City Desk

Our Morning Roundup: The Murder in Northern Virginia Edition

Good morning, everyone. Today's forecast calls for clear, sunny skies and a high of 90 degrees. The rest of the week looks like a cool down for the District–only a high of 82 degrees tomorrow!

In case you missed it: Potomac Gardens is the new Langston Terrace, Chucky's hanging around the District, the summer jobs program kicks off with knives and thefts and romantic woes are serious.

The weather may be the only good news for the day. Near Falls Church, Va., the body of 19-year-old Vanessa Pham, a resident, was found Sunday at 3:30 p.m., in her car, on a side road off Route 50 and Gallows Road. Fairfax County police say Pham was stabbed multiple times before her car—which was going the wrong way—hopped a curve and ended in a ditch. She'd left her home in Falls Church at 2:30 p.m. to visit friends—the rest is unclear, reports WaPo. Two missing Fairfax teens, Tiffany Ghani and Tram Hoang, last seen Friday, June 18 before sneaking out of Ghani's father's house, are still missing. Which is either a really eerie coincidence, or a sign of something worse.

A verdict is expected to be reached today in the Robert Wone conspiracy trial. The 2006 Dupont Circle murder of Wone has enthralled the District. Joseph R. Price, Victor J. Zaborsky, and Dylan M. Ward, all housemates at the time, are each charged with conspiracy, obstruction of justice and tampering with evidence. Judge Lynn Leibovitz acquitted Zaborsky and Ward of tampering with evidence, four and a half weeks into the trial.

The man who jumped from a Metro station mezzanine onto the tracks late yesterday evening at the Red Line's Grosvenor station died—the jump was apparently a suicide.

In other news: After 3 months of wrangling, the nurses at Washington Hospital Center voted overwhelmingly to reject the new contract offered. They're currently working without a contract. If hospital management is unwilling to work out a deal, the nurses are prepared to vote on a strike. Over at WaPo, our former colleague DeBonis reports D.C. gun suits could bring along an 'avalanche' of litigation.

"The Supreme Court ruling Monday in McDonald v. City of Chicago places the District of Columbia at the vanguard of answering a new and crucial question: Just what kinds of gun regulations are constitutional in the United States?"

Across the river, Virginia Attorney Ken Cuccinelli, says Supreme Court ruling will guide review of Virginia gun laws.

All right, everyone. That's all for this morning, I have to run to the gym—and then, in light of all the crime news above, purchase some Mace. Stay safe.

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  • http://VaGunForum.net VGOF

    "in light of all the crime news above, purchase some Mace."

    What good will mace do you? You would be better off to buy a gun, get your Concealed Handgun Permit, and carry a your new pistol in your purse. Then pray that you never have to use it. Be prepared.

    Oh, you live in DC? Maybe now would be a good time to write a letter to your elected leaders letting them know that you would like to be able to protect yourself with a firearm if the need ever arises. With statistics as they are, you're in one of the most dangerous places in the United States. Be prepared.

  • http://rickmangus@aol.com Rick Mangus

    'VGOF', you are absolutely right! You know what the difference is in this murder and a murder in DC? The answer is that in Fairfax County you have a competent police department who officers give a shit and they will solve this murder!

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