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Weekend Road Work Could Cause Traffic Headaches

VIENNA Va. (WUSA) -- Two of the three lanes along Eastbound I-66 will be closed between Nutley Street and the Beltway starting Friday from 7pm until 5am Monday. It's all part of a lane shift to new bridges.

For many Virginians, this is a major corridor into the District.

"You can have 4,000 vehicles an hour coming through here during big weekends," said Steve Titunik, VDOT Spokesperson for Virginia Mega Projects. 

This weekend, 4,000 Vehicles an hour on one lane, not very likely. The best advice from VDOT is to avoid the area altogether or be prepared for some major delays, delays of up to one hour. 

"You can go to Route 50, they can go to any of the connecting roads leading to I-66 and find other ways into DC," Titunik described. 

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Serial Stabbings Suspect Held Without Bond

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A man suspected in 18 attacks in three states, including five fatal stabbings, was ordered held without bond Thursday in one of the cases after being extradited to Michigan.

Elias Abuelazam, 33, was arraigned by video in a Flint court on a charge of assault with intent to murder in connection with a July 27 stabbing of a 26-year-old Flint man. Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton said he expects to file homicide and attempted homicide charges in other cases soon.

Prosecutors asked for a $10 million bond, citing the severity of the attacks and concern that Abuelazam is a flight risk, and the defense deferred to the judge to set the bail. Judge Nathaniel Perry III then ordered him held without bond.

Earlier in the day, Abuelazam was escorted by two Michigan State Police sergeants and two troopers from an Atlanta jail.

Tragic Coincidence After 2nd Body Found In Park

LEESBURG, Va. (WUSA) -- Residents are concerned about the park they live next to after a second body, within 32 hours, was found in Ball's Bluff Battlefield Regional Park.

Police are investigating one as a homicide and the other a suicide, but they say the two tragic cases are not related.  They say it is a sad coincidence.

The badly burned body of 52-year-old Cornelia Arnold was found, next to a shed Monday.  Her body was located a quarter of a mile inside the park and the same distance from her house.

Neighbors say they would see her walk her dogs near the graveled path where her body was found.

Tonya McPhaul says, "It's very quiet on this street. It's a shock."

Jennifer Callen says, "They're a good family and they're nice people. She didn't seem like the person someone would go after like that."

Virginia AG Says Religious Holiday Displays OK

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Local governments can display religious holiday displays, provided other beliefs are allowed to display their holiday symbols, Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli wrote in an advisory opinion.

Cuccinelli publicly released the opinion on Tuesday, responding to a request by Del. Robert G. Marshall, who asked under what conditions Loudoun County would be permitted to display the "birth of Jesus Christ."

In his response, Cuccinelli said a local government can erect Christmas displays on public property as long as other faiths and beliefs are represented.

CUCCINELLI'S OPINION: Read his advisory letter (PDF File)

"It is further my opinion that displays depicting the birth of Jesus Christ are permissible provided the government ensures appropriate content and context," Cuccinelli wrote to Marshall in an opinion date Aug. 20.

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Human Remains Found in Leesburg

LOUDOUN COUNTY,  VA (WUSA)-- Cornelia Arnold's body was found next to a burned out shed in a wooded area next to Ball's Bluff Regional Park. The 52-year-old lived in the neighborhood.

Sheriff Stephen Simpson says at 5:47 p.m. Monday,  neighbors reported seeing smoke in the woods. Police eventually found human remains.

Chris Jones with Leesburg Police, says about 40 minutes before neighbors called in the fire, some of Arnold's family called them. They wanted to know how to file a missing person's report. No report was filed.

The wooded area is owned by the Town of Leesburg and is often used by people wanting to fish or boat in the Potomac River.

Sheriff Simpson says they are investigating the case as a homicide. Officers performed a search at Arnold's home, and Simpson says her family is cooperating.

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Come on out this Saturday to the Leesburg Farmers Market anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m. You can buy fresh local fruits and vegetables, as well as beef and pork directly from the farmer who raised them!

The cost is free to attend and the Leesburg Farmers Market is every Saturday until October 30. The market is located behind Cardinal Bank across from the Post Office at 20 Catoctin Circle in Southeast Leesburg, VA. There’s nothing better than eating fresh and supporting your local farmers!

Police Say Uncle Bought His Plane Ticket to Israel

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A prosecutor says police have searched the Flint house of the uncle of serial knife-slaying suspect Elias Abuelazam.

Authorities suspect Abuelazam of killing five men in and around Flint during a stabbing spree against 18 men and boys in Michigan; Toledo, Ohio; and Leesburg, Va.

He's jailed in Atlanta awaiting extradition to Michigan.

The Flint Journal says the search happened Wednesday. It says Genesee County Prosecutor David Leyton wouldn't reveal what police were seeking.

The uncle bought a $3,000 ticket for Abuelazam to return to his native Israel. He was arrested at Atlanta's airport before boarding the international leg of the flight.