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Town of Leesburg Prevails in Appeal of Water Rate Case

 State Supreme Court Overturns Circuit Court Decision in 5-2 vote

Help Local Brain Tumor Charity Win National Philanthropy Honor

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA)-- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports that local charity the Brad Kaminsky Foundation is up for a national philanthropy top honor. 

As we embark on the season of giving, a crowd gathered at Panera Bread in Leesburg to support the Brad Kaminsky Foundation.

Founded by Lisa Millar, who lost her brother to a brain tumor, the charity is one of eight non-profits nominated for the national title of 'Charity of the Year' sponsored by stayclassy.org.

Va. Gov. McDonnell's Father Dies

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- John F. "Jack" McDonnell, a World War II veteran and father of Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, died Tuesday. He was 94.

The elder McDonnell had been ill for years with Alzheimer's disease.

Based in England during World War II, John McDonnell flew aboard bombers that made sorties into Nazi-occupied Europe. He served for 23 years in the Air Force.

The governor is the eldest of five children whom Jack and Emma McDonnell raised in a strict Irish-Catholic household in northern Virginia. In an 2009 interview, the governor described his father as "a tough, Boston Irish-Catholic Air Force officer who wasn't afraid to use the belt."

McDonnell said his father "encouraged me to work hard, dream big, and not make excuses in life and all things are possible."

"As the son of an Irish immigrant he lived the American Dream. I thank God he lived to attend my inauguration," McDonnell said in a statement.

Staff Management Hiring 250 Seasonal Associates

The following was sent to us by Sara Katz of Staff Management:

Sterling, VA - October 27, 2010 – Staff Management, the industry’s leading provider of contingent workforce solutions, announces that it has 250 positions available at the fulfillment center in Sterling, VA.  Great incentives are being offered by Staff Management for continued work past the holiday season, including the chance to win an all-expenses paid Caribbean cruise for two.

Atlantic Boulevard Extension Underway In Sterling, Va.

STERLING, Va. (WUSA) -- The extension of Atlantic Boulevard is underway in Loudoun County, Virginia. Work should last about a year, with relief coming for drivers by the end of 2011.

The $24 million project will extend the four-lane road from Magnolia Road to Church Road. The Virginia Department of Transportation says it will provide an easy link to Route 7, with the completed Atlantic Boulevard parallel to the busy Route 28.

Work began Wednesday with a groundbreaking ceremony. State Senator Mark Herring, Loudoun County Supervisor Andrea McGimsey, and VDOT staff members were in attendance.

Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project Takes Shape

MCLEAN, Va.  (WUSA) - The $3 billion first phase of the Dulles Metrorail project is well-underway with the most visible bridge structures high above Route 123.

Phase One, which extends Metro's Orange line 11.7 miles from Falls Church to Weihle Avenue in Reston is set to open in 2013.

A huge yellow truss is being used to move the concrete segments up into place to form the bridges. Underground between the two Tysons Corner shopping centers, a 1,700 foot tunnel is being constructed.   Part of the tunnel not under any roads was built by just digging down.  But the larger part that goes under the intersection of Route 123 and International Drive is being bored out to avoid too much traffic disruption.

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."