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  • Sen. Lucas' plan for conference center-hotel denied funding (racist? read Mayor's comments)

    07/23/2008 9:32:17 AM PDT · by same old song · 5 replies · 96+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 7/23/08 | Jen McCaffery
    PORTSMOUTH State Sen. Louise Lucas will not be able to use millions of dollars in financing to build a $65 million hotel and conference center in the city. During a charged hearing Tuesday in which investors filled the City Council chambers, Vice Mayor Bill Moody Jr. and council members Elizabeth Psimas and Doug Smith voted against the low-cost financing while Mayor James Holley and Councilman Steve Heretick voted in favor of it. Councilwoman Marlene Randall announced before the vote that she would abstain. Her husband has invested $2,000 in the project. Councilman Charles B. Whitehurst Sr. also abstained. He, too,...