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  • Md., 6 other states have bans on atheists holding office

    ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Some freedom-from-religion advocates are pressing Maryland and six other states to remove provisions from their state constitutions prohibiting people who don’t believe in God from holding public office. The Openly Secular coalition, based in Columbus, Ohio, says the other states are Arkansas, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Texas. The…

  • Seven Ways to Lose Weight Without Dieting

    This is a sponsored column by Jessica Storm, ACSM Health/Fitness Specialist and NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist and owner of Storm Fitness – A Personal Training and Nutrition Company based in Reston. Yes, losing weight without dieting is possible. In fact, it’s how I help my clients achieve their weight loss goals.  Just the mention of…

  • Police: Stolen credit cards used to nab $8,500 in 8 minutes

    WASHINGTON – You could call them the “Eight Minute Mammas.” Police are looking for two women who used stolen credit cards to buy about $8,500 in gift cards from the Target in Rockville, Maryland. And they did it in eight minutes. Montgomery County police say the pair walked into Target about 7:20 p.m. Dec. 5.…

  • Va. lawmaker says he’s resigning after teen sex case

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) _ A Virginia Democratic state lawmaker is resigning from office after recently entering a plea in connection with accusations that he had an improper sexual relationship with a teenager. Del. Joseph D. Morrissey sent a letter Thursday to the House speaker saying he will resign, effective Jan. 13. Morrissey entered the Alford…

  • Baltimore police search for missing boy abducted by mother

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police are searching for an 11-year-old boy who they believe was abducted by his mother who suffers from a mental illness. Police say 11-year-old Kuwan Taylor was abducted Wednesday by his mother, Davita Walker. Kuwan’s legal guardian is his aunt. Police say Walker has a history of arrests and that her…

  • Morning Poll: Is Reston a Safe Place?

    Three bank robberies in Reston in the last month have made some residents a little on edge. One reader wrote to Reston Now yesterday saying this: I’d originally planned on renting in Reston before moving to Virginia, but the posts on this page have more than changed my mind.  I have to wonder if you’re…

  • AAA projects record holiday travel by Maryland residents

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Record numbers of Maryland residents are expected to travel for the year-end holidays due in part to lower gas prices and a longer holiday travel window. AAA Mid-Atlantic says more than 2.1 million Maryland residents are expected to travel at least 50 miles from home for the holidays. That would be a…

  • Pa. man charged with 1990 slaying of Virginia Beach woman

    VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) — Police have charged a Pennsylvania man with the slaying of a Virginia Beach woman more than two decades ago. Virginia Beach police said Thursday that 46-year-old Robert William Malick of Erie, Pennsylvania, is charged with second-degree murder in the 1990 death of 17-year-old Joan Schoppaul. Schoppaul’s body was found on…

  • Top Va. House Republican to seek university athletic fee cap

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state House Republican Majority Leader Kirk Cox says he wants to limit the amount of mandatory fees public universities can collect from students to pay for athletic programs. Cox said Thursday that he plans to introduce legislation limiting fees during the 2015 legislative session. The lawmaker says legislation is needed…

  • Washington Monument closed Thursday for elevator repairs

    WASHINGTON — The Washington Monument will be closed Thursday because of a computer glitch with the elevators. The National Park Service says the elevators aren’t working because of problems with the control panel that operates the elevators. Repairs to the system are underway Thursday after it went down Wednesday. All tickets will be honored as…

  • Montgomery County to discuss handling of reported school abuse cases

    WASHINGTON — Montgomery County is planning a meeting of community leaders and parents who are concerned about how county public schools handled recent cases of reported child abuse. The Washington Post reports the planned Feb. 2, 2015 public meeting to review school policies and procedures will include county lawmakers, prosecutors, police, school officials, teachers and…

  • RA Board Proposes to End Bocce Plan — Again

    It has been more than a year since the Reston Association Board of Directors approved a bocce court for Cabots Point Recreation Area. For nearly as long, the RA Board has been trying to start the process over — or abandon it all together. RA President Ken Knueven has proposed to “direct staff, in light…

  • Thursday Morning Rundown

    Be Prepared — Making your holiday gift list? In honor of Winter Preparedness Week, Fairfax County has some useful ideas to keep everyone safe. [Fairfax County] SACC Prices To Rise? — Fairfax County is considering changing the fees for School Age Child Care in its schools. A new sliding scale would increase fees for some and decrease…

  • Feds investigate possible thefts at Va. hospital pharmacy

    LYNCHBURG, Va. (AP) — Federal authorities are investigating possible thefts at Lynchburg General Hospital’s pharmacy. U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents served a warrant at the pharmacy on Wednesday. Special agent in charge Gregory Cherundolo tells The News & Advance (http://bit.ly/1wOF8M7 ) that the warrant is related to an investigation of possible prescription drug thefts. He…

  • Cigar lovers excited about progress with Cuba

    WASHINGTON – The announcement from the White House that the U.S. is normalizing relations with Cuba has myriad implications, but one item is front and center in the minds of cigar lovers:  Smoking Cuban stogies is now legal. New regulations allow “licensed American travelers” to return from Cuba with, at most, $100 worth of cigars.…