Wednesday, September 27, 2023

ICYMI: Guns, zipper merge, taking care of the roses, obesity, ICE crackdown, and more

Guns off the streets

On a day-to-day basis the Task Force makes routine patrols at “hot spots” in the city, conducts traffic stops, interacts with the community and responds to calls from residents concerning violent crimes. READ MORE.

The ‘zipper merge’

The zipper merge is already common practice in many European countries, but in the United States it is still usually considered polite to merge as early as possible. READ MORE.

A ‘thorny’ situation

Open since 1970, the Rose Garden near the James River Bridge features approximately 700 bushes and 60 varieties of flowers, along with walkways, trellises and a central gazebo. READ MORE.

Obesity study

The research team found that unstable and damaging atoms called free radicals – produced naturally by our bodies – attack substances known as lipids inside the fat tissue, causing swelling. READ MORE.

ICE arrests

The arrests were made as part of ICE’s Operation Eagle’s Shield, which targeted “notable threats to public safety” throughout Virginia and Washington, D.C. Four of those arrests happened in Newport News. READ MORE.

Here’s a couple more stories people were talking about:

Unsure of how to keep the stormwater system clean? The city has answers

Anything that enters a storm drain will flow directly into local waterways – the same waterbodies you might enjoy for swimming, fishing and recreation. READ MORE.

You can ride this ‘work of art,’ Hampton’s historic treasure

The wooden carousel was built in 1920 by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company at a time when merry-go-rounds were at the height of popularity. READ MORE.

John Mangalonzo
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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