Morning Notes

Springtime in the Fairlington neighborhood (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

Arlington a ‘New Powerhouse in AI’ — “Arlington, VA, traditionally known for its strategic importance in government and defense, is rapidly transforming into a thriving hub for artificial intelligence (AI) innovation. This shift is propelled by a unique confluence of federal agencies, industry leaders, and a burgeoning tech ecosystem.” [Unite.AI]

Bonus for Public Safety Personnel — “Arlington County’s Board has proposed a one-time bonus for first responders amid a staffing crisis impacting police, firefighters, and paramedics. For months, the unions representing these workers have sounded the alarm on the staffing shortage that they say puts the county’s public safety in jeopardy and has resulted in member burnout.” [WUSA 9]

ACPD Giveaway Successful — “An uptick in auto thefts in Arlington County earlier this year set the stage for a timely giveaway on Wednesday. Car owners lined up to get a free steering wheel lock, and if their car qualified, an Apple Tag. They’re trying to get ahead of thieves who would like nothing more than to drive off in their cars.” [WJLA, Twitter]

Shirlington Circle Lane Closure — “The Shirlington Circle south rotary bridge over I-395 will have the right lane closed Friday night, April 19 through Saturday morning, April 20 for joint work, according to the Virginia Department of Transportation. Weather permitting, the right lane will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, April 19 to noon Saturday, April 20.” [Press Release]

Remembering IOTA Club — “From 1994 until 2017, IOTA Club & Cafe was a no-frills home base for regional bands, a stopping point for national touring acts like Jason Mraz and Brandi Carlisle, and a hometown gem for live music devotees across the DMV. The closing of the beloved venue located at 2832 Wilson Blvd. was deeply mourned and eulogized.” [Arlington Magazine]

It’s Kitten Season — From the Animal Welfare League of Arlington: “With ‘kitten season’ in full swing, there’s a good chance you’ll be one of the people who comes across a litter of kittens in your neighborhood. Save the guide below and share it with your friends and family!” [Twitter]

It’s Thursday — Expect a mostly sunny day with temperatures reaching a high near 79 degrees, accompanied by a northwest wind blowing at 6 to 10 mph. As for Thursday night, the clouds will increase and the temperature will drop to around 51 degrees, with an east wind at 6 to 9 mph. [NWS]