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NOVA Fashion Weeks Starts Thursday, Jewell Green Headlines

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff says forget New York, Northern Virginia Fashion Week is upon us. NoVA Fashion Week kicks off on Thursday and runs through Sunday.

Cabbies May Be Forced To Be Polite

ALEXANDRIA, VA (WUSA) -- We all know cabbies in New York can be a little rude.

But Alexandria?

The City of Alexandria is mulling over a law that could subject rude cabbies to termination.

"You don't need a law to be polite, you know, that just comes
naturallY," says mild-mannered Mohamed Ibrahim is having a tough time
figuring this out.

He and his co-workers wonder if you can really pass a law requiring
people to be polite. "Are you always polite to everybody?" I asked
cabbie Pat Ebiri."Yeah." "Even when they yell and scream at you?" "You
know, it's part of our jobs."

Turns out the city has long had a law allowing it to discipline
cabbies who are repeatedly or egregiously rude and discourteous to their
passengers. Now staffers want to extend that protection to city
officials and the public.

Man Charged With Sexually Abusing Children

CENTREVILLE, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police have charged a 22-year-old daycare worker, Siyamand Salehzadeh, with additional counts of molestation allegedly committed while he worked as an aide at the Minnieland Day School last month.

Salehzadeh was charged last week with sodomy after allegedly molesting a four-year-old girl who attended the school.

Thursday, additional charges were lodged against him, charging him with molesting a five-year-old girl.

"Now that we have two victims we obviously have to admit the possibility that there are more out there," said Police Public Information Officer "Bud" Walker.

"We are looking for any additional information that people can provide. If parents have any information we would like them to come forward," Walker said.

It's devastating for children," said licensed psychologist Pat Webbink, of Bethesda, Md.

Police Investigate 'Suspicious Death'

FRANCONIA, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police are investigating the death of an 18-year-old man Thursday night.

Police say the man walked into the Inova Springfield Healthplex at around 10:30 p.m. asking for medical help. He died in the hospital about a half hour later.

He had obvious signs of injury from some kind of altercation, police said.

Police say they're trying to figure out the relationship between the man who died and possibly multiple suspects.

Fairfax County Police are asking anyone with any information about the death to call them immediately.

Alexandria Couple Plans For Three Years At Sea

DEALE, Md. (WUSA) -- Peter Bonta and his wife LeeAnn Nelbach sold their home in Alexandria and are moving on to a 40 foot sailboat.

Nelbach sold her salon, and Bonta quit his job. They are planning to sail all over the world during the next three years. They are bringing their dog and cat along for the trip.

"We're going to head for St. Thomas... Bermuda... We're going to cross the Atlantic... Portugal, Spain, and through the Mediterranean," Bonta says.

He says they will avoid Somalia because of the threat of pirates. If anything goes wrong during their trip, they have a "ditch bag" with flares, a GPS device, and a raft.

The biggest hazard they've faced so far, is space.

"You are limited to how much clothing you can bring-- how much toiletries you can bring," Nelbach says.

They can convert salt water to drinking water, and produce their own electricity with solar panels.

Tysons Corner Traffic Changes

TYSONS CORNER, Va. (WUSA) -- Lanes on 495 north will shift Wednesday for bridge demolition slated for this weekend which will force shut down of Route 123.

VDOT says demolition is not scheduled to shut down Route 123 past this weekend.

The new traffic pattern will allow road workers access the "hot lanes" on 495 for this project.

A VDOT spokesperson says the headaches will be worth it because the road work will allow a simpler route in the future.

This particular road project is scheduled for two years according to VDOT.

To learn more about the traffic changes here.

'Transformers 3' Street Closings, Parking Restrictions

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Production of Transformers 3 comes to Arlington and DC this week bringing street closures and parking restrictions.

METROMIX: Check out the set, send us pics, get money!

In Arlington, police say several roadways around the U.S. Air Force Memorial will be closed Monday. From 5 p.m. until 9 p.m., all lanes of Columbia Pike will be closed periodically.  Also during that time, the right westbound lane of Columbia Pike will be closed from South Joyce Street to Washington Boulevard.

DC's information hotline will include the most up-to-date information, at (202) 540-8039.

DC Street Closures:


  • 3rd Street between Constitution Ave., NW and Independence Ave., SW, 6:30pm Tuesday, October 12 - 6:30am Wednesday, October 13