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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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Cox Va. Names Falk Interim Market Vice President

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 21:30:25 +0000

Cox Communications announced yesterday that McLean native Kathleen Falk, who was previously serving as Cox Communications Virginia vice president of Public and Government Affairs, is expanding her role to also serve as the company’s interim market vice president for it’s Northern Virginia operations. The company’s Northern Virginia operations includes Fairfax […]

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Man charged with setting fire in Chantilly Wal-Mart store

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 16:17:00 EST

Fairfax County fire investigators have charged a man with setting a fire at a Wal-Mart store in Chantilly.

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Two Men Charged with Larceny in Mason District

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 19:16:08 +0000

Two men, Christopher Hemmelgrain, 31 and Michael Puckett, 25, both of no fixed addressed, were arrested and charged with larceny on Wednesday morning by the Fairfax County Police Department, who, linked them to at least ten vehicle larceny cases in the area, according to a press release from the department. Officers responded to […:]

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Local Resident Makes Sculptures Out of Snow

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 18:39:41 +0000

Walter Crain, 50, stands next to a snow sculptures he made after the area’s latest snowstorm. Crain, who lives across from Beechtree Elementary School on Beechtree Lane in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County, makes sculptures like the one in the photo above every time there’s a decent snowstorm, […:]

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State Dept. official charged in soliciting minor released on bond

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 13:14:26 EST

FAIRFAX, Va.(WJLA) -- U.S. State Department employee Dan Rosen was arraigned in Fairfax County District Court Friday morning on a charge of soliciting a minor.

He was released on a $25,000 bond.

Rosen's attorney handed over his client's passports (both diplomatic and U.S) after a prosecutor told the judge the state feared that Rosen was a flight risk while all his files are still being reviewed.

The judge denied the request to hold him, but ordered Rosen stay away from minors and ordered no computer use - even if he returns to work.

Rosen, who appeared at the arraignment through video conference from jail, threw his hands up when he heard the judge's order of no computer use. His attorney was in the courtroom with Rosen's wife, who had no comment after hearing.

Rosen's attorney, Christopher Leibig, said he was "pleased the judge, under presumption of innocence, gave (Rosen) the benefit of the doubt. He deserves it."

In court, Leibig told the judge that Rosen had no criminal record and the attorney was worried about him staying in jail over the weekend, after being behind bars for three days already.

The attorney told judge that Rosen was "a state department employee who has hundreds of ties to the community."

Rosen has been in D.C. for 21 years and prosecutors confirmed he has no prior arrests. Rosen's next court appearance was set for May 4.

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Vienna Town Council approves ‘viewers’ for potential land swap

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500

In the first formal move toward a land swap with Fairfax County Public Schools, the Vienna Town Council on Feb. 23 authorized the appointment of three “viewers” to evaluate a portion of the town’s Loc

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Man charged with setting fire in Wal-Mart store in Virginia

Fox 5 WTTG Virginia News - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 09:38:00 EST

Fairfax County fire investigators have charged a man with setting a fire at a Wal-Mart store in Chantilly.

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GOP isn't sold on a woman in the White House

WDBJ 7 National News - - Fri, 27 Feb 2015 08:31:37 GMT

Republicans know women will be crucial to winning the presidency -- they're just not clamoring for a woman to be in the White House.

Conservative women gathered at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference bristled -- sometimes vehemently -- at the notion that nominating a woman is the party's best shot at defeating former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

"They don't have emotional stability," said Barbara Adams, 64, of New Orleans. "Look at Hurricane Katrina. We had a female governor and she f'd it up big time. So no."

Marlena, an executive assistant from Miami who declined to share her last name, said she wants the "best candidate -- male or female."

"I'm not going to vote for a woman just because she's a woman," she said. "I'm for equal opportunity, all around."

The conference, which attracts the GOP's biggest stars, is dominated by conservative activists and isn't necessarily indicative of the party's broader views. But the insistence that gender is a non-factor is striking given the importance that the issue is already playing in the early stages of the 2016 contest.

In a Silicon Valley speech this week, Clinton highlighted a vision focused on women and even applauded actress Patricia Arquette's push for gender equality at the Oscars.

In 2012, women were critical to President Barack Obama's victory over Republican nominee Mitt Romney. According to CNN exit polls, 55 percent of women voted for Obama, compared to 44 percent for Romney.

In recent years, a series of controversial comments from tea party-backed male candidates like Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock led to a concerted effort from Republican leadership to communicate better with women. In 2013, House Speaker John Boehner acknowledged that some of his male colleagues simply "aren't as sensitive as they ought to be" when it comes to women's issues.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, the highest-ranking female Republican in the House who's scheduled to speak at CPAC on Saturday, said the party has made progress in part by elevating more women to positions of leadership.

"Tone matters," she said. "I'm a mom. I have three kids and I really do think that it's a perspective that is valuable and needed in politics."

Many female CPAC attendees argued that Democrats have disingenuously cast Republicans as anti-women.

"I find it very interesting that women consider themselves victims and fall into that trap that the Democrats pulled in the last four to five years that there is a war on women," said Kay Bacharach, an artist from Fairfax, Virginia.

It's not just the women who feel this way.

Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert, a passionately pro-life tea party favorite, called the Democratic Party's "war on women" strategy "crap" on the sidelines of CPAC. Asked whether there would be value to having a woman on the party's ticket in 2016, Gohmert said gender is not a relevant factor.

"One of these days we're going to get Democrats to stop thinking about the color of skin and the gender," he said.

The crowded field of possible Republican presidential candidates currently includes just one woman: Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard who unsuccessfully ran against California Sen. Barbara Boxer in 2010.

Fiorina has traveled to early states like Iowa and New Hampshire in recent months, and just this week, her allies announced the formation of a super PAC to back her potential White House campaign.

Asked at CPAC on Thursday how important it is for the GOP to have a female candidate running for president, Fiorina responded that the party needs to represent the country's diversity.

"Women are now 53 percent of voters," she said. "As I like to tell some of my Democratic friends who continue to talk about the war on women, we are not a special interest group -- we are the majority of the nation."

Fiorina also confidently declared that she could be just the person to give Clinton a run for her money.

"If Hillary Clinton had to face me on a debate stage, at the very least, she would have a hitch in her swing," she said.



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Fairfax County Park Authority Passes on Commercial Proposal for Burke Lake Golf Park

Burke Connection News - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:09:40 -0500

Burke resident Meg Hanrahan likes Topgolf in Alexandria. “To go out on a date with my husband,” she said, “but it’s not some place I want to go when I want to mentally prepare to go out on a course and play 18 holes.”

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Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova Bulova to Create Transparency Review Commission

Centre View News - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 10:13:48 -0500

When Alexandria resident Natasha McKenna was removed from life support and died on Feb. 8, the Fairfax County Sheriff’s Office posted a release on the county website.

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Oak Knolls Project Makes Big Changes in Fairfax

Fairfax Connection News - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:18:26 -0500

There’s a plan afoot to redevelop the Oak Knolls Apartments. But the proposal has changed significantly since it was presented last spring to the Fairfax City Council.

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Big Changes Planned for Lotte Market in Fairfax

Fairfax Connection News - - Thu, 26 Feb 2015 08:15:57 -0500

For many years, the Lotte market in Fairfax has been a popular grocery store, especially with its Asian customers. But its exterior has been an eyesore to the public.

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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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Delegate Tom Rust retiring

Loudon Times News - -

Veteran state Del. Tom Rust, who represents portions of Loudoun, Fairfax and the Town of Herndon, is retiring at the end of his term.

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Winter-weary travelers set off for spring break early

Weather DC WJLA 7 - Caroline Tucker - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:03:45 EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: Any hint of spring has locals begging for more. In some cases, many are already planning their escape from the cold, dark days of this winter.

":Everybody just wants to be able to put their face in the sun and their toes in the sand,": said Annette McCormick, vacation and leisure travel manager at Omega World Travel.

McCormick said one customer insisted on booking her trip anywhere south.

":She did not hang up from the agent until her cruise was booked. In fact, I think the agent may have thought it was a crisis prevention moment,": she said.

McCormick said the calls they have gotten seem to be for quick getaways to destinations like Florida and the Caribbean Islands, lasting anywhere from four to five days.

Travelers like Frank Macmillan, who lives outside of Boston, just want to get away.

":It's like something I have never seen before in my life. Six feet of snow on the ground, icicles coming off your house, ice dams, roof being infiltrated with water. It's horrible,": he said.

Macmillan is headed to Florida to visit his parents. His plans are set.

":Well, a good book, a little sun on my forehead and a drink that involves an umbrella,": he said.

The Terhune family packed their swimsuits the minute the snow came. On Wednesday, they were headed to sunnier skies from Reagan National Airport.

":It's warm and not cold and no snow,": said traveler Amber Terhune.

For everyone else, the countdown to spring has already begun.



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Letter: Oversight Needed in Police Shooting Cases

Great Falls Connection Opinion - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 18:20:17 -0500

To the Editor: Kudos and thanks for your recent editorials voicing the concern of many Fairfax County citizens in connection with the investigation of police shootings.

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Saslaw Lethal Injection Bill Defeated

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 22:56:15 +0000

A bill filed by State Sen. Richard Saslaw (D-Fairfax/Falls Church) that would have added secrecy to the drugs used in Virginia’s lethal injection executions was defeated Tuesday afternoon in the House of Delegates. SB 1393 would have allowed the Department of Corrections to make and enter into contracts with an […:]

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Fern and Otter Come to ‘Work’

Arlington Connection - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 16:12:41 -0500

“My dogs Fern and Otter, both adopted from the Fairfax County Animal Shelter. They love to come to work with me at the shelter.

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Letter: Supporting Deer Management

Great Falls Connection Opinion - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 15:46:29 -0500

To the Editor: Thank you for the excellent article on deer management in Fairfax County (“A Time to Hunt?” - Connection, February 18-24, 2015). One deer can carry 1,000 ticks, and approximately 25 percent of ticks in our county carry an infectious agent.

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Hanover grapplers take four state titles

Herald Progress Hanover News - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 19:15:42 +0000

More bad weather forced the Virginia High School League (VHSL) to condense the usual two-day state tournament format to one, completely changing decision-making and strategy as Hanover fought to repeat as 4A champions in Salem, while grapplers from the other county schools competed at the 5A State Championship in Fairfax.

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Fairfax Public-Safety Notes, 2/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500

News of crime and punishment across Fairfax County this week.

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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 2/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500

News of interest on business and economic-development across Fairfax County.

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Fairfax Schools & Military, 2/26/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 12:00:00 -0500

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

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Fairfax chamber lists finalists for Innovation Awards

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 10:00:00 -0500

The Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce has announced the finalists for the first-ever Greater Washington Innovation Awards, an annual event celebrating the thought leadership, innovation and creativit

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Capitol Police officer hailed hero, credited with saving man?s life

ABC 7 WJLA DC News - Rachel Schaerr - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 02:05:10 EST

WASHINGTON (NewsChannel 8) &ndash: A U.S. Capitol Police officer is being honored for bringing a man back to life nearly a year ago outside the Hart Senate office building.

Nicholas Simons, of Fairfax County, Va., was standing guard last May when someone ran inside and told him a man appeared to be having a heart attack on the sidewalk.

Simons ran outside and found a man on a bench, struggling to breathe. He began performing CPR and using an automated external defibrillator to get the man's heart pumping. By the time the victim arrived at the hospital, he was breathing again.

The National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund named Officer Simons Officer of The Month for February. His picture and story will also appear in its magazine and annual calendar.

":Last year, 15 officers were killed in ambush-style attacks, three times the number than the year before,": said the fund's CEO, Craig Floyd. ":Now, more than ever, we need to show our appreciation for law enforcement.&rdquo:

Officer Simons has kept in touch with the man whose life he saved. He doesn't consider himself a hero, just an officer doing what officers do every day.

In May 2016, Simons will join all the other Officers of the Month at a special awards ceremony during National Police Week.



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State Department official arrested

WDBJ 7 National News - - Wed, 25 Feb 2015 04:24:05 GMT

A U.S. State Department official was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of soliciting sex from a minor, Fairfax County police said.

Police say Daniel Rosen made contact online with a female detective from the county's Child Exploitation Unit. The detective had been posing as a minor.

Rosen was arrested after detectives arrived at his Washington D.C. home.

Authorities said the State Department was notified after the arrest.

Police say Rosen was taken to a jail in Washington and will be extradited to Fairfax County, Virginia.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said while the d



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State Dept. official arrested in D.C. for soliciting minor

ABC 7 WJLA News - ABC 7 News - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 22:39:38 EST

WASHINGTON (WJLA) &ndash: A state department official was charged Tuesday with soliciting a minor.

Daniel Rosen, 45, was arrested shortly after noon at his home in the 3200 block of Adams Mill Road in Northwest D.C., according to Fairfax County Police. He is charged with one count of Use of a Communications Device to Solicit a Juvenile.

The U.S. Department of State released a statement on the arrest that reads, in part, &ldquo:His security clearance will be suspended and he will be put on administrative leave while this proceeds to its end through any judicial process. We are following standard procedure in this case.&rdquo:

Rosen&rsquo:s LinkedIn page says he is director of the State Department&rsquo:s Counterterrorism Programs and Policy. Rosen is in jail in the District, awaiting extradition to Fairfax County, Va.



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Fairfax County School Board Discusses New AAP Center at Poplar Tree

Herndon Connection Education - - Tue, 24 Feb 2015 09:45:24 -0500

Greenbriar West Elementary School is far from the only Fairfax County Public School with an overcrowding problem.

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Sales-tax receipts up in Fairfax

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 14:30:00 -0500

Sales-tax receipts distributed by the state government to Fairfax County in February totaled $17.2 million, a year-over-year increase of 0.9 percent, according to figures from the Virginia Department

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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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Fairfax Co. Looking for Meals on Wheels Volunteers

Falls Church News-Press Online - - Mon, 23 Feb 2015 15:00:33 +0000

The Fairfax County government is looking for volunteer drivers for its Meals on Wheels services for older adults in and around Falls Church. The county is looking for drivers for its Vietnamese and Korean Meals on Wheels services in Falls Church. According to an e-mail from the county government, the Vietnamese […:]

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Rhode Island holds off George Mason 71-56

Roanoke Times Dispatch - News - - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 18:54:33 -0500

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — E.C. Matthews had 18 points and Jared Terrell added 16 as Rhode Island held off George Mason for a 71-56 victory on Saturday.

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Winter storm warning expanded in northern Virginia suburbs

Virginia NBC29 News - - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 13:45:00 EST

A winter storm warning has been expanded to include Fairfax and Prince William counties in northern Virginia.

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Winter Storm Warning expanded; Road conditions very poor

ABC 7 WJLA News - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 19:27:17 EST

WINTER STORM WARNINGS from 6 am Saturday- 6 am Sunday northwest and west of Metro Washington Area, including Montgomery and Fairfax counties, and WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY from 9 am Saturday - 6 am Sunday for the rest of the immediate metro region.

Accumulating snows will be likely Saturday with the heaviest in the western suburbs. Right now our thought is 3 to 6 inches closer to and west of the Blue Ridge, 1 to 3 inches in the D.C. metro and along the I-95 corridor, and a coating for Southern Maryland. Sleet and freezing rain are expected to accumulate on top of the snow making travel even worse.

Travel is not recommended, most roads and highways are snow and ice covered.

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Fairfax County creates panel to review police procedures

Fox 5 WTTG Virginia News - - Sat, 21 Feb 2015 12:24:00 EST

Fairfax County officials are creating a commission to review police department policies after an officer shot an unarmed man and investigative documents were kept secret for 17 months.

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Snow, sleet, freezing rain expected Saturday

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 21:23:00 -0500

A winter weather advisory is in effect for Fairfax and Prince William counties – and a winter storm warning for Loudoun and points west – starting Saturday morning.

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Tiny Dancers Summer Camp

Fairfax Connection News - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:44:39 -0500

There’s something afoot at Tiny Dancers in Fairfax City this summer, as they offer their award-winning program of themed, week-long camps. Each session includes daily instruction in dance, a snack, fine motor exercise through a theme-related craft, and ballet camps include a favorite story with dress-up dance interpretation.

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‘You Start with a Box of Metal’

Fairfax Connection News - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:24:10 -0500

It’s a big deal when a team, academic or athletic, reaches the state championships. But it’s even more impressive when that team does it in two, different states. Meet team Robowiz – 10 local students who’ve reached that level in both Virginia and Maryland. The eight boys and two girls live in Centreville, Chantilly and Fairfax and are in grades eight through 10.

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Weichert, Realtors Recognizes Burke/Fairfax Station Office Associate

Burke Connection News - - Fri, 20 Feb 2015 13:05:35 -0500

Bruce L. Green, regional vice president of Weichert, Realtors, announced Sales Associate Youssef Zeroual of the Burke/Fairfax Station office was individually recognized for his exceptional industry success during the month of January.

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Water main break floods Westmoreland Street in Falls Church

Virginia WJLA - Richard Reeve - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 22:41:20 EST

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WJLA) &ndash: The water, flooding across Westmoreland Street in Falls Church, was the first sign of trouble underground.

":We haven't had water for basically the entire day,": said Kirby Court resident Alex Epperly.

It was a broken 8-inch water main, just a block away, a casualty of the cold.

":It's frigid outside. Water temperatures drop rapidly,": said Fairfax Water spokesperson Jeanne Bailey.

The frigid temperatures hitting the D.C. metro area have wreaked havoc on pressurized underground water lines made of iron.

Fairfax Water, which supplies about 2 million people, has repaired 200 water main breaks this winter season.

":It could be ground shifting, from temperature changes, it could be water temperature changes that are making the iron contract and expand,": said Bailey.

The break itself, at about 9:30 a.m. Thursday, was trouble enough.

":My dad told me when he tried to take a shower to go to work early today basically couldn't,": said Epperly.

Fairfax Water opted to wait to shut down water to the area until 3 p.m., after classes at nearby Longfellow Middle School had been dismissed for the day.

The shutoff affected about 60 other customers, including a church and the Chesterbrook Residences, an assisted living facility.

":We set up drink stations on each floor and snack stations on each floor,": said Executive Director Jill Rawlins.

Staffers prepared meals ahead of time for about 97 people.

":They have to switch over to paper, with no need to wash any dishes,": Rawlins said.

":All the waters are full, drinks are ready. We've got stuff made ahead of time,": she added.

This wasn't the only water main break in the area. Another 8-inch line broke in Arlington, near Washington Boulevard and North Evergreen Street.

But repair crews say the damage was minor and repaired within a couple of hours.

The Falls Church break caused some slight flooding, as ice formed along sidewalks and in low-lying, off-road areas.

Fairfax Water hoped to get the pipe repaired by 7 p.m.

Epperly says he's not going to wait.

":It is pretty frustrating, I guess. I'm going to have to go to school. I'm kind of going to smell a bit, but I think they can deal with it,": he said.



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Locals compete for chance to colonize Mars

ABC 7 WJLA National News - Caroline Tucker - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 21:37:06 EST

WASHINGTON (WJLA) &ndash: Would you leave Earth for a possible life on Mars?

It may sound like science fiction, but a Dutch nonprofit is working to pursue the ambitious goal of sending people to Mars.

It's well known that there are hazards on the red planet. There are the extreme temperatures, lack of atmosphere and radiation from the sun. However, the Mars One project believes that it will be possible to send people to the planet by 2024. It already plans to send a demonstration mission to Mars in 2018.

The project asked for volunteers who would be willing to go. More than 200,000 people applied. Now, the final 100 have been chosen, including four people within the Washington metropolitan area. They are: Mike McDonnell, 50, of Fairfax, Va.: Sonia Van Meter, 36, of Alexandria, Va.: Daniel Carey, 53, of Annandale, Va.: and Dr. Leila Zucker, 46.

McDonnell does IT for the federal government, Van Meter is a political consultant, Carey is a data architect, and Dr. Zucker is an ER doctor at Howard University Hospital. ABC 7 News sat down and spoke with three of the final candidates.

":I just wanted to know that I had thrown my hat into the ring when the opportunity presented itself. I didn't in a million years think I would make it here,": said Van Meter. ":I am a political consultant, but I am a huge space advocate. I believe very firmly that space exploration benefits human kind in immeasurable ways.":

Van Meter is married and has stepchildren, whom she said are supportive of her endeavors. She said it's important to think about the big picture.

":I think a date that you know you may never see the planet again helps you to look at the next 10 years like, what is really important, what do I really want to focus on?": she said.

Van Meter has met with some of the other local candidates, including Dan Carey, who said the opportunity is a lifelong dream.

":When I was little, I wanted to be an astronaut,": he said.

Carey said he has never lived in isolation or in a small, confined space. He is not sure yet if he will be able to live on Mars. But he said he is willing to try.

":That is what the next round of testing and training will be,": he said.

Carey said while it is a one-way mission some are skeptical of, it's an individual decision to make.

":Does the benefit to humankind rise to the benefit that I should leave behind all that I know and love in order to pursue this? I am certainly willing to go, but a lot to take into account,": said Carey.

Mars One would be the first manned mission. There are questions about the $6 billion price tag and the feasibility. A recent MIT study found the group&mdash:if they make the more than 30 million-mile journey&mdash:would only be able to survive 68 days.

Fairfax resident Mike McDonnell said he has always dreamed of space travel and, as a child, wanted to colonize another planet.

":I really think about the sacrifices you have to do. They have talked about it being a one-way mission, so it makes you think about how important this is to you,": he said. ":For me, it has been a lifelong dream and I really feel it is important and something I want to do.":

McDonnell has a degree in physics and said that it&rsquo:s something that must be attempted.

":There will always be critics until something is accomplished,": said McDonnell. ":At the heart, I think Mars One is already successful. If it increases the global sensitivity and knowledge that Mars is available for us to colonize, then I think they have already won.":

The Mars 100 will have to go on to do further testing. It will include isolation and team building exercises.

The entire world will get a chance to witness this happen in a &ldquo:Big Brother&rdquo: type of show.

Eventually, 24 finalists will be picked for training. Only four will be sent for the first, initial mission, if all goes as planned.



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Fairfax County school buses run late: Parents, students vent frustrations on social media

ABC 7 WJLA Education - - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:30:07 EST

FAIRFAX, Va. (WJLA) - Some Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) buses are running late early Thursday morning.

Buses for all elementary, middle and high schools in the South Lakes, Herndon and Marshall pyramids are running 30-60 minutes late this morning, according to the official FCPS Twitter account.

Many Fairfax County parents and students spent part of Thursday morning venting their frustration on social media over FCPS' decision to open schools on time. The hashtag #CloseFCPS was filled with students saying the winter cold air and leftover snow should have warranted at least a two-hour delay.

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Fairfax Business Briefcase, 2/19/15 edition

INSIDENOVA.COM - Manassas - - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 07:30:00 -0500

News of business and economic development across Fairfax County.

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Fairfax Schools & Military, 2/19/15 edition

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

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Fairfax County History, 2/19/15 edition

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News that was making news in years gone by.

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#closeFCPS trending worldwide AGAIN: School district catches flack for not delaying opening during cold

Fox 5 WTTG News - - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 06:38:00 EST

Many northern Virginia school districts delayed their opening times Thursday due to the bitter cold temperatures. One district that didn't, Fairfax County Public Schools, soon felt the wrath of social media users online…AGAIN.

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115 million Americans in unison: 'It's too cold!'

WDBJ 7 National News - - Thu, 19 Feb 2015 08:36:45 GMT

There's cold and there's the kind of cold that freezes your soul.

The kind of cold that makes even winter-tested Chicago throw in the towel.

That makes battle-hardened Boston cry out "Enough already!"

And sunny Florida lament, "Not us too!"

Pretty much the entire eastern half of the United States is in the ice box. From the Canadian border to the Gulf Coast, temperatures are 25 to 45 degrees below normal.

That's 115 million people in 27 states shivering and shouting choice epithets.

So, how cold is it?

It's close-the-schools kind of cold

Schools districts are canceling classes as far south as Georgia. Even in Chicago, where you'd think they'd be used to this sort of thing.

It's freeze-the-falls kind of cold

It's cold in Upstate New York too, no surprise there. But how often do you see Niagara Falls frozen?

It's warmer-in-Alaska kind of cold

In Fairfax, Virginia, the temperature Thursday morning will be -13 degrees F. In Anchorage, Alaska? -4 degrees F.

It's spur-some-rivalry kind of cold

Things are getting testy even in Florida.

"If northern states get snow days we should 'too cold' days... because I live in Florida and I'm not cut out for this life," tweeted Miriah Maxwell.

Chris Long in Charlottesville, Virginia, isn't impressed.

"If I hear another person in south Florida say it's cold outside I'm gonna have a conniption," he tweeted.

It's change-your-lifestyle kind of cold

This is too much even for the manliest of men.

Consider the hashtag #ManSwaddle -- step-by-step instructions so a grown man can wrap himself up in a blanket like an infant -- or a giant burrito.

It's insane-in-the-membrane kind of cold

All winter of 2015 stories are required to mention Bean Town at least once. And for good reason.

Racked with cabin fever from the cold and mountains of snow, the folks of Boston have gone a bit stir crazy and are launching themselves into snowbanks from elevated surfaces, sometimes second story windows.

Boston's mayor said, cool it before someone gets hurt.

It's done-with-the-snowman kind of cold

Do you want to build a snowman? No, we want to build a sandcastle!

No one's singing the "Frozen" tune anymore.

Sketchy Tweets 2.0 posted a picture of a snowman with a knife plunged into its head and generously decorated with ketchup.

"I've decided to murder winter," he tweeted.



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Fordham tops George Mason 80-68 for Rams' first road win

Richmond Times Dispatch - Sports - - Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:40:42 -0500

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) — Mandell Thomas scored 25 points and Eric Paschall 21 to lead Fordham to an 80-68 victory over George Mason on Wednesday night.

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Fairfax: Robinson’s DePasquale Escapes Defeat at Regionals

Fairfax Connection Sports - - Wed, 18 Feb 2015 21:32:51 -0500

Robinson wrestling placed third at the regional tournament.

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