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Religious Holiday Displays At Issue In Loudoun County

LEESBURG, Va. (AP/ WUSA) -- Loudoun County residents spoke out Tuesday evening against a recommendation from a Loudoun County board subcommittee to ban religious holiday displays on the grounds of the county courthouse.

The board is expected to take action on Wednesday.

"This is one of the most important issues we could ever face," said Leesburg's Mayor Kristen Umstattdt, who wants the board to overule the ban recommendation.

Umstattdt preceded a long list of speakers of all ages Tuesday night.  Outside the crowded board room in the hallway signs championed a "Keep Christmas" cause.  The mayor said the nativity scene has been allowed on the greens of the county courthouse for decades and many of her constituents are remorse at the thought of lost tradition.

"My daughter who is now thirteen remembers when she was a toddler, I would bring her down and she just loved looking at the baby Jesus in his manger."

Local Golf Tournament Will Help Send DC Kids to College

The DC College Access Program has its annual golf tournament on Friday, September 10 at Lansdowne Conference Center and Golf Resort. The tournament is hosted by Michael Wilbon of the Post and James Brown (JB), NFL Today sportscaster and former member of WUSA's team. This is one of the main fundraisers for the organization that has a mission of helping all DC high school students get into college and graduate.

Race Horses Killed In Charles Town Barn Fire

CHARLES TOWN, WV (WUSA) -- A barn fire killed more than two dozen race horses in Charles Town, West Virginia.

"It was like a towering inferno, you could see the timbers all throughout the stalls, there were still horses kicking in there, described Barn Owner, Ken Grey. 

Grey tried to rescue as many animals has he could around 4:30 am when the blaze started. "I really thought that might catch on fire because the heat was so bad."

All the horses are thoroughbreds. Owners race them across the street at the Charles Town Race Track. Horse Trainer Don Poper, who shares a close bond with the horses, put his life on the line for the animals.

"You talk to them, let them hear your voice, other horses knew that someone was there, leading a horse, and they wanted to be freed also and just that thought of knowing you can't go back in that barn, it eats you," explained Poper. 

Loudoun County Board of Supervisors to Hold Public Info Session Regarding Religious Displays

This was sent to us by Ken Reid, member of the Leesburg Town Council:

On Tuesday, September 7, around 6:30 p.m. the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors will hold its regular public input session, at which time scores of residents are scheduled to speak out against a recommendation by a Board subcommittee to disallow nativity scenes, Chanukah menorahs and other religious displays during the December holidays. A day later, Sept, 8, the board is expected to take action. The Sept. 8 discussion will start around 9:30 a.m. The Supervisors meet at the County Govt. Center, 1 Harrison Street SE in Leesburg, VA.

WashDCHotels Partners With Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets in Leesburg, VA to Offer Incredible Shop

STERLING, Va., Aug. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- WashDCHotels.com has partnered with Simon Malls & Leesburg Corner Premium Outlets to offer amazing shopping packages in Loudoun County, VA to both tourists and locals, alike.  "The shopping package was created to showcase our commitment to offering value and service to our guests," says Kathryn Berkhimer, the Senior Interactive Marketing Manager for WashDCHotels.com.

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. 

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.