Fairfax Dispatches: Roundup From Around The Region
Scary Halloween, scary election and a scary textbook
Capturing the Sounds of Family:
Frank Gregorsky runs his own business, Interview Your Parents, out of his Oakton home. Gregorsky has followed his passion for sound and history by recording families as they tell their stories, editing the recordings, then putting them on CDs complete with track listings so listeners can choose which stories to play.
Did anyone notice it was Halloween?
Fairfax City Patch hit the streets this Halloween to snap photos of trick or treaters in their finest. And goblins were running a 5K.
Fox on the run
Speaking of Halloween, authorities took a Herdon woman's pet fox, "Swiper," after she dressed it up for the holiday. They thought she broke laws forbidding ownership of wildlife. She didn't, and the fox is back home.
Lorton at center of tight 11th District election
Lorton was at the center of the tight race for the 11th District's Congressional Race when the voting machines in Laurel Hill and Lorton Center malfunctioned after polls had closed on Tuesday. The machines were taken to Fairfax County offices and started up again on Wednesday morning without issue. Canvassing for the race between Democratic incumbent Gerry Connolly and Republican challenger Keith Fimian was completed on Thursday. Connolly holds a lead of less than 1,000 votes or .41 percent, which is within the margin of Fimian being able to ask for a recount. As of Friday afternoon there had been no word of whether a recount was requested by the Fimian campaign.
A weird, and still unexplained, blue light in the sky had some locals wondering if a UFO paid a visit to Northern Virginia on Wednesday night.
Annadale runner is cross country champ
Annandale High Cross Country runner Ahmed Bile beat out 124 runners from various schools in Fairfax County to win the Northern Region Cross Country Championships and advance to the VHSL State Cross Country Championship.
Wake up, or you'll miss your bus!
Students in Fairfax County are sleep-deprived, says the results of a 2009 Fairfax County Youth Survey. The results found that a majority of students are not getting the recommended nine hours of sleep on an average school night. The survey included students in grades eight, 10 and 12.
History textbook error draws national attention
True of False: Thousands of black slaves fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War. According to most historians, the correct answer is false. But a history textbook for fifth graders in Virginia claims the opposite.