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The State of NoVa: June, 2011

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 06/01/2011

Manassas City actually expands a homeless shelter

A shelter which helps homeless families is being expanded from 60 to 92 beds.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 06/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Manassas | Tags:  homeless shelter, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/31/2011

In Fairfax City, making a sci-fi film in 48 hours (UPDATE: Film wins honors for directing, editing)

The 48 Hour Film Project again challenged aspiring filmmakers to create an entire seven-minute film, from concept to finished product, in just one weekend. Here was the frenzied scene at one such project in Fairfax City.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City, Media | Tags:  Adam Welch, 48 Hour Film Project, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 05/31/2011

NoVa’s crazy smart kids

Four fifth- and sixth-graders from Leesburg and Herndon won an international science contest for designing a new combat helmet, robotics students from Ashburn were honored, and an Arlington kid sure can stack three cups and unstack them quickly.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Schools | Tags:  First Lego League, robotics, stacking cups, Virginia

Posted at 04:40 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Crystal City is ‘Little Provo’ for Mormons

In Crystal City, there are so many single Mormons that the church has formed a unique congregation, the “23rd Street Chapel,” just to help each find a spouse.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:40 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Single Mormons, Little Provo, Virginia

Posted at 12:28 AM ET, 05/31/2011

Arlington hosts emotional National Military Survivor Seminar

More than 1,300 parents, spouses, siblings and children of America’s fallen soldiers gathered at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Crystal City on Memorial Day weekend to work on coping with loss, moving ahead, or just taking a deep breath.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:28 AM ET, 05/31/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  National Military Survivor Seminar, Virginia

Posted at 05:06 PM ET, 05/25/2011

‘Jiffy Lube Live’? Why not ‘Live Nation Disaster Hole’? (UPDATE: Jimmy Buffett weighs in)

The two-lane road leading to NoVa’s largest concert venue is not going to be widened any time soon. You can’t tailgate before a show. Is Jiffy Lube Live the Worst Concert Venue in America?

By Tom Jackman  |  05:06 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Nightlife | Tags:  Jiffy Lube Live tailgating, Virginia

Posted at 01:26 PM ET, 05/25/2011

Manassas City fire department is a mess (UPDATE: New chief will take job after all)

The fire chief and his interim successor have both resigned, and now the incoming chief has informed Manassas City he’s having second thoughts. (UPDATE: He’s taking the job.)

By Tom Jackman  |  01:26 PM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Manassas, Firefighters | Tags:  Brett Bowman, Manassas fire department, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Springfield ‘Mayor’ Tawny Hammond steps down

Tawny Hammond was president of the Springfield Civic Association for ten years, which is remarkable enough. But she also successfully tackled the tough issues of boarding houses and hoarding.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  Tawny Hammond, Virginia

Posted at 04:25 AM ET, 05/25/2011

Traffic update: Loudoun pulling out of Metro? An Outer Beltway?

Loudoun is considering pulling its funding from Metro, talk of The Outer Beltway is raising its head, and other new NoVa transportation news.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:25 AM ET, 05/25/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic, Metro, Loudoun County, Prince William County | Tags:  Dulles Metro, Virginia

Posted at 06:26 PM ET, 05/24/2011

Arlington teen’s soccer goal is Internet sensation

Kenner Galeas, 13, scored a goal on a bicycle kick in an Arlington rec league game Sunday, and now the video is spreading all over the Internet.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:26 PM ET, 05/24/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Sports

Posted at 01:41 PM ET, 05/23/2011

Lanigan update: Readers send thousands to defense fund

Fairfax County schoolteacher Sean Lanigan has received thousands of dollars in donations for his legal defense fund.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:41 PM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Centreville, Schools | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, Virginia

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Arlington Metro station hit by belly-dancing flash mob

Outside the Clarendon Metro station Friday evening, a small group of belly dancers started shimmying. And within moments, it was a well-choreographed mob.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:53 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011

George Mason’s youngest grads

Muneeb and Sohair Akhter, 19-year-old twins, finished George Mason University in three years.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University | Tags:  Muneeb Akhter, Sohaib Akhter, GORT, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 05/23/2011

Prince William’s Paul Ebert wants to keep on keepin’ on

Paul Ebert has been the commonwealth’s attorney of Prince William County since 1968. On Friday, he announced he was seeking reelection, and revealed some of his wry wit.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 05/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County | Tags:  Paul Ebert, Virginia

Posted at 03:53 PM ET, 05/20/2011

Top 10 End of Days Songs

You can’t greet the End of the World in silence. Here are the Top 10 songs you need for rapture, or utter annihilation.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:53 PM ET, 05/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Music | Tags:  End of Days music, 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 05:49 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Lanigan update: Fairfax Chief Rohrer issues statement

Fairfax County Police Chief David M. Rohrer sent out a statement to his department Thursday strongly defending his detectives in the case of Centreville schoolteacher Sean Lanigan, accused and then acquitted of molesting a 12-year-old student.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:49 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Police | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, David Rohrer, Virginia

Posted at 05:13 PM ET, 05/19/2011

Centreville parents sue Four Loko maker in son’s death

The parents of Bo Rupp, killed while sitting in the middle of Pleasant Valley Road last September, claim that he was intoxicated and irrational after drinking two cans of Four Loko.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:13 PM ET, 05/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Centreville | Tags:  Bo Rupp, Four Loko, 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 04:45 AM ET, 05/18/2011

Vienna names Mercury Payton its town manager

Mercury Payton is the new town manager of Vienna. Is his name so cool that you would run through a brick wall for him? Yes. Yes it is.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 05/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna | Tags:  Mercury Payton, Virginia

Posted at 12:19 PM ET, 05/17/2011

Arlington house haunted by Jim Morrison?

Among the many houses where Doors singer Jim Morrison lived in this area is one in Arlington where a resident says he lay down next to her. So that’s where Mr. Mojo Risin went.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:19 PM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Music | Tags:  Jim Morrison, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Fairfax County’s Chronicle newspapers shut down

The three monthly Chronicle papers, serving communities in the Lorton, Fairfax Station, Springfield and Fairfax City areas, closed down for good on Friday due to financial problems.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Media | Tags:  Chronicle newspapers, Virginia

Posted at 04:40 AM ET, 05/17/2011

Ex-Alexandria police chief, after DWI, now pondering politics

You might have thought a politics career would be impossible for David Baker after he was arrested for drunk driving. But he’s thinking about running for Alexandria City Council.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:40 AM ET, 05/17/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Politics | Tags:  David Baker, Virginia

Posted at 06:30 PM ET, 05/16/2011

Lanigan update: Fairfax schools issue statement

The Fairfax County schools issued a statement on the Sean Lanigan case Monday evening, saying it was standard practice to transfer a teacher after a “serious disciplinary proceeding,” and that Lanigan should seek reimbursement from the teachers’ association.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:30 PM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, Fairfax County schools, Virginia

Posted at 08:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011

Sean Lanigan: The rest of the story (Vol. 1)

In the wake of Sunday’s story about the saga of Fairfax County school teacher Sean Lanigan, here are more details about the case including new photos of the gym equipment room where Lanigan was falsely accused of molesting a 12-year-old girl.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:00 AM ET, 05/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Centreville, Fairfax County, Schools, Police | Tags:  Sean Lanigan, Nicole Christian, Virginia

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 05/13/2011

Vienna beer store’s demise prompts petitions, Facebook uprising

Norm’s Beer and Wine Store had slowly built up a loyal clientele over 13 years and was finally turning a profit. Now the landlord wants the store out because a new grocery fears competing with it.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 05/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna | Tags:  Norm's Beer and Wine, Virginia

Posted at 06:30 AM ET, 05/12/2011

GMU professor helps create viral rap videos — about economics

Professor Russell Roberts wrote books, recorded podcasts, produced a blog, but had never done a video about economic theory. Here came New York producer John Papola, and a viral rap video hit was born. Now a second one has been launched.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:30 AM ET, 05/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University, Media | Tags:  Russell Roberts, John Papola, Keynes v Hayek video, 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

Posted at 12:57 PM ET, 05/11/2011

Fairfax PTAs weigh in on school system disciplinary process

As the Fairfax County school district weighs how to change its disciplinary process for students, the countywide Council of PTAs releases its own recommendations.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:57 PM ET, 05/11/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools

Posted at 04:17 PM ET, 05/10/2011

NoVa way more liberal than RoVa, Post poll shows

In case there was any doubt that Northern Virginia is a liberal enclave in an otherwise conservative state, check out these tidbits from the new Washington Post poll of Virginians.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:17 PM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics | Tags:  NoVa poll, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011

NoVa tennis stars may be America’s future hope

American tennis fortunes are down right now, but a bevy of young players from Northern Virginia may be ready to join the pro ranks and reverse that trend.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports | Tags:  NoVa tennis, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 05/10/2011

Loudoun chief deputy prosecutor now seeking top Fauquier job

Jim Fisher, the chief deputy commonwealth’s attorney of Loudoun County for the past eight years, is running for the top prosecutor’s job in Fauquier County, which will make more work for Jim Plowman.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County | Tags:  Jim Fisher, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 05/10/2011

U.S. Open a driving nightmare for NoVa golf fans

NoVa golf fans will want to flock to the U.S. Open in Bethesda next month. But if they want to drive, they have to park in Gaithersburg. Ugh.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 05/10/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports | Tags:  U.S. Open transportation, Virginia

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 05/09/2011

Great Falls debates assisted living home on site of Thelma’s Ice Cream (UPDATE: Fairfax commission approves it)

Some neighbors say a 90-bed facility would be too big and not right for the site where the beloved ice cream shop once stood.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:30 PM ET, 05/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Great Falls | Tags:  Brightview, Thelma's Ice Cream, Virginia

Posted at 06:05 PM ET, 05/06/2011

Woodbridge Middle School announces Usher show, doesn’t tell Usher

Woodbridge Middle School decided to celebrate its naming as a Prince William County School of Excellence with a day-long pep rally headlined by Usher. But nobody told Usher, and he didn’t show.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:05 PM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Woodbridge, Schools | Tags:  Usher, Woodbridge Middle School, Virginia

Posted at 11:57 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Vienna teen books all-day hard rock fest at Bull Run

Jonathan Slye, 17, set his mind to organizing an all-day rock fest. He booked P.O.D. and Brian “Head” Welch of KoRn, and now it’s happening next weekend at Bull Run Regional Park.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:57 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna, Music | Tags:  Jonathan Slye, Spring Jam Fest, Virginia

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

Dulles Metro: Underground means 50 cents more in tolls; architect endorses underground

Building an underground Metro station at Dulles Airport will cost toll road drivers 50 cents more per trip than an aboveground station. Also, a famed architect endorses underground.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dulles International Airport, Metro | Tags:  Dulles Metro, Cesar Pelli, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 05/06/2011

Alexandria jail named for William Truesdale, and his son dons the colors

Alexandria Sheriff’s Deputy William Truesdale was killed in the line of duty in 1981. On Thursday, the city renamed the jail for him, and his son was sworn in as a deputy.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 05/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  William Truesdale, Kevin Truesdale, Virginia

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

Gene Upshaw’s dramatic death-bed scene: The rest of the story

Court records reveal that Gene Upshaw was too weak to sign his own will before he died in 2008, that his wife underestimated his fortune by roughly $19.6 million, and other strange doings behind the scenes.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Great Falls, Sports | Tags:  Gene Upshaw, Eugene Upshaw III, Terri Upshaw, Virginia

Posted at 04:55 AM ET, 05/05/2011

Ashburn teen dies in skateboarding accident

Shashwat Sharma, 16, who lived in Ashburn and attended Broad Run High School, died Tuesday, three days after suffering severe head injuries while skateboarding without a helmet.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:55 AM ET, 05/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Ashburn | Tags:  Shashwat Sharma, Virginia

Posted at 03:07 PM ET, 05/04/2011

Cuccinelli tweets joke about ‘hanging out’ with bin Laden

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli posted a crack about Osama bin Laden on Twitter today, but it probably didn’t come off quite as he intended.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:07 PM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics | Tags:  Ken Cuccinelli, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Loudoun prosecutors again decline to seek death penalty

It’s been 67 years since anyone got the death penalty in Loudoun County. A pending murder trial did have a capital murder charge, but prosecutors have now taken it off the table.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Crime | Tags:  Loudoun death penalty, Robert Roy, Patrick Hornbaker, Virginia

Posted at 04:50 AM ET, 05/04/2011

Virginia does a lousy job of checking store scales, gas pumps

Only two people are assigned to check all of the retail scales and gas pumps in Northern Virginia. This can lead to shortages that can add up.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:50 AM ET, 05/04/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics | Tags:  Scale inspection, Virginia

Posted at 05:37 PM ET, 05/03/2011

Fairfax City tank farm to face modern-day regulation

The controversial oil and gas tank farm on Pickett Road in Fairfax City will have to bring itself up to modern safety and storage standards by 2021, under a bill signed Tuesday by Gov. Bob McDonnell, who initially tried to exempt the farm.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:37 PM ET, 05/03/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City, Politics | Tags:  Fairfax City tank farm, Virginia

Posted at 12:41 PM ET, 05/02/2011

NoVa recalls its role in 9/11

On this pivotal day, here are some of the best perspectives of Sept. 11, 2001, both looking back and looking forward.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:41 PM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Pentagon 9/11, Virginia

Posted at 05:05 AM ET, 05/02/2011

When you think insurance fraud, think DANCING

It’s tough for some crime to get attention these days. So the Virginia State Police asked students to “Dance Your Fraud Off,” on video, to dramatize the problem of insurance fraud.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:05 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime | Tags:  Dance Your Fraud Off, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011

Fairfax man fought segregation and won

Paul E. Sullivan of the Alexandria area of Fairfax County fought his neighborhood pool association when they wouldn’t admit a black family. He took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court and won. He recently died.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 05/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County | Tags:  Paul Sullivan, Virginia

 

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