Reston, VA

Woman in Viral Trader Joe’s Video Speaks to Local TV Station — Fox5 DC said Tuesday that a woman claiming to be the one in a viral video making strong anti-Muslim statements to an American-born Muslim woman at the Reston Trader Joe’s had called the station to discuss the incident. Though the woman declined to give her name or to be recorded, the reporter who spoke with the caller said the woman said she has been “very upset” since the video came out, and that her side of the conversation had been “taken out of context.” The woman reportedly said that a portion of the conversation that took place before filming began was left out, and that the Muslim woman she was speaking to had actually started the conversation by making strong statements against the U.S. The woman said she and her family have been seeking legal counsel because they have received threats since the video was posted online. [Fox 5]

All High Schools in Fairfax County Make List of Country’s Best — All high schools in the Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) District made the Washington Post’s 2017 list of the top high schools in the U.S. Criteria included how rigorous and demanding the school’s curriculum is, along with how well the schools challenge the average student. Rankings were determined by the number of college-level tests given to students compared with the number of graduates each year. Oakton High ranked the highest among all of the FCPS high schools, coming in at No. 168 out of 2,300 schools. Reston’s South Lakes High ranked No. 702, and nearby Herndon High ranked No. 422. [Washington Post]

Officials Say Metro’s Silver Line Extension is Halfway Complete — Loudoun County officials said this week that Phase 2 of construction of the Silver Line extension is now 50-percent complete. The extension will add six more stations to the Silver Line – three of which will be located in Fairfax County, and three in Loudoun, including stations at Dulles Airport, at Loudoun Gateway/Route 606, and in Ashburn. The extension will bring the Silver Line to a total of 23.1 miles. Loudoun Supervisors reportedly awarded the final $51,000 for Phase 2 to S.B. Ballard Construction Company last week to design and build the final Metro parking structures for the extension. [Loudoun Times-Mirror]


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