Possible Road Closures in Northern Arlington: After a brutal thunderstorm Sunday evening, crews are still in the process of cleaning up trees and downed power lines in the area. ARLNow reports that several roads may still be closed for this morning's rush hour: including Old Dominion Drive between Glebe Road and Williamsburg Boulevard; and Rock Springs Road from Glebe Road to Little Falls Road. The thunderstorms were so severe that one man riding a bicycle was killed when hit by a falling tree, WTOP reports.
Thousands Celebrate in the Area: Ben Giles at the Washington Examiner reports that "thousands of tourists and locals" celebrated Independence Day on the streets of Washington yesterday to partake in the parade, fireworks-watching, and "lots of flag waving." But the suburbs weren't left out. The Washington Post's June Q. Wu and Victor Zapana report that "wherever you went Monday, it was a party." Here's hoping everyone had a safe and happy Fourth of July.
Track Work Runs Into Morning Rush Hour: Kytja Weir at the Examiner notes that Metro's tight scheduling on overnight track work can sometimes cause problems with riders' morning commutes. A no-passengers trailer containing steel rails, called a "buggy" by Metro, derailed Thursday morning after overnight track projects weren't completed on time. No one was hurt and the incident only caused minor damage, but it's a sign that Metro struggles to complete maintenance on its current schedule. Metro reportedly will be shutting down at least one station most weekends in August to complete its work.
Driver Crashes Into Aspen Hill Home: WJLA reports that a Montgomery County family woke late yesterday night to a 22-year-old driver smashing her car into their home at the intersection of Aspen Hill Road and Parkland Drive. The woman driving the vehicle was arrested at the scene. One person was injured, and the home was deemed "too unstable" for the family to continue to stay in.
Other Cities Look to Lure LivingSocial: Though LivingSocial, the daily deal giant, is based in DC, several nearby economic development offices are reportedly trying to get the company to pick up and move across city lines. The Post's Steven Overly and Jonathan O'Connell report that the company has been approached by Arlington, Reston, and Montgomery County. In a statement, LivingSocial's spokeswoman Marie Griffin said, "We love being a DC-based company and so do our employees."
Briefly Noted: Park police reportedly found the body of a woman on the shore of the Anacostia River around 7 PM yesterday.