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East Coast winter storm looks to be a travel nightmare; Why Virginia’s Gas Tax Will Go Up After The New Year

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 26th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

East Coast winter storm shaping up to be a travel nightmare
(The Washington Post)

Fairfax County facing $179 million budget shortfall in 2015 and 2016
(The Washington Post)

Va. Spyware app CEO pleads guilty, avoids prison time
(WTOP)

Undercover officers deployed in Tysons Corner to curtail uptick in crime
(WTOP)

Why Virginia’s Gas Tax Will Go Up After The New Year
(WAMU)

 

Riots ensue in Ferguson after grand jury declines to charge police officer; Snow could hamper holiday travel

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

By Bailey Lucero-Carter

Riots ensue in Ferguson after grand jury declines to charge  police officer
(The Washington Post)

Investigation begins of fatal police shooting of 12-year-old
(WAMU)

Teen gets 44 years for killing Woodbridge student over Nike Air Jordans
(WJLA)

Snow could put wrench in holiday travel plans
(WTOP)

U.Va. board to discuss sex assault allegations
(WTOP)

November’s Hashtag NoVA

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Libby Burns

Hashtag NoVA

Illustration by Libby Burns.

“Nothing like a traditional Thanksgiving dinner.”

(November 2014)

Report: Hagel out as Secretary of Defense; D.C. remembers Marion Barry

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 24th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Report: Hagel out as defense secretary
(WTOP)

D.C. reels in the wake of Marion Barry’s death
(The Washington Post)

Warner is upbeat, despite Dems’ loss of the Senate
(The Washington Post)

UVA Bans Fraternities Until January In Wake Of Campus Rape Article
(WAMU)

 

Obama Acts on Immigration; McAuliffe Seeks UVA Investigation After Rolling Stone Article

Posted by Editorial / Friday, November 21st, 2014

By Michael Balderston

Obama takes action on immigration, plan would save 4 million from deportation
(Washington Post)

Gov. McAuliffe seeks investigation on UVA after sexual assault article appears in Rolling Stone
(Washington Post)

New Metro cars raise safety concerns, may delay release
(WTOP)

Police arrest second suspect in Woodbridge shooting death
(WJLA)

Woman with handgun arrested outside of White House
(NBC Washington)

Q&A: Fair Oaks Mall GM Explains the Other Side of Black Friday

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Photo courtesy of Robbie Stark

Photo courtesy of Robbie Stark

By Michael Balderston

Thanksgiving is full of traditions – the turkey, the parade, football – but almost as popular as the holiday itself is what happens the next day, or as it has been in recent years, later that evening.

Black Friday is a national sensation where waves of people descend upon their local retail stores and malls for discounted items to kick-off the holiday season. Every year there are videos of amped up customers rushing through the front doors to try and be the first to get their hands on the holiday’s hot item; but what is it like for those working Black Friday?

Robbie Stark, General Manager of Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, shared how he prepares for the busiest shopping day of the year and what it’s like to stare down a wall of eager shoppers. This is an edited version of our conversation.

Why does Black Friday keep starting earlier?

The big driver is customers. For retailers it’s all about being open so your customers can get in. You can’t ring up any sales unless the doors are open and if the customers don’t show up then you start thinking, ‘Well, I’m spending money and I’m not making any money.’ Last year we opened at 8 p.m. and the mall was packed. The mall was jammed packed with people and in fact, kind of interestingly, packed full of families. Either they had been together all day and needed to get out of the house or it was ‘Are we going to go do something tonight?’

Are there any special preparations for Black Friday?

Black Friday is not the biggest sales generation day of the year, usually that happens the Saturday before Christmas… but it is one of the highest traffic days. Nobody’s at work and everybody wants to go off and do stuff and it kicks off the season, it’s tradition for a lot of people. So for us, we do a lot of things to get prepared. We install different traffic barricades so that we make sure we control the traffic flow. We bring in a lot of extra security. We manually control our traffic signal. We hire off-duty police officers to help us control the traffic signals just outside the property so that we keep traffic flowing really well… it can get backed up and become a real challenge and that could ruin somebody’s shopping experience before they even get on the property…  And then inside the mall there’s a lot of preparation. We’ve got to adjust all of our schedules, so we’ve got to adjust air conditioning to the lights being on everywhere to staffing level, we have to address all of those so we are ready for all those masses of people.

Have you ever experienced the classic Black Friday situation of a mass of people waiting outside the doors eager to get in?

I have experienced it at other retail settings, but not in the shopping mall setting. Here at Fair Oaks we get a lot of people that come and there are specific stores they are interested in. We do a lot of work to make sure we don’t let the crowds gather in a way that would cause those kinds of problems, we learned from the past.

What is it like standing on the other side of that glass?

It is exhilarating and it’s a little scary. At one point in my career I ran a big box store and even though we lined them up and we had our teaser type deals, which were limited…, they still get so excited to get in there and get the things. It can be a little overwhelming but at the same time it’s exhilarating. It’s a lot of fun, people are super excited.

Did you ever do Black Friday shopping?

Last year, I was here before we opened on Thanksgiving and worked late into the night and then actually drove from here at the mall to another store that was opening really early in the morning for a deal that I saw. I hadn’t been to bed yet, they opened at 5 or 6 in the morning, I went straight there, hopped in line and got the things I was looking for then headed home and got a nap. I’m guilty, you see a great deal it’s hard to pass up.

CIA Considers Broad Changes; NBC Scraps Bill Cosby Sitcom

Posted by Editorial / Thursday, November 20th, 2014

By Michael Balderston

CIA Director John Brennan considering sweeping changes for organization
(Washington Post)

NBC scraps Bill Cosby sitcom amid rape allegations
(Washington Post)

Fairfax County Board of Supervisors approves Westpark Plaza, a new 1.4 million-square-foot development in Tysons
(WTOP)

Woodbridge shooting suspect arrested, second suspect remains at large
(WJLA)

Academy Award winning director of “The Graduate,” Mike Nichols, dies at 83
(WTOP)

Democrats narrowly block Keystone pipeline; After 24 hours, snowed-in college team finally digs out

Posted by Editorial / Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

By Bailey Lucero-Carter

Democrats narrowly block Keystone pipeline
(The Washington Post)

After 24 hours, a basketball team from Niagara University finally escapes from snowed-in bus
(WTOP)

Hannah Graham‘s death is ruled a homicide
(WTOP)

D.C. to impose fines on residents who do not clear snowy sidewalks
(WAMU)

Cat that attacked 3 in Chesapeake had rabies
(WTOP)

Va. woman allegedly sought to aid ISIS; Fracking permitted in GW National Forest

Posted by Editorial / Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

By Carten Cordell

Virginia woman allegedly attempted to aid Islamic State
(The Washington Post)

Palestinian attackers storm Jerusalem synagogue, 3 Americans dead
(The Washington Post)

Fracking to be permitted in GW National Forest
(WTOP)

A partisan battle over redistricting could loom in Virginia
(WAMU)

40 years of the Washington Capitals

Posted by Editorial / Monday, November 17th, 2014

A look at some of The Caps biggest moments. — Michael Balderston

The Washington Capitals are celebrating their 40th anniversary this season, and what a run it’s been. Thus far the team has celebrated their birthday with a commemorative logo on their uniforms, bringing back team legends for a ceremonial puck drop at their home opener against the Montreal Canadiens on October 9, and announcing some of the names of the 40 Greatest Caps, as voted on by the fans. But let’s take a stroll down memory lane and revisit some of the big moments of the Caps first 40 years in the league.

40 Years of the Washington Capitals

Photos courtesy of Daniel M. Silva / Shutterstock.com (Madison Square Garden); courtesy of Tony Campbell / shutterstock.com (Stanley cup trophy); courtesy of meunierd / Shutterstock.com (Jersey in ice); courtesy of photosthatrock / Shutterstock.com (Ovechkin)

(November 2014)

 

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