Some Extra Work for Lawmakers
3-Hour Special Session Fixes 'Day of Rest' Error
Virginia legislators, in a three-hour special session, undid their mistaken revival of a centuries-old law granting employees a "day of rest" on the weekends.
Gov. Mark R. Warner (D) called the year's second special session after a lawyer discovered late last month that efforts to repeal obsolete Sunday closing laws for stores had inadvertently led to the revival of a "day of rest" guarantee. Under that law, businesses would be liable to pay fines and tripled wages to employees forced to work on Saturday or Sunday.
Traffic Technology for Route 7
VDOT Expects to Install 20 Video Detectors
The Virginia Department of Transportation plans to install video detectors to ease traffic congestion along Route 7, one of Northern Virginia's busiest commuter routes.
Beginning in January, detectors mounted above traffic lights at as many as 20 intersections between Tysons Corner and Leesburg should make commute times a little shorter and more consistent, VDOT said. The devices shoot digital images that represent traffic volume and speed and convert them into a code recognized by VDOT's traffic control system.
Candle Declared Condo Fire's Cause
Blaze Killed 3, Caused $9 Million in Damage
Fire investigators said an unattended candle caused the blaze that ripped through a Fairfax County condominium complex early Sunday, killing three people and seriously injuring a man who jumped from the third floor.
The three-alarm fire at the Victoria Crossings at Manchester Lakes complex caused an estimated $9 million in damage and claimed the lives of Sadia B. Mohammed, 69, her daughter, Anisa A. Yassin, 36, and Iftu J. Salah, 16, a family friend.
Mohammed's son, Hassen K. Beshir, 35, jumped from the third-floor balcony to escape the flames and was in critical condition in the burn unit of Washington Hospital Center.
Two Teens Charged in Egging
Youths Are Both Sons of Alexandria Officials
Two Alexandria teenagers, the son of city School Board member Melissa W. Luby and the son of City Council member Joyce Woodson (D), were charged with destruction of property in the egging of the home of a parent who has launched a petition drive to remove Luby from the board.
James J. Luby, 19, and Samuel Howard Woodson IV, 18, are accused of egging the home of James Boissonnault, 45, during the early hours of July 2.
A third suspect was with the two charged teenagers, but police have concluded their investigation and will likely not charge him, authorities said.
Across the Region
Little W. Nile Activity; United Way Suspension
* West Nile virus activity in the Washington region has been minimal this year, with no human cases reported in the District, Maryland or Virginia. Last week, District officials reported their first mosquitoes of the year to test positive for West Nile this year. Virginia has identified 13 positive mosquito pools, plus three horses, two crows and one blue jay that had succumbed. Maryland has reported no activity this year.
* The United Way of the National Capital Area has suspended America's Charities -- a Chantilly-based nonprofit that represents 35 charities in the United Way's local fundraising drive -- from this fall's campaign, saying the nonprofit is trying to muscle in on its fundraising role among area employers.