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Dominion Gives $600,000 in Grants to Virginia Schools
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50 Years Later, Civil Rights Leaders Face Bigger Challenges
Hampton Roads Company Among Winners of Nissan Design Contest
Nissan Commercial BY EARL OFARI HUTCHINSON The 50th anniversary of
the monumental 1963 March on Washington was accompanied by a wave of commemorative events that tried hard to recapture the energy and the spirit of the 1963 March. This was a tall order. The original march, punctuated by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s towering "I Have a Dream" speech, acted as a powerful wrecking ball that crumbled the walls of legal segregation and ushered in an era of unbridled opportunities for many blacks. The results are unmistakable today. Blacks are better educated, more prosperous, own more businesses, hold more positions
in the professions, and have more elected officials than ever before.
Yet the towering racial
improvements since the 1963 March on Washington mask the harsh reality: The challenges 50 years later are, in some ways, more daunting than what King and other civil rights leaders faced.
When King marched in
1963, black leaders had already firmly staked out the moral high ground for a powerful and irresistible civil rights movement. It was classic good versus evil. Many white Americans were sickened by the gory news scenes of ba- ton-battering racist Southern sheriffs, fire hoses, police dogs, 50 YEARS LATER PAGE 15
Crispus Attucks Cultural Center Receives Check from Wells Fargo Foundation
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Enhance Your Life with a Pet Worry Over the Long-Term Care Crisis
Citrus Fruits May Provide Cancer Cure Norfolk Names Economic Development Director Illuminating Generations of Minority Health QuestBridge National College Match
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Vehicles has announced the five winners of its "Design Your Ride" contest: Robyn Hass of Core Mechanical LLC, Wiley and Tiffanie Saccheri and Jackie New of Sublime Cake Design, Jeff Wheeler of Wanna Go? Pet Transport, Oscar Buonafina of Buonafina Plumbing & Heating LLC and Craig Davis of SafetyZone Systems.
This contest, which
50th Anniversary of the March on Washington
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Winners of the "Design Your Ride" contest celebrate their win with Paul
ran from March 27th through July 1st, asked entrants to provide modification ideas for a Nissan NV200 Compact Cargo van to make it the perfect vehicle for their business. The entries were judged based on the following criteria with weighting of criteria listed as a percentage in parentheses: creativity (35%), originality (25%), content (25%) and usefulness (15%).
"Vocationally, these custom NV200s run
the gamut from pet transportation to custom cake design, demonstrating that no matter what sort of business you run, the NV200 is an ideal partner for you," said Joe Castelli,
Butler, Sr. Manager, Marketing, Nissan Commercial Vehicles. Photo Courtesy of Nissan North America
vice president, Nissan Commercial Vehicles and Fleet. "The NV200's configurabil- ity, fuel economy and functionality make it a viable vehicle across the entire spectrum of independent businesses in the US."
The five winners were presented with
Teens Delaying Licensure: A Cause for Concern?
The majority of American teens today delay getting a driver's license, according to new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. Less than half (44 percent) of teens obtain a driver's license within 12 months of the minimum age for licensing in their state and just over half (54 percent) are licensed before their 18th birthday, causing concern among safety experts that young adult drivers are missing the benefits intended by graduated drivers licensing (GDL). These findings mark a significant drop from two decades ago when data showed more than two-thirds of teens were licensed by the time they turned 18. In Virginia, statistics from the Virginia DMV found a 20% decrease from 2011 to 2012 in the number of teens under 18 that were licensed.
"With one in three teens waiting to get their
license until they turn 18, there's a segment of this generation missing opportunities to learn
NV200s, each wrapped to their individual specifications, along with a check for $20,000 to assist in the modification of the vehicles or to help their businesses. This ceremony took place during NISSAN360, a comprehensive, global look at the Nissan Motor Company held for limited VIP attendees. More information DESIGN CONTEST PAGE 3
AAA Foundation Study Looks at Why Teens Are Delaying Rite of Passage VIRGINIA BEACH, VA -
under the safeguards that GDL provides," said Peter Kissinger, President and CEO, AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety. For most, it's about not having a car or having alternatives for getting around that are the top reasons cited for delaying what has traditionally been considered to be a rite of passage. Contrary to some expectations, survey results suggest that few teens wait until 18 simply to avoid graduated driver licensing. Instead, a number
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