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Woman stabbed in failed Va. Metro robbery attempt

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A woman was injured at a Metro station when two men stabbed her in a failed robbery attempt, police said. 

The woman only suffered cuts to her hands, but she was shaken up when police and emergency crews showed up at the Huntington Metro station near Alexandria, police said.

Police are looking for suspects in the area of the crime. 

The woman is expected to be alright. 


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VRE Wants Tougher Laws To Pursue Fare Evaders

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- Despite a crackdown on fare evaders, Virginia Railway Express says it is still seeing repeat offenders.

Customers are expected to validate their tickets at kiosks and conductors spot-check passengers on trains. The agency averaged about eight citations a month when Amtrak provided the service. But new operator, Keolis, has handed out an average of 109 citations per month, or about five citations a day, since January.

The Washington Examiner reports that the commuter rail service wants tougher laws to pursue scofflaws.

Violators typically face $100 fees, plus court costs, but fines can go up to more than $600 or cost evaders their driver's licenses. VRE says fines go to the Virginia Literary Fund and enforcement costs VRE money because conductors spend the day in court, not on the train.

Rue Tube

     Although it will not be voted on for several months, FCPS's proposal to place surveillance cameras in the cafeterias and common areas of its high schools is already generating controversy. Too Big Brother "gotcha;" too much emphasis on after the fact punishment rather than prevention in the first place; and those pesky privacy concerns. Principals somehow believe that the installation of such devices will have a deterrent effect, but that is the thinking of THEIR generation, not that of their young charges. These kids have grown up in and are acclimated to a reality show culture and post 9/11 environment, and they are used to being watched, by their helicopter parents and otherwise, and living their lives in public and online.

It's Time to Make Sense and Cents

Gerry Connelly is sounding like a parrot of the party of his perennial opponent, Keith Fimian. (Maybe that's the point.) But he is wrong. The home mortgage deduction needs to be put on the "Supercommittee"'s table.  It should be phased out and eliminated completely as a relic of a time when such ownership was the American Dream. It no longer is...and look at where that delusion got US. At its worst, people with no assets or jobs were put into houses that were more than they needed or could budgetarily swing,  just to keep the economy going via the homebuilding sector. And now they are either stuck, or already foreclosed on and displaced.

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Oktoberfest comes to National Harbor

Oktoberfest comes to National Harbor

On October 24th and 25th, receive a souvenir tasting mug and enjoy Das Best Oktoberfest, Maryland's largest beer festival at National Harbor.

The show features over 200 International Beers and Wines, Oompah bands, live music, German food, German performers including cultural dancing, accordion sing-alongs and carnival games. The show has hundreds of arts, crafts and other exhibits. The two-day celebration of Germany's annual beer extravaganza offers different admission packages and specials. Two day VIP admission is $85. VIP admission is $55 on Saturday and $45 on Sunday and can be purchased in advance only.

More Than 100 Authors To Highlight 2011 National Book Festival

More Than 100 Authors To Highlight 2011 National Book Festival


This notice comes to us from Jennifer Clark:

An unprecedented 112 authors, poets and illustrators will speak and meet with their readers at the 2011 National Book Festival, sponsored by the Library of Congress. The event, to be held Saturday, Sept. 24 and Sunday, Sept. 25 on the National Mall – rain or shine – also will offer more authors and activities for young readers than ever before.

The event is free and open to the public. Saturday hours will be from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sunday hours will be from 1 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Authors’ speaking and book-signing schedules are available on the festival website, www.loc.gov/bookfest.

House of Positivity

                                                                          A Chuckle Each Day Keeps the Doctor Away

Most of us know that exercise is good for your health, mentally and physically. Experts are saying that laughter, too, is good for your well-being. There are many benefits that laughter triggers such as strengthening your immune system, boosting your energy, diminishing pain, and protecting you from the damaging effects of stress.

In fact I just attended a Laughter and Resilience workshop and I have to say that I left with a smile on my face :-)).