VA News Reader

February 24, 2023

Courtesy of Mekenzy Linder

Norfolk State student wins Target’s Black History Month design competition

By Colin Warren-Hicks for The Virginian-Pilot

Mekenzy Linder sunk her chisel into a block of wood last year to create her depiction of Black culture in America.

The Norfolk State University student dug and chipped away until two faces emerged, part of a design that would lead to a cash prize and her journey to a Los Angeles soundstage.

Read the full article at The Virginian-Pilot.

McClung shines on NBA’s biggest stage

From Staff & Wire Reports for Bristol Herald Courier

Mac McClung might have single-handedly restored the shine on a dunk contest that has been widely panned in recent years.

The 6-foot-2 boyish-looking guard from a small town in Virginia with trampolines for legs and only two NBA games on his resume became the league’s dunk champion and finally brought buzz back to the event.

Read the full article at Bristol Herald Courier.

Photo courtesy Center for Human-Animal Interaction

A Shot of Cheer: Hospital programs bring smiles to children’s faces

By Ale Egocheaga for Richmond magazine

Hospital stays can be difficult for patients and their loved ones, often eliciting fear and anxiety, especially in younger individuals. These emotions can easily take over, but hospitals around the region have programs in place, many led by volunteers, to alleviate some of that stress and create moments of joy.

Read the full article at Richmond magazine.

After keeping Disney and Walmart out, rich landowners battle Amazon

By Teo Armus for The Washington Post

For some residents, this small town in the Virginia Piedmont seems like the last logical place to put a warehouse full of computer servers.

Surrounded by horse farms, vineyards and million-dollar estates, it functions as the historic downtown for a community that is fiercely protective of its rural character. Boldface names ranging from actor Robert Duvall to candy heiress Jacqueline Mars have flocked to the hills just a few miles north — and helped bankroll efforts to keep their bucolic region just as it is.

But now, Amazon wants to build a data center here.

Read the full article at The Washington Post.

By Henri Gendreau for The Roanoke Rambler

Virginia Tech Foundation Razes Historic Roanoke Lumber Shop For Development Along Carilion Innovation Corridor

By Henri Gendreau for The Roanoke Rambler

The Virginia Tech Foundation razed a historic Roanoke lumber building last month to make way for future development along the innovation corridor anchored by the university and Carilion Clinic.

Read the full article at The Roanoke Rambler.

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