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Apple is opening new offices and expanding others across the U.S., but those plans do not include a Fairfax County presence, according to an announcement the company made yesterday.

The iPhone maker will be investing $1 billion in a new, expanded campus in Austin, Texas, while opening new offices in Seattle, San Diego and the Los Angeles area, and expanding existing offices in Pittsburgh, New York and Boulder, Colorado.

Absent from the announcement: any expansion into Fairfax County.

It is unclear how much the selection of Arlington for half of Amazon’s “HQ2,” and the demand for technical talent in the area that will bring, might have affected Apple’s decision. It’s also unclear whether the expanded offices in New York and Pittsburgh constitute the “large East Coast outpost” the company was reportedly considering, or if such an office is still in play given that the company is leaving the door open “for additional expansion elsewhere in the U.S. over time.”

Apple was seriously considering Fairfax County sites in Tysons at the Center for Innovative Technology campus on the Fairfax/Loudoun border. Apple was said to also be seriously considering sites in North Carolina, and the announcement left state leaders there scrambling to explain why they had been passed over.

Apple’s primary Tysons presence remains the Apple Store in Tysons Corner Center mall. Other Northern Virginia Apple stores are located in Reston, Fair Oaks, and Arlington’s Clarendon and Pentagon City neighborhoods.

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Morning Notes

NBC 4 Reports on Jones Branch Connector — “A brand new bridge is about to open above the Beltway in Tysons. But, it symbolizes more than just a bridge — it’s part of a larger plan to ‘knit’ Tysons together. [Twitter]

Final Week for Claude Moore Farm — “Absent a last-minute reprieve — a short extension of the management agreement to permit re-introduction of bills in the new Congress — The Farm will be closed and NPS will allow a reasonable period for the nonprofit to remove all structures and other property from the premises. ” [Connection Newspapers]

Burglary in McLean — “Officers responded for the report of an open door. They found someone broke into the home and ransacked the residence.” [FCPD]

Ribbon Cutting for new Capital One HQ — “Dignitaries, including Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam, former Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe and Fairfax County Board Supervisor Sharon Bulova attended a Thursday afternoon ribbon-cutting and ceremony to mark the official grand opening of Capital One Headquarters II, the Washington area’s tallest occupied office building.” [WTOP]

Flickr pool photo by Bigbirdz

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Miss out on the past week of local news in Tysons, McLean and Vienna? Not a problem, our weekly top stories rundown can get you caught up quickly.

Below are the most-read stories on the site last week. We’ve noted any articles that have remained popular despite being published prior to last week.

You can also check out previous top stories here.

  1. Two New Stores Announced For Tysons Galleria
  2. Best Holiday Light Displays in Vienna and McLean
  3. Development Plans Include Outline for New Tysons Biergarten Location
  4. Taste of Urbanspace Opens in Tysons Galleria, Replacing Isabella Eatery
  5. New Jones Branch Connector Set to Partially Open Next Sunday
  6. A Look at Scotts Run, the Tysons Development That Apple Has Its Eye On (Nov. 14)
  7. Competitive Race to Replace Retiring Supervisor Smyth Kicks Off
  8. UPDATED: Wawa Coming to Vienna (Nov. 28)
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Five people burst into an apartment in Falls Church Sunday night in what Fairfax County Police are describing as a home invasion robbery.

The crime happened around 10 p.m. in a condominium community on the 7700 block of New Providence Drive, near Pine Spring Elementary and across the lake from 2941 Restaurant.

“The victims were inside an apartment playing video games when someone knocked on their door,” FCPD said in a crime report. “Upon answering the door, five suspects forced their way into the apartment, assaulting one victim and stealing electronics and other personal items.”

“The victim sustained minor injuries,” the crime report continues. “The five suspects were described as black men, in their early 20’s, one who was 6’3″, had dreadlocks and wore a hoodie.”

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The following article excerpt is from our content sharing partner, FairfaxNews.com.

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors decision earlier this week to trim some pension benefits long enjoyed by county employees has been unpopular in some quarters but [outgoing] board chairman Sharon Bulova says the decision was necessary.

“This board, and future boards, must always examine county programs to ensure we are achieving a balance between the benefit of that service and the affordability to taxpayers,” Bulova said in a statement.

“A majority of our board felt strongly that our existing defined benefit plan serves the county well and helps us to attract and retain the stable workforce we need to provide the quality services our constituents value, depend upon and appreciate.” However, she noted that the approved changes are “needed to ensure that retirees will continue to have a comfortable pension in their retirement years.”

Tuesday’s vote will end the pre-Social Security supplement for future county employees and will eliminate an additional allowance that increases the retirement annuity by 3 percent.

Read more at FairfaxNews.com

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Morning Notes

More on Bulova Retirement — “Sharon Bulova, the genial and pragmatic chairman of Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors, won’t seek reelection next fall, ending a 30-year career in which she helped lead Virginia’s largest jurisdiction through dramatic growth, a financial crisis and sweeping demographic change.” [Washington Post, FairfaxNews]

Vinson Hall Birthday Milestones — “4,588 years. 1,674,620 days. 40,190,880 hours… That’s the combined years, days, or hours of life – depending on how you calculate it – that forty-seven residents of the Vinson Hall Retirement Community have achieved, and what staff, family and friends had gathered to celebrate on Monday, Nov. 26, at the complex of living facilities in McLean. [McLean Connection]

Remembering the 1973 Oil Embargo — “It was 45 years ago this holiday season that Vienna went holiday-light-free to conserve energy. According to town officials, in December 1973 the town government opted to install, but then not light, Christmas street decorations, while Town Council members asked residents and businesses to keep Christmas lighting to a minimum and decorate with non-lighted outdoor displays.” [InsideNova]

New Lights for FCPD Cars — The Fairfax County Police Department is testing out new red and blue lights for its cruisers. Traditionally, the department’s lights have been all blue. [Twitter]

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(Updated at 11 a.m.) A Vienna man has been arrested and charged with a bias crime at a Korean-American church in Dunn Loring.

Fairfax County Police say the man entered the Church For All Nations at 8526 Amanda Place around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday and “destroyed a glass altar.”

“Our officers found Laith Faisal, 26, of Vienna, inside and arrested him for destruction of property and entering property with the intent to damage,” said FCPD.

In its crime report, FCPD described the incident as a bias crime but did not elaborate further. Police spokesman 2nd Lt. John Lieb told Tysons Reporter that “the case remains active and information regarding the offender’s suspected motivation cannot be released.”

The damage is estimated at more than $1,000, according to police. As a result of the size of the loss and the circumstances, Faisal is facing two felony charges.

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The following article excerpt is from our content sharing partner, FairfaxNews.com.

Virginia voters are in a positive mood and are feeling good about Amazon HQ2, the Equal Rights Amendment, sports betting and casinos, according to the latest poll by the Wason Center for Public Policy at Christopher Newport University. They also want their share of the state’s windfall from tax reform.

By more than two to one, Virginia voters approve of the deal that will bring part of Amazon’s east coast headquarters to Virginia. Overall, 68% approve and 30% disapprove.

Voters support legalizing sports betting (63%) and casinos (58%) and want any related tax revenue to support education and the general fund. But 43% worry that legalization will promote gambling addiction.

Read more at FairfaxNews.com

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Want to know what stories are the talk of the town in Tysons, Vienna and McLean?

If so, you’re in luck. Below are the most-read articles on the site last week.

  1. Exclusive: Wawa Coming to Vienna
  2. Black Friday Mall Theft Leads to Pursuit and Crash in Tysons
  3. New Book Explores the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of Pimmit Hills
  4. Here’s What Is Replacing Isabella Eatery at Tysons Galleria
  5. Boro Tower Scores Law Firm Tenant
  6. Wawa’s Vienna Location Still Undetermined
  7. Two Teens Charged in Marco Polo Fire and Local Vandalism
  8. Peruvian Chicken Coming Soon to Vienna’s Maple Avenue

You can also check out previous top stories here.

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The following article excerpt is from our content sharing partner, FairfaxNews.com.

It’s the holiday season and the malls are crowded. Parking spots, especially those close to entrances, are at a premium – even more so for people with a handicapped.

So, Fairfax County officials are trying a new idea to keep those accessible spots free for those who  really need them. They’re calling it “empathy parking.” Signs saying “Think of Me, Park Legally” are being placed under the standard ADA accessible parking signs.

It’s a project of the Fairfax Area Commission on Aging and the Fairfax Area Disability Services Board.

Read more at FairfaxNews.com

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