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  • Wright Brothers, Coast Guard make history together

    Today is officially Wright Brothers day. The Wright brothers launched the era of flight on the Outer Banks.  But there’s a part of that story you’ve probably never heard before. The Wright brothers made some important friends on the Outer Banks. They became friends with members of the Coast Guard. We know them as modern-day heroes who risk their lives to save others at sea. But it turns out they were real life heroes way back then also. And the […]

  • Operation Smile marks 25 years of missions to Vietnam

    A Hampton Roads-based charity is marking a milestone. Operation Smile volunteers just returned from a medical mission to Vietnam. This trip came 25 years after Operation Smile first went to Vietnam. NewsChannel 3’s Les Smith spoke with one doctor, a Vietnam vet, who was on both trips. In 1969, thousands of young Americans were fighting an unpopular war a long way from home. Mike Solhaug was one of them. He returned after a year in Vietnam and eventually went to […]

  • Trio of military leaders blamed for sailor’s suicide aboard USS James E. Williams

    Norfolk, Va. – Boatswain’s Mate Seaman Yeshabel Villot-Carrasco killed herself aboard the Norfolk-based USS James E. Williams back in June. We now know she died from an overdose of sleeping pills, according to the Navy Times. The new report says the skipper, the former executive officer, and the command master chief created a toxic climate — per the Navy Times — that contributed to the suicide. Specifically it says Command Master Chief Travis Biswell an environment aboard the ship where […]

  • The USS James E. Williams (U.S. Navy)

    Former command triad of USS James E. Williams contributed to suicide aboard ship, report says

    The commanding officer, executive officer and command master chief of the USS James E. Williams were responsible for a toxic command climate that contributed to the suicide of a sailor onboard the destroyer in June, according to a report.

  • Virginia Beach teen volunteers on Operation Smile mission trip to Vietnam

    A Hampton Roads-based charity is celebrating a milestone. Twenty-five years after their groundbreaking trip to Vietnam, Operation Smile volunteers have just wrapped up a return mission to the country.

  • NewsChannel 3 on a mission to honor Veterans. Buying lunch at Mission BBQ in Virginia Beach. Photo by NewsChannel 3's Les Smith.

    Taking Action Day: Honoring veterans at Mission BBQ in Virginia Beach

    Virginia Beach, Va. – It’s Taking Action Day! NewsChannel 3 is on a mission to honor local veterans. We heard that a restaurant, Mission BBQ in Virginia Beach, was offering free sandwiches for veterans and active duty. We thought we could help by picking up the rest of the tab for lunch. So, NewsChannel 3’s Beverly Kidd and Les Smith took action.

  • Kirk Beckwith Cowart. Photo credit Virginia Beach Police Department

    Family of Kirk Cowart releases apology and appeal for better mental health care

    Virginia Beach, Va. – The family of the Virginia Beach man who took a hatchet into Salem High School and was arrested last week has issued an apology and an appeal. Kirk Cowart’s mental condition has now become the focus of how he got to where he is, what should happen next and the treatment he’s receiving in the meantime as he sits in the Virginia Beach Correctional Center. Cowart’s mother, sister and brother issued the following statement on Wednesday: “As […]

  • Football fans in Virginia Beach sound off on Redskins name controversy

    There isn’t much to cheer about in Redskins Nation at this point. The team is just 1-5 so far this season. But the team’s problems aren’t just on the field. Four petitions have now been filed with the Federal Communications Commission asking that broadcasters who use the word “Redskins” be fined because it “constitutes profanity.”

  • Gillespie, Warner trade verbal jabs during debate

    Republican Ed Gillespie seized on allegations that Senator Mark Warner may have suggested a federal judgeship for the daughter of a democratic state senator. Democrats were trying to keep that senator from retiring and handing control of the senate to republicans. The two sparred over Gillespie’s career as a Washington lobbyist for failed energy giant Enron. Gillespie denied Warner’s claim that he had signed a formal pledge not to raise taxes circulated by republican activist Grover Norquist. For his part, […]

  • Couple at center of lawsuit overturning Virginia’s same-sex marriage ban become first to receive marriage license in Norfolk

    Same-sex marriage became legal in Virginia at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, October 6th. By 2:00 p.m., the couple at the center of the lawsuit overturning the state’s ban was in the Norfolk Circuit Court Clerk’s office to get their marriage license.

  • Les Smith LIVE from FedEx Field for Thursday Night Football – Redskins v. Giants

    The Washington Redskins play host to the New York Giants at FedEx Field for Thursday Night Football this week.

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    Les Smith’s Quest for the Best BBQ: Suffolk BBQ Co.

    Les Smith continues his Quest for the Best BBQ at the Suffolk BBQ Company in Suffolk.

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