Saturday, November 12, 2022

How Iain Armitage’s Arlington Roots Led Him to Hollywood’s Biggest Stage

Iain Armitage hates wearing socks while walking on carpet. So when a scene in Young Sheldon, the hit CBS show on which the 14-year-old Arlingtonian plays the title character, called for him to rub his socked feet on carpet before touching an anti-static chair, Armitage hedged.

“I try to be as not-annoying as I can on set in terms of asking for things,” Armitage says, “but I actually said, ‘Could I put plastic bags over my feet and then put them in the socks so I can’t feel the material?’ Our sock lady, Ms. Monica, gave me this look like, ‘What?’ but we did it, and I was able to get through the scene with my life.”

Wednesday, November 2, 2022

Love Baseball Trivia? Follow Bat Boys, Stat

You’ve seen them hit the upper decks, throw wicked fast balls and execute double plays with graceful efficiency, but did you know that some Houston Astros players get hyped listening to Bad Bunny and Drake? Or why Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Bailey Falter doesn’t have a walk-up song? That if he weren’t playing ball, New York Mets shortstop Francisco Lindor would be a dentist? Or the story behind San Diego Padres pitcher Sean Manaea’s tattoos?

Most of the reporting on the teams that made it to this year’s postseason—including the two now facing off in the World Series—doesn’t mention these kinds of fun facts. But Washington-Liberty High School alum Liam Holland and Yorktown alum Eric Shellhouse do. Bat Boys Baseball, the social media platform they created in 2020, is all about capturing players’ quirks, back stories and personalities.

Two Breast Cancer Survivors Describe Their Journeys, From Diagnosis to Treatment

Breast cancer is one of the most studied forms of the disease, largely because it is the most common type of cancer, according to the National Cancer Institute. More than 290,000 people in the United States are expected to be diagnosed with it this year, including approximately 2,700 men.

Those are scary stats, but Dr. Molly Sebastian, medical director of the Reinsch Pierce Family Center for Breast Health at Virginia Hospital Center, says the disease’s prevalence leads to additional research and new treatment options.

Arlington Ranked as “America’s Fittest City”

Arlington is the country’s fittest city for a record fourth year in a row, according to an annual fitness index released today by the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and the Anthem Foundation.

Minneapolis, in the No. 2 spot, and Seattle round out the top three. Washington, D.C., came in at No. 6 on the index.

Besides claiming the overall top position with 86.1 points out of a possible 100, Arlington holds the No. 1 spot for personal health and community/environment, plus eight other indicators that factored into the study.

Wednesday, June 29, 2022

When 911 calls require a mental health response

With the number of 911 calls related to mental health on the rise, a pilot in Durham, North Carolina, looks to integrate mental health case management into the city’s computer-aided dispatch system.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2022

How a Virginia county wooed Amazon and Boeing

Happenstance had nothing to do with Amazon’s selection of Arlington, Virginia, for its second headquarters in 2018 or Boeing’s announcement last week that it will relocate its headquarters there. County government departments play an important role in attracting major technology companies by offering tax incentives, access to dark fiber and deep talent pools. The underlying reason for the effort is the betterment of all stakeholders, experts say.

“We talk a lot about public/private partnerships. It’s really not that. We’re orchestrating an ecosystem, where, basically, government and private, government, commercial, education, higher ed are all collaborating in a way that benefits one another,” said Jack Belcher, chief information officer for Arlington County. “It’s really determining how each of us can develop win-win situations.”

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Friday, May 6, 2022

Why data centers call Virginia home

Northern Virginia is home to the largest data center market in the world, with a significant percentage of global internet traffic running through Loudoun County alone. The key to this success is two-fold, experts say.

First is history. Vinay Nagpal, president of InterGlobix, a consultancy and advisory firm focused on the convergence of data centers and subsea and terrestrial fiber, points to AOL’s establishment of its headquarters in Dulles in 1996, although the company’s founders set up the company, initially called Quantum Computer Services, in the region 11 years earlier.

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