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Pedestrian killed in Fairfax Co. hit-and-run

WASHINGTON — A person was killed Friday night after a hit-and-run in Falls Church, Virginia.

Fairfax County police said just before 6 p.m. Friday, a pedestrian was struck on U.S. Route 50 at Summerfield Road near Jefferson Village Park.

The victim was taken to the hospital and later died.

Witnesses told police that the vehicle involved was a dark-colored truck.

U.S. Route 50 in the area was closed as police investigated the crash.

Below is the area where the crash happened.

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18-year-old from Fairfax arrested on child porn charges

WASHINGTON — An 18-year-old from Fairfax, Virginia, faces charges for sharing nude images of teenage girls through Dropbox accounts, police said Thursday.

Ergi Masati, who graduated from Fairfax High School in 2017, was arrested on five counts of possession of child pornography on Oct. 23, 2018. More than a month before that, a Westfield High School resource officer received an anonymous letter with information on two Dropbox accounts with nude images.

The victims attended high schools in Fairfax County from 2015 to 2017 and have all now graduated.

“After a lengthy investigation by the Child Exploitation Unit, we are providing information on Masati’s arrest because all the victims have now been positively identified and notified by our detectives,” Fairfax County police said in a Thursday news release.

Masati was release on a $5,000 bond on Oct. 23, 2018.

It is a crime to possess or share pornographic images of a person that appears to be under the age of 18. Anyone who receives unsolicited sexting messages should contact Fairfax County’s nonemergency number, 703-691-2131.

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Virginia committee kills stronger seat-belt law

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia will continue to have one of the weakest seat-belt laws in the country after a Senate committee killed a bill to require rear-seat passengers in a motor vehicle to wear safety belts and to make violating the state’s seat-belt law a primary offense.

The Senate Transportation Committee voted 6-5 Wednesday to shelve SB 1282, which sought to expand Virginia’s seat-belt requirements.

Currently, only the driver and front-seat passengers must wear a safety belt (or children must be secured in car seats). Violations are a secondary offense, meaning officers cannot pull drivers over and ticket them simply for not wearing a seat belt.

Sen. George Barker, D-Fairfax, who introduced the bill, urged the committee to approve it.

“After years of decline in traffic fatalities, we are now seeing an increase number of traffic fatalities — to some extent related to distracted driving issues,” Barker said. “This bill is something that can help address that and something we need to do to help ensure the safety of those riding a vehicle in Virginia.”

Since 2014, Virginia has seen a 20 percent increase in traffic-related fatalities and a 20 percent increase in fatalities related to unrestrained passengers and drivers, according to the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles. In 2017, the latest year for which data are available, 308 unrestrained drivers and passengers died in crashes.

Traffic safety groups supported Barker’s bill calling for primary enforcement to seat-belt usage for both front and rear passengers.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has found that states with primary seat-belt enforcement laws “consistently have higher observed daytime belt use rates and lower fatality rates than secondary law states.” Virginia is among 16 states where seat-belt violations are a secondary offense. If someone is ticketed for the offense in Virginia, the fine is $25.

The Senate Transportation Committee split along party lines over the bill. The six Republicans on the panel voted to kill SB 1282; the five Democratic committee members voted to keep the bill alive.

After the vote, Georjeane Blumling, vice president of public affairs for AAA Tidewater Virginia, said she was disappointed but not surprised that the committee killed the bill.

“We knew that moving to a primary enforcement law was going to be a challenge,” Blumling said. “It has been (a challenge finding) balance between personal liberty and public safety for many years, and we appreciate Sen. Barker putting forth a bill to try to increase that safety by making seat belts both in the front and back required and a primary offense.”

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Local donations soar thanks to Netflix star Marie Kondo’s ‘Tidying Up’ tips

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Does it bring you joy? Keep it. If not, let it go have a life with someone who will appreciate it more than you do.

That’s an oversimplified version of the decluttering philosophy of Marie Kondo. The tidying expert and author’s new Netflix show has gone viral and it’s impacts are being felt in the D.C. area.

Libraries in Fairfax County can’t keep any of Kondo’s books on the shelves. In addition to her original title, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing,” there is a comic book type version and another book that’s a do-it-yourself guide with specific tips on how to fold things and where to put them, for example.

“They’re all checked out,” said Jessica Hudson, director of the Fairfax County Public Library system.

Fairfax County has more than 400,000 library card holders. At some branches, dozens of people have Kondo books ‘on-hold‘ so they can be next in line to get a copy.

“Marie Kondo’s book has been our most popular downloadable eBook for probably the last two or three months,” Hudson said. “The Netflix series certainly helped boost it up. It was pretty popular before then.”

Getting people to simplify their lives by giving things away has also been good for book donations to libraries.

“We have absolutely benefited from her book,” Hudson said. “We’ve seen a large amount of donations over time and that means more sales through our ‘Friends of the Libraries’ groups, which means more money coming back to the library.”

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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Herndon Fortnightly Library book sale in April 2018. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Customers wait outside the Reston Regional Library to shop at the used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Reston Regional Library’s children’s, teens and educator’s used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Reston Regional Library’s children’s, teens and educator’s used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)

Hudson said sales of used books by various ‘friends groups’ results in yearly donations back into the system of between $225,000 and $250,000.

The money complements funding from the county and is used for various upgrades like carpets and furniture and for programs, such as story times, teen and adult book clubs, summer reading and STEM programs.

“Any program that you see in our library is most likely supported by generous funds sponsored by the friends groups,” Hudson said.

Vito Santos, of Falls Church, is a frequent donor and buyer of books at Fairfax County libraries.

“I buy usually books on arts, history, politics and my field – that is economics and finance,” Santos said. “After I read it – I know if I don’t need to keep it, somebody else is going to take advantage of it.”

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Marie Kondo ‘Tidying Up’ method sparks book donations, wait list for decluttering books in Fairfax Co.

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — Does it bring you joy? Keep it. If not, let it go have a life with someone who will appreciate it more than you do.

That’s an oversimplified version of the decluttering philosophy of Marie Kondo that’s being enthusiastically embraced in the metro D.C. area.

Libraries in Fairfax County can’t keep any of Kondo’s books on the shelves. In addition to her original title, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese art of decluttering and organizing,” there is a comic book type version and another book that’s a do-it-yourself guide with specific tips on how to fold things and where to put them, for example.

“They’re all checked out,” said Jessica Hudson, director of the Fairfax County Public Library system.

Fairfax County has more than 400,000 library card holders. At some branches, dozens of people have Kondo books ‘on-hold‘ so they can be next in line to get a copy.

“Marie Kondo’s book has been our most popular downloadable eBook for probably the last two or three months,” Hudson said. “The Netflix series certainly helped boost it up. It was pretty popular before then.”

Getting people to simplify their lives by giving things away has been good for book donations to libraries.

“We have absolutely benefited from her book,” Hudson said. “We’ve seen a large amount of donations over time and that means more sales through our ‘Friends of the Libraries’ groups, which means more money coming back to the library.”

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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Herndon Fortnightly Library book sale in April 2018. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Wanda Badley is a member of the Friends of the Chantilly Regional Library. She’s preparing books for one of the group’s many book sales. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Customers wait outside the Reston Regional Library to shop at the used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Reston Regional Library’s children’s, teens and educator’s used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)
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Book lovers shop at the Friends of the Reston Regional Library’s children’s, teens and educator’s used book sale in August 2017. (Courtesy Fairfax County Public Library)

Hudson said sales of used books by various ‘friends groups’ results in yearly donations back into the system of between $225,000 and $250,000.

The money complements funding from the county and is used for various upgrades like carpets and furniture and for programs, such as story times, teen and adult book clubs, summer reading and STEM programs.

“Any program that you see in our library is most likely supported by generous funds sponsored by the friends groups,” Hudson said.

Vito Santos, of Falls Church, is a frequent donor and buyer of books at Fairfax County libraries.

“I buy usually books on arts, history, politics and my field – that is economics and finance,” Santos said. “After I read it – I know if I don’t need to keep it, somebody else is going to take advantage of it.”

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Mental evaluation ordered for Fairfax Co. mom accused of killing kids

McLEAN, Va. (AP) — A Virginia judge has ordered the mental evaluation of a woman charged in the fatal shooting of her two daughters in the Tysons Corner area.

The Washington Post reported last week that the judge ordered the evaluation of competency to stand trial for 33-year-old Veronica Youngblood after she refused to attend court Friday. Youngblood’s defense attorney, Dawn Butorac, said at the Friday hearing that Youngblood also has attempted to kill herself and has been speaking incoherently about the case.

Youngblood is charged with murder in the 2018 slaying of her 5-year-old daughter, Brooklynn, and her teenage daughter, whose identity hasn’t been released. Police haven’t released a motive in the August slaying. At the time, Youngblood and her husband had recently divorced and were fighting over the custody of the children.

The murders occurred last August in a Fairfax County apartment on Lincoln Circle. Lincoln Circle is in the Tysons Corner area, not far from International Drive.

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Information from: The Washington Post, http://www.washingtonpost.com

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Proposed gun confiscation in Virginia comes with few strings attached

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The governor of Virginia, Ralph Northam, decided to start the new year off with a bang. Or perhaps we should say a reduction in bangs. He submitted new gun control legislation with some serious teeth in it and a disturbing lack of details. Under Northam’s plan, assuming it’s enacted, Virginia will not only ban the sale of a potentially wide variety of common firearms but allow the police to confiscate them from any residents already owning one. (Free Beacon)

The plan to ban the sale and possession of certain kinds of firearms proposed by Virginia governor Ralph Northam (D.) could affect millions of gun owners, an industry group said on Friday.

The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF), which represents gun manufacturers and dealers, said the vague description of the legislation released by Northam on Jan. 4 would apply to most firearms currently on sale in the commonwealth.

“The legislative proposals being discussed would put most firearms beyond the reach of law-abiding Virginians who choose the firearms of their choice to protect themselves, hunt, and practice recreational target shooting,” said Lawrence G. Keane, the group’s general counsel. “That could potentially impact the availability of tens of millions of firearms.”

It won’t take you very long to read the bill’s summary because, as I indicated above, it’s short on details. What we know is that the plan would “ban the sale, purchase, possession, and transport of undefined ‘assault firearms’ including ‘any firearm that is equipped with a magazine that holds more than 10 rounds of ammunition.’”

That’s some wild gun-grabbing even by Democrat standards. Also worth noting is that it not only bans the sale of such products, but the possession of them. And there’s no grandfather clause included for people who already own them. That means that, if passed into law, gun confiscations from law-abiding citizens could begin as soon as the law goes into effect.

You can’t just go ahead and pass a law that includes made-up language in it with no definitions. Northam isn’t even sticking with the more popular (among liberals) term “assault rifles.” He’s going further down the rabbit hole with “assault firearms.” I assume this means any semi-automatic rifle with a pistol grip or anything else “scary looking” attached. But now it could bring in a whole host of handguns as well.

Fortunately for the Second Amendment, Republicans still control both chambers in the legislature of Virginia, but only by very slim margins. This should be a warning to the state’s residents that a couple more seats lost in 2020 could open the door to precisely what we’re seeing here.

The post Proposed gun confiscation in Virginia comes with few strings attached appeared first on Hot Air.

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Karen Pence painting a new second lady role

Karen Pence is adding a little color to her life; the second lady returned to the classroom as an art teacher Tuesday.

Pence will teach elementary art two days a week at Immanuel Christian School in northern Virginia, her office announced. She’ll be known as “Mrs. Pence” to her students, not as the second lady of the United States, per her office.

“I am excited to be back in the classroom and doing what I love to do, which is to teach art to elementary students,” Pence said in a statement.

“I have missed teaching art, and it’s great to return to the school where I taught art for 12 years,” she added.

The second lady previously taught at the same school while her husband was serving in Congress, and has spent 25 years as an elementary school teacher overall.

The school where Pence has taken her part-time job has a “parent agreement” posted online that says their policy bans gay students and parents from the school.

“I understand that the school reserves the right, within its sole discretion, to refuse admission to an applicant or to discontinue enrollment of a student if the atmosphere or conduct within a particular home, the activities of a parent or guardian, or the activities of the student are counter to, or are in opposition to, the biblical lifestyle the school teaches,” the agreement states.

‘This includes, but is not limited to contumacious behavior, divisive conduct, and participating in, supporting, or condoning sexual immorality, homosexual activity or bi-sexual activity, promoting such practices, or being unable to support the moral principles of the school. (Lev. 20:13 and Romans 1:27.) I acknowledge the importance of a family culture based on biblical principles and embrace biblical family values such as a healthy marriage between one man and one woman. My role as spiritual mentor to my children will be taken seriously.”

Kara Brooks, Pence’s communication director, said the attention paid to the school’s agreement is “absurd.”

“Mrs. Pence has returned to the school where she previously taught for 12 years. It’s absurd that her decision to teach art to children at a Christian school, and the school’s religious beliefs, are under attack,” Brooks said in a statement to CNN. She did not answer when asked by CNN if Pence agreed with the policy.

Pence is also an artist herself, specializing in watercolors of homes and historical buildings. Her work most recently appeared in her daughter Charlotte’s book, “Marlon Bundo’s Day in the Life of the Vice President.” Two sequels are expected to be published this year.

Pence has also embraced art as her policy platform as second lady; she unveiled her “Art Therapy: Healing with the HeART” platform in 2017, seeking to shine a light on art therapy as a mental health profession through appearances across the US and abroad.

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SAIC completes Engility acquisition, creating huge local IT contractor

WASHINGTON — Reston, Virginia-based Science Applications International Corp. has completed its $2.5 billion stock acquisition of Chantilly-based Engility Holdings, creating one of the largest government IT contractors.

The merger was approved by shareholders of both companies Jan. 11.

Under terms of the acquisition, Engility is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of SAIC. The combined company will keep the SAIC name and continue to be headquartered in Reston, led by SAIC chief executive Tony Moraco.

“With the acquisition of Engility, we are now a team of 23,000 — driven by a mission, united by purpose and inspired by opportunity,” Moraco said in a statement.

Engility has 3,500 employees in the Washington area. SAIC also has about 3,500 employees in the Washington region.

Combined, the companies have projected revenue of $6.5 billion in 2019.

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USA Today publisher targeted for buyout

DENVER (AP) — The publisher of USA Today has received a $1.36 billion buyout bid from a media group with a history of taking over struggling newspapers and slashing jobs.

MNG Enterprises, better known as Digital First Media, said in a letter to Gannett Co. Monday that its leadership team has failed to show that it can run the company effectively.

The newspaper industry has shrunk and consolidated as readers ditch print papers and go online. Estimated U.S. daily newspaper circulation, print and digital combined, fell 11 percent to 31 million in 2017, according to the Pew Research Center. As recently as 2000, weekday subscriptions totaled 55.8 million.

In just the last three years, employment in newsrooms has fallen 15 percent.

The Wall Street Journal was first to report that the hedge-fund backed MNG has built up a 7.5 percent stake in Gannett, and that it has been rebuffed repeatedly by the company about a sale.

Gannett said Monday that it has received the offer and it’s under review.

Gannett, based in McLean, Virginia, owns dozens of newspapers including the Record in New Jersey and the Arizona Republic in addition to USA Today. It also has a record of buying media companies and slashing costs.

It, like newspapers it has acquired, has faced intense pressure to maintain revenue and attract advertising dollars.

Profit has been in decline for years and in November the company lowered its full-year expectations on weak revenue growth in digital advertising. It is also seeking a new CEO after Robert Dickey announced plans in December to step down this year.

Digital First plans offered $12 per share for Gannett, nearly a quarter above its closing share price Friday of $9.75. Gannett’s shares have rebounded after a rough spell in 2018.

Digital First owns about 200 newspapers and other publications including the Denver Post and Boston Herald. It has a reputation for stringent, painful cost-cutting. Its biggest shareholder is Alden Global Capital LLC, a New York hedge fund that invests in distressed companies.

In April, The Post published the editorial headlined “As vultures circle, The Denver Post must be saved,” calling on Alden Global Capital to sell the newspaper after it cut 30 more positions in the newsroom, leaving it at a fraction of its size just a few years ago. Then in May , three top figures at the Denver Post, including its former owner, resigned amid budget and staff cuts.

But jobs are being slashed all over at newspapers.

In July media company Tronc Inc. cut half of the New York Daily News’ newsroom staff, including the paper’s editor in chief.

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