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The State of NoVa: September, 2011

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011

NoVa Roller Derby launches Saturday in Loudoun

It’s not your father’s roller derby, but it is full contact, its skaters have cool names like Debi Does Dulles and Loudoun Dirty, and they are dedicated to helping a different charity every month.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Sterling, Sports | Tags:  NoVa Roller Derby, Virginia

Posted at 04:45 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Stanley Mehr is McLean’s flower guy for 60 years

Determined to grow dahlias amongst the ever-developing McLean community, Mehr Brothers launched in 1952 and has been an anchor in the area ever since.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:45 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  McLean | Tags:  Stanley Mehr, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011

Woodbridge flood cleanup slowed by red tape

Three weeks after the flood at the Holly Acres mobile home park in Woodbridge, one contractor’s offer to clean up the damaged site has been rejected because he doesn’t have the right type of license.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 09/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Woodbridge | Tags:  NoVa flood, Virginia

Posted at 05:47 PM ET, 09/29/2011

Dale City 2nd grader drinks hand sanitizer, hospitalized

A 7-year-old girl at Neabsco Elementary School apparently drank a quantity of hand sanitizer, outraging the girl’s father, who said she should have been better supervised.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:47 PM ET, 09/29/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Dale City, Schools | Tags:  Hand sanitizer, Virginia

Posted at 06:28 PM ET, 09/28/2011

Arlington, Fairfax bringing streetcars back to life

As part of its redevelopment of Columbia Pike, Arlington and Fairfax counties hope to launch a 4.7-mile streetcar route from Baileys Crossroads to Pentagon City, then expand to Crystal City and beyond.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:28 PM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Fairfax County, Development, Traffic | Tags:  Streetcars, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/28/2011

Only Falls Church is The Little City,™ no one else

The city trademarked the phrase last year, and has now been selected to spread the word at the National Trademark Expo in Alexandria next month.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/28/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church | Tags:  The Little City, Falls Church, Virginia

Posted at 08:49 AM ET, 09/27/2011

Holly Mitchell completes Ragnar Relay in memory of husband

Holly Mitchell, whose husband died during last year’s Ragnar Relay race, completed it in his memory this year, running 13 of the 200 miles.

By Megan Buerger  |  08:49 AM ET, 09/27/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Sports | Tags:  Holly Mitchell, Shane Mitchell, Ragnar Relay, Virginia

Posted at 03:00 AM ET, 09/26/2011

Tysons Corner City? Its past and its future

Fairfax County wants 100,000 people to live in Tysons Corner, which would make it one of Virginia’s bigger cities, and between the Metro and planned development, it’s happening.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:00 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Tyson's Corner | Tags:  Tysons Corner, Virginia

Posted at 02:00 AM ET, 09/26/2011

UPDATE: Vienna’s ‘Wrong Spy,’ Brian Kelley, dies at 68

Investigators looking for a Russian mole wrongly focused on, and threatened, Kelley and his family before uncovering his neighbor, FBI agent Robert Hanssen.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:00 AM ET, 09/26/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna | Tags:  Brian Kelley, Virginia

Posted at 04:58 PM ET, 09/23/2011

Northrop Grumman opens its HQ in Falls Church

The giant defense, aerospace and IT firm relocates its headquarters from Los Angeles to the Fairview Park office park just off Route 50 and the Beltway in the Falls Church area.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:58 PM ET, 09/23/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Development | Tags:  Northrop Grumman, Virginia

Posted at 04:07 PM ET, 09/22/2011

Loudoun sheriff candidate Ron Speakman has eventful past

When independent sheriff candidate Ron Speakman was a married, 27-year-old Leesburg police officer, he began an affair with a married woman who eventually shot him.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:07 PM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Politics | Tags:  Ron Speakman, Virginia

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 09/22/2011

One year after tragedy, Fairfax wife runs relay again

Holly Mitchell‘s husband died during last year’s Ragnar Relay. This weekend, she’ll run in his honor.

By Megan Buerger  |  11:53 AM ET, 09/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Sports | Tags:  Holly Mitchell, Shane Mitchell, Ragnar Relay, Virginia

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2011

74 Woodbridge flood victims remain at shelter

Nearly two weeks after the Holly Acres mobile home park was swamped by Tropical Storm Lee, dozens of people are still staying in the First Mount Zion Baptist Church. You can help.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:06 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Woodbridge | Tags:  NoVa flood, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011

Vote Evan Moss for People magazine’s ‘Hero’

The 7-year-old author from the Alexandria area of Fairfax County is one of nine nominees for People’s “Reader’s Choice Hero” award, which carries a $10,000 grand prize.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 09/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Books, Fairfax County | Tags:  Evan Moss, Virginia

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 09/20/2011

George Mason’s Alessandra Luchini officially brilliant

The researcher at the Center for Applied Proteomics and Molecular Medicine at GMU has helped devise a way to spot cancer and other diseases earlier.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:24 PM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University | Tags:  Alessandra Luchini, Virginia

Posted at 05:15 AM ET, 09/20/2011

Arlington’s Zap-a-tat now open, removing tattoos

Christian Slavin has gone from an empty storefront in Ballston to a full service tattoo removal parlor on Wilson Boulevard in just two months. And he’s already pulling in dozens of clients.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:15 AM ET, 09/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Tattoo removal, Zap-a-tat, Virginia

Posted at 03:30 AM ET, 09/19/2011

Fairfax’s Gary Gaal gets his own day, and ‘new’ house

The retired Army colonel’s volunteerism got him his own day, and a $100,000 exterior home makeover.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:30 AM ET, 09/19/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Franconia, Fairfax County | Tags:  Gary Gaal, Virginia

Posted at 11:54 AM ET, 09/16/2011

The Eden Center raid: The rest of the story (so far)

By Tom Jackman  |  11:54 AM ET, 09/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church, Crime | Tags:  Eden Center, Virginia

Posted at 02:20 PM ET, 09/14/2011

Falls Church’s Eden Center controversy heating up (UPDATE: First five defendants cleared in court)

After a raid of the Vietnamese shopping center on Aug. 11, police said a gang named ‘Dragon Family’ dominated the mall. Merchants, customers say that’s not true, and police overreacted.

By Tom Jackman  |  02:20 PM ET, 09/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church, Crime | Tags:  Eden Center, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 09/13/2011

Nice guys finish...in the Loudoun jail? Leo Durocher arrested for murder

The famed baseball manager, who is credited with coining the phrase “Nice guys finish last,” is not the same Leo Durocher who is now charged with a 2001 home invasion murder near Purcellville.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 09/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Crime | Tags:  Leo Durocher, Virginia

Posted at 01:03 PM ET, 09/12/2011

Did Arlington have a more ominous link to 9-11?

A new story in the Miami Herald reports that Esam Ghazzawi owned a house in Sarasota visited frequently by 9-11 hijackers, and that Ghazzawi fled the country from Arlington shortly before the attacks.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:03 PM ET, 09/12/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Esam Ghazzawi, 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 04:30 AM ET, 09/09/2011

UPDATE: Evan Moss raises $42,000 for service dogs

The 7-year-old author of a book, trying to raise $13,000 to buy a service dog to help him with severe epileptic seizures, has now raised enough money for seven other children to get dogs too.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 09/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Books, Fairfax County | Tags:  Evan Moss, Virginia

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 09/08/2011

An Outer Beltway in Prince William and Loudoun?

It’s an idea that comes and goes, but with both counties’ explosive growth, it seems to have more urgency. And now the opponents have urgency.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:43 PM ET, 09/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011

BRAC federal building at Alexandria’s Mark Center vulnerable to terrorists, Pentagon study says

A Pentagon internal study of the possible damage that could be done by a truck bomb to the new BRAC building at Mark Center is quite horrifying, Time magazine reports.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:02 AM ET, 09/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria | Tags:  BRAC, Mark Center, Virginia

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/06/2011

Leesburg’s Kyle Lambdin, 12, sings at U.S. Open

The youngster known as KyleRok took over center court at Arthur Ashe Stadium on Saturday night and wowed the New York crowd with his rendition of “America the Beautiful.”

By Tom Jackman  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Leesburg, Music

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 04:54 PM ET, 09/02/2011

Buffett fans avoid Live Nation Disaster Hole

Jimmy Buffett fans were unhappy with Jiffy Lube Live’s no-tailgating policy. But when the show was rescheduled, Live Nation had to offer refunds, and thousands of Buffett fans took advantage.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:54 PM ET, 09/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Nightlife, Music | Tags:  Live Nation Disaster Hole, Virginia

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 09/01/2011

The earth moved, but USGS printer in Reston didn’t

The lobby seismograph at the U.S. Geological Survey’s Reston headquarters was the obvious place for employees to go for news last week. Wrong decision.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:24 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reston | Tags:  USGS, Virginia

Posted at 03:52 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Doug Green, Potomac Falls grad, killed in Afghanistan

Green was a popular actor and football player at Potomac Falls, and had been in the Army for four years.

By Tom Jackman  |  03:52 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sterling, Loudoun County | Tags:  Douglas Green, Virginia

Posted at 12:38 PM ET, 09/01/2011

Ashburn becoming a hotbed of football QBs

Three high school quarterbacks in a five-mile radius in Loudoun County are rated blue-chip prospects, further burnishing Loudoun’s status as a football powerhouse.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:38 PM ET, 09/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Ashburn, Sports, Loudoun County | Tags:  Ryan Burns, Connor Jessop, Trace McSorley, Virginia

 

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