Dominion Energy, Mount Vernon working to find new natural gas compressor site; Moment of silence for Capital Gazette victims to be held today

Northern Virginia’s daily dose of local and national news for Thursday, July 5.

A spokesperson from Dominion Energy has said that they and George Washington’s Mount Vernon are looking for a new location for the natural gas compressor site initially planned for Charles County, which Mount Vernon officials believed would threaten the historic estate’s view.

At 2:33 p.m. today, a moment of silence will be observed for the five Capital Gazette employees who were killed in a shooting that took place at the local newspaper last week.

A graduate of Oakton High School and her parents have filed a lawsuit against Fairfax County Public Schools, claiming that they failed to take appropriate action and uphold Title IX when the then 17-year-old came forward about an alleged sexual assault that had happened between herself and a male student on a band trip in March 2017. The school system said that the alleged sexual assault was only a “sexual encounter” and “sexual activity,” claiming that the girl was not forced into the act.
(The Washington Post)

Thursday afternoon, James Alex Fields Jr. will appear in a federal courtroom in Charlottesville to face hate crime charges connected to his driving a car into a crowd of counterprotestors and killing one woman at the August 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

13 new Arlington Transit buses are expected to start serving the community over the next few months, three of them potentially hitting the streets by the end of July.
(ARL Now)

The Reston Town Center Association, Reston Community Center, Arts Fairfax and Public Art Reston have raised less than half of the money required to bring a 50-foot steel sculpture to the Reston Town Center, and the Greater Reston Arts Center is hoping that the rest of the money can be raised through donations from the public.
(Reston Now)

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