Thursday Morning Rundown

Possible rare Mandarin Duck in Reston/Courtesy Beth Burns

County Budget Shortfall — Fairfax County Executive Ed Long says there may be a budget gap of about $90 million for fiscal year 2017. [WTOP]

New Grading Metric For FCPS? — Fairfax County is considering new grading system that would eliminate zeros. [Washington Post]

Reston Gets A Mention On West Bank — Palestinian investor working hard to develop community on Israel’s West Bank says he was inspired by Reston, Va. [NPR]

Local Students’ Work On Display — A new art installation, Emerging Visions: Reconstruction opens Friday at Greater Reston Arts Center (GRACE). There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Schools featured include Herndon, Oakton and South Lakes. [GRACE]

Photo: Possible rare Mandarin Duck was spotted in Reston near Lake Audubon earlier this week/Courtesy Beth Burns

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