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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com February 10, 2011 at 9:02 am 1,468 18 Comments

I-395 HOT Lanes Could Be Reconsidered — Virginia Transportation Secretary Sean Connaughton tells Potomac Local that should High Occupancy Toll lanes on the Beltway and I-95 prove successful, HOT lanes could still be added to I-395. On Tuesday Arlington County announced they were withdrawing their lawsuit against a planned HOT lanes project on I-395, following an announcement from VDOT that they would no longer pursue HOT lanes between Arlington and Alexandria. [Potomac Local]

DCA Baggage Handler Gets Trapped in Cargo Hold — A baggage handler at Reagan National Airport became trapped in the cargo hold of a plane after another baggage handler closed the cargo door without realizing someone was still inside. The trapped employee had to yell and pound on the ceiling to get the attention of the plane’s co-pilot. [TBD]

Webb Won’t Run for Reelection — Sen. Jim Webb (D-Va.) said yesterday that he will not run for reelection in 2012. The senator’s announcement opens up the race to Democratic hopefuls and should improve the chances of former Senator George Allen, who will likely win the Republican nomination. Former governor Tim Kaine is now expected to seek the Democratic nomination. Del. David Englin, who represents part of Arlington, is also said to be considering a run. [Politico]

Flickr pool photo by Jason OX4

  • Overgrown Bush

    Goodbye Mr. Webb!

  • BrownFlipFlops

    Wow. Nice tilt-shift photo. That is very cool.

    • OX4

      Thanks 🙂 it’s actually faked in Photoshop, but don’t tell anyone.

  • LyonSteve

    Does Arlington like to play a sick game with us? They salted many roads this morning… for a dusting.

    But when there is actual accumulation — nothing.

    • Westover

      Prevented the real possibility of black ice. I will still complain about their lack of prep a few weeks ago, but last night they did the right thing.

  • CrystalMikey

    As a recent military vet, I for one am saddened to see Webb not running for a second term. The man has done many great things for us, the most important being the new GI Bill.

    PS, love that photo!

  • Lacy Forest

    I am disappointed that Mr. Webb has decided not to run for a second term. I would have happily voted for him again.

    • jan

      me too

      • Bender

        Don’t worry, it won’t have any real effect. Any Democrat that wins will happily do whatever Harry Reid tells him to, just like Webb and Warner have, so it will be no difference in the end.

        • local

          Whereas Republicans are all independent thinkers who rarely vote party line.

          Come on, Bender, this is a silly comment.

  • BoredHouseWife

    Do I smell something presidential?

    • Overgrown Bush

      Oh, God….no.

    • CrystalMikey

      Doubt it, the statement says he’s heading back into the private sector.

      • Lou

        He’s not fit to be a national candidate because of his Tailhook comments.

        • Westover

          He was barely fit to be a Senator. Really I had hoped he had stayed in the race, and had Ollie North give it another go. Would have been great if, instead of debates, they just relived their Naval Academy boxing bout and let the winner take the seat. It is what Marines do! 😀 Semper Fi!

  • Englin is considering a run?

    That guy is 2 points above moron level. God help us.

  • Worktron

    Why do we have to trash our elected officials (on either side of the aisle) with such annoying regularity? WE are the ones who vote them into office. Jim Webb has served his country honorably first as a Marine and then as an elected official (which, the last I checked, is one of the worst jobs in the world- imagine trying to please 10 people then multiply that by a few million). Kudos for him- going back to the plow like Cinncinatus (or reading desk!). If we don’t like our politicians, we can vote them out. Sorry- I’m a firm believer that our system is the worst political system in the world, barring all others. 😉

  • MC

    Yet more proof that HOT lanes may still be coming to 395, despite the expensive law suit, and that the County lawsuit wasn’t really a victory at all. Mr. Connaughton doesn’t even hide his intentions. How can Mr. Zimmerman speak of victory, especially after previously saying the new plan only made the plan moot “for now.” Was he premature to withdraw the suit without getting a legal judgement to define baseline requirements for future planning of 395?

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