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Congressman Jim Moran to Hold BRAC Mark Center Town Hall

This event was submitted by the Press Office of Congressman Jim Moran (VA-08):

One year before the Mark Center is scheduled to be occupied, stakeholders to discuss progress, problems

Washington, D.C.— On Thursday, September 16th, Congressman Jim Moran (D-VA) will host a special community town hall to discuss the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) 133 situation at the Mark Center site in Alexandria. The event comes one year out from the military’s stated date of implementing the major BRAC relocation.

Six thousand four hundred people are scheduled to start work in the new Mark Center facility on September 15, 2011. Congressman Moran has raised major concerns regarding the traffic problems that will be caused by this relocation.

Black Widow Sonya Thomas Devours 181 Chicken Wings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) -- The Black Widow of eating contests has gobbled up nearly 181 chicken wings in 12 minutes, devouring the national championship record in Buffalo, N.Y.

The National Buffalo Wing Festival says the wings originated in the city.

Sonya Thomas ate 4.86 pounds of chicken wings to win the festival's contest Sunday, besting world eating marvel Joey Chestnut. Thomas calls herself the Black Widow because she often beats male competitors in eating contests. The previous record was her 174 wings in 2005.

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Chestnut came in second after eating 169 chicken wings. That's 4.55 pounds.

Thomas says she's "so happy" because Chestnut had been favored to win. She says her technique of using her hands more than her mouth helped her.

Les Dames d'Escoffier to Host Dinner and Panel on Children's Eating Habits

Les Dames d’Escoffier, an international non-profit organization of women leaders in the food, beverage and hospitality industry that focus on education and philantrophy, is hosting a special dinner and panel discussion on children’s evolving eating habits.

Evening Star Café is partnering with Les Dames d’Escoffier for this event on Tuesday, September 14 at 6:30 p.m. Evening Star Café is located at 2000 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA.

The panel discussion will be about why there are these changes in children’s eating habits and what steps can be taken to help kids make healthier dining decisions. It will be led by Nancy Tringali Phio, author of My Two-Year-Old Eats Octopus: Raising Children Who Love to Eat Everything.

Come Have a Taste of Del Ray

Tonight from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. come on out to the Del Ray Farmers Market lot in Alexandria, VA for the Taste of Del Ray! This event includes samplings from 15 different restaurants, and all of the proceeds will benefit Community Partners for Children.

The Del Ray Farmers Market lot is located at 2400 Mount Vernon Avenue in Alexandria, VA. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.  

80-Year-old Man Crashed into her Bike with his Car

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) Fairfax County Police are investigating a car accident that killed a 9-year-old girl near Alexandria Monday afternoon.

Police say a 2004 Mercury sedan struck Rebecca Johns, of Alexandria, who was riding with two of her friends, while driving along Franconia road near Cannon Lane.

The girl was rushed to the hospital where she later died from her injuries.

The driver of the car, an 80-year-old man, is not suspected of speeding or being under the influence of alcohol or any other drugs.

Police are warning motorists to be on high alert because school starts this week in Fairfax County.

Written by Manny Fantis

9NEWS NOW and WUSA9.com

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.

Yarn Tasting: Lace in Space

No, you don’t actually taste the yarn, but you can look through lots of different lace knitting and crochet patterns that are popular right now! Fibre Space is a full-service knit and crochet community that offers knit and crochet classes, holds parties and events, provides yarn, needles and notions. It was also recently voted “Best New Retail Shop” by the Washington City Paper Reader’s Poll. Come in this weekend and see the funky, bright shopping space for yourself at the Yarn Tasting.

You can sample several lace yarns at Fibre Space this Sunday, August 29 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Admission is $15 and the shop is located at 102 N. Fayette Street in Alexandria, VA. You can register online at http://www.fibrespace.com/ or if you have questions you can call 703-664-0344.