Senate denies bill giving Va. localities control of Confederate monuments; Arlington resident and conservative lobbyist attacked outside home

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, Jan. 18.

The bill that was sponsored by Loudoun County Democratic Sen. Jennifer Wexton and had hoped to grant Virginia localities the ability to decide the fate of their area’s Confederate monuments was denied by the Virginia Senate this week.

Jack Burkman, the Arlington resident and conservative lobbyist most famously known for arguing that gay men should not be allowed to play in the National Football League, claims that he was attacked in his driveway after walking home from the grocery store on Tuesday night. Burkman said that a masked man in a black SUV jumped out, sprayed what Burkman believes was pepper spray, then hit him in the head.
(The Washington Post)

By 10 a.m. on Wednesday morning, Virginia State Police officers had to assist 61 accidents and six disabled vehicles due to the wintry weather.

A Wednesday two-alarm fire in McLean at 1804 Wilson Lane has displaced 34 people.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA case officer who was arrested on Monday, is believed to have revealed several CIA sources to Chinese officials, resulting in multiple spies’ deaths.
(The Washington Post)

A United States House of Representatives committee passed a bill calling for Gravelly Point Park to be renamed after former first lady Nancy Reagan. Rep. Don Beyer was not for the name change, saying that not asking for more public opinion is “the equivalent of someone coming in and changing the furniture in your house without asking.”
(ARL Now)

The Virginia Association of Museums has named the 18th-century ship found at Hotel Indigo one of Virginia’s Top 10 Endangered Artifacts. Those that want to see the ship receive a Blandford-Rees Foundation conservation grant should vote here by Jan. 24.