Tag: magic

Forced to play the PR game: Cops, teachers

NYPD cops literally turning their backs on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio as part of their effort to gain the upper hand in labor contract negotiations are playing a hand we’ve seen played by another group that is masterful at getting attention to its plight for more pay: teachers.

Why is everybody dumping on Robert Griffin III?

Washington Redskins quarterback Robert Griffin III is this generation’s Ryan Leaf, the second pick behind a once-in-a-generation QB going bust. Except that he’s not Ryan Leaf, or anything close to it.

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Eat less and move more: The secret to losing weight, changing your life

People ask me all the time, How did you do it? This time last year, I weighed in at 275 pounds. I’m down to 177 as I write this, just short of 100 pounds off that high, or depending on your perspective, that low, low point.

David Swanson: We must always have war because magic

This advertisement for permanent war appeared in my local newspaper today. By pointing out this fact I am neither opposing working with religious groups that favor peace nor asserting that Martin Luther King Jr. was a warmonger.

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Mark Warner: Political damaged goods?

As of Tuesday, about 7 p.m. or so, Mark Warner was still the Democrat with the magic touch in “real Virginia,” the Harvard-educated lawyer who embraced NASCAR, beloved out this way for getting Virginia Tech Hokies football into the ACC.

Mike London can still save his job: All he has to do is beat FSU

The conventional wisdom is that Mike London came into the 2014 season knowing that there was a magic number that would keep him employed at the University of Virginia.

When do we start looking ahead to 2016?

The 2016 presidential election is two years away. Hard to believe, ain’t it? I mean, didn’t we just have one of them presidential elections?

Playwright and actor Ted Swartz brings music, comedy and storytelling to conversation about sexuality, faith and family

Three is a magic number, says veteran actor and playwright Ted Swartz. “That’s true in baseball, theater and comedy,” he says. “I generally listen when things come in threes.”

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September River City Radio Hour has magic, country

The September River City Radio Hour regulars Boogie Kings and the First Lady of Comedy, Marsha Howard will be joined by John-Robert Rimel, a country-singer phenomenon, and the Amazing Man of Magic, Peter Monticup.

WVPT preps for annual Kids’ Book Festival

The 9th Annual WVPT Kids’ Book Festival comes to The John Paul Jones Arena Sunday, September 28th from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.

September Special at the Waynesboro YMCA!

Who needs videos or magic pills? Join the Waynesboro YMCA in September and get half off your joiners fee, join with a friend and pay no joiners fee, and if you work out actively at the Y for three months, get January 2015 free!

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Richmond Flying Squirrels fall to Altoona, 3-2

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (75-61) fell to the Altoona Curve (57-79), 3-2, at Peoples Natural Gas Field on Tuesday night. Despite the loss, the Squirrels’ magic number to claim the Western Division dropped to three as Akron also lost to Trenton, 5-0.

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Resurgent Richmond? Squirrels reduce magic number to two

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (74-59) waited through a 58-minute rain-delay to complete a, 7-2, win over the Bowie Baysox (66-66) at The Diamond on Saturday night.

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Richmond Flying Squirrels top Bowie, reduce magic number to four

The Richmond Flying Squirrels (73-59) took a giant step towards the post-season by blanking the Bowie Baysox (66-65), 3-0, on Friday night at The Diamond.

Celebrate wilderness in Shenandoah National Park

Shenandoah National Park will be hosting a nine-day celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act from Saturday, August 30 through Sunday, September 7, 2014.

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Portland outduels Richmond in 10, 1-0

The Portland Sea Dogs (77-50) came out on top of the Richmond Flying Squirrels (70-56), 1-0, in a pitcher’s duel that took 10 innings to complete on Saturday night at Hadlock Field.

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Portland downs Richmond in opener, 5-1

The Portland Sea Dogs (76-50) defeated the Richmond Flying Squirrels (70-55), 5-1, on Friday night at Hadlock Field. With the loss, and a win by the Bowie Baysox, the Squirrels’ magic number to obtain a post-season berth remains 10 with 17 games to play in the regular season.

Chris Graham: Now that was rock ‘n’ roll

My head is ringing, but that’s me complaining after a helluva night of rock ‘n’ roll at the Rockingham County Fair with Daughtry and the Goo Goo Dolls.

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Again with the walkoff: Lynchburg wins late, 2-1

Lynchburg called upon its City Stadium magic again to complete a three-game sweep of the Winston-Salem Dash, as Joe Odom’s single scored Tyler Tewell in the bottom of the ninth to give the Hillcats their 10th walk-off victory of the year, 2-1 at Calvin Falwell Field Sunday night.

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JMU’s first research provost enamored by culture of developing thinkers

She is more than 700 miles from where she was born, raised and spent her entire professional career, but Dr. Yvonne Harris says she feels right at home in her new job at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Va.

Wayne Theatre project update: Cabaret to open, fundraising in critical stage

Thanks to the generous support of Jeane Custin and the General Electric Foundation, the restored Wayne Theatre will have its own small performance space.

Chris Graham: Tone down on the succeed thing

On the one hand, America loves to give out ribbons to people who do nothing other than try. On the other hand, we love even more to beat down people who actually succeed.

Chris Graham: You got a problem with me not being fat anymore?

Fat Chris is dead, buried. Through hard work, a strict, healthy diet, an active exercise regimen, diligence and basic want to, I’ve lost 74 pounds over the last six months. Cause for celebration, right? Wrong.

Grand Gala Finale at WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway will celebrate the end of its three years with an extravagant evening of performances by some of the Gateway patrons’ favorites.

Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital Community Open House

Central Virginia residents are invited to tour the Battle Building at UVA Children’s Hospital, which will consolidate and streamline UVA’s outpatient pediatric care.

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Lynchburg Hillcats shut out at Myrtle Beach, 5-0

Fresh off the biggest comeback win of the season Sunday afternoon, the Lynchburg Hillcats (32-32) were shut out 5-0 in Myrtle Beach tonight. The Pelicans (42-20) used three pitchers to blank the Hillcats and record their fourth shutout of the year.

Ken Plum: Garden magic

I have had more time to spend in my garden than I have had any spring for many years. I had almost forgotten how relaxing and satisfying working in the soil can be.

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Three-run ninth lifts Potomac Nationals past Salem Red Sox

The Potomac Nationals (30-26, 16-11) renewed more magic at Pfitzner Stadium on Monday night with a three-run 9th inning to claim a 5-4 walk-off victory to complete a four-game sweep of the Salem Red Sox (27-29, 13-15).

Does UVA baseball have enough hitting to get to Omaha?

We’ve already looked at the question of whether #3 national seed UVA baseball has enough pitching to get to the 2014 College World Series. Now to the question that has vexed Virginia fans and ‘Hoos coach Brian O’Connor all season long: is there enough hitting there to get UVA to Omaha?

Open Mic Talent Night Final Round at WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway will host the eight and final round of the Open Mic Talent Night Competition on Thursday, May 1st at 7:00 pm. The prize for the winner will be a $50 cash prize and a chance to participate in the grand finale competition, “Talent of the Year”, in June.

A Night of Magic at WTA’s Gateway

Master Magician Peter Monticup will host an evening of prestidigitation by professional magicians. Illusions, mind-reading, transformations and teleportation will all be performed by an all-star cast. This evening of wonder and amazement is family friendly and will be Saturday, April 12th at 7:30 pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in downtown Waynesboro.

Open Mic Talent Night at WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway will host the seventh round of the Open Mic Talent Night Competition on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:00 pm. The prize for the winner will be a $50 cash prize and a chance to participate in the final competition in June.

Sixth Talent Night Competition at WTA’s Gateway

WTA’s Gateway will host the sixth round of the Open Mic Talent Night Competition on Thursday, March 6 at 7:00 pm. The prize for the winner will be a $50 cash prize and a chance to participate in the final competition in June.

Return of Gateway Open Mic Talent Night this weekend in Waynesboro

Half the contestants have been chosen for WTA’s Open Mic Talent Night finals in June. The Thursday, February 6th round begins at 7:00 pm at WTA’s Gateway, 329 West Main in Downtown Waynesboro.

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Chris Graham: Why has Virginia Tech football come back to the pack?

Eight straight 10-win seasons, and 11 of 13. Seems like forever ago at Virginia Tech now, doesn’t it? And yet it was just two years ago when the Hokies were 11-1 and looking ahead to an ACC Championship Game rematch with Clemson. Since that point, Tech is just 14-12, and a key reason why is the running game.

Longwood economist says socioeconomic factors predict SOL pass rates

Many of the most commonly cited remedies for improving educational test scores—shrinking class sizes, boosting teacher salaries or hiring teachers with advanced degrees—actually have little power to predict Standards of Learning (SOL) pass rates, says a Longwood University economist.

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Opera soars at JMU

While regional and state opera houses have been shutting their doors across the country, the opera program at James Madison University is standing strong. “The academic world will need to take on more responsibility for keeping those traditions going,” says Don Rierson, director of JMU Opera Theater.

McAuliffe counters Cuccinelli push on tax, budget costs

Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe’s campaign today released a new report, “Cuccinelli’s $8 Billion Tax Plan,” describing how Ken Cuccinelli’s budget gimmicks and support for eliminating the corporate income tax could cost the Commonwealth at least $8 billion over four years and deplete necessary funding streams from localities for education, transportation, and other critical investments that will keep Virginia competitive in the 21st century.

Second Magicians’ Competition at Gateway

Those with magic up their sleeves will gather again to seek the honor of being toasted as the Gateway Magician of the Year.

Podcast: WTA Presents Peter Monticup

This installment of WTA Presents features an interview with Peter Monticup, the organizer of the Oct. 5 Gateway Magicians Weekend.

Central Virginia Magicians’ Competition at the Gateway Theatre

Every magician would dream of having this title, but the only way to win this title is to be part of a magic competition. Unfortunately there is none in the Valley. That is until now! WTA’s Gateway will fill that void with its first WTA Virginia Magicians’ Competition.