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Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.

School Supplies Scarce At Stores

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) - Most  kids heading back to school this week have their school supplies ready go.  But for those families who waited until the last minute to go shopping,  many found themselves out of luck.  

The countdown to the school bell underway, it was a last ditch, frantic effort  to buy supplies.   

Nicole Smith went to the Greatland Target at Seven Corners and said, "I went into the store to buy a composition notebook and some pencils.  They have nothing.   I was very shocked." 

Mother of three Kay Leherr was glad she did most of her school supplies shopping several weeks ago, "There's nothing left.  Even last week we had a  hard time finding stuff we needed."

Some parents ordered their children's supplies  school through a company they does it for them.    

Falls Church Farmers Market Voted #1

In a contest sponsored by the American Farmland Trust, the Falls Church Farmers Market was voted “American’s Favorite Farmer Market.” The contest was broken into 4 different categories: boutique markets (15 or less vendors), small markets (16-30 vendors), medium markets (31-55 vendors), and large markets (56 or more vendors). Falls Church Farmers Market fell into the medium market category with a total of 45 vendors.

Virginia farmers also voted on favorite markets, regardless of size, and Falls Church finished first. Come and check out the market in Falls Church if you haven’t already! The Falls Church Farmers Market is open every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until noon, and 9:00 a.m. during the winter. The market takes place in the parking lot of City Hall at 300 Park Avenue in Falls Church, VA.

Local Marine Buried At Arlington National Cemetery

Arlington, Va. (WUSA) -- Tuesday evening, friends and family remembered a Falls Church marine killed while serving overseas.

Sergeant Ronald Rodriguez was killed last week in Afghanistan. His family buried him at Arlington National cemetery.

This was Rodriguez' third tour of duty in the war on terrorism. His first two were in Iraq.

Jonathan Morales, a friend of the fallen Marine, said Rodriguez was a man proud to serve his country..." Ronald and I played on the same soccer team growing up, lived on the same street our whole lives. He had a great sense of humor, diligent, hard working and proud to be in the Marines.

Rodriguez is survived by his parents and two sons.

It's Been Two Months Since Pham's Brutal Murder

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Friday marks two months since 19-year-old Vanessa Pham was found in her crashed car with stab wounds to her body.

She was last seen at a nail salon in Fairfax Plaza shopping center off Gallows Road.

The family talked about the grim anniversary and how they've been dealing with the passing of their love one.

Tracy To is Vanessa Pham's cousin and says, "Not that you don't think about it every day, but when there's an anniversary all the emotions come streaming back."

19-year-old Vanessa Pham should have been heading back to school this week.

Her mother was suppose to be sending her daughter off to school as a sophomore this week at a prestigious Georgia fashion college, instead on Thursday, she's visiting her daughter's grave site.

Julie Pham says, "I pray for her before I sleep, I pray before I go to work. Coming here, I feel close to her."

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.


Marine From Falls Church Killed In Afghanistan

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (wusa) -- Sergeant Ronald Rodriguez left a legacy of love and honor with Martha Duran as a student at Stuart High School.

"He was so proud to be a Marine," Duran told us. "For him it was an honor to be in the Marine Corp and even better, he was able to do something for his country."

The Bolivian born boy moved to America at the age of two. His father Francisco says, his son grew up playing soccer in the Falls Church area.

Outside his home, a black ribbon and a United States flag embrace his honor.

Ronald earned nearly a dozen medals of honor including the purple heart. He was overseas for the third time when he was killed Monday in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

Duran told us, "I didn't want to accept that."

Duran and Rodriguez kept in touch through the years and recalls the first time he returned after his first deployment to Iraq.