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by ARLnow.com August 31, 2010 at 8:16 am 1,549 13 Comments

Trio of Editorials Against HOT Lane Lawsuit — Arlington County’s $1 million lawsuit against the planned I-395 HOT lanes project is getting more bad press from local newspapers. Letters to the editor in the Sun Gazette and the Washington Post have both panned the county’s decision to add a federal highway employee to the lawsuit in his professional and personal capacities. And an editorial in the Washington Examiner called the lawsuit a “peevish jeremiad to block HOT lanes on Shirley Highway.” Ouch. All three have been published in just the past 36 hours.

Metrorail Operator Caught Texting in Arlington — Unsuck DC Metro published a photo that purports to show a Metrorail employee texting while operating a Blue Line train in Arlington. The incident happened Saturday morning, a tipster told the site.

T.A. Sullivan and Son Monuments Profiled — You know that rickety old building on Washington Boulevard in Clarendon? The one across from Lyon Hall with all the blank gravestones outside? According to TBD the site is worth $538,800 but the 71-year-old, cigarette-smoking, Skoal-chewing owner says business is good and he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.

Flickr pool photo by Philliefan99

  • TGEoA

    Nice catch on the grave markers. I’ve always wondered about that place. Now as a followup, why don’t you go do a story on the Pawn Shop off of Spout Run?

    • Darwin

      They seem to do a good busines too, the firearms selection is a bit lacking though, mostly shotguns.

      • Dave

        Useful for home defense though…

  • Darwin

    Why doesn’t the government just do like it has done all over the US and use eminent domain to boot the guy out and put in someone who will generate more tax revenue for them and call it “for the greater good”? The left calls this being “progressive”.

    • anon

      Can’t unless its for actual public use. Virginia actually has pretty strict eminent domain laws and more tax revenue can’t be used to justify a taking.

  • A Resident

    Arlington has a reason for naming individuals in the HOT lanes suit. I’m surprised and disappointed that no media outlet has asked either the County or one of the thousands of lawyers who live here what that reason might be. Come on, ARLnow.com, show them how journalism is supposed to be done.

    • Let’s Be Free

      Because their lawyers advised them that the only way to keep the suit alive is to bully the poor fellow who they named individually and personnally as a defendant — otherwise the suit would be dismised. Yes, the lawyers advised County Board to thug it up, and Zimmerman, Fisette and Favola stepped right into the role that they love so much.

      Hey, I got an idea, let’s cheer on the families and estates of the 17 Metro victims to individually name Zimmerman in all the wrongful death suits they file against WMATA and attach/freeze his personal assets while they are at it — wouldn’t that be fun! Give the man a taste of his own medicine!

      • TGEoA

        That’s an awesome idea. I might have to go find one of the ambulance chasers and suggest the idea.

    • charlie

      ever federal employee who lives in Arlington should be OUTRAGED by this. What will stop them from coming after YOU???
      Oh, and when can we got after Zimmie for making dumb decisions. I’m sure he’s made a few.

  • Just deleted a bunch of comments here. This is not a venue for discussing national politics.

    • Tess

      Thank You!

  • I love the picture of the moon over the DC.

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