Zoo Celebration This Week: The National Zoo is planning a first birthday celebration for its seven lion cubs. Animal keepers plan to present wrapped treats to the cubs on Wednesday morning. You can check out photos of the one-year-old cubs here.
Teacher Arrested for Solicitation: A Fairfax school band director was arrested last week for soliciting a 15 year old online. The instructor, 43-year-old Michael K. Cook of Centreville, has been placed on administrative leave. He will appear in court at 10 AM today in Fairfax District Court.
Strasburg Boosts Nats Bottom Line: Beloved pitcher Stephen Strasburg is planning to make his return to Nationals Park this evening after taking time out for an injury. The Washington Examiner points out that Strasburg’s return will likely result in higher ticket sales, and, ultimately, a fatter bottom line.
Fifty Move Toward Marijuana Distribution: DC’s Department of Health greenlighted 50 candidates to apply for a license to grow or sell marijuana in the District. Just 15 will be granted a license to distribute the drug for medicinal purposes.
Alexandria Employee Arrested for Embezzlement: An Alexandria city employee, 44-year-old Jeffrey Power of Springfield, was arrested last week on charges of embezzling nearly $9,000 in city funds. Power was placed on administrative leave, and police say he was paid for overtime he did not work.
Briefly Noted: Area residents get a say in what color the Dulles line will be on the new Metro map. . . . A survey of area schools finds that high rates of reported bullying correlate with lower passing rates.