A summary of the last week's major news and sports events in Northern Virginia:News:
Fairfax County won a major victory in its effort to regulate growth when the Virginia Supreme Court upheld the county's efforts to control 7-Eleven and other convenience food stores through special zoning laws and use permits. The decision will permit the county to continue to apply special zoning laws and use permit requirements to convenience food stores.
Virginia Gov. Charles S. Robb, faced with a souring revenue outlook caused by the recession, postponed state construction projects worth $35 million that include a new humanities center at George Mason University and long-planned improvements for the Alexandria waterfront. Robb called the postponement "temporary."
The Arlington County Board cleared the way for the redevelopment of the 38-year-old Shirlington Shopping Center. The redevelopment plan, which will take about 10 years to complete, will transform the old shopping center into a $250-million complex of shops, offices and residences that will include a hotel.
Meanwhile, the County Board postponed awarding development rights for a proposed multimillion-dollar complex around the county's Court House Station Metro stop because of citizen complaints.
Fairfax County prosecutors dropped two charges of fraudulent credit card use against Debra D. Hill, the same Reston woman who was arrested in October on charges of filing a false report. She said she had injured an eye using contaminated Visine A.C. Eyedrops. Investigators have been unable to locate the witnesses they need to prosecute the 3-year-old fraudulent credit card case.
The chief federal trial judge for Eastern Virginia postponed the case of Judge Oren R. Lewis of the U.S. District Court in Alexandria, ticketed for allegedly refusing to obey a U.S. Park Police officer. The chief judge, who is based in Norfolk, said he ordered a postponement of the case "until I can come up and try it." It is expected the hearing will take place after the first of the year. Sports:
John Buckreis (16 points) and John Law (15 points) led four Bishop Denis J. O'Connell High School players in double figures Saturday night as the Knights defeated Washington-Lee High School, 71-54, to win the Arlington Tipoff Basketball Tournament. Leading 42-39, O'Connell scored 11 straight points to secure the victory.
The girls' Tipoff championship was won by Wakefield High School, which used its height advantage to hold Yorktown to nine second half points and put them on the short end of a 43-33 score. Six-foot Kas Allen scored 16 points and grabbed 19 rebounds while front-line mates Nardine Karlinchak (6-1) and Kay Moten (5-10) each had 10 rebounds.