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by ARLnow.com September 21, 2012 at 10:20 am 4,470 30 Comments

Suicide Thwarted at Metro Station — An alert Metro train operator helped to thwart a suicide attempt at the Reagan National Airport Metro station Thursday morning. Around 7:55 a.m., a man climbed down and laid on the southbound tracks. The operator of an approaching train saw the man and stopped the train in time. Transit police apprehended the man and took him to a local hospital. [Washington Examiner]

Park(ing) Day in Rosslyn — Today (Friday) is Park(ing) Day, a day where people worldwide transform parking spots into temporary public spaces. Artisphere in Rosslyn will again be participating. A giant shopping cart, created by artist J.P. Flick, will be placed near the corner of Wilson Blvd and Lynn Street. Passersby are encouraged to donate gently used professional attire by placing it in the cart. The clothes will go to a job placement program run by the Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network. [Artisphere]

Retired Educator Receives Community Award — Meg Tuccillo — who for 26 years served Arlington Public Schools as a teacher, a principal, and an assistant superintendent — has been named the 2012 recipient of the William T. Newman Jr. Spirit of Community Award. “The Board was impressed by Meg Tuccillo’s highly regarded dynamic and good-natured commitment to Arlington, both in her professional role as Assistant Superintendent of Arlington Public Schools and in her broad involvement in several nonprofit organizations serving children, families, the homeless and strengthening education and the arts,” said Julian Fore, president of the Arlington Community Foundation, which administers the award. [Sun Gazette]

Va. Flags Half Staff for State Supreme Court Justice — Virginia state flags have flown half staff this week in honor of former state Supreme Court Justice Henry H. Whiting, who died on Sept. 17. Whiting was a justice when the court first upheld the use of DNA evidence in Virginia. The DNA case in question originated in Arlington — the trial of Timothy Wilson Spencer for the 1987 rape and murder of 44-year-old Susan Tucker in her Arlington condominium.

  • YTK

    Kudos to that train operator!!

    Now if the trains that barrel into the stations would slow down when they approach the platform area, maybe they too would see potential suicides in time as well.

    • novasteve

      And that would mean your trip would take a lot longer than it doesn, and Metro is fighting hard to get the trains run automatically again.

    • CrystalMikey

      Barreling in? Seems to me that they come creeping in.

      • YTK

        Creeping in? Lucky for you.

        Then we are not standing on the same platform.

        • Arlingtoon

          I think it varies depending on the train operator. Hitting a “jumper” really traumatizes the train operator, who gets an “up close and personal” look at the impact. Those involved, and also those who want never to be involved, in hitting another human with their train, tend to approach the station at a far slower speed.

          Really can’t blame them, and speaking for myself, I’d rather add another minute to my trip than ride a train that ends someone’s life.

  • drax

    I looked up Spencer. You understated the significance, Scott – this was the first murder case decided by DNA evidence in the entire U.S. It also involved the first falsely convicted murder convict to be exonerated with DNA. Interesting stuff.

  • Mike Hunt

    No discussion on the nasty accident on 50 last night between two cars right after the george mason drive overpass?

    • Mike Hunt

      should also add the jersey barrier to the two cars

  • craig2

    parking space art? stupid

    • HighViewPunk

      I wonder if by some loophole a food truck could count as art?

      • Westover

        Saw a food truck get pulled over for violating HOV on 66 this morning. Habitual law breakers apparently.

    • Good Grief

      Are these art pieces required to pay the meter?

    • Rob G.

      Yeah whoever came up with parking space art is a dolt. Wonder how they’d feel about bike lane art.

    • Ren

      How about a (Free) Parking (work)day? Everyone would like that… 🙂

  • JohnB2

    Somebody who’s laying on the track like that is only asking for help.

    Someone who really wants to end it will stand on the platform right next to the incoming tunnel wall and jump out at the last second. No way a train operator could stop in time, no matter how slow they’re going.

    But yes, kudos to the operator for being alert to the situation.

  • Tabby_TwoTone

    “a man climbed down and laid on the southbound tracks”

    “Somebody who’s laying on the track…”



    Lay is a transitive verb, which means that it must be used with a direct object. The past tense and the past participle of lay are both laid.

    Please lay the books on the table.
    I laid the books on the table.
    Have you laid the books on the table?

    Have you ever seen a chicken lay an egg?
    The chicken just laid two eggs.

    “Now I lay me down to sleep…”
    He laid himself down to sleep.


    Lie is an intransitive verb, which means it cannot have a direct object. The past tense of lie is lay and the past participle is lain.

    Lie down next to me.
    I lay down next to her.
    He has lain down with us.

    I just want to lie in bed all day.
    Yesterday, he lay in bed all day.

    Don’t lie on the floor!
    I lay on the floor last week and you didn’t say anything.

    Lie (past tense lied) means to say something untrue.

    Don’t lie to me.
    He lied about where he got the money.

    • bum

      I’m confused. Should I lay on the tracks after reading this, or should I lie on the tracks?

      • Tabby_TwoTone

        Go lie on the tracks.

        • questionable


        • Richard Cranium

          In the literal or biblical sense?

    • CrystalMikey

      Woo-woo…grammar police coming through!

      • DCBuff

        Will they be issuing tickets to food trucks which have poorly worded menus?

    • Zelora

      Good luck. Every time I try to explain grammar and/or usage to anyone, that person usually tries to put ME at fault for correcting her/him.
      Your point is that using language correctly improves its clarity and makes its meaning more clear and precise. I agree totally.
      However, there are a lot of language-impaired people out there who don’t recognize the value nor importance of clear and correct usage.

      • pompous ass

        Here Here! (or is it hear hear)

        • Tabby_TwoTone

          Hear hear, like a town crier.

      • drax

        It’s certainly appropriate to explain or correct grammar and usage when the mistake comes from a publisher. Even a website.

    • Autoexec.bat

      That was actually a pretty useful lesson. I’ve pretty much given up on using lay/laid/lain/lie correctly but still…

      • Tabby_TwoTone


      • bob dylan

        Lay lady Lain
        Lie across my big brass bed

    • nom de guerre


      Is that the sound one hears after a person makes contact with the third rail?


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