94th District race a tie after Republican David Yancey receives questionable vote; Lorton mother and son die in Mexico bus crash

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Dec. 21.

Yesterday, a three-judge panel refused to certify Democrat Shelly Simonds as the winner of the 94th District race after ruling that one vote—which had both Simonds and Republican David Yancey checked but also had Simonds’ name crossed out—should be counted toward Yancey’s total. That voter had chosen every other Republican on the ballot, making it seem as though voting for Simonds was an error. Now a tie, the 94th District will be chosen by placing each name in its own film canister and then picking the winner out of a glass bowl.
(The Washington Post)

A Lorton mother and her 11-year-old son are among those killed in Tuesday’s bus crash in Mexico. Anna Behar and her youngest son were traveling on the cruise ship bus with her husband Moises, her 15-year-old son and her mother. Behar’s mother, a Florida resident, was also killed. Moises and the 15-year-old both survived.
(WJLA)

Police believe that a 32-year-old man of Afghan descent intentionally drove his car into a crowd of people in Melbourne, Australia, injuring 19. They have yet to comment on whether this was an act of terrorism.
(The Washington Post)

200 baggage handlers, wheelchair attendants and customer service agents contracted to work at Dulles Airport through Huntleigh USA Corporation are demanding that they have the ability to form a union and get paid more. A strike lasting at least two days began on Wednesday.
(INSIDENOVA)

A piece of land, and the home that sits upon it at 905 20th St. S., has been purchased by the Arlington County Board for $1.23 million. The board hopes to turn the space into a .25-acre park.
(ARL Now)

Bill Brown, the 66-year-old head football coach at Stafford’s Colonial Forge High School, has decided to step down after 11 seasons, saying that while he would like to stay involved with the team, he does not want to continue working in the school’s security department.
(INSIDENOVA)

The Reston Town Center Ann Taylor will be closing on Dec. 23. The reason behind the store’s closing is yet unknown, but Boston Properties told Reston Now that the store’s lease is up on Dec. 31.
(Reston Now)

The U.S. Green Building Council has named Arlington County a Platinum level environmentally friendly community, the country’s first area to receive said top award.
(ARL Now)

From noon-6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 26, Inova will be holding a blood drive at the Reston Town Center.
(Reston Now)

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