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Downtown Leesburg to Host its 1st Girls' Night Out

Beginning September 16th, and every Third Thursday thereafter, merchants in Historic Downtown Leesburg will host Girls' Night Out.

Injured Metro Police Officer Dies Broke

ASHBURN, Va. (WUSA) -- Among police officers, one of the first promises is: "look out for your buddy."

But tens of thousands of people on the internet are wondering if the Metro Transit Police Department has abandoned one of its own -- an injured officer who died broke because the pension system failed him.
 
Officer Paul Ludwig had his pension cut by seventy percent because of a quirk in the contract between the police union and Metro.

"This is the letter," says the officer's son Eric, pointing to a picture of his dad clutching a letter from Metro as he lay dying in an intensive care unit. The letter promised Officer Ludwig would get a decent pension for life.

40th Anniversary LCPS College Fair September 19th

The following was sent to us by the Public Information Office of Loudoun County Public Schools:

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) will hold its 40th anniversary College Fair from 4 to 5:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Sunday, September 19th, at Stone Bridge High School, 43100 Hay Road, Ashburn.

Representatives from more than 200 colleges and universities, as well as military representatives, will be on hand. LCPS high school counselors will be available on-site to help parents and students with their questions. They’ll be identified by red carnations for those seeking assistance.

Financial aid information, as well as other college tips, will be available in the front entrance hall.

Parking is at a premium, but a shuttle bus service from Sanders Corner Elementary School, located at 43100 Ashburn Farm Parkway, will be offered.

Robbery at Fast Food Chain in Ashburn

On Monday, September 6, an armed robbery occurred at the KFC/Taco Bell at Farmwell Hunt Plaza in Ashburn, VA. The incident occurred just before 11:30 a.m. when an unknown white male wearing a tan hat, khaki pants, and a long sleeve light blue shirt entered the fast food restaurant and took out a knife and demanded cash.

The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is currently investigating the case. The suspect is described as a brunette male in his late teens to early twenties and approximately 6 feet tall. If you have any information about the robbery, you can contact Investigator S. Coderre of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division at 703-777-0475, or to remain anonymous you can contact Loudoun Crime Solvers at 703-777-1919.

Va. man gets 12 years in prison for $53M fraud

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (AP) — A Virginia restaurateur has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for a plot that defrauded banks across the country of $53 million.

Thirty-one-year-old Osama El-Atari of Ashburn also was ordered to pay $53 million in restitution at sentencing Friday. He had pleaded guilty in April to three counts of bank fraud and one count of money laundering.

El-Atari owned a small chain of steakhouses in the Washington suburbs under the name Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater. He was known for driving Lamborghinis and Ferraris.

According to court documents, El-Atari presented the banks with fake life insurance policies as collateral to obtain fraudulent loans. The loans allegedly were for business ventures.

He fled the United States in May 2009 and was arrested in Texas in January 2010.

Washington Life Magazine sits down with Donald Trump at his new Loudoun County Golf Course

WASHINGTON, DC (WUSA) -- Oh My GOFF! Angie Goff reports photographer Tony Powell snaps away capturing Donald Trump standing on his newly acquired course a $20 million dollar purchase known as the Lowes Island Club in Loudoun County.

Washington Life's John Arundel scored the first sit-down interview with the business mogul who met with staff to go over renovations. Arundel described Trump as 'easy-going but intense, all business all the time,' as he surveyed his first property in the D.C. area.

You can catch the full interview and more pictures in Washington Life's October issue

PR Running Store Holds All-Comer’s Group Run

The Potomac River Running Store holds group runs every Tuesday evening. This group run is lead by PR staff members and will begin at the PR store at 20630 Ashburn Road in Ashburn, VA. The all-comer’s group run is a social run lead by PR staff members.

It is free to participate and is a great way to add structure to your training schedule and meet some fellow runners! It is safe and social and open to all levels. Come out for this low-key run if you are a beginner and run a mile or too. If you are an experienced, competitive runner this is a great opportunity to do a fun, tempo run.

The run will be no longer than 50 minutes and will go from the store to the W&OD trail. The run will end back at the PR Running Store around 7:30 p.m. and occasionally some of the runners will go to a local eatery for some refueling! If you have any questions about the run you can call the PR Running Store in Ashburn at 703-729-0133.