Saturday, July 2, 2022

ICYMI: Sex ed, heart transplant, missing canoers and more

With dozens of headlines every day, it’s easy to miss some here and there.

Get in on the conversation with this list of WYDaily’s most-read stories from the past week.

The Birds and the bees

As discussions on sexuality and education are growing in today’s political climate, school districts across Virginia have to adapt their curriculum to meet the modern era. READ MORE

The birds and the bees: Here’s how sex education is adapted for public schools

Heart transplant at 18

Makayla Stokes-Balkcom had a heart transplant on Dec. 31 at just 18 years old. Now, her family is swamped with medical bills and trying to raise at least $10,000 for her medical care. READ MORE

She’s just 18 and already had a heart transplant. Now, this York High grad needs your help

Missing canoers

The Virginia Marine Police have identified the two men who died after their canoe capsized Monday near the mouth of the Poquoson River in York County. READ MORE

Police ID the two canoers who died in York County

School threats

Here’s how schools in Hampton Roads and the Peninsula go about handling the issue. READ MORE

To punish or teach? Here’s how local school districts handle threats

Free flights for vets

Veterans who want to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. are in luck: The Old Dominion Honor Flight will fly them out––– for free. READ MORE

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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