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I-95 Express Lanes open

- If you don't have an E-ZPass yet, you're running out of time. The new toll roads on Interstate 95 opened over the weekend with free travel until Dec. 28 but after that, drivers will need an E-ZPass in order to ride. “Everything went really well,” Express Lanes spokesman Mike McGurk said of Sunday's opening. “Very smooth, typical HOV volume, actually.”

EDITORIAL:Common safety, common sense

- Gov. Terry McAuliffe this week called for a package of gun control measures that is sure to renew a volatile debate over guns in the commonwealth. The governor called for new background check requirements on private gun sales at gun shows. He proposed legislation keeping guns away from people convicted of crimes related to domestic violence.

LETTER:Giving thanks for anti-hunger programs

- When I was a kid, Thanksgiving meant stuffing myself beyond the point of comfort, flitting gleefully between turkey, casseroles, sweet potatoes, dinner rolls, and of course pie. The object was to eat to the point of needing to loosen the belt, and then wait a few hours until there was room to start all over again with leftovers.

Forrester retiring from Dumfries council

- Earlier this month, the Dumfries Town Council officially said goodbye to three-term council member Kristin Forrester and announced a March 17 special election to fill her pending vacancy. Forrester's resignation goes into effect on Dec. 31. She announced in a Nov. 6 post on her campaign's Facebook page that she planned to soon live and work in Europe.

Brentsville candidates debate in Bristow

- Rarely in Prince William County government do issues break along partisan lines. So it shouldn't be much of a surprise that during a two-hour debate on Dec. 9, the three candidates competing in the Dec. 23 special election for Brentsville District supervisor actually agreed much more than they disagreed.

‘My little brother never did anything small, even his death.’

- Hanging on the Christmas tree in the front room of the Hummel's Woodbridge home is an ornament that is a replica of Ben Hummel's first plane: An Aircoupe. The Aircoupe was the first of the three planes he would own in his life. The last being a Titan Tornado II, a single-engine, fixed-wing experimental kit plane.

LETTER:Body cameras prevent mistreatment

- The massive public reaction to the tragic deaths of three black teens at the hand of white police officers has led to a national call for use of body cameras to record and prevent any future mistreatment of suspects. There is ample precedent.

COLUMN:Does your horse respect you?

- Michael Sparling grew up with open rangeland as his playground and horses as his companions. The North Dakota native learned to ride almost before he learned to walk. With the help of his dad Dan, a respected horse trainer, Sparling learned, early, to speak “horse” like a native. It has translated to a lifelong career as coach, trainer and instructor.

Holiday drama workshops planned

- The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory will hold two, two-day holiday drama workshops on Dec. 29 and 30. The workshops will offer an opportunity to explore acting and improvisation as well as character development.

New families

- At the end of November, the Prince William County Department of Social Services along with the City of Manassas Department of Family Services, and Manassas Park Department of Social Services joined together to celebrate the children who have been adopted throughout the year.

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