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Tens of Thousands of Teens to Attend the Youth Rally and Mass for Life

From Brie Hall: For the second year in a row, the annual Youth Rally and Mass for Life will be held at two arenas in Washington due to the overwhelming demand to attend. More than 28,000 Catholic teens and young adults from around the world will pack the Verizon Center and the D.C. Armory for this moving and inspirational event. Media are welcome at the Verizon Center. The Youth Rally and Mass for Life mark the anniversary of the 1973 Supreme Court decision, Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortion in the United States.

 

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Alexandria Man & Sterling Teenager Charged in Connection with December 31st Robbery of Fairfield Inn

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Hammond Avid Collects Auction Donations

From Alexandria City Public Schools:

The Francis C. Hammond Middle School Campus Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) Program is collecting donations for an AVID Silent Auction fundraiser to be held online from March 12-23. The deadline for contributing auction items is Feb. 24. The silent auction will consist of items, gift baskets, gifts, gift certificates, hotel stays and/or other goods or services that can be auctioned off to the highest bidder. All funds received from this online auction will be used to support AVID students and the AVID program. For additional information, please call AVID Teacher Hazel Petty at 703-461-4100.

Fund For Family Of 8-Year-Old Crash Victim

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- We have learned there is now a fund for the family of an 8-year-old boy who was struck and killed by a car on Duke Street on Sunday.

The fund was set up through the Alexandria Days Inn for the family of Brian Hernandez-Chavez. Brian's mother, Maria Chavez, works there as a housekeeper.

Click here to go to the donation page. As of 2:30 p.m. Thursday, the website showed that more than $3,500 had been collected.

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Va. Legislator Promotes Possible Pot Sales In Liquor Stores

ALEXANDRIA,Va. (WUSA)-- Virginia house delegate David Englin wants to know how much money would be generated if marijuana sales were legalized and regulated in the commonwealth. So he's introduced legislation that would give him answers to his questions.

If Englin's plan moves forward, members of Virginia's house and senate would work with other experts to determine a dollar amount associated with legalizing pot sales. The marijuana Englin says would be sold at the Virginia ABC Liquor Stores.
The stores are owned and operated by the state and like the alcohol they sell there the marijuana will also be regulated by state laws.

Englin says Virginia needs the money to fund what he called "willfully underfunded services. He cited health care, schools, roads, and public safety as areas that could use the money.

Police Looking For Man In Suspicious Events At Elementary School

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County police are looking for a man who was spotted at Clermont Elementary School waving and calling to students.

According to police, in each incident a man was spotted in a red pickup truck staring, waving and calling out to students but no student was ever touched or injured.

The first two suspicious events happened near the school on Dec. 19 and 20, 2011 while students were walking to school. On Dec. 21, there was another event with a student walking home after school. The fourth event happened Jan. 12 after school and the last incident happened on Jan. 17 at approximately 7:30 p.m.

Fairfax County Police Seeking Man Who Has Approached Children

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- The cafeteria of Clermont Elementary School in Alexandria was crowded Thursday night with concerned parents, eager to hear from Fairfax County police about five disturbing incidents over the past month or so.

According to police, each of the events involved a white or perhaps Hispanic man between 30 and 35 years old, with a goatee, who was driving a red pickup truck.

Police say the man has approached children on their way to and from school in the neighborhood around Clermont Elementary. The man then allegedly has tried to get the kids attention. In some cases, he has spoken to the kids, though, for investigative reasons police, won't reveal right now what the man said.

So far, police say, the man has not committed a crime, but they're still very interested in talking to him, and, to that end, have significantly increased patrols around the school.