Since ancient times, the spinning top has entertained children and adults in cultures worldwide. Greek pottery shows women playing with tops. Some medieval rulers kept their subjects from idleness by making them tend to the village top. Special eight-sided tops called teetotums supply the element of chance in board games. Modern kids play with this most classical toy, too, calculating the placement, centrifugal force, and velocity needed to execute the longest spin or to capture their competitors’ prized tops.

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Photos: 2015 Toy Hall of Fame Finalists

The following 12 toys are finalists for 2015 induction into The Strong’s National Toy Hall of Fame. Only two or three will take their honore…


Photos: Governor’s education roundtable

Governor McAuliffe visited Kellam High School on his statewide education tour. He discussed the future of education with teachers and admini…

Pope Francis’ motorcade moves through New York City streets, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, on the way to St. Patrick’s Cathedral where he will lead an evening prayer service.

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Photos: Pope Francis in New York City

Pope Francis’ stops in NYC include the United Nations and Madison Square Garden, as well as a somber visit to the September 11 Memorial and …


Photos: Chincoteague missing pony

Locals in Chincoteague want to know who allegedly stole one of their famous ponies. The volunteer fire company which maintains the herd are …

A banner is displayed ahead of Pope Francis' visit at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Monday, Sept. 21, 2015, in Washington. Pope Francis will celebrate Mass Wednesday at the basilica, the largest Catholic church in the United States and North America, with a crowd of about 30,000.

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Photos: America prepares for Pope Francis

Pope Francis arrives in the United States for his historic visit on Tuesday, September 22, 2015. He’ll visit Washington D.C., New York and P…

In this Friday, Sept. 11, 2015 photo, visitors view a Lego representation of the St. Peter’s basilica and square, at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months building it with approximately half-a-million Legos. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Photos: Lego Vatican

A mini St. Peter’s Basilica was constructed out of a half-million Legos ahead of Pope Francis’ visit to the United States

This event is a major fundraiser for the Peninsula SPCA and a great social gathering for dogs and the people who love them!

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Photos: Paws for a Cause

The Paws for a Cause Dog Walk and Festival took place on Sunday, Sept. 20 at the Mariners’ Museum Park in Newport News.