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Park Service unveils plan for Mall; Skeletal remains found in Fairfax County

Wednesday, July 14, 2010


Park Service unveils its plan for Mall

The National Park Service has officially unveiled its final long-range plan for the Mall, the Interior Department announced Tuesday.

The plan, four years in the making, sets out a series of alternative approaches to the future of the Mall, including a "preferred alternative." The 700-acre Mall and much of its infrastructure have fallen into disrepair in recent years.

Implementation of the preferred aspects of the plan, which can be reviewed at www.nps.gov/nationalmallplan, is expected to cost $606 million to $648 million.

Among other things, the preferred alternative envisions the restoration of the Grant Memorial and the transformation of the Union Square area just west of the Capitol, as well as improvements in restrooms, turf, and recreation and demonstration areas. After 30 more days, the Park Service can render a "record of decision" and complete the planning process, the department said.

-- Michael E. Ruane


Three teenagers charged with rape

Prince William County police have arrested three teenagers in an alleged rape last month at a Lake Ridge home.

A 15-year-old girl from Woodbridge called police Sunday to report that she had been raped June 30, about 7:30 p.m., while she was spending time with friends at a home in the 3500 block of Nexus Court. Police said she was at the home of one of the teens accused of rape when she was attacked. Officer Michelle Nemerow, a police spokeswoman, said the victim knew all three of the teenagers.

Police said the girl was able to break away from her attackers and fled. Two 16-year-old boys and a 14-year-old boy, all from Woodbridge, were arrested, charged with rape and are being held without bond.

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