February 5
THE REGION
Man is struck by train at Dupont Circle

Metro trains were stopped on both sides of the Dupont Circle station Wednesday night for about 30 minutes after a man was struck by a train there, transit officials said.

After about a half-hour of single-tracking between Farragut North and Van Ness, Metro resumed full service on the Red Line about 8:40 p.m., Metro spokeswoman Caroline Lukas said. The accident was first reported about 7:30 p.m.

Officials said the man, who is 36, suffered injuries that were not life-threatening when he was hit. Authorities were investigating to determine whether he intentionally put himself on the tracks, Lukas said. He was brought to a hospital.

— Clarence Williams

VIRGINIA
Lopez joins wide field in 8th District election

Del. Alfonso H. Lopez entered the race to succeed retiring U.S. Rep. James P. Moran on Wednesday, becoming the fifth General Assembly Democrat to become a candidate.

Lopez, who represents Arlington County and part of Fairfax County, said in a campaign statement that he would be “a proven fighter for our progressive values” in the strongly Democratic-leaning district, which also includes Alexandria and Falls Church.

The Democratic field also includes state Sen. Adam P. Ebbin (Alexandria) and Dels. Charniele L. Herring (Alexandria), Patrick A. Hope (Arlington) and Mark D. Sickles (Fairfax). Former lieutenant governor Don Beyer, Alexandria Mayor William D. Euille and 2012 candidate Bruce Shuttleworth are also in the race.

On the Republican side, former congressional aide Micah Edmond is running for his party’s nod.

— Ben Pershing

Casino measure dies in General Assembly

An attempt to allow casino gambling in Virginia has died in the state legislature.

Sen. L. Louise Lucas (D-Portsmouth), who introduced the bill to legalize casinos, asked to put her measure off for the year while she gathers support in the more-conservative House of Delegates. Lucas said she’s found a House member willing to carry the bill next year.

— Rachel Weiner

Textbook recognition for East Sea advances

The Virginia House of Delegates on Wednesday gave preliminary approval to a bill that would note in new textbooks that the Sea of Japan is also known as the East Sea.

The state Senate has already passed the measure, and if the House gives final approval as expected Thursday, the bill would head to the desk of Gov. Terry McAuliffe (D), who has said he will sign it.

The issue of what to call the body of water between Japan and the Korean Peninsula is particularly touchy for Korean immigrants and others who have searing memories of Japan’s invasion of Korea in the early 20th century.

— Michael Laris

Fairfax schools worker is charged

A Fairfax County schools IT specialist was charged with attempting to take indecent liberties with children younger than 15 and using the Internet to facilitate offenses involving children, police said.

Patrick Wietz, 24, of Rockefeller Lane in Springfield, was a full-time employee with the school system for two years, county police said. School officials said Wietz joined the school system in November of 2007 as an hourly worker. He became a full-time employee in July 2011 as a technology support specialist.

For the past two years, Wietz had been assigned to Glen Forest Elementary in Falls Church, where he worked in a computer lab, school officials said.

Wietz was arrested following an online sting by police.

— Justin Jouvenal

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