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WASHINGTON — The FBI's announcement that it needs a new home has touched off a virtual real estate beauty contest, with communities around the region jockeying for the opportunity to attract the law enforcement agency — and attendant economic benefits — to their neighborhoods. The pursuit has turned congressmen from neighboring states into competing pitchmen, spurred newspaper op-eds and required a public apology from an economic development official who disparaged another community bidding for the headquarters. Public debate on Capitol Hill and in the real estate development community has focused on whether an agency whose identity is linked to the nation's capital could find a more suitable home in the Washington suburbs. By Eric Tucker.
WALLOPS ISLAND, Va. — After weather delays, a test launch of an unmanned rocket that would eventually help carry supplies to the International Space Station is now scheduled for Saturday evening, with a backup slated for Sunday. The launch for Dulles, Virginia-based Orbital Sciences Corp will test whether a practice payload can reach orbit and safely separate from the rocket. Orbital is one of two private companies NASA contracted to restock the space station. NASA ended its shuttle program in 2011. By Brock Vergakis. AP Photos.
WASHINGTON — Businessman David Rubenstein is making a $10 million gift to help restore Thomas Jefferson's home at Monticello in Virginia and to recreate Mulberry Row where slaves lived at the plantation. Plans call for showing the interaction between slaves and the family of the nation's third president. The gift follows major gifts Rubenstein has made to help preserve the nation's history at George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, the Washington Monument and elsewhere. By Brett Zongker. AP Photos.
VIRGINIA BEACH — Quinn Cuskey said it's like the Navy knows when he's about to perform in a school concert. That's always when his dad deploys. Time and again, he's watched his friends' fathers come to school events, while his own is far away. Quinn, who's in eighth grade, said it's hard not knowing where his dad is, or whether he's safe. By Elisabeth Hulette, The Virginian-Pilot. With AP Photo.
ROANOKE — Born into a Roanoke family that has become synonymous with the floral business, Bruce Stritesky might be a good person to consult about a Mother's Day arrangement. "Probably not," said Stritesky, interviewed several times over the winter and spring. "People do ask me for advice, but I'm not that good with flowers." By Doug Doughty, The Roanoke Times. With AP Photo.