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Jefferson at Marshall Wins Game of the Week Poll

WASHINGTON, D.C. (WUSA) -- Almost 24,000 votes were cast, making this week's Viewers' Choice Poll the second-largest in dc.highschoolsports.net history! 

Tune in at 11:15 tonight to catch extended highlights and postgame interviews from the Thomas Jefferson at George C. Marshall game.

The 4-8 Colonials look to grab a road victory over a struggling 2-11 Marshall team.   Jefferson has only one road victory all season and will be looking for guard Richard Kuzma, who averages 23 points per game, to lead the way for the Colonials. 

Both teams lost on Wednesday, so tonight's match-up promises to be action-packed as both teams look to recover from a disappointing start to the week.

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<a href="http://fallschurch.wusa9.com/content/seizure-dog-heat-its-first-day-class">Seizure Dog In Heat On Its First Day In Class</a>

FORT BELVOIR, Va. (WUSA)  -- This week, Fairfax County schools allowed a boy and his service dog in to school on a trial basis.
But the boy and dog didn't go the first day... because the dog was in heat. The next day, the dog wore a diaper.

Most service dog organizations don't place dogs in homes unless they are neutered or spayed.   In fact, it's a requirement for a dog to be certified by the ADI, Assistance Dog International.

One trainer who works with a local service dog organization and did not want to be identified said she thought it was 'unethical' for an organization to not ensure dogs are fixed first before placing them.   She also said that when dogs are in heat, their behavior can change.   She said for a service dog to be in heat while working in a school is a "disaster waiting to happen." 

Accidental Falls Church Area House Fire

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Sunday, January 9, 2011, at approximately 7:05 p.m. in the Falls Church area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 3204 Wayne Road.

Firefighters saw heavy smoke and fire coming from the rear of the two-story home upon arrival. Within minutes, the fire was spreading up the rear porch and into the attic where firefighters conducted an aggressive fire attack and were able to contain the fire to the rear of the home's exterior. Additionally, there was minor extension of fire, smoke, and water damage on the first and second floors of the home. Firefighters brought the fire under control in approximately 15 minutes. All four adults safely escaped the home. Red Cross assistance was declined by the family. There were no injuries.

Damage is estimated at $60,000.

Helen Thomas Out Of Retirement To Write For Falls Church News-Press

(USA TODAY) -- Veteran White House correspondent Helen Thomas, who resigned abruptly last year after making controversial remarks about Israel, is coming out of retirement to write a column for a small, Northern Virginia weekly newspaper.

The 90-year-old journalist, who covered the White House for 50 years, is writing on political affairs for the Falls Church News-Press. Her first column is about Social Security reform.

Thomas retired abruptly last year as a columnist for Hearst Newspaper following a firestorm over remarks she made about Israel.

In a statement, Nicholas F. Benton, owner-editor of the News-Press, said Thomas' remarks were "intemperate and inappropriate" but that she is "neither bigoted, nor racist, nor anti-Semitic."

City of Falls Church Receives Budget Presentation Award

From the City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church has received the Distinguished Budget Presentation Award for the second year in a row from the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada. The award is the highest form of recognition in government budgeting.  This award reflects the commitment of the City Council and staff to meet the highest principles of government budgeting.  In order to receive the award, the City had to satisfy nationally-recognized guidelines.

        A Certificate of Recognition for Budget Presentation was also presented to the City’s Finance Division by the Government Finance Officers Association.

2010-11 Outstanding Teacher Nominations Deadline Looms

From Falls Church City Public Schools:

Do you know a great teacher in the Falls Church City Public Schools who deserves recognition?

With the FCCPS reputation for excellence the difficulty may be in deciding on which one to nominate for the 2010-2011 Agnes Meyer Outstanding Teacher award. The nomination deadline is January 14th. 

Candle Causes Basement House Fire

Candle Causes Basement House Fire

From Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department:

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department units responded to a house fire Wednesday, December 28, 2010, at approximately 4:50 p.m., in the Baileys Crossroads area of Fairfax County. The home is located at 6010 Columbia Pike.