Morning Notes

by Katie Pyzyk January 22, 2013 at 9:05 am 1,333 17 Comments

The troll's view (photo by wolfkann)

Absentee Voting Bill Passes State Senate — The state Senate passed legislation that would allow residents age 65 and older to vote by absentee ballot without having to give an excuse. Currently, Virginians can only vote absentee if they meet one or more of the requirements on a list of reasons for not being able to make it to the polls on election day. Del. Alfonso Lopez (D) introduced similar legislation that failed in the House of Delegates. [Washington Post]

Water Main Issues Continue — Repairs on the broken 30 inch water main at Arlington Blvd and S. Irving Street are expected to take several more days. While draining the pipe on Sunday, a significant pressure drop occurred. Customers may experience low water pressure during peak times (6:00-9:00 a.m and 5:00-9:00 p.m.) and are asked to minimize water use during those times.

Landrum Extends Ray’s Free Burger Special — Owner Michael Landrum has decided to extend the Inauguration special he had been offering at Ray’s to the Third (1650 Wilson Blvd) after closing Ray’s Hell Burger across the street. Customers can get one free “Li’l Devils” burger from 11:30 a.m. until the last burger is given away. “We realized that our office neighbors didn’t get a chance to participate, so we wanted to extend it another day to give them a chance,” Landrum told ARLnow.com. It is suggested that customers receiving a free burger donate $5, which will go to local Boys and Girls Clubs.

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  • CourthouseChris

    Wow, six-digit pageviews and up for five minutes, this free burger special must really be amazing.

    • CourthouseChris

      Ok so apparently that was fixed…

  • internet tourettes

    FWIW, It looked as if there was another water pippe leaking on S Walter Reed between Four Mile Run and Glebe this morning by the fire station….

  • drax

    Why only 65 or older to vote absentee without excuse? Everyone should have that right.

    • Max

      Because they vote Republican.

      Really doesn’t make sense to me. If they’re capable of walking 20 miles uphill to school in the snow both ways, they should be able to vote.

      • drax


        But given Republican desire to gut SS and Medicare, I doubt the elderly are going to remain gung ho for the GOP.

        • Max

          Apparently I was wrong. The people who voted against this were all Republicans. My partisanship blinded me. How novel!

          • drax

            Yeah, you didn’t even notice that a Democrat has introduced the House version (nor did I).

            Perhaps the over 65 thing is an attempt to attract a Republican vote (they’d only need one in the Senate).

          • BBMS

            “Perhaps the over 65 thing is an attempt to attract a Republican vote (they’d only need one in the Senate).”

            Oh, they took care of that little nuisance yesterday.

  • DNFjoe

    Great plan–limit water use during the times folks are getting ready for work and school in the mornings AND when folks are getting home after work/school and need to do laundry, shower and cook dinner.

    • EPinBC

      I read it that way at first, too, but I don’t think the county is instituting a limit. They’re just saying that we are more likely to experience a drop in water pressure during those times precisely because those are the times of peak demand.

      • DNFjoe

        OK got it. I read the “residents are asked to minimize use” and got the wrong message. Makes more sense the decreased capacity will be causing the loss of pressure and not emergency work being performed during those hours. What got me on the wrong thinking was when the previous sentances talked about draining the pipe (active work) caused a major drop in pressure.

    • H2O


      Maybe the high demand during that time IS the reason for the low presssure, not that ArlCo is planning to make it low pressure during those times. Whle under repair, they might only be able to sustain X gals/min.

  • JamesE

    Nice of someone to take a photo of our new forum member Human Leather’s home.

  • brendan

    Again, why are we building an indoor lazy river when we have so many problems with basic infrastructure?

    This is probably the tenth time in the last five years that water pressure has gone out.

    How many more big pipes are 60+? I’m guessing we’re due for significantly more problems in the next decade, given that underground pipes generally last about 60-70 years and a large swath of the county was built up in the late 1940’s.

  • Absentee voting should be available for everyone, like it is in Washington State.

  • nom de guerre

    Went by the site of the water main break referenced in this article tonight-not that it’s a big deal but the break is on North Irving Street @ Route 50.


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