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  • New Link from Rt. 28 to Herndon Opens

    New Link from Rt. 28 to Herndon Opens

    Loudoun County celebrated its latest road opening on Feb. 22, and local officials are confident this one will have impact far beyond the county line. Several members of the Board of Supervisors as well as more than two dozen community leaders were on hand for a ribbon cutting celebrating the completion of Innovation Ave.  Located near

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  • Loudoun May Get Help with CIP Funding

    Loudoun May Get Help with CIP Funding

    In conjunction with the budgeting process for Fiscal Year 2018, the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors is looking at how to optimize funding sources for its Capital Improvement Projects (CIP). At the Board’s Finance Committee meeting Feb. 21, supervisors and discussed how their plans would benefit from the potential for significant funding from statewide sources.

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  • UPDATE: Victim of Early Morning Route 28 Crash Identified

    UPDATE: Victim of Early Morning Route 28 Crash Identified

    1:11 p.m. Feb. 21 Update: The victim has been identified as Gabrielle M. Perry, 22, of Leesburg. The group had been coming from the Chantilly area at the time of the crash, according to LCSO officials. Original story: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a single vehicle crash that took the life of a

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  • Inova Loudoun Offering “Ask the Expert” Lectures

    Inova Loudoun Offering “Ask the Expert” Lectures

    Inova Loudoun Hositpal in Leesburg is offering two upcoming installments of its “Ask the Expert” lecture series. On Mar. 7, Board-certified OB/GYN Kim Freeman will discus ways women over age 35 can optimize their health and their baby’s during pregnancy. On Mar. 15, orthopedic surgeon Matthew Gavin will discuss the latest advances in computer-navigated and

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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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  • We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head
    We Think: Anti-Semitism Rears Its Ugly Head

    February 22, 2017. Our nation is experiencing a dramatic increase in the number of overt, hateful, anti-Jewish acts. They’re called examples of anti-Semitism, but that term continues to elude the public’s embrace of a single definition and often gets comingled with discussions of anti-Zionism and Israel that distract from the underlying point. We’re calling the acts anti-Jewish here

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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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