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MCDONNELL: "WIDEN I-66"
The widening of Interstate 66 inside the Capital Beltway is moving forward. Virginia Gov. Robert F. McDonnell this week hailed a $10.2 million contract that was awarded to a construction firm for spot improvements on the four-lane highway.
The improvements will connect the westbound acceleration lane/deceleration lane between the ramp to Fairfax Drive, near George Mason Drive and Sycamore Street, according to a press release from McDonnell’s office. (Insidenova.com)
DC TALKING COMMUTER TAX, AGAIN
D.C. Council members said Thursday they would back budget language to implement a commuter income tax through an amendment to the Home Rule Charter. As the council’s second day of televised budget talks got under way, Councilman Harry Thomas, D-Ward 5, raised the issue that has long needled District leaders: A half million people work in the nation’s capital but live elsewhere, and their income cannot be taxed at the source. (Washington Business Journal)
SUV LANDS ON ROOF
A woman was seriously injured when her vehicle crashed into a house in the 10300 block of Harmony Road around 8:40 p.m., the Frederick County Sheriff's Office said. Eric Day, a neighbor who was at the scene after the crash, said the car landed on the roof of the house. "The driveway is very steep," Day said. "If you don't make the curve you go down the embankment." (Frederick News Post)
AOL TURNS 25
AOL may not have been born and raised in Loudoun, but the company matured, got educated, married Time Warner and then divorced – right here in our backyard. The company – now branded as Aol.—will celebrate its 25-year anniversary May 24. It’s been in Loudoun for 14 of those 25 years. AOL’s online legacy is well-known, as it served as the gateway for tens of millions of web users to use online communications tools for the first time and explore the web. It practically invented mass consumer e-mail (immortalized by the 1998 movie “You’ve Got Mail!”), and pioneered consumer adoption of instant messaging and chat rooms. It made the Internet reachable and embraceable. (Loudoun Times)