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Gas Fueled, 2-Alarm Fire In Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Fire crews were called to a single family home in the 6000 block of Columbia Pike around 5 p.m. Wednesday. They arrived to find fire coming from both the front and rear of the house.

Firefighters made their way into the house and into the basement where they found the fire was fed by gas. Firefighters turned off the gas to the building and resumed an aggressive attack on the fire, which extended from the basement to the first floor.

No one was at home at the time of the blaze.

One family dog did die in the fire.

Fire crews are still determining the cause of the fire.

There is no damage estimate at this time.


On Wednesday, Dec. 29, the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) will open Fairfax County Parkway Exit 166B from I-95 south to Fairfax County Parkway north, making it easier and faster for motorists heading to the Fort Belvoir North Area and other destinations in Fairfax County.

At 9 a.m. Dec, 29, crews will close the right lane on I-95 between the Springfield-Franconia Parkway (Route 7900) and the Fairfax County Parkway (Route 7100) overpass. At noon, crews will begin removing traffic control devices, and by 1:30 p.m., the exit ramp will be open to traffic.

The ramp will offer motorists two options: Fairfax County Parkway on the left, or the newly opened Heller Road on the right, which goes into the Fort Belvoir North Area. This is where the National Geospatial Agency (NGA) is located. On Tuesday, Jan. 18, the NGA will begin admitting new employees.

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

CUE Bus Base Fare Increases by 10¢ Effective January 2, 2011

FAIRFAX, Va. — Effective January 2, 2011, the City of Fairfax CUE Bus base fares will increase by 10¢ to $1.70 per person. Only the base fare is affected.  Fare remains $1.50 for SmarTrip users.  Fares for elementary and high school students, riders with disabilities and senior citizens with valid ID remain 75¢.

Children age 3 and younger continue to ride for free, as do George Mason University students, staff and faculty with ID.  For information, call 703-385-7859.

Stop fumbling for cash for bus fare: switch to SmarTrip.  CUE Bus patrons may recharge these permanent plastic cards at any Metro station, on the Metro website — even on the CUE Bus.  For information, visit www.wmata.com or call 202-637-6700.

Va. Congressman And Wife Will Divorce

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Virginia congressman Jim Moran and his wife LuAnn Bennett have decided to divorce.

In a joint statement e-mailed by a spokesman Thursday, the pair said that while "our marriage may be ending, our friendship and respect for one another is not."

Moran, a Democrat whose district includes Alexandria, Arlington, Falls Church and Reston, was first elected in 1990.

City of Falls Church Launches New Road Safety Program

From the City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church is launching a new road safety program to prevent dangerous red-light running.  The Falls Church Focus on Safety Program aims to protect drivers, passengers, cyclists and pedestrians from injuries or crashes caused by red-light runners. The City has installed intersection safety cameras at Broad and Cherry Streets and at Broad Street and Annandale Road, and for the next 30 days – until Jan. 18 – the City will issue warnings to drivers caught on camera running a red light.  Citations will be issued beginning on Jan. 18.

The City chose these locations after evaluating where red-light running commonly occurs and where intersection safety cameras are most likely to improve safety.

Wiki Leaks and Whistleblowers: Why Private Information Goes Public

Ask an average person to name a whistleblower and they’re likely to think of ‘private citizens’ like Erin Brokovich, Karen Silkwood, and Jeffrey Wigand or journalists like Carl Berstein and Bob Woodward.  These red, white and blue American whistleblowers have been portrayed in Academy Award-winning movies as admirable people who had the courage to reveal wrongdoing in workplaces and government agencies in a spirit of justice.  

But are there other motivations that drive people to release sensitive documents and information that bring down companies and governments?  I believe the answer is yes.  Fame is certainly a motivator...and so is vengeance.  Employers in the private and public sectors that stubbornly refuse to acknowledge the link between employee engagement and corporate security are likely to find themselves the victims of leaks. 

Airport Shuttle Crashes Into At Least 6 Cars

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- A shuttle bus headed for Dulles Airport was involved in multiple hit-and-run accidents, police said.

Virginia State Police have charged Muhammed Teshale, 25, of the 4800 block of Kenmore Avenue in Alexandria, with one felony count of hit-and-run in Fairfax County. Additional state police charges are pending for the Arlington County crashes.

Police say he crashed into at least six vehicles.

The "SuperShuttle" corporation tells 9NEWS NOW Teshale was hired November 1st by a franchisee. They say he passed drug, background and defensive driving tests just before he was hired.

According to statements from witnesses and the van's driver, the "SuperShuttle" was traveling westbound on I-66 between 90 and 95 mph.

At about 9:20 a.m. police got a call from motorists who were reporting several cars hit by the blue van on westbound I-66 at Route 7, near the Sycamore Street/Falls Church exit.