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Metro defends ‘shoes’ ad some call sexist

A top customer-service official for Metro on Thursday defended an ad that many have called sexist and offensive.

The ad shows two women talking. One mentions the breakdown rate of Metrobuses, and the other responds, “Can’t we just talk about shoes?”

The ad created a flurry of online comments after Lucy Westcott, a political correspondent at Capital News Service, tweeted a picture of it Tuesday from the Metro Center rail stop.

Lynn Bowersox, Metro’s assistant general manager for customer service, communications and marketing, said Thursday that the transit agency was “poking a little fun at ourselves” for “our transit-speak.” Bowersox said the ads in the series “contrast dense facts with light responses from both men and women on both sides of the conversation.”

— Dan a Hedgpeth

Pr. William man dies in Springfield crash

A 30-year-old driver died Thursday after his convertible crashed following what witnesses said appeared to be a race with another vehicle in Springfield, Fairfax County police said.

Brian Benjamin Blaine of Manassas appeared to be racing his Honda S2000 against a dark-colored Infiniti while heading south on the Franconia-Springfield Parkway near Spring Village Drive at about 11 p.m. Wednesday, police said.

Blaine was transported to Inova Fairfax Hospital and pronounced dead shortly before 8 a.m. Thursday.

— Justin Jouvenal

Teacher is arrested,
charged with DUI

A Loudoun County elementary school teacher was arrested Wednesday morning and charged with driving under the influence, driving without a license and possession of alcohol on school property, county sheriffs officials said.

Gregory A. Wuenschel, 48, a physical education teacher at Cedar Lane Elementary School in Ashburn, has been placed on administrative leave, school system officials said.

On Wednesday, a staff member at Cedar Lane told school administrators that Wuenschel was behaving strangely, according to the Loudoun sheriff’s office. The school called a school resource officer attached to the sheriff’s office, who conducted a field sobriety test.

Authorities determined that Wuenschel, who has worked at Loudoun schools for nine years, drove to school that day, according to the sheriff’s office.

— Leah Binkovitz