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BRAC Building To Bring 'Chaos' To I-395 Commute

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A rush hour nightmare is predicted when the new Department of Defense Building opens along I-395 in Alexandria next year.

The building, part of the BRAC realignment plan, will house 6,400 employees, but it was built no where near a Metro station.

Several studies show the influx of cars will add two hours to everybody's commute along the corridor.

"We have impending chaos here. It's the military's fault. They never should have located a building on I-395 and Seminary Road without building the proper infrastructure," said Representative Jim Moran.

Moran has a bill that restricts the Army from building more than one-thousand parking spaces there to force them to provide a bus service for their employees.

It passed the house, and is in the Senate.

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.

Snakehead Fish Caught Near Lorton

On Wednesday, September 8, a Northern Snakehead Fish was caught in Little Hunting Creek, near Lorton, VA. This is the only type of Snakehead fish that can survive the winter conditions of the Potomac River.

These particular fish are aggressive and eat their prey whole. While they do not attack humans, and they are not taking over the ecosystem, as some feared a few years ago, they are continuing to spread and colonize throughout the lower region of the Potomac River. Snakeheads can be found in almost every creek; the Snakehead Fish are expected to have a record year.




Springfield, Va. Homicide Possibly Linked To Speed Bump Dispute

SPRINGFIELD, Va. (WUSA) -- Fairfax County Police have charged a man with murder in the shooting death of another man Sunday night. A speed bump in their neighborhood may have been at the center of the dispute.

Police were called to a home in the 6800 block of Field Master Drive about 10 p.m. for a report of a shooting.

When officers arrived they found the body of 48-year-old Stephen Carr with an apparent gunshot wound to the upper body.

David Patton, 44, of Conservation Way is charged with second-degree murder. Investigators said Patton was arrested in June after he allegedly assaulted Carr. Patton's assault trial was scheduled for Thursday.

Gallery After Hours: Art Out Loud...a fusion of art and music

The following event was sent to us from Workhouse Arts Center:

Escape to the Workhouse on September 18 for a night of live music and art! Art Out Loud...a fusion of art and music will feature the drawings of Mary Gallagher Stout and the eclectic alternative rock of "Big Green Cherry".  Mary will present many of her pieces, explaining the meaning and inspiration behind them. She will also sign copies of her new book: REAL Life Drawings: My Eye on Washington D.C., published in August 2010 by Sunbury Press.

Woman Sexually Assaulted At Bus Stop In Fairfax Co.

FRANCONIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A woman was taken to a local hospital after being sexually assaulted at a bus stop in Franconia.

Lucy Caldwell, spokesperson for Fairfax County Police, says the 23-year-old victim was discovered by a jogger on La Vista Drive at Franconia Road around 4:30 Wednesday morning.

The young woman was waiting at the bus stop when someone grabbed her from behind and assaulted her. Caldwell says she was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Her attacker is described as a heavy-set male between 25 and 40. Police say he wore a white t-shirt and tan cargo pants.

Police are asking anyone with information regarding this attack to contact Crime Solvers at 1-866-411-TIPS.

Fairfax County Schools Drop Chocolate Milk, Nuggets, Corn Dogs

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - Fairfax County elementary school students will no longer be able to buy chocolate milk in school cafeterias. It's one of several new recommendations to make school food healthier, according to the Fairfax County Public Schools.

"They don't need all that sugar and calories. No child does," says Penny McConnell, Director of FCPS Food and Nutrition Services.

Not all parents are happy about this new decision. Some worry if there's no chocolate milk, their children won't drink any milk. McConnell says if kids won't drink fat free milk, they can drink water.

But some parents support the decision. "Chocolate milk is only for special occasions. It's like a milkshake, not for everyday," said Monika Sibert.

McConnell and her team have also taken corn dogs and chicken nuggets off the menu because they're too high in fat. More meaty, less breading chicken tenders are still available and so are low fat hot dogs on a whole wheat bun.