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MONZA Gives Away $3,800 in Gift Cards; Collects 152 Coats for SERVE

MONZA Gives Away $3,800 in Gift Cards; Collects 152 Coats for SERVE

Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. collected 152 coats for the local community shelter, SERVE, during the Manassas Christmas parade. For every person that donated a coat, Monza gave away a $25 Monza gift card. For more information, call 703.434.3621 or go to www.eatmonza.com.

“Our holiday coat drive was a great success due to the generous support of the Manassas community,” said Miguel Pires, general manager of Monza of Old Town Manassas, Va. “SERVE does so much for those in need, it’s our honor to help them with their programs,” said Pires.

Students switched to another bus after wire touches bus

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA9) -- John Torre with Fairfax County Public Schools tells WUSA9 that a school bus headed to Kent Gardens Elementary School in McLean came into contact with a low-hanging wire Monday morning.

Torre says the incident occurred at about 8:15 a.m. Monday in the 7100 block of Enterprise Avenue in McLean.

Students completed their trip aboard another bus, according to Torre.

Torre said Fairfax County Fire and Rescue responded and the wire was determined to be a telephone wire.

Dulles Toll Road rates set to increase 75 cents

McLEAN, Va. (AP) - Another rate increase looms for drivers on the Dulles Toll Road.

The fee at the main toll plaza is set to increase on Jan. 1 by 75 cents to $2.50. A one-way ride on the length of the toll road will now cost $3.50.

The fee at the toll plaza has doubled since 2011. Funds from the toll road are being used to help pay for the nearly $6 billion expansion of the Metrorail system to Dulles International Airport.

Drivers of the toll road have complained that they are being asked to shoulder a disproportionate cost of building the rail extension.

The Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority, which operates the toll road and is overseeing construction of the Silver Line, says no rate increase is planned in 2015.

Woman injured, 6 cats dead after McLean fire

MCLEAN, Va. (AP) - Fairfax County fire officials say a woman was taken to a hospital and six of her cats were dead after a fire at her McLean home.

Capt. William Moreland, a spokesman with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, says the small fire broke out at the home on Westmoreland Street on Thursday afternoon and crews brought it under control minutes after they arrived.

Moreland says the woman was taken to MedStar Washington Hospital Center with injuries that were not thought to be life-threatening.

Six cats were dead but Moreland says firefighters were able to revive one dog and one cat. They were taken to an animal hospital for treatment.

6 Cats die in Northern Va. house fire

MCLEAN, Va. (WUSA 9) -- Six cats died in a Northern Virginia house fire on Thursday afternoon, fire officials said. 

Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department responded to a fire along the 1900 block of Westmoreland Street in McLean, Virginia on Thursday afternoon.

The fire was called in at 12:28 p.m. Captain William Moreland, public information officer with Fairfax County Fire and Rescue, said that one elderly woman was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries. 

Moreland confirmed that seven cats and one dog were found in the house. Six of the cats were dead on the scene and the dog and one cat were taken to an animal hospital for treatment.

Gannett completes acquisition of Belo

McLEAN, VA - Gannett Co., Inc. (NYSE: GCI) announced today that it has completed its previously announced acquisition of Belo Corp. for $13.75 per share in cash, in addition to the assumption of $715 million of outstanding debt, for a total transaction value of $2.2 billion. 

The combination with Belo nearly doubles Gannett's broadcast portfolio and creates the largest independent station group of major network affiliates in the top 25 markets, including stations to be serviced by Gannett under shared services and similar arrangements. Gannett now reaches approximately one-third of all television households in America. It also significantly expands the company's geographic reach and revenue diversity. Gannett will become the #1 CBS affiliate group, the #4 ABC affiliate group, and will expand its already #1 NBC affiliate group position. 

3rd fire at $1.5 million Falls Church House For Sale

Falls Church, Va.  (WUSA) - "It's incredible. How can this happen the 3rd time? It's incredible," said Chuck Peel, a neighbor of 2142 Haycock Road, which has caught fire three times. 

The 911 call came in around 3:00 .am. Friday morning for the third fire. 

75 firefighters battled the two-alarm blaze. Next door neighbor Lynn Heinrichs did not make the 911 call this time, but she did see the familiar orange glow out of the window.

"I was like, Oh, No! Not again," Heinrichs said. 

She took some video of the new fire. The first was three years ago on November 7, 2010 when the home burned to the ground. The damage was estimated at $1,000,000, a complete loss.

The heat did $20,000 worth of damage to Heinrichs' home.

"It melted everything. The gas company had to come to out because the gas meter had melted," she said.