Monthly Archives: May 2009

The Millenials

A cover story about the millenial generation from a regional business magazine called Valley Business FRONT. It starts on page 8.

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Before the primary

Not long before Virginia Democrats held a primary to choose their candidate for governor, this ran in The Recorder — candidate Creigh Deeds’ hometown newspaper.

Deeds holds his own
Democratic Primary set for Thursday, June 9
By Tim Thornton • Contributing Writer

ROANOKE – It was hot, a summer day that had somehow turned up in May.

Creigh Deeds shed the jacket of his charcoal colored suit as he worked his way through a festival crowd, holding out his hand to passersby and people who’d taken to shaded benches. A breeze lifted Deeds’ pale green tie and tossed it across his shoulder like a scarf.

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Skipper

Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets fire off a cannon  at Hokie football games. Here’s a link to a soundslide about the cannon and its keepers. The cannon is called Skipper, in honor of John F. Kennedy, the skipper of PT 109.

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Cowan Tunnel

The Heartland Corridor is — or will be — a rail line running from Virginia’s ports in Hampton Roads to Ohio that can handle trains of double-stacked containers. Here’s a link to some video of one of the tunnels being prepared to handle the taller trains.

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Mountaintop removal mining

This series about mountaintop removal coal mining won the 2008 Phillip D. Reed Memorial Award for Outstanding Writing on the Southern Environment. It was also recognized by the Society of Environmental Journalists and the Virginia Press Association. Here’s what judge Janisse Ray said when this won the Reed Award: “This is a thorough investigation into the greatest tragedy of the American landscape today. I read it greedily, filled with equal parts of bottomless sadness and amazement at the people who, despite the odds, have found the courage and enlightenment to fight it. Very impressive.”

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Hokie Bird

This soundslide is a little goofy.  Like the Skipper soundslide, it was part of an award winning series about game day in and around Virginia Tech’s Lane Stadium.

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The New River

Here is a link to two series about the New River — the New River that flows through North Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia, not the one in Tennessee. The first one was part of an entry that won the Society of Environmental Journalists contest for small market newspapers in 2008.

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