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Top News: Train Track Death, Toddlers Rescued From Roof, Silver Line Progress, 1,200 Laptops Stolen and Confederate Mandates

Plus, a Fairfax County officer's gun is stolen and used in drug-related shooting, killing a man.

The Alexandria City Council took steps this past week to erase parts of the city code that encourage streets to be named after Confederate leaders. (Photo: Drew Hansen/Patch)
The Alexandria City Council took steps this past week to erase parts of the city code that encourage streets to be named after Confederate leaders. (Photo: Drew Hansen/Patch)

Patch has 31 sites in Virginia and Washington. Here are the top stories from around the region over the past week.

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Police: Teen Escapes from Manassas-Area Kidnapper, Attacker

Babysitter Who Murdered Toddler Sentenced

Manassas Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Gainesville Girl

General Robert E. Lee’s Hair for Sale: Guess How Much?

Two Toddlers Rescued from Roof, Parents Arrested for Felony Child Neglect

After Baby's Death in Hot Car, Fundraiser Aims to Bolster Mother's Defense

Ink Master: Fredericksburg Resident Vies for Tattoo Title on Spike TV

Dog Tethering Law: Fairfax City Council Makes Decision

Chickens Move Forward in Herndon

Police Nab Suspected Herndon Bank Robber in Florida

Police Officer's Gun Stolen, Used in Drug-Related Killing

Vote Would Allow U.S. Congress and President Obama to Legally Hit the Bong

Jury Reaches Verdict In Georgetown Murder Trial

Fairfax County to Take Greater Role at Workhouse Arts Center

FCPS Employee Charged with Embezzlement

Annual 'Stuff the Bus' Food Drive Kicks Off Saturday

Oakton Church Seeks Help Packaging Meals for the Hungry

Chantilly High School Students Testify Before Congress

Oakton Bank Robbed, Police Seek Information

Alexandria Council Takes First Step in Eliminating Law Requiring Confederate Street Names

Alexandria Police, USPIS Conducting Joint Investigation into Del Ray Post Office Robbery

Opening Soon: The Fresh Market at Bradlee Shopping Center

Attempt to Repeal Virginia Gay Marriage Ban On Hold Until 2015

Jim Moran to Retire from Congress After 23 Years

String of Larcenies Have Plagued Mount Vernon District

McKay Discusses Host of Civic Topics with Greenspring Residents

Woman Struck, Killed by Train Near Burke VRE Station

Plans Revealed for Proposed Annandale Bowling Alley Redevelopment

Former Ashburn Jeweler Gets 4+ Years in $20 Million Mortgage Fraud Scheme

Burger 21 Opens Its First Virginia Restaurant at Loudoun Station

Phony Benjamins: Man Sought for Passing Fake $100 Bills at Leesburg Outlets

Diners in Sterling Reportedly Threatened by Knife-Wielding Ex-Con

Report: Silver Line Clears Safety Hurdle, Test Likely for Weekend of Jan. 25


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