- The Washington Times - Monday, April 20, 2009


Trips for errands increase in region

An increasing number of daily trips in the Washington region are made for reasons other than commuting to work.

A survey of 11,000 randomly selected households by the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board found that commuting to work accounts for about one-fifth of residents’ daily trips. That is down from about one-quarter of all trips in 1994 and one-third in 1968.

Robert Griffiths, who led the analysis, says while teleworking may account for some of the decline in the percentage of commuting trips, there is a greater increase in trips for errands.

Officials say the findings underscore the need for more pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods and other measures to reduce congestion.



1850s photo traced to city

A daguerreotype previously labeled as an unknown part of Virginia is now thought to be the oldest known image of downtown Lynchburg.

Virginia Historical Society Associate Curator Jeffrey Ruggles recently determined the photograph was shot from just outside Point of Honor. That’s the historic hillside home Dr. George Cabell built in 1815.

The date the photo was shot is unknown, but officials have narrowed it down to between 1852 and 1854, based on the cityscape it contains.

Lynchburg Museum Director Doug Harvey said the photograph predates the previous titleholder by at least five years. The daguerreotype, donated to the Valentine Richmond History Center in the 1960s, is on exhibit at the Virginia Historical Society in Richmond until May 3.


Homicide victim is county’s fourth

Fairfax County police are investigating a homicide in Reston.

Police said they responded to the 2200 block of Colts Neck Road just before midnight Saturday, after someone called to report seeing a suspicious person.

When they arrived, officers found the body of 26-year-old Jose Luis Ordones Aguilar of Reston. Police said he suffered trauma to his upper body.

Police also said Mr. Aguilar’s death was the fourth homicide in Fairfax County this year.


Beverage maker ‘Peppers’ up wedding

The bride’s big day arrived, and so did the Dr Pepper.

Kelly Gray and Karl Gau were married Sunday, and guests were drinking plenty of Dr Pepper, Snapple and other beverages.

The Dr Pepper Snapple Group Inc. donated $10,000 and drinks for the couple’s wedding after the bride offered a spot in her bridal party on eBay.

The hairdresser and her fiance earn a combined $32,000 a year and were trying to raise money to pay for their wedding.

A representative of the national soft-drink company submitted the winning bid.

From wire dispatches and staff reports

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