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Metro Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to help al-Qaida bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

Thirty-four-year-old Farooque Ahmed was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for April 11.

Ahmed was arrested last month after being targeted in a federal sting operation. Authorities say he plotted with people he thought were al-Qaida members to conduct bombings at D.C. Metrorail stations.

The people he allegedly believed were al-Qaida members were actually undercover law enforcement operatives.

Court documents released Tuesday show that authorities seized a pistol, a shotgun and two rifles from Ahmed's Ashburn home as well as a CD recording of a lecture from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Metro Terror Suspect Pleads Not Guilty

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) -- A Pakistani-born U.S. citizen has pleaded not guilty to charges that he attempted to help al-Qaida bomb the Washington Metro transit system.

Thirty-four-year-old Farooque Ahmed was arraigned Tuesday in U.S. District Court. He requested a jury trial, which was scheduled for April 11.

Ahmed was arrested last month after being targeted in a federal sting operation. Authorities say he plotted with people he thought were al-Qaida members to conduct bombings at D.C. Metrorail stations.

The people he allegedly believed were al-Qaida members were actually undercover law enforcement operatives.

Court documents released Tuesday show that authorities seized a pistol, a shotgun and two rifles from Ahmed's Ashburn home as well as a CD recording of a lecture from radical cleric Anwar al-Awlaki.

Canvassing Complete In Tight 11th District Race

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The counting of provisional ballots in the 11th Congressional district is over and incumbent Rep. Gerry Connolly's lead over Keith Fimian has grown as a result in the race for a seat in Congress.

The count is 111,630 for Connolly and 110,700 for Fimian.

Fimian's supporters are not ready to concede yet.

"We'll look at the incident reports, the malfunctioning machines. I don't think anybody is saying fraud. I think he'll (Fimian) will make a decision in the next 12 or 24 hours," Fairfax County Republican spokesperson Anthony Bedell said.

Fimian has the right to ask for all the ballots to be recounted. If that happens, we may not know the official winner of the race until mid to late December.

Written by Peggy Fox
9NEWS NOW & wusa9.com

Children Charged With Setting Fires

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Five children have been charged with setting fires Wednesday, fire investigators said in a news release.

The boys, ages 10 to 14-years-old, set multiple fires in the Landmark area of Alexandria, investigators said.

The juveniles were charged with larceny,
burning or destroying property less than $200 and burning an occupied dwelling, relating to a residential fire on October 17, 2010, they said.

There was no significant damage to the residence and there were no injuries.

Juveniles Charged With Setting Fires

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department fire investigators charged five juveniles with setting multiple fires in the Landmark area of Alexandria within Fairfax County on Wednesday, November 3, 2010. The male juveniles ranged in age from 10 to 14 years old.

The juveniles were charged with larceny (Virginia Code 18.2-103), burning or destroying property less than $200 (Class 1 Misdemeanor, Virginia Code 18.2-81), and burning an occupied dwelling (Virginia Code 18.2-77) relating to a residential fire on October 17, 2010.

There was no significant damage to the residence and there were no injuries.

“The Giving Circle of Alexandria” answers First Lady’s Call

The following was sent to us by The Giving Circle of Alexandria:

Alexandria, VA, Tuesday, November 09, 2010  The Giving Circle is holding a free informative forum addressing the issue of childhood obesity, with guest speaker Debra Kibbe, Director of Physical Activity & Nutrition at the International Life Science Institute. Childhood obesity is on the rise nationwide; this is not just an inner-city problem, suburban communities are severely affected.  The nationwide obesity crisis has even captured the attention of the White House and First Lady. 

72 Local Soldiers Depart for Afghanistan Today

72 soldiers from the Maryland and Virginia National Guard are being deployed to Afghanistan today. Yesterday, Virginia Guard’s Fort Belvoir-based 29th Infantry Division conducted a departure ceremony for these Soldiers. Families and friends of the Soldiers gathered on Fort Belvoir’s Long Parade Field to say goodbye before they leave for what is expected to be one year.

What is unique about this group of soliders is that they are all very senior with high rank and have been in duty between 15-25 years. They will be part of the International Security Assistance Force, a NATO-led security mission in Afghanistan. The nature of their mission is to work with the Afghanistan National Security Forces Development Assistance Bureau (ADAB).  In other words, they will be working with senior leaders on assessment and training for the Afghan National Army and Afghan National Police.