Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Oct. 23.
Saturday night, Samia Harris, the owner and operator of Woodbridge’s Prince William Academy early-learning school, spotted and reported to police a blue swastika on the school’s main sign and a second swastika plus the word “gang” on a nearby banner. This occurred at the 13817 Spriggs Road location.
Data from Old Dominion University reveals that 85 percent of people in Virginia wear their seat belts, an increase from previous years’ 79 percent. So far, 236 people (who were not wearing their seat belts) have died in crashes this year, prompting state officials to continue their compliance efforts.
Reston Regional Library (11925 Bowman Towne Drive) is hosting a free “Hot Topics: News Blues and How to Defuse” event Monday from 7-8:30 p.m. to talk about media literacy and how to avoid letting a 24-hour news cycle drain you. Attendees include representatives from George Mason University’s School of Conflict Analysis and Resolution and employees from the Fairfax County Public Library.
Two people were killed and one seriously injured during a Sunday shooting between the 100 and 200 block of North Picket Street (James Marx All Veterans Park) at 9 p.m. in Alexandria. Alexandria Police are expected to release more information about a suspect sometime Monday.
Oct. 23-Oct. 31 is Red Ribbon Week, a national campaign aimed at making youth and their families aware of the dangers of drug abuse. In recognition of this event, Prince William County Police Department officers will wear red ribbons this week.
(What’s Up Prince William)
Two Environmental Protection Agency scientists and one contractor will not present their findings at the State of Narragansett Bay and Its Watershed conference (which largely discusses the impact of climate change) in Providence, R.I. on Monday. Because this is not an EPA conference, the EPA scientists will simply be in attendance.
(The Washington Post)