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The State of NoVa: December, 2011

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 12/30/2011

Arlington Democrats to choose County Board candidate earlier than expected

The Arlington County Democratic Committee will be choosing its candidate for the open County Board seat a month earlier than previously announced.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  11:24 AM ET, 12/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 09:22 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Should Prince William Board have ‘discretionary funds?’

Some are questioning the large “discretionary funds” given to each Prince William County supervisor.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:22 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Prince William County, Politics | Tags:  discretionary funds, Virginia

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 12/22/2011

Fairfax City Mayor Robert Lederer to step down

The Fairfax City native said after 10 years as mayor, and 10 years on the City Council, it’s time for someone else to take the reins.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:15 PM ET, 12/22/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax City, Politics | Tags:  Robert Lederer, Virginia

Posted at 04:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011

The only Maryland and D.C. blogs you’ll ever need

Though NoVa is the center of the universe, there are occasions to stray (intellectually) across the border to the blogs of Maryland and the District. Here are their his greatest hits of 2011.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:35 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Rosenwald, Md., District of DeBonis

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 12/21/2011

McLean man making strong bid for presidency; Newt Gingrich rally in Arlington tonight

Newt Gingrich can’t deny it — he’s been living and voting in Fairfax County for years. Will that help him politically? Uh, maybe not so much.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:44 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  McLean, Politics, Fairfax County | Tags:  Newt Gingrich, Virginia

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 12/21/2011

Purcellville high school principal resigns suddenly

Loudoun news sites and blogs are buzzing about the sudden departure of Woodgrove High principal Ric Gauriloff.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:13 PM ET, 12/21/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Purcellville, Loudoun County, Loudoun County | Tags:  Ric Gauriloff, Virginia

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Alexandria inches toward a waterfront plan

Dueling press conferences Tuesday morning demonstrated two views of what Alexandria should do about its waterfront.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:00 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011

Holiday rap videos take on Hanukkah, airport security

Local rappers have been busy lately, with Fairfax Station’s B-Boyz doing their fourth annual Hanukkah video, and Arlington comic Remy busting out his take on “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer.”

By Tom Jackman  |  01:27 PM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Arlington County, Music | Tags:  B-Boyz, Remy Munasifi, Virginia

Posted at 06:57 AM ET, 12/20/2011

Annie McCann death case takes more odd turns

The 16-year-old girl from West Potomac High School in Fairfax County was found dead in a Baltimore housing project. Now, a suspect in her case has reportedly admitted killing another young woman.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:57 AM ET, 12/20/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime, Fairfax County | Tags:  Annie McCann, Virginia

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 04:17 PM ET, 12/18/2011

Rift on Arlandria development exposes political fault lines on Alexandria City Council

More than 100 protesters rattled the Alexandria City Council, exposing divisions within the council on citywide development issues.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:17 PM ET, 12/18/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 12/16/2011

Sterling’s Patton Oswalt starting to make something of himself

He’s starred in movies and TV, and now is getting award recognition. But he hasn’t forgotten Broad Run.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:16 PM ET, 12/16/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sterling, Media | Tags:  Patton Oswalt, Virginia

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/15/2011

Vandals smash Fairfax Station Christmas display

Michael Lester’s large light display was vandalized by someone with a baseball bat, and then run over by a car, on Sunday night. He has surveillance video, which may help identify the culprits.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Crime | Tags:  Christmas vandalism, Michael Lester, Virginia

Posted at 11:11 AM ET, 12/15/2011

George Mason names Angel Cabrera new president

The selection of an engineer with deep experience in the global business community may signal Mason’s desire to expand its reach in the science and business worlds.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:11 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University | Tags:  Angel Cabrera, 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 04:45 AM ET, 12/15/2011

George Mason aims to diversify its police force

After an incident last March in which a minority student was arrested and then quickly cleared, a task force said the police force needed to embrace GMU’s multiculturalism. But have they?

By Donna Peterson  |  04:45 AM ET, 12/15/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  George Mason University | Tags:  George Mason University, Virginia

Posted at 09:56 AM ET, 12/14/2011

Arlington to buy building for homeless shelter

After hours of impassioned testimony from the public, the Arlington County Board agreed to buy a building to be used in part for a year-round homeless shelter.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  09:56 AM ET, 12/14/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:27 PM ET, 12/13/2011

A renewed road for new Arlington park

The County Board unanimously approved a motion to pay Donahoe Construction to rebuild the decrepit Long Bridge Drive, formerly Old Jefferson Davis Highway, alongside the new Long Bridge Park.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  08:27 PM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 11:42 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Manassas gives go-ahead to development

The city of Manassas gave the green light Monday to a scaled-back development that will bring dozens of upscale town homes to Old Town.

By Jeremy Borden  |  11:42 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 08:32 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Eden Center raid still looms large in Falls Church

The wounds from the Aug. 11 gang task force raid led to a town hall meeting between the Vietnamese community and Falls Church officials. But bigger criminal charges are coming.

By Tom Jackman  |  08:32 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Falls Church, Crime | Tags:  Eden Center, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011

Loudoun’s ‘Skeleton Santa’ dismantler speaks

Mary Czarnecki knew she was offended, but she didn’t know that she would walk right up to the ‘Skeleton Santa’ on the grounds of the Loudoun County courthouse and take it down. Then, she did.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/13/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Leesburg | Tags:  Skeleton Santa, Mary Czarnecki, Virginia

Posted at 01:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011

Thomas Jefferson High to be outfitted by Under Armour?

The top-rated Fairfax County science and technology school is in second place so far in a national spirit competition to win free uniforms and gear.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:00 PM ET, 12/09/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Schools, Sports | Tags:  Thomas Jefferson High School, Virginia

Posted at 06:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011

Redskin Rickie Harris again ruled competent for DUI trial

After one Fairfax County judge ruled that the former player was competent, the Redskins sent him to a new expert, who said he wasn’t competent. A second judge disagreed, again.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:43 PM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Courts, Sports | Tags:  Rickie Harris, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

VDOT mangles spelling of Sycamore Street on I-66

A new third lane opened up on I-66 between Sycamore Street and Fairfax Drive, and a new sign for the Sycamore exit in Falls Church is gonna need a little work. Green-out?

By Tom Jackman  |  05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Traffic, Falls Church | Tags:  misspelled signs, I-66, Virginia

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Fairfax Clerk John Frey announces run for Virginia attorney general (UPDATE: Democrats demand he resign)

The longtime clerk of the Fairfax County Circuit Court becomes the third Republican candidate in the race. He is not stepping down from the clerk’s office.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:51 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Politics | Tags:  John Frey, Virginia

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/07/2011

Loudoun’s ‘Skeleton Santa’ renews annual drama (UPDATE: Video of Santa’s dismantling)

If it’s Christmas, it must be time for someone to put up a provocative display on the grounds of the Loudoun County courthouse. Here’s a photo of the crucified Kringle for your consideration.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Leesburg | Tags:  Loudoun courthouse displays, Skeleton Santa, Virginia

Posted at 05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011

Springfield WWII vets receive Congressional Gold Medal

George Nakamura and Yukio Kawamoto were born two weeks apart in California, served in the Army during World War II and retired to Springfield. Now both have received the prestigious Congressional Gold Medal.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:30 AM ET, 12/07/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Springfield | Tags:  George Nakamura, Yukio Kawamoto, Virginia

Posted at 06:50 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Prince William supervisors want court to settle dispute

Disagreement involves a mobile-home park owner, a court-appointed zoning appeals board and county officials.

By Jeremy Borden  |  06:50 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011

Timothy Wanamaker resigns from Alexandria job

An Alexandria city official who pleaded guilty to stealing $30,000 from Buffalo, N.Y. while he was employed there, resigned Friday.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  12:18 PM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 06:24 AM ET, 12/06/2011

Herndon’s Scottie Reynolds still has NBA dreams

One of the greatest basketball players ever to emerge from Northern Virginia, and Villanova’s second all-time leading scorer, is bouncing around between leagues hoping for a shot at the NBA.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:24 AM ET, 12/06/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Sports | Tags:  Scottie Reynolds, Virginia

Posted at 06:55 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Annandale violinist nominated for pop Grammy

Jenny Oaks Baker, a former first violinist for the National Symphony Orchestra, recorded an album of Disney movie classics and is now up for best pop instrumental album of the year.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:55 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Annandale, Music | Tags:  Jenny Oaks Baker, Virginia

Posted at 06:45 AM ET, 12/05/2011

Arlington’s Remy Munasifi’s ‘brilliant’ video

The prolific rap comic takes on the tragic demise of the incandescent light bulb, and has also done a recent video on free speech that was filmed in part at his alma mater, Langley High School.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:45 AM ET, 12/05/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County, Music | Tags:  Remy Munasifi, Virginia

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 12/02/2011

Vienna visited by (lame) parkour enthusiasts

A man and a teenager were jumping around on top of the Jammin Java shopping mall, and the teen couldn’t find a way down when he reached the Virginian Restaurant.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:29 PM ET, 12/02/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna | Tags:  parkour, free running, Virginia

Posted at 10:21 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Army on BRAC: “Traffic? We’ve got this Plan, see...”

When the Army decided to build a new office for 6,400 people in Alexandria, it also came up with a Transportation Plan. And a look at The Plan reveals it was really, uh, not so good.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:21 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Traffic | Tags:  BRAC, Mark Center, Virginia

Posted at 09:25 PM ET, 12/01/2011

Fairfax Water looking at impact of uranium mining

While Virginia considers whether to lift a moratorium on uranium mining, for a site in southern Virginia, Fairfax Water has commissioned a study, and one board member thinks that’s a bad use of taxpayer money.

By Tom Jackman  |  09:25 PM ET, 12/01/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Politics | Tags:  Fairfax Water, uranium mining, Virginia

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011

Prince William: Woodbridge mobile home decision threatens flood program status

The county’s status in a federal flood program that keeps down insurance rates could be in jeopardy if Woodbridge mobile homes are rebuilt, officials say.

By Jeremy Borden  |  12:10 PM ET, 11/30/2011 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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