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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.

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.