Morning Notes

Double rainbow seen over playground in Reston (photo by Ed Schudel/Twitter)

Pre-Dawn Northern Lights Glimpsed in D.C. Area — “Because of pesky clouds, the D.C. area initially missed out on a rare and magical opportunity to the see the northern lights Friday night. But during the pre-dawn hours Saturday, between about 4 and 6 a.m., the skies opened up just enough for an exceptionally rare view.” [Washington Post]

Local Judge to Decide If Embryos Can Be Property — “A trial is underway in Virginia that will determine whether state law allows frozen embryos to be considered property that can be divided up and assigned a monetary value. Fairfax County Circuit Court Judge Dontae Bugg heard arguments Thursday from a divorced couple who disagree over the ex-wife’s desire to use two embryos that they created when they were married.” [NBC4]

Man Convicted of Fairfax City Murder — “A man was convicted of second-degree murder on Thursday in the killing of a Fairfax City man who authorities said was left in a trash receptacle hours after he had asked the defendant to have sex.” Aaron James Anthony Robertson, 31, could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison after being found “guilty in the June 10, 2023, killing of 50-year-old Luis Barahona Reyes.” [Washington Post]

School Board Approves Cell Phone Storage Pilot — “The Fairfax County School Board approved a proposal to launch a pilot program for storing student cellphones during the school day.” The pilot allows high school students to get their phones back at the end of each class, but middle school students have to wait until the end of the school day. [NBC4]

Father of Crash Victim Proposes Renaming Lee Chapel Road — “A year-and-a-half after his daughter died in a crash on a treacherous stretch of Lee Chapel Road in Fairfax County, Virginia, a grieving father is petitioning to change the road’s name to reflect his daughter’s role in upcoming safety changes.” [WTOP]

Biden Campaign Opens Office in Annandale — “Pumped to welcome @DouglasEmhoff to Annandale for the opening of the first Biden-Harris campaign office in Virginia! Virginia is ready to keep our Commonwealth blue this November and send @JoeBiden and @KamalaHarris back to the White House!” [Tim Kaine/Twitter]

Three Arrested in Tysons With Allegedly Stolen Underwear — “Three men were arrested in connection with several thefts in multiple jurisdictions, which included over $24,000 worth of product from Victoria’s Secret that was mostly underwear, the Fairfax County Police Department said.” [WJLA]

It’s Monday — Expect mostly sunny skies today with a high near 76, as a light south wind blows 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Tonight, there will be a slight chance of showers after 2am, under partly cloudy conditions and a low around 59. The south wind will continue at around 8 mph, and the probability of precipitation is 20%. [NWS]

Photo by Ed Schudel/Twitter

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