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Ana Ley

The Virginian-Pilot

Las Vegas, NV, United States

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Recent articles by Ana:

Sen. Louise Lucas of Portsmouth files defamation suit against man organizing effort to recall her

Attorney Tim Anderson accused Lucas of inciting a riot and telling police to stand down while protesters defaced Portsmouth's Confederate monument. → Read More

Portsmouth the site of another large rally as hundreds gather to denounce efforts to recall state Sen. Louise Lucas

Ever since protesters ripped apart Portsmouth’s Confederate monument last week, people in and around the city have accused Lucas of inciting a riot and encouraging people to deface the granite structure. → Read More

The long, messy fight to move Portsmouth’s Confederate monument

Here’s a timeline of recent events, according to Virginian-Pilot archives, that led to the moment protesters beheaded the monument’s four granite soldiers and pulled one down, seriously injuring one man as it toppled over. → Read More

Portsmouth will build a fence around destroyed Confederate monument while deciding its fate

The City Council held a specially called virtual meeting for the second straight day after demonstrators painted and destroyed parts of the downtown memorial. → Read More

Portsmouth City Council talked about moving Confederate monument, then protesters started tearing it apart

During a specially called virtual meeting Wednesday evening amid a downtown protest, City Council members called for a public hearing on July 28 before they decide on the statue’s future. → Read More

Protesters place bags over Portsmouth’s Confederate monument as council members weigh its future

Police officials said early the next day that the protesters also “chalked an outline of a body on the ground with the words ‘I can’t breathe.’” → Read More

Virginia Beach Police Dept. apologizes for letter urging shop owners to hide valuables from protesters

Police urged Town Center shop owners to hide valuables and deadbolt their doors to keep away demonstrators. → Read More

Protesters rally again in Norfolk to honor black lives, condemn systemic racism

It was at least the sixth straight night of protests across Hampton Roads spurred, in part, by the death of George Floyd, a black man who died in police custody in Minneapolis last week. → Read More

This mental health worker in Virginia Beach is helping people cope with their pandemic fears

"Whatever makes people feel safe and secure — that’s important right now. Because I think our sense of safety has been pulled away right now." → Read More

Portsmouth OKs hikes for meal tax, resident fees as part of $698 million budget

To soften the blow of the added costs, council members agreed at the last minute to delay the full brunt of the hikes until Jan. 1. → Read More

The Helpers: Volunteers step up to feed the needy on Norfolk’s South Side

More than 600 packages of food went to residents in Norfolk and Portsmouth neighborhoods Tuesday. It's going to be a weekly effort. → Read More

Here’s why Portsmouth’s city attorney says it’s legal to close the jail despite a judge’s order

Portsmouth and the sheriff have been fighting in court for months over the city jail's future and whether to send inmates to a regional jail. The sheriff's lawyer is asking a judge to hold the city in contempt for ignoring a court order to repair the city jail. → Read More

In racially divided Portsmouth, Lydia Pettis Patton is at the center of the storm

As city manager, she reports to a council often split down racial lines. And her decisions have angered many black residents and officials. → Read More

Ex-employee admits embezzling money from Portsmouth housing authority

Kimberly Ward will be on probation for five years and must repay the money. She was spared jail time under a plea agreement. → Read More

The AR-15 a Portsmouth councilman wore to a meeting this week stunned two of his peers. One wants an apology.

One councilmember said Nathan Clark's display was a "disgrace" that had brought embarrassment to the city. Another said Clark had nothing to apologize for. → Read More

Portsmouth leaders declare city a “Second Amendment Constitutional City”

On close vote, Portsmouth joins more than 100 localities in the state to affirm commitment to the Second Amendment. → Read More

1,000 Portsmouth retirees will be getting a $600 bonus — but no raise — this year

The move only affects people hired in 1984 or earlier. → Read More

Portsmouth plans new ways to combat high poverty rate

The city's poverty rate, like Norfolk's, is higher than that of Hampton Roads or Virginia as a whole. → Read More

After public outcry, Armada Hoffler ends talks to develop Portsmouth’s waterfront

The company had been talking with Portsmouth about moving city buildings inland to make room for private development along the river. → Read More

Portside, Portsmouth’s version of Waterside, could now be a tent — just like in the ’80s

Two years ago, the city discussed building a 5,000-square-foot pavilion. Now it wants to keep the land open for future development, so it may erect a tent instead. → Read More