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FBI Opens Investigation Into Three DC Area Shootings

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) - The FBI announced it has opened an investigation into a series of recent incidents in which shots have been fired at the Pentagon, the Marine Corps Museum, and another, third case in Northern Virginia.

News of the third such shooting came on Tuesday, as Fairfax County Police reported an overnight incident at a Marine Recruiting Station in Chantilly. Investigators spent much of the day at the scene, scouring the parking lot and surrounding area for any evidence left behind.

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FREE Scary Face Pancakes This Friday at IHOP

The following was sent to us by Amanda Kelly of Wills Communications, Inc.:

No Tricks – Just Treats As Kids 12 And Under Celebrate Halloween A Little Early

IHOP restaurants in the DC area will celebrate Halloween a little early this year, offering kids 12 and under a free Scary Face Pancake as part of a national No Tricks – Just Treats program designed to provide kids with a safe and fun Halloween event.  The “design-your-own” Scary Face Pancake includes an oversized signature buttermilk pancake with a whipped topping mouth and strawberry nose, served with two mini OREO® cookies and candy corn on the side to allow kids to create their own Halloween hotcake. 

IHOP wants to provide trick or treaters with a safe and fun Halloween celebration that they can enjoy with friends and family as part of the company’s ongoing effort to give something back to the communities in which it operates.

Two NoVA Cancer Non-Profits Will Represent Washington, D.C., at Academy Awards of Philanthropy

The Brad Kaminsky Foundation (TBKF) has won the distinction of being named Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.,  by StayClassy. TBKF now moves onto the national round in California to compete with charities from seven other U.S. cities for the Classy Award and title of National Charity of the Year.

The Classy Awards are sponsored by StayClassy.org, an innovative outlet for non-profit organizations. The awards recognize the philanthropic work of charitable foundations, businesses, and individuals.  Awards are given in one of ten categories including Charity of the Year, Small Charity of the Year, and Most Creative Awareness Campaign.  The Charity of the Year winner will receive a $25,000 prize, while other winners will receive $10,000. Presented in downtown San Diego on November 7, the Classy Awards are the Academy Awards of philanthropy.

TBKF went up against 10 other Washington, D.C. based charities in the first round of online voting. First round voting took place from October 9 through October 22. The final stage of voting is happening now and will continue through November 5.

Lisa Millar, founder of TBKF, said, “We are so honored to represent the brain tumor and cancer community and to be able to increase much needed awareness. We are fighting for everyone touched by cancer and for all the angels taken too soon.”

DC Candlelighters, an organization for childhood cancer awareness and support was also awarded Small Charity of the Year for Washington, D.C.  The DC Candlelighters an all-volunteer charity that supports families of children fighting cancer and was started by families whose own children had been diagnosed with cancer. 

TBKF was born out of love, by Lisa Millar, for her 29-year-old brother who died from a brain tumor and for her need to avenge the disease that took him. TBKF co-founded a national branding and unification movement to join all those working towards a cure for brain tumors. Over 71 non-profits have united under the Heroes of Hope Grey Ribbon Crusade campaign. TBKF, along with its many D.C. Metro events, including their Kids Helping Kids event for Pediatric Cancer Awareness, is developing a new project that will motivate and guide members of communities to join together and do their part to help put an end to all cancer.

Both The Brad Kaminksy Foundation and DC Candlelighters are founded by women whose personal lives have been impacted by cancer.  These charities are informing and motivating our communities to get involved and raise awareness to beat cancer.

42 County Schools Named School of Excellence

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Holiness Tabernacle's Annual Hallowed One's Day Festival

The following was sent to us by Morshe Araujo:

Holiness Tabernacle Church Of God In Christ, located at 1440 Old Bridge Road in Woodbridge, VA, will be hosting its annual Hallowed One's Day Festival, October 31, 2010 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.  Hallowed One's day is a safe and exciting alternative to Halloween.  Everyone is invited to this fun-filled event.  There will be carnival rides, bouncers, arts and crafts and a host of family fun.  In addition, food will be available:  ribs, hot dogs, nachos, hamburgers, popcorn and more.  A $15 armband will give visitors complete access to all the rides.  So come out to Holiness Tabernacle COGIC for an awesome time.

Virginia History Textbook Said To Contain Big Lie

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) - It's well known, thanks to the movie Glory, that black soldiers fought for the Union. In the Confederate Army, historians say thousands of slaves worked as laborers, not as soldiers, but a new fourth grade textbook, "Our Virginia: Past and Present," has a different take.

"The people in Richmond who approved this book should be fired," said Jeremy Mayer, George Mason University Public Policy Associate Professor. "What do you have a credentialling board for textbooks for if not to catch howling errors?"

He and many historians are outraged about this line in the book, "Thousands of Southern blacks fought in the Confederate ranks, including two black battalions under the command of Stonewall Jackson."

Museum Shooting Investigation May Cause Traffic Mess

TRIANGLE, Va. (WUSA) -- Police will be searching along I-95 in Virginia starting at 8:00 morning for clues to the Marine Corps museum shooting.

Someone fired several bullets into the building last weekend.

Police have concluded their analysis of the bullets that were recovered at the scene.  Right now they are not releasing details of their findings. 

No one was hurt in the shooting.  Officials estimate the museum suffered approximately $20,000 worth of damage.