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Morning Notes

Clouds over The Point at Dunn Loring apartments (staff photo by Angela Woolsey)

TGI Friday’s Might Leave Fair Lakes — “Bradenton, Florida-based First Watch on June 26 filed a food establishment application for 12249 Fair Lakes Promenade, where Friday’s has operated for roughly the last 15 years.” A spokesperson for First Watch, which serves breakfast, brunch and lunch, confirmed that the restaurant chain has been looking for a Fair Lakes location, but no lease has been signed yet. [Washington Business Journal]

Thousands in D.C. Area Disenrolled From Medicaid — “Thousands across the D.C.area have lost Medicaid coverage in recent months, as pandemic protections that allowed people to stay enrolled without reapplying came to a close. Known as ‘Medicaid unwinding,’ states are resuming annual Medicaid eligibility reviews, meaning many thousands more may lose their insurance over the next year.” [DCist]

Sexual Assault Cases May Be Linked — “Police are investigating a possible connection between two sexual assault cases in the same neighborhood of Chantilly.” Fairfax County police say an assault of a woman in the 14500 block of Northeast Place on Monday may be linked to a May 18 assault at a house on Iberia Circle. [WTOP]

Fairfax County to Encourage Murals — “Fairfax County planners are developing a murals program to bring excitement to the county’s redevelopment areas, such as Annandale and Bailey’s Crossroads/Seven Corners…They could be on publicly owned or privately owned buildings, Padmore says, but commercial messages won’t be allowed.” [Annandale Today]

Metro Sees Highest Fourth of July Rail Ridership in Eight Years — “Metrorail celebrated the Independence Day holiday with preliminary ridership topping 410,000, a level not seen since 2015. With fare-free service after 5 p.m. and a boost in service to accommodate the influx of customers, rail ridership was up 61 percent over last year.” [WMATA]

FCPD Cracks Down on Drunk Driving — “The Fairfax County Police Department’s Summer Crime Prevention Team in July will focus enforcement on people who are driving while under the influence.” Throughout the month, officers will “saturate areas of high crashes and look for impaired drivers.” [Gazette Leader]

How the Silver Line Has Changed the Dulles Corridor — “The changes have come based on decades of planning by local governments maximizing the potential of the Silver Line to become sought-after commercial centers and multipurpose areas where people can work, live, play and be connected by trains to Arlington, DC and Largo, Maryland.” [Tysons Today]

Local Nonprofit Seeks Drivers for Seniors — “Shepherd’s Center of McLean-Arlington-Falls Church is seeking volunteers to join a team of 60 drivers to take seniors to medical and dental appointments or run errands to grocery stores and pharmacies. The center has seen an increase in the total number of rides needed by seniors in recent years.” [Patch]

It’s Thursday — A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 2pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 89. Chance of precipitation is 40%. At night: A chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 8pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Chance of precipitation is 30%. [Weather.gov]