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Andre Agassi Makes Appearance in Tyson's Corner

Besides being a world champion tennis player, Andre Agassi is a snowboarder, a cook, “20 + 20 years old,” and a humanitarian. Agassi appeared today at Fink's Jewelers in Tyson’s Corner to speak about his charity, the Andre Agassi Foundation for Education. This foundation has contributed $150 million to educational initiatives to date.

Agassi played in his first professional tournament when he was just 15 years old. What is the first thing that comes to Agassi’s mind when he thinks about tennis? Well, first of all “physical pain,” he joked after playing last night. But what tennis truly brings to mind for Agassi is the word “grateful.” He is grateful for what tennis taught him about himself, and he encouraged the children to push themselves in whatever they do because it will make them better people.

Va. AG Backs DMV Refusal to Accept Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to accept a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S., state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in an official opinion.

DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb requested the opinion, which Cuccinelli issued a little more than two months after the agency temporarily quit accepting Employee Authorization Documents as proof of legal status. The Department of Homeland Security issues the document to people who are temporarily in the U.S. and looking for work.

"Individuals who have the EAD now need another document to verify legal presence," DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said Monday. About 20 other federal documents are still accepted.

'Gobble Gobble Giveathon' at Velocity Five

WASHINGTON, DC--Angie Goff reports on Work it Girl Networking's canned food drive at Velocity Five.  

Howard Herman Announces Retirement After 40 Years

From the City of Falls Church:

        Howard Herman, General Manager of the Community Services Department and Director of Recreation and Parks for the City of Falls Church, has announced his retirement effective April 1, 2011. 

        Herman, one of the longest serving City employees ever, began his career with the City of Falls Church in October, 1970, working part-time for the Recreation and Parks Department while he attended George Mason High School.  He became Assistant Director of Recreation & Parks in January, 1989 and was appointed Director of Recreation and Parks in March, 1990.  He was named General Manager of Community Services in January 2007, in addition to his director duties.

Neighbors 'Glad' Mansion Burned Down

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- A million dollar mansion under construction burned to the ground. Surprisingly, many neighbors say they are happy.

It happened early Sunday morning at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Haycock in Falls Church. 

"I think a lot of people are secretly, or not even that secretly, glad," said one neighbor.

Neighbors say the home used to be three and a half stories, and towered over all the other homes in the community. And they say it's been under construction for three years attracting homeless and vandals.

Lynn and Wayne Heinrichs live next door. They say they were excited to see the home almost completed. But when it caught fire it jeopardized their home.

"I just saw a wall of fire coming right at us," said Lynn. "It was so hot, it melted the gas meter."


Fire Guts Falls Church Home And Damages Another

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- An early morning blaze destroyed a large home under construction at the intersection of Westmoreland Street and Haycock Road in Falls Church.

The fire happened around 1:56 am and was so intense that it burnt the unoccupied home to its foundation. The fifty foot flames knocked out power and phone lines in the neighborhood and slightly damaged an adjacent  house.

Neither neighbors nor firefighters were injured and authorities consider the fire suspicious but have yet to determine a cause. The home had been under construction for nearly four years and some neighbors considered it an eyesore. Monday, arson investigators will bring in heavy equipment to sift through the rubble in search for clues. 

Written by Armando Trull
9NEWS NOW and wusa9.com

Officer Involved Shooting In Fairfax County

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County police shot a man Thursday afternoon who led them on a long pursuit after stealing an unmarked police cruiser.

The incident began around 4:30 when an officer was called to check out a suspicious vehicle in the 2900 block of Westcott Street.  When he arrived, he ran the license plate of a Mercedes and discovered it was stolen, according to Police Spokeswoman Lucy Caldwell. 

The man, who police have not identified, had some sort of altercation with the officer before running away on foot just as a second officer pulled up for back up assistance.

After the backup officer joined the foot chase, the suspect jumped into one of the officer's unmarked police vehicle and sped off, said Caldwell.  He then returned to switch vehicles, getting back into the Mercedes.