It was reported in the media last week that security contractors in Iraq recently shot and killed nearly a dozen innocent Iraqis in an incident occurring in downtown Baghdad. The private security firm handling protection for a U.S. Embassy convoy — Blackwater USA — has come under fire for their […]
I don’t know about you, but when Labor Day comes around, it always seems like a New Year to me. All those years of school, I guess!
Saturday was an exquisite autumn day for the 28th Annual Mason District Park Festival, as children, parents, grandparents, and others descended on the park for a full day of fun and festivities. The Festival, sponsored by the Friends of Mason District Park and the Fairfax County Park Authority, began in […]
Sally Cole’s “Business News and Notes” column in this edition of the News-Press reads like a list of casualties from a natural disaster. It opens with a list of no less than five businesses that have closed or are leaving Falls Church since Labor Day. Poor sales numbers and high […]
This week, Congress passed a long-awaited reauthorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP), legislation giving 10 million low-income children health care coverage. The program will expire Monday if it is not signed into law.
Squirming and Diverting The Republican leadership in the General Assembly took withering criticism from the public for coming up with the idea of traffic “abuser fees” to raise transportation funds.
The focus at last Saturday’s Peace and Justice Conference was on the many faces of the human family. The conference, sponsored by the Catholic Diocese of Arlington, was held at St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Bailey’s Crossroads, and brought together social justice activists from many faith communities in […]
I spent last week in Baton Rouge, Louisiana for the final hours of my brother’s life and his subsequent funeral.
City of Falls Church leaders, including of its local newspaper, saw enough architectural renderings of potential new commercial and mixed use buildings the first two days of this week to make their heads spin. Monday night at City Hall, the City Council and Planning Commission came together to get another […]
Every year, some 200,000 students are unable to attend college because they can’t afford the cost. But this week Congress is sending to the President’s desk legislation that provides the largest increase in college financial aid since the GI Bill of Rights of 1944. It will help millions of students […]