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3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt Old Town Boutique District

Starting today, Friday, September 17 through Sunday, September 19, the Old Town Boutique District is hosting the 3rd Annual Scavenger Hunt. You can download and bring your scavenger hunt card to all 28 of the Old Town Boutique District Stores and get some amazing gifts. You can also enter to win the grand prize, which is a $2800 shopping spree. That's not all...there are 28 $100 gift certificates! Get your hunt card and map now.

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Alexandria School to Celebrate International Day of Peace

This was sent to us by Burgundy Farm Country Day School:

The Burgundy Farm Country Day School became the first integrated school in Virginia through active recruitment and enrollment of African American students in 1950, establishing itself as a campus that would forever celebrate diversity as a core value. It now boasts a student body and staff representing a variety of nations, religions, socioeconomic groups, sexual orientations and ethnicities.

The school's tradition of open-minded thinking, curiosity for new cultures, and overall tolerance for different customs and views continues on Tuesday, September 21, with the annual observance of the International Day of Peace.

Who's Watching You?

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- If your spouse was cheating on you, how far would you go to catch him -- or her?

Maybe you'd hire a private investigator. But would you want the government spying on them? 

At issue is a tracker based on the familiar GPS device, but stuck secretly under your car and used not to get you where you're going -- but to spy on you.

Private Investigator Mike Russell and his partner Rick Alpert have used the device for years to track cheating spouses at Legal Investigations, Inc in Alexandria. The newest technology pinpoints you live on a satellite photo.... and Rick is playing along.

"Hey Rick, it's Bruce Leshan at Channel 9, where the heck are you buddy?"

"I'm over here with a client meeting in Reston."

Actually, he's at a strip club in Springfield. "I got you at the Paper Moon Gentleman's Club."

"Hmm. Seems like I got some explaining to do."

Teen Wellness Center Grand Opening Celebration

T.C. Williams High School in Alexandria, Virginia is excited to host the grand opening celebration of the new Teen Wellness Center, the very first of its kind in Northern Virginia. What does this wellness center have to offer? The Alexandria Health Department has brought its Adolescent Health Center inside the high school campus to offer better and confidential access to physical and mental health services for teens. 

The new Teen Wellness Center was formerly known as the Adolescent Health Center now calls T.C. Williams High School, located at 3330 King St., Alexandria, home. The entire community of Alexandria is invited out to participate in the grand opening celebration tomorrow, September 16, from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

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Sam Del Brocco Was Found Dead In Pompano Beach Home

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Police in Pompano Beach, Florida are investigating a murder mystery involving an Alexandria, Virginia businessman.

Investigators say 60 year-old Sam Del Brocco was killed in his Florida home. Del Bracco, the founder and president of PCI Communications, lived in Alexandria but traveled several times a month to his home in Pompano Beach, Florida.

Sunday night, when Del Bracco hadn't been heard from, a concerned 9-1-1 caller asked Sheriff's Deputies to check on his welfare. They found Del Bracco in his home, murdered.

"Unprecedented in over 20 years since I've been here. I guess you have to be careful everywhere these days," said Pompano Beach resident Dan Eaton.

In the quiet, gated community where Del Brocco's Florida home is located, residents were stunned to see a mobile crime lab and homicide investigators in their neighborhood.

Arlington Pushes Back Car Tax Deadline To October 15

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- People in Arlington County, Virginia are getting an extension on paying their personal property tax bills, also known as the "car tax." That is because a lot of them have not received their bills yet.

Arlington County delayed the mailing of 115,000 personal property tax bills due to a printing error. The county treasurer said the forms from Graphics Communications were defective. The cost of reprinting will be picked up by the graphics company. But the end result means the tax bills did not go out early enough to give taxpayers time to meet the October 5 deadline to pay their taxes.

Fannie and Freddie losses hit $226 billion

The government backed mortgage finance companies have burnt through $226bn in capital since the middle of 2007. The majority of those losses, or about $166bn, came from guaranteeing loans on single family homes, according to the first in what will be a series of quarterly reports from the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which regulates Fannie Mae (which is headquartered in Washington, DC ) and Freddie Mac (which is headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA).

Ballooning losses at Fannie and Freddie, which have taken $148bn in government aid to stay afloat have become a subject of intense debate in Washington. Most of the decision makers agree that the government needs to continue to provide some kind of guarantee to backstop home loans as well as stem the rising tide of foreclosures, but what form that should take is still up for debate.