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Students Raise Alarm on Senate Bill 656

New policies mandated by Jan. 1, 2023 could hurt LBGTQ+ students.

Does every student in a Virginia public school curriculum, Black, Indigenous, students of color, disabled, immigrant, and others, deserve to be accurately represented?

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Black Lives Matter Banner Slashed at Reston Church

Black Lives Matter Banner Slashed at Reston Church

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Foust Says He's Not Running in 2023

No fifth term for legacy leader.

No fifth term for legacy leader.

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Meet Virginia's 2022 3M Young Scientist

Harvesting energy from mechanical sources.

Harvesting energy from mechanical sources.

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Block Party Blast at St. Tim's

Parishioners and community members rock in the sunshine.

Parishioners and community members rock in the sunshine.

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Cellular Service Disruption at Lake Anne Impacts 9-1-1

Vendors’ point-of-sale systems also experiencing difficulties.

Vendors’ point-of-sale systems also experiencing difficulties.

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Reston Association Chooses New CEO

One-on-one interview with Mac Cummins, AICP

One-on-one interview with Mac Cummins, AICP

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Farmers Market Fun Days "On" in Herndon

Come for the market, a walk through the Red Caboose, and Market Fun Days

Come for the market, a walk through the Red Caboose, and Market Fun Days

Can’t Get a Foot in the Door

Housing discrimination found in Fairfax County.

Housing discrimination found in Fairfax County.

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GRCC Presents 2022 Awards for Excellence

Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors.

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No More Mailbags for Beloved McLean Postal Carrier

Hard to fill this carrier's shoes.

Hard to fill this carrier's shoes.

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Swimmers, Take Your Mark

Mayor visits Herndon Olympics

Mayor visits Herndon Olympics

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Storytime for Little Historians

Young children learn about Reston and its founding principles.

Young children learn about Reston and its founding principles.

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Chill'n at the Roots Festival on Lake Anne Plaza

Community gathers for a fun-filled day in rain.

Community gathers for a fun-filled day in rain.

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Traveling Players Perform Free Family-Friendly Plays

Free and on The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center

Free and on The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center

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Rotary Club of Great Falls Holds Annual Meeting

Installs leadership and recognizes honorees.

Installs leadership and recognizes honorees.

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Pam Grosvenor, Recipient of The Glen Sjoblom Award 2022

GFCA's Executive Board holds award ceremony

GFCA's Executive Board holds award ceremony

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MWAA Proposes Dulles Toll Road Increases

Public comments accepted through Aug. 10, 2022.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority will propose raining the toll rates on the Dulles...

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Naturalization Ceremony by USCIS Held in the Town of Vienna

Their stories are now our stories, to be woven into the fabric of the United States of America.

Their stories are now our stories, to be woven into the fabric of the United States of America.

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Rallying FCPS Pride Children and Parents Face Protesters Outside Meeting

Fairfax County School Board presents LGBTQI+ Pride Recognition and Adopts Updated Student Rights & Responsibilities.

Fairfax County School Board presents LGBTQI+ Pride Recognition and Adopts Updated Student Rights & Responsibilities.

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Post-Roe, Fairfax Supervisors Unanimously Forge Ahead

Speaking out, supervisors approve three-part board matter.

For residents in Fairfax County and the rest of Virginia and the nation, the future for abortion rights and access is uncertain now that the Supreme Court has...

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FCPS Honors 2022

Recognizing achievements in education.

Recognizing achievements in education.

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FCPS Honors 2022

Recognizing the achievements in education in a challenging year.

FCPS Honors 2022

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Hardening older FCPS Entrances to Secure Them from Shooters

Multilayered approaches to keep children safe in schools

School shootings

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Fairfax County Officials Announce New Tourism Brand for South County

Connect, reconnect to the treasures.

At a media briefing held Wednesday, May 17, against the backdrop of George Washington's Mount Vernon...

Burglaries and Destruction of Property at Two Black Churches

Not hate crimes but a cry for help.

Four crimes within days at two Black churches and a tripped alarm at a third Black church, all located on Fordson Road in Alexandria's Gum Spring Community, looked ominous.

FCPS to Consider Trust Policy

CASA members and allies speak out at rally and public hearing.

FCPS policy

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No Stopping School Board Naming New Division Superintendent

Student protests, petition and NAACP objections fail to derail the endgame.

School superintendent

Fairfax School Board’s Frustration Shows

Does the process diminish new superintendent’s appointment?

School Board

Fairfax County Budget Hearings

Comments favor funding for low-income and affordable housing, police and first responders pay increases, parks, and more.

Budget

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Coalition for TJ Files Emergency Request to Vacate the 4th Circuit Stay

Case alleges anti-Asian American discriminatory admissions process

Emergency request

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44th Annual Fairfax County Valor Awards

Valor is more than bravery or courage. It goes beyond what is expected.

Valor awards

2022 Shape of the Region Conference

‘Finding our way back to mental health.’

Mental health

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Helping to Feed Hungry Families

Stuff the Bus event brings in much needed food donations.

Stuff bus

New Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security Named

Board of Supervisors appoints former Fire and Rescue Department's assistant chief.

Appointee

Sheriff Ends Pre-Release Notice to ICE

Incremental steps matter.

ICE

New Deputy County Executive for Safety and Security Named

Board of Supervisors appoints former Fire and Rescue Department's assistant chief.

Executive named for county

New TJ Policy Invalidated in Fairfax County

Policy is discriminatory, writes judge in win for plaintiff, Coalition for TJ and Pacific Legal Foundation.

TJ School

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County Executive Presents FY 2023 Advertised Budget

Increase in assessed values for real estate and vehicles drive higher tax payments.

County budget

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Adopting a Senior Dog Could Be a Better Match, Really

One woman's passion and 'Tribute'.

Senior dogs

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Mount Vernon 35th Annual Town Meeting

District tradition returns in person and a virtual option.

Mount Vernon Town Meeting

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Fairfax County Fire & Rescue Transitions From All Advanced Life Support System

Reintegration of the dual-tier EMS system, 12 stations impacted.

EMS transitions

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FCPS Initial ‘Test-To-Stay’ Pilot Results

Limited participation attributed to high vaccination rates.

Vaccination at Schools

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Seeking Shelter: Changes in Housing Preferences

Center for Real Estate Entrepreneurship at George Mason University School of Business presents.

Housing

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Impact of Vehicle-Bicycle Collisions in Fairfax Courts

FABB's discussion with Deputy Commonwealth's Attorney for Community Justice and Policy

Bike ruling

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Brabrand: 'Stay the Course'

We have a right to do things up until that right impinges or infringes on the rights of others.

Masks

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FCPS Takes Legal Action Challenging Gov. Youngkin's Ex. Order No. 2

County School Board files suit jointly with six other boards.

Executive order

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New Governor Revokes Mask Mandate for Schools

FCPS says masks requirement remains in effect.

Mask Mandates

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Return to School 2022

After a week of weather closures, FCPS opens with Covid-19 surging

Returning to school

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