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Week of 9/16/13

Higher sea levels mean more flood damage from storms like Isabel, experts say
(Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sept. 15, 2013)

Whether or not climate change leads to an increase in big hurricanes, one destructive effect of global warming is already at work in coastal Virginia - rising sea levels.
As sea levels go up, flooding from even low-level storms will become more destructive, scientists say. ...
While less powerful overall than the '33 hurricane, Isabel caused similar flooding because the sea level had risen 9 to 10 inches in the years between the two storms, scientists said.
That gave Isabel extra destructive power, enabling it to push its storm surge inland on higher waters.
As sea levels continue to rise, bad coastal flooding should get more common, said Larry P. Atkinson, an Old Dominion University oceanographer.
"What statistically happened every 100 years will happen every 80, then 50, then 20 and so on," Atkinson said.
Sea-level rise is caused at least in part by global warming, because warm water expands. In Virginia, sea levels are rising faster than the global average because the land is sinking, primarily from natural causes. (More)

Scientists begin tracking migratory song birds with NASA radar on Delmarva Peninsula
(The Washington Post/Associated Press, Sept. 15, 2013)

A team of scientists is using a high-tech NASA radar to monitor the fall migration of birds over the Delmarva Peninsula.
The News Journal (http://delonline.us/193WIgF) reports scientists will be looking at where birds are stopping, eating and lingering as they examine the best habitats that remain for the region's migratory song birds.
University of Delaware researcher Jeff Buler says the majority of birds are migrating at night. He says residents can hear their flight calls if you listen carefully.
The NASA Polarimetric radar in Newark, Md., is normally used to study rainfall. But birds don't typically migrate when it's raining, so scientists can use the radar for both types of research.
Researchers from the Nature Conservancy and Old Dominion University are also collaborating on the project. (More)

Scientists to track migratory song birds with NASA radar
(Wilmington (Del.) News-Journal, Sept. 14, 2013)

High-tech radar so sensitive it is used to examine individual raindrops is getting a new use on non-rainy nights to monitor the fall migration of land birds over the Delmarva Peninsula.
A team of scientists are using NASA Polarimetric radar data from a site in Newark, Md., to figure out where birds are stopping, eating and lingering as they work to identify the best habitats that remain for migratory song birds in the region.
The birds have already started to move through the area - most of them heading from north to south.
"The majority are flying at night," said Jeff Buler, a University of Delaware radar ornithologist who is examining the data with Eric Walters, an ornithologist at Old Dominion University. If you listen carefully, you can hear the flight calls, he said.
The main use of the NASA Polarimetric (NPOL) radar is to study rainfall in the Global Precipitation Measurement mission, said Walt Petersen, Ground Precipitation Measurement ground validation scientist at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia's Eastern Shore. (More)

Editorial: Victory
(Editorial, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Sept. 13, 2013)

Virginia's Supreme Court has awarded a well-deserved victory to a group of property owners. In a decision that should chasten Norfolk officials and send a message to their counterparts across the state, the court has ruled that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority's effort to take the properties - including an apartment complex and Central Radio, a family-run company that has served the Navy for decades - runs athwart of state law.
The ruling applies precision to legislation the General Assembly passed after the U.S. Supreme Court's awful ruling in Kelo. Its careful parsing affirms an important principle that legislation enshrined: Government should not seize one person's private property simply because it thinks someone else could use it better.
That's precisely what Norfolk was attempting to do: confiscate private property and turn it over for a spiffy new redevelopment plan designed to (in the court's words) "assist in the orderly expansion of Old Dominion University" - which would kick back 4 percent to the city. (Manus manum lavat.)
It was a classic case of powerful interests ganging up on the little guys for their own benefit. They tried to squeeze through what they thought was a loophole in state law - and richly deserved the high court's unanimous rebuke. (More)

A victory for property rights
(Editorial, The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 15, 2013)

Property rights are protected by Virginia's constitution because people like Bob Wilson stood up to government.
For 15 years, Wilson risked his business, Central Radio, and his savings fighting to keep his radio-repair company where it has operated for nearly 80 years: on 38th Street in Norfolk.
He went to court over and over, battling the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority, Old Dominion University and Norfolk City Hall, all determined to make his property a part of the residential/shopping/restaurant development called University Village.
For Hampton Roads, Central Radio was the public symbol of resistance to government overreach - and likely a major factor in the lopsided vote last November for a constitutional amendment that makes the right to property fundamental in Virginia.
On Thursday, the Virginia Supreme Court vindicated Wilson's long struggle. Its unanimous and unequivocal message: Government cannot condemn property for economic development. The time for the NRHA and ODU to do so had come and gone.
Now Wilson can focus on installing and repairing radios for the military. A Richmond man who watched NRHA take his 10-unit apartment building on 41st Street, evict his tenants and board up the property, gets his building back. And, if the courts abide by the principles articulated by the Supreme Court, Howard Everton, who owns a small plastics fabrication company on Killam Avenue, will get the government off his back. (More)

For land-grab losers, "sorry" seems to be hardest word
(Opinion, The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 14, 2013)

Why, hello ODU. Is there something you'd like to say?
Nothing? Not a word? Are you sure about that?
The Virginia Supreme Court's stunning eminent domain decision came down on Thursday, yet all we hear from the university and city officials is, well, nothing.
Would it kill these people who brazenly bullied a couple of small businesses to utter a halfhearted, "We're sorry. Our bad. Forgive us"?
One thing's certain: If the court ruling had gone the other way, there would have been high-fiving by university and city officials who had stomped on a private landowner who dared to stand in the way of progress.
Let's back up. Perhaps you saw this headline on the front page of Friday's Pilot: "ODU land grab ruled illegal."
The story told how the highest state court had slapped down Norfolk's Redevelopment and Housing Authority - and by extension, Old Dominion University - in its attempt to snatch a privately owned apartment complex to make way for a shiny new expansion near campus. (More)

Bank of America closes its Hampton Blvd. location
(Inside Business, Sept. 13, 2013)

Bank of America closed one bank branch in Norfolk last week and plans to close a second branch at the Beach come January.
The 5,882-square-foot branch, built in 1970 at 3717 Hampton Blvd., closed to customers on Friday.
"After careful consideration, we have decided to close our Old Dominion banking center on Sept. 13," said Nicole Nastacie, a Bank of America regional spokeswoman, in an email response to calls made last week. "Customer letters were mailed several months ago to give them ample time to become familiar with another location, including our Ghent banking center that is less than a mile away."
The banking center on the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek - Fort Story at 1225 Amphibious Drive, Building 3447, in Virginia Beach, is set to close Jan. 1.
"These decisions are driven primarily by a decline in transactions, as customers increasingly rely on other channels including mobile and online banking," Nastacie said.
Bank of America would not disclose the number of workers affected by the closures. A teller at the Old Dominion location in August said three employees and two managers worked at the bank branch. She said corporate told them they would be relocated to area branches, but they had not received new assignments.
"When a banking center closes, we provide various forms of assistance to impacted employees, including helping them find other opportunities within the company," Nastacie said, when asked if employees will be reassigned or laid off. (More)

Jaenichen Nominated to be Permanent Marad Chief
(Maritime Professional, Sept. 13, 2013)

This week, President Obama announced his intent to nominate Captain Paul Nathan Jaenichen, Sr., USN (Ret) as Administrator of the Maritime Administration, Department of Transportation. Jaenichen has been Acting Administrator since David Matsuda's departure. Jaenichen's CV/BIO is as follows:
Captain Paul Nathan Jaenichen, Sr., USN (Ret), currently serves as the Acting Administrator and as the Deputy Administrator of the Maritime Administration (MARAD) at the Department of Transportation. Captain Jaenichen was a career naval officer, retiring after serving 30 years as a nuclear trained Submarine Officer in the United States Navy. His final assignment was Deputy Chief of Legislative Affairs for the Department of the Navy from 2010 to 2012. At sea, Captain Jaenichen served as Commanding Officer of the USS Albany from 1999 to 2002 and Commander of Submarine Squadron ELEVEN in San Diego, California from 2007 to 2008. Ashore, he served as Director of the Submarine/Nuclear Officer Distribution at Navy Personnel Command from 2008 to 2010; Chief of the Western/Eastern Europe and North Atlantic Treaty Organization Divisions on the Strategic Plans and Policy Joint Staff from 2005 to 2007; Executive Assistant to the Director of the Submarine Warfare Division from 2004 to 2005; and Senior Member of the Atlantic Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examination Board from 2002 to 2004. He received a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy in Ocean Engineering and a M.S. from Old Dominion University in Engineering Management. (More)

NSA names new directors
(Suffolk News-Herald, Sept. 14, 2013)

Nansemond-Suffolk Academy has welcomed G. Robert Aston, Dr. I.A. "Dimi" Barot and Charles R. Birdsong as new members of its board of directors. ...
Trustees and a professional banker with more than 48 years of banking leadership, including twenty-eight years' experience as president and CEO. He is chairman of the board and CEO at TowneBank and also serves as the chairman of the board and director of the TowneBank Foundation.
Aston is an active board member on several regional boards and serves as the president and chairman of the Eastern Virginia Medical School Foundation; as director, executive committee member-at-large and past chairman of the board of the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame and Museum; as trustee and past president of the Old Dominion University Intercollegiate Foundation; and as trustee of the Fort Monroe Authority and a director of the Hampton Roads Business Roundtable. ...
Barot was admitted to a seven-year Honors Program in Medicine via Old Dominion University/Eastern Virginia Medical School (EVMS) after graduating from NSA in 1993. He finished college in two and a half years and attended a philosophy school in India, prior to attending medical school. He studied neurology at the University of Miami Hospitals & Clinics and was fellowship-trained in sleep medicine via the Yale University School of Medicine. (More)

Crab eat crab world hurts 2013 harvest
(Cecil Daily, Sept. 15, 2013)

Chesapeake crabbers and scientists say 2013 has been one of the worst years in decades for blue crab harvesting, and scientists are attributing the collapse, at least in part, to a murderous biological process: crab cannibalism.
Brenda Davis, manager for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources' Blue Crab Program, said last year's count of 765 million crabs in the Chesapeake Bay was a 20-year high. And with so many creatures clumped together, Davis said, the crabs took care of each other.
So when you get in that situation, there's something called density-dependent mortality," Davis said. "Basically, they're incredibly cannibalistic, and they eat each other ... Last year, there were lots and lots of little crabs. So they're likely to be eating each other at a fairly high rate."
According to a 2013 dredge survey from the Maryland Department of Natural Resources, crab numbers were down even before the crabbing season started this year. The survey, which was conducted this winter, indicated there were only 300 million blue crabs in the bay, a decline of more than 60 percent from last year. ...
John McConaugha, a professor of biological oceanography at Old Dominion University, said the states are taking the right approach. And because of that recent recovery, he said not to worry just yet.
"The good news is that it seems to be a very robust fishery and that it can come back," McConaugha said. "That's the thing with fisheries. You have good recruitment years and bad recruitment years, and they normally come back." (More)

Crimes drop in Hampton Roads, but burglaries rise
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 15, 2013)

The beginning of summer saw a string of burglaries in quiet neighborhoods off Bruce Road in the Western Branch section of Chesapeake.
Police met with the community, and a resident created an email list to keep neighbors updated on the pattern of the break-ins.
Later that month, another resident called police about a suspicious car in the area. Officers determined it had been stolen, Capt. Bob Downing said. They arrested Christopher S. Williams, 23, of Portsmouth, charging him with burglary and two counts of grand larceny.
"When we've got people willing to look out, that helps," police Chief Kelvin Wright said.
While homicides and other violent crimes are down this year in South Hampton Roads, burglaries are up - markedly in some cities. Portsmouth saw a 39 percent increase through August.
Don Smith, a criminal justice professor at Old Dominion University, said the economy is one potential reason for the rise. Also, criminals tend to focus on things they think have less risk of getting caught.
"Burglary is a crime that's simplistic in a lot of ways," Smith said.
Still, this year is breaking with trends. Burglaries dropped in the region in recent years and 3.6 percent nationally in 2012, according to the FBI. (More)

High court rules against ODU in eminent domain case
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 13, 2013)

In a stunning loss for Old Dominion University, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority did not have the right to condemn a nearby apartment building for ODU's expansion.
The decision, which reversed a Circuit Court ruling, could mean the end of a bitter and long-running fight between ODU and three holdout business owners who have fought for years to stay on their land, even as property owners all around them ceded.
PKO Ventures, the owner of the apartments, will get back its 10-unit building, which was emptied of its tenants last year.
The ruling also likely will mean that two other businesses, Central Radio and Norva Plastics, will get to stay on their land, said their lawyer, Joe Waldo.
"It's over," he said. "I think this makes it very clear that the authority never existed for these condemnations."
The owners of all three businesses gathered Thursday afternoon with Waldo for a celebratory news conference in front of PKO's boarded-up apartments on 41st Street, where they described the case as a David-versus-Goliath struggle that has taken an immeasurable toll on their employees, families, evicted tenants and livelihoods.
"I had faith that we were right all along," said Wayne Powell, who owns PKO. "Today is a day for justice." (More)

Va. Supreme Court rules against ODU in eminent domain case
(Richmond Times-Dispatch/The Associated Press, Sept. 13, 2013)

In a major loss for Old Dominion University, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority did not have the right to use eminent domain to take a 10-unit apartment building near the school.
The decision, which reverses a 2-year-old Circuit Court ruling, likely brings to an end a long-running battle between ODU and a group of holdout property owners who have fought to keep their land - land on which the university had hoped to expand.
Although the ruling mentions only PKO Ventures, which owned the apartment building, the justices' decision also is a win for other nearby businesses, including Central Radio, an 80-year-old communications repair firm, and Norva Plastics, a small plastics fabricator that has been in Norfolk since the 1940s.
The ruling means that PKO will get back its apartment building. In addition to legal fees, the company could seek damages for the rental income it has lost since the building's tenants were evicted and its windows boarded up in summer 2012. (More)

ODU launches early childhood policy center
(WRIC-TV/The Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2013)

Old Dominion University's education college has launched an early childhood policy center.
The university says the policy center's mission will be to conduct research leading to positive changes in early childhood policy in the commonwealth.
The school says the center is the only 1 of its kind in Virginia, and will focus on education, health, family support services and special populations.
The center will create a comprehensive report on the state of early childhood in Virginia by the end of this year.
Startup funding for the Virginia Early Childhood Policy Center was provided by the ODU Perry Fund for the Study of Critical Issues. (More)

Selig: Expecting instant success at ODU is unrealistic
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 12, 2013)

Old Dominion fans have been extraordinarily generous in buying tickets and donating money to the school's football program, athletic director Wood Selig said.
But in the wake of ODU's 47-10 loss to Maryland, Selig said he's asking them for something else: time.
ODU is in the first of a two-year transition from the Football Championship Subdivision to the Football Bowl Subdivision. The Monarchs played their first FBS teams the last two weeks, losing by 14 at East Carolina in a relatively close game. The Maryland game wasn't close after midway through the second quarter.
"We shocked everyone with how successful we were right out of the block," Selig said of ODU's 38-10 FCS record. "That was great and helped propel us toward Conference USA and FBS football.
"But to expect that kind of success to continue with this transition is unrealistic.... What we're doing is more difficult than starting a program from scratch."
He said that's one reason the NCAA mandated a two-year transition. ODU joins Conference USA next season and likely won't be eligible for a bowl until 2015.
"Our university of opponents is now defined as the nation's top 125 schools," Selig said. "Before that, we could play down. We had options where we could play non-scholarship schools, Division II schools.
"Instead, in 11 out of 12 games (next year), we're going to be playing schools that have been recruiting at the FBS level for years. Even schools at the bottom of the top 125 are very good. We're going to get there, but it will take a little bit of time."
ODU plays five FBS and seven FCS schools this season. (More)

ODU launches Virginia Early Childhood Policy Center
(The Washington Post/Associated Press, Sept. 12, 2013)

Old Dominion University's education college has launched an early childhood policy center.
The university says the policy center's mission will be to conduct research leading to positive changes in early childhood policy in the commonwealth.
The school says the center is the only one of its kind in Virginia, and will focus on education, health, family support services and special populations.
The center will create a comprehensive report on the state of early childhood in Virginia by the end of this year.
Startup funding for the Virginia Early Childhood Policy Center was provided by the ODU Perry Fund for the Study of Critical Issues. (More)

ODU homeland security expert says bomb scare response was appropriate
(Video, WVEC-TV, Sept. 11, 2013)

How the Virginia State Police, FBI and local law enforcement agencies responded to an unspecified bomb threat in Hampton Roads on the 12th anniversary of the 9-11 terrorist attacks was appropriate, according to one local homeland security expert.
Dr. C. Ariel Pinto is an associate professor of engineering at Old Dominion University and an expert in risk management and emerging threats.
Dr. Pinto says the miles-long backups and inconvenience caused to thousands of motorists at both the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel and the Monitor Merrimac Bridge-Tunnel as police checked all trucks and tractor-trailers was unfortunate, but necessary.
Dr. Pinto says all threats need to be taken seriously. (More)

Secession Fever Sweeps Texas, Maryland, Colorado, and California
(The Daily Beast, Sept. 12, 2013)

Five counties in Maryland want to form their own state. So do eight in Colorado and one in Northern California. And the Lone Star State is on its way becoming an independent "island nation," according to an influential Texas Republican.
The wave of U.S. secession movements, the largest since the South tried to break up with the Union, is being fueled by a deep urban-rural split, said Frances Lee, a professor at the University of Maryland's department of government and politics. The fault lines are partisan affiliations and social issues such as reproductive rights and gun control. So it's no coincidence that the counties seeking to break free generally identify as conservative or libertarian, nor is it a coincidence that they tend to be in rural areas. "This has a lot to do with the current composition of the White House," said Lee. "Rural counties want to secede from states where they've been on the losing side of politics-even at the state level." ...
Many of the rural counties itching for independence in northern Colorado are dependent on the oil and gas industry, said Kimberly Karnes, a professor of political science and geography at Old Dominion University in Virginia. So it stings when liberal politicians who live far from the range push for things like renewable energy. "Issues such as energy policy, gun control, taxes, and social issues often break on a rural-urban divide," Karnes told The Daily Beast. "So if the state legislature produces a policy that a majority of residents in the urban and suburban areas prefer, it leaves the rural residents feeling like they are ignored, which over time can build to resentment and lead to the choice of extreme response, such as secession." (More)

Tunnel tolls have little support, ODU poll finds
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 12, 2013)

Fewer than one-quarter of Hampton Roads residents support the state's deal with a private company to reimpose tolls on the Downtown and Midtown tunnels, according to a new poll.
Only 23.4 percent of those surveyed expressed support for the tunnel deal. Nearly half of the respondents, 47.4 percent, agreed that the two Elizabeth River crossings need to be expanded but said the work should be paid for in some other way, and 19.7 percent opposed the project altogether.
The findings are from the fourth annual "Life in Hampton Roads" survey conducted by the Social Science Research Center at Old Dominion University.
The state's $2 billion deal to expand the Midtown Tunnel and refurbish the Downtown Tunnel calls for tolls to be imposed beginning Feb. 1, starting at $1.84 each way for passenger vehicles at peak hours. The tolls are set to stay in place, with annual increases for inflation, for 58 years. (More)

ODU police to go undercover at house parties
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 11, 2013)

Those partying in houses near Old Dominion University this weekend could have some unexpected guests.
Following two shootings outside house parties near campus, undercover ODU police will be visiting a few houses this weekend to look for illegal activities, Chief Rhonda Harris said.
The undercover operation will follow enforcement efforts last weekend by campus police and Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control officers outside parties in off-campus neighborhoods, where campus police have jurisdiction.
"What we're finding is that a lot of these parties are being advertised on social media and, when that happens, the people who are hosting the party are kind of surprised that the party's getting away from them and getting much larger than people anticipated," Harris said.
Violent incidents have taken place near campus the past three weekends; all remain under investigation by Norfolk police.
- A 22-year-old man was shot early Aug. 24, the weekend before classes started, after a fight at a party at 856 W. 41st St.
- The next weekend, six students leaving a party on West 42nd Street and walking to their cars were robbed at gunpoint by a group of men in the 1400 block.
- Early Sunday, a man and woman were shot near 41st Street and Killam Avenue, close to the site of the first shooting. The victims heard a person shout "Run!" and were hit by bullets. (More)

Va.'s power plants not among dirtiest, but they're dirty
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 11, 2013)

Virginia's power plants do not rank among the dirtiest in the country, but they still released as much carbon as 7.1 million cars over a year.
The Environment Virginia Research and Policy Center on Tuesday released "America's Dirtiest Power Plants," a report in which it named the 100 power plants with the highest carbon dioxide emissions, using 2011 information.
No Virginia plant made the list (the worst was in Georgia), but the state is not immune from the problem, environmentalists said.
"We cannot afford to ignore power plants' overwhelming contribution to global warming," said Madison Poche, an Environment Virginia spokeswoman. "The power plants are the single largest source of pollution, and they don't have enough federal limits. That has to change." ...
The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to release new carbon emission regulations for power plants this month, marking the first time the federal government has set such limits.
The regulations are a small step, said Hans-Peter Plag with the Climate Change and Sea Level Rise Initiative at Old Dominion University. The country is not adapting quickly enough, and flooding, heat waves and escalating food prices will continue to become more extreme until more dramatic solutions are adopted, he said.
"This is the challenge of our time," Plag said. "I do not understand why America is sleeping right now and not seeing that we need to compete with the other countries to be first." (More)

Discover 11 Hot College Majors That Lead to Jobs
(Yahoo Finance, Sept. 10, 2013)

Looking for an academic direction with terrific growth potential? Some traditional fields are newly hot at the bachelor's level; in other cases, enterprising colleges are creating new majors in emerging fields. Here are some hot majors you might want to consider. ...
7. Business analytics: While closely related to data science, business analytics is primarily a business major, says Kenneth Gilbert, head of the department of statistics, operations and management science at the University of Tennessee, which launched a degree program in 2010. Courses include computer software, math, statistics and communication skills.
Rutgers Business School introduced a business analytics and information technology major for undergrads in 2011. The University of Iowa offers a B.S. in business analytics and information systems, while Old Dominion University features a major in business administration/business analytics. (More)

Residents plot out possible light-rail lines to station
(The Virginian-Pilot, Sept. 11, 2013)

With string and push pins and a big map, Darcy Nelson and about 40 others plotted the future of the light-rail line Tuesday.
They went to Norfolk Naval Station and the airport, through Ghent and past Old Dominion University, to Wards Corner and Janaf Shopping Center. They were not restrained by budgets - which made the options essentially unlimited.
"It is hard to pick one corridor," Nelson said.
Their work was an exercise that will be repeated tonight and Thursday as Hampton Roads Transit and Norfolk gather opinions on how people would like to see The Tide get to the naval station, if an extension were built. The workshops are part of a study that is expected to wrap up by June.
When finished, the HRT staff hopes to have a handful of routes resulting from public feedback to present to the City Council, and a description of what residents think are the purpose and need of extending The Tide to the Navy base.
That would provide enough data to begin the next step in the long process of building a light-rail extension: a federal study of the environmental impacts. No funding has been identified for the study.
At the workshop Tuesday at the Holiday Inn on Greenwich Road, five groups of about eight each were tasked with coming to a consensus on three corridors to the naval station. Bob Batcher, Norfolk's communications director, encouraged them by microphone as the teams discussed their routes. (More)

ODU police chief says officers are being proactive about crime near campus
(WVEC-TV, Sept. 9, 2013)

The police chief for Old Dominion University says her department is being proactive when it comes to dealing with crime that affects ODU students.
Rhonda Harris spoke to 13News Now Monday following the weekend shooting of two people - not students - near campus.
"Even prior to this weekend, we had partnered with the City Attorney's office, the City of Norfolk police, with the state ABC in getting over there and addressing some of the parties and different kinds of disorder that were happening in the neighborhood," she said.
The victims were part of a larger group walking on Killam Avenue crossing at 41st Street. Witnesses heard someone yelling and then heard shots.
Police responded to the area shortly after 1:30 a.m. Sunday and located a female and male victim with gunshot wounds.
"As soon as I walked into my house, I walked into my kitchen, and all I started hearing was pops," recalled Thomas Lail, who passed a crowd at the intersection moments before the shooting.
Both victims, adults, were taken to the and were expected to be okay.
Old Dominion University put out an alert to make the school community aware of what happened near campus. Lail said he got his about 90 minutes after the shooting.
"You would think if that happens you should have it within 10 to 15 minutes afterwards. I mean, the cops were here within 5 minutes, so you would think there would be a warning going out by then," Lail said. (More)

Campus police now making changes after shootings near ODU
(WTKR-TV, Sept. 9, 2013)

Police are busy investigating another shooting near the Old Dominion campus.
With two shootings in two weeks just blocks from ODU, campus police are changing up some of their strategies.
Last year, Campus Police Chief Rhonda Harris says they started working with Norfolk police and the city attorney to create a task force to monitor large parties.
Now they're taking that one step further.
"I don't want any confusion about who's the police and who's not, but we're going to be incorporating plain clothes into that. We're going to be going into these houses and seeing firsthand what's going on inside," says Harris.
Norfolk police say a man and woman were shot around 1:30 Sunday morning on 41st St. and Killam.
Two weeks before that, another shooting went down at a house on West 41st Street.
While what happened yesterday didn't involve any ODU students, Harris believes off-campus parties may be drawing in people from outside of the city. (More)

ODU Police Chief talks on campus safety
(WAVY-TV, Sept. 9, 2013)

After two recent shootings near Old Dominion University, the school's police chief spoke with WAVY.com about extra safety measures being taken on and around campus.
ODU Police Chief Rhonda L. Harris came to the university little more than a year ago from Rutgers University. There she worked to protect more than 60,000 students. At ODU, with a student body of about 25,000, controlling crime is more of a challenge, especially as the fall semester gets underway.
For the last two weekends in a row, two shootings have been reported at 41st Street and Killam Street. That's just steps away from campus.
"We've increased patrols in the area surrounding the campus, and that actually amped up a couple of weeks ago," Harris said. "We were partnered this weekend with state agents. We were out. We were doing enforcement on alcohol violations."
The university recently took a hard stance on house parties in communities neighboring the campus. According to Chief Harris, social media is a key factor in student-hosted ragers.
"Social media is getting the word out about the parties, and the parties are growing bigger than the people hosting them anticipated, and are getting out of hand," Harris said. "But we're addressing that proactively. We're out getting enforcement." (More)

ODU study: Hampton Roads businesses hampered by traffic
(The Daily Press, Sept. 10, 2013)

Traffic woes in the region are making consumers more pessimistic about traveling outside of their own city to do business, according to a new report.
Half of the participants in a region-wide survey conducted by Old Dominion University said they were extremely concerned with the state of traffic congestion in Hampton Roads, according to the study.
The survey, conducted as part of ODU's annual Life in Hampton Roads report, showed 44.5 percent of those surveyed had avoided visiting a business in a nearby city because of fears of running into congestion. That number was a 4.2 percent increase from 2012, the study says.
Clearly there are these bottlenecks which reduce the ability of the regional economy to function when people aren't able to travel to visit a business because of concerns about traffic," said Jesse Richman, a political science professor at ODU.
"It's a problem when some of your customers aren't visiting you because they do not believe they can reach the business without running into significant delays," he said.
Dwight Farmer, executive director of the Hampton Roads Transportation Planning Organization, said the ODU study provided further proof that badly needed transportation funds provided by the General Assembly earlier this year need to be spent wisely. (More)

Jack Beal, Optimistic New Realist Painter, Dies at 82
(The New York Times, Sept. 7, 2013)

Jack Beal, whose pensive nudes, densely detailed still lifes and earnest public murals depicting ancient myths and modern life helped define the New Realism of the 1960s and '70s, a school of figurative painting notable for being unfashionable at the time, died on Aug. 29 in Oneonta, N.Y. He was 82.
The cause was kidney failure, said his wife, the artist Sondra Freckelton.
Mr. Beal was part of a group of young American artists who rejected the psychologically driven Abstract Expressionist movement of the postwar era in favor of art based on commonly recognizable things and experiences. The new wave included Pop artists like Claes Oldenburg, Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, who leavened their work with postmodernist humor, and others like Philip Pearlstein, Alfred Leslie and Mr. Beal, whose work was more traditional but no less ambitious. ...
Walter Henry Beal Jr. was born on June 25, 1931, in Richmond, Va. His father, a factory worker, was also known as Jack. His mother was the former Marion Watkins. An only and often sickly child, young Jack took to drawing early and developed his interest while studying biology and anatomy at the Norfolk Division of the College of William and Mary, now known as Old Dominion University. Before earning a degree, he enrolled in the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he studied with Kathleen Blackshear and was influenced by the work of Arshile Gorky, he told interviewers. (More)