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Obama Talks Economy With Fairfax Family

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President comes to your neighborhood, you make signs and cheer, whichever side of politics you're on. Unless, you're one of the lucky twenty people in Mantua that gets invited to the backyard of John Nicholas and Nicole Armstrong.

"He's really personable," said Nicole Armstrong.

"We were nervous as he was pulling in. But as soon as I heard his voice, I was at ease with him," said John Nicholas.

President Barack Obama talked mostly about the economy. "Our big challenge is creating jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs."

The President defended the stimulus and bailout packages, saying it would've irresponsible for the government not to act in the time of crisis.

"We stopped the bleeding, stabilized the economy, but the fact of the matter is the pace of improvement has not been where it needs to be," Obama said.

Exxon Studies Whether To Close Its Fairfax Campus

FAIRFAX, Va. (AP) -- Exxon Mobil is reviewing its real estate holdings, which could include downsizing or closing its large campus in the Washington area.

The 118-acre Fairfax campus employs about 2,600 people near the Capital Beltway and Route 50. The site was owned by Mobil when it was acquired by Exxon in 1999. Now it houses Exxon Mobil's management for oil refinery, government relations and other operations.

But the Irving, Texas-based company says it's reviewing its real estate portfolio. It could keep its Fairfax operation or scale back.

Energy analyst Fadel Gheit with Oppenheimer says it makes more sense for Exxon Mobil employees to be in the Houston area.

Jim Dinegar of the Greater Washington Board of Trade calls Exxon a good corporate citizen that donates millions to local charities.

President Obama Visits Fairfax Home

FAIRFAX, Va.  (WUSA) - When the President comes to your neighborhood, you make signs and cheer.  Which ever side of politics you're on.   Unless, you're one of the lucky twenty people in Mantua that gets invited to the backyard of John Nicholas and Nicole Armstrong.

"He's really personable, said Nicole Armstrong.

"We were nervous as he was pulling in. But as soon as I heard his voice, I was at ease with him," said John Nicholas.

The president talked mostly about the economy.

"Our big challenge is creating jobs. Jobs, jobs, jobs."

The President defended the stimulus and bailout packages, saying it would've irresponsible for the government not to act in the time of crisis.

 "We stopped the bleeding, stabilized the economy, but the fact of the matter is the pace of improvement has not been where it needs to be," Obama said.

Murder in Burke Area Under Investigation

The West Springfield Police District is currently investigating a murder that occured yesterday, September 12, in the Burke area. They first responded to a report that a person was shot around 10 p.m. at 6810 Field Master Drive.

The victim was 48-year-old Stephen Carr who suffered from a gunshot wound to the upper body. David Patton, 44, has been charged with first degree murder.

From Fairfax County Police:

Anyone with information is asked to contact Crime Solvers by phone at 1-866-411-TIPS/8477, e-mail at www.fairfaxcrimesolvers.org or text “TIP187” plus your message to CRIMES/274637 or call Fairfax County Police at 703-691-2131.

 

 

Va. County Goes After Distracted Drivers Who Text

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) -- Yes, it's illegal to text while driving in Virginia, just as it is in 29 other states. And yes, police see the same things on the roads that all motorists see: distracted drivers paying more attention to their cell phones than the road.

But when it comes to enforcing the law, police in Fairfax County have found the state's new texting-while-driving law to be virtually unenforceable. For example, texting is illegal but dialing a phone number is not, and it's hard for an officer to know the difference.

So as the state's largest county kicks off a major enforcement targeting texting while driving and other forms of distracted driving, the county is relying on other laws as opposed to the state's year-old law that explicitly makes texting while driving a crime.

"It's a very difficult law for us to enforce because there are loopholes in that law," said Capt. Susan Culin, commander of the county police's traffic division.

Va. County Goes After Distracted Drivers, Texters

CHANTILLY, Va. (AP) -- Virginia's largest county is kicking off a major enforcement effort targeting motorists who text while driving or engage in other forms of distracted driving.

But Fairfax County Police are finding Virginia's year-old law that specifically bans texting while driving to be essentially unenforceable.

So far in 2010, county police have issued only 16 tickets for texting while driving. The law is hard to enforce in part because it's difficult for a police officer to distinguish between sending a text, which is illegal, and dialing a phone number, which is not.

So police are turning to older laws to use in their enforcement campaign, particularly a law requiring drivers to devote their full time and attention to driving. In the past, police had reserved that charge for use in crashes.

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Remodeling Magazine Ranks Sun Design Remodeling Specialists #30 Among Nation's Top 550 Remodelers

BURKE, Va., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Remodeling Magazine, in its annual "Remodeling 550 Ranking," has named Sun Design the nation's 30th largest full-service residential remodeling company -- and the second largest in Virginia -- based on 2009 revenue.

The Remodeling 550 is a list of the nation's largest residential renovation companies. It comprises four categories: full service, specialty and replacement, insurance restoration companies and franchise operations.  According to the magazine, full-service remodeling companies offer general contractor services in renovation projects ranging from whole-house remodels to handyman jobs.