Watanabe Named Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year

Watanabe is the first player in school history to be named A-10 Defensive Player of the Year

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — After turning in one of the finest defensive seasons in school history, senior guard Yuta Watanabe highlighted GW men’s basketball’s conference awards as he was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of the Year on Tuesday.

Watanabe was also tabbed to the All-Conference Third Team and All-Defensive Team, while graduate student Patrick Steeves earned a spot on the All-Academic Team for the second straight year.

A 6-foot-9 product of Kagawa, Japan, Watanabe made a name for himself by consistently shutting down the opposition’s best player...

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VA: New Newport News Airport Director Wants to ‘Put Airport Back on the Map’

Feb. 23–The new executive director of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport told the airport’s board on Thursday that airlines around the country are now in an "expansion mode" and that the airport is in a good position to "put itself back on the map."

Michael Giardino, the former Rochester, N.Y., airport executive who took the helm in Newport News in November, said the facility is getting back on its feet financially.

The airport’s operating budget is still "a challenge," he said. Case in point: The airport lost $175,000 in January — the result of a traditionally slow month for passengers combined with flight cancellations from snow — as well as continuing high attorney fees to deal with the airport’s ongoing legal challenges.

But in capital projects, Giardino said, $4...

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Newport News man gets 138 years in deadly home invasion

A Newport News man will likely spend the rest of his life behind bars, after he was sentenced to 138 years for a deadly home invasion. A 32-year-old woman was killed and another was injured in May 2014.

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Last Word on workforce housing, Feb. 10

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City taxes

Here we go again, as the Williamsburg City Council looks to raise taxes after its annual retreat. The city manager can’t offer a specific reason why he anticipates a reduction in revenues from the meal and room taxes. The mayor and council members keep looking for ways to increase our taxes rather than looking for budget reductions. When bills start to go up, a family starts to look for ways to reduce spending. The city and outlying counties need to be more creative in figuring out how to craft their budgets. Every department wants more money, but it is up to the leaders to say no. Residents need to tell council what they want or face higher taxes.

Workforce housing

Williamsburg and James City County really need some more lower-income apartments for people who work i...

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New Stonington housing director dedicates life to helping others

Phylicia Adams, the new executive director of the Stonington Housing Authority, sits in front of a painting of Edyth Krieger Richmond (1906 -1963), by artist Howard Connolly, located in the Community Room of the Edyth K. Richmond Homes main office in Pawcatuck, Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. (Tim Martin/The Day)

Stonington — The new executive director of the Stonington Housing Authority has plans to provide more activities and serve more of the needs of the residents of the 60 units at the Edythe K. Richmond Homes in Pawcatuck.

The last position that Phylicia Adams, 31, had was in Jacksonville, Fla., where she was the asset manager for five affordable-housing developments...

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Coast Guard helps clean up oil spill caused by tugboat in Newport News

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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Coast Guard oversaw the response to an oil spill that was caused by a partially submerged tugboat in Newport News on January 24.

Watchstanders at the Coast Guard Sector Hampton Roads Command Center were notified about the spill after another tugboat in the area noticed the disabled vessel and oil spill.

The Coast Guard pollution response team and the Newport News Hazardous Materials Team responded to survey the scene and deploy boom Saturday night, officials say.

The Coast Guard believes that of the 21,000 gallons of motor oil that the disabled tugboat could carry, only 5 to 10 gallons of motor oil actually spilled out of the boat...

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VA: Former Airport Executive Director Sues Peninsula Airport Commission

Jan. 20–The former executive director of Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport is suing the Peninsula Airport Commission and three current and former airport employees, accusing them of defaming him last year.

Ken Spirito — who led the airport from early 2009 until his termination in May — contends that two current employees, one former employee and a commissioner defamed his character when they exchanged text messages about Spirito shredding documents while the state was conducting an audit of the airport.

Those exchanges, Spirito contends, intentionally conveyed "the false implication" that he was shredding evidence related to the Virginia Department of Transportation examination of a $5 million line of credit to People Express Airlines almost three years earlier.

The lawsuit w...

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Great Tips To Help Anyone Searching For Newport News VA Housing

Newport News Virginia has seen steady growth over the years due to its prime location along the James River. Previously the area was known as a resort town where people would come and vacation, maybe have a summer home while enjoying the beach communities. Nowadays you will find plenty of job opportunities thanks to an economy on the rise.

Since Newport News VA is doing very well economically there is a greater need for housing. Prices can be a bit high depending on the season, but if you are patient enough and have a good broker, there is a good chance you might be able to score a very good deal.

The simplest way to find quality affordable Newport News VA housing is to look online...

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Three Incredible Destinations In Newport News Made Just For History Buffs

As you may already know Virginia is an incredible destination for history buffs. In fact, right around Newport News, you will find Williamsburg among a host of other historic areas. There are a host of activities and destinations in the area for the history fanatic. It becomes quite the chore to find the best locations to find out about local history. With that in mind, we decided to find three of the best and share them with you today. If you are ready to go back to a forgotten era, follow along!

One of the first stops on our journey today is at the U.S. Army Transportation Museum. While this museum is not totally devoted to historical vehicles, there is plenty to see and do. It is interesting to see how vehicles have changed over the years in warfare...

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Three Incredible Day Trips In Newport News That Will Put A Smile On Your Face

All of us have those days that we just want to cover up our heads and sleep the day away. This can even happen while you are on vacation. I don’t know about you, but I simply don’t get enough vacations to be in a bad mood while I’m on one! If you happen to be staying in Newport News and find yourself in a slump, we are going to take your hand and take you n an adventure. By the end of the day, you will have a huge smile on your face and ready for the next day!

Are you ready to get started? Put on your walking shoes and let’s get going!

What is the one thing that has the ability to put a smile on just about anyone’s face? How about a bunch of cuddly and exotic animals? Can you honestly tell me that a baby monkey will not melt your heart? Or what if that same monkey goes on a poop tossing ra...

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