Arlington County removes Confederate plaque; Punxsutawney Phil says six more weeks of winter

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Friday, Feb. 2.

A Confederate plaque placed at the North Arlington Mill Drive and Wilson Boulevard intersection by the United Daughters of the Confederacy has been removed. The plaque called out what was once a Civil War lookout. The county said that they have no record of approving the plaque.
(ARL Now)

Early this morning, groundhog Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow, calling for another six weeks of winter.
(The Washington Post)

Annandale Del. Vivian Watts talked about having had to drop out of the 1990 11th District race due to childhood sexual abuse. Watts spoke out about her experience ahead of the House of Delegates voting to require sexual harassment training for full-time General Assembly employees.

While cleaning up a wooded area in the 2900 block of East Lee Avenue, a construction crew came across a wallet and what is believed to be an adult skeleton.

Hundreds of individuals—many professors and economists—have signed a petition asking that the 20 cities still in the running for acquiring Amazon HQ2 not take tax breaks or accept monetary incentives. The petition organizers believe that doing so will have a serious negative impact on counties’ economic development.

Some Virginia lawmakers would like to see 18-wheeler trucks carrying over 90,000 pounds of goods take to Virginia roads so that the Virginia Department of Transportation can study the “monster truck’s” impact.  The SB1276 bills have been met with great opposition from organizations like the Coalition Against Bigger Trucks (CABT).
(The Washington Post)

The House of Delegates will vote on a bill on Friday that, if passed, would allow commercial ads to be placed on school buses.

Upon Thursday’s approval of the Loudoun County School Board‘s $1.2 billion budget, there will be universal full day kindergarten.
(Loudoun Times-Mirror)

The Reston Community Center’s Diva Central Dress Drive (in its 16th year) runs now through Feb. 28. At the Hunters Woods and Lake Anne locations, gently-used formal dresses, shoes and accessories will be collected.
(Reston Now)