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  • National Portrait Gallery installs Stephen Colbert’s picture

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Stephen Colbert’s image is returning to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. To mark the end of Colbert’s nine-year persona on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” the museum borrowed Colbert’s portrait. The picture was created for the show’s final season. In 2008, Colbert contacted the museum and wanted to donate his portrait to…

  • Friday Morning Rundown

    Now Hiring: Red’s Table —  The new restaurant at South Lakes Village Center is now hiring for all positions. If you are interested, email redstable@mprdev.com to be sent an application. Red’s Table is still on track to open in February. Herndon Player Tops In Field Hockey — Meet Taylor Stone, Region 6A’s Field Hockey player of the…

  • Flying Dog Brewery to open experimental farm brewery destination in Loudoun

    Flying Dog Brewery isn’t betting the farm. Rather, it’s placing its bets on the farm. The Frederick-based craft brewer is getting ready to open an experimental brewery on a hop farm in Loudoun County. Farmworks Brewery will be a 5-acre, “unique farm brewery destination” featuring a 15-barrel brewhouse, tasting room and hospitality area. For you…

  • Record-volume traffic expected for holidays

    WASHINGTON — Four out of 10 people in the D.C. metro area plan to leave town for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.  AAA Mid-Atlantic projects nearly 91 percent of people traveling 50 miles or more will be on the road. This year is the highest travel volume recorded for the Christmastide season in the Washington metro area, the…

  • Metro installs 1st real-time bus arrival signs at bus stops

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Metro has begun installing real-time displays showing bus arrival times at four bus stops before a wider rollout next year. The displays show how many minutes until buses arrive. The system uses GPS technology to calculate arrival times and can also display emergency messages, travel tips or detour information. The transit agency…

  • Report: Fatal police shooting in Christiansburg justified

    CHRISTIANSBURG, Va. (AP) — A new report says three police officers acted appropriately when they fatally shot a Christiansburg man in October. The report says no charges will be filed against the officers. Virginia State Police and the Bedford County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office released the report to media outlets on Thursday. Sixty-nine-year-old Larry Miller was…

  • Towson University president resigns due to health concerns

    TOWSON, Md. (AP) — Towson University’s president says she is resigning due to health concerns. University President Maravene Loeschke has announced she is resigning from her position effective on Friday. In April, university officials announced that Loeschke had been diagnosed with adrenal cancer. She has been on leave since late August. Loeschke had been expected…

  • A fun fundraiser for the Gemmell family

    SILVER SPRING, Md. — A week and a half after a plane crash in Gaithersburg claimed the lives of Marie Gemmell and her two young boys, Cole and Devin, there was laughter at a fundraiser Thursday night for her surviving family. Kids enjoyed a giant inflatable slide, games and a magic show at the Pop-Up…

  • Nationals Park getting a Winter Classic makeover

    WASHINGTON — Capitals fans are counting down the days — not to Christmas, but to New Year’s Day, when the Caps face off against the Chicago Blackhawks atop the diamond in Nationals Park. While 30-degree temperatures and overcast skies may not sound perfect to most, that’s exactly what National Hockey League organizers are hoping for…

  • Thank You to Our Sponsors and Advertisers

    On Fridays, we take a moment to thank our sponsors and advertisers. Reston Serenity Smiles – Hoda Kazemifar, DMD, offers complete dental services for the entire family. Greater Reston Chamber of Commerce, the business community for the vibrant region. Reston Station, Comstock’s mixed-use development and parking garage at the Wiehle-Reston East Metro stop. The Avant, new luxury rentals…

  • Md. calls revamped health care exchange a success

    Maryland’s public health secretary is calling the state’s revamped health-insurance exchange a success as the second enrollment period hits a milestone. Thursday was the deadline for obtaining coverage starting Jan. 1. The enrollment period began Nov. 15 and continues through Feb. 15. As of Tuesday, 30 days into the process, the exchange had enrolled about…

  • Michael Phelps’ DUI trial set Friday in Baltimore

    BALTIMORE (AP) — Olympic champion swimmer Michael Phelps is set for trial on drunken driving and other charges. The 18-time gold medalist was arrested on Sept. 30. Documents show that the 29-year-old was leaving the Horseshoe Casino when he was pulled over for speeding and crossing the double yellow line on a highway. Police say…

  • German company to open facility in Chesapeake

    CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The Hampton Roads Economic Development Alliance says a German company will invest in a manufacturing facility in Chesapeake, creating ten jobs. The alliance says Becker Hydraulics of Herdorf, Germany will invest over $500,000 in Cavalier Industrial Park. The company will produce high pressure hydraulic hose systems as well as fuel and…

  • VDOT to suspend highway work zones over Christmas

    RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will suspend most highway work zones for several days over Christmas. VDOT says the goal is to limit congestion and provide as many travel lanes as possible. VDOT will lift lane closures on interstates and other major roads in Virginia from noon December 24…

  • Norfolk man pleads guilty to receipt of child pornography

    NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — A 35-year-old Norfolk man has pleaded guilty to receipt of child pornography. Eric Kevin Downey entered his plea in federal court in Norfolk on Thursday. Downey was indicted by a federal grand jury in November. He faces a mandatory minimum of five years in prison and a maximum penalty of 20…