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Top 7 Fairfax County Patch News Stories of the Week

Here are the top Patch news stories from the past week.

Police: Stranger Asks Mount Vernon Student Thursday to Get Into His Car

A Mount Vernon High School student walking to school Thursday morning was approached by a man who tried to persuade her to enter his vehicle, according to Fairfax County Police.

The 16-year-old student was walking to school near the intersection of Old Vernon Court and Old Mount Vernon Road near the school when she was approached by an African-American male driving a newer model red Ford Mustang, Fairfax County Police spokesperson Don Gotthardt said.

Panel Rejects Consecutive Terms for Virginia Governor

A House subcommittee has rejected the Senate’s proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Virginia governors to serve two consecutive terms starting in 2017.

Patch Goes on the Road with Fairfax County Animal Control

The 12-hour day for Fairfax County Animal Control officers starts at the crack of dawn. At around 6:15 a.m., while the vans are warming up outside 4500 West Ox Road in Fairfax County, Admin Sergeant Eric Powell sips coffee and reads the Police Department's latest internal news and messages to five Animal Control officers.

Wolf Stirs Gun Control Debate with Study on Mass Shootings

Days after President Barack Obama used his State of the Union address to call on Congress and the country to act on gun control, U.S. Rep. Frank Wolf (R-10th) has released a report that examines driving forces behind mass shootings, including violent media and mental health issues — topics absent from the president's address, Wolf said.

Supervisor Jeff McKay Asks Metro to be Fair in Choosing FBI Location

After reading in Wednesday's issue of The Washington Post about WMATA offering the 78 acres of land it owns at the Greenbelt station to promote the relocation of the FBI headquarters, Supervisor Jeff McKay said he was surprised and disappointed.

Fairfax County Names New Fire Chief

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors appointed Richard Bowers Jr. the county’s new fire chief Tuesday afternoon.

Bowers will leave his current position as fire chief in Montgomery County, Md., which he has held since 2008. He has served in the Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service for more than 35 years.

Sen. Mark Warner, Sen. Tim Kaine Weigh In on State of the Union

Virginia's Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine weighed in Tuesday night on President Obama's State of the Union address to Congress. Here's what they had to say:

"I was pleased the President began his speech with a strong call for a bipartisan grand bargain to continue to address our deficits and debt," Warner said in a news release. "A balanced plan that includes additional revenue, smarter spending cuts and responsible entitlement reform — and avoids the self-inflicted wounds from sequester — is a key component of any economic growth agenda.

Barry Meuse February 17, 2013 at 03:15 PM
Spend. Spend, spend - tax, tax, tax - Obama, Warner. Kaine - that's all they know - that's what they do ! Enough !!!

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