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Arlington Prosecutor Trodden Won't Seek 5th Term

ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- Arlington County Commonwealth's attorney Richard Trodden has announced he won't seek a fifth term as prosecutor and will retire when his term expires at the end of next year.

The 64-year-old Trodden has been the top prosecutor for Arlington and the city of Falls Church since 1993.

Trodden is endorsing his chief deputy, Theo Stamos, to succeed him. Stamos has been a prosecutor in the office since 1987. She is also the wife of former Georgetown basketball coach Craig Esherick.

City of Falls Church Attains Highest Recycling Rate in Virginia

From the City of Falls Church:

The City of Falls Church to Introduce Refuse and Recycling Rolling Carts

From the City of Falls Church:

The Department of Environmental Services (DES) will introduce rolling carts for trash and recycling in DECEMBER 2010. Carts will be distributed by area and residents will receive information via door hanger prior to delivery. In the meantime, residents should use current receptacles for Wednesday collection. 

Customers will enjoy the convenience of rolling a cart to the curb and the covered containers prevent litter and deter vermin.  The increased convenience to the customer will likely result in an increase in recycling, saving the City money over the more expensive options of incinerating or landfilling. Come and look at an example of the two cart sizes in the lobby of City Hall (outside the Treasurer's Office).

Cheapest Gas Price in Falls Church

According to AAA, The cheapest gas in Falls Church is $2.799 a gallon at Virginia Forest Liberty. This gas station is located at 702 South Washington Street in Falls Church, VA.

Cheaters Allowed to Retake Tests, Parents Outraged

ALEXANDRIA, Va.  (WUSA) - "I think they're setting them up for failure down the road," said a parent of a high school student. That's what many people think about a new policy at West Potomac High School in Fairfax County.  It that allows students caught cheating to retake the test.

"There's a majority of our students who don't cheat and who dedicate themselves to good academics and being honest. And good character. And I think it's kind of unfair," said Emily Keith, a junior at West Potomac High School.

The change was part a new policy announced by Principal Cliff Hardison who said "cheating should result in a disciplinary consequence separate from an academic consequence," with the goal of getting all children to learn the material. Some students say it made sense at first.

"It could be a good thing to give a second chance. Look at Michael Vick. He got a second chance and look what he did," said Jemuel Adams, a junior.

State Agencies Propose Cutting Mental Health Services

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (NEWSLEADER.com) -- Two state mental hospitals and as many as eight correctional facilities would close under state officials' proposals to meet Gov. Robert F. McDonnell's request for budget-cutting ideas.

State agencies' proposals, copies of which were obtained by The News Leader, include deep cuts in state payments for community care for troubled youth and people with mental disabilities.

McDonnell spokeswoman Taylor Thornley said the governor is still reviewing the proposals.

"Difficult decisions will have to be made in the weeks ahead as we work to put together a balanced budget that maintains adequate funding for critical needs, mandated services and economic development programs," Thornley said.

Gobble Gobble Giveathon Feeds Hundreds This Thanksgiving

CENTERVILLE, VA-- Angie Goff reports generous hearts will fill hundreds of tummies this Thanksgiving thanks to the 1st annual Gobble Gobble Giveathon.

Volunteers with Work It Girl Networking hosted the canned food drive that filled the carts at Velocity Five locations across Virginia. People got free sliders and wings for their donation.

Hundreds of cans of food were donated to the Capital Area Food Bank.

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