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Day 15: Former Fairfax County student had said she was ‘hella bullied’ at Rachel Carson with her former friend, Kate, but now says, ‘I don’t recall’
April 11, 2024, 1:08 pm | Source
On a late Friday afternoon in October 2011, a former student at Rachel Carson Middle School, “Kate,” testified that she was cutting through a corner park in her neighborhood of Middleton Farm in Herndon when she ran into a classmate…

Day 11: Assistant principal, nicknamed ‘Scary Terry, the Dress Code Fairy,’ says that when Kate’s alleged assailant exposed his genitals in school months earlier to a girl, she didn’t document it as ‘sexual harassment’
April 4, 2024, 1:31 am | Source
In the spring of 2011, Sybil Terry, an assistant principal at Rachel Carson Middle School in Herndon, was confronted with troubling allegations that a seventh-grade boy, C.K., or Chris, as he is being called here, had exposed his penis to…

Woman veteran in Fairfax County shares guidance for navigating second careers
March 31, 2024, 12:42 am | Source
Women in the military, past and present, have broken many glass ceilings and continue to pave the way for women who wear the service uniform. Charlene Wilde, senior vice president and assistant secretary of the American Armed Forces Mutual Aid…

Day 9: Fairfax County School Board turns a teen girl’s diary into Defense Exhibit 130 in a legal strategy to try to shame her as a liar. She stands her ground in Courtroom 1000.
March 30, 2024, 9:01 pm | Source
As a 15-year-old, a high school student, pseudonymously called Kate, penned her innermost thoughts in a diary, one day writing a list of challenges she’d experienced in her young life in a reflective exercise her psychologist asked her to do.…

Shoot for the stars at George Mason University’s Space Day
October 20, 2023, 4:00 am | Source

Brain injury clients get cars through local nonprofit
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Across the U.S., approximately 1.5 to 2 million people sustain traumatic brain injuries annually. Even if treated, these injuries may cause lifelong physical, mental, or psychosocial impairment. A local nonprofit in Springfield, Brain Injury Services, provides programs and services to…

Andante, a chance to slow down to reflect on the past
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
In music, andante means to play at a slower tempo. Serena Yeo and her septuagenarian students Monica Choi, Yumi Shintani, and Jong W. Won, interpret “Andante” as the chance to take a beat and contemplate the hurried, and harried aspects…

Local baseball stars achieve dreams of playing pro baseball on historic night
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
This week, Major League Baseball conducted its annual draft with several high-profile college and high school prospects looking to attain their dreams of playing professionally.In a historic moment for Fairfax County, two local phenoms found their way to the west…

FCPS proposes boundary changes to alleviate Kent Gardens overcrowding
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) is currently working towards enacting boundary changes to reduce the impact of overcrowding at McLean’s Kent Gardens Elementary School.

George Mason Women’s Tennis adds five new players to their lineup, looking forward to next season
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Mason Women’s Tennis team is adding five new players to the roster for next season. Despite them losing their last match against Saint Louis University in the A-10 Championships, Head Coach Stephen Curtis looks forward to the challenge of bringing…

County hopes to reduce risk of heat-related illness by opening cooling centers
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Last week, the globe's average temperature reached 62.62 degrees Fahrenheit, the highest recorded temperature dating back to 1979, according to the University of Maine Climate Reanalyzer. With the increase, the Farmers Almanac predicts a warmer-than-normal summer for much of the…

What is gut dysbiosis?
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Dysbiosis is described as an imbalance in the gut microbiome. One can have a high population of pathogenic or opportunistic species of yeast, candida, and bacteria combined with a low population of beneficial species like bifidobacteria and butyrate-producing species.

FCPS pays $587,500 to settle one sexual assault case, fights another
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Fairfax County School Board Chair Rachna Sizemore Heizer quietly signed a settlement, agreeing recently to pay a former student, “Jane Doe,” $587,500 to end a civil lawsuit alleging the school system covered up a sexual assault. Meanwhile, Sizemore Heizer and…

Rodney Crowell Rolls into Birchmere
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
The singer/songwriter will play the songs of the "Chicago Sessions"

NextStop hosting prom party
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
The immersive “Marvelous Wonderettes ’58” is directed by NextStop veteran Carolyn BurkeNextStop Theatre wanted to do something fun for the summer, so it decided to hold an immersive theatre experience with a Super Senior Prom featuring the jukebox musical, “The…

Tenants concerned for future of Reston low-income housing community
July 14, 2023, 4:00 am | Source

New Virginia laws go into effect
July 7, 2023, 6:24 pm | Source
More than 700 new state laws went into effect as Virginia’s next fiscal year began on July 1.

Fairfax County Supervising Lawyer Ashleigh Sutton seen drunkenly trespassing in police bodycam footage
June 26, 2023, 8:33 pm | Source
Ashleigh Landers Sutton, a Fairfax supervising lawyer working under Commonwealth Attorney Steve Descano, was captured refusing to leave Olde Town Sports Pub in Manassas around 2 a.m. on June 11. An employee of the pub called 911.

Furry friends can cause distracted driving; here's how to stay safe
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Summer road trip season is heating up. Whether your vacation plans include national parks, sandy beaches or major metropolises, you may be thinking of bringing the entire family along, even your four-legged companions.

Area students capture Cappies awards
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
The Cappies of the National Capitol Area held its 23rd Gala recognizing excellence in high school theatre. The Tony’s-like sold-out event was held in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall. Hundreds of student nominees were celebrated. Eleven schools were nominated for…

Vienna wellness experts present on the importance of mind/body connection
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Vienna Physical Therapist Katie Bayer and Mental Therapist Megan MacCutcheon spoke on the importance of the mind-body connection during “Get Healthy Vienna,” a wellness expo last month. The pair said their interdisciplinary collaboration sees enhanced recovery in their patients.“When you're…

Regional concerns build over plan to expand flights at DCA
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Local concerns surrounding congestion at the region’s busiest runway sit center stage in the opposition to an expansion of flights at Reagan National Airport (DCA).

Celebrate Pride at two-day Out & About Festival
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Oh He Dead joins Brandi Carlile at Wolf Trap’s two-day event This weekend, June 24-25, Wolf Trap will hold its first-ever Out & About Festival, a two-day, three-stage festival of music and nature headlined by nine-time Grammy Award winner Brandi…

Oakton Girls Varsity Lacrosse captures state title
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Oakton Lady Cougars came out on top of an old rivalry game against Battlefield with a 9-8 win on June 10. The last time the team took a state title was in 2012; it’s the fifth state title in school…

Motown comes alive at The Birchmere
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Relive the hits of the Temptations, Four Tops, and moreWhen Berry Gordy founded Motown Records in 1958, he would change the course of music history forever. From 1961 to 1971, Motown had 110 Top 10 hits on the charts, and…

George Mason Baseball pulls off massive upsets during a postseason run to regionals
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
The magical season ended at the hands of Wake Forest University, but the George Mason University Men's Baseball program can look back at 2022-23 with no regrets, especially their performances during the postseason.This season, under first-year Head Coach Shawn Camp,…

Enjoy this nutritious Thai Mango Chicken Salad
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Thai is one of my favorite cuisines and this delicious salad is bursting with so many mouthwatering flavors and textures. It’s loaded with crunchy veggies, sweet mango, and shredded chicken. And, the best part is the delicious dressing that goes…

Open Letter to the Fairfax County School Board
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Proposed Equity Policy – Need to Postpone Dates for Work Session and Vote

Fairfax School Board candidates attend antisemitism forum
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Last Wednesday seven candidates vying for School Board seats took part in the United Against Antisemitism forum at the Kings Park Library.

Voters take leftward swing in Fairfax County's elections
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
After an intense election season that poured millions of dollars into campaign coffers, Fairfax County voters took a leftward swing in the Democratic primary this week, selecting political candidates for the general election who overcame tough challenges that they are…

Western Fairfax Christian Ministries gets recognized for their assistance
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
This past week, Sen. Mark R. Warner visited the Western Fairfax Christian Ministries in Chantilly to witness the nonprofit's impactful work. Warner praised the organization’s staff and volunteers for their commitment to serving vulnerable community members and community engagement addressing…

FACETS hosts Academic Achievement Banquet for youth
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
The 2023 school year came to a close last Friday and FACETS, a local nonprofit, hosted a celebration this week to recognize the achievements of some of Fairfax County’s most vulnerable students.

Join the Continental Navy in Alexandria
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
In Alexandria, you can set sail with John Paul Jones.

Model T Club members keep history alive
June 23, 2023, 4:00 am | Source
Members of the Nation’s Capital Model T Ford Club are working hard to keep history alive.

A second high school, TJHSST, excluded Asians and whites in promoting college prep
March 14, 2023, 12:29 am | Source

Virginia AG blasts Fairfax County Schools for ‘shocking’ racial discrimination in College Partnership Program
March 9, 2023, 8:21 pm | Source

Superintendent says withholding National Merit awards ‘is not a war on merit,’ a parent responds, ‘Oh, really?’
January 21, 2023, 12:55 am | Source

Exclusive: Arlington, Alexandria public schools notified National Merit Commended Students right away, most are not Asian American students like in Fairfax County
January 20, 2023, 6:35 pm | Source
As 17 school principals in Fairfax, Loudoun and Prince William counties admit to withholding National Merit Commended Students awards this school year, largely impacting Asian American youth and their mostly immigrant families, it was a different story across the border…

Area principals admit to withholding National Merit Awards from students
January 8, 2023, 3:04 am | Source

Federal decision: FCPS “failed to provide” a free and appropriate education to thousands of students
December 1, 2022, 12:40 am | Source
Tears of joy came to the eyes of local Fairfax County special education advocates Callie Oettinger and Debra Tisler, as they read a much-anticipated decision by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights on Nov. 30.

Sources: School board will not censure board member after intervention by Rep. Gerry Connolly
November 3, 2022, 11:11 pm | Source
According to people familiar with the situation, local Democratic Rep. Gerry Connolly urged two Fairfax County school board members to vote against taking action against board member Karen Keys-Gamarra for her recent use of the slur word “retarded,” and, as…

Santa Sightings
December 22, 2021, 5:00 am | Source

FCPS reaches agreement with organizations, parents over restraint and seclusion practices
December 3, 2021, 5:00 am | Source
FCPS and plaintiffs release joint statement on the settlement

FCPS reinstates pornographic books to school libraries
December 3, 2021, 5:00 am | Source

Fairfax City speed camera program underway
November 5, 2021, 1:28 pm | Source

Tips for a safe Halloween with your pet
October 29, 2021, 4:00 am | Source

Three reasons to adopt a pet right now
October 29, 2021, 4:00 am | Source
If you’ve always wanted an animal companion, or even if you already have a dog or cat but have room for more, now is the perfect time to adopt a pet. While there are plenty of good reasons to adopt…

County raises taxes on used cars for some residents
August 20, 2021, 4:00 am | Source
Some Fairfax County residents will see an increase in their car tax bills, with the pandemic being cited as the reason for the rise.

Virginia Task Force 1 Urban Search and Rescue deploys to Haiti for earthquake relief
August 20, 2021, 4:00 am | Source
At the request of the Government of Haiti, USAID is deploying an urban search and rescue team to join the USAID Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) that was mobilized August 14 to lead the U.S. government’s response efforts to the…

Bailey’s Elementary School receives backlash over unapproved website links
July 30, 2021, 4:00 am | Source

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