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IMMIGRATION ISSUE PUSHES RESIDENT TO SEEK CHAIRMANSHIP
The 2011 local elections may be a long time in coming, but Prince William’s John Gray is so outraged by recent goings-on with immigration policy that he can’t wait to announce his candidacy for chairman of the Board of County Supervisors.
Earlier this week, Gray filed a certificate of candidate qualifications with the Registrar’s Office — a form that basically tells the public he’s intending to seek the office and that lays the groundwork for him to solicit donations, said Diana Dutton, administrative manager of elections. (InsideNoVA)
CONGREGATION PLANS MEMORIAL FOR FAMILY KILLED IN PLANE CRASH
A recent plane crash in the southwest has hit close to home for a local Jewish congregation.
The Ulrich family, of Wesley Chapel, Fla., and formerly of Leesburg, was flying in a Cessna June 11 en route to a family vacation to the Grand Canyon when the plane crashed into an Arizona high school, killing all four members of the family.
There were no students in the school at the time, and no school employees were hurt. (Loudoun Times)
WASHINGTON AREA REAL ESTATE HOTTEST IN THE NATION
The Washington area saw the strongest climb in home prices in the United States in April.
Housing prices jumped 6.5 percent in the month from April 2009, according to data from CoreLogic, a real estate analytics company. Chicago saw the largest drop in housing prices among the nation's largest metro areas, at 6 percent.
The median area sales price for an existing single-family home in the first quarter was $292,600, according to the National Association of Realtors. (Washington Examiner)
I-270 TO CLOSE OVERNIGHT FOR REPAIR WORK
Maryland highway officials say they will have to close Interstate 270 briefly overnight in the Gaithersburg area while utility crews pull wires back across the highway.
State Highway Administration spokesman David Buck says a subcontractor hit a 20-inch water main late Tuesday and that undermined a power pole in the area. A tractor trailer hit a sagging power line around 3 a.m. Wednesday and Buck says that brought utility lines down along I-270.
The highway was closed in both directions for hours and backups reached about 10 miles at times. (WTOP)