Stories for February 2018

Stories for February 2018


Tuesday, February 27

Opinion: Editorial: Hope for Expanding Health Care

Just say yes to $400 million, thousands of jobs and health care for 300,000.

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Dog Days at Volunteer Fairfax

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New Kids in Town in Fairfax County

County executive proposes budget that fully funds schools and compensation for employees.

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Mixed Success on Menstrual Equity in Virginia

Increased availability behind bars, but no tax breaks during back-to-school week.

Several lawmakers from Northern Virginia arrived in Richmond this year hoping to push a cause known as menstrual equity — making sure that feminine hygiene products are affordable, safe and available. But success has been mixed.

Monday, February 26

Commentary: Finding Funding for Mass Transit

Friday, February 23

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‘Resist: A Revolutionary Cabaret’ in Alexandria

Singer Roz White to perform at MetroStage in Alexandria.

Thursday, February 22

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Wreath-Laying at Mount Vernon Estate

Crowds throng to George and Martha Washington’s tomb for ceremony.

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Experiencing the Olympics in Mount Vernon

Aldersgate Day School holds own Winter Olympics.

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Fairfax County Police Launch Body Worn Camera Pilot Program

Training and rollout began Feb. 19 in Mount Vernon, Mason, and Reston districts.

Commentary: Negotiating a State Budget

Wednesday, February 21

Virginia Senate Might Torpedo Medicaid Expansion

Democrats still need to flip one more GOP senator to make it happen.

Usually it’s the state Senate that leads on progressive issues, and the House of Delegates kind of drags its feet. Not this year.

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Gun Debate on Lockdown in Virginia

Democrats unable to gain traction on reform, despite new numbers in House.

When lawmakers arrived in Richmond last month, Democrats were hopeful that they would be able to use their new numbers to gain some traction on the gun debate. Now that the session is half over and the nation is reeling from yet another mass shooting, very little of their agenda has been accomplished at the Capitol.

Tuesday, February 20

Commentary: Working on Strategy To Fund Metro

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Northern Virginia’s Report Card Unveiled

“Shape of the Region” Conference reviews area’s Opportunity Index and gathers leaders to discuss successes and challenges.

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Diving into Black History with Books

Local educators suggest books to read in celebration of African American History Month.

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Candlelight Vigil for Florida Shooting Victims

Protesters at NRA headquarters decry killings, demand lawmakers pass laws to stem gun violence.

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Editorial: Another Assault on Common Sense

Perhaps this time might be different.

Commentary: Encroachment in the Parks in Fairfax County

Commentary: Trying To Curtail ‘Double-Dipping’ at Dominion Energy

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‘The Boys Next Door’ at Port City Playhouse

Show features mentally challenged characters who are funny and poignant.

Monday, February 19

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Dance Around the World at Fort Hunt Elementary

Some 400 people attend PTA-sponsored event with international buffet, booths, and entertainment.

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Prepared for More Challenges at Bryant High School

55 Bryant students receive diplomas at winter commencement.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: January, 2018

In January, 2018, 84 homes sold between $922,000-$111,000 in the Mount Vernon area.

Mount Vernon Home Sales: January, 2018

Sunday, February 18

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Commentary: Working Toward College Acceptance

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A Stitch In Time

With the children out of the nest, Shafer Dobry is re-embracing her passion for fiber arts in a basement studio.

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Styling a Coffee Table

Using décor to make a table pop.

Saturday, February 17

Thursday, February 15

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From Out of the Ashes in Mount Vernon

Antique Center’s owner and dealers look to the future.

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View from Coffin Corner

Extreme position on House floor enjoys a storied history.

As a freshman delegate in 1978, Ken Plum was assigned a desk in the far corner on the Democratic side of the House of Delegates — seat 17. It wasn’t the best vantage point in the House because about a third of the Republican members were totally out of view. The senior members took the seats at the back of the chamber near the center, sticking Plum in the corner.

Wednesday, February 14

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Holocaust Survivor Shares Her Story

Eva Schloss, the 88-year-old step-sister of Anne Frank, speaks at GMU.

Commentary: A Deal on Misdemeanor-Felony Threshold in Virginia

Monday, February 12

Commentary: Reviewing the Grid Transformation and Security Act

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Annual Meeting Puts Mount Vernon in Spotlight

Storck hosts local dignitaries; exhibit hall with 70 exhibitors.

Sunday, February 11

Commentary: ‘Electronic Textbooks’ Bill Moves Forward in Virginia

Saturday, February 10

Friday, February 9

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Feeding the Flu

What to eat when fighting the flu.

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Virginia Lawmakers Play Whack-A-Mole with Predatory Lenders

Senate panel takes action limiting one kind of high-interest loan, leaving loophole for another.

By this time next year, high-interest lenders may be prohibited from making consumer finance loans — at least ones they find profitable at 200 percent interest. So that loophole may be closed by the end of the General Assembly session. But it seems likely lawmakers will leave Richmond this year creating no restrictions on open-end lines of credit, raising concern among some that lawmakers are playing a game of whack-a-mole.

Wednesday, February 7

Commentary: Making Election Process More Accessible, Efficient

Tuesday, February 6

Commentary: Working To Reform Criminal Justice System

Commentary: Losing and Winning at Legislation in Virginia

Commentary: Busy in Richmond

Monday, February 5

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Only Embark with Everyone in Mount Vernon Aboard

Residents concerned transportation revitalization could leave Mount Vernon affordability in the dust.

Friday, February 2

Commentary: Time for Criminal Justice Reform in Fairfax County

Thursday, February 1

An Evening with Eva Schloss at GMU

Presented by the Chabad centers of Northern Virginia.

Many Immigrant Stories But Similar Fears

Details of immigrant stories differ but the roller coaster of stress and uncertainty is the same.

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Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Local tastemakers offer thoughtful giving suggestions.

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Fairfax County Buildings’ Repurposing Debated

County considers vacant office space repurposing guidelines; public offers some “good ideas.

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Effort to Force Diversity at TJ School Fails

Lawmakers reject bill that would have required governor’s school to admit poor students.