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UPDATE: Victim Identified; Suspect Charged

Update to the homicide that occured Wednesday, October 6 at 5T Bar and Grill:

From the Fairfax County Police Department:

The victim has been identified as Tieu L. Nguyet, 37, of 3235 Kenney Drive in Falls Church. The suspect, Lam Dang, 40, of 6801 Floyd Avenue in Springfield, is in the hospital in stable condition but has been charged with murder.

Further investigation determined the suspect assaulted the victim with a knife; she died as result of trauma to the upper body. This incident was domestic in nature.

100 Days After Vanessa Pham's Murder

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) -- Exactly 100 days ago, Vanessa Pham's murdered body was found.

Police are searching for her killer but have come up empty so far.
Sunday, October 3rd, was an emotional one for family as they marked this grim anniversary. 

It's an important and sad day in Buddhism and in other Asian cultures.

The spiritual rebirth ceremony serves as a heartbreaking reminder for Vanessa's family that 100 days after her death someone has gotten away with murder.

Julie Pham says, "It's very hard for us, for my family, we wonder every day. It bothers us all the time. We know police are working hard on her case. It's haunting us."

There are still no solid leads to Vanessa's killer. They have a timeline of when 19-year-old Vanessa Pham, an aspiring designer, was last seen.

Falls Church School Already Has Longer Hours

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (WUSA) - - Children at Pine Spring Elementary School in Falls Church were in class Monday 2 1/2 hours longer than most other students in Fairfax County. That's because Pine Spring did away with Monday early dismissal: a policy put in place back in the 1970's at all elementary schools for teacher planning. Teachers still manage to get planning periods thanks to 4 new positions added 10 years ago.

"The more people you have to do one on one instruction, children will do better," said principal Nancy Bradley.

The program works because of the people at Pine Spring. Remarkably, teachers have given up the chance to increase their salary by 7% in order to hire the 4 additional staffers.

Obama Holds Backyard Health Care Policy Forum In Falls Church

FALLS CHURCH, Va. (AP) -- President Barack Obama is touting benefits taking effect this week under the health care law he signed six months ago, including provisions allowing young adults to stay on their family's health plans until they turn 26.

Polling shows the law remains unpopular with much of the public and that many people don't know what's in it. With crucial midterm elections six weeks away, the White House is undertaking an effort to tell people what's in the law that will help them.

Obama held a health care discussion Tuesday with about 20 people gathered in the sunny backyard of home in suburban Falls Church, Va. He said he sought the new law because rising health care costs were "bankrupting families, companies and our government.

Caring For Parent With Dementia Without Losing Your Mind

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - "When mom was more active she ran away a lot," said Jerome Menefee, who cares for his 86 year old mother, Teddy. She was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease 13 years ago. She barely speaks now and can do nothing for herself. Her son bathes her and changes her.

"She wears depends. I have gloves and wipes," Menefee explains.

He also puts in a bed with railings so she can't fall or climb out at night. For years now, it's been like taking care of an infant.

"Sometimes, I could only sleep a few hours at night because she could not sleep," he says.

And then there were the escapes.

"This window in the back use to be here room. She climb out and fell on the bricks below and shattered her right ankle," he said.

Metro to Improve Lighting at West Falls Church Station

The Metro Finance and Administration committee endorsed the reimbursable project today, September 16, to install new lights on the busy bay canopies at West Falls Church Metrorail station. This new lighting will improve safety, as well as service reliability. The project will be voted on by the full Metro Board of Directors on September 30.

The canopies were originally completed back in January without lighting because a lack of resources. Now new funds from the Virginia Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality and the Virginia Department of Rail and Public Transportation will enable the addition of this new lighting. The project is expected to be completed by late January 2011.

Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.