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19 min ago | The Washington Post

Fairfax County Animal Watch

The following incidents were reported by the animal control section of the Fairfax City Police Department. For information, call 703-385-7924 or go to and click on "Animal Control" on the department's main page.


Related Topix: Fairfax, VA, Chantilly, VA

2 hrs ago |

Sobriety Checkpoint Set for Saturday Night in Franconia Police District

Fairfax County Police announced Wednesday that there will be a sobriety checkpoint conducted Saturday night in the Franconia Police District. The checkpoint will take place Saturday night, but police do not disclose the exact location beforehand.


Related Topix: Franconia, VA, Lorton, VA

7 hrs ago | The Virginian-Pilot

Legislature to discuss Medicaid, but results aren't likely

As a monthslong impasse over Medicaid expansion continues to fester between the Republican-controlled General Assembly and Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe, lawmakers will breeze back into town Thursday for a two-day special session to debate the issue again. Odds are, the halls of the Capitol will ring with two more days of sound and fury - at a taxpayer cost of some $66,000 - and at the end of the day Friday, legislators will head home with the partisan standoff still in place.


Related Topix: Healthcare Law, Law, Virginia, Virginia Beach, VA

Tue Sep 16, 2014

Only on 7: Alexandria Pak Mail store leaves doors unlocked, mail and packages exposed

ALEXANDRIA, Va. When a local mailing company closed for business, it didn't exactly close its doors; the doors were left unlocked and the staff was nowhere to be found.


Related Topix: Alexandria, VA

Puppies Ready to Adopt at Fairfax County Animal Shelter

"These are mixed-breed puppies and we expect they'll be small to medium sized," according to a post at the Fairfax Animal Shelter Facebook page. "We know they look like Lab pups, but their mom looks like a Feist mix."



Harrington Family Offers Support during Search for UVA Student

As the family of a missing University of Virginia student arrived in Charlottesville to search for her, Morgan Harrington's family reached out to offer support. Hannah Graham, an 18-year-old first-year UVA student, has been missing since early Saturday morning .


Related Topix: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA, Albemarle County, VA

Business Journal

No fan of the stock market, Alexandria attorney plays the real estate game

James Down Turner, an Alexandria-based attorney, doesn't much care for the stock market. He's put his money into real estate, primarily in the Route 1 corridor, and business is good.


Related Topix: Fort Belvoir, VA, Warren Buffett

The Washington Post

Three in 10 Virginia schools lack full accreditation

Three in 10 Virginia schools failed to meet state accreditation standards this year as students continue to struggle on more rigorous exams introduced three years ago. The Virginia Department of Education said Tuesday that 555 out of the state's 1,827 schools did not meet state benchmarks on the annual statewide Standards of Learning tests last year.


Related Topix: Virginia, Education Etc., Alexandria, VA, Education

Fairfax County Breaks Ground on New Public Safety Headquarters

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Sharon Bulova and Supervisor John Cook broke ground Tuesday morning on the new Fairfax County Public Safety Headquarters. They were joined by Deputy County Executive Dave Rohrer, Fire Chief Richard Bowers, Police Chief Ed Roessler and other members of the Board of Supervisors.


Related Topix: Fire

Potomac Local

Overcrowded Schools in Woodbridge a Concern as Rivergate Complex Up for Review

Drivers crossing south into Woodbridge from Fairfax County on U.S. 1 could soon be greeted by a new apartment development on the Occoquan River. A plan to build 720 apartment homes along the banks of the Occoquan River next to a concrete plant is set to be heard Wednesday night at a meeting of the Prince William County Planning Commission.


Related Topix: Woodbridge, VA, Prince William County, VA

Fairfax Times

Strain particularly troubling for children with asthma

State and local health officials are monitoring the possible spread of a respiratory virus that has led to some children in Midwestern states being hospitalized.


Related Topix: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Mon Sep 15, 2014

UVA Student, 18, from Alexandria Reported Missing

UPDATE 1:40 p.m. Hannah Elizabeth Graham, the reported missing student, is a graduate of West Potomac High School , according to NBC-4. The school is located in Fairfax County in an area south of Old Town Alexandria, often referred to as "Alexandria."


Related Topix: Alexandria, VA, University of Virginia

Sobriety Checkpoint in Reston Friday Night Nets DWIs

Fairfax County Police set up a sobriety checkpoint in Reston Friday night that netted three drivers charged with DWI, according to a news release from police. Police do not release the whereabouts of the checkpoint beforehand.


Related Topix: Reston, VA

VIDEO: Thomas Jefferson High School Holding Info Sessions on Admission

The Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology Admissions Office will be holding an information session for prospective students at a school near you. Last spring, the school offered admission to 487 students for the Class of 2018 , out of 2,900 who applied.


Related Topix: Family, Adolescents and Pre-Teens, Herndon, VA, Chantilly, VA, Vienna, VA, Fairfax, VA

New Deputy Director of Public Works Selected

The City of Manassas announces the hiring of Bruce Goudarzi as the Deputy Director of Public Works. Goudarzi comes to the City with more than 30 years of government experience in the public works arena.


Related Topix: Manassas, VA

Jorge Arias, 71

On September 12, 2014 Dr. Jorge Arias left this world for his heavenly home where he can rest and find peace. Jorge married the love of his life, Kathy Arias, in California in 1971.


Related Topix: Entomology, Science, Whittier College, UC Riverside

Reason Magazine

How Cops Became Robbers

Three features of civil forfeiture law and five Supreme Court decisions make it easy for police to take money from motorists. One afternoon in August 2012, Mandrel Stuart was driving with his girlfriend into Washington, D.C., when a Fairfax County cop pulled him over on Interstate 66, ostensibly because the windows of his SUV were too dark.


Related Topix: Criminal Defense Law, Law, Staunton, VA, US Politics, US News

The Free Dictionary

USA Today Founded

USA Today is a national American daily newspaper published by the Gannett Company . It was founded by Al Neuharth on September 15, 1982.


Related Topix: Tysons Corner, VA

Sun Sep 14, 2014

GOOD News: Fall for the Book, New Businesses, Fairfax County on 'Best' List, Tourism Up in Virginia

We're starting the week off with a roundup of some of our more uplifting stories from the past week, from our Patch sites in Northern Virginia and DC. PHOTO: The annual Fall for the Book Festival continues this week at George Mason University in Fairfax.


The Washington Post

Manassas town hall meeting addresses Route 28 congestion

On Wednesday morning, Jennifer Whiteree left her home in Manassas at 7 to begin a 15-mile commute to her job in Chantilly. She arrived an hour and 45 minutes later, at 8:45.


Related Topix: Manassas, VA, Chantilly, VA