CHESAPEAKE A perennial candidate for public office and a vocal critic of the City Council died Wednesday at the age of 71. Friends, family and former foes recalled Taswell "Cowboy" Carawan this week as a devoted firebrand who ran for office at least 13 times between 1982 and 2006. Each time, he was trounced by the competition.
NORFOLK The father of a Virginia Beach teenager whose leg was caught in a boat propeller three years ago has filed a lawsuit in a case that is scheduled to go to a federal jury next July. The girl, now 15, had been tubing with friends and an unrelated adult in the Chesapeake Bay. The injury occurred as she was climbing into the boat that had been pulling them.
CHESAPEAKE Brandi Pryor doesn't know why she bit off part of her 10-month-old son's ear. And the 27-year-old nurse doesn't remember blaming a devil for the boy's injuries. But Dr. Thomas Sugden said there is a reason for that: Postpartum depression made her legally insane.
It's shaping up to be a pleasant weekend around Hampton Roads, with sunny skies and highs in the 70s. Overnight skies should be mostly clear, with a low near 50. Saturday should be sunny, with highs in the low 70s. Lows at night should be in the low 50s. Sunday is looking sunny, with highs in the mid-70s. Lows that night should be near 50.
VIRGINIA BEACH A sketchy two-lane road in the city's southern region is getting a makeover intended to make it safer and easier to travel. Prep work for construction to widen Holland Road between Dam Neck Road and Nimmo Parkway will begin next month, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation, which is managing the project.
VIRGINIA BEACH Entertainment Inc. will continue to operate the Virginia Beach Fishing Pier. The City Council unanimously granted the company a $20,000 annual franchise for up to five years at its Tuesday meeting. The pier extends into the ocean at 15th Street and is a hot spot for recreational fishing. It opened in 1950 and has survived repeated assaults by hurricanes.
NORFOLK General District Judge Gwendolyn Jones Jackson will retire in February after 24 years on the bench. When appointed, she was only the second woman to serve as a judge in Norfolk and the first African American woman on the bench in any Hampton Roads court, according to a news release from the court.
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