Morning Notes

A tree with pink flowers outside Jammin Java in Vienna (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

General Assembly Approves State Budget — “Virginia lawmakers wrapped up their 60-day legislative session Saturday by approving a two-year budget that includes pay raises for teachers and state employees, increases education funding and extends the state sales tax to cover digital services.” [Associated Press]

Man Gets Prison for Killing Lorton Landlord — “A Prince William County man was sentenced Friday to 25 years in prison for slaying his 72-year-old landlord in Lorton. Brian Sayrs Jr., 28, pleaded guilty in August to second-degree murder and concealing a body in the June 2021 killing of Emily Lu, who was found dead about 50 days after she vanished following what authorities said was a rent dispute with Sayrs.” [Washington Post]

County and Herndon Police Chiefs Clash — Herndon Police Chief Maggie DeBoard asked last week for graduation certificates for her officers to be reissued with an English signature after Fairfax County Police Criminal Justice Academy head Maj. Wilson Lee signed them in Chinese. DeBoard says Fairfax County Police Chief Kevin Davis “inappropriately accused me of being racist,” while the FCPD said it doesn’t plan to reissue the certificates. [NBC4]

Man Sentenced to Prison for Tysons Carjacking — “A Maryland man was sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for his role in a series of carjackings and an attempted carjacking in 2022.” The 22-year-old man from Hagerstown pleaded guilty to carjacking four people at gunpoint between May 15 and June 1, 2022, including one incident in Tysons, and attempting a fifth carjacking on June 6. [WTOP]

Architecture Firm Moves Out of Tysons Office — “This week the firm [KTGY] began working out of the 15,000-square-foot home it designed for itself in Alexander Court, 2001 K St. NW, cementing a long-planned move from Northern Virginia that firm leaders say will play a role in reinvigorating downtown.” The company’s D.C. area office had been at 8609 Westwood Center Drive since 2010. [Washington Business Journal]

Volunteers Wanted for Earth Day Celebration — “Join us for Fairfax County’s largest official Earth Day Event on Saturday, April 20, at Sully Historic Site in Chantilly…The event attracts nearly 5,000 people from across Fairfax County annually. Volunteers are needed to fill shifts throughout the day in a variety of capacities.” [Fairfax County Park Authority]

Former Tysons Area Delegate Honored — Former delegate Mark Keam returned to the Virginia State Capitol on Friday (March 8) when his successor, Del. Holly Seibold presented a resolution “commending” his 13 years as a state legislator. Keam says he “can’t thank my Delegate enough for being so thoughtful and kind to do this, even though it was not at all necessary.” [Mark Keam/Facebook]

Fairfax Symphony Premieres New Composition — “Among the things to admire about the [Fairfax Symphony Orchestra] is its commitment to variety…Saturday night’s concert at George Mason University’s Center for the Arts represented a particularly well-struck balance: two sizable portions of music from Syrian American composer Malek Jandali, including the world premiere of his ‘Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra,’ followed by a heroic dose of Beethoven.” [Washington Post]

It’s Monday — Expect sunshine and a high of 53 degrees, accompanied by strong northwest winds of 26 to 28 mph, and gusts reaching up to 47 mph. The clear night will bring a low temperature of around 40 degrees, with west winds of 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 24 mph. []

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