Democrats appeal decision to seat District 28 Rep. Robert Thomas; In response to ‘Fire and Fury,’ Trump calls for better libel laws

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Jan. 8.

Republican Robert Thomas, winner of the Virginia House of Delegates District 28 race, is set to be seated on Wednesday, but after a judge from the U.S. District Court of Alexandria ruled on Friday that voter issues did not influence the race’s results, four Democrats submitted an appeal on Sunday in the hopes of preventing Thomas from being seated.
(The Washington Post)

Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House, made President Donald Trump claim that the country’s libel laws are “very weak;” Trump also defended himself on Twitter, saying that he is “like, really smart,” and a “very stable genius.”

Starting today, Metro riders will no longer be allowed to board or exit a bus/rail station if it will bring about a negative balance on their SmartTrip card. Riders will have to use cash to add money to their card at an exitfare machine before being allowed to move forward.

Thursday, Jan. 4, a man from Arlington attempted to bring a loaded gun onto a Reagan National Airport plane via his carry-on luggage. The gun, the first that the airport has spotted in 2018, was confiscated by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority and its owner was arrested. 13 guns were found in 2017.
(ARL Now)

In Purcellville, whose population has tripled since 2000, tensions between older town members and newcomers continue.
(The Washington Post)

According to Metropolitan Regional Information System (MRIS) data, compared to 2016, house prices in Loudoun County rose 6.7 percent in 2017.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The Emergency Department Chief at Sentara Northern Virginia Medical Center has said that this year’s flu strain is making its victims experience worse symptoms than in  previous years. Individuals have exhibited higher fevers and more severe shortness of breath/wheezing, and although it appears that the flu shot has very little effect on protecting people from this particular strain, people are still being encouraged to get their flu shot as flu season lasts until May.
(Potomac Local)

Virginia and Maryland lawmakers are considering giving Metro a dedicated amount of funding each year, the first time that such an agreement has been back on the table in over 50 years.
(The Washington Post)