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Broken high-pressure gas line prompts Bethesda evacuations

ABC 7 WJLA News - NewsChannel 8 - Tue, 03 Mar 2015 14:52:00 EST

BETHESDA, Md. (WJLA) -- A broken high-pressure gas line prompted the evacuation of residents in a Bethesda neighborhood on Tuesday afternoon, authorities said.

Evacuations and road closures were taking place in the 4800 block Montgomery Lane, between Woodmont Avenue and Arlington Road.

There was no immediate word as to what caused the break, but Montgomery County hazardous materials crews were on scene.

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General Assembly members honor Tejada, Hynes, Raphael for service to Arlington

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 03 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500

Relations between the General Assembly and the Arlington County government are not what you’d call chummy, but state legislators nonetheless gave a legislative thank-you to three retiring Arlington le

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Watch U.S.- Israel: Dangerous Divide, March 3rd at 7 p.m. on NewsChannel 8

ABC 7 WJLA News - NewsChannel 8 - Tue, 03 Mar 2015 08:22:26 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) - NewsChannel 8 will produce a Your Voice, Your Future National Town Hall Roundtable on March 3rd on U.S.-Israel relations.

It's the day Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses Congress about discussions to freeze Irans nuclear program and Irans impact on the Middle East.

The hour-long discussion starts at 7 p.m. on NewsChannel 8 and streaming at news8.net.

Senior Political Reporter Scott Thuman will moderate the event, with reporter Joce Sterman handling social media interaction.

The guests for the roundtable with include a wide-range of voices on the issues of U.S./Israel relations from Capitol Hill to Tel Aviv.

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Historian Sara Collins remembered fondly by General Assembly

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 03 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0500

The General Assembly has honored the late Sara Collins, whose efforts at preserving Arlington’s past are likely to pay dividends for generations to come.

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War widows slam feds for not honoring commitment to life insurance policies

ABC 7 WJLA Politics - Chris Papst - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:54:39 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – How much is America willing to spend to honor its fallen heroes?

Thousands are crying foul over how the government is treating them after their spouses died in war. They say their loved ones paid into a life insurance policy the government is not honoring.

"My husband loved me enough to fight and die for my freedom,” said Jane Horton.

In 2011, on his third tour in Afghanistan, Jane’s husband, Army Specialist Christopher Horton, was killed. Before his death, the highly decorated sniper thought he had ensured his wife's financial security.

"It's a slap in the face to most widows,” the 29-year-old exclaimed.

Horton, whose husband is buried in Arlington National Cemetery, has become one of 62,000 caught in what is called the "widow's tax." It works like this: If a military member dies due to war, their spouse gets an automatic monthly death benefit. But troops also pay into an additional survivor's benefit. But the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) does not pay the full additional benefit—up to $1,250 a month—if the military member dies due to his or her service.

"Any other company in the private sector would be in jail if they weren't paying out such as the government is now,” added Horton.

Bills to remove the "widow's tax" are expected in Congress this month. But a 2009 Congressional Budget Office report might hurt their chances. It estimates the "tax" saves the feds $700 million a year. A similar attempt to remove the “widow's tax” failed in 2012 by two votes. Its cost to taxpayers was the reason.

"The nation is watching as we try to deal with fiscal issues that are before us. Therefore, I raise a point of order against the measure,” stated Republican Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, during Senate debate on the bill.

"It's devastation that this is something that hasn't been given more thought, and that the American people aren't outraged that something has happened to a small population of so many that have given so much,” concluded Horton.

Similar barriers to survivor benefits used to be in place for Social Security and Disability payments. They were removed a decade ago. The DOD declined comment for this story. _______ Follow 7 On Your Side Investigative Reporter Chris Papst on Twitter: @ChrisPapst.



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Arlington Animal Welfare League Launches Reading Program

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 20:05:00 +0000

The Animal Welfare League of Arlington announced the launch of its new Paws and Read program at it’s animal shelter at 2650 S. Arlington Mill Dr., Arlington, last Thursday. Starting today schoolchildren in kindergarten – 5th grade can come to the shelter to read with one of the shelter’s cats during […]

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Nominations open for annual Green Patriot environmental awards

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500

George Mason University’s Office of Community & Local Government Relations is seeking nominations for the fourth annual Arlington Green Patriot Awards.

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Foundation launched to support expectant mothers

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500

A new foundation has been launched to honor the memory of Arlington resident Jennifer Bush-Lawson, who was killed in a February 2014 traffic accident in Arlington.

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In radio interview, Tejada lays more blame for streetcar collapse

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0500

It’s a given that County Board Vice Chairman Walter Tejada is mad about the scuttling of the Arlington streetcar project. But it’s a been a bit of a challenge to nail him down on exactly whom he is mo

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Arlington summer-school registration opens later in week

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0500

Arlington Public Schools opens registration March 5 for summer-school programs.

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Additional Arlington intersections to receive red-light cameras

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0500

Arlington police have announced plans to install new cameras that will ticket motorists caught speeding through intersections against a red light.

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Arlington Crime Solvers pays out award

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Sun, 01 Mar 2015 08:30:00 -0500

Arlington County Crime Solvers recently paid out a $650 reward in connection with an arrest made by the Arlington County Police Department.

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Arlington: Benefits could outweigh drawbacks on I-66 toll plan

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:00:00 -0500

Arlington County Board members say there are enough prospective benefits in the mix to not dismiss the possibility of adding toll lanes and, perhaps ultimately, even widening Interstate 66 inside the

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Young family escapes Alexandria condo blaze

Virginia WJLA - ABC 7 News, Scott Thuman - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:16:57 EST

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) -- An Alexandria condominium burned Friday night, but the young family inside managed to escape safely.

A man living in the condo in the 3200 block of Gunston Road smelled smoke, checked the attic, and saw fire. He then grabbed his wife and baby and got out of the condo.

Several adjacent condos were also evacuated and nearby streets closed as Alexandria and Arlington firefighters battled the blaze in the Park Fairfax neighborhood.

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Asteroid: “He is one of the greatest bulls I have ever seen”

PBRNow - PBRNow - 2015-02-27T21:10:06.000Z

Ty Murray, J.B. Mauney and other top names in the industry talk about 2012 PBR World Champion Bull Asteroid, who is set to retire after the 2015 PBR BFTS Choctaw Casino Resort Iron Cowboy in Arlington, Texas.

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Get Real

Southside Messenger - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:55:35 +0000

The poet Edwin Arlington Robinson has written a poem, “Richard Cory.”  It is about a rich man schooled in grace, imperially thin, who glittered when he walked. People looked at him with envy, ever cursing their own meager crust of bread. But one night Mr. Cory went home and put a bullet in his head. No one gets […:]

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County Board: Benefits could outweigh drawbacks on I-66 plan

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:15:00 -0500

Arlington County Board members say there are enough prospective benefits in the mix to not dismiss the possibility of adding toll lanes and, perhaps ultimately, even widening Interstate 66 inside the

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Arlington County Board members tout bicycle awards

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:15:00 -0500

Arlington County Board members on Feb. 24 gave themselves a pat on the back after Arlington received the “Best Advocacy Win” award from the Washington Area Bicyclist Association.

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Llamas go free, Twitter goes wild

WDBJ 7 National News - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 03:30:02 GMT

Picture a mix of your favorite movie car chase and a trip to the zoo.

Two llamas were on the loose in Sun City, Arizona, Thursday, with TV cameras following them as law enforcement closed in.

Of course, it didn't take long before Twitter joined in the hunt. #Llamas became a trending topic worldwide.

The chase began after a 911 call came in to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office just before noon, reporting that a black llama and a white llama had escaped from an assisted living facility, where they were about to do patient therapy work.

Lt. Brandon Jones said the llamas darted between cars, delaying traffic. It took nearly an hour to catch them, CNN affiliate KNXV reported.

In the meantime, hundreds of thousands of tweets chimed in on the topic.

Sports teams, media outlets weigh in

NFL Network reporter Jeff Darlington couldn't contain his excitement.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers were impressed with the white llama's dodging skills.

The Arizona Cardinals also saw a recruiting opportunity, posting that the llamas would soon be joining the football team's lineup.

ABC news anchor Tom Llamas said he was recusing himself from covering the story.

The chase sent CNN's Steve Brusk down memory lane.

The Daily Beast's Asawin Suebsaeng noted that it was only a matter of time before someone blamed President Barack Obama for what happened.

The official Twitter account of the North American Aerospace Defense Command and the United States Northern Command weighed in with an analysis of the llamas' motives.

By Thursday night, there was already a sequel to the chase.

Police said two more llamas were on the loose in Vancouver, Washington.

On Twitter, some joked it was a sign there could be something more serious afoot.

But in Washington, the llamas were found before CNN affiliate KPTV's chopper made it to the scene.

In Arizona, citizens helped capture the llamas, who were on the way home Thursday afternoon, Jones said.

"Needless to say, they are on their way back to the ranch," the lieutenant said. "There was no therapy."

The Twitterverse begged to differ.

'We were totally stressed out'

Karen Freund and Bub Bullis said their afternoon was anything but relaxing.

They told CNN Phoenix affiliate KTVK they never expected their white llama, Kanita, and black llama, Lainey, to make a run for it at the retirement home on Thursday. Alejandro, a third llama they'd brought with them for the demonstration, stayed put.

"They were having a lot of fun today, but we weren't. We were totally stressed out," said Freund, who was wearing an "I love llamas" T-shirt and llama earrings as she recounted the ordeal to the station.

Bullis said the chase lasted for hours -- until a landscaper with a lasso came to the rescue.

It's not the first time they've had to chase down a suspect. The llamas' owners are both retired police officers.

"I have run after people before," Bullis said, "but never that fast."

Now, with their llamas' whereabouts pinned down, they're starting to enjoy the Internet frenzy.

"It's pretty funny to have our llamas get loose in Sun City and get this kind of attention," Bullis said.

Freund told KTVK she's already taken an online quiz to find out whether she's a black or white llama.

"I was the black llama," she said, laughing. "I don't know who has the time to put that together."



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Sewage contaminates Rio's Olympic waterways

CNN - CNN - 2015-02-26T19:22:45.000Z

Rio is making progress ahead of the 2016 Olympics, but faces many challenges involving sewage, construction and security. Shasta Darlington reports.

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Possible, but unlikely, Ebola case handled by Arlington firefighters

ABC 7 WJLA Health - ABC 7 News - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:59:01 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Emergency response teams handled a possible case of Ebola in Arlington on Thursday.

The incident happened about 9:30 a.m. at an apartment building in the 1100 block of N. Irving Street in the Clarendon neighborhood.

Arlington County firefighters said they received a report of a sick person who had recently traveled to an Ebola-infected country. That patient was taken by ambulance to a local hospital.

A fire department spokesperson told ABC7 News the chance of Ebola in this case was unlikely, but firefighters still took every precaution.

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Q&A: New president of Arlington Republican Women’s Club

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500

The Arlington Republican Women’s Club represents more than 100 Republican women activists in Arlington County.

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Precautions after Arlington patient showed symptoms consistent with Ebola

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 11:44:00 EST

Precautions are being taken after a patient in Virginia showed symptoms consistent with Ebola. The patient was transported from an apartment building in the 1100 block of North Irving Street in Arlington at around 9:30 a.m.

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Editor's Notebook: Cut me some slack for the late posting

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:15:00 -0500

So it's 10:15 a.m. on the East Coast, a little late for blog-posting, but only 7:15 here in San Diego, where we will know this afternoon if Arlington Superintendent Patrick Murphy is named National Su

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World's first 3D printed jet engine is unveiled

ITN News - ITN News - 2015-02-26T12:36:47.000Z

Australian researchers unveil the world's first 3D printed jet engine that could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets. Report by Gabriella Darlington.

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Arlington Notes, 2/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 07:00:00 -0500

News of interest from across Arlington this week.

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Snow disrupts D.C. area commute and closes schools

Weather DC WJLA 7 - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 04:55:03 EST

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) -- Snow was falling across much of the mid-Atlantic region early Thursday and was to continue throughout the morning commute.

The National Weather Service issued a Winter Weather Advisory until noon Thursday for the D.C. area. A Winter Storm Warning was in effect for parts of northern Virginia and southern Maryland.

StormWatch7 forecasters said 1 to 3 inches of snow could accumulate in the District along with the Maryland and Virginia suburbs. Snow was expected to be heaviest during the morning commute and would continue through the morning.

Farther south, StormWatch7 forecasts there could be 3 to 6 inches of snow accumulation in southern Maryland and central and eastern Virginia.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said more than 200 snow trucks were on their routes Thursday morning to respond to the winter storm. Schools in the District were scheduled to open two-hours late due to the snow.

The U.S. Office of Personnel Management said the federal government was open Thursday, but employees could arrive up to two hours late. Employees also had the option for unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework due to the snow.

In northern Virginia, the Virginia Dept. of Transportation said close to 1,500 trucks were on the roads Thursday morning to treat and plow snow. Schools in Alexandria, Arlington, Fairfax, Prince William and Loudoun counties all closed for the day.

The Maryland State Highway Administration said it too deployed crews and warned motorists to make preparations for their morning commute by checking weather forecasts and driving carefully. Schools were closed in Charles, Calvert, Montgomery, Prince George's and St. Mary's counties were closed. But schools in Anne Arundel counties were scheduled to open on a two-hour delay.

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Arlington County Manager Avoids Tax Rate Increase

Arlington Connection - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:11:01 -0500

Beneath the surface of the County Budget there are several notable changes that could have a sizable impact on the lives of many Arlingtonians.

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Arlington home sales took longer to find buyers at start of year

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 07:00:00 -0500

Homes that went to closing across Arlington in January took their sweet time getting there, according to new figures.

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Water main break leads to huge sinkhole in Arlington

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 21:37:00 EST

The bitter cold is causing numerous pipes to burst across our region. One of those water main breaks led to a huge sinkhole in Arlington.

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One year after deadly traffic accident, Va. community reflects on progress

Virginia WJLA - Jeff Goldberg - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 18:53:43 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- One year after a deadly traffic accident that killed Jennifer Lawson, parents from Nottingham Elementary School and residents have put a lot of focus into trying to make Little Falls Road safer.

Those close to Jennifer Lawson are celebrating her life.

&ldquo:People remember her because she was full of love and grace,&rdquo: said Lawson&rsquo:s pastor and friend Matt Merrill.

Merrill remains close to Lawson&rsquo:s husband and three children, 3, 5 and 7-years-old, all of whom, Merrill said, are moving forward with the help of others.

&ldquo:They really miss Jennifer. The support and love they&rsquo:ve felt in the last year has really overwhelmed them. In the midst of tragedy they&rsquo:ve been able to see hope.":

One year ago today, Lawson was putting her young daughter in the car seat of her minivan a when dump truck drove by, striking and killing Lawson, who was 39. The crash was ruled an accident. It happened across the street from Nottingham Elementary School, where Lawson had been volunteering, and where her other two children are students.

&rdquo:All of us were very much shocked by the whole experience,&rdquo: said Ross Tyler.

Following the incident, parents at Nottingham worked with school and county leaders to improve safety. They added speed and message boards, new bike-share lanes, more police patrols and increased signage.

&ldquo:I do think it does feel a little bit safer,&rdquo: Tyler said. &ldquo:I think there&rsquo:s a general awareness.&rdquo:

&ldquo:The problem is this road is a busily traveled street so as much as the county, police and school does sometimes it doesn&rsquo:t help,&rdquo: said Sherri Brown, a parent at the school.

Merrill knows how much the community cares and how much Jennifer will always remain a part of it.

&ldquo:We just want to be thankful for the days that Neil and the kids did get to spend with her.&rdquo:

Family and friends will have a gathering Tuesday night to remember Jennifer. A foundation has also been setup in her name at Virginia Hospital Center.

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State police trooper struck in Arlington

Leesburg Today Online - - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 15:41:00 -0500

A second Virginia State Police trooper was struck on a Northern Virginia highway Tuesday, state police said.

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Northwest Arlington Lions Club Citrus Sale Starts Thursday

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 16:41:17 +0000

The Northwest Arlington Lions Club/Charities will be selling fresh Florida citrus, Georgia pecans and Vermont maple syrup at Overlee Pool’s Main Pump House, located at 6030 Lee Hwy., Arlington, this Thursday, Feb. 26, through this Sunday, March 1. Sale hours are from 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. on Thursday, 9 […]

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Leadership Arlington preps for annual Monte Carlo Night

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 07:15:00 -0500

More than 450 community leaders are expected to gather on Saturday, March 14 at Historic Terminal A of Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for Leadership Arlington’s annual Monte Carlo Night.

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Arlington fire house holds ?emergency? wedding for couple during snow storm

Virginia WJLA - Richard Reeve - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 00:52:50 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Firefighters are used to responding to emergencies, but when Arlington Fire Captain Chuck Kramaric got an urgent call during last Saturday&rsquo:s snow storm, he was a bit taken aback.

":It's just something you never expect, that kind of call,": Kramaric said.

You could call it a wedding emergency.

":The groom and I were panicked,": said 23-year-old newlywed Camille Bethea, of Upper Marlboro, Md. ":We have all these people here, come out of town, and there's no wedding.":

Last week, Bethea's wedding to her fiancé: Marc, a 24-year-old Marine Corps reservist, was all set. The festivities included 25 wedding guests arriving from out of town. Then came the storm that blanketed the D.C. area.

":On Friday the 20th, the roof caved in,": Bethea recalled.

Not her roof, but that of the first of two venues she booked for the ceremony. Then a second venue canceled, its parking lot snowed in. And finally, the pastor sent his regrets, saying he was unable to preside because of the weather.

":The groom and I were like, &lsquo:What are we going to do? What's going to happen?&rsquo:": Bethea said.

After a series of frantic phone calls, with the help of a bridesmaid, the couple found a new pastor. It was the replacement pastor who suggested trying to find a police station or a fire hall for the young couple to exchange their vows.

":She was, I think, frustrated as we spoke,": Kramaric said. ":She couldn't find the right place, or places were closed.":

After calling a number of fire houses in the Arlington area, Bethea rang up Arlington County's Fire Station 105.

":The urgency was they had to get married in Virginia: the license was based in Virginia,": Kramaric said.

Firefighters at the station mopped floors, set up chairs, and even rigged up a table as a makeshift altar.

":The crew that I work with are romantics as well, so they chipped in and cleaned the place up,": Kramaric said, smiling.

By the time the couple arrived Saturday evening, the fire station was transformed into a wedding hall.

":I walked down that aisle, not only did I see his face, I saw everyone that came, especially the fire department,": said Bethea.

It was a creative, fun set up. The firefighters used lights from their truck, and a radio tuned to a favorite station to create a nuptial-like atmosphere during the couple's first dance.

":I think it's something they'll always remember,": Kramaric said. ":They can say, &lsquo:We got married in a firehouse during a snowstorm.&rsquo:":

Bethea says she is grateful. These days are precious, because her new husband Marc is to be deployed in the next couple of months.

":I would call them heroes&mdash:superheroes in my case&mdash:because they were the ones who saved my day,": Bethea said.



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Arlington County to become first in D.C. area to grant private companies access to fiber optic network

ABC 7 WJLA Business - Rachel Schaerr - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 23:20:54 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) &ndash: Arlington County will become the first in the D.C. metro area to give private companies access to its fiber optic network.

The county board unanimously approved licensing its 10 miles of dark fiber to providers, who will connect the fiber to offices, businesses and apartments in Arlington.

The route includes the Rosslyn-Ballston corridor, Glebe Road, Columbia Pike and Crystal City. The policy also requires that the businesses be located in Arlington.

":The dark fiber, in the most simplest terms, is like a super highway. You're the only car on that highway and you can go as fast as the vehicle you've chosen can go,": explained Jack Belcher, chief information officer of Arlington County.

The county began building its own fiber optic network in 2010, connecting county schools, government offices and even traffic signals to the faster, more secure network.

":There's 59 miles of fiber, total cost was approximately $59 million. We got the money from federal grants and bonds,": said Belcher.

He says it's already improved communication for first responders. Take January&rsquo:s deadly Metro smoke incident for example: the technology would have allowed firefighters to identify dead spots before they arrived.

Arlington County's Office of Economic Development expects opening the network to the private sector will bring and retain businesses in cyber security, data analytics and those in the health technology field.

":The access to dark fiber and the federal government's ability to use that is a differentiating factor for us,": said Marc Mccauley, who is in charge of real estate development for Arlington County.



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Weekend snowstorm causes couple to change plans, get married at Va. fire station

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:35:00 EST

The snow over the weekend forced a local couple to change their wedding plans. Instead of getting married in their original venue, the couple got hitched at an Arlington County fire station.

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Weekend snowstorm causes couple to get married at Va. fire station

Fox 5 WTTG News Trending - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 22:31:00 EST

The snow over the weekend forced a local couple to change their wedding plans. Instead of getting married in their original venue, the couple got hitched at an Arlington County fire station.

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Freezing temps trigger dozens of water main breaks across D.C. area

Weather DC WJLA 7 - The Associated Press, ABC 7 News - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 09:38:17 EST

VIENNA, Va. (WJLA/AP) - A water main break Monday in Fairfax County was just the latest example of an extraordinarily high volume of water main breaks and leaks stemming from freezing temperatures across the D.C. area.

Crews were working to fix Monday's break at Maple Avenue West and Lewis Street in Vienna. On Sunday, a water main break in Arlington forced the closure of the Chain Bridge connecting Virginia and D.C.

In Maryland, the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission said In the past seven days workers had responded to more than 160 calls about breaks and leaks in Montgomery and Prince George's counties. On Sunday alone, the commission said there were 75 broken water mains that needed repair.

Crews across the D.C. region have been working around the clock to make water main repairs and restore service. Given the high volume of breaks, officials are asking for customers to try to be patient.

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Firefighter who helped extinguish Pentagon fire on 9/11 shares inspiring story

Fox 5 WTTG Morning News - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 10:06:00 EST

On Sept. 11, Arlington County Fire Department Captain Bob Gray was among the many who helped extinguish the inferno at the Pentagon, stabilize the scorched structure, and recover the remains of those killed.

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Editor’s Notebook: The tax man cometh

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 07:30:00 -0500

Twas a little surprising – nay, disappointing – that the two “renegade” members of the Arlington County Board joined with the ruling troika Saturday to advertise a real estate tax rate up 1.5 cents fr

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9-foot deep sinkhole opens up on Arlington street

Virginia WJLA - Richard Reeve - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 01:10:58 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- A 9-foot deep sinkhole suddenly appeared in Arlington on 5th Place, North and North Littleton Sunday morning.

"It's scary," said Phil John, who lives just down the street. "I hope nobody's homes are at risk."

Residents said a part of the street collapsed shortly after 9 a.m..

Valerie Holman's husband was among the first to spot the giant hole.

"He said, 'oh my God look out front, the streets caved in,'" Coleman said.

She noted that moments before, a police car had driven over the same exact spot.

"It's just unbelievable," Holman said. "I'm just glad the police officer made it before that caved in, because his whole vehicle would have been in that hole."

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Water main break forces closure of Chain Bridge for several hours

ABC 7 WJLA News - ABC 7 News - Sun, 22 Feb 2015 14:53:38 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- A water main break forced the closure of Chain Bridge for several hours on Sunday, disrupting traffic between Virginia and D.C.

Police said the main break on Sunday morning left standing water on the Arlington side of the bridge, prompting its closure until a vacuum truck could be brought in to "suck" up the water.

The Chain Bridge, which crosses the Potomac River and connects the District to Arlington, reopened about 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The bridge typically carries about 22,000 vehicles a day.

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Snow plow fire shuts down highway in Va.

Fox 5 WTTG Virginia News - - Sun, 22 Feb 2015 11:49:00 EST

A snow plow fire in Arlington shut down a small stretch of highway late Saturday.

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Commission on Aging seeks new members in Arlington

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Sun, 22 Feb 2015 10:30:00 -0500

The Arlington Commission on Aging is seeking individuals interested in applying for a seat of the commission, whose members are appointed by the County Board.

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Graffiti uncovered in church reveals plague victims

ITN News - ITN News - 2015-02-22T14:50:28.000Z

Graffiti uncovered in a Cambridgeshire church has revealed how three sisters from one family died in a plague outbreak in 1515. Report by Gabriella Darlington.

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Snow plow fire shuts down Route 50 in Arlington

Virginia WJLA - ABC 7 News - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 22:23:56 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Arlington County firefighters battled a snow plow fire late Saturday night that shut down Route 50.

Arlington Boulevard, Route 50, between Glebe Road and George Mason Drive was closed as firefighters dealt with the incident.

Further details about the fire from authorities were scarce. It occurred following a day of significant snowfall in the D.C. metro area.

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Smoke reported between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom Metro stations, trains single tracking

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 21:20:00 EST

Service is being interrupted for some Metro riders between D.C. and Virginia after Arlington fire crews say there are reports of smoke coming from somewhere in the tunnel between the Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom stations.

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Low temps triggering false fire alarms for Arlington apartment residents

Virginia WJLA - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:51:24 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Sprinklers can help save lives when there's a fire, but imagine how much of an inconvenience it can be when there's no emergency but it keeps triggering a false alarm

Some residents at the Market Commons apartment building were forced out of warm apartments and into the frigid cold earlier this week after freezing temperatures caused the garage sprinkler system freeze. It exploded causing a false alarm.

Arlington County Fire Department Capt. Gregg Karl says with these record breaking temperatures it's been happening all over the county---it can anywhere there's a sprinkler system.

The sprinkler systems alarms at Market Commons have been disconnected from 911 to prevent the false alarms. According to officials, staff at the building are on fire watch until the problem is fixed.

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Low temps triggering false fire alrams for Arlington residents

Virginia WJLA - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:51:24 EST



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