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Alaska Plane Crash Survivor Returns to Virginia

DULLES, Va. (WUSA) It was an emotional homecoming for 54 year old Jim Morhard at Dulles Airport Saturday night. The Arlington resident was one of four people who survived a plane crash in Dillingham, Alaska that killed five others including former Alaska Senator Ted Stevens.

A crowd of about three dozen relatives, friends and neighbors, including Morhard's elderly mother, cheered and clapped as the 54 year old lobbyist was wheeled on a stretcher into the arrivals lounge. "I'm still thinking about my friends I lost, and also the friends that are recovering but for now its a good day" said a wan but smiling Morhard. He then spent about twenty minutes huddled privately with the waiting group before being driven away in an ambulance to a private clinic.

3-Year-Old Drowns In Potomac River

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA) -- A family outing turned tragic after a three-year-old boy drowned in the Potomac River.

It happened around 12:30 in the afternoon near the Chain Bridge on the Virginia side.

A distraught family member led police down a dirt path to the sight of the tragic drowning.

Sgt. David Schlosser with U.S. Park Police says, "This is a tragic accident. This family just lost their three-year-old boy. It's an incredible loss."

Police say the family was on a picnic outing. The little boy and his father were sitting on a rock fishing when the boy went in. Arlington fire personnel pulled the boy out to try and save him but it was too late.

The boy was pronounced dead at the hospital.

The tragedy happened virtually at the same spot of a double drowning last year when a good samaritan jumped in to try to rescue an 11-year-old boy, when both went under and died.

Arlington Cinema 'N' Drafthouse Appeals to All Ages

Arlington Drafthouse continues to host affordable, fun nights with its $5 Standup Comedy Thursdays and its Friday “Wine Night at the Movies.” However, you may not know about the family friendliness of the Drafthouse. Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse is hosting “Mommy & Me Movies” every Tuesday. Adults are $5.50 and children are free. Strollers can be brought into the theatre and the movies start at 1:30 p.m.

Arlington Cinema ‘N’ Drafthouse is located at 2903 Columbia Pike in Arlington, VA. For more details about any Drafthouse event you can check out http://www.arlingtondrafthouse.com/.

 

9-11 Memorial 5K

On Saturday, September 11, at 6:00 p.m. Arlington Policemen, Firemen, Sheriff, and other individuals will participate in a 5k race in memory of 9-11. The race is limited to 3,500 participants, so be sure and secure your spot before it is too late.

The course is generally flat and includes running around parts of the Pentagon. The price to participate is $30 through September 10. Race day the price will be $35. The race begins and ends at The Crystal City Double Tree Hotel at 300 Army Navy Drive.

All runners will receive a long sleeve t-shirt, and post race festivities with awards, food, beverage, and entertainment at the Double Tree Hotel. Sign up for the race today!

Proceeds from the race will go to 9-11 related charities, such as the Fisher House Foundation and the Wounded Warriors Project and Operation Purple.  

Bikers Gather In Pennsylvania To Honor 9-11 First Responders

SHANKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) -- Bikers from all over the country are gathering in western Pennsylvania for a ride honoring the first responders and others who died in the 2001 terror attacks.

A volunteer group called the America's 911 Foundation is sponsoring their 10th annual ride that starts in Somerset. The group wants to call attention to first responders and remind people to never forget the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

The bikers will begin their ride early Friday and pass the site of the crash of Flight 93 in Shanksville before heading to the Pentagon. On Saturday, the group will travel to ground zero in New York City.

The group was formed in October 2001, when it had its first ride. This year, more than 700 bikers and police escorts are scheduled to participate.

Pentagon Allows Muslims to Pray Onsite Daily

WASHINGTON (AP) -- While Americans are bitterly debating the proposed building of a mosque near New York's ground zero, Muslims have been praying for years less than 80 feet from where another hijacked jetliner struck.

The Pentagon chapel is part of a memorial to the 184 people killed in 2001 when hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 flew into the west side of the Pentagon and plowed through three of the building's five office rings.

As part of its massive renovation, the Pentagon opened the nondenominational chapel in November 2002. The chapel hosts a daily prayer group and weekly worship service for Muslims and provides similar services for Jews, Hindus, Mormons, Protestants, Catholics and Episcopalians.

Pentagon officials say that no one in the military or the families of the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks has ever protested.

Assault and Robbery at Hotel in Arlington

Arlington County Police are currently investigating a robbery that occurred this past Saturday, August 14, at a hotel in the 2400 block of South Glebe Road in Arlington, VA. The incident occurred at 11:45 p.m. when a suspect, described as an African American male around 40 years old, 5’8” and 180 pounds knocked on a woman’s hotel room and forced entry. He restrained two female occupants and sexually assaulted one of them. He stole electronics and money and then fled from the scene.