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Clinton holds first presidential rally in Virginia


FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday praised the Supreme Court's ruling declaring same-sex couples have a right to marry and suggested that her Republican opponents were being left behind by history.

In one of her most partisan speeches since announcing her presidential campaign, Clinton criticized the field of more than a dozen Republican candidates for opposing gay marriage, gun control, immigration reform and women's reproductive rights.

"We can sum up the message from the court and the American people in just two words: Move on," she said in a fiery speech to Democratic activists gathered in Northern Virginia for a party fundraiser.

Casting herself as a fighter for struggling Americans, Clinton pledged to advocate for all those facing economic discrimination and prejudice.

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Fairfax World Police & Fire Games kick off


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax 2015 World Police and Fire Games (WPFG), which is the second largest global multi-sport event kicked off Friday and will take place the next few days in the District area.

Thousands of athletes from police, fire and other public safety backgrounds from all around the globe will come together to compete against each other in dozens of different sports at the World Police and Fire Games over the next few days. The sport event can be compared with the Olympic games, only for first responder athletes.

The opening ceremony is being held on Friday evening at the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium in Washington. Former Secretary of State Colin Powell and US Rep. Gerry Connolly of Virginia are among some of the speakers at the opening ceremony. There is an Olympics-style parade of the athletes and musical performances by Madison Rising and Sugar Ray.

Fairfax County school board approves teaching gender identity


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Fairfax County school board voted Thursday night to add teachings about gender identity and sexual orientation to the county's family life education curriculum.

Some parents believe the board rushed the proposal through, but supporters of the classes called it a step forward.

"It was not respectful of parents. They should have taken their time and gone aside for several months and studied it," one critic of the curriculum said.

"Tonight was certainly a dramatic night, but we think that progress was really made in Fairfax County and really for Northern Virginia and nationwide," David Aponte, a supporter of the curriculum said.

The new classes start at the 7th grade level and parents have the option to opt their children out of those lessons.

Electrical event causes Fairfax Co. apartment fire


FAIRFAX CO., Va. (WUSA9) -- An electrical event in a utility chase and laundry room caused a garden apartment fire in the Annandale area of Fairfax County on Sunday night, according to Fairfax County Fire and Rescue and Department.

Fire crews responded to the 7400 block of Little River Turnpike where they saw smoke coming from the terrace level of the three-story, eleven unit apartment upon arrival.

According to officials, the occupants discovered the fire prior to the alarms activating. Officials say the 24 occupants have been displaced and are now being assisted by Red Cross.

No injuries have been reported. The fire investigators say the fire was accidental. Damages are estimated to cost $75,000.

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Man caught peeing, smashing bottles outside Va. McDonald's


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- A man was caught urinating and smashing glass bottles on the pavement in the parking lot of a Fairfax County McDonald's Wednesday night, City of Fairfax police said.

The indecent exposure incident happened at the McDonald's located at 4040 Jermantown Road in Fairfax. Citizens reported the man around 8:40 p.m. and said he was in the parking lot urinating and smashing bottles on the pavement.

John Freeman, 64, was issued citations for indecent exposure and littering, police said.

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Man arrested in two Fairfax County hotel sexual assaults


FAIRFAX COUNTY, Va. (WUSA9) -- Fairfax County Police have made an arrest after a disturbing set of hotel room sex assaults.

Drew Wendell Easter, age 31, is behind bars, facing serious charges—including rape, abduction with intent to defile and strangulation.

Drew Wendell Easter, 31, was arrested Wednesday evening, Fairfax County police said.

While the assaults are not life-threatening, the assaults are significant, causing significant injuries to the victims," said Officer Roger Henriquez of the Fairfax County Police Department.

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Jesse Matthew enters Alford Plea in Fairfax case


FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA9) -- The evidence against Jesse Matthew was so overwhelming, that right after the prosecution rested its case, he used Alford Pleas and plead guilty on all three counts in a ten-year-old case in Fairfax.

Defense Attorney Dawn Butorac tried to prove that someone else could have abducted and sexually assaulted the victim in a wooded area of Fairfax in 2005, but the evidence was too convincing.

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