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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.

First Black Female To Retire From Fairfax Co. Police Dept

CLARIFICATION: The Fairfax County Police Department sent this update on Thursday night: "Annie Mack-Evans, was not the first African American female officer to be hired by the Fairfax County Police Department, she is the first African American female officer to retire." We have corrected the copy below to reflect that change.

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- After 28 years with the Fairfax County Police Department, Annie Mack-Evans is the first African American female officer to retire from the department, say department officials.

2011 Was 1st Time Fairfax Co. Didn't Have A Fire Death

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County officials there were no deaths reported from fires last year.

The county says it is the first time in the fire department's 62-year-history that is has gone a year without a fire death.

Officials say fire and safety education, fire inspections and quick responses to blazes contributed to the record-breaking year.

The fire department says Fairfax County has more 1 million residents and has averaged more than seven fire deaths annually from 2000 to 2010.

Alexandria, D.C., Arlington Some Of America's "Most Generous" Cities?

Alexandria, D.C., Arlington Some Of America's "Most Generous" Cities?

The residents of Washington, D.C. are Northern Virginia are apparently pretty generous.  

According to a report released by Convio, an organization dedicated to assisting non-profits raise money, Alexandria, D.C., and Arlington are respectively the second, third, and fourth most generous "online" cities with populations greater than 100,000 in the country.

The report, which ranks the 273 cities with total population of more than 100,000 based on per capita online giving and total amount donated to charity, listed Seattle, Washington as the number one city, followed by Alexandria, D.C., and Arlington.  Cambridge, Massachusetts came in as fifth on the list.