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Mom Shares Battle With Postpartum Depression

LOUDOUN COUNTY, Va.  (WUSA)  - "Patty cake, patty cake baby and me." When Jacqui Le gave birth to McKenna a year ago, she did not feel like singing.

"I had trouble sleeping, anxiety, panic attacks. You're supposed to be joyful and happy. I wasn't. And the guilt sets in," said Le.

Le realized she had postpartum depression. She had had it with her first child four years ago. She and her husband knew the risk was high she'd have it again, but they didn't realize how severe it would be.

"It was just spiraling out of control. I wanted to take my own life at one point," Le said.

She saw a doctor who prescribed medication and counseling, but that wasn't enough. Only after a stay in a mental health hospital, and a month of counseling, did she feel well enough to watch her children again.

Va. AG Backs DMV Refusal to Accept Permit

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is not required to accept a federal work permit as proof that a driver's license applicant is legally in the U.S., state Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli said in an official opinion.

DMV Commissioner Richard Holcomb requested the opinion, which Cuccinelli issued a little more than two months after the agency temporarily quit accepting Employee Authorization Documents as proof of legal status. The Department of Homeland Security issues the document to people who are temporarily in the U.S. and looking for work.

"Individuals who have the EAD now need another document to verify legal presence," DMV spokeswoman Pam Goheen said Monday. About 20 other federal documents are still accepted.

Loudoun County's First Big Wheels Deliver Meals Event

From Claire Smith of Loudoun County:

On November 17 and 18 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. Senator Mark Herring, public officials, business owners and other community leaders will participate in Loudoun’s First “Big Wheels Deliver Meals” Event.

More specifically, Loudoun County Board of Supervisors Chairman Scott York, Town of Leesburg Mayor Kristen Umstattd, Loudoun County Commissioner of the Revenue Robert Wertz and other government, civic, business and community leaders are delivering meals to elderly homebound residents of Loudoun.

Participants will meet at distribution centers in Leesburg and Sterling and then drive their own vehicles while accompanying volunteers on visits to homes, apartments and retirement facilities in Ashburn, Leesburg, Purcellville and Sterling.             

Trial Ordered In Michigan For Serial Stabbing Suspect

FLINT, Mich. (AP) -- A man suspected in a three-state stabbing spree has been ordered to stand trial on an attempted murder charge in a late-night attack on a Michigan man who was walking home with a can of beer.

Richard Booker says he was stabbed by Elias Abuelazam on July 19 after stopping to help him open the hood of a Chevy Blazer.

Booker testified Friday that he fought off Abuelazam and made it to his home in Genesee Township, outside Flint.

A judge says there's probable cause to send Abuelazam to trial. He faces a similar hearing Friday in the fatal stabbing of Frank Kellybrew.

Fourteen people were stabbed -- five fatally -- in the Flint area last summer. Abuelazam is charged with three counts of murder and five attempted murders in Michigan and an attempted murder in Ohio, and suspected in attacks in Virginia.

Loudoun Teen With Terminal Cancer Hopes To See Father

SOUTH RIDING, Va. (WUSA) - Eighteen-year-old Zhara Khan's dream was to work in the fashion industry. But a modeling shoot, donated by a friend, may be the closest she gets.

Two years ago, at sixteen, right after moving to South Riding and transferring into Freedom High School, Zhara was diagnosed with an extremely aggressive form of ovarian cancer that kept coming back.

"Now I have eight or nine little tumors and one big tumor in my rectum. And eight or nine little tumors from my bladder to my liver all lined up. So I'm under hospice care. Really, there's no more treatment they can do for me because we did all the chemotherapy we could, and your body can only take so much radiation," said Zhara.

Virginia Wants More Hunters For Deer Season

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries says it's trying to lure former hunters back to the deer woods.

The agency says it's started sending postcards to former hunting license holders. The message encourages them to return to the sport and to share the experience with others.

The recruitment drive comes as Virginia's main deer season approaches. The gun season is scheduled to open Saturday.

While hunters kill about 250,000 deer a year in Virginia, the Game and Inland Fisheries Department says it needs hunters to keep the 1 million-strong population in check.

LCSO Offers Safety Tips After Recent Exposure Cases on W & OD Trail in Ashburn Area

From The Loudoun Sheriff’s Office:

Loudoun County, VA: The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is offering several safety tips for path and trail users after two recent cases of a subject exposing himself along the Washington and Old Dominion trail in the Ashburn, VA area.