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TWO FAMILIES IN MOURNING
At a home in Fairfax City, a family put away the graduation cards that were no longer needed. At a home in Manassas, a family canceled a birthday cookout planned for Sunday. Mourning replaced celebration for Fairfax High School senior and wrestler Abdel Ouahid Chadli, 18, who was killed Friday in Fairfax County when an out-of-control sport-utility vehicle veered across a median strip and six traffic lanes and onto a bicycle path, where the teen was riding, before crashing into a tree. The driver, Gary Anthony Thorne of Manassas, died at the scene, one day shy of turning 32. Fairfax police continue to investigate the unexplained accident, which occurred just after 4 p.m. Friday.
UVA GRADS WEAR WHITE RIBBONS
University of Virginia graduates, families and faculty members will wear some 25,000 white ribbons at this weekend’s commencement ceremony as a sign of their pledge to reject violence. The campaign comes two weeks after a 22-year-old fourth-year, Yeardley Love, was found dead in her apartment. Her ex-boyfriend, also a UVa student, has been charged in her death.
“The campaign is in response to the recent and sudden passing of a classmate and other instances of gender-related violence that have occurred at the university during this academic year,” a news release said. UVa’s graduation will be held on the Lawn on Sunday. UVa President John T. Casteen III will deliver the commencement address, his final public speech to the university as president before he retires this summer.
BETTER LAUNDRY FOR INMATES
Arlington County inmates are getting new washers and dryers for their wardrobes -- at a more than quarter-million dollar cost to taxpayers. The County Board Saturday approved spending $272,550 to replace three sets of washers and dryers at the county's detention center. Jail officials say the washers and dryers were installed when the detention center opened nearly 20 years ago and have outgrown their life span. The equipment requires frequent service calls and major replacement parts that are no longer available, according to a county report. "Every so often it's necessary to do this type of thing," said Board Chairman Jay Fisette. "It's not like what you have at home. They scoured the [market] and got the best possible price."
MARYLAND INTERNATIONAL SOCCER MATCH
For the second summer in a row, M&T Bank Stadium will host an international soccer match — this year featuring Manchester City Football Club against Football Club Internazionale Milano — a tradition that officials hope will cement reputation Baltimore as a world-renowned soccer destination. Last year’s match, where England’s Chelsea Football Club defeated Italy’s AC Milan 2-1, sold out the stadium’s more than 70,000 seats 10 days in advance. That event last July generated $20 million in spending, $1.5 million in state and local taxes and roughly 300 jobs, officials said.
(THE DAILY RECORD)