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Monday Morning Notes

by Dave Emke — September 11, 2017 at 9:00 am 5 Comments

Never Forget — Today is the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks. Be sure to take a moment to reflect on those lost that day in Arlington, New York and western Pennsylvania.

Virginia Task Force Goes to Virgin Islands — After staging in Puerto Rico, responders from Fairfax County are in the Caribbean conducting search and rescue activities on the island of St. Thomas following Hurricanes Irma and Jose. [Fairfax Fire and Rescue]

Community Center Board Preference Poll Voting Open — Voting in the poll for three seats on the Reston Community Center Board of Governors is open through Sept. 29. All residents of Tax District 5 can vote. Three incumbents are all seeking re-appointment. Board seats are filled by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors, with guidance from the results of the poll. Voting can be done by mail, in person or online. [Reston Community Center]

Political Protester Gets Married in Reston — In 2013, Mohammed Soltan was jailed in Cairo for political dissidence and went on a 16-month hunger strike while he was psychologically tortured. On Aug. 19, he and his bride were married at the Hyatt Regency in Reston. It wasn’t all happiness, though: Soltan’s still-jailed father could not attend, nor could a longtime friend who was recently released after two years in prison. [New York Times]

Dogs Splash at Water Mine — Check out photos and videos from the “Dog Daze” event Sunday at The Water Mine at Lake Fairfax Park. [Aimee Cho/Facebook]

Herndon Woman’s Photo Hangs in JFK Library — Yvonne Kauffman, 84, met soon-to-be President John F. Kennedy in 1960 while he was on the campaign trail in her hometown of York, Pennsylvania. She recently learned a picture of that encounter, taken by a Life magazine photographer, is on display at the Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. [Fairfax Times]

  • Ref problem

    The vast majority of Afghans do not even know what 9/11 is, a disturbing poll has revealed.

    Some 92 per cent, or 25 million people, said they were unaware that terrorists flew planes into the World Trade Centre on September 11 2001, sparking the invasion of their country.

    • Mike M

      Part of the problem in Afghanistan is that the vast majority of the people don’t know much. Like much of the Islamic world, it has suffered immeasurably from brain drain, superstition, and murderous bullies whose primary targets are the educated and educational institutions. Imagine a place where the sun of the Enlightenment does not shine.

      • Thomas Day

        Great comment! Super insightful!

        • The Constitutionalist

          It’s so cool to see Mike M’s fan club come out in force. We really are making progress!

          • Greg

            We are missing Ming, though.

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