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TOSSED SNOWBALL LEADS TO THROAT SLASHING IN LAKE RIDGE
Inside NoVA: "Police say a man slashed the throat of a prankster who threw a snowball at him in Lake Ridge early Thursday.
It happened about 4:20 a.m. in the 3800 block of Clore Place, when a 23-year-old man threw the snowball at another man shoveling snow, said Prince William County police spokesman Jonathan Perok.
The two men began fighting and the snow-shoveler "took a box cutter and cut the victim's throat," Perok said."
T STREET POST OFFICE: CLOSING SOON?
DCist: "The United States Postal Service has been looking for ways to cut back on costs for, well, years now. But one of the biggest drains on USPS' yearly budget is their brick-and-mortar postal offices, which, with massive cuts in labor and a movement to online services, are often understaffed and underutilized. The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this week that the USPS was looking to move on closing thousands of offices -- and Prince of Petworth publishes an email from a reader who overheard that the post office at 14th and T Streets would be "closing in a few months.""
OPM DIRECTOR: TELEWORK KEY TO PREVENTING SNOW GRIDLOCK
WTOP: "In the wake of some nightmarish stories of commuters stranded on area roads during Wednesday's storm, one reportedly for 14 hours, many blame the government for what they say was insufficient time for federal workers to get home.
U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry defended to WTOP Thursday his decision to allow federal employees to leave two hours early.
He pointed to a "perfect storm" combination of the speed with which the storm approached the region and "human nature" as the cause behind Wednesday's gridlocked commute."
The former Jefferson home is working with Starr Hill Brewery to make a light, hoppy beer similar to what the estate produced when Jefferson lived in the Charlottesville residence. Monticello Reserve Ale premieres Feb. 21 at the Thomas Jefferson Visitor Center.
Starr Hill has produced five national award-winning beers since it opened in 1999."