Morning Notes

Flags blowing in stormy weather (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Metro Warns of $750 Million Budget Gap — “Tuesday, Metro painted a dire picture of what would happen if the problem festers: service cuts that would ‘devastate the region.’ These cuts would include eliminating two-thirds of bus and rail service resulting in worse service quality and degraded safety and accessibility.” [DCist]

County’s Auditor to Review Recent Police Shootings — “Because of the ‘dramatic uptick’ in officer-involved shootings by Fairfax County police in the past two years, the county’s Office of the Independent Police Auditor in coming months will review all 15 police shootings of people since 2017.” A nonprofit is also reviewing shootings since 2021. [Gazette Leader]

Tysons-Based Newspaper Publisher Sues Google — “Gannett Co. Inc. (NYSE: GCI) said Tuesday it has sued Google and parent company Alphabet Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOGL), alleging ‘monopolization of advertising technology markets and deceptive commercial practices.’” The lawsuit “alleges Google and Alphabet force publishers ‘to sell growing shares of that ad space to Google at depressed prices,’” reducing revenue for newspaper publishers. [Washington Business Journal]

Republicans Threaten FBI HQ Funding — “Some House Republicans, angered by the indictment of former President Donald Trump, are threatening to withhold funding for the FBI and put the brakes on plans for the agency to move out of D.C…Trump has been indicted on 37 counts related to the mishandling of sensitive documents.” [WTOP/Inside NoVA]

Penn Daw Walmart Reopens After Renovation — “Dozens of employees from the Walmart Supercenter at Kings Crossing gathered June 16 to celebrate the grand re-opening of the store following a three-month remodel.” Updates include new register technology and changes to the store inventory, with an expansion of the pick-up and digital area expected in the next three months. [On the MoVe]

Reston Data Center Acquired — “Data center firm Edge Centres has acquired a facility in Reston, Virginia. The company said the newly-acquired carrier hotel facility, renamed EC104, offers 1MW with room to scale, and has 20 individual carriers present…Though the company didn’t disclose the precise location, the data center matches 11513 Sunset Hills Rd” [Data Center Dynamics]

Financial Aid Offered to Child Care Providers — “Fairfax County’s Department of Neighborhood and Community Services invites eligible child care providers to apply for $2.5 million in grants intended to help county child care providers recover from the negative economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.” [NCS]

Wolf Trap Hosts First Out & About Festival This Weekend — “Brandi Carlile is certainly a big enough draw on her own, but Wolf Trap decided to expand her visit into a special two-day festival for Pride Month with the Out & About Festival in Vienna, Virginia this Saturday and Sunday, June 24 and 25.” [WTOP]

It’s Wednesday — Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 72. Northeast wind 14 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 29 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%, rising to 80% at night. New precipitation could range from a tenth to half of an inch. []

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