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by ARLnow.com July 8, 2010 at 4:10 am 1,571 4 Comments

Pentagon Reviewing Change to Security Checkpoints Near Metro Station — At the behest of local transportation officials, Pentagon brass will be reviewing proposed changes to the security checkpoints near the Pentagon Metro Station. The changes, which follow the March shooting that left two security guards wounded and the suspect dead, would move the checkpoints closer to the station. Local officials worry the move could create long security lines that would disrupt the flow of commuters in and out of the station.

Arlington Spy Suspects Transferred to New York — Say goodbye to the (accused) Russian spies who loved Arlington. A judge has ordered that Michael Zottoli, Patricia Mills and Mikhail Semenko be transferred to New York. Attorneys for the three tried to keep them in Virginia, but a federal court judge ordered the transfer yesterday. There’s word that the ten accused spies may be swapped with Russia for an imprisoned nuclear scientist convicted of spying for the United States.

Arlington Artist’s Creation Appears on Popular Blog — On Tuesday, the popular blog Boing Boing highlighted a “giant bike-friendly junk-cyborg” created by Arlington artist Luke Idziak. The pedal-powered kinetic sculpture, called Wheeled Victory, or The Cyborg of Interstellar Justice, was created in 2008 and funded by the Arlington Cultural Affairs Office.

Flickr pool photo by philliefan99.

  • Skeptical

    Sigh. How much did the Arlington Cultural Affairs Office fork out for a piece of “sculpture” that is good for about one moment’s amusement?

    This is the sort of thing that turns people off on the idea of “funding for the arts.”

  • Mancomb Seepgood

    It just sounds like you don’t like funding art projects… Or maybe you didn’t read the website?
    This is from the website link: The sculpture was commissioned as a public art project by the Arlington County, Virginia Cultural Affairs Office in a partnership with the Phoenix Bikes non-profit after school education program to combine the working arts with skills from bicycle mechanics and teach new skills including creative thinking, making, good junk salvage, and reuse to a team of youth assistants.”

    It sounds like a really useful and forward thinking project that not only is a sculpture but it helped students develop skills, and gain experience working as a team among other things.

  • Skeptical

    I am all for funding for the arts. I am also all for funding education and youth outreach. If you’re doing the second, don’t call it — and fund it from the budget for — the first.

    At the very least, scarce arts money should go to people who’ve spent a lifetime developing talents and demanding skills. There will always be plenty of money for gimmicky toys.

  • Youth Arts Supporter

    How will people begin that lifetime of developing talents if they are not given the opportunity to work with artists when they are young? Providing meaningful arts experiences to youth is one of the best ways to ensure there will be skilled artists in our future.

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