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PAYING MORE TO CARRY ON
Spirit Airlines passengers may want to get to the airport a little earlier than normal Sunday as a new charge for carry-on bags takes effect. The low-fare airline sparked controversy in April when it announced plans to charge for carry-on items. Passengers who pay in advance, either online or by phone, have to fork over $30. For those who don't pay before arriving at the boarding gate, the fee jumps to $45. Members of Spirit's special fare club only pay $20 for a carry-on. And any bag small enough to fit under a seat flies for free.
MAILBOX BOMBS FOUND
Authorities are warning Fairfax County residents to beware of homemade chemical bombs placed in mailboxes and on front yards of residential areas. At least eight of the bombs have been found in residential areas of Reston and West Springfield since May, according to the Fairfax County Fire Department. No one has been injured by the bombs, which are made of over-the-counter chemicals, such as Drano and baking soda. Residents have discovered flaming water bottles upon opening their mailboxes. In June, Lee-Alison Sibley began removing what appeared to be trash from her mailbox in Great Falls. Smoke started barreling out of a plastic water bottle as soon as she touched it. "The bottle had already exploded, but some of the chemicals burned my finger," Sibley said. "My middle finger turned black and swelled to twice its size."
VANDALS TRASH WATER PARK
The Waterworks water park in Dale City is expected to remain closed today after vandals caused extensive damage to the pool Friday night. Vandals broke into the water park, in Andrew Leitch Park at 5301 Dale Blvd., some time after employees closed the park at 10:30 p.m. Friday. When employees arrived to open the park around 8:30 a.m. Saturday, they saw a large amount of food, furniture and other items had been thrown into the pool. Vandals broke into a freezer and dumped hamburger patties, French fries and pretzels into the main pool. They also threw tables, chairs, lifeguard stands and containers full of cigarette butts into the pool. They also poured mozzarella cheese down the water slides. The damage is estimated at $16,000. Lifeguards and park employees were working all day Saturday to clean up the mess. The main pool has to be drained, sanitized and refilled – a 30-hour process – before visitors can return to the water park.
DC STREET SOCCER FINAL
18 street soccer teams from around the country have once again descended upon D.C. for the 2010 Street Soccer USA Cup. The free tournament is being played all weekend at the current Washington Kastles team tennis stadium, located at 11th and H Streets, NW, within the parking lot. These aren't your typical Donovans, Henrys, or Ronaldos though. These players are currently or formerly homeless men and women, working for personal and social change. More than just a soccer league, Street Soccer USA represents a slew of services and programs meant to transform lives, "from one of isolation, abuse, and marginalization, to one of community, purpose, and achievement." Riding on the coattails of the recently contested FIFA World Cup, this year's Street Soccer Cup may represent a unique opportunity to take advantage of a renewed interest in soccer, demonstrating that the beautiful game isn't always a vehicle for the elite towards fame and fortune.