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Letter: Lift U.S. Ban On Oil Exports

Letter to the Editor

To the Editor: Forty years ago, at the height of the 1970s energy crisis, Congress passed a law banning exports of oil from the lower 48 states. The law was intended to limit America’s dependence on imported oil by keeping domestic oil from leaving the country. It was not successful – oil imports continued to climb for decades. But the law stayed on the books.

Arlington: Strain, 76, Sways to the Music

And dances the night away.

Arlington resident, Robert (Bob) Strain, 76, has not let the “golden years” slow him down.

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Arlington: Retirement Party

But of course she will never retire.

It was the retirement party for Gail Arnall, executive director for 10 years of Offender's Aid and Restoration (OAR). "But," as her friend from 1973, Belle O'Brien, said as she is putting flowers on each table, "if you believe she is retiring, you don't know Gail."

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Arlington: TACT Finishes Run with ‘Twelve Angry Men’

After 20 years of local theater productions, company set to close shop.

The American Century Theater (TACT) in Arlington is staging "Twelve Angry Men" as its final play, now through Aug. 8, at Gunston Theatre Two — culminating 20 years of staging local theater productions, and finishing off with the one show that began it all.

Arlington: Muslims Gather in Dar al Hijrah Mosque as Ramadan Ends

Local Muslims count their blessings.

It was 8:38 on July 13, and it was Laylat al Qadr, or the Night of Destiny, at the Dar al Hijrah in Falls Church.

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Arlington: Local Muslims Celebrate at End of Ramadan

A month for spiritual renewal.

This Friday marked the end of Ramadan, the month of fasting, for Muslims. For many area Muslims, Ramadan has meant going without food and drink from sunrise until sunset. Many evenings were spent at their local mosques praying, visiting with others, and eating iftar dinner, the first meal after breaking a day’s fast.

Buying Fresh Produce at The Clarendon Farmer's Market

Another afternoon of rain in Arlington: Stan Lou has stopped on his way home at the Wednesday afternoon Clarendon Farmer’s Market to pick up corn on the cob. He packs it on top of the tomatoes in his bicycle saddlebag.

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Arlington Author Shifts from Screenplays to Novels

Matthew Sullivan’s “The Orphans” launches a trilogy.

When author Matthew Sullivan decided two years ago to write his debut book, “The Orphans,” it wasn’t the first time he had crafted a story for the public.

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Arlington Announcement: Levy, Griffin Engaged

Ms. Lynn Levy Spencer and Mr. James Sizemore are happy to announce the engagement of Ms. Spencer's daughter, Caroline Elizabeth Levy, to Steven James Griffin, son of Mr. and Mrs. James A. Griffin, III of Marshall, Va.

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Arlington: Local Author Shifts from Screenplays to Novels

Matthew Sullivan’s “The Orphans” launches a trilogy.

When author Matthew Sullivan decided two years ago to write his debut book, “The Orphans,” it wasn’t the first time he had crafted a story for the public.

Arlington: A Panhandler’s Story

After a year of trading on “vet” status, panhandler goes to jail

Everyone noticed the young man who limped along the median running down the center of Glebe Road.

Arlington: A-SPAN says, 'Don't Give Money to Panhandlers'

Most are not homeless: the money is not housing them but hurting them

"Most panhandlers are not homeless, and most homeless are not panhandlers," said Kathy Sibert, CEO of A-span, Arlington Street People’s Assistance Network, located in South Arlington off Four-Mile Run.

A Gathering of Woodcarvers Happens Weekly in Arlington

It’s more about the company than the product.

Wilda Garrison will be 93-years-old in two weeks.

Arlington: Outrage Avoided

Arlington School Board prohibits gender identity discrimination.

Two months ago, the Fairfax County School Board added “gender identity” to its nondiscrimination policy amid a hail storm of outrage from its community.

A Homeless Mother Finds a Home in Arlington

“Your past is not your future.”

Nellie Jane Downing welcomes her guest into a neat, light filled apartment in South Arlington. Behind her on the wall is a photograph of New York City’s George Washington Bridge. “That bridge,” she said, “is my story. Walking from one side to the other, making that journey. And those lights on the bridge are the people who inspired me to get across.”

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