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McGinty's Mailbag: MJ Doctor Trial, Penn State

In the Mailbag, we had a comment on the conviction of Michael Jackson's doctor.

Rob from Alexandria is glad Dr. Conrad Murray is locked up, but says it shouldn't stop there:

"..Everyone in "camp" Michael Jackson knew that he had an addiction to prescribed medication. He knew what medication he wanted and what doctor out there would be sane enough to honor his request. Yet, not anyone, to include his family or his staff, did anything about it to help him get off his addiction. There is no doubt in my mind that if an intervention would have occurred that his life could have been spared..."

Well, Rob, 2 things: first of all, interventions are no guarantee. They fail all the time. The person has to be ready to listen. Secondly, how do we know they didn't try?

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Virginia Elections Could Bring Big Changes

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va.   (WUSA)   "Both parties are nervous wrecks!" said a Fairfax County elections worker about today's elections and the impact it may have on both the Democrats' and Republicans' control on power in Virginia.  

If the Democrats lose just three seats,  the GOP will have the clear majority and will then control all the governing bodies in Richmond. Sparks have been flying in several races in Northern Virginia.

In the 31st District, vying for the seat vacated by Senator Mary Margaret Whipple, is Republican businesswoman Caren Merrick, a first time candidate and tea party favorite...against Democrat Barbara Favola, who has been a member of the Arlington County Board for 14 years. The 31st district comprises both Arlington County and part of McLean.

In the 39th district, it's Republican Miller Baker challenging Democratic Senator George Barker.

Republicans Look To Reclaim Virginia

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - It's election day in Virginia and voters will decide whether to continue a divided state legislature or give the Republicans absolute power.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday across the state and will close at 7 p.m.

After expensive, intense and exhausting campaigns waged in brand new House of Delegates and Senate districts, Republicans believe they can take the Senate majority from the Democrats.

Republicans already hold the governor's office and a comfortable House majority.

A net gain of two seats creates a 20-20 split in the 40-seat Senate with Republican Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling breaking tie votes.

Were You Able to Find Your Correct Polling Location? Election Day Update

Were You Able to Find Your Correct Polling Location? Election Day Update

 

The Virginia State Board of Elections 1:00 p.m. election day briefing stated that there have been some issues regarding voters going to the incorrect polling location in Fairfax County, for example in Rose Hill. According to the election day breifing, "from the calls the State of Elections is receiving, it appears voters directly affected by redistrciting mostly know their polling place has changed." If you are still unsure of your exact polling location you can use the Google Gadget at www.sbe.virginia.gov and type in your address to get the polling location as well as directions to the new polling location.

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Denny's Salutes D.C. Area Vets With Free Grand Slams

Denny's Salutes D.C. Area Vets With Free Grand Slams

 

This notice comes to us from Kate Venuto:

As the nation pauses to honor America’s heroes this Veterans Day, America’s Diner is saying thanks by offering free Original Grand Slam® breakfasts to active and inactive military personnel and veterans in the D.C. area.

Experience Authentic American Flavors at The Melting Pot with a New Limited-Time Menu

Experience Authentic American Flavors at The Melting Pot with a New Limited-Time Menu

THE BIG NIGHT OUT®MEETS THE RED, WHITE & BLUE

From October 15 through April 15, the Melting Pot of Washington, D.C., Arlington, VA, Reston and Gaithersburg will offer a classic taste of the good old U.S. of A with a menu inspired by various regions of our nation.

The mouth-watering four-course feast includes:

 

First course

Boston Lager Cheddar Cheese Fondue

Samuel Adams Boston Lager®, Cheddar and Emmenthaler cheeses accented with Nueske’s bacon, onion, Dijon mustard, Tabasco® and scallions

 

Second Course

Wisconsin Wedge Salad

Iceberg wedge with Roma tomato, Emmi Roth Käse Gorgonzola, Nueske’s Applewood Smoked Bacon and Peppercorn Ranch Dressing

 

Third Course, served with your choice of cooking style

Fondue Feast

GAYLORD NATIONAL UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW PREMIER, OUTDOOR WATERFRONT VENUE

GAYLORD NATIONAL UNVEILS PLANS FOR NEW PREMIER, OUTDOOR WATERFRONT VENUE

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center kicks off  the fall season with the announcement of its newest premier outdoor waterfront venue,  RiverView Terrace,  slated to open in Spring 2012.

“We are thrilled to see the construction of RiverView Terrace rapidly underway,” said Phil Coffey, Gaylord National's Senior Vice President and General Manager.  “The transformation of one of our prime outdoor areas will allow us to further set the standard for unique events in the Washington region and deliver an unparalleled experience for social gatherings.”