Mega Millions ticket sold in Northern Virginia worth $2M

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A Mega Millions ticket purchased in Northern Virginia for Tuesday’s drawing is worth $2 million.

The ticket was purchased at Saigon Bakery & Deli at 6773 Wilson Blvd. in Falls Church, according to Virginia Lottery officials.

The jackpot numbers were 9-21-34-42-50 with a Mega Ball of 21. The local ticket matched the first five numbers and missed the Mega Ball.

Normally that would win $1 million, but the ticket holder spent an extra dollar for the Megaplier to double the prize.

The odds of matching five numbers is 1 in 12,607,306.

Mega Millions drawings are held Tuesday and Friday nights at 11 p.m.

No ticket in Tuesday’s drawing matched all six numbers, bringing Friday’s jackpot to $444 million.

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‘Spaces’ co-working space coming to The Boro development

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Co-working area Spaces has a new Virginia location is coming to The Boro development later this year.

The Meridian Group, the developers behind The Boro, announced the newcomer today (May 30).

“Spaces specializes in building creative workspaces, and The Loft will be a perfect home for this dynamic company,” Tom Boylan, the senior vice president of The Meridian Group, said in a press release.

Spaces will occupy the fourth and fifth floors in The Loft (1640 Boro Place), an industrial-style, five-story-tall building with three floors of office space and two stories of retail. The c0-working company is leasing about 50,000 square feet — 66 percent of the office space in The Loft, according to the press release.

Spaces is a coworking brand that provides flexible workspaces under the parent company IWG, which has more than 50 U.S. locations. Michael Beretta, the vice president on network development for IWG, has said that Spaces plans to double its number of locations this year.


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“The entire DC metro area has seen a meteoric rise in startups looking to call this area home base,” Beretta said in the press release. “As a result, we’ve seen an increase in demand from businesses of all sizes that are looking for flexible working solutions.”

Currently, Spaces has three spots in Virginia — Reston, Arlington and Alexandria — and an upcoming one totaling two in D.C.

“[Spaces’] new home in Tysons will be a perfect complement to our growing community,” Boylan said.

Photo via Facebook and rendering courtesy The Meridian Group

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Police: Man shot boyfriend, claimed he was aiming at a bear

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SUFFOLK, Va. (AP) — Police say a man in Virginia shot his boyfriend and then claimed to police that he was aiming at a bear in the Great Dismal Swamp.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Wednesday that the boyfriend survived. The man who police say fired the gun faces a count of assault with intent to commit murder.

Authorities said 26-year-old Maurice Devonte Lee and the victim were in an on-again-off-again relationship and that Lee was sometimes abusive. The boyfriend was visiting from Pennsylvania when Lee suggested they have a picnic at the swamp, with is a federal wildlife refuge.

Court documents said the victim asked Lee if they could leave. Authorities said Lee then shot the man and flatly said, “there was a bear.”

Lee’s attorney, Assistant U.S. Public Defender Keith Kimball, declined to comment.

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Virginia Tech wants to pay inbound class to delay attendance

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BLACKSBURG, Va. (AP) — Virginia Tech wants to pay incoming in-state students to delay their start date and not attend the university for up to a year.

The Roanoke Times reports the school budgeted $3.3 million to quell the expected 7,500-student freshman class, which officials have said would strain the town.

The school has said this class would be its largest. It said the size was unanticipated, but engineering education professor Marie Paretti said that wasn’t true as faculty predictions of the swollen class size were shared with administrators.

The payment options include a $1,000 grant to take a gap year, tuition reimbursement for taking classes at a community college for a year and tuition-free classes next summer for those who skip the upcoming fall or spring semester. Students can apply until June 6.

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Town of Herndon looks to boost water supply to meet future demands

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The Fairfax County Water Authority will begin an engineering study to determine how to boost the water supply for the Town of Herndon after the Herndon Town Council approved the $107,000 study Tuesday.

Tammy Chastain, deputy director of the town’s public works department, said additional capacity is needed to meet future demands. Discussions on how to boost water supply with a new point of supply and install a new pumping station have been underway since at least 2016.

“We knew we were going to have to find it from somewhere,” Chastain told council members last night.


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Initially, town officials thought the project would cost around $6.1 million, but now, costs could be as low as $3 million for design and construction.

The pumping station, if approved, would be located at the Herndon Police Department. Because the station would be near a transmission main and meter vaults along the Washington & Old Dominion Trail, the cost of the project is expected to be much lower than anticipated.

Funding for the study was planned for in the town’s five-year capital budget. The town’s 2016 Water Utility Master Plan calls for the design and construction of a new water main before 2025.

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Arlington-based online clothing store closing soon

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Anyone interested in getting their Arlington t-shirts or D.C. skyline onesies should buy now because local apparel store District Line Co. is going out of business.

The one-woman clothing company based in Cherrydale is planning to shut down by July after the rest of the inventory is sold off.

Lisa McLaughlin, the store’s founder, said as the store passed its five year anniversary in April, she discovered that she’d lost her enthusiasm for the business.

“That surprised me,” McLaughlin told ARLnow. “I looked at stuff coming up, like we were going to need to rebrand or rename, so it was kind of a combination of things but mainly I just realized on a business level that it’s a lot of work to continue growing a brand. You have to have a passion to do that, and I just felt like I wasn’t the right person to do that.”

McLaughlin said one of the early mistakes was not trademarking the company’s name, so she was in conflict with similarly named companies and often received reviews meant for the other companies.


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“I loved doing business in Arlington,” McLaughlin said. “When I started this company we made about four shirts and did one event. I didn’t know if anyone was going to get this concept. But people loved their neighborhoods. The Arlington community was very supportive.”

In retrospect, McLaughlin said she would have hired someone to help manage the company.

“I would set it up differently,” McLaughlin said. “I’d have hired at least one person, even if it’s part time, to help with day to day. I’d have spent time on a business plan and think through how will I actually use my hours on what things.”

District Line Co. is currently working on selling off its inventory in a farewell sale. McLaughlin said anyone using the code “farewell25” on the website will receive a 25 percent discount on merchandise.

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Virginia state regulators seek public input on new area code

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia state regulators are seeking public comments on a new area code in the southeastern part of the state as the 757 code runs out of new numbers.

The State Corporation Commission said it plans to have four public hearings in August.

The North American Numbering Plan Administrator is recommending superimposing a new area code where the 757 code is currently used. That would mean local calls would require using 10 digits instead of seven.

The SCC could also split the area currently using the 757 code into two parts, meaning half of the current 757 users would get a new phone number. Such an option hasn’t been used in the U.S. since 2006.

New 757 numbers are set to run out by the end of 2021.

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University of Virginia to offer early decision plan

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CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — The University of Virginia is starting a new early decision plan to offer high school students the chance to receive their admission decision in the first semester of their senior year.

The plan is designed for students who have decided by the fall that UVA is their top choice for college. The binding admission plan requires students who are admitted to accept the offer from UVA and cancel their applications to all other schools.

Under the plan, the application deadline is Oct. 15 and the notification date is Dec. 15.

UVA also offers an early action plan, with an application deadline of Nov. 1 and a notification date of Jan. 31. The regular decision plan has an application deadline of Jan. 1 and a notification date of April 1.

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The Latest: Police identify 4 killed in church van crash

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FORD, Va. (AP) — The Latest on a church van crash that killed four people and injured eight others (all times local):

2:05 p.m.

Virginia state police have identified four people who were killed when a pickup truck slammed into the back of a church van carrying choir members to a revival.

The van was taking 11 members of Shiloh Baptist Church in Blackstone to a revival at Mount Zion Baptist Church in Ford Tuesday evening.

State police said the four people who died were: 87-year-old James Farley, 36-year-old Wartena Somerville, 72-year-old Delois Williams and 85-year-old Constance Wynn.

State police said the van rolled over several times after it was struck by the pickup truck.

The driver of the truck has been identified as 47-year-old Robert Lee Allen of Norfolk. State police say charges against him are pending.

Seven other passengers of the van remained hospitalized Wednesday. Allen was treated for minor injuries.

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2:45 a.m.

Four people have been killed and eight others have been injured in a crash in Virginia involving a church van.

News outlets report the van carrying 11 people was turning into a church parking lot off of U.S. 460 Tuesday night when it was hit by a pickup truck hauling metal. A state police statement says the impact caused the van to flip several times and sent the truck off-road and into a guardrail.

Four of the van’s passengers died at the scene. Its seven other passengers were hospitalized with severe injuries. The truck’s driver was taken to a hospital and treated for minor injuries.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the identities of those involved. Police say charges are pending. An investigation is ongoing.

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Navy’s 2nd Fleet is now operational, focused on the Arctic

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NORFOLK, Va. (AP) — The U.S. Navy says its newly revived 2nd Fleet now has enough staff to command ships in the increasingly competitive waters of the Arctic region.

The Navy’s announcement on Wednesday follows statements by President Donald Trump’s administration this month that the U.S. won’t stand for aggressive moves in the region by Russia and China. The Arctic is rapidly opening up to commerce as warming temperatures melt sea ice.

The 2nd Fleet was reestablished last year and is based in Norfolk, Virginia. The command oversees American warships as they deploy between the U.S. East Coast and the Barents Sea, off the coasts of Norway and Russia.

Fleet commander Vice Admiral Andrew Lewis said in Norfolk on Wednesday that the fleet’s role is “critically important” as Arctic shipping traffic continues to grow.

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