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by ARLnow.com — July 16, 2012 at 9:05 am 2,492 22 Comments

Four Mile Run Rapist Still on the Loose — Arlington County police are still looking for a man who raped a woman on the Four Mile Run Trail two weeks ago. Police are issuing warnings to women who use the trail, in English and in Spanish. Officers are also patrolling the trail on bike and motorcycles. [WJLA]

Marymount, O’Connell Teaming Up for Baseball Field — Marymount University will be adding a varsity baseball team to its athletic program after striking a deal with Bishop O’Connell High School to use the school’s baseball field. Marymount will fund the renovation of the O’Connell’s field to NCAA standards, in exchange for partial use of the field. Marymount hopes to have the baseball team ready for its first season by Spring 2014. [Sun Gazette]

N. Va. Critical to Obama Re-Election — The road to the White House runs through Northern Virginia, according to some political watchers. Experts say President Obama must score a big victory in Northern Virginia in order to capture the Commonwealth, one of three crucial, hotly-contested swing states. As a result, residents can expect a bombardment of political ads this fall. [WUSA 9]

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  • T:GEOA

    Thank God I switched to Google Voice. All of those robo calls will end up getting a disconnected tone.

  • JimPB

    Inquiring minds are asking: Is ARLNow.Com in the 11.2012 election campaigns for ads?

  • Observer

    That’s great about the Marymount baseball program.

    Of all the NCAA sports, baseball has among the highest growth potential. There is much more media coverage than there used to be, and they have one of the top tournaments of all sports not named men’s basketball.

    • SteamboatWillie

      That top tournament, the College World Series, is really cool. But that tourney and the media coverage, is for Division I baseball, and Marymount is Division III.

      • Observer

        Yes, the CWS and the larger tournament preceding that (the CWS does not start until the 8 super regional winners are determined). All in all, it is a 64 team nationwide tournament with great competition.

        And of course Marymount will probably never grow beyond Div III, but it gives more players an opportunity to play NCAA baseball, and perhaps move on themselves to higher level competition. Ironically, the president’s comments about retention rate might be at odds with Div III players who become better and transfer up to higher level play at other schools that can offer scholarships.

  • PLinArl

    The bombardment of political ads has already started! I had to watch 60 Minutes last night with one hand on the “mute” button. The election can’t come soon enough!

    • drax

      So you watch 60 Minutes but you expect no discussions about politics in that hour?

      • PLinArl

        Of course I expect discussions about politics on 60 Minutes. What I didn’t want to listen to (and muted) were the back-to-back political attack ads during the commercial breaks. Stir and repeat for CBS This Morning.

        • drax

          Do you complain about all the other obnoxious ads for soap and cars and beer and car insurance too? Or just ignore them like the rest of the world?

          • PLinArl

            Good grief, I was commenting on one of the stories that mentioned a “bombardment of poltical ads.” Not a bombardment of “soap and car and beer and car insurance ads”!

    • yequalsy

      This is one of the reasons why I have a DVR. I’ve not seen a campaign ad since at least Bush-Kerry.

      • Arlingtoon

        It’s easier just not to watch TV. I’m 3/4 of the way through Caro’s “Passage to Power.”

  • Rick

    The new field and track at O’Connell look great, and hopefully the baseball field looks just as nice.

  • http://www.arlnow.com Lauren

    glad I don’t use a house phone anymore and I’m not picking up any cell calls I don’t recognize.

    Nice shot of the house. Such a summery look :)

  • Casey

    Great for Marymount and O’Connell. Wasn’t the rhubarb with the football field at O’Connell based on the need for the field to meet NCAA regulations for lighting for Marymount teams?
    Not an issue for the baseball field?

  • Thes

    Is there a composite sketch of the four mile run assaulter?

    • Arlingtonian

      Not that I’m aware of. But it’s notable that the suspect was described as having a very small head. (Not joking here.) That’s unusual enough that it could help with the search.

      • bman

        the wjla story keeps saying a sketch is coming.

        there are other important deetails missing (or being withheld from the public as another article I read online has stated).

  • Aaron

    I disabled the voice mail on my landline shortly before before the 2010 midterms. Doing so has seemingly taken me off nearly all of the robocall lists for the last year and a half. I abruptly went from 10+ election/issue-related phone calls a day the month before the election to none since, even during the primaries/special elections.

  • bman

    Here’s more info from 7/12 about the sketch:

    http://clarendon.patch.com/articles/arlington-woman-23-raped-at-knifepoint-on-four-mile-run-bike-trail#comment_3958596

    Jason Spencer, 1:29 pm on Thursday, July 12, 2012

    Just talked with police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck. After having the victim back at the police department, investigators determined she didn’t have enough information to do a sketch of the suspect.

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