21-year-old Ashburn man to compete on ‘American Idol;’ Father of Florida school shooting victim speaks at Alexandria town hall

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, March 8.

Brandon Diaz, an Ashburn 21-year-old, will appear on the two-part premiere of ABC’s American Idol on Sunday/Monday.
(WTOP)

Fred Guttenberg, a Florida father whose daughter, Jamie, was killed in the February shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, spoke about gun violence at the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Guttenberg spoke again at an Alexandria “A Conversation About Gun Safety and the Safety of American Schools’ town hall meeting later that day.
(WJLA)

Alexandria Library is one of only 25 libraries across the country chosen to participate in the American Library Association’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation Great Stories Club for underserved teens.
(AlexandriaNews.org)

After finding out that a Loudoun County school employee accused of having inappropriate behavior with students was given a positive recommendation from the school’s principal while interviewing for a Florida position, Arlington/Alexandria’s State Sen. Adam Ebbin (D) crafted a bill that would prevent Virginia public school employees from giving recommendations for individuals accused of such acts. The bill is now in Gov. Ralph Northam’s hands.
(ARL Now)

Hoping to teach individuals the fundamentals of riding a bike, Reston resident and certified cycling instructor Kelley Westenhoff will lead a RCC Cycles program at the Reston Community Center.
(Reston Now)

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