News Briefs

June 21- 27, 2007

F.C. Citizens in D.C. Rally Vs. Palestinian Occupation

Steve and Annette Spector of Falls Church were among scores of diverse groups that descended on the West Lawn of the Capitol June 10 to call for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. “Everyone was in agreement with the two main objectives of the event,” Steve Spector said. “The Palestinians, as a people, are entitled to justice, and the continued occupation could not occur without massive financial support from the U.S. government.” Many Jewish and Christian groups from outside the Washington area were represented. The Spectors hosted, at their Falls Church home, an Orthodox Jewish member of Tikkun who came from Boston for the event.


Webb Calls for $ to Buoy Unemployment Insurance System

Virginia Senator Jim Webb is urging $300 million in funding for the administration of the nation’s unemployment insurance system, boosting the Bush administration’s proposed $2.6 billion to $2.9 billion. Webb urged the move in a letter to the Appropriations Committee yesterday. Under-funding of the program is currently forcing the Virginia Employment Commission to consider closing offices in economically depressed areas, a statement from Webb’s office noted. “The proposed funding for administering the unemployment insurance program is inadequate, and it stands to hit economically depressed areas of Virginia disproportionately,” Webb said. His statement noted that, “according to the National Association of State Workforce Agencies, the umbrella for all state agencies that administer unemployment insurance programs, appropriations for state unemployment insurance operations have not been adjusted for inflation since 1995.”


National HIV Testing Day Next Wednesday

The Falls Church-based Northern Virginia AIDS Ministry will offer free and confidential HIV testing at three area locations next Wednesday, which is National HIV Testing Day. The tests will be offered at the George Mason University Fairfax campus, and the Northern Virginia Community College Alexandria campus from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and at Freddie’s Beach Bar in Crystal City from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. According to the Centers for Disease Control, there are more than one million Americans living with HIV, and a quarter of them are unaware of their infection. At least half of the people becoming infected each year are under the age of 25.


F.C.’s Milstein Named Semifinalist in Comic Book Competition

Falls Church’s Jon Milstein was announced yesterday as one of 50 semifinalists in the second annual Platinum Series Comic Book Challenge, aimed at finding new talent among comic book writers. The top 50 semifinalists will be invited to pitch their concepts to a panel of industry insiders in San Diego next month, when the field will be reduced to 10 finalists. The work of Milstein and all 50 semifinalists can be found on