The State of NoVa: NoVa


Posted at 05:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013

In which I blab about the importance of local journalism, in a podcast

“It’s All Journalism” explores the changing newsgathering world

By Tom Jackman  |  05:02 AM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Media, NoVa | Tags:  It's All Journalism, Mike O'Connell, Tom Jackman, The State of NoVa

Posted at 05:04 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Today is ‘Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day,’ for Virginians who openly carry guns in public

To show appreciation for allowing open carry of guns, legal in Va.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:04 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Sterling | Tags:  Gun Owners Support Starbucks Day, I Love Guns and Coffee, Ed Levine, Howard Schultz

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Northern Virginia students at James Madison U. create anti-human trafficking campaign for MTV

From James Madison University, project chosen for mtvU challenge

By Tom Jackman  |  05:05 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Reston, Ashburn, Sterling | Tags:  human trafficking, Against Our Will Challenge, The Backstory, Liz Ramirez, Danielle McLean, Jasmine Jones, Kristen Hotz, mtvU, National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

Posted at 05:15 AM ET, 01/29/2013

What is a dive bar? A colloquy

How to define a dive bar in NoVa in 2013? Fritz Hahn has some rules

By Tom Jackman  |  05:15 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Fairfax City, NoVa | Tags:  dive bars, John's Place, Fairfax City, Va., Fritz Hahn, Going Out Guide

Posted at 05:01 AM ET, 01/29/2013

Fairfax County, with Ashley Wagner win, rules U.S. figure skating championships again

And Northern Virginia has a slew of young talent close behind

By Tom Jackman  |  05:01 AM ET, 01/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Ashburn, Fairfax County, NoVa, Sports | Tags:  Ashley Wagner, figure skating, Fairfax County, Va., Michael Weiss, Madison Vinci, Brianna Laxson, Maria Yang, Washington Figure Skating Club, Armin Mahbanoozadeh

Posted at 05:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013

NoVa real estate back to booming? $600K houses in short supply, condos in high demand

$7.2 million house in western Loudoun tops sales list

By Tom Jackman  |  05:19 AM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Fairfax County, Arlington County, Prince William County, NoVa | Tags:  Northern Virginia real estate, Loudoun real estate, Upperville, Va., Michael Elias, Lisa A. Sturtevant

Posted at 05:11 AM ET, 01/15/2013

Bill to protect Virginia cyclists from “dooring” sparks dismissive rage from Norfolk columnist

Virginia is one of only four states where cyclists are unprotected

By Tom Jackman  |  05:11 AM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics, NoVa | Tags:  dooring, cycling, Sen. Chap Petersen, Kerry Dougherty

Posted at 11:51 AM ET, 12/19/2012

We don’t like each other so much: End of recession in Northern Va. spells D-I-V-O-R-C-E for many

Up 18 percent in NoVa in two years vs. 7 percent rise statewide.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:51 AM ET, 12/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa | Tags:  Divorce, Northern Virginia, National Marriage Project, Joe Condo

Posted at 01:11 AM ET, 10/10/2012

Nationals fans on Metro head back to NoVa in large numbers after games, WMATA data shows

Analysis of WMATA data show Vienna, Arlington are popular exits.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:11 AM ET, 10/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Metro, Sports, NoVa, Vienna | Tags:  Metro, WMATA, Washington Nationals, Northern Virginia

Posted at 01:18 AM ET, 10/03/2012

Rabies in NoVa: Is it on the rise? Must all kids and pets stay inside at all times? Experts say no

Experts say no. But it sure seems like a lot of rabies out here.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:18 AM ET, 10/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City, NoVa, Fairfax County | Tags:  Rabies, Fairfax City, Lake Barcroft, Fairfax County, rabid beaver, rabid fox, rabid raccoon, rabid Indonesia

Posted at 05:21 PM ET, 08/13/2012

Matt McLean and Terrence Jennings bring Olympic medals back to Northern Virginia

McLean won gold in the freestyle relay; Jennings took bronze in taekwondo.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:21 PM ET, 08/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, NoVa | Tags:  Matt McLean, Terrence Jennings, NoVa Olympians

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 07/27/2012

Northern Virginia well represented at London Olympics

Swimmer Kate Ziegler, taekwondo’s Terrence Jennings among possible medalists.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:05 PM ET, 07/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, NoVa | Tags:  Northern Virginia Olympians

Posted at 02:02 PM ET, 07/19/2012

Scott Patton, NoVa editor for Post, dies at 57

He edited in Prince William, Fairfax, Arlington and Alexandria, and made us all smile.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:02 PM ET, 07/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Media, NoVa | Tags:  Scott Patton

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 07/01/2012

Tales from the Aftermath: NoVa without electricity

Expensive gas, darkness in Great Falls and questions about the failing 911 service.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:26 PM ET, 07/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Fairfax County | Tags:  NoVa power outage, four-dollar gas, NoVa 911 outage

Posted at 05:56 PM ET, 05/26/2012

Across NoVa, the crack of the bat returns

An all-wood bat youth baseball tournament raises $500,000 for pediatric cancer research.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:56 PM ET, 05/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, NoVa | Tags:  Rob Hahne, Kyle Hahne, Washington Nationals Memorial Day Tournament, wood bats

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012

NoVa’s poor have been hurt disproportionately by recession, new economic analysis says

The gap between top household incomes and bottom household incomes increased, and the number of people living below the poverty level is substantial.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Social Services | Tags:  Northern Virginia economy, The Commonwealth Institute for Fiscal Analysis

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012

Northern Virginia is a beer drinker’s paradise

Smart beer stores, excellent breweries and tasty brewpubs abound. Put down that light beer!

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Nightlife | Tags:  NoVa beer, NoVa breweries, NoVa brewpubs

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/02/2012

NoVa ‘Girls on the Run’ learn, raise money, run more

Thousands of elementary and middle school girls are learning about life and running in a popular after-school program.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Schools, NoVa, Sports | Tags:  Girls on the Run, Kim Copenhaver, Terra Centre Elementary School, Weems Elementary School

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2012

GMU’s Tyler Cowen: Making NoVa’s ethnic cuisine, and culture, famous

The renowned economist and foodie talks about why Northern Va.’s ethnic food scene is among the best in the nation.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:02 AM ET, 04/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Nightlife, George Mason University | Tags:  Tyler Cowen, ethnic dining, An Economist Gets Lunch, George Mason University

Posted at 04:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012

Alexandria trolley: Battling names and routes

Why is the proposed new trolley route named for Del Ray and not Arlandria? And why wasn’t the City Council consulted?

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:21 PM ET, 04/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  The State of NoVa, Alexandria | Tags:  Alexandria, Transportation, Northern Virginia

Posted at 09:08 AM ET, 04/02/2012

Nationals Park: 60% of attendance from NoVa

The Nationals say 25 percent of fans come from Maryland, 15 percent from D.C.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:08 AM ET, 04/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, NoVa

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012

NoVa still counts on Super Tuesday, even if our candidates don’t

Our two candidates aren’t on the Republican primary ballot, but Northern Virginia is still crucial political turf.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 03/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics, NoVa, Great Falls | Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Karen Santorum

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011

UPDATE: NoVa’s Asian massage parlors raided

The Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force visited 61 massage parlors last Wednesday and found only licensing violations, no apparent unwilling employees.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:53 AM ET, 12/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, NoVa | Tags:  Massage parlors, human trafficking, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011

I-66 merge to Beltway no longer a dance with death

Starting Saturday, drivers heading east on I-66 to the northbound Beltway will no longer be dumped into the left lane of high speed traffic at one of the region’s busiest interchanges. Whew.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic, NoVa | Tags:  I-66, Capital Beltway, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011

NoVA Wonders, new ABA team, opens here Sunday

With the NBA locked out, the ABA is the only game in town, and Northern Virginia’s got a men’s team playing in Chantilly. The home opener is Sunday.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 11/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, NoVa, Chantilly | Tags:  NoVA Wonders, Virginia

Posted at 06:38 PM ET, 10/03/2011

NoVa’s Asian massage parlors can be fronts for human sex trafficking, authorities say

Some authorities, including Rep. Frank Wolf, think so, and are pushing the Justice Department to do more to shut down places which import and then trap young women into years of servitude.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:38 PM ET, 10/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Crime | Tags:  Massage parlors, Human trafficking, Virginia

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 09/09/2011

Scenes from NoVa’s devastating flood

Residents in Huntington, in Fairfax County, and Woodbridge in Prince William County appeared to suffer the brunt of the floods, which killed three people in Northern Virginia.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:58 PM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Woodbridge, Fairfax County | Tags:  NoVa flood, Virginia

Posted at 10:27 AM ET, 09/09/2011

Harrowing experiences in NoVa flooding? Share yours here.

The raging waters that hit Northern Virginia Thursday have killed at least two people, and stranded or terrified many more. How did you fare?

By Tom Jackman  |  10:27 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Annandale | Tags:  NoVa flood, Virginia

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 09/05/2011

Children in NoVa homeless shelters start school too

As school starts in Northern Virginia, it’s a particularly hard time for kids who don’t have a home, either to start the day or return to at school day’s end. And space at local shelters for families is full.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:31 AM ET, 09/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Loudoun County | Tags:  Homelessness, Virginia

Posted at 08:35 AM ET, 08/01/2011

NoVa gets its own pro hoops team — the Nova Wonders

The ABA is back, with more wacky rules innovations and an expansion team that will play its games in Chantilly starting this fall.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:35 AM ET, 08/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Chantilly, Sports | Tags:  Nova Wonders, Virginia

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011

Loudoun has the most nuclear families in Virginia

Northern Virginia leads the nation in the percentage of homes with conventional — mother-father-2.2 children — families, and Loudoun County is tops in all of Va.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:00 PM ET, 07/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, NoVa | Tags:  nuclear families, Virginia

Posted at 04:00 AM ET, 07/14/2011

NoVa’s Rocknoceros ready to rock your kids again

Rocknoceros has its fourth album ready, and though it won’t be released nationally until the fall, they are previewing it Saturday at Vienna’s Jammin Java.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:00 AM ET, 07/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music, NoVa | Tags:  Rocknoceros, Virginia

Posted at 11:45 AM ET, 07/08/2011

Fun stuff to do with NoVa kids this summer

Because you’re not just going to let your little ones sit around and watch “Spongebob.”

By Tom Jackman  |  11:45 AM ET, 07/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa | Tags:  kids activities, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011

Northern Virginia and the rise of rock-and-roll

Local documentarian and cultural historian Jeff Krulik put together a look back at NoVa’s place as rock-and-roll’s greats rolled through in the early days.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 06/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music, NoVa, Alexandria, Media | Tags:  Northern Virginia rock, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/14/2011

Ken Beatrice still behind the microphone in NoVa

The King of Sports Talk Radio in DC in the 1970s and 1980s has settled in Haymarket and reads scripture to Catholic churches throughout Northern Virginia.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Media, NoVa, Prince William County | Tags:  Ken Beatrice, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 06/07/2011

NoVa job training program a roaring success

Training Futures, a joint program between Northern Virginia Family Service and Northern Virginia Community College, has a high success rate at not only retraining adult workers but placing them in quality jobs.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 06/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Northern Virginia Community College | Tags:  Training Futures, Virginia

Posted at 06:40 PM ET, 06/03/2011

NoVa parks authority teaches lifeguards discredited Heimlich maneuver (UPDATE: Authority discards Heimlich)

The Heimlich maneuver, widely denounced as inappropriate for drowning victims, is still taught by one company, which trains lifeguards at five Northern Virginia waterparks.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:40 PM ET, 06/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa, Sports | Tags:  Heimlich maneuver, drowning, NVRPA, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 05/20/2011

NoVa leads nation in service academy admissions

More graduating high school seniors are accepted to military service academies from Northern Virginia than anywhere else in the country. Why is that?

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa | Tags:  Service academy admissions, Virginia

Posted at 02:10 PM ET, 05/19/2011

How will you spend your last day before the world ends?

That’s right, the End of the World as We Know It starts Saturday. Friday is our last day before the rapture, the earthquake, the destruction. How will YOU spend your final free day?

By Tom Jackman  |  02:10 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa | Tags:  End of the World, Virginia

Posted at 05:35 AM ET, 05/12/2011

Strange, horrible bugs overtaking NoVa

In addition to the dreaded stink bugs, which are eating up crops in Loudoun County, now a new tick has appeared in Fairfax County to spread all manner of horrible disease. Plus I saw a really big bee.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:35 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  NoVa | Tags:  NoVa bugs, Virginia