Today is Martin Luther King Day; Alexandria’s St. Mary’s Catholic Church becomes a basilica

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, Jan. 15.

Today is Martin Luther King Day. WTOP rounds up what area businesses and services will either operate on adjusted schedules or be closed today, and ARL Now shares information specific to the county. WTOP also offers lesser-known MLK facts.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Alexandria will now be called “The Basilica of St. Mary,” making it the United States’ 84th “minor basilica.” The 223-year-old church is the second Washington, D.C., area basilica, the first being the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the largest Catholic church in the country.
(The Washington Post)

Due to a passenger’s medical issue, details of which have not yet been released, a United Airlines flight that departed from San Francisco and was bound for Paris diverted to Dulles International Airport at 1 a.m.

According to the National Weather Service, parts of Northern Virginia could see an accumulation of 1-2 inches of snow Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday morning.

This past weekend, more than 50 plastic bags containing KKK materials were left on driveways in Purcellville’s Pickwick Drive neighborhood. Friday, Leesburg police were called when fliers were found outside of an Aurora Court NE home.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

Former Gov. Terry McAuliffe left pillowcases with his face and the phrase “sleep when you’re dead” on them as part of prank meant for the newly inaugurated Gov. Ralph Northam. The former governor said that there are more pranks in store.
(The Washington Post)