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New Metrobus Service Between Tysons And Mark Center

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - A new Metrobus route is beginning between Tysons Corner and the Mark Center in northern Virginia.

Metro says that on Monday the Route 28X Leesburg Pike Limited Service will be extended to include eastbound trips in the morning and westbound trips in the evening to the Mark Center in Alexandria, Va. The buses will run every 25 to 30 minutes during rush hour between the Mark Center and Tysons Corner.

The new route includes stops at the West Falls Church Metro station and Seven Corners Shopping Center. It will no longer make stops on Columbia Pike and Carlin Springs Road.

Metro says it will increase service between the West Falls Church Metro station and the Mark Center in June.

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

Week-Long Celebration of Catholic Schools January 29 – February 6, 2012

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Dozens of events have been planned by schools throughout the Archdiocese of Washington to celebrate Catholic Schools Week, January 29 – February 6, 2012. This annual celebration highlights the contributions of Catholic schools through Masses, open houses and activities for students, families, parishioners and the community at large. The Archdiocese of Washington is home to 98 archdiocesan and independent Catholic schools, educating nearly 30,000 students in Washington, DC and Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s and St. Mary’s counties in Maryland.

Va Board Of Health Takes Up Abortion-Clinic Regs

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Board of Health is developing permanent state regulations governing abortion clinics.

The board held a public hearing in Richmond on Friday. Last fall it approved "emergency" regulations after the General Assembly passed legislation to require that all clinics performing five or more first-trimester abortions per month meet the same strict building standards as new hospital construction.

Critics said such guidelines aim to reduce access to abortions and would put most of Virginia's clinics out of business. The regulation's supporters argued the goal is to protect women's health.

The legislation called for the interim regulations to take effect by Dec. 31, 2011, and remain in place for a year while permanent regulations are developed.

A second and final public hearing will be held next week in Alexandria.

Associated Press

Are You A Peacock or a Penguin?

On my trip to visit my daughters recently I took a few different books to read. The one I want to share with you is A Peacock in the Land Of Penguins. I believe everyone experiences a time in their life when they don’t fit in…when they want to stand up for themselves for being different from the rest of the pack. Some of us do, most of us do not.

Although this book focuses on the business world, the information is valuable from a business or personal perspective. When your view differences from others, how do you handle it? Are you confident? Do you stay silent or do you go along with the majority? Are you a peacock in the land of penguins?

SHOCKING VIDEO: Man Records Himself Shooting At Military Buildings

WASHINGTON (WUSA) --- A former Marine reservist pleaded guilty to charges that he fired shots at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps museum in Quantico and other military targets in Court on Thursday. We also learned that he recorded one of the shootings and tried to desecrate grave markers at Arlington National Cemetery.


Yonathan Melaku of Virginia agreed to a 25-year sentence in the case in a plea agreement hearing on Thursday. He pleaded guilty to a three counts, including "injuring property of the United States, use of a firearm during a crime of violence, and attempted injury to veterans' memorials on U.S. property," according to U.S. States Attorney Neil MacBride.

MacBride says Melaku will be formally sentenced on April 27.