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Alexandria Police to Conduct Roaming DWI Enforcement

From Alexandria eNews:

On January 14, Alexandria police will conduct a roaming DWI enforcement effort to deter and apprehend intoxicated drivers.  The DWI crackdown will begin at 8:30 P.M. on Saturday, January 14, and will continue until 6:30 A.M. on Sunday, January 15.  Motorists will be stopped and drivers will be checked to assure that their abilities to drive have not been impaired by alcohol or drugs.

Chief of Police Earl L. Cook reminds drivers that the maximum penalty in Virginia for the first conviction for driving under the influence is 12 months in jail, a $2,500 fine and a 12-month suspension of driving privileges. In addition, there are mandatory jail terms associated with these offenses, depending upon the blood alcohol content of the driver. Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles administrative fees may apply as well.

For further details, please call the Public Information Office at 703.746.6600.

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NOVA Takes a Day On: Sponsors third annual MLK Day of Service Jan. 16

From NVCC:

Northern Virginia Community College will sponsor its third annual Martin Luther King Day of Service Jan. 16 with five area service projects. Instead of taking the holiday off, NOVA students, faculty and staff “take a day on” to volunteer in the community. More than 200 NOVA students, faculty and staff, along with members of the community, have committed to volunteer for various projects.

At NOVA’s Alexandria Campus, 3001 North Beauregard Street, there will be a school supply drive to benefit children in Iraq and Afghanistan. The drive is a cooperative effort by NOVA, the Corporation for National and Community Service, and Operation International Children.

Maysa Sings On 9News Now

WASHINGTON (WUSA) -- We had a little music for you Friday morning.

R & B artist Maysa sang for us. See the video above.

Maysa will appear at The Birchmere in Alexandria on Thursday Jan. 26. She will be back in town on April 3.

Virginia General Assembly Opens With High Hopes For Republican Bills

(WUSA) -- The Virginia General Assembly kicked off is 2012 session   with high hopes for legislation supported by Republicans.   For only the second time since the Civil War, Republicans control both the General Assembly and the Governor's mansion.   That change in balance could hurt Northern Virginia, especially in education funding.

"The Governor's trying to siphon off money from schools.  People who care about education have a real problem with that," said Delegate David Englin (D-Arlington, Fairfax.)

"Unfortunately, the Governor is trying to make cuts to pre-K.  That's our future.  We need to put it back," said Del. Charniele Herring (D-Alexandria.)

Delegate Ken Plum from Fairfax County called the money for schools in the Governor's budget "a pittance."

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Convicted Internet Pirate Draws Ire Of Prosecutors

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A convicted Internet pirate with a penchant for speaking out about her perceived persecution by federal prosecutors may find herself going to prison sooner than she expected.

Last week, 30-year-old Hana Beshara, known on the Internet as "Queen Phara," was sentenced to nearly two years in prison for her role running a website called NinjaVideo. The site gained fame in cyberspace for facilitating millions of illegal downloads of pirated movies and TV shows.

The North Brunswick, N.J., woman was allowed to "self surrender" after her sentence, giving her time to get affairs in order.

But prosecutors in Alexandria, Va., are now demanding she be jailed immediately after she took to Facebook to criticize the government's case and enlist public support.

Beshara's lawyer says she was just letting off steam.

WELLINGTON ROAD in MANASSAS, Va. NOW OPEN with FOUR LANES; MANASSAS MAYOR HAL PARRISH CUTS RIBBON

WELLINGTON ROAD in MANASSAS, Va. NOW OPEN with FOUR LANES; MANASSAS MAYOR HAL PARRISH CUTS RIBBON

The City of Manassas Department of Public Works and Utilities officially completed the Wellington Road Widening Project, between Godwin Drive and Nokesville Road in Manassas, Va. with Manassas Mayor Hal Parrish and city council members cutting the ribbon to open the road. The 4,100-foot road is now open to the public. For details on the Wellington Road project, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8266.

Public Meeting Set For Kingstowne Park Master Plan

From Fairfax County Park Authority:

The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a Public Comment Meeting to gather input on the draft master plan revision for Kingstowne Park in Alexandria.  A public information meeting will take place on Wednesday, January 18, 2012, at 7 p.m. in the Helene Wilson Community Room at the Franconia Government Center located at 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA.

Kingstowne Park is a 75-acre site located on Old Telegraph Road.  The park is jointly owned and operated by the Park Authority and the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. The existing park contains trails, natural areas and extensive stormwater ponds and wetlands.