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Smart road technology tested here in Virginia



Anyone who has visited our Checkered Flag stores over the last few years has surely noticed the technology trend for modern vehicles.  State-of-the-art computers, sensors, cameras, wi fi systems, and screens are commonplace on our Norfolk and Virginia Beach lots.  Now that we have these so-called "smart cars" what can we do about our roads? 

That's what researchers from Virginia Tech Transportation Institute are working on. 

A state-funded university consortium gave a tour for government and industry officials along a portion of I-66 called a test bed in Fairfax Virginia, Wednesday, June 5th, 2013. The researchers are hoping future…
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Harborfest schedule and location changes



Checkered Flag fans planning to hit Harborfest this weekend should take note.  There have been major changes made to Friday's schedule and location.

Harborfest events scheduled for Friday have had to be tweaked a bit due to impending Tropical Storm Andrea.  Here are the latest updates:

Norfolk Harborfest…
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Giraffe born this morning at Virginia Zoo in Norfolk



Don't you love being in the right place at the right time?  This morning, as I walked my one-year-old twins through the Virginia Zoo in Norfolk, we had the pleasure of wishing this newborn a Happy Birthday!  

As we walked up to the giraffe enclosure, a young woman snapping photos told us that this little one was born around 4am…
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This weekend: Norfolk Harborfest



The weather should be pretty nice this weekend, especially down at the waterfront.  And I would bet many of our Checkered Flag fans are planning to attend this year's Norfolk Harborfest.  Here are the highlights of the weekend event from our friends at MyActiveChild.com.

This weekend…
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Dominion Blvd ramp from Chesapeake Expressway closing tomorrow



Heads up, Checkered Flag Chesapeake drivers.  The Dominion Blvd ramp from the Chesapeake Expressway is closing-for over a year. 

Dominion Blvd. ramp in Chesapeake to close

By Cindy Clayton

The ramp from the northbound lanes of the Chesapeake Expressway to southbound Dominion Boulevard will close through 2015.

The closure is scheduled to begin on Tuesday and continue during construction of the Great Bridge Boulevard interchange, a city news release said.

A detour will take drivers to Exit 1 of Interstate 464 to Exit 291B of I-64…
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Porsche Takes Aging With Style



I am going to take the same approach as Porsche when dealing with upcoming birthdays.  They are anniversaries to be celebrated until the next, not birthdays showing off how many years you have gotten older since birth.  I feel that I am much like a Porsche, getting more graceful and seasoned with age, not like fruit-wrinkled and going bad.

Porsche, you are…
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