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There’s not a whole lot going on in Arlington today, save for activity at local shopping centers, so we’re going to fast forward right to the top story countdown.

Here are the most-read local articles of the week:

  1. NPS announces plans to improve safety along Mount Vernon Trail through Arlington (4611 views)
  2. Bollards may be on the menu after Ireland’s Four Courts crash (2778 views)
  3. Arlington prosecutor Parisa Dehghani-Tafti launches reelection campaign (1534 views)
  4. Permanent Military Road roundabout still a possibility despite ‘operational confusion’ (1402 views)
  5. Most and least expensive townhouses sold in Arlington (Oct-Nov 2022) (1100 views)
  6. Morning Poll: How many times have you been sick this fall? (952 views)
  7. The lights are coming back on for Shirlington’s annual holiday event next week (930 views)

Feel free to discuss those or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great rest of your holiday weekend!

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Daily Debrief for Oct 21, 2022

Good Friday evening, Arlington. Today we published 6 articles that were read a total of 4027 times… so far.

📈 Top stories

The following are the most-read articles for today — Oct 21, 2022.

  1. Overturned vehicle shuts down S. Walter Reed Drive
  2. Morning Poll: In retrospect, did APS make the right call in closing classrooms for a year?
  3. Shucktoberfest beer and oyster fest returns to Shirlington this weekend

Since it’s Friday, we’ve also compiled a list of the most-read Arlington articles of the week, below.

  1. FBI raid on the Pike targeted an ABC News producer, Rolling Stone reports (17989 views )
  2. JBG Smith files plans to turn RiverHouse parking lots into 1,668 homes (7712 views )
  3. Arlington’s speed camera program slowly moves forward (5155 views )
  4. Ghin Na Ree Thai currently closed, sold to a “new family” (4301 views )
  5. Falls Church restaurants to hold crawl fundraiser for Four Courts staff (4180 views )
  6. Local favorite 24-hour spot Bob and Edith’s cuts hours on Langston Blvd (3816 views )
  7. Police arrest man allegedly seen exposing himself in Shirlington (2558 views )
  8. NEW: Driver who plowed into Four Courts will not face charges (2232 views )

📅 Upcoming events

Here is what’s going on Saturday in Arlington, from our event calendar.

And here are the events planned for Sunday:

🌤 Tomorrow’s forecast

Clear throughout the day. High of 67 and low of 49. Sunrise at 7:26 am and sunset at 6:22 pm. See more from Weather.gov.

👂 Audio summary

Get caught up on all of our reporting today with this brief audio summary.

👀 A look around town

We hope you have a great weekend, Arlington. Feel free to discuss the most-read stories of the week — or anything else of local interest — in the comments.

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Rainy over Rosslyn (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

It was a mostly pleasant fall weather week, save for yesterday’s soaking rain, and this weekend — particularly Saturday — is also looking pretty nice.

There’s plenty to do this weekend, so be sure to check out our event calendar when making your plans.

Now, here are the most-read local articles of the week:

  1. Arlington could scrub ‘dance halls’ from its county code books
  2. Ballpark favorite Haute Dogs coming to former BBQ restaurant space in North Arlington
  3. Huge Hilton hotel coming to new Rosslyn development
  4. Woman fatally struck by SUV driver along Little Falls Road
  5. Arlington CivFed’s Missing Middle discussion last night required rules of engagement
  6. Here are some of the Arlington businesses being offered for sale this fall
  7. Arlington Restaurant Week starts Monday with 40 restaurants participating
  8. How a Penske truck rental lot along Columbia Pike could figure into the Barcroft redevelopment
  9. Your next doctor’s appointment could be in Ballston Quarter
  10. After crash, neighbors again concerned about intersection near Lubber Run Community Center
  11. Salt Pot Kitchen in Ballston has closed, new tenant unknown
  12. Arlington asks: should Covid-era outdoor dining be a permanent fixture?

Feel free to discuss those stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend!

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Arlington painted in the style of Vincent van Gogh, generated by AI (via DALL-E 2)

After a two-day glimpse of gorgeous weather that followed a longer stretch of terrible weather, a sunny-if-cool fall weekend is upon us.

As you firm up your weekend plans, be sure to check out our event calendar or, for those who prefer the executive summary, the week’s event highlights.

Now, here are the most-read local articles of the past week:

  1. Shots fired as Arlington officers chase suspect into Fairfax County
  2. Cars keep crashing and flipping in the “usual spot” on the GW Parkway in Arlington
  3. Incident at Ballston Gold’s Gym leads to assault charge against D.C. deputy mayor
  4. New Laotian restaurant opens in Cherrydale, replacing a Japanese eatery
  5. Just Reduced Properties in Arlington
  6. More catalytic converters stolen in Arlington amid ongoing rash of thefts
  7. Hate crime charge dropped in Crystal City “dine and dash” assault case
  8. Police investigating two ‘mob’ attacks along Langston Blvd
  9. Capriotti’s in Rosslyn seems to have made its last sandwich
  10. Proposed bicycle-pedestrian bridge over Potomac receives $20 million in federal funding
  11. County seeks feedback on updated concept for Crystal City-DCA bridge
  12. Police searching for man with gun who said he needed help but then drove off

Feel free to discuss those stories or anything else of local interest (like whether the AI-generated art above actually shows any recognizable portion of Arlington) in the comments. Have a nice weekend!

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An Osprey flyover on a gray background Friday morning (staff photo)

A soggy weekend is on tap after an otherwise pretty nice final week of September.

Obviously this week’s big story was the devastation in Florida, the huge scale of which keeps getting more apparent. And that’s not to mention the havoc that Hurricane Ian is currently wreaking in South Carolina as of publication time.

With those affected by the hurricane in our thoughts, below are the local stories that attracted the most attention in Arlington this week.

  1. Arlington native Alexandra Turshen is the boss in the new Netflix series Partner Track
  2. Arlington students walk out to protest proposed state guidelines on transgender students
  3. Police staffing shortage leads Arlington high schools to limit attendance at games
  4. Police investigating death in Lacey Woods Park
  5. Arlington ranks No. 2 nationally for share of remote workers
  6. Car goes vertical after driving mishap
  7. Statutes of Liberty: DACA in the crossfire before the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  8. Disagreements surface over county vision of greener, denser Langston Blvd
  9. Conceptual plan emerges for potential redevelopment of Ballston apartment building
  10. Sustainable seafood spot Seamore’s is opening in Clarendon
  11. ACPD: Bespectacled man armed with knife robs Clarendon bookstore
  12. Some parents call for end to Covid protocols, less screen time in Arlington schools

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Try to stay dry this weekend, Arlington!

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Smoke from western wildfires turns the setting sun red near the U.S. Air Force Memorial (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The week started as summer and is ending, unmistakably, as fall.

On the plus side, we have a stretch of crisp, sunny days ahead, with the exception of some rain on Sunday.

While you ponder the majesty of nature and the changing of the seasons, here are the most-read ARLnow articles of the past five days:

  1. False ‘shooter’ call at W-L prompts large emergency response, one of multiple hoaxes around Va.
  2. How a local scouting troop got saddled with $3K in personal property taxes
  3. Early morning wrong-way wreck on I-66 in Arlington seriously injures three
  4. County Board praises civil, if loud, discussion of Missing Middle and the Arlington Way
  5. Crash closes N. Glebe Road in Ballston area, knocks out power
  6. Pets, park, pedestrians present problems for planned apartment towers in Crystal City
  7. Should Arlington County change its form of government?
  8. Police investigating attempted carjacking near the Pentagon
  9. Family believes missing man might be seen in video of alleged carjacking attempt
  10. Poppyseed Rye revamps menu, adds former Le Diplomate chef
  11. A virtual indoor golf facility aims to go full swing on Columbia Pike later this fall
  12. Clarendon Day and other local events are back this weekend, which means road closures

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend, Arlington — hope you enjoy Clarendon Day, Valley Fest, or any other local events you might be attending!

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People waiting outside the Clarendon Apple store for the new iPhone 14 on 9/16/22 (staff photo)

If you like perfect weather, get outside as much as possible today and tomorrow.

Sunday won’t be bad, either, but it will kick off a mini September heat wave.

In the interest of letting everyone enjoy the outdoors after what has been an exceedingly busy week — at least for us — let’s get right to this week’s top stories.

  1. Man charged with trying to rape woman in bathroom of Langston Blvd business
  2. Large power outage reported in Clarendon area
  3. New season of Jeopardy! brings Arlingtonian back as returning champ
  4. Expect low-flying aircraft, smoke and noise Wednesday morning
  5. New Japanese BBQ restaurant is set to sizzle in Ballston
  6. Driver likely had ‘medical emergency’ before crashing into Ireland’s Four Courts, police say
  7. The killer of dozens of fish in Four Mile Run? Pool water, investigators say.
  8. Speed limit reductions may be coming to more high-traffic roads in Arlington
  9. Gaijin Ramen Shop closes in Cherrydale
  10. County Board to vote on the height of Clarendon parking lot development

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend, Arlington!

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Sunset near the U.S. Air Force Memorial (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

A gorgeous end to the workweek today is expected to give way to clouds tomorrow and rain on Sunday.

Nonetheless, high temperatures in the lower 80s to mid 70s should make much of the weekend perfectly pleasant.

Next week is a County Board week, likely with plenty to report. This week, as well, was busy despite the holiday. Below are the most-read local stories of the past five days.

  1. Police conducting apparent death investigation in Ballston
  2. Maryland man arrested in case of woman pushed out of SUV
  3. Wakefield junior dies after SUV vs. scooter crash in Alexandria
  4. Chicago-based Veo is bringing 400 e-bikes to Arlington
  5. Driver swerves over embankment at Dunkin’ drive-thru
  6. Construction starting next week on upgraded I-395 and Boundary Channel Drive interchange
  7. More Honda airbag thefts and a bizarre brandishing along the Pike
  8. Candidates square off on Missing Middle, safe schools and gun control
  9. Police: Woman threatened store employee in Courthouse with knife
  10. Pickup truck smashes through decorative Memorial Bridge stone railing

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend, Arlington!

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Excavating continues at the former Rouse Estate site along Wilson Blvd (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

The Labor Day weekend is here so let’s get right to it.

For what’s supposed to be a pretty slow pre-holiday week, this week actually turned out to be quite busy, readership-wise. Here are the most-read stories since Sunday:

  1. Boy stabbed, seriously injured on the Custis Trail near Ballston
  2. NEW: Car stolen from Rosslyn with child inside found in D.C.
  3. Group from Chicago arrested after catalytic converter thefts
  4. New CVS has a large blank wall facing Wilson Blvd, upsetting some locals
  5. Revamped Clarendon Ballroom is back open, after a management 180
  6. Fourteen upcoming fall activities in Arlington and around the region
  7. NEW: Woman pushing stroller struck by driver along Military Road
  8. Arlington Public Library is hosting “1619 Project” author next month
  9. Lease may be drying up for local watering hole Thirsty Bernie
  10. Texas woman facing charges after stabbing in Courthouse
  11. Solar panels are rising in Arlington thanks to a county program and federal incentives
  12. Suspect arrested after attempted armed carjacking in Pentagon City

Feel free to discuss those stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a relaxing and enjoyable long weekend, Arlington!

Oh, and a quick reminder… trash WILL be picked up on Monday for those who receive the county’s collection service.

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Construction continues at Amazon’s HQ2 site in Pentagon City (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

We’re calling it a week a touch early today, while most of you have already started your weekend, so we can better prep for next week.

While this month has been pretty slow overall, the week that will usher in the start of September promises to be a bit busier, with the start of school, some local business-related scoops, and other stories that are already in planning.

Not that this week was a snoozefest. Quite the opposite, in fact, considering that all of our top 10 most-read stories had more than 2,500 views.

Here are the top stories of the past week:

  1. New concept plan for Langston Blvd shows sweeping vision of greener corridor with taller buildings
  2. EXCLUSIVE: Scott Parker, Cowboy Cafe owners and manager partnering on Forest Inn replacement
  3. Police: Nude man attacked officer, ran into Ballston apartment
  4. NEW: Arlington ranks No. 3 on “top family-friendly cities” list
  5. Another commercial vehicle tow leads to another questionable call to police
  6. Man arrested after attack in front of library
  7. Arlington’s planetarium is looking to finally reopen this fall with a new director and modern projector
  8. NEW: “Old School” Italian restaurant and wine bar coming to Ballston area
  9. Metro says “plan now” for the eight-month-long Yellow Line shutdown that starts next month
  10. Starting as a Rosslyn food cart, District Taco is taking over the world “one taco at a time”

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great last weekend of August, Arlington!

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The U.S. Park Police helicopter over Thursday’s police incident in Lyon Park (staff photo by Jay Westcott)

This week was slow at times, news-wise, but next week appears to be shaping up to be more active.

Stay tuned for reporting on a number of important local topics. Oh, and we’ll also have polls, to keep readers engaged through end-of-summer summer vacations and back-to-school preps.

In the meantime, below are the most-read stories of the past week — excluding Friday night’s Four Courts coverage.

  1. Quick-thinking customers and first responders helped to save lives
  2. It’s Advanced vs. Amazon after delivery van towed from Buckingham apartments
  3. Seven lesser-known features of this week’s Arlington County Fair
  4. New membership program launches at several Arlington bars, providing beers and pizza slices
  5. Still unclear what led to fiery crash, but Four Courts hopes to rebuild
  6. Morning Poll: How big of a problem is cut-through traffic in Arlington?
  7. The $38 million overhaul of the new Washington-Liberty annex is nearly complete
  8. A volunteer firefighter at a going-away party helped to save lives at Ireland’s Four Courts
  9. UPDATED: Search for man with weapon closes roads in Lyon Park
  10. Police investigating gunshots fired in Green Valley
  11. Noisy utility covers that have annoyed neighbors in Ballston for years could get finally fixed
  12. ACPD investigating pair of retail robberies and a car wash gun brandishing

Speaking of Four Courts, here’s some late-breaking news from the pub, which is hoping to reopen in a limited capacity, presumably utilizing the rear section of the business that was not damaged.

Feel free to discuss these stories or anything else of local interest in the comments. Have a great weekend, Arlington!

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