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Deadly 18-wheeler crashes on the rise

The violent crashes involving big commercial trucks on the highways, streets and interstates in the McLean area seem to be happening more frequently. Tractor trailers are the biggest vehicles on our roadways and the deadliest.

According to data tabulated by the federal government, truck-related highway fatalities have surged in recent years, increasing by 28 percent from 2009 to 2016. According to the Virginia-based Truck Safety Coalition, statistics gathered from last year indicates that deadly truck accidents continue to increase in frequency.

The photos you put on social media could hurt you in a divorce

Thanks to modern smartphones, most people have ready access to a camera everywhere they go. And social media makes sharing such photos with a wide group of friends and family as simple as the touch of a button. So, sharing photos of what is going on in your life has never been easier.

However, as with many things, when it comes social media, there can be a pretty big gap between what one can do and what one should do. It is always important to be cautious about what photos you put up online. However, such caution can take on a whole new level of importance when heading into a divorce

School’s resuming; drivers urged to keep McLean kids safe

It's that time of year: summer is drawing to a close, which means that in McLean and across Virginia, students have either started classes again or about to resume. It's an exciting time for parents and children, but also a time that calls for motorists to be extra cautious in and near school zones to avoid child pedestrian accidents and injuries.

Traffic safety experts say that if drivers follow a few simple rules during school years, kids going to and from schools can be kept safe.

Monster Energy v. small Virginia distiller in battle over logo

It appears to be what’s left behind after a monster sins its claws into metal and rips downward. The recognizable jagged, green “M” appears on cans of Monster Energy drinks.

The bottles sold by Virginia’s MurLarkey Distillery are also emblazoned with an “M,” but it’s a much more traditional, even stately looking serif letter.

Trucker goes through red light, hits four other vehicles

If you drive southwest of McLean for about seven hours, you'll arrive in St. Paul, Virginia. The small town was recently the site of a tractor-trailer crash in which the big rig apparently blew through a red light and then struck four vehicles.

The 18-wheeler wound up upside-down in the Clinch River, a news report stated. The truck driver was injured in the crash, though his condition was unknown at the time of the report. Motorists in three other vehicles were fortunate to survive with just minor injuries.

Trucker charged in Virginia interstate crashes

It is about a three-hour drive southwest of McLean to get to Afton Mountain in Albemarle County. The site in the Blue Ridge Mountains is where a recent multi-vehicle crash took place.

Virginia State Police said the driver of a tractor-trailer headed east on Interstate 64 is responsible. Officials said the trucker has been cited for reckless driving for failing to maintain control of his 18-wheeler. A Fishersville woman was airlifted to a nearby hospital with life-threatening injuries sustained in the truck accident.

Virginia teens learning to drive safely and then spread the word

School is out in McLean and across Virginia. For many high school students, that means it’s time to hit the road in vehicles packed with friends in search of adventure. Unfortunately, that combination of factors too often leads to motor vehicle crashes and injuries – sometimes even fatalities.

More than 120 teens from 37 high schools and middle schools across Virginia arrived at the beginning of this week for educational and hands-on activities to help them learn not only safe driving practices, but also the importance to them, their friends and to everyone they share the road with of making responsible driving decisions.

Virginia brothers, businesses square off in legal dispute

At the center of the dispute is the mattress, a Virginia family and a pair of businesses. Two brothers have squared off over business opportunities in an inter-family power struggle, a recent Virginian-Pilot article states.

Paramount Industrial Companies, the family mattress business controlled by Richard Diamonstein is suing Leesa Sleep, a bedding company co-founded by his brother Jamie Diamonstein (who was once president of Paramount). This is clearly not run-of-the-mill business litigation.

The Road To Zero winds through Virginia

The Road To Zero winds through McLean and every corner of Virginia. It extends north to Maine, south to Florida, north to Minnesota and west to California – and every place in between. The Road To Zero Coalition is a group of transportation industry leaders who have joined the National Safety Council in its effort to reduce traffic accidents, injuries and fatalities. The group’s uber-ambitious goal is to get motor vehicle fatalities all the way down to zero by 2050.

National Safety Council CEO Deborah Hersman invokes the memory of President Kennedy and his remarkable early 1960s challenge to land on the moon by the end of the decade. At the time, the lofty goal was considered by most people impossible. But by 1969, it was a reality.

Virginia landowners fighting to retain their property

Long ago, he answered his nation's call and fought in the Korean War. Today, the 88-year-old Navy veteran and Virginia landowner is fighting a new foe: developers of the Mountain Valley Pipeline.

George Jones and about a dozen others opposed to having the pipeline laid through their property against their wishes have filed a lawsuit and taken their opposition to court. They argue that developers and regulators are improperly using eminent domain to unconstitutionally seize their land for the 300-mile-long natural gas pipeline.

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