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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. 

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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BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

BASIS INDEPENDENT MCLEAN, VA SCHOOL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN

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.

Men who integrated Arlington Co. schools reunite 57 years later


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- 57 years ago, four middle school students in Arlington helped to break down the boundaries of race by being the first to integrate Arlington County's public schools.

The students were only 12-year-old at the time but were not afraid. 

"What we went through at the churches around here and things like that. We were told what we could expect," Michael Jones, one of the students, said. 

Arlington's HB Woodlawn High School used to be Stratford Junior High School. The black students were led to believe their segregated school was inferior.

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Digging out in Arlington County no easy task


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- The snow walls have kept Steve Melnikoff prisoner for four days. 

Over the weekend, it took the 70-year-old six hours to shovel out his driveway. And only seconds for VDOT to plow it back in with more snow!

"I'm so outraged by the state, I'm liable to have stroke now thinking about it rather than shoveling it," Melnikoff said Sunday 

A few blocks over, his neighbors complained about the same problem. 

"It's a good time to reflect on your life," said Katherine Towell. 

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Since then, Towell has hired crews and spent hundreds of dollars to get snow off her property. 

This T-Rex will eat you unless you shovel your hydrants


ARLINGTON, Va. (WUSA9) -- This T-Rex is Arlington Fire's new best friend.

Even with his short little arms, the dinosaur can still shovel around his fire hydrant. That means you probably can to. Plus, you'll win your way into the hearts of Arlington's fire and police departments.