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A robot putters around George Mason University (photo by Susan Woolsey)

I-66 Express Lanes Fully Open Today — “The eastbound direction of the new 66 Express Lanes from Route 28 in Centreville to I-495 (Capital Beltway) is on track to open on Tuesday, Nov. 22…When this final section opens, the entire 22.5-mile 66 Express Lanes corridor from Route 29 in Gainesville to I-495 will be open with tolling and HOV-2+ rules in effect.” [VDOT]

Mini Satellite Built by TJ Students Going to Space — “On Tuesday, November 22, at the Kennedy Space Center, Florida, NASA is scheduled to launch the TJ REVERB CubeSat as part of the SpaceX-26 Commercial Resupply Service Mission en route to the International Space Station…Led by Robotics lab director Kristen Kucko, many students from Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology have had a hand in this historic launch.” [FCPS]

Supreme Court Passes on FCPS Sexual Assault Lawsuit — “On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court denied a motion by the Fairfax County School Board to take up a case involving a lawsuit filed by a former high school student over the school system’s response to a sexual harassment incident that occurred while on a school trip.” [Patch]

Fire at Springfield TGI Fridays Under Investigation — “Building fire on 11/17 at 8:27 PM, in 6700 block of Frontier Drive, Springfield. Fire in kitchen of restaurant. Fire was contained under commercial hood system. No civilian injuries. One firefighter sustained minor injury. Damages: $30K.” [FCFRD/Twitter]

Hollin Hills Parks Reopen — “Dozens of community members gathered Nov. 19 to celebrate the reopening of Brickelmaier and Charles Goodman Parks in the Hollin Hills neighborhood of Alexandria. The parks were closed to the public in spring 2021 for a stream restoration project led by Fairfax County’s Department of Public Works and Environmental Services.” [On the MoVe]

Deaf Student Thrives on Woodson Marching Band — “Michael Gouin, 17, spends his days proving people wrong after he became the first deaf drummer to join the Woodson High School Cavaliers marching band two years ago. On Friday night, as the marching band geared up for their final home game of the year, Gouin is proud of how far he has come.” [ABC7]

Retired Nats Star Lowers Price on Great Falls House — “Attention, bargain shoppers — Black Friday has started early. You can now buy Ryan Zimmerman’s Great Falls estate for the discounted price of…$7.495 million. That’s right, the former Nationals player dropped the price on his 13,232-square-foot home by $400,000.” [Washingtonian]

Pancake Breakfast Planned at Turner Farm — “The Turner Farmhouse Foundation (TFF) is hosting its third-annual pancake breakfast and open house on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Parking is available on site, with volunteers able to assist. The event is open to the public at no cost.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Police Give Away Anti-Theft Devices for Vehicles — The Crime Prevention Unit from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Sully District Station has partnered with G&C Tire and Auto Service to offer free CATETCH/CATGUARD Anti-Theft Labels for catalytic converters. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Dec. 10 at G&C’s shop at 14008 Willard Road in Chantilly. [FCPD/Facebook]

It’s Tuesday — Clear throughout the day. High of 53 and low of 31. Sunrise at 7:00 am and sunset at 4:52 pm. [Weather.gov]

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