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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com January 30, 2012 at 8:50 am 2,316 24 Comments

Metro Apologizes for Thursday Night Delays — WMATA has apologized for leaving riders stranded for up to an hour on Thursday night. A power failure at Metro’s command center in Landover, Md. caused a communications breakdown that disrupted service between 11:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. late Thursday night/early Friday morning. [TBD]

Arlington Student Honored for Essay — An Arlington high school student has won an essay contest sponsored by Dominion. Sam Bosley, of the Langston High School Continuation Program, wrote an essay for Dominion’s Strong Men Strong Women program — which seeks “essays about African American leaders who make an impact on students today.” Bosley’s essay on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was named the winner for Northern Virginia. As a winner, Bosley will receive a laptop computer from Dominion and Langston will receive a grant for $1,000. [Dominion]

W-L Gymnastics Champs Chow Down on Donuts — After winning a third straight National District championship, the Washington-Lee High School girls gymnastics team indulged in a bit of a tradition for Arlington’s gymnastics squads: stopping for donuts at a Krispy Kreme store on Route 1 south of Alexandria. [Sun Gazette]

  • xc

    “Metro’s command center”. Funny.

    • JamesE

      I bet it looks like the bridge of the Enterprise.

      • ted nugent

        Or the inside of a trashcan.

        • SoMuchForIgnorance

          Ryan’s closet on The Office.

  • CrystalMikey

    Wonder if those girls have any pointers for me regarding donuts? I’m heading down to Raleigh this weekend for the Krispy Kreme Challenge. Run 2.5 miles, eat a dozen Krispy Kreme glazed, then run 2.5 miles back.

    Oh, and congrats to them!

    • JamesE

      The only time I eat that much Krispy Kreme involves large amounts of alcohol.

    • Andrew

      Advice…don’t do it.

      • CrystalMikey

        Too late…already committed!

  • North Pershing Drive

    2 major accidents this morning: 1 on the 66 westbound where Glebe enters, and one on Fairfax drive near Taylor street. Looked look someone running a red light. Didn’t have time to take a picture.

  • John Fontain

    Happy birthday ARLnow. I heart you!

  • Labradorian

    Am I the only one who thinks those plastic neon kid statues are creepy?

    • South Awwwlington

      I thought it was a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle…no joke. 😉

      • Donatello

        What – so we all look alike now?


        • South Awwwlington

          If the shell fits…hardy har har.

    • CW

      I wonder if they actually do anything. It’s like when you hear about those cities that put the images in the middle of the road that look like a kid going after a ball or whatever. So drivers become conditioned to running over it. After they see enough of these neon things, they’ll just start ignoring them, and no one will be any safer.

      • JimPB

        CW — As you suggest, there may well be short-term safety benefits. Take those. When the response of drivers weakens, change the color and design to regain effect.

        Police, fire and EMR vehicle lights and sirens change periodically for the same reason.

      • drax

        Like red lights and stop signs?

        • CW

          Which have the force of law behind them. I wonder if theft would be more popular if it weren’t illegal. My guess is yes. Poor comparison.

          • drax

            Because there’s no law against running over a kid.

      • JamesE

        Reminds me of people trying to get the high score on the mobile speed limit stations.

        • CW

          Not enough digits…

  • charlie

    two pictures in a row from Cherrydale? bribery involved?

  • Rick

    *Doughnuts. Krispy Kreme makes doughnuts. Dunkin Donuts makes the inferior donuts.


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