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What’s being done to try to prevent wrecks on ‘crash-prone’ stretch of I-66

The crash that closed a portion of Interstate 66 for four hours Wednesday in Centreville, Virginia, happened along a stretch where wrecks seem to be a regular occurrence, and a transportation official told WTOP it’s a problem they’re aware of and are working to rectify.

“A current effort underway involves installing highly visible and durable thermoplastic pavement markings in both directions of the I-66 corridor. This work is scheduled to be completed in October,” Michelle T. Holland of the Virginia Department of Transportation said in an email.

Holland acknowledged that historically, higher crash rates in segments of I-66 near the Virginia Route 28 interchange have continued during the “Outside the Beltway Express Lanes Project.”

“The effects of weaving, speed and inattentiveness are on recurring display between the jersey walls,” said WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildine. “In the WTOP Traffic Center, our numbers show this is one of the most crash-prone stretches of highway across our region.”

Much of the stretch where construction is underway has no breakdown lane and is lined by concrete jersey walls.

Other safety measures in the area, Holland said, include:

  • New signs to alert drivers about emergency pulloff area locations.
  • New signs instructing drivers to move crashes out of traffic if no one is hurt.
  • A new state law that prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones in work zones.

“You expect crash counts to be higher in long-term work zones, but with a long history of wrecks here, if anywhere, this is where work zone awareness is paramount,” Dildine said.

As the construction project moves ahead, there are traffic pattern changes planned for Route 28. Holland said the project team is evaluating ways to improve traffic flow on Route 28 and I-66 to reduce congestion and to try to enhance safety.

Dildine’s advice for drivers: “No distractions, no speeding, eyes on the road and watching out for others who aren’t so aware.”

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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Fairfax County changes its response after reported student vaping soars

Health concerns around vaping are not just a national conversation, it’s a daily reality for D.C.-area school systems. Fairfax County, Virginia, is changing its policy to provide support for kids having trouble putting the e-cigarette down.

If a student was caught smoking on campus in the past, perhaps they would have faced consequences, such as limited participation in extracurricular activities or sports. But now, there is a more comprehensive response in Fairfax County schools to address the root of a growing problem: addiction to nicotine.

“We think that the vast majority of these incidents are due to vaping and e-cigarettes, not due to traditional tobacco products,” said Lucy Caldwell, with Fairfax County Public Schools, of the sharp increase in reported incidents.

School system data shows that in the 2016-17 school year, 69 students were identified as having tobacco-related substance abuse. “And then, in a year, it jumped to more than 400. And then, last school year, it was more than 600, and that’s probably the tip of the iceberg,” Caldwell said.

Along with distributing materials about the dangers of addiction and the health-concerns about vaping that have made headlines recently, the school system is hiring support staff.

“So we do have additional counselors and substance abuse specialists this year, and they’re actually embedded into the school system, so we’re there to provide support and help for people who might need it,” Caldwell said.

Education around the health perils of using nicotine start in county school curriculum in the second grade. However, Caldwell said many students may not realize they are addicted and may misunderstand that vaping is putting nicotine into their bodies.

She said it’s paramount for parents to talk to their kids about the dangers of vaping so the message is continued at home.

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How VDOT hopes to remedy ‘crash-prone’ stretch of I-66

The crash that closed a portion of Interstate 66 for four hours Wednesday in Centreville, Virginia, happened along a stretch where wrecks seem to be a regular occurrence, and a transportation official told WTOP it’s a problem they’re aware of and are working to rectify.

“A current effort underway involves installing highly visible and durable thermoplastic pavement markings in both directions of the I-66 corridor. This work is scheduled to be completed in October,” Michelle T. Holland of the Virginia Department of Transportation said in an email.

Holland acknowledged that historically, higher crash rates in segments of I-66 near the Virginia Route 28 interchange have continued during the “Outside the Beltway Express Lanes Project.”

“The effects of weaving, speed and inattentiveness are on recurring display between the jersey walls,” said WTOP traffic reporter Dave Dildine. “In the WTOP Traffic Center, our numbers show this is one of the most crash-prone stretches of highway across our region.”

Much of the stretch where construction is underway has no breakdown lane and is lined by concrete jersey walls.

Other safety measures in the area, Holland said, include:

  • New signs to alert drivers about emergency pulloff area locations.
  • New signs instructing drivers to move crashes out of traffic if no one is hurt.
  • A new state law that prohibits the use of hand-held cellphones in work zones.

“You expect crash counts to be higher in long-term work zones, but with a long history of wrecks here, if anywhere, this is where work zone awareness is paramount,” Dildine said.

As the construction project moves ahead, there are traffic pattern changes planned for Route 28. Holland said the project team is evaluating ways to improve traffic flow on Route 28 and I-66 to reduce congestion and to try to enhance safety.

Dildine’s advice for drivers: “No distractions, no speeding, eyes on the road and watching out for others who aren’t so aware.”

WTOP’s Megan Cloherty contributed to this report.

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Hilton tops Fortune’s ‘Best Workplaces for Women’

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This Wednesday, March 30, 2016, photo shows the Hilton hotel in Richmond, Va. Hilton Worldwide tops this Fortune’s Best Large Workplaces for Women list of 2019/ (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

 

McLean, Virginia-based Hilton Worldwide tops Fortune Magazine’s annual list of 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women this year.

At Hilton, 53% of the company’s nearly 56,000 employees are women, 51% are in management and 29% of Hilton’s executive positions are held by women.

Hilton rose to the top spot from No. 14 on last year’s list.

“Women at Hilton — from hotel team members to corporate executives — help provide the hospitality our guests expect. To ensure they’re empowered to be their best, it’s important that we create meaningful opportunities and an inclusive environment,” said Matt Schuyler, chief human resources officer at Hilton.

Three other locally-based companies are on this year’s list.

Vienna-based Navy Federal Credit Union ranks No. 9 this year. Of its 16,000 employees, 67% are women and 42% hold executive manager positions.

Bethesda, Maryland-based Marriott International is No. 19 on this year’s list. Of its 133,000 employees, 54% are women and 35% hold executive and executive manger positions.

McLean-based Capital One ranks No. 65 on the list. Of its 48,000 employees, 53% are women and 7% hold executive manager positions. Women hold 40% of its nonexecutive management positions.

Fortune’s annual list is based on an anonymous survey of large company employees and includes 60 questions covering everything from company values to effectiveness of leadership and how well women are represented in the workforce and in management.

Check out Fortune’s full list of 75 Best Large Workplaces for Women.

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After ‘America’s Got Talent,’ Virginia military singers’ mission continues

As Caleb Green tells it, “America’s Got Talent” host Terry Crews asked his vocal group, Voices of Service, what they would do with the NBC talent show’s $1 million grand prize.

“I said, ‘A million dollars really isn’t the goal,’” he told WTOP Thursday morning. “‘We want to touch a million lives. We want to make a difference there.’”

By that metric, they won weeks ago.

The Northern Virginia quartet, comprised of active military members and one veteran, was among the top five finalists Wednesday night, but came short of winning the show’s top prize.

They’ve also shown, however, that music can be a force for healing.

Green, a master sergeant; Sgt. 1st Class Jason Hanna; Sgt. Maj. Christal Rheams; and retired Staff Sgt. Ron Henry used the show to demonstrate how music can serve as therapy for military members with post-traumatic stress disorder or traumatic brain injuries.

Where Voices of Service go from here is anyone’s guess. It’s safe to say, though, that they’ll be busy.

“We’re still in Los Angeles,” Green said. “We’re about to travel home today … but I think that opportunities are awaiting us.”

“Our executive director for our organization said we really have to sit down to kind of figure out what we’re going to do, because we’ve been inundated with numerous requests and very, very noble causes,” he added.

The D.C. area came through for Voices of Service, he said, with supportive texts, phone calls and social media posts that were “like a tsunami.”

“We needed that sometimes, because your battery runs down. And then, you look at social media, and we were just looking at each other and reading things to encourage each other,” Green said.

Reflecting on the whole experience, Green said it was not so much surreal as it was epic, “because we had a chance to get our voice and our message out there.”

WTOP’s Nick Iannelli contributed to this report.

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Change of plan. Fairfax County weighs what should replace Topgolf Alexandria.

The first Topgolf in the United States could be replaced with a couple hundred townhomes under a proposed amendment to Fairfax County’s comprehensive plan.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors first authorized a plan amendment review for the roughly 17.4-acre Kingstowne site, fronting South Van Dorn Street, in October 2015. Nearly four years later, staff is back with a recommendation to change the long-range land-use guide to allow for up to 12 units per acre plus 20,000 square feet of neighborhood-serving retail.

The property owner filed an application in early 2018 to redevelop the site, currently home to Topgolf Alexandria, with 74 townhomes, 164 multifamily stacked units and a 20,000-square-foot commercial building. That proposal was later reduced to 212 townhomes plus a modicum of retail and some area of “developed recreation.” At 12 units per acre, the owner (an LLC tied to a Leesburg single-family address) would be allowed roughly 209 units.

The Ruby Tuesday on the property…

Read the full story from the Washington Business Journal.

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‘Fill the Boot’ fundraising to continue as Fairfax County discourages panhandling

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Fairfax County firefighters collected the most money nationally in this year’s Fill The Boot campaign for the Muscular Dystrophy Association. (Courtesy Facebook/Fairfax Co. Professional Firefighters & Paramedics)

One day after Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors announced plans to put signs at busy intersections to discourage drivers from giving money to panhandlers, County Fire Chief John Butler said the longstanding “Fill the Boot” charity campaign in roadways will continue.

In a Tuesday meeting, the Virginia board stopped short of drafting an ordinance to make panhandling at intersections unlawful, and decided to erect signs targeting drivers that read: “Do not encourage panhandling by giving money from vehicle.”

The county’s suggestion that drivers not hand over money through a car window seems to be at odds with the annual Labor Day fundraising for the Muscular Dystrophy Association by the firefighters’ union, in which drivers are encouraged to roll down their windows to drop money in a firefighter’s boot.

Asked by WTOP whether the board of supervisors’ safety concerns about distractions at intersections would prompt the fire department to find other methods to collect donations than having firefighters standing in intersections, Fairfax County Fire Chief John Butler’s statement ignored the question.

“Members of the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department have raised over $2.8 million in the last five years for the Muscular Dystrophy Association, and the Fill The Boot campaign will continue,” Butler said, in a statement. “We would like to thank our community for their extraordinary generosity.”

“The Fill the Boot campaign is the highest-grossing Muscular Dystrophy effort in the country,” Supervisor John Cook told WTOP. “We’re very proud of our firefighters for giving of their time, and of themselves to do that.”

Fairfax County firefighters and paramedics raised the most money in the country during this year’s  MDA campaign — $447,571 — according to International Association of Fire Fighters Local 2068.

However, Cook and Supervisor Pat Herrity said they believe controlling panhandling at intersections may require an ordinance, with legal teeth, rather than just signs to discourage drivers.

“If we are going to pursue an ordinance about panhandling [on roadways and intersections] that would have to apply to firefighters as well,” Cook said. “That’s the law.”

“That is activity occurring in the road medians,” Cook said. “The firefighters have some training there and they are able to watch out for themselves, but that’s a one-weekend-a-year thing.”

According to Cook, “If we’re finding that 365 days a year, there’s a safety problem in our intersections, I think we have a responsibility to address that problem.”

The MDA Fill the Boot Guidebook details safety steps fire personnel should take, including wearing orange or yellow reflective vests, posting signs well ahead of the intersections where collections will take place, and parking fire trucks with emergency lights on.

Two guidelines apply to getting donations from drivers: “Initiate all collections from roadside or median,” and “Never stop traffic, and only approach stopped vehicles.”

Cook said he’s confident the firefighters would continue to raise large of amounts of money, and do it more safely.

“I would hope that it could be focused on shopping centers, outside of grocery stores, places where a lot of people congregate,” Cook said.

“I would certainly want to support that effort and have us remain the top supporter of the MDA program. And, I think it can be done in a way other than the current method, in the roadway.”

Phone calls and Facebook messages to the firefighters’ union requesting comment were not immediately returned.

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Driver dead after crashing into Annandale home

A man is dead after a car he was driving crashed into a home in Fairfax County, Virginia, early Thursday.

It happened on the 8500 block of Little River Turnpike in Annandale, not far from the Northern Virginia Community College Annandale Campus, around 2:30 a.m.

Police said no one else was in the car at the time of the crash. They have not released his identity yet.

Everyone in the home was safely evacuated.

Below is a map of the area where the incident happened.

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2 rabid animals found within a mile of each other in Herndon

After two rabid animals turned up in the Herndon, Virginia, area within a mile of each other and within a 30-day period, the Fairfax County Health Department wants to get the word out.

On Aug. 16, a groundhog was killed on Brofferton Court; on Sept. 13, a raccoon was killed on Pinecrest Road. Both animals were killed by dogs on their owner’s property.

Both dogs had already been vaccinated for rabies, and after catching the animals, they were given booster shots. The dogs will be kept at home for 45 days to ensure they don’t have the disease.

“Be aware that we have rabies in our wildlife population throughout Fairfax County,” said Ben Klekamp, epidemiology manager with the county’s health department.

He is urging people to stay away from wild animals.

“If you see a, say, raccoon walking down the street during the middle of the day, don’t approach it. Make sure that you call the animal protection police, and they will come and collect that animal and maybe test it for rabies,” Klekamp said.

If you live in the immediate area where the two rabid animals were found, and you think you or your pet came in contact with one, you’re asked to call the health department.

“We would then help assess if they needed to go get medical care to protect them from getting rabies,” Klekamp said.

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Fairfax Co. eyes signs to discourage panhandling at intersections

Fairfax County, Virginia, is moving toward becoming the first local community to post signs near intersections to discourage drivers from giving money to panhandlers.

“It is a distraction to have someone standing in the street, when you’re looking to make a turn or go through an intersection, and somebody starts walking toward your car,” said Board of Supervisors member John Cook. “I know, as a driver, I don’t like it — I don’t care who it is.”

In a Tuesday meeting, the board weighed ways to deal with the growing problem of panhandling at stoplights.

While some board members favored an ordinance, they were reminded of a long-standing legal reality — in most cases, it’s not against the law to ask for money.

“The solicitation of money is protected speech, under the First Amendment,” said Elizabeth Teare, county attorney. “There are multiple court decisions that strike down ordinances that are targeted explicitly at solicitation of money.”

“In general, we should try to avoid criminalizing behavior that is not having serious impact on people, not hurting people,” said board member John Foust.

Instead, the board decided to move forward with posting signs at select intersections that read: “Do not encourage panhandling by giving money from vehicle.”

Board member Linda Smyth agreed the county needs to reduce distractions at intersections.

“People cannot look at their phones and watch everything else that’s going on in rush hour traffic,” Smyth said. “It’s just a recipe for a tragedy.”

NBC Washington reports protesters at the meeting believe cracking down on panhandling penalizes the poor.

The board members agreed the sign would have a telephone number to put people in touch with resources to deal with homelessness and hunger.

While many panhandlers have a genuine need, in some cases “professional panhandlers” take advantage of people’s generosity.

“We know that’s something that does happen, and that’s something that concerns me,” said Board Chairman Sharon Bulova.

“There’s really no absolute in panhandling,” said board member Pat Herrity. “I’ve talked with people who said ‘I tried your programs, there was somebody breathing down my neck, I’d rather make $160 in four hours standing at a stoplight.’”

Board staff will continue work on sign design, as well as determining which intersections in the county have the most panhandling.

Similar signs are used in Roanoke and Henrico County. The board would have to take an official vote before putting up the signs.

Watch NBC Washington’s report:

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