Afternoon Links: Pedestrian Safety & Equality Edition

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For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from the Alexandria, Virginia area.

For our Afternoon Links, we scanned the local papers, blogs, and news websites for a roundup of news and opinion from the Alexandria, Virginia area & beyond. Here are some news items that caught our eye.

In the News

The Polar Vortex has broke and we’re about to see some really cold weather Forecasts call for a very cold and stormy pattern peaking in February. (CWG)

Ryan Brown’s son weighs in on pedestrian safety in Alexandria Pedestrian safety is very important to me. More than two years ago, my dad was crossing Duke Street when he was hit by a careless driver. He was in a coma for weeks and had to re-learn how to walk and to eat, and is still working on speaking and moving. This has been devastating for our family and never should have happened. (Alexandria Times)

Virginia Senate backs the Equal Rights Amendment Virginia has taken another step toward becoming the 38th state to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment today. The legislation still has to clear the House, where its chances for passage are unclear. The measure failed in the House last year. (AP)

Faces of the government shutdown – Lynette Gabourel of Alexandria Lynette Gabourel has been a federal employee for 38 years, including 10 years in the Navy. She said she has always been committed  service. But now she’s stuck, having been furloughed from her job at the International Trade Commission amid the longest government shutdown in U.S. history. (CBS News)

How to buy a beer for furloughed government employees Plenty of restaurants are offering free food and discounts for federal employees during the government shutdown. Want to make your own small gesture? There’s now a fund making it easy for anyone to buy furloughed workers a beer. (Washingtonian)

Other Links

Finally

As mentioned in previous posts, during the government shutdown, we all need a laugh. Here, ICYMI, a video shared by Kevin Bumstead has gone viral on social media. It shows his 17-year-old son and nephew struggling to dial a phone number on a rotary phone.

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