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by By MARK SHERMAN Associated Press posted Jun 30 2014 10:40AM
     WASHINGTON (AP) - The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women.
     The justices' 5-4 decision Monday is the first time that the high court has ruled that profit-seeking businesses can hold religious views under federal law. And it means the Obama administration must search for a different way of providing free contraception to women who are covered under objecting companies' health insurance plans.
     Contraception is among a range of preventive services that must be provided at no extra charge under the health care law that President Barack Obama signed in 2010 and the Supreme Court upheld two years later.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 30 2014 9:28AM

If you see your own phone number or one of a local business you haven't contacted on your caller ID, don't pick it up.
If you do, you'll hear a recorded voice offering you a better interest rate or telling you about a bill you owe. The Virginia BBB says the scammer buys a list of cell and home phone numbers and uses a Caller ID spoofing company to trick us into picking up the phone. There has been a big spike of them reported in Spotsylvania.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 30 2014 9:24AM

If you like to fish or just hang out at Fredericksburg's City Dock off Sophia Street, you'd better get in your fun this week.
The Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries will be closing the public boat landing there, right after the July Fourth holiday, for about two months. The concrete boat ramps and piers will be replaced and a wheelchair accessible fishing trail will be added, along with the shoreline fishing stations. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 30 2014 9:23AM
 The driver in the March bus crash on I-95 near Stafford Regional Airport, that sent 58 people to the hospital, has plead guilty to reckless driving.
As part of the plea agreement, Qilong Xiao a charge of driving while disqualified was dropped. The reckless charge, for speeding, carries a possible sentence of a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. He'll be sentenced in September. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 30 2014 9:20AM
It wouldn't be much of a Fourth of July without fireworks, but you should put safety first if you're thinking of going the DIY route. 
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is out with a report that shows a spike in fireworks related deaths and injuries. It's also got safety tips on fireworks, that include never letting young children set them off alone. Yes, that even means sparklers, snakes or smoke bombs. Get all the info at
The ligh shows may be beautiful for us to look at, but the loud noises and flashing can scare a lot of our pets. If yours is afraid of thunderstorms, chances are they'll be afraid of fireworks, so leave the at home, inside. If Fido does go, keep them clear of DIY shows, since they might try to bit or run at fireworks. If you're going out into crowds, make sure they have a collar and tags, in case they run off. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 30 2014 9:19AM

You'll probably start noticing more room on your VRE ride from Fredericksburg.
Officials there say they've looked at past summer months ridership patterns and are adding trains. Fredericksburg train 304 will have 7 cars, it's 8 on trains 306 and 303. And train 309 will be running with 7, staring today, for the rest of the season.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:12AM
Between 2 and 3:30 p.m. local resident April Bartlett Deane has organized a Facebook event to help us honor the return of Fallen Marine David Stewart back home. More than 30 people have already said they'll come bearing flags, posters or just their American spirit to honor the the life of a Hero. They'll be lining Cool Springs Road in Stafford to show their respect. If you're are not in that area, feel free to line up anywhere along Rt. 3 into Stafford, Butler Road, and North Rt. 1 up to Stafford's Covenant Funeral Home. 

This is the event post that started it all. Okay, we would like for everyone to meet at The Fraternal-Order Eagles, 21 Cool Springs Road, Fredericksburg, VA 22405 at 2:00!

Starting at the Fraternal Order of Eagles, we would like to line up as many "people" as possible and work our way down to Rt. 3!

Please consider the weather and bring chairs, water, sunblock, bug spray.

We will have crayons, banner paper, and some paint for the little ones.

Please bring your own flags and signs!

We (Rita and myself) are aiming to be at the Eagles around 1:30.

Please know that according to the update from Stafford Sherrifs Office, they plan on arriving in Stafford County around 2:30...they may arrive a little later or sooner. We just don't know at this time. Once they arrive, I wouldn't expect it to last longer than 30 minutes.

According to an update from one of the participant riders there were 200+ bikes this morning at the rest area.

Pray all of our riders have a safe trip and see you soon!!

Bring the kids, family, any and everyone!

I've also been informed that there maybe a set up at Fas Mart Rt. 1

The bulk of the route will be Rt. 301 South through MD, crossing the Harry W. Nice Bridge at approx. 1400 (2:00 PM). From there, Rt. 3 west to Cool Springs Rd, Butler Rd, and then Rt.1 North to Courthouse Rd in Stafford. Stafford/Fredericksburg Area folks please encourage people that are not riding to stage anywhere along the route in Stafford County.”

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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:09AM
Want to find something fun but educational for your kids? Check out the Stafford Trailblazers booklet. It expands knowledge of local history for kids in kindergarten through 6th grade. It's got a q&a to go along with visits to four local sites and a chance at prizes. You can get a book at any of the libraries in the Central Rappahannock system.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:08AM
You'd think you're safe as you head into and out of your favorite movie this weekend, but a man from Mineral would probably tell you look out and be careful.
He was getting in his car outside Central Park's Regal, after a late night show Wednesday, when four men tried to rob him. The victim was able to pull out and drive away, but the back of his car was hit with bullets. Two of the suspects are described only as black and the race of the other two is unclear.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:07AM
If you don't take care of your pets and keep them on a leash or in your house, you could lose them. It's the tragic reality for the Spotsylvania owner of the Chow mix accused of attacking a smaller dog and killing it  this week. "Linkin" was put down this week by animal control, with his owner's permission. She says it was a tragic accident that her yard's gate was left open, but it doesn't excuse Linkin's unacceptable behavior. 
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:06AM
 It was just a test, but one north Stafford couple have seen firsthand the devastation a tornado can do to your stuff and your house. A fake tornado ripped through and destroyed Abe and Amelia Anderson's Austin Ridge home, but local and state emergency officials it's what happened to many there in 2008. It tested the county's emergency response, a command center and how to best get residents to emergency shelters.
We've had our share of some strong storms already, that have knocked out power and caused some damage in the region. The lightning that comes with them can be dangerous too. If you hear thunder, remember that lightning's close enough to strike, so get inside. Then stay off land line phones and away from running water. A single bolt can reach over five miles and carry a hundred million volts of electricity.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:05AM
You can show your love for the Smithsonian's National Zoo by getting a limited edition Metro SmarTrip card.
They're being issued to  celebrate 125 years of welcoming visitors from all over the world to the zoo. You pay ten bucks and each reusable card comes pre-loaded with 8-dollars in stored fare. They've got pictures of popular zoo babies including: giant panda cub Bao Bao, African lion cubs, and a gray seal pup named Rona.
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People : Bao Bao
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:04AM
 The chance to catch an after work concert during the week is on the way at the National Museum of the Marine Corps in Triangle this summer.
The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation's first performance of the series is the U.S. Marine Drum & Bugle Corps and Silent Drill Platoon on July 17th. Shows are also July 24th and August 14th and 28th. They are all free and open to the public with no tickets required.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:03AM
Feel like you've got too many passwords? Have trouble remembering them? You're far from alone. Frustration over the growing list of letter-number-and-symbol codes we have to create to get into devices and online accounts is common.
One Computer Scientists with Villanova University says to get around it, some people use programs that generate and recall passwords to various accounts for them. Good passwords don't have to be something you'll forget though. Try typing in a sentence you can remember, including spaces and punctuation.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 27 2014 11:02AM
Now that kids are out of local schools, make sure you keep close tabs on them to keep them safe when you're not around. 
You need to know where they're going and when they'll be back. It also pays to know their friends and to avoid strangers. Remember though, a stranger could be somebody they know, but don't know very well. They also need to be aware while they're out playing at neighborhoods and even at theme parks, water parks or the pool. If a child gets grabbed by someone, and it only takes a second, teach them to try and break free and yell loud "I don't know you," to alert people nearby. Kids should also always have a safe place in the neighborhood to run too and the phone number of a neighborhood adult, if you're at work.
They can also be in danger in their virtual worlds, so use the SAFE method to keep your kids that way on social media sites. Secure your computers data and check their privacy settings. Ask questions about what they're doing online. Remember that "friends" and fans don't always have their best interest in mind. And Educate them on the dangers of cyberbullying and online stalking.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:21AM

While most of us have World Cup fever, some folks in Fredericksburg have it to train our student athletes to reach that competition one day.
The pavilion and expansion at the Fredericksburg Area Soccer Association Park on Routes 2 and 17 should bedone this month, with the help of lots of local businesses. Area student athletes that want to learn more can be trained there this year by college coaches from 12 states, as part of the Girls Collegiate Soccer Camp. 
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by Raphael Okure posted Jun 26 2014 10:19AM

Swimming advisory signs are usually posted at Virginia beaches when the bacteria levels make it unsafe, but a new water quality report shows only 5% of 46 tested have issues.
The Natural Resources Defense Council's report shows problem plaguedFairview Beach in King George still runs about 20 percent above normal though. Dewey Beach in Delaware ranks the best. 
You can see the full report at
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People : George
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:14AM

Between vacation travel and new driver fender-benders, summer is a big car rental season. You'll be asked if you want to buy the supplemental rental car insurance, so what's the answer?
You can check with your car insurance provider to seewhat they cover. And all four major credit cards also offer coverage. You've got to book it with that card and there are some rules. That Ferrari might not be covers and how long you're renting.
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by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:13AM

If you ride a motorcycle, you can help honor the service and ultimate sacrifice of a local Marine Staff Sergeant, killed in the line of duty last week.
The Strength & Honor Motorcycle Club and Stafford Sheriff's Office are organizing the procession. It will accompany David Stewart's family as his body is transported from Delaware, back to Stafford. If you want to be part of the journey, visit the Strength-Honor-Motorcycle-Club Facebook page. 
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:11AM

If you want to see what's going on in local government, but can't make it out to meeting of lawmakers, there's a new convenience in Spotsy.
Its' Board of Supervisors meetings will now stream live through You could already catch meetings in Fredericksburg and Stafford too. Check with the county or city where you live to see if they offer the service.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:11AM
Lots of you are sending your kids off to to a rite of passage...summer camp.
There are lots of things that can make them sick though. So, make sure they're current on all their vaccines. Pack sunscreen, bug spray and other things they need, like EpiPens and Benadryl. Talk to them and camp counselors about risks and add a label to their water bottle so a sick kid doesn't drink out of it.
by Deirdre Blake posted Jun 26 2014 10:09AM

If you ride Metro's Blue Line from Virginia, look for some big changes when the Silver Line comes on next month.
Trains already run every 20 minutes on the weekends, and during rush hour, now a 12 minute wait will start on all others. Some riders fear it will spell disaster, so it's launched the "Say Hello to Yellow" campaign. It wants you to switch to that  line and then back if the next Blue train is more than three minutes away from your station. 
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