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  • Facing Rising Anti-Semitism, Can Virginia Universities Learn from History, and California?

    Facing Rising Anti-Semitism, Can Virginia Universities Learn from History, and California?

    Ken Marcus makes the case for doing more to fight anti-Semitism on college campuses. Last fall, five Loudoun County, Virginia teenagers vandalized the historic African-American schoolhouse in Ashburn with an array of graffiti that included white supremacist slogans and Nazi swastikas. The fact that they desecrated a monument to black history with the symbol most closely associated with Jewish oppression was not

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  • 30th Annual Ensemble Festival Held in Loudoun

    30th Annual Ensemble Festival Held in Loudoun

    The Fairfax Loudoun Music Fellowship held its 30th Annual Winter Ensemble Festival Feb. 18, giving several hundred area students an opportunity to show off their musical talents. The festival, held this year at John Champe High School in Aldie, featured movie themes, and musicians played more than two dozen selections from films including Titanic, The

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  • Raptors Come to Middleburg

    Raptors Come to Middleburg

    On Feb 18., Middleburg went to the birds. The Middleburg Library welcomed Phineas, a great horned owl, and Scarlet, a barred owl, in the latest of a series of interactive learning events sponsored by Loudoun County Public Libraries. The pair are indigenous birds of prey, also known as raptors. Perched on the arms of their trainers, they showed

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  • Bad News Coming Down the Tracks

    Bad News Coming Down the Tracks

    Predictions of higher Metrorail costs have left Loudoun government officials with a lot of questions – and few answers. New reports show Loudoun County could be required to finance $82.2 million in an annual contribution toward Metro by 2025, nearly $61 million more than predicted when the Board of Supervisors narrowly approved rail expansion in 2012. Staff and

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  • Public Briefed on Leesburg Courthouse and Garage

    Public Briefed on Leesburg Courthouse and Garage

    With the multi-year construction of Loudoun County’s new courthouse project in Leesburg about to begin, staff members are reassuring residents that they are taking every precaution against excessive disturbances. At a public information meeting Feb. 16, staff reviewed the planning behind the project.  It will begin with a new parking garage, and efforts will be made to minimize interference with the

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  • Loudoun Teen Charged with Unlawfully Filming Classmates

    Loudoun Teen Charged with Unlawfully Filming Classmates

    A Loudoun County teenager was charged Feb. 17 with unlawfully filming his classmates in various stages of undress at Freedom High School in South Riding. The 16-year-old, whose name cannot be released because he is a juvenile, is facing five felony counts of unlawfully filming persons under the age of 18, including two cases of “upskirting.” The

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  • Sterling Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of Minors, Child Pornography

    Sterling Man Arrested for Sexual Assault of Minors, Child Pornography

    Chase C. Peklo, 19, of Sterling, was arrested Feb. 16 and charged with carnal knowledge of a minor and involvement with child pornography, following a joint investigation by the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) and Fairfax County Police Department. On Feb. 6, the Adrenaline Dance Studio, located at 8400 block of Tyco Road, McLean, contacted Fairfax County Police to report

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  • Dulles Customs Seizes Horsemeat and Genitals from Mongolian Travelers

    Dulles Customs Seizes Horsemeat and Genitals from Mongolian Travelers

    U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agriculture specialists have seen a lot of strange things in baggage arriving at Dulles International Airport over the years — including charred monkeys, voodoo ceremony tools, cocaine concealed inside the cavity of fully cooked chickens, live sea horses and giant African land snails. Two women arriving from Mongolia on Jan. 29

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  • Upstart Perriello Ties Northam in Latest VA Governor Poll

    Upstart Perriello Ties Northam in Latest VA Governor Poll

    Former one-term Virginia congressman Tom Perriello, a surprise late entrant to this year’s governor’s race, is tied with Lt. Gov Ralph Northam for the Democratic nomination in a new Quinnipiac University poll. Perriello, noted for his progressive positions, was thought by most to be a long shot when entering the race in January.  The statistical tie challenges that assumption and that

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  • UPDATE: Missing South Riding Teenager Found

    UPDATE: Missing South Riding Teenager Found

    Update Feb. 18 4:47 p.m.:  LCSO released a statement Feb. 18 saying Ramirex-Lucero was located last night safe and sound and is now home with her family. Original story: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s assistance to help locate a missing teenager from South Riding. Stephanie Ramirez-Lucero, 16, was last seen

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  • Aldie House Fire Caused by Fireplace Ashes

    Aldie House Fire Caused by Fireplace Ashes

    The Loudoun County Fire Marshal’s investigation into a Feb. 15 early morning house fire in Aldie has determined it was accidental and the result of improperly discarded fireplace ashes. At approximately 6:30 a.m., Loudoun County 9-1-1 operators received a call from an occupant of a home in the 41000 block of Red Hill Road reporting a fire

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  • Three Arrested in Messaging App Extortion Scheme

    Three Arrested in Messaging App Extortion Scheme

    A Sterling man and two teenagers have been charged in an extortion scam using a popular messaging app. Authorities also believe there could be more victims. Yogesh Sharma, 56, was was charged with felony conspiracy to commit extortion. He is being held at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center on no bond. The two teenagers were taken to

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  • Hemstreet Proposes Equalized Tax Rate in New Budget

    Hemstreet Proposes Equalized Tax Rate in New Budget

    Loudoun County is positioned to increase services without a tax increase in the FY 2018 budget proposed by County Administrator Tim Hemstreet and presented to the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 15. The $2.5 billion proposed budget includes funding for the equivalent of 189 full-time positions in a range of departments, including the new Dulles South Multipurpose Center, Kirkpatrick Farms Fire

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  • Kaine, Warner Vote Against Gun Rule Repeal Backed by ACLU, NRA

    Kaine, Warner Vote Against Gun Rule Repeal Backed by ACLU, NRA

    In a losing cause on Feb. 15, Virginia Sens. Tim Kaine (D) and Mark Warner (D) voted against removing a federal regulation that prohibits certain individuals with mental impairments from obtaining firearms. The rule, proposed during the last few months of the Obama Administration, would place a group of social security disability insurance recipients with mental impairments that use

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  • Canines-N-Kids Foundation Gets Petco Grant for Cancer Research

    Canines-N-Kids Foundation Gets Petco Grant for Cancer Research

    The Canines-N-Kids Foundation has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Petco Foundation, a Founding Partner of the new northern Virginia-based nonprofit, to raise awareness about innovative pediatric cancer treatments that also help dogs. The grant will help showcase the potential of comparative oncology, the study of similar cancers that occur in animals and people

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  • Community Organizers Put the “Love” in Lovettsville

    Community Organizers Put the “Love” in Lovettsville

    For some Loudoun residents there was no better place to feel love than Lovettsville on Valentine’s Day. More than 60 people gathered in the downtown Lovettsville “Squirkle” to show off what they loved about the United States. Supporters sang “This Land is Your Land” while marching, holding signs in solidarity with issues ranging from environmental

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  • We Think: Loudoun Students Protest
    We Think: Loudoun Students Protest

    February 14, 2017. Last Friday, a few hundred Loudoun County high school students used the last period of the day – for some a study hall period – to register their opposition to President Donald Trump’s immigration order and perhaps other things. In an effort known to and managed by LCPS school officials, they walked out and,

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  • You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing
    You Think: Troubling Concerns After the Sentencing

    Loudoun County NAACP President Phillip Thompson was among those who spoke out forcefully after a historic African American school in Ashburn was vandalized on the night of Sept. 30. He raised concerns about the intentions of the vandals, how public officials responded, and the need to better protect African American historical sites generally. Last month, five Loudoun County teenagers pled guilty to one count

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  • Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump
    Republican Intolerance in the Age of Trump

    I would like to address the Loudoun County Republican Committee’s pathetic attempt to suppress free speech and non-violent dissent in their recent press release attacking Loudoun County Board Chair Phyllis Randall’s attendance at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21, 2017. Randall has nothing to apologize for in her attendance at a peaceful protest,

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  • We Think: The Trump Watch
    We Think: The Trump Watch

    January 20, 2017. The 45th president of the United States was inaugurated today, inheriting a fractured nation along with the unique opportunity to be a healer. Or not. It’s President Trump’s watch now. Barack Obama took office eight years ago calling for hope and change, and dazzling the nation with his rhetoric. But it’s hard to mount a convincing argument that America is a kinder, gentler and stronger

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  • We Think: So Early, So Wrong
    We Think: So Early, So Wrong

    January 10, 2017. The 2017 Leesburg Town Council, under newly-elected Mayor Kelly Burk, is off to an inauspicious start. We’ve heard grumblings about poor communication and divisiveness before the new Council even got started, and the way it selected Hugh Forsythe to fill a vacancy will surely add fuel to the fire. The Tribune addressed this in an article published today.

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  • Loudoun School Board Should Say YES to New LGBTQ Policies
    Loudoun School Board Should Say YES to New LGBTQ Policies

    On Dec. 21, the ACLU of Virginia filed a letter in support of the Loudoun County School Board adopting policies that would protect LGBTQ employees and students from discrimination and harassment. The letter, penned by ACLU legal fellow Gail M. Deady, is excerpted below. The full document, including legal citations, can be found here.  A counterpoint by Del.

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  • Loudoun School Board Should Say NO to New LGBTQ Policies
    Loudoun School Board Should Say NO to New LGBTQ Policies

    On Jan. 10, the Loudoun County School Board will again take up the issue of adopting policies that would protect LGBTQ employees and students from discrimination and harassment.  On Dec. 21, the ACLU of Virginia filed a letter in support of these policies. Below is a counterpoint opposing such policies and answering the ACLU by Del. Dave LaRock (R-33rd), a member

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  • We Think: The Emperor May Have No Clothes
    We Think: The Emperor May Have No Clothes

    January 3, 2017. It may be unpopular to say it, but we will.  We need to build more homes in Loudoun County, and a new report suggests we may need a lot more. Last year the Board of Supervisors began a highly-publicized, multi-stakeholder review of its General Plan, the guidance document for future growth. This is the first comprehensive review since

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