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Capitol Hill bar, shop damaged by fire

A bar and a gift shop on Capitol Hill have been damaged by a fire.

Officials said the fire was reported shortly before 5 a.m. yesterday in the 200 block of Pennsylvania Avenue.

A tarp covering some furniture behind the Capitol Lounge caught fire, although investigators are not sure how.

The lounge and the neighboring Trover Gift shop were damaged and both are closed for now.

The Capitol Lounge was the scene of a serious fire two years ago.

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CULPEPER

English declared official language

The Culpeper County Board of Supervisors has unanimously approved a resolution declaring English the county’s official language.

The board also voted Tuesday to join other localities in seeking the General Assembly’s help dealing with issues stemming from illegal aliens, including the costs of providing services.

It marked the first action taken by the county's governing board on the issue.

Loudoun and Prince William counties have passed similar resolutions in the past several months.

Steve Walker, the rules committee’s chairman, said counties have limited authority to make significant changes regarding illegal immigration. But he said the counties might be able to suggest legislation to the General Assembly that would authorize specific actions once the localities determine what they need to do.

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