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The State of NoVa: January, 2012

Posted at 12:26 PM ET, 01/31/2012

Costly legal battle over FOIA complaint continues in Loudoun

After a third day of testimony — and with a fourth scheduled — the legal bills will continue to add up in the courtroom battle between a local journalist and the Loudoun Board of Equalization.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  12:26 PM ET, 01/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:07 AM ET, 01/30/2012

Wolf Trap, Barns of Rose Hill settle suit

The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville will drop “the” from its name and Wolf Trap will drop its federal suit.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:07 AM ET, 01/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna, Nightlife, Courts | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns of Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 01/28/2012

Manassas Republicans endorse mayor, newcomer for May election

Republicans say Mayor Harry Parrish II should get a second term and newcomer Ian Lovejoy should be elected to City Council.

By Jeremy Borden  |  03:33 PM ET, 01/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012

Loudoun FOIA battle expands into costly power struggle

A reporter’s shot at an assessment appeal leads to a lawsuit county supervisors don’t want to pay for.

By Tom Jackman  |  10:20 AM ET, 01/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Politics | Tags:  Loudoun Board of Equalization, Beverly Bradford, Virginia

Posted at 06:45 PM ET, 01/24/2012

News for Degenerates, Vol. 2: DC moves closer to online poker, Md. stumbling, Newt rumbling

NoVa gamblers may get their opportunity in D.C., Maryland lags, and President Gingrich could be good for gambling.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:45 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife | Tags:  Gambling, Virginia

Posted at 04:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012

Wolf Trap lawsuit vs. Barns of Rose Hill looks good, from a legal viewpoint

A veteran of intellectual property law says Wolf Trap did the right thing by suing The Barns of Rose Hill.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:32 PM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Courts | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns at Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/24/2012

Could Va. reap $500 million per year by legalizing pot?

A NoVa legislator wants to know. Existing studies say tax revenue and law enforcement savings add up.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Politics, Alexandria | Tags:  Marijuana, Virginia

Posted at 11:24 PM ET, 01/23/2012

Manassas largely sticks with non-profit funding system

Manassas City Council decided to stick with its funding system for non-profits amid criticism of an alternative.

By Jeremy Borden  |  11:24 PM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Annie McCann’s parents keep pushing death probe

They believe they’ve identified a woman last seen with the 16-year-old Groveton girl before she died in Baltimore.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Crime, Fairfax County | Tags:  Annie McCann, Virginia

Posted at 02:40 AM ET, 01/23/2012

Alexandria vote is over, hard feelings remain

Eleven hours in a public hearing on the Alexandria waterfront plan doesn’t calm emotions over the future of the Old Town riverfront.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:40 AM ET, 01/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 09:40 PM ET, 01/21/2012

Garvey wins Arlington Democratic nod for County Board

Libby Garvey, Arlington School Board member, won the Democratic nomination for the County Board open seat with 44 percent of the vote in a five-person race.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  09:40 PM ET, 01/21/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 07:17 PM ET, 01/20/2012

Holly Acres mobile home park sues Prince William County

A mobile home park owner wants $8 million in damages.

By Jeremy Borden  |  07:17 PM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012

Loudoun rethinking courthouse holiday displays

The county board is pondering public displays on the courthouse lawn after another season of controversy.

By Caitlin Gibson  |  05:00 AM ET, 01/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Leesburg | Tags:  Loudoun holiday displays, Virginia

Posted at 07:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012

Wolf Trap responds, but won’t back down

Wolf Trap issues a statement about its federal lawsuit against The Barns of Rose Hill in Berryville, seeking amicable resolution.

By Tom Jackman  |  07:49 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Vienna, Courts | Tags:  Barns at Wolf Trap, Barns of Rose Hill, Virginia

Posted at 03:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012

CAAWP tries to force supermajority vote on waterfront

The Alexandria group that has been fighting the city’s waterfront plan has collected enough petition signatures to force a supermajority vote by the City Council to pass the plan, it says.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  03:02 PM ET, 01/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 09:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Wolf Trap sues tiny non-profit over ‘The Barns’ name

In Berryville, The Barns of Rose Hill just opened. The Barns at Wolf Trap say they have a trademark to protect. Would anyone really confuse the two?

By Tom Jackman  |  09:58 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Courts, Vienna | Tags:  Barns of Rose Hill, Barns at Wolf Trap, Virginia

Posted at 04:39 PM ET, 01/18/2012

Bondi denies allegations in Arlington race

Melissa M. Bondi is one of five candidates for the Democratic nomination for the county board.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:39 PM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/18/2012

Wolf Trap ticket sales ranked third in world

Among amphitheaters from Colorado to Chile, the Filene Center in Vienna had the third-best sales last year.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/18/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Vienna, Nightlife | Tags:  Wolf Trap, Filene Center, Virginia

Posted at 05:00 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Manassas candidates vie for party endorsement

Republican and Democratic candidates will be chosen soon for May 1 election.

By Jeremy Borden  |  05:00 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 12:15 PM ET, 01/17/2012

Fairfax rape case leads to national database upgrade

The fingerprints of a man who had been previously deported weren’t in the database. Now old prints will be digitized.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:15 PM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Immigration, Fairfax County, Loudoun County | Tags:  Secure Communities, Frank Wolf, Virginia

Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 01/17/2012

Herndon Mayor Steve DeBenedittis stepping down

Steve DeBenedittis, elected during the 2006 day laborer uproar, won’t seek a fourth term.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:15 AM ET, 01/17/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Politics | Tags:  Steve DeBenedittis, Virginia

Posted at 08:02 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Reston a ‘soulless ant colony,’ columnist says

In Norfolk, ‘writer’ Kerry Dougherty blasts Reston. From Norfolk? Really?

By Tom Jackman  |  08:02 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Reston | Tags:  Kerry Dougherty, Reston, Virginia

Posted at 06:09 PM ET, 01/13/2012

Michelle Obama busts a move at Hayfield

The First Lady did some “random dancing” with the cast of iCarly at Hayfield Secondary School Friday.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:09 PM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Media, Fairfax County | Tags:  Michelle Obama, iCarly, Virginia

Posted at 12:57 AM ET, 01/13/2012

Loudoun supervisor’s anti-gay campaign crashes the mainstream

Gay rights groups are calling on Weekly Standard editor William Kristol to renounce an ad by Loudoun Supervisor Eugene Delgaudio.

By Tom Jackman  |  12:57 AM ET, 01/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Loudoun County, Politics | Tags:  Eugene Delgaudio, Virginia

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 01/12/2012

Prince William chairman reflects on ‘state of the county’

Corey A. Stewart said 2011 was a great year for Prince William residents.

By Jeremy Borden  |  03:30 PM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Northern Virginia creating even more soccer stars

A 15-year-old from Manassas Park is being courted by the pros, and an Ashburn teen is playing in Colombia.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Sports, Ashburn, Manassas Park | Tags:  Lina Granados, Herbert Mejia-Flores, Virginia

Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 01/12/2012

Birchmere, Jammin Java among top 100 clubs on Earth

The two Northern Virginia music clubs outranked better-known venues in ticket sales last year.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:15 AM ET, 01/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Alexandria, Vienna | Tags:  Birchmere, Jammin Java, Virginia

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Prince William approves contentious Occoquan development

Residents fear the development will make flooding problems worse and add traffic to already congested roads

By Jeremy Borden  |  10:17 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:15 AM ET, 01/11/2012

Herndon council decides against Dranesville Road roundabout

It took four and a half hours of traffic facts, engineering analysis and school bus information to sway the Herndon town council away from a roundabout and instead toward new medians.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:15 AM ET, 01/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Traffic | Tags:  Dranesville Road roundabout, Virginia

Posted at 05:40 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Arlington’s Iwo Jima Memorial at sunrise

One of the great memorials of Northern Virginia, or anywhere, was captured in beautiful color and depth Sunday by Angela B. Pan using high dynamic range photography.

By Tom Jackman  |  05:40 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Arlington County | Tags:  Iwo Jima Memorial, Virginia

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 01/10/2012

New Alexandria manager reorganizes staff

Rashad Young, city manager for just a month, appointed a chief of staff and shook up City Hall staff last week.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  04:03 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012

Alexandria power plant still set to close, despite brief firing

The coal-fired power plant at the north end of Old Town Alexandria fired up briefly last week during high demand for electricity, but it’s still set to close Oct. 1.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:47 PM ET, 01/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 12:33 PM ET, 01/09/2012

Occoquan, concerned about nearby development proposal, urges residents to show up for Prince William vote

The town fears a proposed development just outside its borders could further strain the area’s infrastructure and exacerbate flooding problems.

By Jeremy Borden  |  12:33 PM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

Posted at 04:30 AM ET, 01/09/2012

Herndon traffic roundabout causes an uproar

The town approved a traffic device for a major thoroughfare without a public hearing. The neighbors protested, and now the town council will hold a public vote Tuesday.

By Tom Jackman  |  04:30 AM ET, 01/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Herndon, Traffic | Tags:  Dranesville Road roundabout, Virginia

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012

Alexandria’s Old Town Theater closing this weekend

Roger Fons tried for nine years to make the theater work financially. In the end, it didn’t.

By Tom Jackman  |  01:29 PM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria, Nightlife | Tags:  Old Town Theater, Virginia

Posted at 06:34 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Live Nation Disaster Hole relents, permits tailgating

The parking lot at the Venue Formerly Known as Jiffy Lube Live is still chaotic, a two-lane road is the only way to get there, and beer will still be $11. But last year’s ban on tailgating is gone.

By Tom Jackman  |  06:34 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Nightlife, Prince William County | Tags:  Live Nation Disaster Hole, Virginia

Posted at 06:18 AM ET, 01/05/2012

Fairfax again embroiled in treehouse controversy

For the second time in three months, Fairfax zoning inspectors have targeted a homemade treehouse constructed by a military veteran. The first one survived. Will this one?

By Tom Jackman  |  06:18 AM ET, 01/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Fairfax County, Springfield | Tags:  Blevins treehouse, Virginia

Posted at 11:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Fairfax lawyer Glenn Lewis plummets from limelight

He was one of the most widely known, and most expensive, divorce lawyers in the D.C. area. Now Glenn Lewis’s practice has collapsed, he’s filed for bankruptcy and facing fraud and malpractice claims.

By Tom Jackman  |  11:05 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Courts, Fairfax County | Tags:  Glenn Lewis, Virginia

Posted at 02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012

Waterfront debate leaks into political races

As if there weren’t enough opinions about how Alexandria should deal with the waterfront, two candidates for the council have now weighed in.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  02:50 PM ET, 01/03/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Categories:  Alexandria

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 01/02/2012

Alexandria waterfront partisans host a rally

Waterfront for All, the mostly low-profile Alexandria citizens’ group that supports the city’s waterfront plan, will come out of the shadows this weekend.

By Patricia Sullivan  |  01:30 PM ET, 01/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)

 

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