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Artwork inside the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

Metro Worker Fired After Overrunning Innovation Station — “On March 17, safety commission officials said Tuesday, a train operator put his train into [automatic mode] several times during the day. He was caught when his train shot past the Innovation Center station platform in Virginia, triggering a Metro probe into the platform overrun.” [The Washington Post]

Disciplinary Incidents Rise in FCPS — “The number of disciplinary incidents reported in Fairfax County, Virginia, public schools more than doubled in the first semester of the current school year, compared to the first semester of the 2021-22 academic year, according to preliminary county data.” [WTOP]

Fairfax County Congressional Rep. Diagnosed With Parkinson’s — “Democratic Rep. Jennifer Wexton of Virginia announced on Tuesday that she has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease…Wexton said that she wants to use her platform to raise awareness and fight for a cure and made it clear that she doesn’t intend to leave office.” [CNN]

State Police Revise Account of I-95 Fatal Shooting — “The state police disclosed in a news release for the first time that a trooper talked to Tatiana N. David, 34, the woman who was reportedly abducted, during a traffic stop Wednesday that came just before a police chase and the shootout on the major highway.” [The Washington Post]

Designer of Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly Dies — “Bill Hellmuth, chairman and CEO of HOK Inc. and the backbone of the architecture firm’s D.C. presence, died April 6 after a long illness, HOK announced. He was 69. Hellmuth had a hand in the design of dozens of buildings in Greater Washington, including…the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.” [Washington Business Journal]

Metro to Unveil New Proposed Bus Map — “Metrobus planners are unveiling five years of work on Monday — a redesigned ‘visionary’ bus network map for the entire region, something that hasn’t been done in 50 years. The map includes 100 bus routes with 20-minute frequency or better (many have 12-minute frequencies), a 24/7 bus network, and simpler, more direct routes.” [DCist]

Police Credit License Plate Reader With Helping Find Missing People — “A new device that lets law enforcement officers track stolen vehicles, stolen license plates, and wanted persons helped Fairfax County Police to locate three out of four people recently reported missing, including a former member of the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors.” [Patch]

Reston Homeowner Introduces Solar Shingles to Neighborhood — “He knew traditional panels would be a bear to install in a house with a loft, cathedral ceilings, and no attic to hide protruding infrastructure. And two, he feared tangling with notoriously strict homeowner associations. ‘The HOAs can be brutal in Reston,’ Hester said” [Energy News]

It’s Wednesday — Morning clouds. Pleasantly warm. High of 82 and low of 56. Sunrise at 6:36 am and sunset at 7:42 pm. []

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