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Kid-Approved Healthy Food With Stealth Veggies

OAKTON, Va.  (WUSA) - "YUCK!"  If you've heard that when you've tried to serve your kids vegetables like squash, cauliflower, or sweet potatoes, join the club.     

My nine-year-old dislikes most vegetables, except for raw carrots.  And I wonder if she ever eats any vegetables when she buys lunch at school.   But there's hope.

Fairfax County Schools are trying to get kids to eat more fruits and vegetables.   On Friday, October 15, Penny McConnell, the Director of Fairfax County Public Schools Food and Nutrition Services held a taste testing at Oakton Elementary. 

On the menu were all products from Hidden Healthies, a company (started by a mom) that mass produces all natural products with stealth vegetables.   Company literature says it's "traditional kid's favorites made with a healthier veggie twist."

Annandale-Native Returns to No. Va. to Practice Dentistry

The following was sent to us by Asha Sedalia Bruot of ASHA Public Relations, LLC:

Dr. My Tran, a native of Annandale, Va., is now practicing dentistry at Gainesville Pediatric Dentistry in Gainesville, Va.

Dr. Tran completed her residency at the New York University College of Dentistry where she was the chief resident of pediatric dentistry.   While in residency, Dr. Tran spent time at the New York City Office of Chief Medical Examiners working on her research and training medical examiners on a new dental forensic protocol. This training provided her the opportunity to work on a 5,000- year-old mummy tooth.

7-Year-Old Finds Fossil At Laurel Dinosaur Park

LAUREL, Md. (AP) -- A 7-year-old boy from Elkridge has found a fossil at a dinosaur park in Laurel that appears to date back about 116 million years.

Aidan Isenstadt found the approximately 1 1/2 inch jawbone fragment last month while fossil hunting.

Matthew Carrano, curator of dinosaurs at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History, says the fragment is part of a juvenile meat-eating dinosaur. He believes the find is the first jawbone from a meat-eating dinosaur ever found in Maryland. It's also believed to be the first find from the Early Cretaceous period anywhere in the Eastern United States.

This isn't the first time a young person has found a fossil at the park. Almost as soon as the park opened last October, 9-year-old Gabrielle Block of Annandale, Va., found a dinosaur tailbone.

Stealthy Burglar Strikes Again

OAKTON, Va. (WUSA) -- Nearly 90 actual or attempted home and car break-ins have Fairfax County Police searching for a serial burglar.

The crimes have happened mainly in Reston, Fair Oaks, Mclean and Sully.

But on Friday, the burglar hit the Annandale area. Police say there were three break-ins and one attempted break-in on Prosperity Avenue and Morningside Drive.

Police believe they are all connected and the thief or thieves strike mainly between midnight and 6 a.m.

The first break-ins happened August 6th and the most recent happened Friday morning, October 1st.

Eight of the break-ins happened Thursday morning in the Oakton and Fair Oaks area.

Jan Dombroff has gone to great length's to secure her home.
She has a metal gate, surveillance cameras, even a doberman guard dog trained in Germany and three terriers. They were no match for the stealthy intruder.

Annandale High School Graduate Wins Big on Jeopardy

Because he correctly named “The Bridge on the River Kwai” as the title of the David Lean film based on the similarly titled Pierre Boulle novel, Roger Craig set a new one-day earnings record on “Jeopardy!,” winning $77,000 at the end of Tuesday’s broadcast.

Craig went into the Final Jeopardy round with $47,000 and wagered $30,000 in the category of Literary and Movie Title Objects. (Mr. Craig and overthrew the previous one-day winnings record of $75,000 set by Ken Jennings who won the game show 74 times in 2004.

Craig is the son of Roger Craig of Connellsville, Fayette County, and the former Christie Evans of New Jersey.

He graduated from Annandale High School in Annandale, Va and earned bachelor’s degrees in biology and biochemistry from Virginia Tech University and a master’s degree in computer science from the University of Delaware, where he is working toward a doctorate in that same subject.

Increased Traffic Expected in Annandale This Weekend

The KORUS Festival in Annandale this weekend is expected to affect pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the following areas:

Little River Turnpike (Rt. 236), John Marr Dr, Backlick Road, and Columbia Pike.

Fairfax County Police and Auxiliary Officers have been assigned to assist with security and traffic. The Korean American Association of Greater Washington Area and the Korean Embassy will be sponsoring the 8th annual Korean-US (KORUS) Festival in Annandale, VA this Friday, September 17, through Sunday, September 19.

BRAC Building To Bring 'Chaos' To I-395 Commute

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (WUSA) -- A rush hour nightmare is predicted when the new Department of Defense Building opens along I-395 in Alexandria next year.

The building, part of the BRAC realignment plan, will house 6,400 employees, but it was built no where near a Metro station.

Several studies show the influx of cars will add two hours to everybody's commute along the corridor.

"We have impending chaos here. It's the military's fault. They never should have located a building on I-395 and Seminary Road without building the proper infrastructure," said Representative Jim Moran.

Moran has a bill that restricts the Army from building more than one-thousand parking spaces there to force them to provide a bus service for their employees.

It passed the house, and is in the Senate.