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Top Stories of 2013


THE YEAR BEGAN with stories about the failed attempt to lure an NBA team for a new arena in Virginia Beach, and 2013 ended with new proposals to build an arena without a team so one could play in it from the start. One of the masterminds behind a revised plan – developer Bruce Thompson – was responsible for other top stories, with plans to renovate the Beach’s Cavalier Hotel and build a high-end hotel in downtown Norfolk. It was a year of change for the Port of Virginia, with rejection of private proposals to operate the port, a reorganization and the hiring of a new CEO, who will take over in February. Local business leaders started a process to improve the region. Former leaders of the failed Bank of the Commonwealth faced a jury, a sentencing judge and then prison. Tolls for the tunnels survived court battles. Fort Monroe plans advanced while W.M. Jordan’s $250 million project for Newport News lined up tenants including Whole Foods. Looming over it all was new research about the threat of the rising sea. In the last issue of the year, here’s a look back at those stories and more.