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Protests grow over controversial Indiana law

CNN - CNN - 2015-03-28T12:34:14.000Z

A controversial "religious freedom" bill in Indiana is facing a significant backlash from gay rights supporters. CNN's Shasta Darlington reports.

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Seven have died in Chile floods

ITN News - ITN News - 2015-03-28T12:01:40.000Z

The death toll in Chile rose to seven after rains battered the north and caused flooding, while 19 remain unaccounted for. Report by Gabriella Darlington.

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Arlington County wrestles with ?flaking? sidewalks

Virginia WJLA - Caroline Tucker - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:45:35 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – In a couple weeks, Arlington County said it will know the root cause of crumbling sidewalks.

The county has identified around six to 12 sidewalk locations where new sidewalks have flaked away.

Ramzi Awwad is the Engineering Bureau chief in Arlington County. He said the county still has to complete the investigation to determine what is really causing the problem.

However, he said, "What we have learned so far is that if there is elevated water content in the top millimeter, top surface and that is combined with salt, especially with recently poured concrete, it can lead to this flaking."

Awwad said the sidewalks that have deteriorated do not pose a safety risk and the county will determine how to fix the sidewalks once the investigation is complete.

He said the projects were done within the last two years and multiple contractors worked on each sidewalk replacement.

"I don't see an alternative but to simply do it over again. Tear out the stuff and put in something that is going to last," said Bill Morgan, an Arlington homeowner.

Morgan said the sidewalk in front of his home began to deteriorate after it was put in during the summer of 2013.

"Into the fall and winter of 2013 we began to notice that something was wrong," said Morgan.

Morgan said it is a credibility issue that the county did not get the project right the first time. He said he wants to see it fixed soon.

Arlington County said it will release more information about a fix after its investigation is complete.



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Voluntary spinach recall now affects nearly 30 products

ABC 7 WJLA Business - Kimberly Suiters - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 21:03:03 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – How does the owner of an Ethiopian restaurant view his favorite leafy, green vegetable?

“Spinach is God’s gift,” said the restaurateur, who goes by the name Solomon.

For him, knowing that the frozen spinach he buys is free of contamination is critical, not just for himself, but for all of his customers.

Yet no one grocery shopping on a Thursday afternoon in March in an Arlington store knew about a voluntary recall of frozen spinach, affecting nearly 30 products, like Amy’s Kitchen, Wegmans’ Organic Just Picked spinach, and Target’s Simply Balanced frozen organic chopped spinach.

The source of the spinach is Coastal Green Vegetable Company in Oxnard, Calif. 7 On Your Side called the frozen vegetable processor to find out how many companies that bag or incorporate its spinach into other foods are affected.

Paul Fanelli, a company spokesman, declined to give a number.

“We are a small processor of spinach,” said Fanelli. “We’ve stopped production while we investigate the cause.”

Fanelli explained that Coastal Green had only been in the frozen spinach business for a year. A microbiology report found the presence of listeria bacteria in frozen spinach that had already been shipped out, so the company alerted its customers, which precipitates the voluntary recall process. The FDA was also informed, but did not issue a mandatory recall, which is a rare move.

Starting on March 20, companies that buy the spinach from Coastal Green began issuing recalls. Amy’s Kitchen announced a recall of nearly 70,000 cases of products on March 22. On March 24, Terra Fina, Twin City Foods (Wegmans), and Superior Foods (Target) followed with similar voluntary recalls.

To date, the CDC has not reported any illnesses as a result of the potentially tainted spinach. Listeria contamination can cause serious, even fatal, infections in those with weakened immune systems and young children. More information about how listeria typically forms can be found on the McLean-based American Frozen Food Institute website.

“I'm scared about it, to be honest,” said Patty Busby, who suffers from a food allergy. “I’m gonna be sick if they’re not taking stuff off the shelves when they should be.”

7 On Your Side recommended that she sign up for alerts from FDA, which sends out recall information, especially about undeclared allergens, like peanuts and gluten, on a near daily basis. You can tailor your alerts by indicating your subscriber preferences when you sign up.

Recalls, if widespread, can have devastating financial impacts on business. But the spinach producer and the trade association that represents grocery manufacturers, would not speculate about the cost of this recall.

“In the event of a product recall such as this where is potential risk to public health, the most important priorities for food manufacturers are to alert consumers to the problem so that they can take preventative actions and to ensure the removal of the product from the marketplace as quickly as possible and any related costs from the recall will be absorbed by the manufacturer,” said Brian Kennedy with the Grocery Manufacturers Association.



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Arlington staffer lauded in fight against child abuse

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Jennifer Landis-Santos, a workshop facilitator, program coordinator and mental-health therapist for the Arlington County government, on March 25 was honored as Arlington’s recipient of the 2015 “Allie

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Letters to the Editor: Why Not Compare Property Tax vs. Arlington, Fairfax?

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:32:58 +0000

Letters to the Editor: March 26 – April 1, 2015   Why Not Compare Property Tax vs. Arlington, Fairfax? Editor, At the public budget meeting on March 13, our city manager, Wyatt Shields, emphasized that the comparison of City of Falls Church property taxes should be made to other smaller […]

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Arlington adding 27,000 burial sites

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 09:45:00 -0400

In 2016, Arlington National Cemetery, or ANC, opens "an additional 27,282 burial opportunities," Patrick K. Hallinan told lawmakers.

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Arlington Business Briefcase, 3/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

News of business and economic-development across Arlington.

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Arlington Police Beat, 3/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

News of crime and punishment across Arlington this week.

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Computer donation to benefit Arlington nonprofit

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

The Arlington-based nonprofit Linden Resources recently received five refurbished computers, part of a commitment of 20 that will be donated as part of a grant program started by David Isaacson, presi

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Martinsville / Henry County low on list of healthy localities

Martinsville Daily - - Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:43:08 +0000

Arlington County is the healthiest county in Virginia while Tazewell County is at the bottom of the list, according to an annual report on the health of the nation’s counties and municipalities. The sixth annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday ranks Albemarle County as the second healthiest county, followed by Fairfax, Loudoun, and York counties. […]

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Beware of bogus Yellow Pages bills

ABC 7 WJLA Business - Kimberly Suiters - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:36:11 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) – It wasn't your typical invoice for many reasons.

Yes, the iconic "walking fingers" associated with the Yellow Pages were walking across the top of the letter. But that was the only sign of possible authenticity.

"The bill is for $496.95. Obviously, it's a scam," said Steve Green, owner of Dominion Pet Center in Arlington.

Obvious to Green for several reasons:

1. His previous Yellow Pages listing was much pricier—around $1,000 per month.

2. The bill appeared to have a personality disorder: "This file is being referred to debt collectors" was printed directly under "Thank you for doing business with us."

3. The return address for payment was an "outsourced" office in Bulgaria.

4. He canceled his Yellow Pages listing about the time Google was invented.

But Green searched online and found a forum where businesses had fallen for the bogus Yellow Pages bills, some as high as $2,000, due to inattention.

"My biggest concern is that I'm not here all the time, so you have to really train your employees to look out for it and not pay it automatically," said Green, who has owned Dominion Pet Center for 33 years.

It's a true mom-and-pop-and-son store, and small businesses appear to be one target, as well as nonprofits and churches, according to the FTC.

Green calls this part of a litany of scams du jour: one threatened to shut off the power, one insisted he needed a new credit card reader, one informed him that it was his new supplier of items he never ordered nor needed. And on and on and on.

"For me, it's a pleasurable job [owning a small business], but it is one more headache after another," said Green.

Yellow Pages won't send you bills by fax. It also advises you to inspect every invoice carefully. In the U.S., report fraudulent activity to ftc.gov. The advice in this .pdf comes from Yellow Pages Group of Canada, but it works here, too.

One more complicating factor: The famous "walking fingers" associated with Yellow Pages were created by AT&T but never trademarked, so their use is widespread.

A search of "Yellow Pages corporate headquarters" leads to a "local marketing solutions provider" called YP. 7 On Your Side asked a YP spokesperson the following questions:

1. How many people have contacted you about the scam?

2. Have you sent a warning letter or email to your customers?

3. Have you taken legal action to stop the scam?

The YP spokesperson responded, "I wanted to let you know that we find these kinds of situations very frustrating. We work with our customers to recognize and report such fraudulent activity. We've also stepped [up] our own efforts to educate our sales team on these issues, and we work with all the Yellow Pages publishers in the U.S. through our trade organization to help address them."



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McAuliffe, Beyer Celebrate 5th Anniversary of Health Care Law

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 23:03:17 +0000

At the outset of an event in Arlington marking the fifth anniversary, to the day, of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law, Rep. Donald S. Beyer, Jr. introduced Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe by saying, “Historians will one day write that the Affordable Care Act was the single […]

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Police: 2 suspects stole car, shrimp and underwear

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 16:16:00 EDT

A bizarre stash was uncovered inside a stolen car, according to Arlington County Police.

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Arlington board to look at selling ads on ART buses, at stops

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

A split County Board has directed County Manager Barbara Donnellan to take a fresh look the possibility of accepting advertising on Arlington Transit (ART) buses and at stops.

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Arlington educator addresses Pakistani contingent

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Dr. Ann Kennedy, a teacher at Arlington Mill High School, gave the keynote address to a group of educators from Pakistan who are taking part in the U.S. Department of State’s International Research an

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Arlington County named Virginia's healthiest locality

Virginia WJLA - The Associated Press - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 11:57:03 EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Arlington County is the healthiest county in Virginia while Tazewell County is at the bottom of the list, according to an annual report on the health of the nation's counties and municipalities.

The sixth annual County Health Rankings released Wednesday ranks Albemarle County as the second healthiest county, followed by Fairfax, Loudoun, and York counties. Henry, Buchanan, Dickenson and Wise are among the least healthy counties.

Arlington, Loudoun and Fairfax counties have been among the healthiest counties in each of the survey's six years.

Among municipalities, Alexandria is ranked first, followed by Manassas, Falls Church and Poquoson. At the bottom is Petersburg, followed by Martinsville, Hopewell and Danville.

Eight percent of adults in Arlington County and 10 percent in Alexandria reported poor or fair health, compared to 31 percent in Dickenson County, 29 percent in Tazewell and Buchanan counties and 19 percent in Petersburg. Statewide, 14 percent of residents reported poor or fair health.

Researchers at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin measured localities on 30 factors, including education, obesity, diet, exercise, teen births, smoking and alcohol-related traffic deaths.

Counties and municipalities ranked low have more teen births, more smokers and more alcohol-related traffic deaths. The healthiest counties have better access to recreational opportunities, higher college attendance and fewer preventable hospital stays, the report said.

Petersburg's adult obesity rate, 36 percent, was twice as high as Arlington County's rate. The statewide rate was 25 percent.

Nationwide, the annual rankings have served as a rallying point for change, Bridget Catlin, co-director of the survey, said in a news release.



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Arlington treasurer introduces new meter-payment option

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

First came the Parkulator. Then iPark. And now: EasyPark.

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Arlington History, 3/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

News that was making news in years gone by.

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Arlington Schools & Military, 3/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

News of the achievements of local students and members of the Armed Forces.

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F.C. Author Harper Reads from Debut Short Story Collection

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 14:30:55 +0000

Falls Church-based author Jonathan Harper will read from his debut short story collection Daydreamers at One More Page Books at 2200 N. Westmoreland St., Arlington, this Saturday, March 28, at 5 p.m. The reading will be followed by a wine reception. Daydreamers, a collection of nine stories, received praise from […]

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Report: Arlington County is Virginia's healthiest locality

Virginia NBC29 News - - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 08:25:00 EDT

A new report ranks Arlington County as Virginia's healthiest while Tazewell County is considered the least healthiest.

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Stevie Nicks finds a higher calling helping wounded warriors

ABC 7 WJLA Entertainment - Alex Parker - Wed, 25 Mar 2015 00:39:29 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (NewsChannel 8) &ndash: One of the most successful and recognizable singers in music history has found a higher calling.

Rock icon Stevie Nicks has devoted countless hours visiting and helping wounded warriors and their families heal&mdash:both physically and emotionally.

&ldquo:I am more proud of this than Fleetwood Mac or any of the other things I&rsquo:ve done,&rdquo: she said.

Nicks, the Grammy-award winning singer and star of Fleetwood Mac, was in the Washington area Tuesday, receiving an award for her profound and passionate work with the USO.

&ldquo:Doing this gives me something that the rest of my world does not give me and could not possibly give me,&rdquo: she said.

Nicks hopes others can someday read the numerous stories of the soldiers she&rsquo:s encountered, and her devotion to helping these veterans and their families is a feeling she doesn&rsquo:t expect to fade any time soon.

&ldquo:I have to always come back here,&rdquo: she said.



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Obama says U.S. to slow troop withdrawal from Afghanistan

ABC 7 WJLA News - The Associated Press, Mike Conneen - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 11:08:55 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that the U.S. will slow its military withdrawal from Afghanistan, maintaining 9,800 troops in the country through the end of 2015 instead of cutting the number by about half as originally planned.

"Afghanistan remains a very dangerous place," Obama said in explaining his decision at a press conference after Afghan President Ashraf Ghani's first visit to the White House since his election six months ago. Obama added that the size of the U.S. troop presence for 2016 will be decided later this year.

Ghani had asked Obama to slow the withdrawal because Afghan security forces are bracing for a tough spring fighting season and are also contending with Islamic State fighters looking to recruit on their soil.

The original plan was to cut the U.S. force to 5,500 by the end of this year.

"This visit is an opportunity to begin a new chapter between our two nations," Obama said after meeting with Ghani in the Oval Office.

Ghani was trying to make the case that he's a reliable partner worthy of American support, despite his fractured government and a litany of problems still rampant in Afghanistan's military - illiteracy, drug abuse and desertions, to name a few.

Ghani arrived at midmorning at the White House, where a U.S. military honor guard lined the driveway leading to the West Wing. Inside, he and Obama chatted casually and sat side by side as reporters were allowed briefly to observe the start of their meeting.

For Obama, Ghani represents the last, best hope to make good on the president's promise to end America's longest war by the time he leaves office, keeping just a thousand or so troops at the embassy to coordinate security. Ghani predecessor Hamid Karzai's relationship with the White House was increasingly dysfunctional, and if the dealings with Ghani don't turn out better, Obama risks leaving Afghanistan still vulnerable to the kinds of violent extremist groups that operated with impunity until 14 years ago, when the U.S. attacked after 9/11.

Also at stake: the future of U.S. bases in Jalalabad and in Kandahar, where the Taliban had their capital until 2001. U.S. military leaders have seemed receptive to Ghani's request that those bases stay open as long as possible.

Drawing a contrast with his predecessor, Ghani has taken pains on his U.S. visit to display gratitude for U.S. sacrifices in Afghanistan that the White House found lacking from Karzai. He began his trip by explicitly thanking the U.S. for its support. And on Tuesday morning, Ghani joined Defense Secretary Ash Carter and Vice President Joe Biden in laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery.

"We do not now ask what the United States can do for us," Ghani said, invoking John F. Kennedy as he opened his U.S. visit earlier in the week. "We want to say what Afghanistan will do for itself and for the world."

Further underscoring the fragile security situation, gunmen killed at least 13 people overnight during a midnight assault on a highway near Taliban-held territory in eastern Afghanistan, although no group immediately claimed responsibility. And elsewhere in Afghanistan, a suspected U.S. drone strike near the border with Pakistan killed at least nine militants from a Pakistani terror group, intelligence officials in Pakistan said.

Ghani, who lived in the U.S. for more than a decade, has been a welcome change for the Obama administration. Frustration with his predecessor reached a boiling point when Karzai refused to sign the security agreements needed for the U.S. to leave troops in Afghanistan. Ghani signed them within days of taking office, and has sought to differentiate himself by showing appreciation for U.S. investment in his military - more than $60 billion so far.

After hotly contested election results, Ghani and chief rival Abdullah Abdullah agreed to share power, with Abdullah assuming the new role of chief executive. They made the trip to the U.S. together in a show of unity.

Yet political tensions have prevented the leaders from even putting together a full cabinet, half a year into their term.

Imbuing the visit with added anxiety is a new, home-grown affiliate of the Islamic State group, whose flagship branch in Iraq and Syria is another menace to Obama's legacy on foreign policy. It's not fully clear how strong or widespread the offshoot's presence is in Afghanistan.

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Arlington leaders review affordable-housing study: public soon to get its say

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Arlington County Board members on March 23 got their first formal look at a two-years-in-the-making affordable-housing study, which will go out for public review before coming back later in the year f

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Arlington to survey residents again on satisfaction

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

The Arlington County government is embarking on a new survey to see how residents view government services.

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7 On Your Side: 'Diabetes Alert Day' phone bank from 5-6:30 p.m.

ABC 7 WJLA Health - ABC 7 News - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 12:54:58 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- The ABC 7 On Your Side Help Center is helping you get answers about diabetes.

A team of doctors and other medical experts will be on hand Tuesday evening for our 'Diabetes Alert Day' phone bank.

You can call in with your diabetes questions from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. by dialing 703-236-9220.

For more information on Diabetes Alert Day visit http://www.diabetes.org/are-you-at-risk/alert-day/.

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USO awards banquet honors Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning

Virginia WJLA - The Associated Press - Tue, 24 Mar 2015 05:10:47 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) - Stevie Nicks, Peyton Manning and author Sebastian Junger are bringing some celebrity luster to a USO awards banquet in Arlington.

But the real stars of the event Tuesday night are nearly 30 Medal of Honor recipients being recognized for heroism in World War II, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan.

The nonprofit organization is dedicated to lifting the spirits of America's troops and their families.

Singer Stevie Nicks holds the USO record for the most hours spent over a five-year period visiting combat-wounded service members.

The USO is recognizing Denver Broncos quarterback Manning for joining a tour that included stops in Afghanistan and Kuwait.

Junger is getting this year's Legacy of Hope Award for his books and films about the challenges military members face in combat and upon returning home.



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2 international students sexually assaulted in Burke while job hunting

ABC 7 WJLA News - The Associated Press, Jennifer Donelan, Jay Korff - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 21:42:46 EST

BURKE, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County Police are investigating a report that two international students from Mongolia were sexually assaulted earlier this month.

Police said Monday that the two women, ages 20 and 31, were looking for jobs at Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington on March 8 when they received a lead about a housekeeping job in Burke.

The women reported to police that they were given alcohol and sexually assaulted after going to the home.

No charges have been filed yet. But police say there may have been other victims and are asking the public to contact them with any relevant information.



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Agencies should approach cyber as if they've been compromised

ABC 7 WJLA Business - George Jackson - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:24:43 EST

On Thursday, March 26th, AFFIRM and the U.S. Cyber Challenge will hold their 2nd Annual Cybersecurity Summit. It starts at 7 a.m. in Arlington, Va.

AFFIRM President Barry West and USCC National Director Karen Evans offered insight into the top cyber challenges facing the United States in 2015.

Click the play icon above to watch their interview with Government Matters.



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Obituary for Earl S. Boswell

Winchester Daily Monitor - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 18:02:07 +0000

Earl Smith Boswell, 54, of Middleburg, Virginia, died Sunday, March 22, 2015 at his residence. Mr. Boswell was born April 16, 1960 in Arlington, Virginia, son of James Fogelgren Boswell and Mary Jo Smith Suchter. He was a retired park manager for Loudoun County Parks & Recreation. He married Patricia “Patty” Whiteley Boswell on July […]

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McAuliffe: “I’m Optimistic Lawmakers Will OK Medicaid Expansion Next Year”

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 17:14:13 +0000

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe told a group of health care professionals and advocates gathered in Arlington to celebrate the fifth anniversary of the passage of the Affordable Care Act that after this state election cycle, he's "reasonably optimistic" that the state legislature will back his push to enroll the state in the Medicaid expansion component of the act.

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International students say they were sexually assaulted in Fairfax County home

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 13:43:00 EDT

Police are investigating after two international students say they were sexually assaulted at a residence in Fairfax County. Officers say the women, ages 20 and 31 and both from Mongolia, were looking for jobs at the Ballston Commons Mall in Arlington.

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Lifelong Virginian Carroll Thatcher Dies at 84

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:00:28 +0000

Carroll Franklin Thatcher, 84, a lifelong Virginian and military veteran who lived in Orange, Va., died on Tuesday, March 10. He was born in Arlington on October 15, 1930 and raised in Northern Virginia. Carroll honorably served in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in the early 1950’s, earning the National […]

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Arlington school-library evaluation seeks more access outside class time

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

More professional-development opportunities and greater student access before and after school and during lunch are among recommendations to improve Arlington’s school libraries.

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Abingdon Elementary expansion plan approved

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 12:00:00 -0400

Arlington School Board members on March 19 approved conceptual-design plans for a 27,000-square-foot addition to Abingdon Elementary School.

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NewsChannel 8 hosting town hall roundtable on the New Terror Threat

ABC 7 WJLA News - NewsChannel 8 - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 11:40:03 EST

ARLINGTON, Va. (WJLA) -- Join NewsChannel 8 Tuesday, March 24 at 7 p.m. for a live Your Voice, Your Future town hall roundtable discussion with top experts that will focus on the New Terror Threat: The Countdown.

The discussion will examine a wide range of topics involving growing tensions and issues in the Middle East that are impacting and potentially threatening other parts of the world, including the US/Iran nuclear talks, US/Israel relations, Afghanistan/Iraq conflicts and terrorism.

The roundtable will be hosted by senior political reporter Scott Thuman.

Viewers can submit questions and participate in the discussion by using #YourVoiceYourFuture on Twitter.

The program will also be streamed live on news8.net and wjla.com.

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Arlington school officials may seek smaller sale of bonds this year

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 23 Mar 2015 07:00:00 -0400

Senior Arlington Public Schools staff are recommending that the proposed spring school-bond sale be scaled back, so the school system will not have to be paying interest on funds for projects that are

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Family, volunteers prepare military care packages to honor fallen soldier

Virginia WJLA - ABC 7 News, Richard Reeve - Sun, 22 Mar 2015 20:24:45 EST

STERLING, Va. (WJLA) -- With military precision, dozens of volunteers prepared some very special care packages at Potomac Falls High School in Sterling.

"There's no better feeling," says Krissy Green. "I feel like this helps me give back. It makes me feel like I'm still giving back to my brother."

For Green and her family, this is a very personal mission – a way to honor her brother, army specialist Douglas Green, who was killed in Afghanistan's Khandahar Province in August 2011.

"He kept saying 'Mom, I'm not going to make it, I'm not going to make it'. I said, 'Yes, you are,' " recalls his mother, Suni Chabrow, who often Skyped with her son.

Sadly, his prediction came true.

Three weeks before returning home, Green was hit by enemy fire, while on overnight patrol, clearing improvised explosive devices from a road.

"He was found on a scope from the Taliban," Chabrow says. "And they had him on scope, and he was killed instantly by an RPG, a rocket-propelled grenade."

The 23-year old soldier was buried at Arlington National Cemetery, with full military honors.

A large turnout of friends and family came to pay their last respects.

"I actually met him a couple of times. Very promising young man," recalls Timothy Williams, who served four tours of duty in Iraq, and one in Afghanistan.

"Unfortunately, in wartime, the best soldiers are usually up front, and bad things happen to them," he added.

Months later, Green's family, trying to heal, started a non-profit in his name.

"This is my coping mechanism," Krissy Green says.

In the past three years, the Douglas J. Green Memorial Foundation has shipped 15,000 packages to troops overseas.

"Being able to do such a small thing and have such a great outcome... it's an incredible experience," volunteer Joe Hyman says.

The care packages contain items that are common in the states, but are hard to get in overseas war zones.

Snacks, wipes, toothbrushes, and toothpaste are among the staples.

"You get spoiled in America, but when you see a bag of Fritos overseas, it's like everybody dives on it," Williams laughs.

So on Sunday, the volunteers transformed the high school cafeteria into a care package assembly line.

They packed and prepped 338 boxes that will be sent to Army post office locations around the world.

"It's really emotional, because it's such a good feeling to have that support," Krissy Green says.

Outside the front of the school is a plaque and memorial garden, dedicated to Specialist Green, who graduated from Potomac Falls High in 2006.

He volunteered to join the Army, and deployed to Iraq the very next year, an inspiration to many of the teen volunteers who came out.

"It's taking the time to slow down, and really give back to those around you, in what really matters," Hyman says.

A living legacy, one box at a time.

"I know this is exactly what my son would have wanted us to be doing," Chabrow says proudly.

 



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Deaf Man In Jail For Stealing iPad That Wasn't Stolen

The Young Turks - The Young Turks - 2015-03-22T22:00:01.000Z

"A deaf man able to communicate only with sign language has alleged in a federal lawsuit that he was held for six weeks in the Arlington County jail last year after jailers failed to provide an interpreter or allow him to call attorneys or a friend by videophone. The suit alleges that Abreham Zemedagegehu was held for more than 24 hours before he knew why he had been arrested. He was administered a tuberculosis shot without his consent, often went hungry because he couldn’t hear alerts for mealtime and was unable to call friends or an attorney because of inadequate technology in the jail — all of which violated the Americans with Disabilities Act, the lawsuit said. “The lack of access to communication during the booking process exacerbated the feelings of frustration, humiliation, anger, anxiety, isolation, confusion, and loss of dignity that Mr. Zeme­dagegehu otherwise would have experienced as a result of his arrest and detention,” said the lawsuit, which was first reported Thursday by the Associated Press." Read more here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/deaf-man-says-he-was-held-incommunicado-for-six-weeks/2015/03/19/5b798c44-ce5a-11e4-a2a7-9517a3a70506_story.html Cenk Uygur (http://www.twitter.com/cenkuygur) and Ana Kasparian (http://www.twitter.com/AnaKasparian) discuss.

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New details emerge in New Orleans airport attack

CNN - CNN - 2015-03-21T20:21:37.000Z

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports on the latest details of an attack on a TSA agent at a New Orleans airport.

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At least 7 children dead in Brooklyn house fire

CNN - CNN - 2015-03-21T17:48:09.000Z

CNN's Shasta Darlington reports that children between the ages of five and 15 were killed in a house fire in New York.

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Former Arlington Sheriff’s Office official to discuss pioneering women

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Edythe Joppy, who served in the Arlington County Sheriff’s Office for more than 25 years, will be part of a panel discussion on women pioneers in criminal justice and their experiences in “breaking th

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Police: 2014 Arlington crime rate lowest since 1961

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Arlington’s overall crime rate dropped 8.2 percent from 2013 to 2014, representing the lowest rate since 1961, county officials said on March 20.

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Synagogue to host wine-tasting, auctions

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Congregation Etz Hayim will hold its annual live and silent auction and wine-tasting on Sunday, March 22 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the synagogue, located at 2920 Arlington Blvd.

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County Board wishes police chief happy retirement

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Arlington County Board members on March 17 saluted the service of Police Chief Douglas Scott, who is retiring after 12 years leading the Arlington County Police Department.

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Wages for Arlington workers finally seeing signs of increase

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Arlington saw little change in year-over-year overall employment in the third quarter of 2014, but did see a healthy spike in average paychecks, according to new federal figures.

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Superstars of hospitality industry win Arlington Chamber accolades

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Some were born and grew up just around the corner, others all across the globe, but the 67 recipients of 2015 Hospitality Awards share something in common. Each goes the extra mile.

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Deaf immigrant jailed 6 weeks for I-pad theft with no access to interpreter

Virginia WJLA - The Associated Press - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 10:13:20 EST

WASHINGTON (AP) - He knew he was in jail, but he didn't know why.

Eventually, Abreham Zemedagegehu learned that he'd been accused of stealing an iPad - an iPad whose owner later found it. He spent the next six weeks in jail, unable to communicate with his jailers because he is deaf. He described a frightening, isolated experience in which medical procedures were performed without his consent and he feared for his safety.

Zemedagegehu sued the Arlington County sheriff last month in federal court, saying his treatment failed to meet the standards of the Americans with Disabilities Act.

"I felt like I was losing my mind," Zemedagegehu said through an interpreter in an interview at his lawyer's office. "I thought Virginia would give me an interpreter and they said no. That's why I felt lost."

Zemedagegehu, who is homeless, is a U.S. citizen who was born in Ethiopia. He grew up using Ethiopian Sign Language. He has learned American Sign Language, but he has never learned more than rudimentary written English.

Maj. Susie Doyel, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, which runs the jail, declined to comment on the specific allegations. She generally defended the jail's ability to handle deaf inmates and others with disabilities, and said several deputies in the jail are proficient in sign language.

But she also acknowledged that communication with a deaf inmate is more problematic in cases where the inmate can't communicate in written English.

In court papers filed Monday, lawyers for the sheriff ask a judge to dismiss the case, arguing that even if Zemedagegehu's allegations are true, they fail to show intentional discrimination because they attempted various different ways to communicate with him, including handwritten notes.

And even if the discrimination were intentional, the lawyers write that it would not violate federal law because there is a rational basis for the discrimination: "it takes extra resources and creates additional security considerations to bring in an ASL interpreter," they write.

Zemedagegehu's ordeal began Feb. 2, 2014, as he sought a warm place to sleep at Reagan National Airport. According to Zemedagegehu's lawsuit, officers from the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority arrested him on a complaint that he had stolen another man's iPad.

Zemedagegehu says he requested an ASL interpreter to explain what was happening, but instead was taken to the Arlington jail for processing. He said the booking process was bewildering, with someone speaking on a video screen and he not understanding what was happening.

After he was booked, he underwent a medical screening, and says he was given forms to sign. He didn't know what they were, and refused to sign them. He says they stuck a needle in his arm without explaining what was occurring - he later learned it was tuberculosis test, to which he suffered a bad reaction.

It was not until he was arraigned Feb. 4, and a court interpreter was present, that he understood the charge against him.

When he was offered an opportunity to communicate, he said the jail provided a TTY device. Zemedagegehu said the machine was useless - it types out English text he doesn't understand, and as a practical matter, he said, no one in the deaf community still uses a TTY device. He needed instead access to a videophone or video relay service that is more commonly used, he said.

Maj. David Kidwell, director of the jail for the sheriff, also declined to comment specifically on Zemedagegehu's care, but generally defended the use of a TTY machine.

"It gets used, absolutely. It's an accepted practice, and we've had great success with it," he said.

On March 14, 2014, Zemedagegehu struck a plea deal, pleading guilty to lesser misdemeanor charges in exchange for time served. Zemedagegehu says he only took the deal to get of jail, and that he didn't steal the iPad.

Zemedagegehu's public defender filed a motion after the guilty plea seeking to have the conviction overturned, saying prosecutors failed to turn over evidence that the man who claimed his iPad was stolen actually had found it some time before the guilty plea. Prosecutors deny withholding evidence.

A judge refused to overturn the conviction, saying the appeal had been filed too late.

Zemedagegehu said he doesn't understand why it was so difficult for the legal system to accommodate him with an interpreter.

"They're doing this 25 years after the Americans with Disabilities Act was passed. They know better," he said.

Caroline Jackson, an attorney with the National Association of the Deaf, who is helping on Zemedagegehu's case, said cases like his are "distressingly common. There's an assumption that persons behind bars have no rights."

The ADA itself does not spell out exactly what kind of accommodations a jail must make for deaf inmates. But since the law was passed, several lawsuits have addressed similar issues. In 2010, the Virginia Department of Corrections reached a settlement requiring it to provide qualified interpreters during the booking process and when providing medical care, among other things.

Doyel said the county jail, which isn't part of the state prisons system, has passed audits conducted by the state Department of Corrections and has received accreditation from outside groups.

Larry Tanenbaum, a lawyer with Akin Gump, the firm that took Zemedagegehu's lawsuit on a pro bono basis, said he thinks the jail failed to meets its standards in its incarceration of his client.

"To me, it's a matter of human kindness. You see a person in your care who's lost. How do you not help him?" Tanenbaum asked.

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(Sledge-) Hammer time: Iconic ‘Blue Goose’ to come tumbling down

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 20 Mar 2015 08:15:00 -0400

You don’t see this too often: A sledgehammer-wielding Roman Catholic nun whaling away at the side of an office building in Arlington.

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