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LEARNINGRX of No. Virginia Announces Winners of President’s Day Contest

LEARNINGRX of No. Virginia Announces Winners of President’s Day Contest

Three local students, Reese Bowen, 11, of Leesburg, Va., Mateo Murguia, 9, from Alexandria, Va., and Daniel Pavolic, 13 of Waterford, Va., earned first place for reciting the U.S. Presidents in order in less than a minute at their local LearningRx brain training centers in Leesburg, Va. Tysons Corner, Va. and Reston, Va., respectively, as part of LearningRx’s annual Presidents Day contest. The U.S. President recitation is a memory-enhancement exercise that helps LearningRx students increase their short-term and long-term memory. For more information, go to www.learningrx.com

Bowen of Leesburg, Va. was able to recite all U.S. Presidents in order, in only nine seconds.

The contest is designed to encourage kids across the country to create videos that demonstrate the memory and focus skills they improved with LearningRx brain training.

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Police: Drunk Va. woman steals car, calls police next morning

ARLINGTON (WUSA9) -- An Arlington woman was charged with grand theft auto after county police say she stole a car while she was drunk Saturday night.

Arlington County police found out about the car the next morning after they say Samatha Bauman called authorities to tell them she had a car that was not hers.

Bauman, 22, was arrested and charged with grand theft auto. She was held on a $2000 unsecured bond.   

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In preparation of the opening of BASIS Independent McLean, (which is Tysons Corner’s first prek-12th grade school), Basis.ed’s co-founder Michael Block will speak at an introductory session on Mon., Feb. 22 at the Sheraton Tysons Hotel at 7 p.m., located at 8661 Leesburg Pike in Vienna, Va. The Washington Post recently ranked BASIS Oro Valley in Arizona the number one most challenging high school in America and now that  private school model is coming to McLean, Va. To register, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

Block was recognized not only as a top educator by Noodle, an education website helping parents and students make better decisions about learning, but Noodle also noted Block for ‘creating educational institutions that combined the rigors of Asian and European schooling with the American system’s emphasis on creativity and originality.’

Source of Potomac River oil spill remains unknown

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The Coast Guard said Monday that fuel oil was discovered in Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary and the Potomac River. Now they're trying to figure out where it came from.

Officials say that's challenging because the system that drains into the river dates back to the 1800s.

On Monday, the Coast Guard and other agencies popped manholes in Arlington trying to figure out how oil got into the Potomac River.

The systems drain into Roaches Run Wildfowl Sanctuary. That's where the oil first appeared about a week ago.

"It is always a huge disappointment when something like this happens," One park-goer said. 

Especially since geese and other animals are supposed to be protected there.

On Friday, our cameras caught Canada geese covered in oil. 

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Road closures scheduled for Clarendon Mardi Gras parade

ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- Road closures will be in place Tuesday due to the Clarendon-Courthouse Mardis Gras Parade. 

The parade is set to begin at 7 p.m. 

The following closures will be in place: 

•    Wilson Blvd. from Veitch St. to Barton St. will be closed from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM
•    Adams St and Wayne St., between Clarendon Blvd. and Wilson Blvd., will be closed from 4:30 PM to 9:30 PM.
•    Wilson Blvd. from Barton St. to Irving St. will be closed from 6:45 PM to 9:30 PM

Officials are advising residents to use the Metro due to the limited amount of parking. Street closures will also be limited. 

Trash fire causes delays on Blue and Yellow lines

ARLINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Pentagon City metro station was closed for about an hour Thursday night after a trash fire, causing delays on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Arlington County firefighters say the problem was caused by an insulator on the inbound side of the platform. Power to the third rail was shut off while firefighters conducted their investigation.

Trains were single tracking between National Airport and L'Enfant Plaza while the Pentagon City station was closed. Bus service was also provided.

The station has reopened. 

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School registration is underway for Tyson Corner’s new school, BASIS Independent McLean. BASIS Independent McLean will be Tysons Corner, Va.’s first, private school for pre-k to 12th grade. Enrollment is open now through Aug. 1, 2016. School will be located at 8000 Jones Branch Drive in McLean, Va. For more enrollment information, go to http://mclean.basisindependent.com or call 703.854.1253.

“We’ve have a global marketplace, a global economy‑‑‑and our children’s education should meet that global challenge, which is exactly what we’re doing at BASIS Independent, teaching our next generation to be globally competitive,” said Sean Aiken, head of school of BASIS Independent McLean, Va. “Whether it’s our select teacher recruitment, foreign language or critical thinking curriculum, BASIS Independent continually raises the bar for students to learn more,” said Aiken.