Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Oct. 27.
After a four-hour meeting on Thursday, Oct. 26, the Fairfax County School Board voted to change the name of Falls Church’s J.E.B. Stuart High School (which honors a Confederate officer) to Justice High School (honoring Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, Barbara Rose Johns, Louis Gonzaga Mendez, Jr. and other individuals who fought for equality). The name change could cost up to $900,000.
Family and advocates seeking answers in the fatal shooting of Ruben Urbina, a 15-year-old Haymarket boy, gathered in front of the Prince William County courthouse on Thursday night. On Sept. 15, Urbina reportedly called police saying that he was holding his mom hostage and that he had a bomb. When officers arrived, Urbina was allegedly spotted hitting his older brother’s 18-year-old girlfriend on the head and back with crowbar, which he then threateningly raised in the air while approaching law enforcement.
(Prince William Times)
Thursday, Gov. Terry McAuliffe and other elected leaders broke ground for the construction of a $48 million dollar Puller Veterans Care Center, a facility that will house 128 recovering veterans in Warrenton.
The Fairfax County Park Authority will hold a public information meeting at 7 p.m. on Nov. 1 to discuss changes to the 482-acre Lake Fairfax Park master plan. Authorities claim that the original plan is out of date due to structures that have been added since the park’s early beginnings.
Students interested in healthcare will be able to take part in a Career and Technical Education pathway during the 2018-2019 school year thanks to a collaboration between Alexandria City Public Schools and the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The new program will be housed at T.C. Williams High School.
The national nonprofit Americans for the Arts released a report revealing that more than 600 Arlington County arts businesses/organizations (arts schools, publishing, museums, performing arts, etc.) employ over 6,000 people.
Maryland officials and D.C. Metro Board members have reached an agreement that provides the state with the land rights to the New Carrollton, College Park and Silver Spring Metro stations (which are necessary for the Purple Line construction to start next month). In return, Maryland will give Metro the land rights to a 450-space parking lot and plot of land worth $17.1 million.
(The Washington Post)