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TREE REMOVAL UPSETS FALLS CHURCH COMMUNITY
Fairfax Times: "Residents who live on Fisher Avenue in Falls Church thought they were making progress in negotiations with the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority about the location of a new train control facility.
After two community meetings, the airports authority promised not to do any work on the proposed building site, a wooded area between Interstate 66 and the residential street, while engineers reviewed other possible locations for the building. The facility will control whether trains remain on Metro's Orange Line or switch to the new Silver Line, which is under construction."
REPORT: PRINCE WILLIAM POLICY ON ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS WORKING
Washington Examiner: "Prince William County’s high-profile crackdown on illegal immigration was smoothly implemented by the county police department and staff and had few of the unintended consequences critics had feared even though it fell short of some of its original goals, according to a final report on the county’s policy presented Tuesday.
The number of illegal immigrants in the county dropped by between 2,000 and 6,000 between 2006 and 2008, though it was unclear if that was caused by the police crackdown or the souring economy, the report said."
AN ALTERNATIVE TO BACKYARD POT?
Washington City Paper: "If you're not willing to roll the dice on having charges dropped against you for growing pot at home, you might want to smoke fake pot instead.
The substance is legal, if pricey; just 3 grams can set you back $40. But it reportedly has the same effect as cannabis. Synthetic marijuana, which looks a lot like potpourri, is sold as incense. A Cleveland Park listserv post written by D.C. police Detective John Paprcka in October suggested the counterfeit weed had hit District schools."
COUNCILMAN PUSHES FOR MORE RESTRICTIONS ON ADULT BUSINESSES
Inside NoVA: "A temporary ordinance to regulate adult-oriented businesses in Manassas is on its way back to city staff for changes.
Manassas City Councilman Marc T. Aveni asked for two changes that probably will be substantive enough to send the ordinance back through the planning commission and back to the city council again, according to Deputy City Attorney Martin Crim.
The temporary ordinance will be a placeholder until a study determining the effects adult businesses have on a community is completed and the council permanently amends the city code."