President Barack Obama condemned the shootings in Canada as "outrageous acts."
"Obviously the situation there is tragic," Obama said, adding, "we're all shaken by it." He confirmed the death of a Canadian soldier, and extended his condolences.
The Canadian soldier had been standing guard at the National War Memorial in the capital of Ottawa, Ontario. Gunfire also erupted inside the Parliament, and authorities in Canada said at least one gunman was killed.
The White House said Obama spoke by telephone with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper. The U.S. has offered to help the U.S. ally with its response, and Obama expressed the American people's solidarity with Canada.
In a statement, the FBI said it had reminded field offices and government partners to remain vigilant in light of recent calls for attacks against government personnel by what it described as terrorist groups and like-minded individuals. "We stand ready to assist our Canadian partners as they deal with the ongoing situation in their capital," it said.
The agency and Homeland Security said there was no specific threat against this country.
A U.S. Capitol police spokesman said the force remained at a post-9/11 "heightened level of awareness," but did not make any significant modifications as a result of the shootings in Canada.
"The USCP continues to monitor and track the Canadian event," Officer Shennell Antrobus said.
Authorities increased security at the Tomb of the Unknowns, which draws 4 million tourists a year. The Military District of Washington, which oversees the 3rd U.S. Infantry Regiment, known as The Old Guard, that protects the tomb, said the added security was a "precautionary measure."
The U.S. Embassy in Ottawa was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
It was unclear whether Wednesday's shootings were terrorism-related.
Earlier this week one Canadian soldier was killed and another injured in a hit-and-run crash. Authorities have said the suspect in that earlier case was a recent convert to Islam who is suspected of having jihadist ambitions. The suspect was shot to death by police after the deadly crash.
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – In a word, no.
That’s the answer.
And the question?
It was one put to infectious-disease specialist Dr. Jeffrey Elting during his segment Wednesday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.
And the caller’s query appears to be one shared by a lot of folks what with the relative-but-possibly overstated and media-driven hysteria regarding the Ebola virus.
Namely: Is Ebola airborne?
Elting’s answer, after a brief explanation that the virus only can be spread by skin exposed to bodily fluids from someone with the virus, was thus:
“Not airborne is the answer.”
So there you go.
Suggesting she wasn’t satisfied with the answer, another caller had a question, and it pertained to the nurses in Texas who contracted the virus while caring for a Liberian man with the virus who ultimately died.
“When you say it’s not airborne, OK, that’s nice,” said the caller, who quickly added, “But these nurses got the virus (and) how else could they have attained it?”
Elting, medical director for the Presidential Healthcare Center in D.C., maintained it simply was a matter of certain protocol not being followed regarding removal of the nurses’ protective gear, a matter being addressed by the Center for Disease Control.
“We stepped up our game,” Elting said. “. . .(There) may have been some missteps but things have improved.”
Asked by host Bruce DePuyt about lingering, if not growing fears among the public, Elting was blunt.
“You. . .have to keep everything in perspective,” he said. “Somebody dies of a heart attack in the United States every 34 seconds. We have 30,000 people killed in motor vehicle accidents every year.”
Ebola, he noted, poses no such threat.
Even so. . .
“Until you stop the entire infection from spreading in Africa,” Elting said, “you’re never going to get a handle on it.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – D.C. mayoral candidate Muriel Bowser (D) isn’t Olivia Pope, she just portrays her on. . .
A political flier.
This one features Bowser, presumably as actor Kerry Washington, on a mock-up of a promotional spot for ABC’s hit series “Scandal.”
It includes the following line: "Not just a TV show, it's what four years of Muriel Bowser would look like."
Bowser responded to the recent flier, which admittedly is courtesy of opponent David Catania (I), Wednesday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk.
“I’ve heard a lot from people about my opponent’s negative campaign,” said Bowser, the clear leader in the polls, “and it’s not swaying any voters. Actually what it is doing is turning people off. We’ve experienced six straight months of a negative campaign.”
But is the flier, asked host Bruce DePuyt, unfair?
“A campaign that resorts to negative attacks in the last two weeks,” Bowser said, “is a campaign that’s desperate.”
Bowser’s appearance on NewsTalk was the first installment of “Closing Arguments.” Catania will appear Thursday; Carol Schwartz, Friday.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Man's best friend is taking a bite out of renters' wallets.
Pet security deposits register in the hundreds of dollars and are getting steeper. Now, a monthly rental payment ranging from $10 to $50 is quickly becoming the norm, adding to the cost. Apartment managers nationwide say they require some safety net against pet damage, while others won't allow animals at all.
The rents and deposits pay for dog-poop picker-uppers, cleaning services and more, but some managers say they charge because they can. Many residents decry the move, arguing they are being bilked to keep their cats and canines.
"One out of 50 people will say, 'I can't believe you charge pet rent,' but most accept it," said Stacy Leighty, who manages over 400 properties in Salem, Oregon, and added the monthly fee after her financial adviser said it would boost revenue and is becoming more widespread.
With a third of the country's population - 103 million people - living in apartments, according to the Arlington, Virginia-based National Apartment Association, loads of pet owners are facing extra costs. That's something Fred Lopez, of the small Los Angeles suburb of Hawaiian Gardens, isn't happy about.
"They are exploiting the fact that more and more people have pets," he said. "First they ask for a deposit, then rent. How much more are they going to try and squeeze out of us?"
Lopez, his girlfriend and their Pomeranian recently moved from an apartment where the manager charged $50 a month in pet rent. Lopez, 38, called the cost "ludicrous and another way to gouge people for money."
Two years ago, pet rents weren't even on the radar, said Tammy Kotula, a spokeswoman for Apartments.com, the Chicago-based online listing subscription service that tracks owners and renters.
This year, 78 percent of renters who worked with the company and voluntarily filled out questionnaires said they paid a pet deposit, Kotula said. Of those, 29 percent also paid monthly pet rent. That's up from 63 percent who paid pet deposits last year - 20 percent of whom also reported paying rent for their animal.
The Associated Press spoke to apartment managers in several states about how they handle pet payments:
In Leighty's buildings in Oregon's capital of Salem, dogs cost $20 a month and require a $500 dog deposit, while cats cost $10 monthly and need a $400 deposit.
Her 400 properties started taking dogs last year. Though she was advised to charge pet rents to bring in more money, the additional pet deposit is used to cover damage caused by animals.
"We are a higher-end luxury complex, and we want people to feel at home here, and having a pet is a large part of making people feel at home," Leighty said.
NEW YORK CITY
Mitchell Gelberg, managing director of Rose Associates, said pet policies in the 25,000 units he handles in New York City vary by property.
They have restrictions on dog size and ban aggressive breeds but do not charge pet rents, Gelberg said.
Most leases require dogs be leashed at all times, and some make pets use service elevators.
Sarah Fuller, a property manager in Maple Grove, Minnesota, oversees 600 units in 17 buildings, but just two complexes allow pets - one of which has an on-site spa. Renters pay $40 per dog per month and deposits between $400 and $600.
Pet owners must leash and pick up after their pooches, which are restricted on size and breed.
Bonnie Smetzer, executive vice president and Melbourne, Florida-based partner of JMG Realty Inc., manages 10,000 apartments in 35 communities, some of which do not allow pets.
In those that do, pet rents range from $10 to $20 and help pay for expenses related to the animals, Smetzer said.
She pointed to pet walkways, parks, waste bags and the cost to hire workers to pick up after animals and spray for fleas.
"We try to balance people who love pets with the people who don't," Smetzer said.
ARLINGTON, Va. (ap) - Virginia voters in next month's midterm elections will have to bring a photo ID to vote. Here are things voters need to know about the new requirement:
-Several different types of photo ID are acceptable, including a driver's license or other ID issued by the state Department of Motor Vehicles; a U.S. passport; an employer-issued ID; a student ID from a college or university in the state; a photo ID card issued by the federal, state or local government; and a state-issued voter photo ID card.
-People who don't have one of those forms of ID can get a free voter photo ID card from their nearest Voter Registration Office. A list of those offices can be found here.
-Voters who arrive at their polling place without proper identification can still cast a provisional ballot. Such voters will have until noon on the Friday after the election to deliver a copy of their photo ID to the voter registration office, which they can submit by fax, email, in-person, mail or commercial delivery service. People casting provisional ballots can also apply for a Virginia voter photo ID card by noon of that Friday.
ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) - Redskins fullback Darrel Young joins Alex Parker on the seventh edition of "After the Game."
Young breaks down Sunday's 19-17 win over the Tennessee Titans and looks ahead to next Monday's game against the Dallas Cowboys.
The National Weather Service confirmed Monday an EF-0 tornado touched down in eastern Fairfax County and the City of Alexandria. The storm hit during the noontime hour on October 15th. Estimated wind speeds are said to have been between 55 and 60 miles per hour. Skipping a path about one and one-half miles long, it first touched ground near Belle Haven in eastern Fairfax County and quickly moved north into the City of Alexandria. Within three minutes, rotation was no longer detected.
Damage was limited to a few downed trees and snapped limbs. No injuries were reported.
Another tornado was confirmed near Savage, Maryland in eastern Howard County. This storm also had winds clocked around 60 miles per hours and uprooted a large tree.
Some scrutiny had been placed on the National Weather Service for issuing a Tornado Warning that included a large and heavily populated area in the middle of the workday. The warned areas included parts of Fairfax, Arlington and Prince Georges counties along with Alexandria and the District.
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ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – Former Rep. Tom Davis (R-Va.) keenly remembers the political intrigue of relatively long ago, especially regarding midterm elections, when identity and message routinely trumped party loyalty.
In other words, voters used to act as if they were choosing a fantasy football team.
Not so much.
“What we’ve seen over the last decade (is that) these races have become basically parliamentary races,” Davis said Monday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk. “You’re having few red congressmen in blue districts and blue congressmen in red districts. Voters are voting (by) party.
“It used to be you voted for the name on the back of the jersey, but they’re voting for the color of the jersey now.”
Advantage GOP, according to Davis, who served Virginia’s 11th district from 1995-2008.
Low minority turnout. Low youth turnout.
Big Republican-base turnout, fueled partly by anti-incumbent fever.
Read: Barack Obama.
For that reason, Davis said he thinks the Senate probably will flip to the GOP, which already controls the House.
But that development, he believes, has potential peril for Republicans.
“Republicans need to understand that midterms are about the future,” he said, referring to the 2016 race for the White House.
In other words, Davis added, how the GOP acts if it indeed takes the Senate potentially could backfire with too much grandiose entitlement.
Here’s Davis’ take on other topics:
• He gives the government “C-minus or a D,” on its initial handling of the Ebola situation, saying “it’s looked a little clumsy.”
• He says Republican hardliners who steadfastly oppose same-sex marriage may be committing something akin to political suicide – at least down the road, because “there’s no question this is a generational issue.
• He gives Barbara Comstock (R) the edge over John Foust in the race to replace retiring Frank Wolf as a Virginia congressional representative.
• He sees scant trouble for Sen. Mark Warner (D-Va.) in his race against Ed Gillespie, saying, “if the (GOP) tide is high enough, (Gillespie) can ride the surf,” but only so far in this case.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – The guy already has crashed and burned.
His once-bright political future gone poof.
His embarrassing behind-the-scenes marital problems exposed for all to see.
His convictions on 11 counts of corruption that included bribery and personal gain.
We’re talking about former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R), who after a tawdry summer-long trial is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 6.
He potentially could face at least a decade behind bars, and that causes most Virginians to neither recoil nor applaud but rather, more or less, turn to an intro to a 1970s TV crime show: Don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time.
Virginians want McDonnell to do the time.
That’s according to a recent University of Mary Washington poll in which some 60 percent of the respondents said McDonnell indeed should be sent to the pokey.
Appearing Monday on NewsChannel 8’s NewsTalk, Mary Washington political maven Stephen Farnsworth was asked by host Bruce DePuyt about the poll’s results.
His response was blunt.
Virginians aren’t so much out for blood as they are out for justice.
“I think, fundamentally, (that) there’s a great concern in Virginia and nationally that politicians do a better job of taking care of themselves than ordinary citizens,” Farnsworth said, adding that the poll found a majority of Republicans in the he-should-serve-some-time category.
And don’t discount the betrayal factor.
“There were a lot of Republicans who thought they knew Bob McDonnell,” Farnsworth said, noting that this was a man well-positioned for a 2020 run at the White House.
From Farnsworth: “A self-inflicted tragedy.”
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -Virginia High School Football Scores:
Abingdon 44, Virginia High 20
Albemarle 13, Charlottesville 10
Altavista 48, Nelson County 0
Amelia County 28, Prince Edward County 13
Amherst County 28, Rustburg 14
Annandale 73, W.T. Woodson 56
Appomattox 14, Gretna 7
Atlantic Shores Christian 32, North Cross 12
Atlee 45, Glen Allen 14
Bishop Ireton 20, Paul VI 13
Bishop Sullivan 55, Hampton Roads 19
Blessed Sacrament-Huguenot 20, Isle of Wight Academy 14
Brentsville 7, Liberty-Bealeton 0
Briar Woods 28, Broad Run 21
Broadwater Academy 49, Northampton 14
Broadway 52, Fort Defiance 14
Brookville 35, Franklin County 7
Brunswick 26, Park View-South Hill 0
Brunswick Academy 42, Victory Christian Academy 21
Buffalo Gap 42, Stonewall Jackson-Quicksburg 22
C.D. Hylton 47, Woodbridge 6
Cave Spring 33, Pulaski County 26
Central Lunenburg 47, Randolph Henry 6
Centreville 21, Oakton 0
Charles City 47, Middlesex 14
Christiansburg 33, Carroll County 0
Clarke County 40, Woodstock Central 14
Clintwood 35, J.I. Burton 0
Collegiate-Richmond 28, Fork Union Prep 7
Courtland 69, Caroline 13
Covington 33, Pendleton County, W.Va. 12
Dan River 42, William Campbell 0
Denbigh 38, Menchville 7
Dinwiddie 28, Matoaca 24
East Rockingham 21, Luray 7
Eastern View 35, Fauquier 0
Eastside 16, Twin Springs 13
Episcopal 35, Georgetown Prep, Md. 6
Essex 28, Colonial Beach 20
Forest Park 28, Freedom (Woodbridge) 7
Fort Chiswell 48, Narrows 7
Frank Cox 21, Kellam 0
Galax 50, Graham 13
Gate City 13, Lee High 12
George Wythe-Wytheville 42, Chilhowie 20
Giles 76, Eastern Montgomery 12
Glenvar 27, Floyd County 7
Grafton 17, Warhill 6
Grayson County 32, Bland County 6
Great Bridge 61, Deep Creek 19
Green Run 49, Kempsville 8
Greensville County 24, Windsor 14
GW-Danville 50, Magna Vista 33
Halifax County 34, Patrick County 18
Hampton 49, Gloucester 0
Hanover 56, Armstrong 12
Hayfield 56, J.E.B. Stuart 23
Haysi 44, Twin Valley 7
Henrico 37, Varina 28
Heritage (Leesburg) 49, Park View-Sterling 13
Heritage-Lynchburg 21, E.C. Glass 14
Heritage-Newport News 26, Kecoughtan 13
Hermitage 42, Douglas Freeman 7
Herndon 22, Chantilly 20
Highland Springs 34, Lee-Davis 19
Honaker 48, Hurley 15
Hopewell 42, Petersburg 28
Indian River 28, Western Branch 21
J.R. Tucker 40, Deep Run 28
James Madison 53, TJ-Alexandria 0
James Monroe 35, Chancellor 34
James River-Buchanan 44, Bath County 0
James River-Midlothian 51, Clover Hill 23
Jefferson Forest 62, Turner Ashby 6
John Champe 52, Freedom (South Riding) 7
Kettle Run 21, Culpeper 15
King George 17, Spotsylvania 6
King William 53, Mathews 0
King's Fork 47, Nansemond River 20
Lafayette 28, Smithfield 0
Lakeland 21, Hickory 7
Landstown 42, Tallwood 35
Langley 42, South Lakes 21
Lebanon 37, Castlewood 16
Liberty Christian 62, Hargrave Military 0
Liberty-Bedford 17, Buckingham County 15
Lloyd Bird 73, Huguenot 0
Loudoun Valley 10, Dominion 7
Louisa 48, Fluvanna 16
Manchester 26, Cosby 0
Marion 54, Patrick Henry-Glade Spring 21
Massaponax 35, Stafford 12
McLean 24, Fairfax 21
Meadowbrook 40, Prince George 7
Midlothian 43, George Wythe-Richmond 0
Mills Godwin 47, John Marshall 25
Mountain View 21, Brooke Point 14
Nandua 46, Col. Richardson, Md. 26
Nansemond-Suffolk 56, Greenbrier Christian 34
Norcom 35, Churchland 7
Norfolk Academy 47, Portsmouth Christian 7
Northside 33, Lord Botetourt 21
Northwood 52, Holston 7
Nottoway 20, Goochland 7
Ocean Lakes 63, First Colonial 7
Osbourn 51, Battlefield 13
Oscar Smith 48, Grassfield 0
Parry McCluer 47, Craig County 0
Patriot 43, Stonewall Jackson-Manassas 21
Phoebus 21, Woodside 17
Poquoson 28, New Kent 7
Potomac 27, Gar-Field 12
Powhatan 56, Orange County 6
Quantico 19, Rappahannock County 7
R.E. Lee-Staunton 40, Waynesboro 29
Radford 41, Auburn 14
Rappahannock 30, Lancaster 6
Riverbend 37, North Stafford 14
Riverheads 16, Wilson Memorial 14
Roanoke Catholic 42, Fuqua School 21
Rocky Mount Academy, N.C. 52, Southampton Academy 42
Salem 58, Blacksburg 17
Salem-Va. Beach 28, Princess Anne 0
Skyline 42, James Wood 14
South County 63, West Potomac 27
St. Annes-Belfield 49, Covenant School 7
Stone Bridge 54, George Marshall 7
Strasburg 36, Manassas Park 7
Stuarts Draft 42, Page County 12
Surry County 20, Southampton 14
Sussex Central 20, Franklin 14
Thomas Dale 42, Colonial Heights 0
Thomas Walker 56, Rye Cove 28
Tunstall 37, Bassett 0
Tuscarora 33, Potomac Falls 17
Union 29, Central Wise 22
Warren County 20, George Mason 14
Washington & Lee 27, Northumberland 0
Washington-Lee 21, Edison 14
West Point 35, King & Queen 0
West Springfield 16, Lake Braddock 14
Western Albemarle 44, Monticello 37
Westfield 31, James Robinson 14
William Byrd 35, Rockbridge County 21
William Fleming 28, Alleghany 11
William Monroe 50, Madison County 12
Woodgrove 35, Loudoun County 13
Woodrow Wilson 27, Maury 2
York 40, Jamestown 10
Yorktown 44, Wakefield 21
POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS Harrisonburg vs. Spotswood, ppd. to Oct 20.
Maryland High School Football Scores:
Arundel 44, South River 3
Broadneck 42, Severna Park 11
Cambridge/SD 49, James M. Bennett 20
Catoctin 32, North Hagerstown 21
Clarksburg 51, Bethesda 18
Clear Spring 25, Berkeley Springs, W.Va. 14
Dematha 70, Bishop McNamara 32
Eastern Tech 36, Western STES 6
Easton 56, North Caroline 46
Episcopal, Va. 35, Georgetown Prep 6
Fort Hill 38, Kent Island 13
Franklin 48, Kenwood 0
Gaithersburg 14, Magruder 2
Gilman 42, Friendship-Edison, D.C. 7
Harwood Southern 28, North County 27
Hereford 63, Pikesville 0
Howard 51, Centennial 0
John Carroll 47, Boys Latin 40, 4OT
Kent County 21, Queen Annes County 15
Linganore 27, Walkersville 7
Manchester Valley 46, Winters Mill 4
Marriotts Ridge 12, Glenelg 7
Meade 46, Annapolis 6
Mt. Hebron 39, Wilde Lake 35
Mt. St. Joseph's 35, Archbishop Spalding 20
Nandua, Va. 46, Col. Richardson 26
North Carroll 34, Century 7
North Point 49, Chopticon 35
Northern - Cal 18, Calvert 6
Northern Garrett 34, Mountain Ridge 16
Oakdale 42, Frederick 6
Oakland Mills 50, Atholton 13
Old Mill 42, Glen Burnie 0
Paint Branch 25, Montgomery Blair 14
Pasadena Chesapeake 24, Northeast - AA 0
Patuxent 49, Lackey 21
Poolesville 19, Brunswick 14
Reservoir 56, Long Reach 12
Severn 6, Saint Paul's Boys 0
South Carroll 42, Liberty 0
South Hagerstown 47, Boonsboro 24
St. John's Catholic Prep 49, Concordia Prep 8
St. Mary's Ryken 54, Maryland Christian 0
Thomas Stone 49, St. Charles 0
Tucker County, W.Va. 35, Oakland Southern 14
Tuscarora 41, Thomas Johnson 26
Urbana 34, Middletown 7
Walter Johnson 54, Northwood 39
Westminster 38, Francis Scott Key 14
Wheaton 21, Albert Einstein 14
Williamsport 42, Smithsburg 0
Winston Churchill 33, Richard Montgomery 16
The actions were triggered shortly after 9 a.m. when police found a woman in the parking lot ill and vomiting: she told officers she had recently visited Africa.
The woman was taken to a local hospital, but there was no immediate word on her condition.
Pentagon police said the Corridor 2 entrance was closed and the South Parking lots lanes 7-23 were restricted until further notice as a precautionary move.
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• Rock to the sounds of Lez Zeppelin, a New York-based all-girl Zeppelin cover band. State Theatre, Falls Church, Va., 7 p.m. Details: http://bit.ly/1ze51Ji
• Meanwhile, there’s old-school bluegrass with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. George Mason University Center for the Arts. Details: http://bit.ly/1wNHN7s
• Get crafty at the Northern Virginia Fall Beerfest. The name says it all. Microbrews from around the world -- and the event includes live bands and plenty of food. 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Special Events Center at Bull Run Regional Park, Centreville. Details: http://bit.ly/1wNEay7
• Scan the alphabet for Arlington’s A to Z Wine & Beer Festival, 1500 Wilson Boulevard, 3:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m. Details: http://bit.ly/1sQ3eFF
• Soft, folksy rock in the form of one Paula Cole. Wolf Trap. Details: http://bit.ly/102hhgI
• Dig wings? Then this one’s for you after a relatively short shoot down I-95 – the Kickin’ Chicken Wingfest at Richmond’s Shockoe farmers market at 17th Street. More than 20 area establishments will be represented, as will brewers of beer. Noon-5 p.m. Details: http://on.fb.me/1sWbvbB
• Northern Virginia Fall Beerfest. (See above). Details: http://bit.ly/1wNEay7
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Town Hall meetings being town hall meetings, they often veer from the planned tenor and morph into riveting-yet-unexpected identities all their own.
So it went during the ABC7/NewsChannel 8-sponsored &ldquo:Your Voice, Your Future: The New Terror Threat&rdquo: which was broadcast live Thursday night by NewsChannel 8 at Arlington&rsquo:s Artisphere Theater.
Albeit with a catch.
Namely, that the lively discussion among the six distinguished panelists more or less agreed that:
A): The terror threat isn&rsquo:t really new and that:
B): Whatever terror threats that are out there pose no immediate threat to the United States &ndash: not now and quite probably never, at least regarding the Islamic State, or ISIL/ISIS, despite its spate of self-ballyhooed beheadings and other acts of well-funded, orchestrated bids to expand its influence in the Middle East.
Basically, the distinguished panel quibbled over mostly minor disagreements but didn&rsquo:t get into anything resembling a shouting match.
On hand were the following: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a CIA-trained senior operations officer: Zainab Chaudry, Maryland Outreach Manager for the Council on American Islamic Relations: Michael Steele, political analyst and former Republican Party Chairman: Col. Douglas Macgregor, decorated combat veteran of Desert Storm: Faheem Younus, president of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Men's Association: Omri Ceren, senior advisor for strategy at the Israel Project: and Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton.
Co-host and ABC7 News anchor Leon Harris got things rolling by asking the panelists whether there&rsquo:s a coherent, realistic strategy to combat ISIS. Only Norton raised her hand.
Then the question was put to the audience. Only a few members raised their hands.
That pretty much set the tone for the remainder of the one-hour session, basic point of argument being what should be the role of the U.S. in taking on ISIS and should the nation be doing more than carrying out bombing missions, or even having them at all?
The half dozen or so questions from the audience were thoughtful enough, and the panelists often went into painstaking detail to make their assorted points.
Nothing groundbreaking but nonetheless informative.
ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – #TGIT, Gladiators! It’s time to talk episode four of “Scandal.” The tension is building and we’re still just a few weeks into the season.
Jeff Perry is best known for playing White House mastermind Cyrus Beene. But right now, he’s taking on a new role as director of “A Steady Rain,” a brand-new stage play. Perry’s theater roots go all the way back to high school, so this latest challenge shouldn’t be too hard.
Speaking of Perry, did you know that before “Scandal,” creator Shonda Rhimes put him in 15 episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” as Meredith Grey’s father? Apparently, once you’re in Rhimes’ good graces, you’re set for life. This week, the Hollywood Reporter revealed a tangled web into “Shondaland.” Bellamy Young, who plays First Lady Mellie Grant, was on both “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.” Tony Goldwyn, who plays President Fitzgerald Grant, directed episodes of “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Private Practice.”
In tonight’s episode of “Scandal,” both Mellie and Fitz are reunited in the White House with Olivia Pope, who is brought back to shut down a situation that could destroy the Grant family’s reputation. This gives Fitz the chance to ask her why she disappeared for several months.
This is the episode fans have been waiting for! (Watch a special sneak peek in the video player above.)
Be sure to watch ABC 7 News at 4 on Thursday, Oct. 23 for a sneak peek at “Scandal” episode five, “An Innocent Man.”
With three weeks to go in the race for the seat being vacated by Rep. Frank Wolf (R), Del. Comstock is doing virtually no interviews. Her rival, Fairfax Supervisor John Foust (D), says shes avoiding situations where shell have to defend what he calls her extreme voting record in Richmond, a record that includes voting for mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds for women seeking an abortion and against Gov. Bob McDonnells landmark transportation bill and Gov. Terry McAuliffes plan to expand Medicaid.
Shes controlling the access, Foust said after an interview on NewsChannel 8's NewsTalk Wednesday. Voters deserve better.
Indeed, Comstock has been a tough guest to book, as a producer at another station put it. NewsChannel 8 has been trying to get her since January, but she has rejected each one of our invitations.
Peggy Fox, who covers Virginia for WUSA-TV (Ch. 9), said she and others have had trouble getting Comstock to do interviews. Shes a fabulous campaigner, Fox said. I dont understand why she wont make herself available. It boggles my mind that shes not more forthcoming.
Asked if Comstock has done any recent radio or TV interviews, Loudoun Times-Mirror newspaper reporter Trevor Baratko, who has covered the race closely, could not think of any.
Comstock also tries to control events with citizens, Foust charges. He said she would only agree to two debates both with local Chambers, and only if questions were limited to business topics.
The Loudoun Times-Mirror reported on a senior center forum where Comstock was willing to speak but eyebrows were raised when she refused to take questions from the audience. Of all the 60 speakers I've invited over the years that I've been here, this is the first person who has wanted to do it this way, Shirley Olson, a resident who helps organize the candidate visits, told the paper. Former Fairfax City councilman Carl Hemmer told the paper he was shocked to learn there wouldn't be interaction with the audience.
University of Mary Washington political science professor Stephen Farnsworth blames the process for drawing congressional boundaries. Gerrymandering is all too often creating a sense of entitlement among candidates, he said. They dont feel all that much of an obligation to engage with reporters and the general public.
If a candidate cannot answer general questions posed by the media, he said, the voters are deprived of a major source of information.
National Democrats pounced when Comstocks campaign manager abruptly cut short an interview following the Loudoun Chamber debate last month.
We will see more candidates running from the cameras until voters start punishing start them for the sense of entitlement that comes with gerrymandered districts, Prof. Farnsworth warns.
Were seeking comment from Comstocks campaign manager and spokeswoman. This story will be updated if we get it.
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Wow! #Hanover #MDWx #TornadoWarning thanks Capt Tewey. pic.twitter.com/AJZpRG3q0Y&mdash: Anne Arundel Police (@AACOPD) October 15, 2014
Lightning hit taken from the Federal Reserve by @PotomacWx - thanks for sharing! @ABC7News #severe #weather pic.twitter.com/0U5D8v9QiS&mdash: Steve Rudin ABC7 (@SteveRudinABC7) October 15, 2014
Thanks! In Falls Church, VA ? RT @LuisSantacruz96: @JacquiJeras @ABC7News pic.twitter.com/8AKypPFBTO&mdash: Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) October 15, 2014
Storm Damage MT @EileenABC7: Viewer photo: Belle Haven area. Courtesy to Leslie Calhoun Fry. @ABC7News @AlexandriaVA pic.twitter.com/sPxR7nZrmF&mdash: Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) October 15, 2014
Large tree branch down at Belle Haven Country Club in Alexandria from strong storm, 57mph gust recorded. pic.twitter.com/PP7JUVONkA&mdash: Jacqui Jeras (@JacquiJeras) October 15, 2014
Standing water in parts of Arlington and Alexandria pic.twitter.com/TVmfoqigba&mdash: Bri Carter (@ABC7Bri) October 15, 2014
Water covers portions of GWpkwy near @DCA #WTOP #VAtraffic #TornadoWatch pic.twitter.com/ItiMrHt6EC&mdash: Kristi King (@kingWTOP) October 15, 2014
Storm moving into Old Town. @alexliggitt @EileenABC7 @JacquiJeras. Heard a plane take off. pic.twitter.com/jRPU5V84qG&mdash: Steve Rudin ABC7 (@SteveRudinABC7) October 15, 2014
Sky starting to look dark pic.twitter.com/98LzdwVfpI&mdash: Bri Carter (@ABC7Bri) October 15, 2014
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