrogen and phosphorous from pollution.
HAMPTON Students from around the state, including Hampton Roads, have been paddling the James River in a three-part expedition that ends on Saturday at Fort Monroe.
Ghosts and mysteries abound at Jamestown. Archaeologists working at the site of the original fort held a press conference at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington today to announce the discovery of more – including one they’re calling the most important find since they unearthed the outlines of the fort itself.
NORFOLK Gov. Terry McAuliffe today announced a plan to award state money to regional efforts to attract businesses and create jobs. The program, GO Virginia, will help Virginia reduce its reliance on federal funding. It will also encourage cities within a region to come together and will promote collaboration among the business, education and government sectors, he said.
NORFOLK Christopher M. Smith was set to stand trial next week on charges he led a large and violent street gang the past two years in Portsmouth while waging war with a rival drug distribution organization. Now he is expected to plead guilty late this afternoon. Details of the plea agreement won't be available until after 4 p.m.
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