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Thursday Pothole Alert: Falls Church


FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA9)--A whopper of a pothole in Falls Church is driving Terry Freeman crazy. So it is Thursday's Pothole Alert.

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The crater is near Loehmann's Plaza. It is located on Graham Road when you turn right from Westmoreland Road. Freeman says it is impossible not to hit the sucker without going out of your lane into oncoming traffic.

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Va. justices hear former Dem activist's appeal


RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - The Virginia Supreme Court is considering the appeal of a former Democratic activist from Falls Church who was convicted of molesting two children.

The justices heard arguments in Michael Gardner's case Wednesday. A decision is expected in June.

In May 2012, an Arlington County Circuit Court jury convicted Gardner of molesting two girls who attended a sleepover party for his daughter's 10th birthday. The jury was unable to reach a verdict on a charge that Gardner molested another child the previous night.

Gardner's lawyer argued Wednesday that separate trials should have been held for the first incident and the sleepover incidents. A lawyer for the state disagreed.

Gardner had been chairman of the city's Democratic committee and his wife is a former mayor.

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Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

Guardians of Rescue Begins Sting Investigations into Hazardous Internet Pet Sales

As the world embraces the age of technology, everything is available online----including the sale of pets. Guardians of Rescue, a nationwide animal rescue organization, has stepped up to protect these poor animals from the cruelty of being bought and sold via the Internet. Guardians of Rescue is working with law enforcement in various states to try to reduce the amount of harm inflicted on these innocent dogs.

“Getting a new pet is always a big decision, and buying a dog you haven’t met in person is not smart,” says Dori Scofield, vice-president of Guardians of Rescue, an organization whose mission is to protect the well-being of all animals. “If you buy a dog through the Internet, you risk supporting puppy mill cruelty and being scammed out of your money. The Internet is also used by criminals to buy and sell fighting dogs, using certain understood language.”

If you looking to adopt a new dog, here are five tips to think about before you decide where to buy:

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

PW COUNTY ARTS COUNCIL/HYLTON PERFORMING ARTS CENTER TO PRESENT FREE ARTS ALIVE FESTIVAL, MAY 3

Prince William County Arts Council and the Hylton Performing Arts Center of Manassas, Va. are hosting their fourth annual ARTS ALIVE Festival, a free, family-fun event that features local, Prince William County dancers, singers, artists, and performances, on Sat., May 3 from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Hylton Performing Arts Center, at 10960 George Mason Circle Manassas, Va. Admission and parking are free. For a schedule of events, call 703-221-2150 or go to www.pwcartscouncil.org.

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Manassas City UTILITES DEPT. AWARDED PLATINUM LEVEL-RELIABLE PUBLIC POWER DESIGNATION

Manassas City UTILITES DEPT. AWARDED PLATINUM LEVEL-RELIABLE PUBLIC POWER DESIGNATION

City of Manassas, Va.  is one of 184 of the nation’s more than 2,000 public power utilities to earn the Reliable Public Power Provider (RP3®)1 designation from the American Public Power Association (APPA) for providing consumers with the highest degree of reliable and safe electric service. This is the fifth year that the City of Manassas Public Works/Utilities department has received this designation. The City of Manassas was one of two public utilities in Virginia to be awarded the RP3 in 2013, out of 16 Virginia public power providers. For more information, go to www.manassascity.org or call 703-257-8276.

The chair of APPA’s RP3 Review Panel presented the designees on April 7 during the association’s annual Engineering & Operations Technical Conference held in Oklahoma City, Okla.

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

METRO SCHOOL of the ARTS ‘SINGING the ‘BLUES’ for AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

In support of Autism Awareness Month, Metropolitan School of the Arts is asking all of its studio students to ‘go blue’ now through April 30.  Students who wear blue during class, Monday through Friday in April, Metropolitan School of the Arts will donate $1 for each student that wears blue, per day. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.

Metropolitan School of the Arts offers pre-professional dance, theatre, musical and vocal studio classes for youth and teens, as well as adult dance and fitness classes, including Metro Barre, yoga and Pilates.

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

Metropolitan School of the Arts Summer Registration Open

If hip-hop, tap, jazz, ballet, guitar, percussion and theatre are passions for your child, check out the many summer programs at Metropolitan School of the Arts (MSA) of Alexandria and Lorton, Va. MSA brings instructors from around the U.S, offering top-of-the-line instruction and camps to their youngest students, to teens polishing their craft.  Registration is open now for summer classes starting in July. Go to www.metropolitanarts.org for a full schedule of classes and registration.