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DRIVING ON FRIDAY? PUT DOWN THE PHONE
Put that cell phone down and place both hands on the wheel. A new law that takes effect Friday is banning talking on a hand-held cell phone while driving in an effort to cut down on distracted driving and improve road safety, a measure many county residents said they support but are skeptical of its enforcement. (Gazette)
FAIRFAX KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT UP
Some kindergarten teachers in Fairfax County public schools were surprised the first weeks of school by larger classrooms, said county schools staff during a meeting last week. "We're well above the projections at the kindergarten level," said Schools Superintendent Jack D. Dale, speaking to the School Board during a meeting Sept. 23. "You folks understand the implications of that. They all become first graders, second graders -- so, then we have the trend." The school system had projected 10,953 kindergartners would be starting school in Fairfax County Sept. 7. The official count will not be released until Thursday, said schools spokesman Paul Regnier, adding the increase is not being seen in all schools.
DOUGHNUT BURGER, YUM
DOING a column on something as sprawling as the State Fair of Virginia, you need a plan. Mine this year was seeking out contrasts: eating something healthy and something that wasn't; finding something country and something city; and finally, picking out animals at home in Virginia and from somewhere else. Fair food extremes Was there any way I wasn't going to try something called the "Doughnut Burger?" Not in this lifetime. (Fredericksburg.com)