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Ty Pennington to Headline All New Washington Home & Garden Show

Ty Pennington to Headline All New Washington Home & Garden Show

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition Host Returns to DC

Washington, DC (December 1, 2011)—The all new Washington Home & Garden Show is extremely pleased to announce that Ty Pennington, the iconic host of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition will headline the March 9-11 Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown DC.

“We are incredibly excited to have one of the most recognized personalities in home improvement join us for our new and improved Washington Home & Garden Show,” said Alyson Caplan, Show Manager.  “Ty has supported Marketplace Events for four years and he is finally able to come to DC to offer his home design expertise to residents in the nation’s capital.”

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People Gear Up For Potomac Holiday Parade

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) - Boats decorated in holiday lights will be floating down the Potomac River during the Alexandria Holiday Boat Parade of Lights.

The parade begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Washington Channel and ends at the Alexandria waterfront.

Parade organizers are expecting approximately 45 boats to participate. They'll compete for prizes in categories including "Thinking Outside the Christmas Box" and "Hardiest Souls."

This is the 12th year of the parade.

Before it begins, Santa Claus will arrive by fireboat to the Alexandria marina to take pictures with children.

Good Samaritan Threatened With Arrest After Saving Dog

FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA) -- A good samaritan says she was threatened with arrest after rescuing a dog walking in on-coming traffic.

Cindy Johannessen is outraged at how she was treated by police after she ran into traffic to save a dog.

"I could've been like, you go ahead and arrest me and we'll see how that works out for you, because I'm pretty sure I didn't do anything wrong here," Inu said

She saw a Shiba Inu running in traffic along Oxon Hill Road in Maryland on her way to work November 17th.

"He was actually darting in traffic. Cars were swerving to miss him," she said.

The police report filed says the woman who found the dog left it alone in her car for five hours. Cindy and her co-workers call that a falsehood. 

Johannessen admits, she left the dog in the car, with food and water, but she, and her coworkers continued to check on the dog periodically. 

Police: 4 Fairfax Co. Shops Involved In Illegal Drug Sale Bust

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- According to Fairfax County Police, four stores in the Falls Church area were served search warrants on Friday.

The warrants were among more than a dozen search warrants served across the county today. Police say thousands of doses of painkillers, birth control pills, antibiotics and other drugs were being illegally dispensed from stores in Alexandria, Falls Church and Springfield.

According to police, an undercover operation during the past six months saw customers typically paid between $5 and $25 in cash per dose for the medications, which were in boxes easily accessible to the cashier.

Police had received reports that counterfeit drugs were being sold in recent year. They say they stepped up their efforts to combat the problem after a woman said she became violently ill and was hospitalized after taking the drugs.

Police continue to investigate.

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Marijuana Trafficking Leader Sentenced To 220 Months In Prison

ALEXANDRIA, VA. (WUSA) -- Anthony Guidry, Sr., aka "Ant," 46, of Vallejo, Calif., was sentenced today to 220 months in prison, followed by five years of supervised release, for leading a nationwide conspiracy to distribute California-grown marijuana via the mail and common carriers to distribution outlets in approximately a dozen states across the country, including Virginia.

According to court documents, Guidry was the ringleader of a nationwide conspiracy to distribute premium California-grown marijuana to high-demand markets across the country.

Guidry focused on extending his enterprise as far as possible, recruiting distributors to help open distribution centers in cities and college campuses in states including Virginia, Georgia, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Texas, Louisiana, Florida, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania. He and several co-conspirators possessed firearms and used threats of violence to further and protect their criminal enterprise.

Faculty Art Show at NOVA-Woodbridge

Faculty Art Show at NOVA-Woodbridge


NOVA-Woodbridge art professors display talents

Alexandria and McLean Residents Awarded Full-Tuition University of Phoenix Scholarship

From the University of Phoenix:

University of Phoenix, the largest private University in North America, today announced the six nationwide recipients of its “Forever a Phoenix” scholarship.  Two of the six scholarships were awarded to local residents Timothy Steele of McLean and Traci Robinson-Williams of Alexandria. Steele and Robinson-Williams each hold a bachelor’s degree from University of Phoenix, and will use the scholarship to pursue master’s degrees. 

“It’s always rewarding to see students taking additional steps to advance their educations,” said Erik Greenberg, campus director, University of Phoenix Northern Virginia. “Timothy and Traci are true ambassadors of our values at University of Phoenix, so it’s an honor and a pleasure to award them these scholarships to continue to pursue their educational and career goals with the University.”