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Power Restored For Thousands Of Northern Virginia Residents

FAIRFAX STATION, Va. (WUSA) -- "I heard five big booms. It sounded like an explosion," said John Mason who lives near Fairfax County's new Crosspointe fire station where a dangerous mistake could have been deadly.

"We don't like that this happened, especially to us, but thankfully, nobody was seriously injured," said Dan Schmidt, a spokesperson for the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. 

Ironically, the accident happened during a routine safety check at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday. Schmidt says a firefighter on the ladder truck was raising and moving the ladder when it hit the 230,000 volt transmission line above. 

Cheney Out Of Hospital A Month After Heart Surgery

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Former Vice President Dick Cheney has been released from a suburban Washington hospital following surgery last month to install a pump that helps his failing heart work.

Cheney left Inova Fairfax Heart and Vascular Institute in Northern Virginia on Monday to continue his recovery at his home, according to a statement released by his office.

Cheney, 69, has had five heart attacks since he was 37 and suffers from congestive heart failure. He disclosed in a statement on July 14 that he had undergone surgery the previous week after what he called "entering a new phase of the disease when I began to experience increasing congestive heart failure."

Congestive heart failure -- in which the heart weakens and cannot pump blood as needed -- affects about 5 million Americans.

100 Needy Students Receive School Supplies Shopping Spree

Early this morning 100 local students in need were given the opportunity to visit a local Target store to buy back-to-school supplies. The Salvation Army and Target teamed up to help these students purchase a variety of supplies for the upcoming school year.

The Salvation Army and Target are helping a total of 12,000 students nationwide with the Target School Spree. Each student that is selected by the Salvation Army gets an $80 Target Giftcard for school supplies.

There were 30 students from DC and Prince Georges County, 30 from Alexandria and Arlington County, 30 from Fairfax and Prince William County, and 10 from Montgomery County.

Coming Soon: Pilot Program for Online Textbooks

Some Fairfax County public schools will be participating in a new pilot program this fall giving students access to online textbooks. The pilot program will involve social studies courses at six different middle schools and six different high schools. Students in these classes will receive netbooks, which are smaller, lighter versions of laptops.

The schools that will be participating in the pilot program have not been selected yet, nor have the number of netbooks. The schools that are participating in the program will not incur any additional costs, and the school system has not yet estimated the total cost of the program.

Counterfeit Merchandise Sold in Local Thrift Store

Fairfax County Police Department, along with the United States Office of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Blazer Investigations, recently seized thousand dollars worth of counterfeit merchandise.

The investigations began this past winter with a complaint from a customer who was sold counterfeit goods from the “Unique Thrift Store” in the 2900 block of Gallows Road.  Shortly after the complaint, Fairfax County Police Department launched an undercover investigation and several search warrants were executed.

An estimated $841 thousand dollars worth of “Knock-off” designer brand shoes, boots, purses, sunglasses, DVDs, CDs, jewelry, perfume, and clothing were seized as a result of the investigation. It has been determined that the goods were manufactured and shipped from China, and once inside the U.S.

Expect Road Delays Due to Dulles Corridor Metrorail Project

Beginning on August 4 the eastbound lanes of the Dulles Connector Road, Route 267, will be closed for 3 nights starting at 11 p.m. until 5 a.m. The construction will be impacting drivers using the eastbound Dulles Toll Road and the Dulles Airport Access Highway. Drivers will be required to detour onto the southbound I-495 Capital Beltway and exit on to northbound Route 123 toward McClean and then rejoin the eastbound Dulles Connecter Road from northbound Route 123.

While the initial construction has set times of closure, there will be more periodic closures over the next few weeks as required. However, the detour will remain the same. Keep in mind that all work is subject to change if there is inclement weather. For more information about the Metrorail project itself you can visit www.dullesmetro.com.