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The Fitz File: July 16, 2014

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. - Today is Wednesday, July 16, the 197th day of 2014. There are 168 days left in the year.

IMMIGRANT HOUSING VIRGINIA - Prince William County officials say they are demanding to know if the federal government plans to house immigrant children somewhere in the county. At last nights board meeting Chairman Corey Stewart, directed the county executive to get answers from federal authorities. Stewart says the charity Youth For Tomorrow, told him it was working with a federal agency to house immigrant kids in the County. The Department of Health and Human Services won't tell Stewart if that's true citing privacy concerns for minors.

NO MORE 1600 PENNSYLVANIA AVE? - DC's Statehood fight may wipe one of the most famous addresses in the world off the map. DC Councilmember Yvette Alexander is proposing renaming "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue" as "D.C. Statehood Now Boulevard". Alexander would change the 1500 &1600 blocks in front of the White House and Treasury Department. It would have to pass the Council &(more unlikely) the U.S. Congress. Alexander says she'd place the new name signs on top of the current ones with the goal of getting attention for DC statehood.

WHITE HOUSE REFUSES TESTIMONY - 10:00 a.m. When the House Oversight Committee meets this morning for hearings into possible White House illegalities, it wont have the administration wittiness it's demanding to question. The Committee is looking at whether the White House violated the Hatch Act and did not separate political activities from official Goverment functions. The Administration is refusing to let David Simas, White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach Director testify because it says he is "immune". Rayburn 2154

MARYLAND HIGHWAY HELP - If you break down on Maryland Highways in the DC - Baltimore area you're in luck. The State Highway Administration is spending $15 million in the next 6 years to expand overnight patrols. The changes will help anyone involved in accidents or breakdowns. SHA is also increasing the number of traffic-viewing cameras operating along major highways across the state. Starting immediate crews patrolling highways for accidents and other problems in the DC &Baltimore are now operating 24 hours a day.

Today's Weather:

@garyfox5dc: Enjoy the lower humidity. Dry &comfortable for next 2 days. @fox5newsdc http://t.co/bm3lcF5vma

Today's History:

In 1790, a site along the Potomac River was designated the permanent seat of the United States government; the area became Washington, D.C.

On July 16, 1945, the United States exploded its first experimental atomic bomb in the desert of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

In 1999, John F. Kennedy Jr., his wife, Carolyn, and her sister, Lauren Bessette, died when their single-engine plane, piloted by Kennedy, plunged into the Atlantic Ocean near Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts.

Today's Quote:

"A closed mouth catches no flies" - Miguel de Cervantes
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