HERSHEE FACES CLOSURE

Hershee Bar, Hampton Roads' only lesbian bar, faces closure after three decades of business following the Norfolk City Council's vote to purchase its property for $1.5 million.



MERMAIDS CREATE CELESTIAL ESCAPE


REGINA UNRAVELS MYSTERIES OF JAPANESE HERITAGE

As Regina Boone's father, Raymond, neared the end of his life, he implored her to find out what happened to his father, who was arrested at his restaurant in Suffolk, Va. on Dec. 7, 1941, following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Years later, Boone says the ensuing journey has deepened her understanding of her family and the world.


WOMAN OF IRON

Virginia Beach fitness trainer Ashley Horner set out in mid-August with a goal to complete 50 triathlons in 50 days to support Maison Fortuné Orphanage in Haiti. Although a medical issue sidelined her pursuit, her fundraising efforts continue.


SENIOR SILENT DISCO

Residents of Commonwealth Senior Living wear headphones specially designed to help with hearing loss as they gather for a silent dance party in Norfolk, Va. 


DANTE DEFIES EXPECTATIONS

Ocean Lakes High School sophomore Dante' Herrera, 17, lives with Batten disease, a rare nervous system disorder. Despite the daily challenges the illness presents, his mother says he infuses every moment with warmth and energy while constantly surpassing expectations.


SURF THERAPY

Children with special needs and their families gather in Sandbridge for instruction from a surf therapy organization.


AWAITING VACANCY

Jim Garner, 51, is diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease, a genetically predetermined disease that claimed the lives of his mother and older brother in middle age. As he reaches the cusp of understanding and decline, Jim says that he, his wife and two young children must continue to make the most of life. "We have the expectation of what Alzheimer's will do in the future," he said, "but we still have to live now."



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