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  • Fairfax County seeks ways to address overcrowded housing issue

    09/06/2014 7:13:04 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 16 replies
    Washington Post/AP ^ | 21 July 2014 | Antonio Olivo
    Fairfax County has struggled for years to find a way to address such overcrowding, with county inspectors repeatedly citing homes for having too many families living in them, and planners and lawmakers searching for ways to promote more modest, affordable housing in a community filled with spacious single-family homes and McMansions. So far, it has been an uphill battle. The county Planning Commission is expected to recommend Wednesday that the Board of Supervisors stop considering a proposed amendment to zoning laws that would have fostered the creation of more studio apartments in Fairfax. By allowing developers to build single-occupancy studios...
  • Fraud: Virginia County Finds 17 Repeat Voters From 2012 Election

    08/26/2014 12:41:35 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies
    Townhall ^ | 8-26-14 | Cortney O'Brien
    Virginia County officials have discovered multiple instances of voter fraud from the 2012 presidential election. Seventeen to be exact. The Virginia Voters Alliance and Election Integrity Maryland launched the investigation in Fairfax County, Va. and Maryland. Here's how they revealed the fraud and pursued a follow up inquiry: Officials from Fairfax and Montgomery County, Md., identified dual voters by matching first and last names, dates of birth and Social Security numbers. Brian Schoenemann, secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board, said he sent letters and evidence to county Commonwealth Attorney Ray Morrogh, state Attorney General Mark Herring, U.S. Attorney Dana...
  • Fairfax County gets challenge on 14,500 DUAL REGISTERED voters

    08/22/2014 11:13:03 AM PDT · by Gopher Broke · 32 replies
    Vanity
    MEDIA CONTACT: Josh Baumgartner 703.766.4467 info@fairfaxgop.org The fight for the integrity of the election process and against election fraud took a big step forward Wednesday in Fairfax. The General Registrar for Fairfax County, Ms. Cameron Quinn, was presented with a challenge to the registration of over 14,500 voters in Fairfax County. The challenge was based upon information showing that those voters are registered to vote in both Fairfax County and Maryland. The challenge was made by Mr. Reagan George, President of the Virginia Voters Alliance (VVA), on behalf of himself and three other residents of Fairfax County, under the provisions...
  • The True Story of Ebola in Reston, Virginia

    08/06/2014 5:35:41 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 21 replies
    canadafreepress.com ^ | August 5, 2014 | Dr. Ileana Johnson Paugh
    In October 1989 people in the community of Reston, Virginia went about their daily lives not realizing that a serious crisis was developing right in their back yards that would not be entirely resolved until March 1990. It was a serious calamity that could have wiped out the entire population. This dire emergency was described twenty years ago by Richard Preston in his non-fiction book, “The Hot Zone.” The “hot zone” refers to an “area that contains lethal, infectious organisms” also dubbed “hot agent,” an “extremely lethal virus, potentially airborne.” (Richard Preston, The Hot Zone, Random House, New York, 1994,...
  • The True Story of Ebola in Reston, Virginia

    08/04/2014 1:37:01 PM PDT · by Sean_Anthony · 54 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 08/04/14 | Ileana Johnson
    In October 1989 people in the community of Reston, Virginia went about their daily lives not realizing that a serious crisis was developing right in their back yards that would not be entirely resolved until March 1990. It was a serious calamity that could have wiped out the entire population. This dire emergency was described twenty years ago by Richard Preston in his non-fiction book, “The Hot Zone.” The “hot zone” refers to an “area that contains lethal, infectious organisms” also dubbed “hot agent,” an “extremely lethal virus, potentially airborne.” (Richard Preston, The Hot Zone, Random House, New York, 1994,...
  • Reston, VA Woman Among 3 Arrested for Funding Terrorist Group

    07/23/2014 12:17:51 PM PDT · by cocomac · 6 replies
    ABC News ^ | 7/23/14
    ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WJLA) - A Reston, Virginia resident is among three that have been arrested for funding an overseas terrorist group that partners with al-Qa'ida, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Wednesday. The suspects are accused of providing material support including money to al-Shabaab, a "designated foreign terrorist organization that is conducting a violent insurgency campaign in Somalia," DOJ officials said in a statement. In addition to the three arrested, officials said there are two more suspects being sought in Kenya and Somalia. Officials on Wednesday arrested Muna Osman Jama, 34, in her home in Reston. Also arrested were Hinda...
  • Sandy Hook ‘truther’ caught in Virginia with signs stolen from playgrounds built...

    06/03/2014 1:01:28 PM PDT · by beaversmom · 130 replies
    Daily News ^ | May 30, 2014 | Sasha Goldstein
    A demented Sandy Hook “truther” was arrested Friday in Virginia after he stole signs from playgrounds in New Jersey and Connecticut that were dedicated to tiny victims of the Newtown school massacre, police say. Andrew David Truelove, 28, lifted a sign May 6 from a Mystic, Conn., playplace dedicated to 7-year-old Grace McDonnell and also took a sign from the playground made for Chase Kowalski, also 7, in Mantoloking, N.J. He called the parents of both children after the thefts and told them the shooting was a hoax and that their children never existed. Cops in Stonington, Conn., got a...
  • New Legislation to Restrict Guests in Private Homes

    05/06/2014 8:05:22 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 44 replies
    Mad World News ^ | 5/6/2014 | COREY BARROW
    Law makers in Fairfax County, Va., want to limit how many guests you can have in your private home and how frequent they can visit. This sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen. The proposed amendment, which was first presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 18, would prohibit any gatherings “exceeding forty-nine people in one day [from occurring] more frequently than three times in any forty day period.” They also want to add more specific language to define “a permissible ‘group assembly’” The county’s official website claims that there is a good reason behind the proposed amendment. The...
  • Fairfax aims to downsize home assemblies

    05/06/2014 4:10:23 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    Watchdog.org ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    FAIRFAX, Va. – A plan to ban “frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes” is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts.Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia’s most populous county.“I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples’ right to assemble,” Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement.The proposed zoning ordinance limits “group assembly” at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings “shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period.”County officials say they have received complaints about group meetings...
  • Virginia proposal would limit size of gatherings at private homes

    05/05/2014 5:41:26 AM PDT · by don-o · 50 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 5, 2014 | Kenric Ward
    A plan to ban "frequent and large gatherings at neighborhood homes" is a lawsuit waiting to happen, a Fairfax County supervisor predicts. Officials will get an idea Wednesday when public-comment hearings begin in Virginia's most populous county. "I believe the county is risking a lawsuit and/or a constitution challenge by interfering with peoples' right to assemble," Supervisor Pat Herrity said in a statement. The proposed zoning ordinance limits "group assembly" at residences to 49 people a day. Such gatherings "shall not occur more frequently than three times in any 40-day period."
  • Local Anti-Human Trafficking Law Enforcement Efforts Around Virginia

    03/18/2014 5:28:10 AM PDT · by RightSideNews · 7 replies
    Virginia Free Citizen ^ | March 18, 2014 | Shelby Mertens and Kate Miller
    Data from the Polaris Project and other research studies indicate human trafficking in Virginia primarily takes place in the urban areas of state. Studies suggest northern Virginia, Richmond and the Hampton Roads region experience the most trafficking. The Virginia Free Citizen reached out to local law enforcement officials in these areas to investigate the presence of human trafficking in Virginia and their anti-human trafficking efforts. Last week we reported on Virginia’s statewide efforts. Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Task Force Receives $1 Million Grant to Combat Human Trafficking Detective Bill Woolf, with the Fairfax County Police Department, said human trafficking is...
  • Fairfax schools finds seven felons among employees, including heroin smuggler

    01/27/2014 4:24:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 1/27/2014 | T. Rees Shapiro and Justin Jouvenal
    Fairfax County Public Schools has discovered the administration mistakenly hired seven employees who were convicted felons, including a high school teacher who was once part of an international drug ring. School officials uncovered the mistake during a comprehensive search of hiring records that began in 2012 after a Madison High School special education teacher inquired if her previous conviction for helping to smuggle heroin into the United States would stall her promotion. That teacher, Deilia Butler, had joined Fairfax schools in 2006. She had admitted truthfully that she was a convicted felon on her paper application. So did the other...
  • Jennifer Wexton wins Virginia Senate special election to succeed Mark Herring

    01/21/2014 8:57:28 PM PST · by Coronal · 64 replies
    LoudounTimes ^ | Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 | Trevor Baratko
    Democrat Jennifer Wexton bested two veteran Loudoun County politicians Tuesday night to earn a seat in the Senate of Virginia and almost assuredly give Virginia Democrats majority power in Richmond for the first time since 2009. Ms. Wexton's victory over Republican John Whitbeck and former Republican state Del. Joe May, running his Senate race as an independent, caps a momentous two months for Democrats in Virginia, whom last November swept the top three offices in the commonwealth – the governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general posts – for the first time in two decades.
  • Immigration Protesters Chain Together Outside ICE Office in Fairfax

    12/16/2013 12:32:16 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 14 replies
    CBS DC ^ | CBSDC/AP
    FAIRFAX, Va. (CBSDC/AP) – Nine people were arrested during a protest outside the Immigration and Customs Enforcement office in northern Virginia on Monday morning, authorities say. The nine were among a group of about 60 protesters who formed a human chain Monday outside the ICE building in Fairfax County. County police told the group they had a right to protest but would be arrested if they blocked the road. Carolina Velez with the Richmond-based Wayside Center for Popular Education tells The Associated Press that the protesters lay across the roadway to protest an increase in deportations to nearly 400,000 annually...
  • EDITORIAL: The art of stealing elections

    12/16/2013 3:09:26 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | 12-15-13 | Editorial Board
    Stealing elections is an old game politicians play. Lyndon B. Johnson, the 36th president, got to the U.S. Senate in 1948 by “winning” the closest race in Texas history by a margin of 87 votes out of more than a million cast. An election judge in tiny Alice, Texas, said he counted more than 200 names on the voting roll for Box 13 that were written in alphabetic succession in the same hand, same color of ink. When a federal court subpoenaed Box 13, it was discovered to be “lost.” LBJ took his seat in the Senate. Voting machines were...
  • DC Metro’s Silver Line is coming to Tysons, but don’t look for lots of new commuter parking

    11/28/2013 3:46:04 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 41 replies
    Washingtonpost.com ^ | By Lori Aratani
    Fairfax County residents have watched cranes and bulldozers rip up roads and disrupt commutes for the dramatic aerial structures that will carry Metro’s newest rail line through Tysons Corner and into Reston. Now that the Silver Line is about to open, many potential riders have one simple question: Where do we park? The answer: You probably don’t. Fairfax officials did not include parking garages at the four Silver Line stations in Tysons. That decision has been cheered by “smart growth” advocates, but residents are concerned that their streets will become de facto Metro parking lots. And some potential Silver Line...
  • Reston man runs up $202,000 bill driving through E-ZPass gates without paying

    11/25/2013 3:32:00 AM PST · by markomalley · 38 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 11/25/2013 | Tom Jackman
    So what happens when you repeatedly drive through one of those E-ZPass gates without paying? On the Dulles Toll Road, Reston’s Jason R. Bourcier decided to find out. He told NBC4′s Chris Gordon that “a friend told him that when the toll booths were unmanned after 11:30 p.m., you could use the road without paying.” Boy was that friend wrong.Bourcier, 33, received a bill for $202,000 (!). Not all of that was for tolls. Some was for the fines for not paying the tolls, which is $500 for the fourth and subsequent offense, and some was for administrative fees. Bourcier told...
  • Democrat Herring widens lead over Republican Obenshain in Va.’s nail-biting race for AG

    11/13/2013 7:52:12 AM PST · by Kenny · 14 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | November 12 | Associated Press
    Democrat Mark R. Herring widened his lead Tuesday over Republican Mark R. Obenshain in Virginia’s nail-biting race for attorney generalWith Herring up by 163 votes over Obenshain, the Democrat declared himself the victor, while Obenshain refused to concede. He said he will wait for the State Board of Elections to certify the Virginia-wide vote on Nov. 25. “Voters in Virginia have spoken, their voices have been heard and I am honored to have won their votes and their trust to become Virginia’s next attorney general,” Herring said in a statement. While the vote was close, he said, “Virginians have chosen...
  • Reston Man Charged in Shooting

    10/20/2013 8:18:45 AM PDT · by moonshinner_09 · 2 replies
    fairfaxcounty.gov ^ | October 19, 2013 | Fairfax County Police Department
    Reston Police District – A 17-year-old Reston boy is in the hospital in life-threatening condition after sustaining a gunshot wound on Friday, October 18. Police were called to a home in the 2200 block of Marginella Drive at around 10:15 a.m. for a report of a person who had been shot. The injured person was flown to the hospital and police began their investigation to determine the circumstances surrounding the injury. Detectives identified the teen and are following up on numerous leads and pieces of information. Police are still determining all of the circumstances surrounding the incident and whether or...
  • Claude Moore Colonial Farm Forced to Close, Despite Not Being Provided

    10/04/2013 9:04:45 AM PDT · by sheikdetailfeather · 15 replies
    You Tube via Fox News ^ | 10-3-2013 | Greta VanSusteren
    First reported by the Washington Free Beacon Wednesday, Fox News' On the Record reported Thursday on the Claude Moore Colonial Farm, which sits on federal land and was forced to close by the National Parks Service until Congress again funds the government. The government provides no resources for the farm's maintenance or operation.
  • Aaron Alexis tried to buy assault rifle but was rebuffed

    09/18/2013 5:21:31 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 30 replies
    cbs ^ | 9/18/2013 | staff
    Washington Navy Yard gunman Aaron Alexis tried to buy an AR-15 assault rifle at a Virginia gun store last week after test firing one, but the story wouldn't sell it to him, CBS News has learned. The reason for the refusal isn't clear. Alexis then purchased a shotgun he used in his rampage, sources tell CBS News. Twelve people died before Alexis was shot and killed by police. CBS News correspondent Bob Orr reports that, while law enforcement officials haven't pinned down a motive for the massacre, Alexis was clearly a troubled man with a history of angry outbursts.
  • (Fairfax County, VA) Muslim Immigrant Builds Shrapnel Bomb for 'Self-Defense'

    09/10/2013 9:00:32 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 15 replies
    NBC 4 Washington ^ | Monday, Sep 9, 2013 | NBC 4 Washington
    Afghan National Charged With Explosives Possession • Bomb squad searching a car near a Fairfax County shopping center A Fairfax County man has been charged with possessing a crude homemade bomb constructed out of fireworks. Thirty-eight year-old Atal Bashar of Burke is a native of Afghanistan and a naturalized U.S. citizen. He made an initial appearance Monday in federal court in Alexandria. According to an FBI affidavit, a cleaning service hired by a real estate agent found what appeared to be a bomb while cleaning Bashar's father's home in the Alexandria section of the county in March 2012. According to...
  • Literally, The Police State Is Coming

    08/30/2013 6:27:15 PM PDT · by Absolutely Nobama · 36 replies
    Alan Levy, Gun Owner | 8/30/13 | Alan Levy, Gun Owner
    In between bowls of chicken poodle soup and deciding to provide air cover for al-Qaeda in Syria, our Dear Leader, Barack Hussein Obama, found time to meet with mayors from our crumbling major cities. From Justin Sink of The Hill: *** "President Obama told a collection of big-city mayors Tuesday at the White House that he would continue to use executive actions to combat gun violence plaguing major cities. In the meeting with Attorney General Eric Holder and the mayors of 18 cities from across the nation, Obama discussed commonly applicable strategies to reduce youth violence. 'He also vowed to...
  • The Illegal Alien Murderer of Vanessa Pham

    08/14/2013 2:45:29 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 14, 2013 | Michelle Malkin
    Why is gun control the only policy we're allowed to discuss when horrific murders occur? In the liberal mindset, "root causes" of crime begin and end with the Second Amendment. But who pays the price when our public guardians fail to secure our borders, refuse to deport serial criminal offenders, and enable drug-crazed menaces to prey upon innocent citizens? Meet 27-year-old Julio Miguel Blanco-Garcia. An illegal alien from Guatemala, he has lived and worked in Fairfax County, Va., for at least 11 years. The region is a notorious "sanctuary" for immigration law-breakers where elected officials and big business look the...
  • Pretrial filings reveal details in 2010 killing of Falls Church teen Vanessa Pham

    08/10/2013 2:34:28 PM PDT · by Southern by Grace · 10 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | August 8 | Justin Jouvenal
    The man accused of taking Vanessa Pham’s life appeared to be anything but a killer as he approached her at a Falls Church shopping center. He carried his infant daughter and made a request: Could they have a ride to the hospital?
  • One Person Attends Obamacare Event

    08/05/2013 7:56:03 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 31 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | August 5, 2013 | Michael Schaus
    One. That’s how many people showed up for a pro-Obamacare event in Centerville, Virginia. And let’s face it: People didn’t miss the event because they were working. The ambivalence toward the implementation of Obamacare is evidenced throughout the nation, as the President’s left over campaigning apparatus – Organizing for Action – held a number of unattended Obamacare events this weekend. The event, reported by Politico, illustrated the growing displeasure with the President’s signature piece of legislation. When Congress returns from its recess in early September, there is bound to be extensive efforts to defund, postpone, or repeal the President’s clumsy...
  • Poor attendance at Obamacare event in Virginia

    08/05/2013 2:51:58 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 9 replies
    politico ^ | 8.4.13 | KYLE CHENEY
    A race to define Obamacare to the masses began today between the stacks at the Centreville Library... Just one volunteer stayed to help work the phone bank for the health law, and the event’s organizer bolted after 20 minutes — although he was bound for another Obamacare event, a house party. The poor turnout here in Centreville wasn’t necessarily indicative of what’s happening across the country at other OFA events Sunday afternoon and evening, which coincide with President Barack Obama’s birthday.
  • 4 more abortion centers CLOSED

    07/24/2013 6:16:31 PM PDT · by Coleus · 9 replies
    Since the last 40 Days for Life ended in March, four more abortion centers — which were sites of 40 Days for Life campaigns — have CLOSED their doors for good!Shortly after the campaign, volunteers learned that a late-term abortion facility in Sacramento, California — where multiple 40 Days for Life prayer vigils had been held outside — had gone out of business.Just a few weeks later, a Planned Parenthood abortion center in Kenmore, Washington — where two 40 Days for Life vigils have been held outside — announced its permanent closure.Then an abortion center in Toledo, Ohio … that...
  • Fairfax City abortion clinic, busiest in Virginia, closes

    07/15/2013 8:06:15 AM PDT · by LdSentinal · 25 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 7/14/13 | Tom Jackman
    Abortion rights advocates have long maintained that abortion clinics are safe and that their procedures are no more invasive or dangerous than dental surgery or colonoscopies. Virginia recently passed regulations requiring abortion clinics to have wider hallways and doorways, expanded parking and entrance awnings. Supporters said the ­changes ensure the safety of women undergoing abortions. Opponents said the measure was a veiled attempt to shutter them. “NOVA Women’s Healthcare provided medical services to thousands of women,” Yarmosky said. “It was the largest abortion provider, but thousands of women also relied on them for birth control and other health care, and...
  • Gun-Rights Activist Adam Kokesh Arrested In Herndon

    07/10/2013 5:29:47 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 72 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | July 10,2013 | Trishula Patel
    Police searched the Northern Virginia home of libertarian activist Adam Kokesh Tuesday evening and took him into custody, according to a news release posted on Kokesh’s Web site.
  • “Why did you shoot me? I was reading a book”: The new warrior cop is out of control

    07/09/2013 5:34:35 AM PDT · by Renfield · 31 replies
    Salon ^ | 7-7-2013 | Radley Balko
    Excerpted from "Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America's Police Forces" Sal Culosi is dead because he bet on a football game — but it wasn’t a bookie or a loan shark who killed him. His local government killed him, ostensibly to protect him from his gambling habit. Several months earlier at a local bar, Fairfax County, Virginia, detective David Baucum overheard the thirty-eight-year-old optometrist and some friends wagering on a college football game. “To Sal, betting a few bills on the Redskins was a stress reliever, done among friends,” a friend of Culosi’s told me shortly after...
  • Man charged in serial butt slashings admits to attacks

    06/17/2013 3:07:47 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 16 replies
    WTOP ^ | Monday - 6/17/2013, 2:25pm ET
    The man accused of slashing women's buttocks in Northern Virginia malls has pleaded guilty in a Fairfax County court. The Washington Post reports that Johnny D. Guillen Pimentel admitted to sneaking up on four women and cutting their bottoms with a razor or box cutter.
  • Two women rescued from Saudi diplomat's home after it was raided for human trafficking

    05/02/2013 5:34:58 PM PDT · by Uncle Chip · 18 replies
    The Daily Mail Online ^ | May 2, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Immigration officials are investigating a report of human trafficking at a home owned by Saudi Arabia in northern Virginia. Two women were rescued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and spokesman Brandon Montgomery said the women - who are from the Philippines - were possible victims of domestic servitude. One woman reportedly tried to flee by squeezing through a gap in the front gate as it was closing. It is not yet clear if the women alerted authorities or if someone else called it in. Fairfax County police were called in to help. 'Homeland Security Investigations DC did encounter two...
  • Saudi compound in Virginia investigated for human trafficking

    05/02/2013 10:47:21 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 19 replies
    washingtontimes.com ^ | 5/2/13 | Cheryl K. Chumley
    Federal authorities have launched an investigation into a Saudi Arabian compound in Northern Virginia over suspicions its residents may be engaging in human trafficking. Federal and local police responded to a call from a house in the D.C. suburb of McLean and found “two potential victims of trafficking” who hailed from the Philippines, Raw Story reported. One of the women tried to run. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said the investigation could move sluggishly because of complications from diplomatic immunity rules.
  • Islamic Radical Threatens Catholic High School

    04/24/2013 6:22:10 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies
    Police are investigating an anonymous forum poster who praised Boston bombing suspects Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and later made a threat against a Catholic high school in Fairfax, Virginia. The online poster goes by the handle “Prophet Muhammad” and has made several disturbing statements on the Fairfax Underground website in the last month. On Friday, he posted a threat against Paul VI Catholic High School: “Inshallah, Paul VI High School will be the scene of another massacre. Allahu akbar!” “Inshallah” is an Arabic phrase that means “God willing.” “Allahu akbar” means “God is the greatest.” Both sayings are commonly associated...
  • Government workers anxious about furloughs, sequestration, effects of bashing (Pity party...)

    03/01/2013 9:13:56 AM PST · by jimbo123 · 69 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 2/28/13 | Marc Fisher
    -snip- For most of their lives, federal workers in Mantua say, having “United States Treasury” atop their paycheck meant security, pride and a sense of mission. Things change: Now it means having to defend yourself against arguments, from strangers and even from your own relatives, that you’re an overpaid and underworked leech.
  • Gun Show Eyewitness Report

    12/28/2012 6:38:55 PM PST · by crusher · 91 replies
    self | 12/26/2012 | crusher
    Today is my "Going Galt" day as I retired in preparation of moving to the retreat in the mountains. To wash the taste of work and DC out of my mouth and to bask in the atmosphere of good vibes I decided to go to the 1000-table gun show at the Dulles Expo center about 15 miles from DC. As I approached the neighborhood, traffic was so heavy I could hardly even get off the highway, "No biggie," sez I as it was Friday afternoon. As I approached the Expo Center I saw a different truth, that it was traffic...
  • Region’s rising wealth brings new luxury brands and wealth managers (DC Metro)

    12/18/2012 2:18:48 PM PST · by C19fan · 6 replies
    Washington Post ^ | December 17, 2012 | Annie Gowen
    With plenty of two-income highly educated families, the D.C. region already has a reputation as one of the most affluent in the country. But the area is fast emerging as a home to the truly rich as well. High-end luxury retailers are responding. Brands such as Aston Martin are expanding their operations into the area — betting, for instance, that there will be plenty of customers who can afford the $280,000 sports car James Bond drives in the movies. Nearby in Tysons, a Saint Laurent store and the high-end electric car maker Tesla are also set to open their doors.
  • Beltway express lanes creating a learning curve for drivers

    12/16/2012 1:43:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 23 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | December 10, 2012 | Dr. Gridlock
    There aren’t more, because some people just don’t like to pay tolls, and others haven’t figured how they can take advantage of the lanes. Transurban is happy to have anybody’s toll money, whether they are locals or long-distance travelers, but the lanes are designed largely for the benefit of local travelers. The entrance and exit system reflects that. The Tysons area business and civic leaders with whom I’ve talked express optimism about the lanes and seem hopeful about the two new access points at Westpark Drive and Jones Branch Drive. At this early stage, the most vexing thing about the...
  • Progressives Plan March On NRA In DC Monday

    12/16/2012 8:28:19 PM PST · by Cheerio · 70 replies
    TPM ^ | December 16, 2012 | Evan McMorris-Santoro
    CREDO, a progressive grassroots group, is organizing a march on the National Rifle Association's lobbying arm in Washington, D.C. Monday. "After the shooter Adam Lanza, no one is more to blame for the massacre of 20 first graders and six women at the Sandy Hook Elementary School than the National Rifle Association," CREDO wrote on the Facebook page where the march is being organized. "To stop the senseless killing we must first stop the NRA."
  • Virginia: Fairfax Victory Rally w/ Mitt & the GOP Team; Monday, Nov 5; 2:45pm

    11/03/2012 8:00:34 AM PDT · by HokieMom · 11 replies
    You’re Invited to a Victory Rally with Mitt Romney and the Republican Team! Monday, November 5, 2012 Doors Open 12:45 PM | Event Begins 2:45 PM *The first 500 attendees will receive free souvenir footballs!* Recreation and Athletic Complex George Mason University 4350 Banister Creek Court Fairfax, VA 22030 All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids, or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted. For Questions, Contact Us At: TeamVA@mittromney.com or (757) 279-8253 For Important Campaign Updates: Text VA to GOMITT (466488)...
  • Virginia: Ann Romney & GOP Team in downtown McLean this Saturday morning, October 27!

    10/25/2012 7:28:48 PM PDT · by HokieMom · 5 replies
    Romney website ^ | 10/25/12
    9:00am rally; doors open at 7:30am McLean Central Park Please go to www.mittromney.com to register and print your ticket!
  • Obama accuses Romney of suffering from 'Romnesia'

    10/19/2012 10:29:22 AM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 42 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct. 19, 2012
    FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama has a diagnosis for what he considers rival Mitt Romney's shifting positions: Call it a case of "Romnesia." Making a direct gender-pitch in hotly contested Virginia, Obama tells a college crowd that when it comes to issues important to women's health and jobs, Romney has conveniently overlooked his past stands.
  • Obama: we passed ObamaCare so college students can have free contraceptives

    10/10/2012 8:30:48 AM PDT · by IbJensen · 31 replies
    Life Side News ^ | Oct 09, 2012 | Kirsten Andersen
    (Obama with Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius.)FAIRFAX, Virginia, October 9, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) – President Barack Obama told an audience of campaign supporters at George Mason University last Friday that free contraceptives for college students was the reason “why we passed” his healthcare reform law. Citing the ‘preventive services’ mandate that requires healthcare plans to provide sterilization, contraception and abortion-inducing drugs to women free of charge, Obama said, “I don’t think a college student in Fairfax or Charlottesville should have to choose between text books or the preventive care that she needs. That’s why we passed this law....
  • Seven of nation’s 10 most affluent counties are in Washington DC region

    09/20/2012 5:27:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 26 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 09/20/2012 | Carol Morello and Ted Mellnik
    The Washington region has emerged from the recession looking even more affluent compared with the rest of the country, boasting seven of the 10 counties with the highest household incomes in the nation, new census numbers show. With a median household income surpassing $119,000, Loudoun County heads the list. Fairfax County, at nearly $106,000, is second. Both have held the same positions for several years running. More surprising, Arlington County leapfrogged from the fifth spot to third, with a median household income of almost $101,000, a $6,000 gain in one year. Four in 10 households in the county are single...
  • Another rabid beaver attacks in Northern Virginia

    09/14/2012 5:00:40 PM PDT · by marktwain · 30 replies
    washingtonexaminer.com ^ | 12 September, 2012 | Naomi Jagoda
    A rabid beaver approached young children at a nature center in Fairfax County over the weekend, officials said, just days after another rabid beaver bit an 83-year-old woman in a Fairfax lake. About 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Fairfax County Animal Control officers went to Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield. The incident occurred during a program in which about 15 children were participating. The kids were fishing when a beaver was spotted approaching a dock where about four or five children were located, a nature center staff member who witnessed the incident told Fairfax County Park Authority spokeswoman Judy Pedersen. The...
  • Rabid beaver chases children in Fairfax; 2nd attack in a week

    09/12/2012 2:54:42 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    http://www.washingtontimes.com ^ | 09-12-2012 | Meridith Somers
    A rabid beaver leaped from a pond and chased a group of children who had gathered for a fishing competition in a Fairfax County park on Saturday — the second beaver attack in the county in a week. Judy Pedersen, spokeswoman for the Fairfax County Park Authority, said the beaver attacked the children around 11:30 a.m. at the Hidden Pond Nature Center in Springfield.
  • (Reston VA) US synagogue welcomes Muslims seeking a place to pray

    08/17/2012 7:49:09 AM PDT · by markomalley · 19 replies
    BBC ^ | 8/16/2012
    Muslims around the world are gathering for Friday prayers, and in one neighbourhood in the US state of Virginia, the worshippers will enter a building that could hardly be further from a traditional mosque. At a time when religious differences are sparking conflict in the Middle East and beyond - it is cooperation between two faiths which is allowing this unique programme flourish.
  • Cops: LGBT volunteer shoots conservative group's guard

    08/15/2012 5:04:31 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 65 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August. 15, 2012
    (AP) WASHINGTON - A man suspected of shooting and wounding a security guard in the lobby of a Christian lobbying group had been volunteering at a community center for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people. A law enforcement official has identified the suspect arrested in Wednesday's shooting as Floyd Corkins II of Herndon, Va. Investigators were interviewing his neighbors.
  • Obama to Speak at Centreville (VA) High School Saturday

    07/12/2012 3:20:11 PM PDT · by stratman1969 · 39 replies
    Centreville Patch ^ | July 11, 2012 | Alexandra Mendoza
    President Obama will be speaking at Centreville High School on Saturday, reportedly the last stop in a two-day campaign swing that will take him through Virginia. Tickets to the campaign event are free but must be obtained beforehand. The Fairfax Obama for America office, located at 11215-P Lee Highway, will distribute tickets starting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are first-come, first-served. Tickets are also available at the Falls Church OFA Office at 7285 Arlington Blvd.
, Falls Church. Doors at the high school will open Saturday at 2 p.m. Attendees should allow extra time for security checks. Obama will spend two...