Morning Notes

A dragonfly perched on a reed at Ellanor C. Lawrence Park (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Tysons Media Company Sued for Diversity Efforts — “Gannett Co Inc (GCI.N), the largest U.S. newspaper publisher, is facing a lawsuit claiming its efforts to diversify newsrooms led to discrimination against white workers. The proposed class action was filed in Virginia federal court on Friday by five current and former Gannett employees who say they were fired or passed over for promotions to make room for less-qualified women and minorities.” [Reuters]

FCPD Searches for Reported Robber With Parrots — Fairfax County police are on the lookout for a man who allegedly robbed a victim with a knife at a McDonald’s in Seven Corners on Tuesday (Aug. 22). Police say “surveillance video from a nearby business shows the suspect as wearing a black cowboy hat with two parrots, a patterned shirt, and a third parrot on the shoulder.” [WTOP]

State Lawmakers Hint at Budget Compromise — “A compromise deal on a state budget will likely be reached in the next few days, a bipartisan group of Virginia lawmakers who have been leading this year’s drawn-out negotiations said Wednesday.” Efforts to revise the two-year budget have stalled since the General Assembly session ended in February over whether to use a surplus for tax cuts or to boost government services. [Associated Press/WTOP]

Original Mount Vernon HS Construction Coming Next Spring — “Participants in South County Teen and Senior Center programming at the Original Mount Vernon High School (OMVHS) will be relocated to nearby Fairfax County facilities starting in September as the county prepares to…begin all-out renovations of the building in spring 2024.” [On the MoVe]

Huntington Apartment Building Pitches Pickleball Court — The owner of Huntington Gateway, a nearly 40-year-old multifamily complex at 5982 Richmond Highway, has proposed replacing its two tennis courts with a “multipurpose synthetic turf lawn” that will include a pickleball court and seating. In an application filed with Fairfax County, Air Communities says it wants to “modernize” its amenities. [Washington Business Journal]

N. Va. Leaders Talk Housing, Office Vacancies — Officials, including Fairfax County Board of Supervisors Chairman Jeff McKay, “assessed the region’s economy and brainstormed how it can be improved through intergovernmental collaboration” at the eighth annual Northern Virginia Regional Elected Leaders Summit. Education and Metro funding were also addressed. [Inside NoVA]

Cash Offered to Low-Income Seniors for Farmers Markets — “The Senior Farmers Market Program enables older adults to access fresh fruits, vegetables, and herbs at eligible farmers markets. That includes the Annandale Farmers Market at Mason District Park, the Wakefield Farmers Market at Wakefield Park in Annandale, the FreshFarm market at Mosaic, and many others.” [Annandale Today]

Fairfax Connector Relocates Bus Stop in Reston — “Beginning 8/24, Stop ID# 3818 will be permanently relocated to the near side of Wiehle Avenue & North Shore Drive. This is directly across from Stop ID# 3817. This stop services Routes 552, 558, RIBS 1.” [Fairfax Connector/Facebook]

It’s Thursday — Expect scattered showers and thunderstorms with mostly cloudy skies, a high temperature of about 82 degrees and a 40% chance of precipitation. Night will be mostly cloudy with possible showers and thunderstorms, with temperatures dropping to around 69 degrees. The chance of precipitation will rise to 50%. [Weather.gov]

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