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Murder-Suicide, Jay Gruden, Schools Security Breach, Murder Trial Begins and the Perfect Proposal Goes Viral

Plus, the promise of pot on Capitol Hill and a baby is born in the back of an SUV during the deep freeze.

By Patch staff

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

‘Murder-Suicide’ Involved Husband and Wife; Mother-In-Law Seriously Injured
Though the LCSO did not identify the victims, more details about the case were released this week.

Jay Gruden Picked as Washington Redskins Head Coach
The offensive coordinator for the Cincinnati Bengals will be the franchise’s 29th head coach.

Loudoun Schools Outlines Exposure in Contractor's Security Lapse
Names, addresses and birth dates could have been accessed.

Babysitter to be Sentenced in Toddler’s Death
Jessica Fraraccio pleaded guilty to felony child abuse and felony murder charges in connection with the death of 23-month-old Elijah Nealey.

George Mason Student Dies Days After Christmas Day Crash
Former standout Patriot High School baseball player dies from injuries he in Nokesville crash.

Manassas Jail Officer Killed on Way Home from Work
Brian Lynn Seay died after his sedan veered off Route 29 in Culpepper.

Sheriff: No Special Treatment in Traffic Stop of Fredericksburg Police Captain
The 29-year-veteran with the Fredericksburg force was pulled over, then allowed to call a friend to drive him home.

High on Capitol Hill: 'I Will Always Be Able to Buy Pot from Friends Who Work on the Hill'
Advocates for reforming marijuana laws spoke to state lawmakers at a Fairfax County hearing.

One of the Coolest Wedding Proposals You'll Ever See
Fairfax High School sweethearts have a shot at winning a dream wedding in Fiji.

Discarded Match Sparks Accidental Lorton Townhouse Fire
A fire at a townhouse left $60,000 in damage, fire officials report.

Moody Blues: Fairfax County Gets 'Negative Outlook' From NY Bond Rating Agency
“Negative outlook” from Moody’s gets negative reaction from Fairfax County officials.

Entrepreneur 101: Dorm Room to the Board Room
Dorm-room buddies turn freshman year idea into a growing job placement business for college students and new grads.

Hey Foodies: Tamale Festival Coming in Tysons Corner
La Sandía restaurant is going to be tamale heaven for the next few weeks.

American Girl Dolls Program Coming to Nottoway Park
“All-American Girl: Time Travelers” offers structured activities, crafts, games, and a formal tea program for girls, ages 6-9.

Meet HGTV, PBS Stars at Upcoming Home and Remodeling Show in Chantilly
Meet home remodeling stars and get some tips on your next renovation.

Mount Vernon Estate Hosts Special Programs for Black History Month
George Washington's Mount Vernon Estate will have some special programs in observance of Black History Month in February.

Potomac Yard Metro: Getting Back on Track?
Alexandria officials said this week they hope to determine the location of a new station by the end of 2014.

Six Alexandria Eateries Crack Washingtonian's Top 100 List
Six Old Town Alexandria eateries were named to Washingtonian’s annual list of the 100 very best restaurants in DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Seven Arlington Restaurants Make 2014 Washingtonian 'Very Best' List
Four 2013 winners make a repeat appearance on this year’s list, plus three newcomers. See who they are.

WaPo: McLean Home Among Most-Expensive Real Estate Sold in 2013
Check out these top-dollar properties.

ACFD: Home Oxygen Contributed to Spread of Weekend Apartment Fire
Fire forced several residents to reportedly jump out of a window to escape.

Baby Girl Born in SUV During Deep Freeze
A baby girl delivered in an SUV during one of the meanest cold streaks to hit this region in years.

Georgetown Murder Trial: Prosecutor Says Homicide "A Long Time Coming"
New theories presented about what Albrecht Muth was doing the night of Viola Drath's death.

Three Vienna Area Restaurants Make Washingtonian's 100 Very Best Restaurants List
Three Vienna area restaurants have made Washingtonian's Top 100 Very Best Restaurants list, in the magazine, out on newsstands now.

New CrossFit Gym Opens in Burke
Burke residents who made 2014 New Year’s resolutions to get fit this year are in luck: a new gym just opened in the Burke community.

West Potomac Grad Vying for Olympic Team Spot
Ashley Wagner looks to secure spot during 2014 U.S. Championships.

Extreme Makeover for King Street Blues
Restaurant temporarily closing its doors for big renovations.

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