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Morning Notes

by ARLnow.com February 25, 2013 at 10:15 am 2,975 32 Comments

View of Georgetown and Northwest D.C. from a Rosslyn office building

SUV Runs Off Memorial Bridge — An SUV drove off the Memorial Bridge and plunged into the Potomac around 10:00 last night. The driver was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, according to police. A bridge barrier was damaged and the bridge was closed by police until the early morning hours. [WJLA, Washington Post]

‘Ballston Southern Gateway’ Plan Approved — The Arlington County Board on Saturday approved an addendum to its North Quincy Street Plan, which is designed “to transform the southern gateway of Ballston from an automobile-oriented area into a more pedestrian-friendly, great urban place.” The plan calls for higher residential and commercial buildings in the area around the Harris Teeters and the Mercedes Benz dealership. [Arlington County]

Supreme Court to Consider DNA Practice that Helped ACPD — The U.S. Supreme Court is set to consider the constitutionality of a DNA practice that helped Arlington County Police link former Marine Jorge Torrez, accused of raping an Arlington woman and leaving her for dead, with the murder of two girls in Illinois. The high court will consider whether taking a DNA sample from someone arrested for a serious crime — before they’re convicted — is an unconstitutional invasion of privacy. [Los Angeles Times]

Board: We Can’t Sway Cemetery Expansion — Responding to the concerns of tree lovers over the weekend, members of the Arlington County Board said they have little power to sway the Army’s decision to expand Arlington National Cemetery. As originally planned, the expansion would cut down nearly 900 trees from an old growth forest on the cemetery grounds. The Army Corps of Engineers is currently re-evaluating its plan after complaints from tree advocates. [Sun Gazette]

Transpo Plan a ‘Big Win’ for McDonnell — Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) scored a big win with the passage of a compromise version of his transportation funding plan, according to Politico. But anti-tax advocate Grover Norquist decried the various tax increases in the bill, which could cost the average Virginia family between $10 and $15 per month. “The Democrats in the legislature mugged him good,” Norquist said of McDonnell. [PoliticoWashington Post]

Photos: Demolition of Old Arlington Courthouse — On its blog, the library looks back at the demolition of the old Arlington County Courthouse building on Feb. 23, 1997. [Arlington Public Library]

Photo courtesy @mowdymichelle

  • jackson

    I know most of the congressmen bow to the wrath of Grover Norquist, but do governors too?

    • drax

      Apparently not.

    • ph7

      Grover’s just an attention whore. Koch pays him too much to just remain silent.

  • Arlington Chris

    I hope that SUV driver is okay.

    But really, how do you drive off the Memorial Bridge? It has stone fences on both sides of the roadway.

    • happy cyclist

      By going really, really fast.

    • $44422414

      Those stones weren’t enough to stop him. They’re in the water today.

      • G Clifford Prout

        This dude took out more of the bridge than the dude that flew off the bridge over the parkway.

    • novasteve

      Automatic or too much alcohol? One or the other as the explanation.

      • DCBuff


    • Mr. Picky

      WTOP says the driver went off the Virginia side of the bridge, which would indicate it did not land in the Potomac.

      • amerique

        definitely went in the water, was driving past there last night and they were fishing it out.

    • Fedworker

      I guess just flipping an SUV over is now considered passé

  • Ashton Heights Represent

    I am very happy with the Ballston Southern Gateway plan. That area has seen several fatal accidents in the past few years. It’s also doesn’t look very inviting, more like a barren urban wasteland. I am hoping for retail, restaurants, traffic calming measures and bikelanes!

    • South Awwlington

      Is there a defined area of the Ballston Southern Gateway? I am trying to picture it and can’t quite…

      • Josh S

        I believe it’s along Glebe, starting at the Quincy / Henderson intersection. Probably up to Wilson.

  • novasteve

    Soon they’ll be able to take DNA samples from people who under no s uspicion of committing a crime. Just to have a database. Imagine how easy it will be to take a cheek swab at birth.

    • ph7

      There’s one tinfoil hatter in every crowd.

      • novasteve

        10 years ago had I said nanny staters would be banning soda over 16 ounces you would have called be a tin foil hatter too.

        • drax

          yeah, but you actually do have one on.

  • South Awwlington

    Is this where we say “Maryland Tags” and damned automatics??? Is this thing on? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?


  • Jason Kagarise

    That’s a picture of the Key bridge…

    • novasteve

      According to the movie No Way Out the Pentagon lets out onto Key bridge, so perhaps the pic is from the filming of No Way Out? If you want to find out more, meet me at the Georgetown Metro Station.

    • Josh S


    • ArLater


    • drax

      The photo isn’t supposed to be related to the story. That’s how Morning Notes rolls.

  • B_Lee_D

    Memorial Bridge’s catch fence was likely installed by the same outfit as Daytona International Speedway.

  • Josh S

    Cool slide show on the demolition of the old court house. That happened just a few months before I moved here. What’s also amazing is that you can see across the street that where the CVS is now is a vacant lot. I have no recollection of that being an empty lot.

  • Arly

    I’m sure the Mercedes dealership is thrilled since they just did a major renovation to their building.

  • ARly

    Why did my comment get taken down? I was referring to the Ballston plan and how the Mercedes dealer will probably get upset since it seems they’ll have their store torn down and they just did a major renovation.

  • Igirisu

    If you are interested in saving the trees at Arlington National Cemetery, I urge you to call Rep. Jim Moran’s office (202) 225-4376 and voice your support for legislation that will save this stand of trees.

  • George

    Why a photo of Key Bridge?

  • bobbytiger

    Those straight lanes on Memorial Bridge, at what, 25 miles an hour, just invite accidents, no?


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