Influenza cases on the rise across the region; Kentucky high school shooting kills two, injures 17

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Wednesday, Jan. 24.

The District’s Department of Health supervisory epidemiologist has said that compared to the previous five flu seasons, “this is the worst one we’ve seen.” In Virginia, the second week of January saw an influx of 160 confirmed cases.
(The Washington Post)

Tuesday morning, a 15-year-old student at Kentucky’s Marshall County High School began shooting a pistol while students gathered in the school’s atrium. Two 15-year-olds were killed and 17 other people injured. The shooter is in police custody.

Lanette Doran, a gymnastics coach at Bounce Alexandria speaks out concerning the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal—in which over 100 victims came forward—that has prompted the sport’s chairman, vice chairman and treasurer to resign.

The co-owner of A-Town, Don Tito, Barely Mac and G.O.A.T., Scott Parker, has a social media imposter. The individual, who set up a fake Facebook account pretending to be Parker, sent a journalist a a message encouraging the writer to kill herself. Thinking it was Parker, the journalist posted a screenshot of the message, causing the real Scott Parker and the bars he oversees to receive death threats and angry phone calls.
(ARL Now)

At the Virginia School Boards Association Capital Conference on Monday, Gov. Ralph Northam said that area teachers are getting paid $7,500 less than the national average, and that to recruit top talent, the state needs to pay more.

Lee Boyd Malvo, the ‘Beltway Sniper‘ who helped John Allen Muhammad (who was 41 at the time and was later executed for this crime in 2009) shoot and kill 10 people in Virginia, Maryland and Washington, D.C. between September-October 2002, appeared in the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday asking for a new sentence due to a 2012 U.S. Supreme Court decision that found life without parole unconstitutional for juveniles. Malvo was 17 when he was sentenced to serve four life terms. The three-judge panel did not say when or how they would rule.
(Potomac Local)

Three Alexandria teens have been charged with gang participation, aggravated malicious wounding and conspiracy to commit aggravated malicious wounding for stabbing a male along Four Mile Run Trail on Monday. The victim was taken to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.