National Science Foundation (NSF) Logo, reproduction allowed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Arlington County suffered another rejection by a major US government employer, the National Science Foundation. The NSF headquarters is currently located in Ballston, in Arlington, Virginia. It will be moving within 3 to 4 years to Alexandria Virginia near the Eisenhower Metro station.
Comparing the quality of life between the two areas, in particular Arlington’s inferior judiciary, a sheriff’s department with a culture of violence against citizens (and now murder), and child protection agency of Arlington that removes kids from good families and destroys lives, the move is not surprising. As any reader of this blog would realize, any family with kids would be wise not to live in Arlington County.
Not surprisingly, Arlington County put out a statement stating that NSF’s leaving the county was not in their “best interests.” But, just like Arlington does not seem to know what is in the best interests of the children whose lives it has destroyed, it is clear that Arlington is out of touch with what is in the best interests of NSF. Arlington needs to do some soul searching and to change its attitude before more smart people leave.
NSF is filled with smart people and they have the option to seek a better place, and they did.
Read More: NSF Leaves Arlington County
Today, hundreds of mourners turned out to pay respect to Julian Dawkins, an employee of the award winning PBS Newshour, who was murdered by Arlington Sheriff’s Deputy Patterson.
Among those who spoke was Gwen Ifel of the PBS Newshour. Her words began:
My name is Gwen Ifill. I’m honored today to represent my colleagues at the PBS NewsHour.
Julian was family to you. He was to us, as well.
I wish I could capture for you the outpouring of emotion that greeted the news of his passing. There were tears, yes. But there was also regret, and anger and fond memory.
I think it’s accurate to say it would have shocked even Julian what an impression his gentle presence left in our lives. One NewsHour Alum called him a “balm and a rock” for us.
Everyone remembers that smile. “Julian was definitely the sunshine on a cloudy day,” another colleague said.
And this: “Julian knew what was important — family. Even with a heavy load on his shoulders, he was an optimist and looked out for those close to him, especially his brother. Sounds like we all agree that we would do anything for one more day and one more smile from Julian.”
To the family: you should know that — just like you — his NewsHour family will not rest until we get the answers to the questions we all still have.
And even when we do, we will continue to grieve with you, pray for you, and consider you our family, too.
He was our balm and our rock.
The Arlington Parents News shares that grief, our hearts are with the family. We hope this tragedy results in reforms in the Arlington County Sheriff’s department that gets rid of its violent “goon”-style culture…one that has severely hurt and even killed many, now Julian Dawkins and even children like 13 year old Ashlie Mae O’Brien.
Read more: PBS Newshour Honors Julian Dawkins
Memorial for Julian Dawkins
Craig Petterson, a 17 year veteran of the infamous Arlington deputy sheriff’s department was arrested and charged with murder Thursday by Alexandria police in the shooting death of 22-year-old Julian Dawkins last week. He was denied bond. Police arrested Craig Patterson, 44, at a Spotsylvania County home Thursday evening, Alexandria police officials said on their Web site just before 11 p.m. Mr. Dawkins worked for the distinguished PBS Newshour.
Arlington County Sheriff Patterson (Left) Charged with Murdering PBS Newshour Employee Julian Dawkins
Arlington County Sheriff’s Department is known for using excessive force, as it had done in the brutal beating and tasering of Ashlie Mae O’Brien. However, unlike the Alexandria Commonwealth Attorney, the Arlington Commonwealth attorney failed to prosecute that crime by the Sheriff’s Deputy. Observers speculate that a culture of condoning excessive force and abuse of power has evolved in the Arlington County Sheriff’s because of the Arlington Commonwealth’s Attorney pattern of looking the other way at such abuse by the members of its Sheriff’s office.
It took Arlington County until May 31 (over a week) to place Deputy Patterson on unpaid leave.
Read more: Arlington deputy sheriff charged with murder in Alexandria shooting of shuttle driver
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