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The Complex Legacy of Hugh Hefner

By Tom Robotham Every semester at Old Dominion University I teach a class called Sex, Culture & Media. My objective is to help students think critically about depictions of sexuality in the mass media and to consider the ways in which those depictions shape our attitudes. Our discussions of the history and impact of Playboy

The End of an Era

By Tom Robotham   Last month, Peter Barbey—the owner of The Village Voice—announced his decision to put an end to the paper’s print edition. “The Voice,” he said, “will maintain its iconic progressive brand with its digital platform….” But for those of us of a certain age, that is small consolation. Not that I was

2017 Holiday Happenings

Holiday Lights, Ice Skating & Parades   Million Bulb Walk November 10-30 Norfolk Botanical Garden   Merry Lights Merry Mile November 23 through December 31 2nd Street at the Oceanfront Cruise in your car through holidays lights on the Boardwalk.   16th Annual Pagoda & Garden Light Fest November 18-December 25 Norfolk Pagoda

FOSTER CARE: Every Child Deserves a Life

By Michael Curry   This is the mantra and enduring story of Sallie Grant DiVenuti and her late husband, Mark. That shared philosophy and commitment led to them become one of the most loving, caring and generous of parents. Together, Sallie and Mark fostered more than 50 children and adopted six. “I wish there were

Such Great Heights

By Tom Robotham   One can’t help but be impressed by Ginna Kelly’s resume. Indeed, after chatting with the 35-year-old Virginia Beach resident for an hour or so recently I asked her if there’s anything she hasn’t accomplished. She laughed gently, in a way that people do when they’re proud of their achievements but still

The Colonization of the American Mind: Google, Apple, Facebook, and Amazon

By Tench Phillips I’ve never been good at predicting the future especially when it comes to computing, programming, technology, and business. I didn’t foresee the transformative power of the cell phone, personal computer, or the worldwide web. If I had been able to glimpse the future, I might have chosen to continue my early trajectory

More Diversity Needed in Military

With the recent election of President Donald J. Trump, national defense and foreign policy are now in the forefront of concerns and conversation. This newly elected administration is claiming to “protect, preserve and promote” America’s interests…first and foremost. Some are talking about building up the military even more than it already is, making it so

GABF Results: Virginia Breweries Score 4 Medals

By Jeff Maisey Virginia craft breweries scored 4 medals at the 2017 Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. The national beer competition is presented by the Brewers association. Winning the only gold medal for the Commonwealth was Norfolk’s Benchtop Brewing Company for its Mermaid’s Scorn in the Leipzig-style/Contemporary Gose category. Silver medals went to