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David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski

David Sherfinski covers politics for The Washington Times. He can be reached at dsherfinski@washingtontimes.com.

Articles by David Sherfinski

ROD A. LAMKEY/THE WASHINGTON TIMES
A tanker truck rolls by a storage tank at the Transmontaigne facility at the Pickett Road tank farm in Fairfax. Federal and state agencies fined Transmontaigne about $114,000 after two spills in 2010.

Complaints still flowing about leaks from oil farm

When a massive oil leak at the Pickett Road tank farm caused millions of dollars in damage to homes in Fairfax's Mantua neighborhood 20 years ago, Gerald E. Connolly was head of the local citizens association seeking answers. Now a congressman from Northern Virginia, Mr. Connolly is weighing federal draft regulations that could effectively shut down the tank farm amid leaks and spills that continue unabated. Published September 1, 2011

Mary Brogi walks away from her damaged home in Port Republic, Md., after a tree crashed through the roof during Hurricane Irene. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

Volume of storm damage astounds governors

Cleo Parker has spent the four days since Hurricane Irene blew by without electricity and doesn't expect to get power restored for at least another week or two. Published August 30, 2011

Alexandria announces agreement to close controversial power plant

The city of Alexandria and GenOn Energy have reached an agreement to permanently close the company's Potomac River Generating Station, ending a long effort by city council members and residents to shut down the plant, which has been repeatedly fined for environmental violations. Published August 30, 2011

Embezzled Virginia funds funneled to Nigeria

The former treasurer of Goochland County, Va., who has pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $200,000 in public funds, funneled the money to a shadowy figure in Nigeria, according to a Virginia state audit released Monday and the prosecutor in the case. Published August 29, 2011

Workers with C.W. Wright Construction Company, a subcontractor for Pepco, work to secure a newly installed power line on Woodland Avenue in Takoma Park on Monday, while tree specialists with Arbor Care Inc. remove pieces of a large tree that knocked down the lines on this residential street. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

Washington area continues recovery from quake-storm combo

The D.C. region returned to relative calm Monday after an "extraordinary week" in which a rare earthquake damaged two national icons, then Hurricane Irene arrived and knocked out power to roughly 1 million customers. Published August 29, 2011

McDonnell: Nearly all power to be restored by Friday

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, who took an aerial tour on Monday to assess the damage from Hurricane Irene in Hampton Roads, said power had been restored to 600,000 customers and nearly all restorations would be completed by Friday. Published August 29, 2011

Pro-choice advocates say Va. rules politically motivated

Pro-choice groups say recently released draft regulations governing abortion clinics in Virginia would be the most stringent such measures in the country and are part of a politically motivated plot to undermine the rights of women to access abortions. Published August 28, 2011

Delegate Robert G. Marshall (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

Virginia issues long-awaited regulations for abortion clinics

Pro-choice groups say recently released draft regulations governing abortion clinics in Virginia would be the most stringent such measures in the country and are part of a politically motivated plot to undermine the rights of women to access abortions. Published August 26, 2011

McDonnell: Tomorrow will be 'too late' to prepare for Irene

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell briefed state legislators on a conference call Friday morning and was planning to visit emergency operations centers in Hampton, Virginia Beach and Norfolk Friday afternoon in preparation for Hurricane Irene. Published August 26, 2011

Va. health department to release abortion-clinic regulations

Pro-choice advocates say that they hope draft regulations from the Virginia Department of Health that impose hospitallike standards on the state's abortion clinics will not end up restricting access for women seeking abortions in the state. Published August 25, 2011

UVa. turns over FOIA-requested climate-change papers to critics

A conservative group seeking documents related to former University of Virginia professor Michael Mann has received records from the school Thursday in the wake of a judge's order but remained mum as to what information they contained. Published August 25, 2011

**FILE** Gov. Bob McDonnell (Associated Press)

McDonnell, Cantor tour quake-damaged sites

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and House Majority Leader Eric Cantor on Wednesday toured damaged areas at the epicenter of Tuesday's 5.8-magnitude earthquake, walking through Louisa County High School and assessing a local supermarket in Mineral, Va. Published August 24, 2011

Lt. Gov. Bill Bolling (Drew Angerer / The Washington Times)

Va. GOP 'euphoric' at Senate takeover prospects

A day after statewide primaries set the stage for the fall elections, Republican leaders touted their candidates and their party's chances of retaking the state Senate and gaining unfettered control of Virginia government for the first time in 10 years. Published August 24, 2011

Turnout likely to be light in Virginia primaries

In sleepy late August, politics is far from the minds of many residents of the D.C. area. But Virginia voters will nonetheless head to the polls Tuesday for primary elections to select candidates in November's General Assembly races. Published August 22, 2011

College chancellor resigns after scandalous photos

The chancellor of a Northern Virginia for-profit college recently raided by federal immigration authorities has resigned, after pictures of him posted on an S & M website were unearthed by thesmokinggun.com and picked up by The Daily Mail. Published August 22, 2011

**FILE** Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley (Associated Press)

Virginia, Maryland leaders divided by more than just a river

Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley sparred Sunday for the first time as leaders of their respective parties' governors associations, drawing clear lines in the sand on federal spending, job growth and President Obama's performance on the economy. Published August 21, 2011