Morning Notes

Two deer stand in brush along the W&OD Trail in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Snow Possible This Weekend — “Rain and snow are likely to fall in the D.C. region this weekend as a significant winter storm impacts much of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast. In the D.C. area, precipitation could go back and forth from rain to snow during the storm, perhaps mixing with a little sleet.” [Washington Post]

Police Seek Info About Herndon Parkway Crash — “Thurs, 12/28/23, at 5PM, HPD got a call about 3 pedestrians that had been struck by a gray Jeep Compass in the 1100-blk of Herndon Pkwy. We are seeking info from any that may have seen or noticed anything leading up to the incident. 703-435-6846 or [email protected].” [Herndon Police/Twitter]

Virginia Sees New Laws Take Effect — A few new laws took effect in Virginia on New Year’s Day, many of them dealing with health care. Notably, health insurers are now required to cover “the cost of hearing aids and related services to people 18 years and younger” and “give patients six months’ notice before dropping their doctors from their insurance plan.” [Washington Post]

Aging Office Building Outside Fairfax Sold — “WTHHWD LLC purchased the eight-story, 196,000-square-foot building known as Crown Ridge on Dec. 19 for just $9.5 million, or nearly 70% less than the $31.1 million the previous owner…paid for the 1980s-era property in 2020…A press release didn’t indicate what the buyer’s plans are for the property, though it highlighted a recent $1.1 million ‘upgrade’ to the building’s lobby and certain tenant amenities.” [Washington Business Journal]

Flexibility Sought for Merrifield Veterinary Site — “Fairfax County Planning Commission members on Dec. 14 unanimously recommended that county supervisors approve a rezoning with three possible development options — ranging from open-space improvements to a brand-new building — for a Merrifield commercial property.” The building at 8500 Arlington Blvd is currently occupied by a veterinary hospital. [Gazette Leader]

Sen. Kaine Pushes Bill to Ban Legacy Admissions — “The Democratic lawmaker and U.S. Sen. Todd Young, R-Ind., are co-sponsors of a bill that would prohibit accredited colleges and universities from giving preferential treatment in admissions to children of alumni or those with ties to donors. The legislation has been introduced in the wake of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last year that struck down affirmative action policies in college admissions.” [WTOP]

Culmore Clinic Joins Effort to Find Treatment for Parasitic Disease — “The Culmore Clinic is participating in a clinical trial for a new treatment for Chagas disease. The Culmore Clinic provides low-cost healthcare to uninsured adults in Bailey’s Crossroads and Seven Corners. It was selected for a phase 1 trial because it serves many patients who immigrated from poor, rural areas in Latin America where the disease is prevalent.” [Annandale Today]

It’s Wednesday — Expect partly sunny skies with a high near 47, accompanied by a light and variable wind that will shift to northwest at around 6 mph. At night, there’s a slight chance of rain, starting after 1am. The skies will be cloudy, and the temperature will drop to around 34. [Weather.gov]

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