GOP Chairman John Whitbeck resigns, possibly because of Corey Stewart; Smoking cockpit causes evacuation of Reagan National plane

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Monday, July 2.

The associate editor of the University of Virginia Center for Politics’ Sabato’s Crystal Ball, Geoffrey Skelley, believes that GOP Chairman John Whitbeck‘s Saturday resignation could be because of Prince William County Board Chair Corey Stewart’s win in the GOP Senate primary.
(WTOP)

Sunday, passengers and crew of a United Express Jet flight to Houston were called back off the plane after it was reported that the cockpit had started smoking. No one was injured and everyone was transported to a different plane.
(WJLA)

Sunday, regulations went into place requiring that Loudoun County homeowners putting their properties up on short-term rental sites like Airbnb and HomeAway first fill out a free registration form online.
(WTOP)

Sunday at 10 p.m., a boat caught fire near the Loudoun County side of the Potomac River. The three passengers were able to escape, and though the blaze was put out by firefighters, the boat was so damaged that it sank.
(The Washington Post)

Friday, the Apple store in Clarendon suddenly closed and will remain so “until further notice.” The windows are blacked out and one of the doors has been replaced with a black plywood board.
(ARL Now)

Sunday, a water pipe at a retirement home in Woodbridge burst, causing 29 people to be displaced due to water damage.
(WJLA)

A March report released by state auditor Martha Mavredes revealed that next to Petersburg, Virginia, which nearly went bankrupt two years ago, Bristol, Virginia, is in need of assistance from the commonwealth. Almost 25 percent of Bristol’s population is living in poverty.
(The Washington Post)

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