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  • Man Considers Suing City of Portsmouth After Unannounced Cops Tried Entering His Home

    07/18/2014 10:07:30 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 29 replies
    OpposingViews ^ | July 16, 2014 | Lina Batarags
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. – When a man heard noises in his backyard and heard the back door handle click, he ushered his family upstairs, grabbed his gun and prepared to defend himself. Brandon Watson remembers his wife seeing “guys in all black” approaching the house; when he couldn’t immediately find a phone to call 911, he instead ran back downstairs with his legally purchased gun. Watson recalls warning the intruders, “Who is that? I have a gun,” and immediately finding “two red laser beams” trained on his chest. He then fired a warning shot through a window, and ran across the...
  • D-Day Veteran who sneaked off to Normandy returns to Portsmouth

    06/07/2014 11:34:10 AM PDT · by DFG · 13 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 06/07/2014 | Andy Dolan
    The 89-year-old D-Day veteran who sneaked out of his care home to Normandy has returned to a hero's welcome and declared: 'I would do it again tomorrow.' Hiding his war medals under a raincoat, Bernard Jordan told carers he was going for a walk before boarding a coach to France for the 70th anniversary - sparking a frantic missing person search. The former Royal Navy officer arrived into Portsmouth on a cross-channel ferry this morning, where he said: 'I expect I will be in some trouble with the care home, but it was worth it.'
  • Discovery of sacred Roman well amazes archaeology team

    09/28/2013 11:56:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 15 replies
    Portsmouth News ^ | September 21, 2013 | Jeff Travis
    It’s the most significant archaeological discovery in the Portsmouth area for many years. Buried a few feet under a garden in the centre of Havant, archaeologists stumbled upon a Roman well filled with coins and a bronze ring with a carving of Neptune, the Roman god of the sea. Perhaps most intriguing was the discovery of eight dog skeletons at the bottom of the well. Experts believe the dogs, which were worshipped in some ancient religions, may have been dropped down the ‘sacred well’ as a sacrifice to the gods. The excavation was done at Homewell House, a Georgian property...
  • Robber shot, killed in Va. Beach credit union

    09/14/2013 10:49:03 AM PDT · by csvset · 31 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | September 14, 2013 | Mike Connors
    An off-duty police officer shot and killed a male attempting to rob a credit union this morning, police said. The incident started about 10:10 a.m., at a Chartway Federal Credit Union in the 5000 block of Ferrell Parkway, near the intersection of Indian Lakes Boulevard. A male wearing a mask and dark clothes entered the credit union and announced the robbery, said Sgt. Adam Bernstein, a police spokesman. The robber appeared to be armed. The off-duty officer was one of the customers in the credit union. He confronted the robber, then fired at least one shot, Bernstein said. The robber...
  • President Barack Obama in NH speech: All Republicans offer are tax cuts to 'cure anything'

    09/07/2012 1:08:01 PM PDT · by matt04 · 10 replies
    The day after he officially accepted the presidential nomination at the Democratic National Convention, President Barack Obama energized a crowd of thousands in New Hampshire with a speech laden with policy and partisan politics. Obama and Vice President Joe Biden spoke outdoors under sunny skies at the Strawbery Banke Museum, with American flags draped over nearby buildings. Their wives, Michelle Obama and Jill Biden, joined them onstage at the end of the rally. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is scheduled to hold his own New Hampshire rally in Nashua on Friday evening. Obama, in rolled-up shirtsleeves, spoke for nearly 30...
  • The fire on USS Miami (SSN-755) has been linked to a vacuum cleaner

    06/06/2012 3:20:37 PM PDT · by moonshot925 · 57 replies
    Reuters ^ | June 6 2012 | Ros Krasny
    (Reuters) - A fire that caused an estimated $400 million in damage to a U.S. Navy nuclear-powered submarine docked in Maine may have been caused by a vacuum cleaner, authorities said on Wednesday. The fire in the forward compartment - which includes crew living, command and control spaces and the torpedo room - of the USS Miami on May 23 took about 12 hours to extinguish and injured seven firefighters. "Preliminary findings indicate the fire started in a vacuum cleaner used to clean work sites at end of shift, and stored in an unoccupied space," the shipyard's public affairs office...
  • Sub fire could have ripple effects for Navy fleet

    06/03/2012 2:44:41 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    ap ^ | June 3, 2012 | Michael Melia
    The Navy is evaluating whether it's worth spending millions of dollars to repair the USS Miami, the nuclear-powered submarine damaged in a fire in a Maine shipyard. If the submarine is scrapped, the fleet could feel the effects for years. The number of attack submarines like the Miami is projected to drop as they are deactivated faster than they are replaced, and Navy leaders already have been trying to find new ways to keep up with demands from combatant commanders. ... The Miami was in dry dock at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine, for an overhaul when the fire...
  • Four injured in submarine fire at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard

    05/23/2012 7:34:39 PM PDT · by george76 · 7 replies
    WMTW ^ | May 23, 2012
    Four people have received medical attention in connection with a fire on a nuclear-powered submarine at a Maine shipyard, but none of the injuries were serious. Fire crews are fighting the blaze on the USS Miami SSN 755 at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on an island in Kittery near Portsmouth, N.H. ... The ship's reactor was not operating at the time of the fire, which was reported at 5:41 p.m., the release said. The reactor was not affected by the fire.
  • PIT BULLS ATTACK CHILD : Toddler Attacked By Grandparents' Pit Bulls

    08/04/2011 7:06:28 AM PDT · by george76 · 16 replies
    WCHS-TV ^ | Aug. 4, 2011 | Dave Benton
    A 14 month old girl is recovering after she was attacked by three pitbulls at her grandparents' home in Portsmouth, Ohio. 14 month old Kahtauna Cook was playing in a room at her grandparent's home when three pitbulls owned by her step-grandfather jumped a barricade and attacked her. Kahtauna was bitten several times.
  • Chinese ship 'arrested' in Portsmouth crane mishap

    02/25/2011 6:53:42 AM PST · by csvset · 8 replies
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 25, 2011 | Robert McCabe
    The U.S. Marshals Service has "arrested" a Chinese ship after a crane aboard the vessel damaged a towering new container crane at APM Terminals in Portsmouth. The arrest came after the Virginia Port Authority and its operating affiliate sued the Chinese company that made and delivered two new cranes. The suit in Norfolk's federal court seeks $14.65 million in damages. The court then issued an arrest warrant for the ship. While still berthed at APM Terminals, it's now in federal custody. "From the time that it's under arrest, it belongs to the United States Marshals Service - until the courts...
  • 2 Arrested After Portsmouth Bus Bomb Threat

    05/07/2010 10:11:48 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 10 replies · 605+ views
    CBS Boston ^ | 5/7/10 | CBS Boston
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (WBZ) ―Two people have been arrested in connection with a daylong bomb scare on a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, N.H. John Smolens of Lewiston, Maine was tasered and charged with resisting arrest after police say he refused to obey orders from the SWAT team during the evacuation Thursday. Calvin Segar of Brooklyn, New York was charged with two counts of obstruction for lying to authorities. Both will be arraigned in Portsmouth Friday afternoon. The bomb scare began Thursday morning when a passenger overheard a man speaking a foreign language on a cell phone, police said. The passenger then...
  • Source: NH bus bomb scare a misunderstanding

    05/07/2010 8:43:21 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 13 replies · 453+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 05/07/10 | Boston Herald
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. — The passenger at the center of a daylong bomb scare on a Greyhound bus in Portsmouth, N.H., was a foreign national who was too scared to get off the bus, a person with knowledge of the investigation told The Associated Press on Friday. The person, who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak publicly, said the bomb scare was sparked by another passenger who called 911 believing a non-English-speaking rider had mentioned a bomb. The 911 call around 11:15 a.m. Thursday prompted authorities to evacuate buildings and streets and...
  • Report Of Suspicious Device On Bus Closes Portsmouth Streets

    05/06/2010 10:33:18 AM PDT · by OCCASparky · 35 replies · 866+ views
    WMUR.com ^ | 6 May 2010
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- Portsmouth Bus Incident Several streets in Portsmouth have been blocked off after a report of a suspicious device on a bus. Police said the incident involved a Greyhound bus that was en route from Portland, Maine, to New York. A 911 call was received at about 11:15 a.m. from someone on the bus reporting a possible suspicious device. Police said the area around Hanover, High and Market streets was closed. News 9 reported that 17 passengers were still on the bus, but the bus driver had left the bus. There have been reports of a possible hostage...
  • TERRORISM and COUNTERTERRORISM: News, INFORMATION & Analysis #2

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Taxi driver denies sexual assault of teenage student

    03/19/2010 8:46:20 AM PDT · by myknowledge · 1 replies · 374+ views
    The News - Portsmouth ^ | March 17, 2010 | Gareth Bethell
    A student with learning difficulties has told a court how a taxi driver locked her in his cab and sexually assaulted her. The 19-year-old, from Portsmouth, had been out with friends in Guildhall Walk when she got a taxi home alone. The woman said Muhammed Hasan had asked her to move from the back of the cab to the front seat. She told Portsmouth Crown Court: 'I just kept thinking "don't go in the front because he might have a knife on him". I didn't know what he would do if I didn't.
  • Church displays disturbing messages (Westboro Baptist "Church" pickets military installations)

    03/04/2010 12:00:33 PM PST · by caldera599 · 14 replies · 1,083+ views
    WAVY.com ^ | 03/04/2010
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. - Wednesday, members of the Kansas-based Westboro Baptist Church came to Hampton Roads. They stood outside several local military installations carrying signs and chanting anti-American songs. Including the Portsmouth Naval Hospital, where they were met by a small group of protesters with a message of their own. Less than a mile from the facility that treats wounded Sailors and Marines, the group from Westboro Baptist Church stood on a street corner carrying controversial signs. A passing motorist told WAVY.com that the display disturbed him. "We're out here saying that a doomed America is relying upon the strength of...
  • Construction Begins At Navy's New Carriers' Portsmouth Base

    03/02/2010 10:41:26 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 493+ views
    SPX via Portsmouth ^ | 3/2/2010 | SPX via Portsmouth
    Steel-cutting on a section of the hull of the first of the Royal Navy's two new aircraft carriers began at Portsmouth Thursday 25 February 2010. Portsmouth, which will be the future home of both Queen Elizabeth Class carriers, became the fifth UK shipyard to be involved in construction on the programme. Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth pushed the button to start the laser cutter. He said: "Here in Portsmouth work is just beginning but across the country in Devon, Newcastle, Glasgow and Rosyth work is already under way. "In all, six shipyards across the UK will be involved in the manufacture...
  • Greeting the Troops at Portsmouth, NH

    10/07/2009 6:30:48 AM PDT · by don-o · 9 replies · 378+ views
    Little House on Unaka | October 7, 2009 | don-o
    I seem to recall FReepers posting about gatherings to greet the troops. Well, my son, Ben, just texted me that they had stopped there and had a ceremony as they were refueling and changing crew. Wondering if any Freepers might have been there and maybe took pictures.
  • Stand-Up Guy: Obama knocks 'em dead with jokes about pulling the plug on grandma.

    08/12/2009 2:15:57 PM PDT · by Behind Liberal Lines · 29 replies · 1,759+ views
    Wall St. Journal ^ | 08/12/09 | By JAMES TARANTO
    If you're not creeped out by ObamaCare yet, you will be after you've read this passage from the New York Times transcript of the president's "town hall" meeting in Portsmouth, N.H., yesterday: "The rumor that's been circulating a lot lately is this idea that somehow the House of Representatives voted for ‘death panels' that will basically pull the plug on grandma because we've decided that we don't--it's too expensive to let her live anymore. (Laughter.)" Laughter? Way to knock 'em dead, Mr. President! You can hear the "joke," and the laughter, on NPR's Web site. Now, this column certainly is...
  • Portsmouth mayor fined for using assistant for personal tasks

    08/08/2009 4:53:41 PM PDT · by csvset · 3 replies · 540+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | August 8, 2009 | Jen McCaffery
    PORTSMOUTH Mayor James Holley's secretary has been busy. She's surfed the Internet for a Taser gun to repel geese at Holley's home, and she's called T.J. Maxx stores across Virginia to find medium-size wooden shoe trees. She's made hair and nail appointments with Mrs. Erma at Camelot Beauty Salon and at Foxy Nails and asked the city's information technology department to cancel Holley's subscription to Playboy. The Web site is typically off-limits to city employees. Lorraine Stokes was so busy performing personal tasks for the 82-year-old mayor that they interfered with her job responsibilities, she said. So she took a...
  • We have the opportunity to greet teh COC in NH on August 11!

    08/06/2009 5:47:24 AM PDT · by Billg64 · 16 replies · 901+ views
    www.mainepatriots.com ^ | 8/6/09 | billg64
    President Obama is coming to Portsmouth NH on Tuesday, August 11th to do a town hall style meeting. We are organizing a protest group and need everyone to show up outside the venue and along the streets with our signs. I do not yet know the time and exact location yet, but I will post it here as soon as I know. It will also be posted on my website, www.mainepatriots.com Amy ******* Founder, Maine Patriots
  • Obama to visit Portsmouth (NH) area

    08/06/2009 5:49:50 AM PDT · by wilco200 · 18 replies · 1,457+ views
    Seacoast Online ^ | 8/5/09 | Adam Leech
    PORTSMOUTH - A White House spokesperson confirmed Wednesday that President Barack Obama will be in Portsmouth on Aug. 11 to hold a town hall-style meeting on heath care. "I can confirm the president is heading to Portsmouth on Aug. 11," said Moira Mack, a White House spokesperson. "The details of the event have yet to be finalized." Obama held similar forums of health care reform in Bristol, Va. and Raliegh, N.C. last week. Mack said she does not know if the event will be in the city, but said it will be in the "Portsmouth area."
  • Gun sales are up, but it's legal (Barfer)

    03/22/2009 7:06:57 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 49 replies · 1,835+ views
    seacoastonline ^ | 3/22/2009 | Staff
    Like it or not, gun sales are, well, booming. There are a number of reasons but the most prevalent are people are afraid the Obama administration, sooner or later, will get around to creating more-restrictive gun ownership laws and taxes. And those are not unfounded fears. So gun owners are stocking up on ammunition, handguns and semiautomatic rifles. Sales are up 50 percent since Barack Obama was elected. And gun-control advocates have taken notice. In a story in Seacoast Sunday last week, Peter Hamm of the Washington-D.C.-based Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence used words like "lunacy" to describe people...
  • Medic shooter witness appeal_(Guns in UK)

    12/07/2008 2:40:52 PM PST · by Flavius · 10 replies · 516+ views
    bbc ^ | 5 December 2008 | bbc
    The police are appealing for witnesses after a paramedic was shot at in Portsmouth while treating a man who had fallen from a lorry. video at the link
  • Portsmouth elects evil leftist to City Council

    12/05/2008 4:35:12 PM PST · by mainestategop · 9 replies · 637+ views
    Mainestategop ^ | Mainestategop
    Meet Esther Kennedy. Esther Kennedy was born and raised in Rural New York and moved to the Dover Portsmouth area to work in public schools. She is currently the owner of a Marina called Esther's Marina on 41 Pickering AVE in Portsmouth. She has worked in the special education department in The school systems of Dover and Guilford. She has also worked in Marine affairs and several state wide task force. Yes! We should believe a typical city politician in a large growing New England city. There is however a dark side. Esther Kennedy was an employee of the...
  • Some in Portsmouth want mayor out over hotel comments

    07/24/2008 7:15:21 PM PDT · by fightinJAG · 13 replies · 88+ views
    Virginian-Pilot ^ | July 24, 2008 | Jen McCaffery
    Some residents said Thursday they wish they could recall the mayor over comments he made about state Sen. Louise Lucas’ proposed hotel and conference center, while she said she is considering scaling back her project. Earlier this week, the City Council voted to deny Lucas the use of up to $50 million of federal enterprise zone bonds. The bank-backed bonds would have provided Lucas with lower-cost financing. During the meeting, Mayor James W. Holley called the Portsmouth Renaissance Hotel & Waterfront Conference Center a white hotel and said that Lucas’ project would have given the city a black hotel.
  • 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,...
  • City gets good news for taxpayers (Portsmouth's muni bond rating goes up)

    06/21/2008 7:03:29 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies · 26+ views
    Seacost Online ^ | 06/19/08
    City gets good news for taxpayers Upgraded bond rating sign of strong finances June 19, 2008 6:00 AM PORTSMOUTH — The city announced that Moody's Investors Service, one of the nation's largest bond rating agencies, has upgraded the city's bond rating from Aa3 to Aa2, citing strong financial management, continuing growth, a large tax base and low debt burden as positive factors. "The upgrade to the Aa2 rating is driven by the city's healthy economy, which appears to be bucking national economic trends as development activity continues in this sizeable and diverse tax base and a continuing trend of a...
  • Authorities arrest man in vandalism to Confederate Monument

    02/07/2007 4:09:54 PM PST · by csvset · 26 replies · 888+ views
    Authorities arrest man in vandalism to Confederate Monument In a follow-up to a story we first reported in June of 2005, on Monday, Portsmouth Police arrested a man and charged him with vandalizing the Confederate Soldiers' Monument located in the downtown area of the city.  The suspect was identified as 20-year-old Troy Capps of Portsmouth. Police say he was involved in defacing the monument on Court and High Streets by spray-painting the faces of the soldier with black paint. The monument was badly damaged, and crews worked for months to restore it. Capps was charged with a Class 6...
  • What ever happened to the "Portsmouth Symphony"??....Vanity!

    01/25/2007 10:46:34 AM PST · by Bean Counter · 3 replies · 616+ views
    Back in the 1980s when I was on Active Duty in the Tidewater area of Virgina, I was a dedicated listener to WNOR FM radio in Norfolk. They had a bunch of insane DJs in those days, like Henry "The Bull" del Toro, who did all kinds of memorable things like: **The "Hiney Winery" commercials..."Located in beautiful Butts Station, in Chesapeake"; that had people calling the station for directions constantly... ** Coverage of the Lorena Bobbit trial, where Henry tried to broadcast live from the steps of the Courthouse in Manassass, while handing out tee shirts carrying a portrait of...
  • Family Speaks Out About Cub Scout's Death

    12/05/2006 5:50:04 PM PST · by Coleus · 27 replies · 3,521+ views
    We're hearing from the family of a young boy, who died after falling off a float at a New Hampshire Christmas Parade. On Monday, Thomas Fogarty's family spoke for the first time about the 9-year-old boy who was celebrating Christmas with his fellow Cub Scouts. The float -- being pulled by a trailer through downtown Portsmouth, New Hampshire -- pulled Thomas Fogarty to his tragic death. "At this time, we believe that Thomas somehow fell from the float and was run over by the trailer's double-axle wheels," said Chief Michael Magnant of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire Police Department. Thomas' family...
  • Vermont coach's error leads to NH team's victory (Little League World Series)

    08/13/2006 9:49:20 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 20 replies · 1,000+ views
    AP/Boston Herald ^ | 8/12/06 | AP/Boston Heraldo
    BRISTOL, Conn. - A Vermont coachÂ’s failure to let one member of his team get enough time in the game gave the Portsmouth, N.H., Little League all-stars a victory over VermontÂ’s team by virtue of forfeit. The managerÂ’s apparent mental error turned a back-and-forth game - complete with six home runs - into a contest marred by confusion, chaos, tears and two ejections. Portsmouth lost FridayÂ’s game 9-8 if runs are counted, but the team was awarded the victory and advanced to MondayÂ’s championship because of VermontÂ’s rules infraction. The Colchester, Vt., manager Denis Place failed to get a player...
  • Westwood One Launches 'The Monica Crowley Show' (debuts Sat April 1st at Noon ET)

    03/28/2006 4:58:35 AM PST · by ajolympian2004 · 12 replies · 2,886+ views
    Westwood One Press Release ^ | Monday March 20th, 2006 | Peter Sessa
    WESTWOOD ONE LAUNCHES THE MONICA CROWLEY SHOW --New Program to Air Saturdays, Noon - 3 p.m. ET-- Beginning Saturday, April 1, 2006 New York, NY Monday, Mar 20, 2006 - Westwood One (NYSE: WON) is proud to announce the national launch of The Monica Crowley Show, the three-hour talk program hosted by author and news personality Monica Crowley. The show begins Saturday, April 1, 2006, and will air from noon to 3 p.m. ET. The Monica Crowley Show will debut on major market stations across the country including: WABC-AM New York, WTKK-FM Boston and WTNT-AM Washington DC. The show will...
  • Virginia Port Authority's drive for security

    03/09/2006 6:08:05 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies · 223+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | March 9, 2006 | GREGORY RICHARDS
    PORTSMOUTH — Entering the Virginia Port Authority’s three marine cargo terminals soon will involve a technology similar to the Smart Tag toll collection system. Officials say the new system will better secure the port. E ven with such improvements, many in the maritime industry think the nation’s 360 seaports remain unnecessarily vulnerable to attack because a national transportation worker identification card still has not been developed by the federal government, despite four years of efforts .When the entry system debuts in about a month at Portsmouth Marine Terminal, truck drivers will proceed to an unmanned entry gate. There they will...
  • Portsmouth Shipyard to Have Three Carriers at Once

    01/22/2006 7:45:33 PM PST · by DYngbld · 109 replies · 2,142+ views
    AP ^ | 22 Jan 2006
    The Norfolk Naval Shipyard, which typically handles just one aircraft carrier at a time, will be home to three carriers at once this fall, said Navy Capt. Joseph Campbell, the yard's commanding officer. The three carriers make up one-quarter of the nation's flattop fleet and are scheduled to be in the yard simultaneously for several weeks. The USS Harry S. Truman arrived at the yard Jan. 9. It will be joined by the USS Theodore Roosevelt in September and the USS George Washington in October. The Truman is scheduled to depart in November.
  • Daily Terrorist Round-up Stories 4-15-05 (Raids in Germany, Iraq & Terrorist on US Aircraft Carrier)

    04/15/2005 12:02:42 AM PDT · by Straight Vermonter · 19 replies · 665+ views
    4/15/05
    27 militants held in raid  BAQUBA: Iraqi forces seized 27 Islamic militants in Baquba, 60km north of Baghdad, yesterday along with weapons and leaflets linked to the Al Qaeda network, the army said. "Sixteen of the arrested, including two Egyptians, are wanted by authorities for crimes they are believed to have been committed," said Colonel Ismael Ibrahim. "Large quantities of weapons were seized ... and leaflets of the Jordanian Islamist Abu Musab Al Zarqawi urging militants to carry out attacks against US and Iraq forces were found too." The defence ministry said it had also arrested 49 suspects in raids...
  • UFO sighting in Exeter - again! - (Retired Navy officer reports his sighting in detail!)

    07/28/2005 8:25:37 AM PDT · by CHARLITE · 131 replies · 2,465+ views
    SEACOAST ONLINE.COM ^ | JULY 25, 2005 | Adam Dolge
    EXETER - There was something odd in the sky last week, something that caused a Navy veteran with 10,000 hours of flight experience to have his own close encounter. The former flight engineer, who wished to be identified only as "David," said of the experience, "this was like nothing I’ve ever seen before." What the retired Navy chief petty officer said he saw last Wednesday could only be classified as a UFO, an unidentified flying object. It was a bright and sunny afternoon, about 3:15 p.m., and David was outside preparing his lawnmower. He had filled the mower with gas,...
  • Olympia Snowe is for keeping War-Machine running?

    05/16/2005 11:08:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies · 642+ views
    Reuters ^ | 05/16/05 | Jessica Rinaldi
    Senator Olympia Snowe (R-ME) speaks out against plans to close the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard during a rally held at the shipyard in Kittery, Maine, May 16, 2005. Last week the Pentagon recommended the closure of 33 major domestic U.S. military bases and the realignment of 29 more, threatening a hard economic blow to many communities across the country. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi
  • Naval Insecurity

    04/14/2005 7:16:37 PM PDT · by zappermom · 25 replies · 1,234+ views
    Wed 13 Apr 2005 9:47am (UK) Naval Security Reviewed over Ship Intruder By Ben Mitchell, PA A review of security at a major UK naval base has been carried out after an alleged intruder was found on board a visiting US aircraft carrier, the Royal Navy said today. The alleged trespasser was discovered on board the USS Harry S Truman, anchored off Stokes Bay, Gosport, Hants, on Saturday night during a week-long visit to Portsmouth Naval Base. A navy spokesman said the man had allegedly passed through both Royal Navy security and US Navy security to get on board passenger...
  • Heavenly bodies give churchgoers a shock

    11/11/2004 5:38:05 AM PST · by tjwmason · 14 replies · 953+ views
    The Daily Telegraph ^ | 11 November, 2004 | Jonathan Petre
    Heavenly bodies give churchgoers a shockBy Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent(Filed: 11/11/2004) The young men of a Church of England cathedral choir have dismayed traditionalists by stripping off their shirts for a charity calendar. The "heavenly hunks" of Portsmouth cathedral choir have been photographed in a series of provocative poses for the 2005 calendar, which has the backing of the Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Kenneth Stevenson. A number of the pictures of the choristers, aged between 18 and 26, have a nautical theme to tie in with the city's celebrations next year of the 200th anniversary of the Battle...
  • Betty Hill of Portsmouth, other half of UFO couple, dies at 85

    10/18/2004 5:04:41 PM PDT · by Momaw Nadon · 47 replies · 1,375+ views
    Foster's Online ^ | Monday, October 18, 2004 | BRUNO MATARAZZO Jr.
    PORTSMOUTH — Betty Hill of Portsmouth, who along with her late husband in 1961, had the first publicized and best-documented UFO experience in the White Mountains, died Sunday in her sleep after a battle with lung cancer. She was 85. On a return trip from Canada, the Hills said they were abducted for two hours by a UFO on Sept. 19, 1961. After going public with their story, the two gained worldwide notoriety. Their story became the subject of a book and later, a made-for-TV movie starring James Earl Jones and Estelle Parsons. They traveled across the country and made...
  • Portsmouth Naval Medical Team Takes Command in Kuwait

    04/16/2004 7:15:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 185+ views
    Navy Newsstand ^ | 4/16/04 | Journalist 1st Class Daniel A. Bristol
    KUWAIT (NNS) -- Sailors from Navy Expeditionary Medical Facility (EMF) Portsmouth, Va., relieved the Army 801st Combat Support Hospital in a Transition of Authority Ceremony April 1. This is the first time a Naval Medicine unit has taken on this type of assignment, which is part of the largest troop rotation since World War II. “These Army Soldiers have given their support to the war on terrorism and to their country,” stated Commander, 8th Medical Brigade, Army Brig. Gen. Michael Walter, guest speaker at the ceremony. Walter said the Soldiers of the 801st have given their best to ensure top...
  • Portsmouth Sheriff Pleads Guilty to DUI, License Suspended for One Year

    02/07/2004 7:47:30 PM PST · by Severa · 4 replies · 160+ views
    WAVY-TV Portsmouth, VA ^ | February 7, 2004
    Portsmouth Sheriff Gary W. Waters pleaded guilty Friday morning to driving under the influence in connection with a December 27 traffic stop. The General District Court judge sentenced Waters to 30 days in jail, with all of the time suspended. He was fined $500, with $200 of that amount suspended. Waters also had his driver's license revoked for one year, however he can apply for a restricted license which will enable him to drive to and from work. Waters also must enter the Virginia Alcohol Safety Action Program. In a statement outside the courtroom, Sheriff Waters said: I knew in...
  • School Board wants better than the usual cafeteria food

    12/28/2003 10:11:32 AM PST · by Holly_P · 8 replies · 694+ views
    Norfolk Virginian-Pilot ^ | 12/26/03 | Deirdre Fernandes
    PORTSMOUTH — School cafeteria food has long suffered a bad rep among students, but in Portsmouth some unusual voices are joining the chorus of complainers. Members of the School Board are grumbling about the food prepared by the division’s cooks and served at their biweekly meetings. The rolls may be buttery and the vegetables tasty, but the chicken is bland, and the desserts disappointing, the food critics say. Some board members have informally discussed dropping the division’s food services and hiring local downtown restaurants to cater the meetings. “This is going downhill,” Chairwoman Elizabeth N. “Betty” Hudgins said about her...
  • DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials

    12/17/2003 7:59:02 PM PST · by Reagan is King · 14 replies · 133+ views
    Fosters Online ^ | Wednesday, December 17, 2003 | PAT McGOWAN
    DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials By PAT McGOWAN Democrat Staff Writer PORTSMOUTH — Several city officials are furious over the Democratic National Committee chairman’s recent visit to Portsmouth High School, who they feel turned a social studies lesson into a one-sided bashing of President Bush. After requesting to visit the school, Terry McAuliffe was allowed by Principal Forrest Ransdell to come to teach what the principal believed to be social studies classes on democracy and the political process. However, several city officials are livid over what they say turned into a biased Democratic view of...
  • DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials

    12/17/2003 12:11:34 PM PST · by HapaxLegamenon · 56 replies · 342+ views
    Foster's Online ^ | 12-17-2003 | PAT McGOWAN
    DNC chairman’s school visit sparks anger among Portsmouth city officials By PAT McGOWAN Democrat Staff Writer PORTSMOUTH — Several city officials are furious over the Democratic National Committee chairman’s recent visit to Portsmouth High School, who they feel turned a social studies lesson into a one-sided bashing of President Bush. After requesting to visit the school, Terry McAuliffe was allowed by Principal Forrest Ransdell to come to teach what the principal believed to be social studies classes on democracy and the political process. However, several city officials are livid over what they say turned into a biased Democratic view of...
  • Portsmouth Store Owner Takes On Three Would-be Robbers

    11/13/2003 10:58:24 PM PST · by mansion · 5 replies · 136+ views
    WAVY-TV, VA ^ | 11/13/03 | WAVY
    Portsmouth police say they have three robbery suspects in custody, after the owner of a clothing store they were attempting to rob decided to take matters into his own hands. According to police, it was around 1:30pm Thursday when the three entered the Playaz Gear store in the Victory Corner Shopping Center in the 4000 block of Victory Boulevard. One of the suspects was armed with a gun. Authorities say the three robbed the clerk on duty, Sam Ziad Isnail - who also happened to be the owner - and took clothing from the store. At some point, police say,...
  • Judge Criticizes Portsmouth Police In Drug Case

    07/05/2003 11:19:39 AM PDT · by freepatriot32 · 24 replies · 244+ views
    the champlain channel .com ^ | 7.4.03 | The Associated Press.
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -- A judge in Portsmouth Wednesday acquitted a Maine man of drug charges, calling a police search that led to the arrest an outrageous violation of constitutional rights. Portsmouth District Court Judge Sharon DeVries refused to allow certain evidence to be used and cleared 20-year-old Joshua Eastman, of South Portland, Maine, of marijuana possession. He was arrested after police responded to a noise complaint at an apartment in January, stood outside the door for about a half hour and heard what they said sounded like juveniles talking about drugs and alcohol. After no one answered their knocks, officers...
  • Nudity Spells U-N-I-T-Y (More Silly Naked Leftists!)

    05/21/2003 11:30:36 AM PDT · by MikalM · 67 replies · 1,083+ views
    Portsmouth Herald ^ | 5/1/903 | Jeanné McCartin
    STRATHAM - Hardly predawn, but early for a Sunday morning, a group of approximately 50 people gather at the Stratham Hill Park parking lot. Within the hour most will take part in a unique international spelling bee, one that has gained its reputation for scripting out peace messages with naked bodies, rather than for any aptitude in orthography. There are a few dog walkers and a couple of park workers about. None appear to pay attention to the largely female group. Though many of these women will choose to remain anonymous, their hope is that people will soon pay them...
  • Confederate Ironclad May Have Been Found (CSS Virginia aka Merrimac)

    04/30/2003 4:53:48 PM PDT · by SpringheelJack · 46 replies · 6,481+ views
    Associated Press ^ | April 30, 2003 | AP
    PORTSMOUTH, Va. -- An underwater survey found what might be remnants of the Confederate ironclad warship Virginia, the former USS Merrimack that fought the Union's ironclad Monitor in the 1862 battle that redefined naval warfare. "It would be a stroke of incredible luck to discover it after all these years," said Dick Hoffeditz, curator of the Virginia War Museum in Newport News. The underwater survey, for the proposed construction of a marine terminal on the Elizabeth River, describes two shipwrecks in the area and says there is "a distinct possibility" that they might be parts of the Virginia and of...