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Virginia Democrat Opposes Plan To Raise Taxes On Wealthy

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) - When the President came to a Fairfax neighborhood this week, he chose a place where a tax increase on the wealthiest Americans may not go over well.

"I'm not sure if I'm in favor of it," said Katie Hesford.

Republican Chris McCloskey who wore an anti-Obama t-shirt said, "I want to see the Bush era tax cuts extended."

The average annual household income in Fairfax County is over $100,000. And though couples pulling in $250,000 or more may not consider themselves wealthy in this high-cost-of-living region, they are. And they'd pay more taxes if the President has his way. But the President won't have Democrat Congressman Gerry Connolly's vote.

"Now is not the time to be raising taxes on any income group," said Connolly.

Rep. Connolly says raising taxes on the wealthy could hurt the economy, which is what the republicans have been arguing.

School Supplies Scarce At Stores

FALLS CHURCH, Va.  (WUSA) - Most  kids heading back to school this week have their school supplies ready go.  But for those families who waited until the last minute to go shopping,  many found themselves out of luck.  

The countdown to the school bell underway, it was a last ditch, frantic effort  to buy supplies.   

Nicole Smith went to the Greatland Target at Seven Corners and said, "I went into the store to buy a composition notebook and some pencils.  They have nothing.   I was very shocked." 

Mother of three Kay Leherr was glad she did most of her school supplies shopping several weeks ago, "There's nothing left.  Even last week we had a  hard time finding stuff we needed."

Some parents ordered their children's supplies  school through a company they does it for them.    

Fairfax Fugitive Coach Captured In Poland

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA)  More than a year after sexual misconduct charges were filed against him, a one-time youth coach in Fairfax County is in custody.

Fairfax Police say 39-year-old John E. Hamilton was arrested Wednesday by the Polish Border Guard as he attempted to cross into the Czech Republic.   Efforts are now underway to have him extradited back to the United States.

Hamilton faces two counts of aggravated sexual batter of a child and two counts of indecent liberties with a child and one count of crimes against nature with a minor.  All the alleged crimes took place in Fairfax County.

In 2009, a 24-year-old man came forward and accused Hamilton of committing the acts twelve years earlier.  Hamilton was a little league baseball coach for the Fort Hunt Youth Athletic Association at that time.

 

Virginia, Maryland Launching Sales Tax Holidays For Back-To-School

WASHINGTON DC (WUSA) - It's almost the most wonderful time of the year, for parents. The kids will soon be going back to school. But before that, the average American family will shell out $606 this year on back-to-school shopping, according to the National Retail Federation. With such a high pricetag, every little bit helps and help is on the way in the form of local tax holidays in Virginia and Maryland over the next few days.

Virginia's sales tax holiday begins Friday and ends Sunday. The state's 5 percent sales tax will be waived on clothing that costs $100 dollars or less and school supplies that cost $20 or less. The tax holiday also works for items on layaway and rain checks, as long are you make the deal this weekend.

Local Teens Focus on Education in West African Coastal Nation

Two local teens are focusing in on building education, but reaching much further than education for their Annandale classmates. 16 year-old Bashir Warsame and 17 year-old Sahnun Mohamud are focusing on education in Somalia.

The two high school boys are focusing on building an educational program in the West African coastal nation of Somalia. This happens to be the home of many of their relatives and the birthplace of their parents. While both of the boys have not visited, they are aware that the education system there has been nearly destroyed because of war. One goal of their education program is to help prevent young child from being soldiers.

Warsame and Mohamud hope that have two schools established by 2011 and they have raised around $4000 thus far. The Loudoun County-based Rotary Club has donated $600 of these funds, while smaller contributions have come from local family members, friends of the boys and community members.

NOVA Community College Offers Virtual Counseling

Counselors and advisors can help you explore career options, schedule your classes, prepare for graduation and more. Fall classes are right around the corner and NOVA Community College has mentors available Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m for the Annandale campus. The counselors can be reached at 703-323-3200 and will be meeting students in Room CG 211.

Don’t have time to go to the campus? Now these mentors are available virtually. Just visit http://www.nvcc.edu/current-students/services-to-students/advising--counseling/index.html for your advising online. Virtual advising is available Sunday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Regular NOVAConnect registration is in full swing and classes are scheduled to begin on August 23.