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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com September 6, 2011 at 8:06 am 2,418 20 Comments

Businesses Encouraged By Action on Sign Ordinance — Business owners are hopeful that the new, proposed changes to the sign ordinance will dramatically “streamline” the time-consuming, costly process for getting signs approved in Arlington. [Washington Examiner]

DJO Student’s Dry-Cleaning Research Makes Headlines — It’s not everyday that a high school sophomore’s science project makes it into an peer-reviewed academic research journal, but that’s exactly what happened to Bishop O’Connell High School student Alexa Dantzler. The 15-year-old’s research on chemicals that remain on clothing after dry-cleaning, conducted with the help of the Georgetown University chemistry department, was formally published last week. [Washington Post]

Gay Service Members Honored — Two prominent ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ repeal advocates celebrated their retirement from the military during a ceremony at the Air Force Memorial on Sunday. [The Advocate]

Flags Flying in Rosslyn for 9/11 — Buildings in Rosslyn are flying the American flag this week in honor of the victims of 9/11. [Rosslyn Blog]

Arlington Fire Chief Remembers 9/11 Response — Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz was recently interviewed about the department’s role as the “primary response agency” to the Pentagon on 9/11. “There isn’t a lot of time to dwell on the enormity… you’ve got to go to work right away,” he said.” [Firehouse.com]

Flickr pool photo by BrianMKA

  • KalashniKEV

    I like the flags… someone should take pics!

  • SaveDaveMcKenna

    Considering how much money the tenants/owners of those buildings make via US military, it makes political sense to fly them.

    • Novanglus

      I like the flags, but when they’re hanging from buildings with BAE and Northrup at the top, it sends a questionable message. “This country has enemies. Pay us to keep you safe.” Shudder.

      • KalashniKEV

        I thought the above comment was Moon Batt-ery, but I’m beginning to wonder… do people actually think like this?

        I’m guessing neither of you have ever served?

        • drax


          It’s funny because Kev is calling out a crazy post.

          It’s also funny because Kev thinks the post has anything to do with serving in the military, or even criticism of the military.

          • KalashniKEV

            I was just wondering why you would view the defense industry so negatively?

            Why would one look at a flag (that should inspire pride) that’s there to mark the anniversary of a national tragedy and have some kind of mental psychosis interrupt with shudder inducing thoughts?

            It reminds me of all the old KBR hatred… I wouldn’t want to go to war without KBR!

            (but most of the folks criticizing KBR have no idea what they are or do- they only take issue with the 3% profit they make- on providing a WHOLE LOT of essential services)

          • PikerShorts

            KBR? Really?

            You only went to war with KBR b/c of the no-bid contracts it was awarded and Cheney connections. Cheney was also receiving deferred payment from KBR / Haliburton the whole time.

            I don’t have a problem with defense contractors – I work for one of the top 5. But KBR’s [email protected] really stinks.

          • Mr. Brown

            KBR does things that no other company has any real experience doing, like food logistics for 200,000 people. It’s not something we like to admit, but they have quals none of the top 5 have.

            Most companies wouldn’t even think about doing that work, because the profit margins are so bad.

          • KalashniKEV

            That’s exactly what I was going to say, Brown. Look at Waxman and McCaskill’s big victory in transitioning to LOGCAP IV- you have Dyncorp failing miserably in RC-South and Fluor operating with the majority of KBR’s old staff and just picking up the experience (though doing a good job).

            KBR knew how to serve breakfast for 12,000 anywhere in the world by Friday morning.

            In the end, it did save some money though- in a recent Awards Fee Evaluation Board, Dyn was given a ZERO out of a possible 3% earned fee.

            But hey, that’s just the troops suffering out there… good job, McCaskill!

          • drax

            The problem isn’t KBR, it’s the people in government who give them the no-bid contracts.

          • KalashniKEV

            I don’t think you understand how it works… If you were the next biggest company you can think of, and I showed you a HUGE Statement of Work for LOGCAP and asked you to put a check next to each service you have a demonstrated capability to perform, on projects of similar size, scope, and complexity… you might hit a scarce few.

            KBR does (did) all of them.

            You don’t get the work because you really want it… you have to know how to do it.

          • drax

            I wonder why you think the comment is even about hatred of the defense industry, Kev.

          • KalashniKEV

            What’s the shudder about then?

            I never shudder when I gaze upon our flag… quite the opposite, in fact.

            Is there something you want to say?

  • John B

    ArlNow: There’s a stray OMG in the line about the dry cleaning: “The 15-year-old’s research on chemicals that remain on clothomg after dry-cleaning,”

  • jkdhfasjkdsh

    spelling correction in Dry-Cleaning article – “chemicals that remain on clothomg after dry-cleaning”. It would be very appropo for a 15-year old to combine omg with cloth to create a new word, but you probably meant clothing, not clothomg.

    • Apparently you haven’t heard that today is ‘terrible spelling Tuesday.’

      Fixing the typo…

      • drax

        i hurd abuot taribel speling Tuesdai!

    • Maria

      Maybe he was just really shocked by it?

  • jkdhfasjkdsh


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