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Metro shutdown negatively impacting Alexandria businesses; Critical shooting occurs at Pentagon City Mall

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

Based on a survey by Visit Alexandria, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce and the Alexandria Small Business Development Center, an estimated four in 10 Alexandria businesses are losing money from the summer shutdown of the Blue and Yellow Metro lines, with the hardest hit being those closest to King Street Metro Station. (WTOP)

One person was critically injured in a shooting at Pentagon City Mall on Monday, July 1. The shooting occurred in the parking garage just before 2 p.m. The victim was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and police have identified the shooter, but are still looking for a motive. (Inside NoVA)

A runner from Arlington, Michael Wardian, ran the entire length of the Beltway on Saturday, June 29, for a total of 89.9 miles in 17 hours and 54 minutes. Although he didn’t run on the actual Beltway, he ran a path of side streets that coincided with it, totaling almost 90 miles rather than the highway’s 60.  (WJLA)

As of Monday, July 1, Washington, DC, can now fine businesses up to $800 for giving out plastic straws and stirrers. Businesses have been warned for months leading up to the change, with alternatives including bamboo, glass, hay or steel. (WUSA9)

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