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  • Ex-school security officer, gang leader convicted of racketeering, murder

    12/06/2016 5:55:36 AM PST · by fredhead · 4 replies
    WVEC ^ | December 06, 2016 | Staff , WVEC
    A 39-year-old man was convicted on charges of racketeering conspiracy, including murder, attempted murder, robbery, obstruction of justice, murder in aid of racketeering, conspiracy, and attempted murder in aid of racketeering, in addition to other charges, Monday. Michael Hopson, also known as "Hop" and "Big Homie," was the leader and founding member of the P-Stones gang. The gang is often referred to as the P-Stone Bloods and Cobra Stones. The gang is from the Denbigh area, and is known for engaging in violent crimes, such as murder and illegal drug trafficking. snip Hopson was also employed as a security guard...
  • Navy engineer tried to steal schematics of aircraft carrier, feds say

    12/06/2014 8:34:48 AM PST · by Patriot777 · 39 replies
    Associated Press, Fox ^ | December 05, 2014 | unknown
    NORFOLK, Va. – A Navy civilian engineer has been indicted on charges he tried to steal schematics of an aircraft carrier under construction and have them sent to Egypt. Federal prosecutors said Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, of Yorktown, Virginia, was arrested Friday on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data. Prosecutors said Awwad tried to steal technical data in the designs of the USS Gerald R. Ford in late October. Awwad provided computer drawings downloaded from the Navy to an undercover FBI agent posing as an Egyptian intelligence officer. The Ford is the lead ship in...
  • Feds: Navy engineer tried to steal schematics for new carrier class

    12/06/2014 5:04:03 AM PST · by PIF · 60 replies
    Daily Press (Newport News, Va.) (TNS) ^ | By Hugh Lessig and Peter Dujardin
    A Navy engineer was arrested and charged Friday with attempting to steal plans for the Navy's most advanced aircraft carrier, now under construction at Newport News Shipbuilding. Mostafa Ahmed Awwad, 35, a York County, Va., resident who worked at Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Virginia, was indicted on two counts of attempted exportation of defense articles and technical data, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Dana J. Boente. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 20 years in prison on each count. Awwad intended to send the schematics to Egypt, authorities said. Court documents describe a saga that included...
  • Federal grand jury met over tax break legislation granted to Newport News firm

    03/03/2012 12:27:37 PM PST · by csvset
    Daily Press ^ | March 2, 2012 | Peter Dujardin
    Subpoenas show that investigators honed in on Sen. John Miller, D-Newport News By Peter Dujardin, | 247-4749 10:28 PM EST, March 2, 2012 NEWPORT NEWS — A federal grand jury met in Newport News late last year and again last month as part of an investigation into the circumstances surrounding state legislation that gave a tax break to a Newport News air services firm. Documents show that the clerk of the Virginia Senate was served twice in November and once in January with federal subpoenas for documents pertaining to legislation that benefited the Orion Air Group, now located at...
  • Food Lion robbery hero faces pain with no regrets

    02/19/2012 7:51:20 AM PST · by csvset
    Daily Press ^ | February 15, 2012 | David Macaulay
    NEWPORT NEWS — Kelvin White sometimes gets uncomfortable when strangers approach on the street. But that is not nearly as bad as the dreams he has almost nightly of people out to kill him. Almost four months after White tackled a man accused of posing as an FBI agent in a robbery at Food Lion at Newmarket Square in Hampton and was shot by another man, he is still suffering from excruciating pain from the bullet that shattered his right leg.
  • The end of an era: F-15 Eagles at Langley, 1976-2010

    07/10/2010 1:01:16 AM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 1+ views
    The Peninsula Warrior ^ | 7/2/2010 | Capt. Lee Stewart
    Did you ever think the day would come when an Eagle would not be the most familiar sight in the Langley sky? Sadly, in the months to come, the very sight of an Eagle soaring across the Langley sky will soon become an uncommon phenomenon. Moreover, after a 34-year proud heritage, it is time for "the changing the guard" at Langley Air Force Base. The mighty F-15 Eagle will step aside and allow the "new kid on the block," the F-22 Raptor, to don the crown and set in motion a storyline that will someday solidify its own place in...
  • Enterprise Launches and Recovers First Aircraft in Two Years

    05/13/2010 6:07:19 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 9 replies · 842+ views
    Soldier of Fortune ^ | 5/13/2010 | Soldier of Fortune
    USS Enterprise (CVN 65) successfully recovered and launched fixed-wing aircraft May 12 after more than two years. The “Checkmates” of Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 211, landed four F/A-18F Super Hornets aboard the world’s first nuclear-powered carrier, and the “Salty Dogs” of Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (VX) 23 followed shortly later with the first launch. Strike Fighter Squadron (VFA) 11, also known as the “Red Rippers,” also launched and recovered aircraft on a day long anticipated by the crew. In order to safely recover a jet there must be 16 personnel below the flight deck manning the arresting gear equipment,...
  • After many issues, the Enterprise is ready for battle

    04/20/2010 5:03:10 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 33 replies · 997+ views
    Virginian Pilot ^ | 4/20/2010 | Corinne Reilly
    After a laborious two-year overhaul beset by delays, cost overruns and unforeseen problems, Navy officials said Monday that the military's oldest nuclear-powered aircraft carrier is once again ready for war. The 49-year-old Enterprise, which has been docked at Northrop Grumman's Newport News shipyard since April 2008, was originally slated to return to service six months ago. That plan changed after repair crews discovered damage and decay - from rotted pipes to fried electronics - far beyond what they'd anticipated. As the list of repairs grew, so did costs, to nearly $700 million from an initial estimate of $450 million. That's...
  • Obama on health care-Video 10/4/08 Newport News, Virginia

    08/04/2009 5:19:07 PM PDT · by Lobbyist · 4 replies · 261+ views
    On October 4, 2008 Obama noted that only 45 million were without health care. Evidently 1 million more people were added to this number since then. Also, he mentioned that health insurance premiums have gone up in the last eight years.
  • EB lands historic Navy contract [eight Virginia-class submarines]

    12/22/2008 5:55:53 PM PST · by bruinbirdman · 28 replies · 3,401+ views
    TheDay ^ | 12/22/2008 | Jennifer Grogan
    Groton- The Navy awarded Electric Boat a $14 billion contract to build the next eight Virginia-class submarines Monday, the largest submarine purchase in U.S. history. “I can’t describe how good it feels,” EB President John P. Casey said in a telephone interview from Washington, D.C. “Words won’t do it.” Under this multi-year agreement, Electric Boat and Northrop Grumman Newport News in Virginia will build one ship per year in 2009 and 2010 and two ships per year from 2011 through 2013, a production increase that starts a year earlier than the Navy originally planned. EB and Newport News jointly produce...
  • New carrier won't be done, but commissioning goes on

    12/19/2008 1:03:22 PM PST · by GATOR NAVY · 70 replies · 3,213+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 19 Dec 08 | Kathy Adams and Matthew Jones
    Tugboats will pull the George H.W. Bush, the 10th and final aircraft carrier in the Nimitz class, to its January commissioning, the Navy and Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding said Thursday. The big carrier should have sailed under its own power from the Newport News shipyard to Norfolk Naval Station for the Jan. 10 ceremony. It is not ready for delivery, said Margaret Mitchell-Jones, a Northrop Grumman spokeswoman. In the past, the Navy has delayed the ceremony, which marks the ship's official entry into the Navy fleet. But not this time. Navy Secretary Donald Winter set the date earlier this year, and...
  • [Chinese] Physicist admits sending US space know-how to China

    11/17/2008 1:56:56 PM PST · by Dr. Marten · 16 replies · 943+ views
    Breibart ^ | 11.17.08
    A Chinese-born physicist Monday pleaded guilty before a US court to illegally exporting American military space know-how to China, US officials said. Naturalized US citizen Shu Quan-Sheng, admitted handing over to Beijing information on the design and development of a fueling system for space launch vehicles between 2003 and 2007, the Justice Department said. Shu, 68, pleaded guilty to violating the Arms Export Control Act by helping Chinese officials based at the space facility on southern Hainan island to develop manned space flight and future missions to the Moon. He also acknowledged he had sent them in December 2003 a...
  • Joint venture will build nuclear reactors in Newport News

    10/23/2008 6:18:06 PM PDT · by csvset · 16 replies · 530+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | October 23, 2008 | Kathy Adams
    Northrop Grumman Shipbuilding is partnering with Areva, a multinational energy company based in France, to construct a $363.4 million manufacturing facility for nuclear reactors in Newport News, Northrop Grumman Corp. announced Thursday.Construction will begin early next year on the 300,000-square-foot plant that will eventually bring 540 engineering and production jobs to the region, including 340 initial hires when production begins in 2012, said Margaret Mitchell-Jones, a spokeswoman for Northrop Grumman.No radioactive nuclear material will be handled, she said. Rather, the facility will produce reactor parts such as steam generators and pressurizers, most weighing more than 500 tons.“This joint venture project...
  • Fishing company operator sentenced to jail for hiring illegal immigrants

    04/30/2008 10:34:39 AM PDT · by GATOR NAVY · 32 replies · 44+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | 30 Apr 08 | Tim McGlone
    NORFOLK - The vice president of a Newport News fishing company was sentenced today to 90 days in prison on top of nearly $7 million in fines and forfeitures that she and her company have agreed to pay to settle charges that the company employed illegal immigrants on its vessels. Yvonne Michelle Peabody, who runs the day-to-day operations of the Peabody Corp., previously pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges and has cooperated with the government in several other criminal matters, including a drug case, a prosecutor said. U.S. District Judge Raymond A. Jackson also sentenced her to 120 days of...
  • Navy Takes Delivery of New Submarine

    02/27/2008 3:30:57 AM PST · by ConorMacNessa · 27 replies · 237+ views
    WASHINGTON - The Navy took delivery of its newest attack submarine, Pre-commissioning unit North Carolina (SSN 777), from Northrop Grumman Newport News (NGNN) Feb. 21. North Carolina is the fourth Virginia-class submarine and the second delivered by NGNN. According to Virginia-class program manager, Capt. Dave Johnson, the delivery of North Carolina was a 10-month improvement compared to NGNN's first Virginia-class submarine, USS Texas (SSN 775). "The Navy's shipbuilding partners have brought the learning curve down and performance continues to improve," he said. The Virginia-class is the Navy's first major combatant designed and delivered specifically for the post-Cold War security environment....
  • AFP Meeting in Tidewater, Sat. Feb. 16

    02/15/2008 7:09:29 AM PST · by Gopher Broke · 86+ views
    Americans for Prosperity-Virginia Invites You to A Legislative Town Hall Meeting Saturday, February 16th from 2:30 to 3:30p.m. At the Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites-Newport News-943 J. Clyde Morris Blvd. Meet and Hear Congressman Rob Wittman, Delegate Glenn Oder & Delegate Brenda Pogge Discuss the Current Fiscal Issues Facing our State and Federal Governments. Get answers to your questions about the $1 billion State budget shortfall, the Governor's pork filled budget, and LEGISLATORS' efforts to trim it. Light appetizers will be served. Please RSVP to
  • SECNAV Names Three New Virginia Class Attack Submarines

    02/02/2008 7:12:33 AM PST · by Excuse_My_Bellicosity · 58 replies · 676+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 1/31/2008 8:14:00 AM | staff
    Story Number: NNS080131-05 WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Secretary of the Navy (SECNAV) Donald C. Winter announced Jan. 30 the names of three Virginia class submarines -- the Missouri, California and Mississippi. The selection of Missouri honors the continuous support of the military by the people of the "Show Me State," and its leaders. Designated SSN 780, Missouri is the fifth ship of the United States Navy to be named in honor of the U.S. state. The last Missouri (BB 63), a U.S. Navy battleship, saw action in World War II, Korean War and the 1991 Gulf War. Missouri was also the...
  • 'View' of Whoopi makes little sense

    09/07/2007 11:01:05 AM PDT · by JZelle · 17 replies · 1,162+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | 9-7-07 | Tom Knott
    As someone who once lived in the heart of Newport News, Va., and, in fact, in Michael Vick's school district, I was amused to hear Whoopi Goldberg's assessment that dogfighting is endemic to the Deep South and the sophisticates of our urban jungles do not understand. Vick's supporters sometimes appear to want it both ways. One day he is from the mean streets of Newport News and the next day he is from the Deep South. I happened to live on one of those mean streets of Newport News, and not once did I ever have to dodge bullets after...
  • A Day in the Life of President Bush (10-07-06): Christening of the USS George H. W. Bush

    10/07/2006 5:28:43 PM PDT · by silent_jonny · 368 replies · 6,376+ views
    President Bush and Mrs. Bush joined former President George H. W. Bush and Barbara Bush for the christening of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, the USS George H. W. Bush CVN 77. Click here for a transcript of the GWB’s remarks. Also in attendance at the ceremony were Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, General Peter Pace, Virginia Senator George Allen, Doro Bush Koch and Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Enjoy your Saturday visit to Sanity Island
  • PCU Texas Returns From Sea Trials [USS Texas (SSN 775)]

    05/19/2006 4:38:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 637+ views
    Navy NewsStand ^ | Photographer’s Mate Airman Maddelin Angebrand
    NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- The second Virginia-class submarine, PCU Texas (SSN 775), returned to Newport News after successfully conducting alpha sea trials, May 17. The sea trials were conducted to ensure all systems are functioning properly prior to the commissioning of the boat. The objective is to run all operating systems to the fullest extent of their capabilities. “We operated her through the full range of her maneuvering, diving and speed capabilities," said Capt. John J. Litherland, Texas’ prospective commanding officer. "She performed exactly as she is supposed to – no surprises. That is what we were looking for...